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Outta Catch a Coyote Here! 5 years 5 months ago #565

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Uh, huh.... If I don't catch some coyotes here, then I should just go back to school!

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Outta Catch a Coyote Here! 5 years 5 months ago #568

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Trapping sounds alot more intresting than hunting to me....Im sure it takes alot of time / experience to learn the tricks of the trade...
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Outta Catch a Coyote Here! 5 years 5 months ago #569

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It looks warm there......Here its 15deg, wind blowing, 6in of snow....... :(
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Outta Catch a Coyote Here! 5 years 5 months ago #574

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We had a high in the upper 40's yesterday. 28 last night.

Our weather is strange. Just a few weeks ago, we literally had a high in the low 80's and the very next day temps never got out of the 40's. In a weeks time we went from balmy 80 degrees to the teens! Had some single digit stuff a week or so ago and then back in the 70's that very same week.

Not to mention rain... Rain, rain and more rain. It'll warm up and rain then sunshine and cold. Yesterday started out in the high 20's and cloudy with rain. Then the sun came out and the rest of the day was beautiful.

The way we are having to hunt now days, trapping is a LOT more interesting. I use to hunt with hounds and hunting was fun and exciting. But since my dog hunting club busted up I've resorted to still hunting. Yeah, I kill a lot more deer that way but it's nowhere near the fun running the dogs was. And NO challenge. In fact I don't even consider it "hunting" at all. I just sit in a box and shoot deer.

But that's a different subject for a different day.

With trapping I still have to hunt in that I still have to scout my area, find the trails and travel ways, find the tracks and the critter sign, identify what's there then select the proper trap, set and location to place it. Sometimes it can be as easy as falling off a log but at times it becomes quite a challenge. Like anytime I go after coyote. They are the smartest, toughest critters I've come up against yet!

Then I'll wander off into the swamps in search of beaver. The biggest challenge I have there is dealing with the deep water. I tend to operate in waters anywhere from a few inches deep to 10 feet. The scary thing is that you never know where that deep hole is, until you step off into in. It can be a bone chilling experience when you drop off and your head goes under in frigid waters. Even when the water is shallow, the mud can be deep. I've stepped off in spots where my feet went out of sight in mud.

And, can anybody tell me why the BIGGEST critter is always caught in the set FURTHEST from the truck?!

Hard work? Huh! I've never work so hard at anything that I loved so much in my life!

The top photo. See the wood line on the very back of the field? I walked it twice carrying a shovel, 2 pound hammer, traps and a bucket full of baits, tools, attractants, lures, stakes, hardware, and other trapping paraphernalia. I do a LOT of walking.

I woke up one morning to snow falling, flakes as big as Kellog's. It had piled up a foot deep when I got to my line and was still falling strong. I went in to check my line and by the time I got back to the truck, my shirt was soaked with sweat!

But, every time I find a coon staring at me with a foot in my trap, or a coyote bouncing at the end on my chain or a beaver, otter or bobcat waiting for me, it feels like Christmas! :P

Trapping is not for everybody. There are no lazy people who trap. On the first experience, you'll know if you're gonna love it or not.
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Outta Catch a Coyote Here! 5 years 5 months ago #576

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Do you trap for the fur..the meat..critter control..or all the above...?
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Outta Catch a Coyote Here! 5 years 5 months ago #577

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And...How do you kill what u find in the traps...? Shovel to the head......shotgun.....Or does it depend on what it is....?
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