Hi Clint, I have a couple questions and I thought u would reply the quickest being the seasons approaching very fast I need some answers. Coyote/Fox season opens on Oct. 15th in Michigan (were i’m from, Jackson Michigan) and I wanted to snare hard this year I have to much land to the amount of leg holds I have and simply just can’t afford more so I bought dozens of snares. Now this is only my second year trapping, and I have obtained gobs of information through wolfernation and trapper radio but still am a little flustered. I have spent thousands of dollars in supplies this summer so I need to make sure I can at least earn my money back. My question to you is snare location, I can’t Afford a dvd right now and have already contacted all of my trapper companions on this subject but still need a better understanding. I am trapping crp fields, corn fields, bean fields, hardwoods, marshes, and alot of riverbottom country on the grand river. I’m confused wether to set snares along game trails “deer trails” or if there is a true coyote trail I need to look for. Obviosely getting out there and observing the land looking for travel corridors will help but I want a edge before season starts. I have so much ground to cover and I want to get all of my sets in the ground before coon opens on the first of nov. Please if you could explain a little bit about snare location and what I need to look for to help me be one step ahead of the game come the 15th.
Thanks N. G.
Well, this is a question that can not be explained in writing, but I will help if I can . I know your short on money, but my High Performance Snaring dvd will help you out more than an email. The reason, is you can see location on video, not in words.
Coyotes do not make trails per say, they use other trails. They follow prey to jump them. So they use the same trails. Sometimes they widen out a rabbit trail if there are a lot of rabbits around. Foxes use the trails in the same manner. What you have to do is block down these trails or go up and down them to find a choke point. If you have a trail that goes a long way fox and coyotes will use them. The trick to catching a lot of fox and coyotes in snares is to set a lot of snares on a lot of trails.
What you don’t wont to do is set coyote snares on very active deer trails. If the trail looks like a herd of deer running down it every day don’t set it. If you do, you are asking for trouble. A lot of times you can find smaller trails off to the side of the active deer trails and you can set them without deer trouble.
If you find a long running trail, set it. If it is a larger trail set 3-4 snares on it.
I don’t know if this will help you or not. Snaring location are not something that comes across in writing as well as seeing. Set the snares, pay attention to where you catch stuff and try and figure out why. Like it or not snaring in numbers takes experience, so it is up to you to get the experience. Good luck in MI this year.
On the DVD's I bought of you setting flat and dirt hole sets you are carrying blue cans with peat moss and grass clippings and my question is, how and what do you do to each to prepare them for use on the trap line..scent elimination and drying would be my concerns.... from M.M.
There is nothing to do about scent, both peat moss and grass clipping are natural products. natural peat moss just smells earthy. Just make sure, your peat moss does not have some form of additive in it, like fertilizer or something. The grass clippings ar no different, thats what a coyote smells after a field is cut with a bush hog.
I only buy peat moss that is dry and light. I don’t do anything with it except go use it. Some guys I know will sift it at home. I just crumble in my hands as I just it. Grass clippings should be treated like hay. Rake out on drive way or cardboard. Rake it around over a few days and it will dry out. Place this is a burlap bag or fur bag and it will last for a few years in a in closed building.