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Hey everyone i appreciate the help some of you have given me so far. Maybe you guys could help me out a bit more on here.

I wanted to try and start out small so what im working with is the following....

#1 Duke coilspring - 2 of these
# 1/4 Duke coilspring - 1
mini shovel
gloves
rubber boots
a lure/scent called 3 dog or something from gander mt. says its good for fox, coyote and bobcat
trap tags
double swivel stakes
3/8 stakes
dirt screener
wax paper

i intend on making a dirt hole set for coyote with the 1 3/4 ive read reviews and watched youtube videos of how to do this and looks relatively simple too set but i can see how it would take some time to master the art

with a dirthole set would it be a good idea to take scraps from cutting up a deer and stuff it down in the bottom of the hole while putting some of the lure at the entrance of the dirt hole?

and as far as my #1 traps, i have a creek nearby with a couple bridge culverts that i see some big raccoon there and thought i would dig a hole into the creek bank and set 2 of them with marshmalow as my lure..

anyone local to williamsport willing to tag along sometime to see how im doing?

appreciate the time to look at this

Chris
 

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I'll take a stab at it. I dont live in PA right now. Fox and yote are a learning process, Coon and marshmellows will work. And scent you might use,IMO, will best be served on the backing and bait is a preference. Mouse dung will work if it is done right. There are to many answers here. Dont get discouraged right off if it doesnt happen fast. You may ask if you could tag along with someone else. Just my two cents.
GL to you.
 

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thanks for the reply.. like i said i wanted to try a set or two and start small.. i have what i need right now to accomodate 1 set for coyote and 1-2 for coon if i set them right (at least thats what im told)

i dont need to have huge success but it would be nice to walk up to something in the trap from time to time.. wanted to take up trapping because i've already got my buck, doe and turkey.. and i go 1 day for bear this saturday with a gang and thats it..

i'll buuy more traps and supplies if it gets to be productive.

the place i planned on setting my 1.75 duke tonight is rocky, elevated with mountain laurel.. i know there are fox there but havent seen coyote..

has anyone ever made a hay set in the woods off a trail? there would unlikely be very much dirt as its mostly rocky soil.. i would use the trap double stakes with hay and my lure on top if anyone thinks it would be worth a shot
 

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It will work. Eye appeal like crazy with hay on leaves. If you can't get stakes in the ground, attach your trap(s) to a single drag with 8' of chain. They'll get hung up quick in the laurel.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I'll give it a shot tonight and take a picture. I'll post when I get home
 

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Adam said it, eye appeal. I rely heavily on eye appeal regardless of where I'm setting, be it farmlands or woods.

IMO the hay set is just another variation of a trash mound set, and the later can be constructed with woods debris. Scrape leaves, sticks and woods duff into a visible mound. Don't try to conceal your scrape marks, lots of fresh dirt scratched up, a pile of debris and good smells coming from the very visible pile will cause your back to get sore from bending down to remove a trap from the nosey critters that just have to investigate. Don't overthink this game, most of us do when we first start out. There is no magic or voo-doo involved. trapping is plain hard work and the more work you're willing to do, the more you will benefit... That is until our re-elected clown starts with trapping redistribution, I can see it now, that trapper over there is working extremely hard and making lots of catches, that bum over there stays up late drinking all night, can't get his lazy [censored] out of bed until 11:00 am, is to fat and lazy to walk across the field that doesn't have road access and he isn't catching anything. Rally the socialistic brigade, that poor, fat, lazy, hungover trapper deserves some fur redistribution. It's just not right that guy that is breaking his back is catching all of those animals, fur redistribution will undoubtedy need to be implemented to even thing out....

OK, sorry for the rant. All kidding aside, work hard, learn the animal you're pursuing, and you will make your share of catches.
 
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