Re: First time trapping
Adam said it, eye appeal. I rely heavily on eye appeal regardless of where I'm setting, be it farmlands or woods.
IMO the hay set is just another variation of a trash mound set, and the later can be constructed with woods debris. Scrape leaves, sticks and woods duff into a visible mound. Don't try to conceal your scrape marks, lots of fresh dirt scratched up, a pile of debris and good smells coming from the very visible pile will cause your back to get sore from bending down to remove a trap from the nosey critters that just have to investigate. Don't overthink this game, most of us do when we first start out. There is no magic or voo-doo involved. trapping is plain hard work and the more work you're willing to do, the more you will benefit... That is until our re-elected clown starts with trapping redistribution, I can see it now, that trapper over there is working extremely hard and making lots of catches, that bum over there stays up late drinking all night, can't get his lazy [censored] out of bed until 11:00 am, is to fat and lazy to walk across the field that doesn't have road access and he isn't catching anything. Rally the socialistic brigade, that poor, fat, lazy, hungover trapper deserves some fur redistribution. It's just not right that guy that is breaking his back is catching all of those animals, fur redistribution will undoubtedy need to be implemented to even thing out....
OK, sorry for the rant. All kidding aside, work hard, learn the animal you're pursuing, and you will make your share of catches.