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#25280 - 09/25/17 10:15 PM Big Woods Logging Roads.
357cyrus Offline
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Registered: 10/29/16
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Loc: North Central Ohio
Every year I hunt the Allegheny National Forest and wanted to try running a small trap line this year. I plan on going up the day before bear season opener and putting in 12-15 k-9 sets since I typically see coyote scat on most back roads. This past weekend I went up to scout some logging roads for K9 sign, stage some sets to let animals get used to them for a couple months, and pre-dig some trap beds since the ground is typically more rock than dirt. Im not sure if I should be loud or subtle with my luring. In my mind the animals are more scarce so it would help to have a loud call lure (Dunlap's "Hellfire" is one I have) smeared upwind and 3-5 sets w/ subtle lures/baits spread out downwind about 100 yards or so. Any advice would be appreciated. I ended up hitting 4 logging roads of various ages. I staged most sets in varitions of these...

This first one is kind of a walk through on a two track with one side blocked down w/ dead sticks. Wind comes from the top right,
game trail from the left. I put a small log on one side of trap bed, and a rock on the other, Im thinking a q-tip of coyote gland lure on one, and fox gland on the other.

Below, a game trail crosses the logging road and runs into the set looking at it. I moved this log with a hole in the center, and figured I could use a piece of white polyfill for a visual attractant mimicking fur(white dots in picture), and a mouse based bait stuffed in.


The last one I set a foot or two from where I found coyote scat. I drilled a whole where each of the green dots are and figured Id put a different smell in each hole.


Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Thanks


Edited by 357cyrus (09/25/17 10:47 PM)

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#25282 - 09/26/17 08:00 AM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
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Looks good. But I don't think you'll need loud call lures. The animals will be traveling the road and will be right on top of your sets.
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#25284 - 09/26/17 06:03 PM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
Mike Conrad Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 257
Loc: Sheffield, Ohio
What part of the Allegheny will you be in? Anywhere near Sheffield?

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#25285 - 09/26/17 06:46 PM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
Utk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/15
Posts: 171
Loc: S.E. Kentucky
Hal is right. I set a lot in various logging/ATV trails and no need for a loud lure anywhere. A subtle punched in hole with ground mouse will get them to stop.

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#25286 - 09/26/17 07:11 PM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
357cyrus Offline
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Registered: 10/29/16
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Loc: North Central Ohio
OK, thanks guys. Ill lay off the loud stuff then. Mike, Ill be a few miles north of Marienville on Rt 66. So i guess not too far from Sheffield, PA. Never been there though. In case you meant Sheffield, OH... I used to live in Elyria when i first moved out this way, so Im familiar with the Sheffield area. I work in Oberlin.


Edited by 357cyrus (09/26/17 07:14 PM)

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#25287 - 09/26/17 07:29 PM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
Mike Conrad Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 257
Loc: Sheffield, Ohio
No, I meant PA. Have done a lot of camping there over the years but we camped north of where 66 dead ends into 666. Have driven through where you are planning to trap. Is that fire tower still there? Use to be able to climb right up, but then they fenced it off. It was quite a view.

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#25288 - 09/26/17 08:39 PM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
357cyrus Offline
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Registered: 10/29/16
Posts: 18
Loc: North Central Ohio
Yes, the fire tower is still there.

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#25289 - 09/27/17 01:47 AM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
Utk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/15
Posts: 171
Loc: S.E. Kentucky
Subtly take half the road away from them or use puddles to help with steering them to a smaller area. I see your pic, you're doing that. A burnt stob on the edge is a good post/ walk through.


Edited by Utk1 (09/27/17 01:49 AM)

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#25290 - 09/27/17 08:41 AM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
Ric Offline


Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3663
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
On all three locations pictured. Visualize where there feet are going to be when they are working the lure when you place your traps.

#1 could also be a strictly blind set (nothing more satisfying than catching a coyote in one of those). Couple of stepping sticks, guides and your good.

#2 Will certainly work as is. I like my lure up higher though. I would prop up the end facing the center of the road

#3 I would like that one as it is.

If these are going to be on the same road, remember to use different smells. Don't want them to have the same experience at each stop

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#25292 - 09/28/17 07:48 PM Re: Big Woods Logging Roads. [Re: 357cyrus]
357cyrus Offline
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Registered: 10/29/16
Posts: 18
Loc: North Central Ohio
OK, thanks to all, glad I asked.

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