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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