A natural lower draw access near a rock quarry going to a lower level. A good narrowed down trail with an exposed trap setup with subtle guides is all it takes. No lure or bait used to break the cats stride here. Took 3 cats here in 6 days.
This lower bluff area was an old cattle,deer trail that showed a couple of different cats traveling it after a week of snow. Simple trail sets with trap pushed into the snow onto wax paper. Couple of stepping sticks with a rock and log on either trail side to pinch the trail upon approaching the traps. 2 cats, a badger,a jumbo coon and a coyote in week. Several species traveling this trail. A good long running trail for gang setting as I found.
A faint game trail running thru some young pines made an ideal location for placing a couple of exposed traps set just below ground level. A little cedar duff to blend the edges just slightly with the pan showing.A couple of guides and stepping sticks suggested a place to step while moving thru that area.
Like was stated already know your animals habits in that area. Where they hunt, bed and travel from one area to another. Its then a waiting game and trap maintenance.You can catch them high and low at different times.Set them tight but make it inviting also.
A simple cat set that can be open faced or lightly covered. I have caught equally as well with pan showing or pan and jaws covered.
An outside corner projection set with a nice tom with an exposed trap placement. Rubbing scent placed on projection stick end.
A faint game trail tight along a back edge harvested field. Cats were sneaking from cover to cover areas along a swamp and looking to surprise a prey specie off the edge of the heavier cover.