I spooked a fox this fall...checking before bear hunting...had 2 sets of eyes and started over the hill...i was shocked when.1 ran away...thought it pulled out...a quick check and i realized it wasnt in a trap yet lol....just realllllly close to the other set..
4 in the afternoon is not that late, if your line is long. my day starts , after getting kids to school,first checks at 6:15am and usually checking last traps between 4-5pm. my line this year was 86mi one way. lot of miles between farms, and the time it takes to walk the land you can't drive on. if my job carries on into the season, then half the line before work and the rest after.