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.
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.
By now, we all know how devastating coyotes can be to the whitetail population.
Coyotes will kill just for the sake of killing, especially when it comes to young fawns.
In this video, the does at first do a good job holding back the coyotes. Eventually, the coyotes prove too strong. It might appear to be cruel, but this is how nature works. If you don’t like what you see in this clip, get out and start hunting and trapping predators.