There has been so much written about trap placement that it is kind of an old subject, but it interests me, especially with a new season almost ready to start.
Lets talk about a single dirt hole set for coyotes. For the most part, I have been setting back about 9", dead center, and having a minimal dirt pattern, which is blended in with the surrounding surface, look and texture. The path to the set is wide open and a critter can walk right up to the hole. I have had success and failure.
I have had numerous coyotes approach the set from the side, or perhaps a 45 degree angle, dig out the hole, make a mess, drop me a present and leave, completely missing the trap.
A new method I have been studying says that most coyotes approach a set from the side, or at about a 45 degree angle. I am believing this....
The new method explains how the trap should still be back 8 or 9 inches, offset a little, BUT a guide should be placed straight out from the hole, to "force" the critter to come in from an angle. It becomes more of a walkthrough set than a true dirt hole. There are also more guides, an inch high or less, on four sides of the trap to more or less show the critter exactly where to step. It was also stated that the reason good fox trappers aren't as successful with coyotes is because of this blocking of the "straight-on" approach. Any thoughts??