The 120 bodygrip trap (commonly called a 120 conibear) is a small, 4.5 x 4.5″ body gripping trap with two springs. This trap is the same exact thing as the 110 bodygrip trap, except that the 110 only has one spring.
The 120 is an ideal marten trap. It offers just the right combination of size and power. It will take fisher as well, though the 160 or 220 are probably better suited. Skunk, oppossum and raccoon are sometimes caught in 120’s too.
Pro’s: more power than the 110, fast, humane kill, small size makes it portable
Con’s: opening is often too small for medium sized critters like raccoons and skunks
Makes and Models
Victor – the original, owns the ‘Conibear’ name, traps are a bit pricey but good
Bridger – well designed, well built, rugged, and affordable. Currently I consider these the best quality for the price.
Duke – more affordable, but less rugged. built of lower quality steel and don’t seem to hold up as well. a good entry level trap for folks on a budget who don’t need them to last forever.
Sleepy Creek – not to be confused, they use their own numbering system and call these the #455. Same size, same design. I haven’t used them but they seem a bit pricey.
Belisle – top of the line. out of my budget, but friends who use them swear by them. the most costly of all bodygrip traps, but very high quality steel and innovative design make these the pick for top notch trappers who target high quality fur over a long period of time. Cadillac of the marten trapline.