Trap placement on a trench style dirt hole for coyote trapping
by Clint Locklear
Below is a picture on a natural hole, this is not a trapping set. I came across this somewhere on my line. So I took a quick picture. What is interesting about the natural hole is where the coyote track is. I have seen and used sets just like this on my personal coyote line. The natural hole looks a lot like a Charlie Robins style dirt hole set that Craig O’Gorman brought to light years ago in his books. You will find a lot of sets that are close to Charlie Robins dirt hole set style. Some are larger, some are more flat, but the basics are the same. Dig a deep hole on an angle, them rake out the dirt to make a trench or step down set. Then the trap is bedded 9-11 inches back from the hole. One thing about this set is that the trench in not on the level, but on a slight angle facing down into the hole. The trap is normally also set on the same angle as the trench is dug. Basically it looks just like the natural hole in the picture.
What the lesson I see from this set, is that the coyote track is not in the trench. The coyote never went into the trench. The coyote stayed on the top or beginning of the trench to check out the set. You can see the indention of the coyote track in the picture. So what does this tell a coyote trapper, maybe not all coyotes will get down into the trench to check out the set. So if you are using a trench style set, are you missing coyotes?
If so, there is no reason to miss coyotes at a set like this. You can place a trap in the trench and then one at the top of the trench right before in breaks down into the trench. If you don’t want to use two traps, then run some trench sets with the trap in the normal trap placement and some with the traps at the top of the trench. Let the coyotes show you which trap placement is best for you.