Re: pole traps!!!!!!!
What most people do with pole sets in PA they run foot holds, the chain must be long enough for the critter to reach the ground if caught. They lures the set, some make sent trails up the pole with fish oil ect. Many trappers as you suggest also use a bait nail to the pole. What you will do there is you’ll make a funnel out of pine benches. The animal will not be able to work you set from behind, go around your trap and get tot eh bait, and that eliminates the visible from air aspect.
One of the main reasons trappers use the pole sets are to keep their traps working when the snow gets beep. Plenty of fisher are caught each year in land sets. If we’re not going to get deep snow that would shut down your line or at least effect it negatively. Then why not just make cubby sets? You’ll catch more animals on the ground, have less to worry about, less work and money tied up extending all of your chains which gives you more time to cover more ground and key locations. There’s nothing wrong with pole set they are a proven go too fisher set for many trappers. But with the laws in PA they are a head ach.