coyote trapping, dog proof trapping, Land trapping — August 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Gang setting for coyotes, fox, bobcats and Raccoons, by Jason Webster

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Gang setting Coyotes, fox, bobcats and Raccoon with Dog Proof Traps by Jason Webster

Hello, this is Jason Webster from Webster’s Wildlife Solutions. I want to talk to you today about gang setting when it comes to trapping. This is something that seems so simple but yet is often overlooked by so many trappers.  A good thing to always remember is, if the location is good enough to set 1 trap then it is almost always good enough to set at least 2, if not more.

gang setting trapsWhen I am setting out my line, I almost always set a minimum of 2 traps per location. This holds particularly true when I am running my raccoon line. You cannot catch doubles or triples with just one trap at a location.  A well used travel way or trial can often see several animals on any given night. Now sometimes they may not always be what you are targeting. I have had a lot of double catches where I have one raccoon and one opossum. Why I think this is so important is, I could never tell which one I caught first. If I did catch the opossum first and I only had one trap set at that location then I would have missed out on the raccoon that may have come thru later that night.

Last year I set out 6 locations, all with 2 dog proof traps per stop on opening day. The next morning when I was checking my dog proof traps I had 4 doubles.  2 of those locations were doubles on raccoons but 2 locations had 1 raccoon and 1 opossum.  So in my mind instead of bagging 6 raccoons and 2 opossums, I very easily could have only had 4 raccoons and 2 opossums depending on what found the traps first.

Another plus to gang setting is, once you catch an animal. Now you have one of the best attractants there is, another living, breathing animal.  Rather its coyotes, raccoons, foxes, bobcats or any other animal, they are attracted to seeing an animal sitting there. They are going to come closer to investigate what exactly is going on. I believe this helps to ease their cautions about what is going on because they are focusing on the other animal.

One thing I always do when I gang set a location is to use different lures or baits in each one. This way if a coyote comes by and he doesn’t really care for what I have at one set, then maybe he will be interested in the other one. I never set 2 traps next to each other using the same lure and baits. You will want to mix it up and give them options. It’s just like when you go a restaurant; you have a lot of different choices because not everyone likes the same things to eat. Animals are the same way. One particular coyote may get turned on and fired up over a certain lure or bait and that the next one through might not even turn his head.

So if you are not gang setting your locations, give it a try this up coming year. I promise you it will only help you add more fur to your catch. Plus there is really nothing cooler then walking up and see a pair of animals caught. Seeing this will get your blood pumping and should help you forget about how cold it is or how wet you are.

If you have any question or comments, feel free to email at jawebster@windstream.net.

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  1. i have a natural burm where a tree had up rooted and is long past gone i’m guessing 4 ft round along a bluff above a creek i made dirt hole set on lower side caught 2 grays and a big tom last year should i make another set on the top side or leave well enough alone. thanks kevin.

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