ive used bait on occasion but usually just lure and urine..
the hayset is fun and easly to play with and modify!
we finally have snow...im setting me a couple in a day or 2...tweaked my back Saturday or id be setting now...gotta drive out to feed the coon dog every day..might as well set some steel while its cold...
technically..... you used straw instead of hay. I guess it should work the same though.
Do you think? I'm not sure. Growing up around hay filled barns I can tell you hay has an odor. Straw doesn't. Go, break open a hay bale, inhale. Smell that? Try it with a bale of straw. Smell anything? I think not.
I do believe some of the appeal of the hay set is the odor of the hay.
But you can get by using neither. The hay set is just an variation of the old manure set as popularized many years ago by a Minnesota fox and coyote trapper. He used manure taken from cattle barns. He would use a good bushel measure full of manure, the sodden, stained straw and its accompanying accessories, and conceal his traps in that. He felt no self respecting fox or coyote would pass up a nice little manure pile on a crossing or woods edge. The man caught a lot of fur in these sets. He also said the manure smell masked the human and steel odors associated with himself and his traps.