Discussion in 'Varminter & Hunting Forum' started by markT, Dec 31, 2019.
A trail cam can be your new best friend.
Trapping will accomplish your reduction goals faster than calling and shooting. I have a deal with a meat processor to pick up their scraps. It costs them to put it in a dumpster, so they are always willing. I secure the meat and bones to the ground in an area where I can put out snares. I wait for them to leave trails and keep baiting the spot. Once I have a good trail, I put out a snare or two on the trail and like magic, I always have a coyote in the snare the next day. I keep baiting and putting out snares until I no longer have fresh tracks. I have cleaned out my hunting areas of coyotes using this method in Minnesota.
Did I hear that coyote prices for dogs in your area are crazy high this year?? jd
Ha.... I've never had a non target animal in my traps. Its all in how you put out the traps. Height from ground, loop size. Leg hold traps are better if in a populated area as you can release non target animals. Also, you don't put out snares if the trails are full of non target animal tracks, and you can tell the difference between a domestic dog and a coyote track. Check your state's regs, as every state is a bit different on what they allow.
To the guys using dry dog food. I get that they won't carry it off to eat , but, what happens when it gets wet? Do you just sprinkle it on the ground? How often do you refresh it.
Set shooting bait setups at least 20 yards from cover, if freezing weather, frozen buckets of scraps last longer than loose scraps. If not freezing than large whole baits prevent grab and dash. A game cam gives you the time stamp of activity. Most shooting opportunities will be under dark conditions, although I have had coyote show up right ahead of weather fronts, snow starting in afternoons. As with most large predator baiting attempts, localized hunting pressure will be a factor in establishing an active bait and shooting opportunities.
WindSurgeon, you have misunderstood me, and it's my fault.
Around here, when talking trapping, "dogs" is slang for coyotes, and "cats" for bobcats. These are the two main target critters, and I was questioning the current price of coyote pelts.
It is indeed a crime that there is a growing movement to ban leg-hold traps by people who are ignorant about the topic.
I would much rather that my dog was accidentally trapped in a leg-hold trap and released, than by a snare which would probably kill him fairly quickly. As a matter of fact, I've got a pretty funny story about my dog actually getting trapped right in our camp one time when we were coyote calling. -- and no, he wasn't harmed. jd
I have a really mean Rooster that I could try, maybe leave him in a cage to protect the coyotes from harm! Haha. Results may vary.
My neighbors up the road have a hog confinement. When they have casualties we take em across the road to an open field that has a river bottom leading to it. The neighbor kid has taken a few that way, timing never works out for me though.
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