Was goin to start trapping this week now that my deer tags are filled but I'm not workin close to home so I would have to get up an extra couple hours before work to check my traps. So I never have before but was thinking of just checking the traps when I get home around 3ish in the afternoon instead of checkin them at 4am before work. I'm just worried about anythin that I get workin itself out of my sets or chewing its leg off. From the way it looks I'm goin to have time off soon to trap but for this week I'm workin. I was only planning on setting maybe a dozen fox an coon set.
From September to April my world revolves around hunting the rest is preseason.
I do alot of travel for work and have to deal with the same thing. I would always check traps at 3:30 to 4 am then get home take a shower and head out the door for work. Then wonder all day at work if something was caught after I checked because it doesn't get light until 7. I got up late one day a couple of years ago and waited until I got home and checked after 4 and had a large coon foot in a trap, that bothered me. Canines don't seem to mind the wait but what if somebody comes by while hunting. I had a deer hunter "help me out" one time by shooting a red fox for me with a large caliber rifle.
I too check traps in the morning and have considered going to the afternoon check as I have to be to work at 5.
This coyote was caught after my initial check in the morning. We had a lot of crappy weather and I was just going out to freshen the set up at around 2 pm. I was shocked to say the least when I walked up with my little lure bottle only to have this guy there. The catch circle was there but not too bad. I am assuming an after 10 or so catch.
Who is to say the catch you have wasn't caught but an hour after your morning check the day before......... only to assume it was caught an hour before your check.
If I checked in the afternoon, I wouldn't be rushed to get back to work. I have daylight to check my traps, hence a lot faster. I can do all my remakes as I go, I usually went back out in the afternoon to do remakes which would save gas.
Years back when I both worked and trapped fox, I mostly used water or springhole sets as some called them. I would check my traps early before work, harvest the catch and hang the traps on a nearby tree branch till I could properly remake the set on Saturday.