Some have been asking about choosing locations for coyote sets. Here is how I do it and some pics for fun. No doubt location plays one of the most important roles in catching fur bearers. I'll focus on coyotes/foxes for this thread but feel free to start another thread on other species.
Now, I like to start looking for sign were several points of interest meet. Once I have pin pointed a location I start scouting for sign. In the following posts I have labeled some of the more major points of interest. Blue
White= An edge (Like a field edge, crop change up, or path through the woods)Green
= a cross over or funnel point the coyotes were using heavyRed
= Actual set location that connected over the last few years.
Black = These will be points that I have set up in the past that look good but fail to make catches for reason I'm unsure of.
Lets take a look at the first spot:
I catch probably 15-20 coyotes here a year. If you look you can see there are several point that lead to a major cross over. Weather it be water, tree line or crop change ups they focus the movement of the coyotes to a few central locations. The cross over in the woods is a duck-under of an old woven wire fence. I took 6 coyotes in 6 days from that fence. Lets take a look at a few catches from this location.
The next location
I trapped this area because the farmer had several dogs killed and asked me to take as many coyotes as I could. You might notice a lack of points. I basicaly went in and had to look for cross overs from the horseshoe shaped pond and used the road as a main set location. The point were the road makes a 90 deg. turn to the woods was a great place. It was close to a cross over and also close to a wooded area. Here are a few catches from there.
From the road
This was a tree next to the road It was a lone feature in the field