review by "Trapping4Life" from Minnesota
Offset jaw traps are a very good choice to use in situation such as fields that have running pets. Even if a pet is caught in a 1.75 offset jaw traps, the animal would most likely be able to be released with very little or no pad or foot damage. Some states even require that traps must be an offset or a softcatch trap. Offset jaw traps are made for many reasons, but an important one is that it allows blood to always circulate through the foot, which allows the foot to be felt and not made numb to the animal, which could lead to an animal pulling out and not feeling a thing.
There are cons to most every trap, supply, or most any items throughout the trapping industry and throughout the world. 1.75 Victor offset jaw traps are not as flexible as other traps, say as a regular jaw 1.75 Victor trap. They are a little bit more expensive, and cannot be used as properly in a "pinch". Raccoons are a good example. A raccoon's toes are longer and skinnier than most fox and coyotes feet. Offset jaws are like they sound, they have an offset in the jaws. If a raccoon is toe caught in a 1.75 Victor offset jaw trap the toe may not be much bigger than the offset in the jaw, which can lead to a chew out or a pull out. Raccoons are a common catch on many traplines meant for foxes and coyotes. Raccoons like to investigate, like fox and coyotes do, and will not resist your set using a scent specifically for a fox or coyote. Many trappers use traps improperly, which may increase the chance of catching a raccoon and having him or her pull out. A raccoon that chewed out and left part of its toes/feet in the trap is very bad for the trapping community, especially if the wrong person found out or saw it. Offset jaw traps are a great choice for fox and coyotes, even with the chance of raccoons that are caught on many traplines. If you use the trap correctly, and make sure the trap stays steady in the trap bed, the chance of toe caught raccoons and other fur bearers is greatly reduced.
With that being said, I hope this article encourages you to at least try a 1.75 offset jaw trap to personally experience the benefits and abilities that regular jaw traps do not have. Good luck and happy trapping!