Coyotes can often be fooled with a hay set. When it gets too frozen to dig a trap bed, switch to hay sets. Just pick up a few armloads of hay, and throw it in the back of the truck for your sets. Another reason to use a hay set is the eye appeal. In hay fields and open fields hay is a natural thing. It stands out, but is not unnatural. I also use hay sets if there is a lot of mud around. You don’t even have to dig a trap bed, lay the trap on a fluff of hay, cover with more hay, add lure and/or bait, and the set is complete.
Once you catch a coyote in the hay set, you will need to know how to remake the set. This is a good video to watch.
The dirt-hole set is popular among trappers trying to catch coyotes, foxes, coons and other furbearers.Coyotes and foxes probably are the two most popular critters to target with the dirt-hole set. The post set is also popular.
The tools needed to make a dirt-hole are minimal.A trowel to dig the hole and the trap bed is required, along with a sifter to hold the dirt you dig, and to sift it back over the trap.To begin making a dirt-hole dig a hole at about forty-five degrees.The angle at which you dig the hole does not have to be perfect.Just make sure it has enough of an angle that an animal cannot see the bottom of the hole from every direction.A hole almost straight up and down will not work.The hole is intended to make the animal come in from a certain direction to see into the hole.Also, if the hole were straight up and down it would be very hard for a passing animal to notice it.
A trap bed only needs to be big enough to hold the trap and fastening device.If you use a grapple, the bed will have to be deeper than if you were only staking the trap solid.Dirt is an attractant at a dirt-hole set.But, if an animal steps on soft dirt, curiosity will get the best of it, and the animal will start digging.This will cause the trap to fire or get flipped upside down.A trap bed that is as small as you can get it, and still bed the trap solidly works best.It is also a good idea to have a piece of ground left untouched between the trap bed and the hole.This will keep dirt from falling into the hole.
Trappers love to see coyotes in their sets, but they do not want blood left behind after the dispatch. Many trappers remake their sets in the same catch circle, or very near to it. Blood left behind from a dispatched coyote can keep other coyotes coming in being caught.
Trappers can clean up and haul off any dirt that has blood left behind from or a dispatched coyote. That takes time, and most trappers are on a time crunch. The best option would be to dispatch the coyote without any blood loss. Pro trapper Clint Locklear will walk you through the steps of dispatching a coyote without all the mess.
Robby Gilbert is known for his trapping abilities, and this video shows why.
In this video, Robby catches a nice coyote in a dirt hole set. Check out as he explains the set, and what goes into making a dirt hole set that will produce coyotes..
The more coyotes you can take out, the better opportunities for other animals to thrive. I explained that in another video of coyotes killing deer. don’t worry, you are not going to hurt the coyote population at all by killing everyone you can. These predators are overpopulated across much of the country.
Over the years I have relied heavily on the dirt hole and flat sets when trapping coyotes.If I was told tomorrow that I had to choose only one set for the remainder of my trapping life, I would choose the flat set.Without question, most of my canine catches have come at a flat set.
One reason I prefer the flat over the dirt hole is because of all the non-target catches that I make at a hole set.I use bait at my dirt holes, which seem to attract every coon, possum and skunk within a hundred-mile radius.When I make such catches, I manage to put a smile on my face ,and remember any catch will help during these days of low fur prices.I still catch my share of coyotes at a dirt hole, but my favorite is, and always will be a flat set.
As the name implies, a dirt hole set requires a hole with bait inserted in the hole.The trap is bedded and covered with dirt from the hole.A properly made dirt hole set will appear as if the dirt covering the trap came from the hole you had dug.This is fine for foxes that bury their food, and then come back later for an easy meal.This is something that coyotes do not do though.
With a flat set there is an actual attractor above the ground instead of a hole.Another difference between a hole and flat set is that the trap is blended in at a flat set to match the surrounding terrain.
The visual attractor or backing at a flat set can be anything from a rock, chunk of wood, a bleached bone or a clump of grass.When the ground has a covering of snow, I have found dark bird feathers (crow feathers) really stand out and grab the attention of a passing coyote.
As I mentioned earlier, a trap should be blended in a flat set.I want everything to appear 100 percent natural (undisturbed in appearance) when I am finished making the set.If I am not able to make a natural looking set all is not lost.In a situation like this I go to the set location and prepare an area of about 15 x 15-feet to make the ground covering in that area look consistent.Within a couple of days, this area will appear aged.I can then go in and make a flat set that appears natural.
In this video I will show you how I make a flat set.
Coyote trappers love to find coyotes in their traps. What they do not get to see very often is how a coyote works a trap and gets caught. By watching a coyote work a set, trappers can get a better understanding about trap placement and coyote behavior.
Watch this video as a coyote works a set, and steps in the middle of a Victor #3 4-coiled foothold trap at a dirt hole set.