I allways find it interesting this concern on here about bait being "too" tainted. I have NEVER heard someone up here say something along those lines. (Well, too tainted for our taste, but not for the animals! lol) Up here it is generally considered "the riper the better". Now part of that is due to the fact that in cold temperatures the more smell the better. BUT, what I don't understand is why critters down there would be that much pickier than ones up here. I mean, just comparing same species you would think that if our fox and coyote like rotten bait then so would the ones down there. Heck, I caught quite a few mink on VERY nasty bait before I ever read that was such a no-no.
I still have no problem with throwing a chunk of green beaver in the back of a mink cubby if I am making marten sets and that is what I have on hand.
Now, the one thing is, it seems to me that some people dislike strong baits because of a belief that it attracts more trash animals (skunks and possums mostly from what I read). We don't have that up here, so it is not a concern.
Do trappers in other areas actually think that fox/coyotes "shy away from" or "are less attracted to" tainted bait?
It is actually widely believed by many trappers I know up here that one of the reasons canines PREFER heavily tainted baits is that they are easier to digest. But I have never heard that on trapperman?