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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question about hay sets

Due to this weather and snow I want to try some hay sets but I don't have hay but I do have straw will that work. Also is there a certain way to do a hay set I haven't seem one done and want to try one bc not having any luck on my dirt hole set. Could anyone help me out with this

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 03:24 PM
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Re: Question about hay sets

Straw will work, some argue that hay works better, but either will work.

The set itself is simple. Stake your trap(s), I always use 2, some guys use 1, others use 3, regardless, stake them so they will not cross one another. Place the traps so when they are staked down and extended towards each other, they are at least 18"-24" apart. They will not cross that way.

Next, you can put down a layer of hay \ straw and place the trap on it, or pound out a shallow trap bed to put the trap in. Works either way. Putting a little bit of hay \ straw down first prevents the trap from freezing down so easily. Set your traps and place them where desired. I usually put one trap on the predominant downwind approach and the other 180 degrees from it.

Next, I put down some bait between the traps.

Next, take your slice of hay / straw and shake it out over the traps in a circle, leaving a nice fluffy mound between the traps and just enough over the traps to barely hide them.

Lastly, I add some lure and / or urine to the mound in the center, between the traps.

That's it. About as easy as they come.

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Re: Question about hay sets

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Re: Question about hay sets

There is almost always some type of long grass growing near the areas I trap. I'll often just gather up an armfull of the local grass and turn messed up dirt holes into "hay sets". The mound of whatever where the wasn't one the day before I believe is the major attractor. Huge eye appeal.
Don't over think it.
I've made the sets with piles of leaves and grass clipping too. It all works.
Heck I used a pile of sand at a golf course already and caught foxes with it.


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Re: Question about hay sets

I've made them with cut down ferns and golden rod it the middle of an overgrown logging road and had it work. Same results as carrying in hay that far except it's already there. I've been experimenting and using hay sets (trash sets) in the woods. Have yet to make a hay set in a hay feild.

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Re: Question about hay sets

It is basically an eye appeal and scent post set with out the traps being bedded in dirt that can freeze up on you.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 12:34 AM
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Re: Question about hay sets

Through 2 out today, hope I connect!

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