You guys have read of my issues in my "frustrated" thread. Well, this was one of the sets that I haven't had any trouble with. It's a big hole set stuffed with a muskrat carcass and a wad of grass on the side of a big mound of dirt. I set these whenever I can because they garner so much k9 attention. (I caught the neighbors dog in a similar set yesterday.) This mound was covered up in fox and coyote tracks. I couldn't get a stake to bite so I used a drag. Not much brush around but the field is unmowed so there's lots of big grass hummocks to get hung up on....or at least that was the plan.
I checked this set the other night and thought it was frozen down. Like a dummy I tapped the dirt over the pan and ended up with a nice 4 coiled k9 wolfer across all 4 fingers on my right hand. LOL
I checked the line this morning and the flag I had marking the location of the drag itself was down. We only had a skiff of snow but I could plainly see coyote tracks going straight into the set with no hesitation. I looked around with my flashlight and was having a really hard time finding a direction of travel and was really surprised to not see the animal hung up somewhere. I also found where it's mate was on the backside of the same mound. I wished I'd had 2 traps there. I did have another set about 25-30 yards away though.
I looked as long as I could but had to leave for work. I called my buddy who is the landowners son and gave him a heads up. Turns out his work for the day got cancelled so he said he'd go see if he could find it. A half hour later he called and said he'd found it. It was 500 yards from where the set was, tangled up in some brush. The pics will show how it made it that far.
Another thing to think about is how long the chain is that you use to attach the trap to the drag. (I recommend at least 6 feet. I've got about 6 feet of chain on my drags plus the 10 inches or so that come on the trap.) Maybe it was all open terrain but 500 yards is a long way not to get tangled around something.... I don't see a problem with the two prong drags (once you get the chain fixed to is properly) as long as you use a long enough chain... Just my 2 cents.. Glad you got the yote. Nice job.