coyote trapping, Land trapping — December 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

How to set and keep traps working in rain and mud for coyote, bobcat and fox trapping

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How to set and keep traps working in the rain?

trapping in the rainOh man have I got this question a lot in the last few weeks. It has rained and rained and rained and rained some more. The ground can’t hold any more water. Mud is everywhere, it sucks. In the Army we would call it ….good training!
First off, clear your head of everything that you know about setting a coyote, bobcat, fox or dry land trap in the dirt or the mud. Just breathe and think about what the problem really is. It is not the rain, it is the dirt that turns to mud. That is the problem. So we need to focus on the problem, not what is written in every trapping book, trappers forums and videos, even mine. Focus on the problem, that is all trapping is when you break it down. Fixing and learning from problems on the trap line. Since the way you have set traps in the dirt has been the problem when it rains, forget how you do it, why you do it or that you have always done it that way for 100 years. The problem is mud, animals don’t like stepping in it. The traps get washed out and mud finds a way to get under the pan.
So if the mud is the problem, the best solution is to not have mud. See how simple that was! Rain and dirt make mud, so don’t used dirt to cover your traps.
I know bedding in dirt and shifting in dirt is what is done by most trappers, but it is not always the best option to use.
I may be right or wrong on this, that is up to you to decide. I can however tell you what I do and it works for me.
If the ground is already muddy, I will beat in the trap bed with my hammer. I do not dig it. Loose dirt and rain equals mud. I push the wet soil up to and around my trap to bed it. Then I use peat moss to cover the pan and fill in the open area around the pan. So far so good. I have no loose dirt and no sifted dirt to turn to mud.
I will not even use dirt for a top coat over the peat moss. If I do, I will have mud and that is the enemy we are fighting. Just say NO to any and all dirt over the trap. It is not your friend.
Think of loose dirt around and over your traps like a STD lets say, Syphilis. It is easy and fun in the making, but is a bitch to deal with down the road.
If you trap in an area that has a lot of rain, use leaves, grass and weeds to cover the peat moss. Make sure the pieces are not big and will stop the jaws from closing. Why would you use dirt, it turns to mud!
Now calm down, you do NOT need a dirt pattern to hide your trap in. You don’t even have to have a dirt pattern at all. I can hear the arm-chair trapping experts screaming at the top of their lungs already, that is not natural!!! What animal carries its dirt away from a hole? This may be true in front of a computer, but coyotes don’t seem to care. Fox and bobcats have the IQ of 20, combined, so they would never think of that anyway.
Let’s stay focused, the mud over or the traps in the problem. We can use that against the animal we are setting for. Why can have a dirt pattern, but lets not put of trap in it. We can have all of that soft, fluffy wet muddy mess to the side of trap and use the mud as a guide. Then you can blend in your trap with no dirt to intercept the animal as he avoids the mud to reach you lure and bait.
Now boys and girls, that is trapping! Use what mother nature throws at you and catch animals with it. Sometimes you have to think out side of the box, better yet, not have a box to begin with. There are NO rules and trapping, just finding ways to catch animals no matter what.

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  1. I appreciate this Clint It helped me out a lot I don’t get a lot of time so I trap rain or shine when I do get out on the line. Peat moss and a couple of grays later I’m real excited about this knowledge. Pine straw and leaves down here.
    Thank you,

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