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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Live in 4C, Hunt 4C, 5C & 3D
Re: Very frustrated, first time trapper...
I trapped for the first time last year, and posted a very similar post to your's on another forum. The answer I got was "PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE" ....and they were correct.
I have coyotes around and figured trapped one would be a slam dunk...I still haven't got one.
But after about 6 weeks of trapping I had 4 red fox, 8 coon, a few grinners and skunks. I also had some misses, traps dug up, flipped over, and ignored.
The fox came on dirt hole sets and hay stack sets.
I think scent control is a big one, wear rubber boots and rubber gloves. Make sure there is ABSOLUTELY NO SCENT on your traps as well, coons will dig them up for sure. Don't be afraid to set several traps in an area with some good sign, and if you lose confidence in one area, move your traps. Give them at least a week at each location. I had some sets that I had alot of confidence in when I set them, but they got absolutely no attention.
Post some pictures of your sets, guys on here can help critique them. It's a learning process like anything else, after 6 weeks last year I really felt like I learned alot.