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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Dirty Traps

Best way to clean a Trap after catch? Heard the Trap would not be good if set somewhere else due to scent of the trapped animal.
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I never had a problem with it, I usually use all fresh traps at new sets, until I run out of fresh traps then I set 'dirty' ones. Once you make a catch, just remake the set and leave the trap alone.
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Backroads, what if I move that trap to a new location?
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Thats what I'm saying, new location new trap, if ya got it. Unless its a trap that hasn't made a catch...but honestly thats just being picky, may not be the right thing to do but I'll stick a 'dirty' trap in a fresh set at a new location and still catch a fox.

The goal is to keep his nose on your dirthole (or lure however it may be) and not your trap thats buried in front of it. If you set out a dirty trap and it keeps getting dug up, then you know why! Otherwise just rub the jaws down with some dirt and reset!
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Thanks backroads
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Re: Dirty Traps

If it's never caught anything, put it right back in the ground. If it did catch something, take it to the car wash and after cleaning it, wax it and put it back in the game. Wendt told me last week when he goes west he catches as many as 10 coyotes in the same trap and never changes them out. Different climate, but not that different.

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If the set made a catch leave it set for a while

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 10:43 AM
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I run a few different lines. Usually I will clean traps in between zip codes. I got lazy one year and didn't. The catch was on par with other years but, there was some hanky panky with some dug up steel and rejection. More than I like anyway. I dislike finding only tracks at a set in the AM.

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Re: Dirty Traps

One of my most successful coyote sets is a very fast remake, you just need to catch that first one. Debris will be piled up at the stake, with the trowel bowl it out and find the dirt hole and round/clean it out a little bigger and facing straight up. If there was no original dirt hole easy enough to make one in the debris pile. Put some bait, generally a big gob of meat, in the hole, cover it about an inch with dirt from the circle, reset the trap in whatever condition it is directly over top of the bait, blend in the trap. Don't know if it matters at all but I scoop and toss away any obvious blood from the killing the yote. Its a really fast set with everything loose and chewed up, guess its a covered bait set.

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Re: Dirty Traps

Remake the set using the same trap at the same location.

If you get rejects make new set outside of the catch circle with a new trap.

When I run another line and pull the traps, I clean them and reset them.
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