I think this is a great thread, so far. However, and not wanting to pick an arguement, but it is a pet peeve of mine, this east vs west thing all the time. There is NO difference!
Study of pictures above shows how animals want to travel---terrain directs that. Vegetation changes things, not terrain. Add timber to the pictures above or fields, but the terrain remains the same. Yes, up close things look different, but not really actually, just the vegetation differences. Or as well depicted in snow pictures, cussed snow will slightly change some movements, but not overall want-to-go-travelways. (While I am thinking about it quickly--Notice the blown open grass on top of the ridge where man is standing with field glasses and coyote tracks---Would be a great place for a winter snow and blowing snow drifting most places, set, since the snow blew away and not piled on top of that spot and coyotes passed close by.)
General overall location has been well pointed out, and dropping locations are pin point areas for final trap location. Now complicate things a bit more and add weather like the snow scenes and pin point final trap locations will be directed by where you can make a set work through the weather extremes. Same can be said where it rains a good deal, as sets must be made where water then drains away and not towards.
The East vs west thing is more a climate thing, not a difference in where animals would like to travel or how they travel through general terrain---Now, I will get critcized severely, as I am going to open myself up for it here-----Locations may actually be easier in the east to pick from, as People everywhere and major roads as well as large streams force animals much more than in the west.
Grass is not greener on other side of fence troops! You are the one that needs to adapt and put things into perspective.
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