Agree with PA Hunter/Trapper.
Some folks make trap bed too large. This makes stabilizing trap a pain.
Tell nephew to make smaller trap bed, close to the size of trap. Bed can be slightly cone shaped. If levers and jaws need more room, tell nephew to use his hammer to pound out needed space. Then bed trap and pound outside corners for a solid fit.
All in all, keep the trap bed small.
Laylow.You say he has alot of dug up traps.
Other reasons as mentioned, Coon & Grey Fox feel movement or fresh dirt and begin to scratch, feel around or dig creating problems.
Another reason for dug up traps is the traps smell. An unnatural odor will cause digging from all predators.
Are his traps odor free?
Are there other folks trapping nearby. Possibly Canines are educated to standard dirtholes. Am sure your nephew educated a few as well.
Blend sets with surrounding duff, maybe make a blended flat set & blended trail sets. Late season now, Canines have a their doctorate degree in trapping and survival. Mix up & blend nephew's sets.
Another alternative to trapping is Calling. Maybe try calling those Coyotes?
Last edited by Hern; Yesterday at 08:01 AM.