I am involved in small game hunting for rabbits with beagles. Last season there seemed to be a surge in my area in fox trapping, and I am concerned about running the beagle in areas where there may be traps set.
Last year I came upon trapped foxes when starting out hunting in farm country (Montgomery and Berks Counties) and simply returned the dog to the truck and went elsewhere.
That caused a great reduction in huntable areas in an area where open ground is in very short supply.
The long overlap of these two seasons is a problem. My main concern is having the dog caught in a set.
I had an instance last yr. in which a beagle that was hunting with my dogs got caught in a trap set for coyote or bobcat. Someone threw a coat over him and opened the trap . He limped a for a minute and was fine after that. It scares the dog more than anything. If it ever happens make sure you throw a coat over him or the dog might bite out of fear. I'd check with the landowner if you are hunting private grounds and see if anyone's trapping and how long.There are not that many people trapping today as in the past .
The trap wont hurt the dog we have had coyote and coon dogs in them a few times. However if you arent close to the dog like we arent with coyote dogs at all times the dog itself can hurt itself in the trap, but the trap wont hurt the dog.
I had an idiot dog get caught 4 times last year, I was sorry we messed up someone's sets. No damage to the hound at all. The more fox these guys catch, the better the rabbit population. I certainly would not skip hunting a spot because there may be traps there.