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Not doing so well....

982 Views 4 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  Asa Lenon
:( OK, this is my first year in many that I have started trapping again. When I was in high school (don't ask how long ago that was) we trapped and did fairly well. Back then any and all methods were a guarded secret. We really didn't know much about it and made stuff up, some worked, some didn't. Now I'm older and supposedly wiser, but it seems the critters are too. I've been putting out fox and 'yote sets, but all I get is uncovered pans and flipped traps. I've dyed and waxed everything except myself, I use a canvas to cover the ground and use rubber gloves which are stored in a zip lock bag. I've studied this forum and used many tips, thanks by the way. I realize I'm trapping in a rather heavily trapped area, and the critters are more than likely educated to some degree. My trap placement is approx. 4" to the right and 8" back from the hole. Could I be using the wrong lure? I pains takingly attempt to make the area look as natural as I possibly can. I know they are there, because we have seen many signs. Lots of scat, holes, partridge feathers, rabbit parts, etc. Any good tips, hints or clues as to what to do next? Please help!! ***** are going fine, however.
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I'll start the process off... I suppose the most common culprit or at least the first suspected when a digger is encountered is contaminated traps. Lets say the traps are boiled, dyed, waxed and stored perfectly, thats all well and good, but what happens to the trap before it is covered with the final sifting? You are using gloves. I would look here first. Even though you are using rubber ( I use cotton) and store them in a plastic bag if the gloves get a little lure on them every trap you handle is contaminated. I don't, as a rule, wear gloves when I handle my lures and I always have a number of pairs handy. If I do get lure on a glove I put the pair in the "dirty pile" for washing and get a clean pair.

I have had experiences with diggers, which I believe are not related to contaminated traps; what then? Maybe its the soft dirt around the trap or, god forbid, I didn't get the trap bedded well. Trap bedding is VERY important and the second most likely cause of digging. Are you packing the ground well around the trap? Will your trap stand the four point wobble test? I stopped using pan covers and have had tremendous luck with a night latched trigger, 3 too 4 pounds pan tension (coyotes and cats) and a plug of fiber glass insulation under the pan to prevent sand sifting. By doing away with the cover I can really bed my traps by compressing dirt on both sidea of the jaws.

Doing everything I've mentioned I still get an occasional digger. My favorite trick is to remake the set and "sneak in" a second trap right where the digger stood to uncover my trap. Nothing like a coyote with a trap on both front feet. Oh yeh, if you try this make certian that the two traps are stacked such that the chains can't get wrapped around each other there by elliminating the swivels.

Hope this helps some.
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