Started setting up a new farm today. It's a BIG piece of property with creeks one three sides.
I went in on one of these creeks this morning and made a few coon sets. I found some beaver sign and plan to take some 330's back in there with me tomorrow.
I turned off the main road and was driving through this farm when I spotted this. On one side the wood line comes straight out to the road. This is a shot of the left side of the road that dead ends in the owners sisters front yard, 8 tenths of a mile off the county road.
Pay no mind to the dark spot in the photo. Evidently there was some trash on my lens.
Now. Straight across the road is this hedge row that runs the length of the field to the other set of woods. There is a hog farm and driveway on the other side of this hedge row.
Now when I saw this, I told myself, in all my infinite wisdom, "Self... I bet the coyotes run this wood line right here.". Then I looked down.
Uh, huh.... If I don't catch some coyotes here, then I should just go back to school!
If I should catch an incidental, that I didn't want, and I'm gonna release? I will try to pet it before I let it go. So far I've petted 6 grey fox, 1 red fox, 8 or 10 coons, a truck load of possums, 2 cats and a Boarder Collie! 😠
But the fact is, a raccoon is a nasty, vicious creature. Sharp teeth, long claws, quick reflexes and bad temperament in general. Fox, bobcats and even coyotes steer clear of them. They may look cute and cuddly but try to pet it and you'll wind up with shredded fingers! 😒
But.... I'll see cain't I get you a close up anyway.
It snowed last night, temps are in the teens and it should be a good morning on the trap line. I'm headed out to check now.
See y'all when I get back!
But I don't release coyotes.
I've released lots and lots of possums without a catch pole. I released a couple of fox and one coon without a catch pole, just to see if I could. Bobcat, you can release without a pole if you have a piece of plywood.
Found this in one of my sets yesterday.
Not sure what to do with a no collared blue eyed dog in a coyote set I got on the phone and called a friend of mine who lives on the highway in front of this set. When I described it she told me that this is the dog that had attacked her oldest daughter a few months ago. They had to fight it off with a stick.
So... Bless it's little heart. This girl died of lead poisoning before I could get her out of the trap.
What's a white dog pelt worth on the fur market?
I'm fixin' to get outta here and see what's waiting for me today.
I found 4 of my dog proof coon traps dug out by fox this morning. They hadn't been tripped but I had to hack them loose from the frozen ground to reset them. I don't imagine that my coyote sets would fire if the coyote DID step on them. All froze up! I got back to the truck and had to knock the ice off of my waders before I sat down.
And it's supposed to be colder still tomorrow. I think I heard that tomorrows high is gonna be somewhere around 11.
That means, I'm gonna have to dig out all my sets and reset them with salt. That should be fun. 😵