Re: Flat Sets
My flat sets usually have eye appeal. My favorite flat set objects are white rocks on a dark background or dark/black pieces of wood on a light background. My point is, my flat sets stick out, I want them to see it first and foremaost to pique their curiosity. If you rely exclusively on wind carrying the scent, what happens in swirling wind or uncommon wind directions? I always setup for predominate wind direction, however I have seen tracks to a caught animal that came to my sets from an odd direction that did not coincide with the wind. Eye appeal imo catches as many if not more coyotes than invisible sets that rely on scent alone.
Oh yeah, I use the turd set as mentioned above....alot, but I put the turd right on sign and it is visible. One of my favorite turd sets is to transplant any vegetation that sticks out from the rest of the native vegatation, then place the turd on that visible vegetation. I learned that from the coyotes themselves when they would leave a calling card/turd near one of my sets. On turds (and I always have a supply of them with me) I put a dab of coyote gland lure on them and a shot of urine if the turd isn't a fresh one.
The other thing I do alot is when I catch a coyote, I pick up all of the turds laying around. They are then used on a distant part of my line....miles away. I believe it infurates the residant dogs, they believe there has been a trespass crapper in their territory and they just have to get a nose full to try to determine who was tresspassing. Watch a domestic dog sometime, they can't pass another dog's turds without sticking their nose on it. Give them what they like, work with the animals traits and instincts, use their behavior against them. When I started trying to catch coyotes, I tried to make them do what I wanted them to do..... now I spend more time trying to understand what they will do. And nope, I don't have them figured out, but I enjoy the challenge of coyotes, they are fun to eff with. I learn so much every year from them. Rember, work with their instincts, their traits, their tendencies. Put your sets where they are spending time (sounds like you are).
One last thing, not sure if you'll be targetting cats this year or not, they are eye appeal addicts. Find cat sign and make gawdy ugly sets that stick out, wait 1 - to a few days and collect your cat. Good luck and stay confident, you'll get them hooked up!!!!!!!!