tr, good loctions are thick cover for sure. Stone piles, log piles, overgrown, abandon farm houses, swamps, thickets, Beagle Clubs places where Mice to Rabbits hide.
This location is a weed & brush choked, section of ole canel in a remote spot, that runs for 2 miles.
As far as bait, Liver, Rabbit, Chicken, Muskrat, Deer, Mink. Even Weasel carcass is good.
The key is to use a good lure. The lure will produce scent longer than bait. I always use bait combined with lure. I use Weasel Gland Lure.
This set, along with most of my wintertime Canine sets has Deer Meat.
It's the fine stuff from the band saw, that butcher throws away. A butcher friend saves me gallons of this free bait.
It's fine, and crumbles (as shown in box) and make Canines work to get all the crumbs in dirtholes.
I just fill a small coffee can as needed...