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Old 01-27-2018, 10:59 AM
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Default concrete block attractor/backing/rainproofing

One of the most effective sets for coyotes that I know of uses a regular 8"x8"x16" concrete block for a visual attractor and backing and rainproofing. Since a block is heavy, obviously this would be something to try in a location you can drive to with a vehicle such as along a field road or ATV trail (where two roads or trails intersect is ideal). It is sort of a modified dirt hole set. Dig a little slit trench about 2-3 inches deep, 2-3 inches wide, and about 5-6 inches long; if you have a Sodbuster trapping hammer it takes about 3 seconds and 2 swings of the digging side of the hammer to dig the trench which is generally faster and easier than digging a deep dirt hole. Then put your bait in the trench. If using commercial bait from a jar, use a little stick to get a gob of bait out of the jar, put the stick with bait in the trench and prop the stick up so the bait is up off the bottom of the trench in case any rainwater does run into the trench. If using home made chunk bait put a couple of small sticks or rocks in the bottom of the trench to keep the bait off the bottom of the trench. Then set the concrete block down on top of the trench with the flat side of the block covering the trench like a roof, AND with the long edge of the block right at the edge of the slit trench so when you (or the coyote) look at it there is a little crack or crevice visible under the edge of the block, kind of like a dirt hole. About 9-12" back from the crevice, bed and cover your trap just like you would with a dirt hole set. Or depending on the surroundings at the set, you can blend in the covering over the trap using the surrounding ground cover of leaves, grass, etc. With the concrete block on its side, the flat solid side of the block covers the slit trench so that rain doesn't run in and drown the bait, and with the block on its side the two big holes in the block create another covered rain-proof area where you can rub some lure on the block and sprinkle urine. Obviously you don't set this on a steep slope where a lot of rainwater WILL run into the trench. This set works, if you don't believe it... dig a little trench, throw bait in, cover it with a block, and a week later check for any signs of coyotes digging to get at the bait. You will be pre-baiting your set so coyotes get comfortable working it, then you can set a trap after they have become rewarded by a free meal and are less suspicious. In fact , it is a good idea to choose 2 or 3 good set locations and bait them with table scraps or other bait 3 or 4 times during the year or a couple of times a few weeks before setting traps. This strategy recognizes that coyotes roam over a large territory but you want them to, whenever they are in your part of their territory, ALWAYS check out your specific locations because they know that occasionally they find a free meal there. Choose a GOOD location such as a road intersection or trail intersection and bait it occasionally so that it becomes a "must visit" location when coyotes are in that part of their territory. Then when the time comes to actually set traps, don't just put out one set there, put 2 or 3 sets at each location, maybe a dirt hole set, flat set, and post set, or whatever you like... remember the saying "If it's a good enough location for one set, it's good enough for two". Then you have a chance of catching more than one coyote there in the same night since they sometimes travel together. This is my two cents based on what I have seen work, and I would love to hear from others about their experiences, tips, tactics, etc.
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