I have been using small black plastic buckets over my dirt hole sets often this year. Picked up a couple of foxes and one yote, they smelled the bait and tipped over the bucket. Then they kicked the bucket. LOL
Pain in the neck rain. Less work for me to put buckets over traps (like this morning) and then deal with water logged dirt hole set. I don't have a lot set because only have time to check and maintain a short trap line.
This year has been an absolute Beast for trapping with the rain. Between working a full-time job, being a father to four children and trying to keep a decent line up and running is wearing me out!! I was happy we just actual had 3 days in a row with no rain or snow but that is about to change this evening!!
I use wax dirt on all my K9 sets this time of year so I will let them ride through the rain. If there's a puddle on next days check I will clean out and replace with new dirt if they look good I leave them alone.
I never cover them. I’m using waxed dirt, so they’ll not freeze. A deeper snow is a bigger concern for me....I break out the whisk broom, clean the set, and try to blend it all back together. I try to stay on the quad when I’m doing this, use a full size broom. Critters don’t care about the quad tracks...they’ll often use them as runways.
The rain this season has been horrible. Last week week had 3 major rain events and another night of 25 mph winds. I’ve caught fur many times in a light rain, but not much when it rains 1/2” or more in a night.
I make my sets with grass or weeds to cover my sets, with wire screen pan cover. These sets will take rain and more rain. So I don't cover them up for rain.
I haven't made a set with dirt since around the 1st of November. That's about when I went to all screen cover and grass or duff nearby the set.
I do place something over the whole set when heavy rain is forecasted, if I have a long drive thru farmers fields. I don't want to make ruts on farm lane, so I wait for drier weather or frozen ground.
I check my line with my little Ram 50. Most of my line is on tractor lanes or the edge of crop/hay fields with no lanes. I depend on firm ground to access those areas, frozen ground is the best.
When we get heavy rain and warm temps it becomes impossible for me run my line without doing serious damage to trails and fields. Rutting up tractor trails and field edges would get me kicked off most of the properties I have permission to trap on. So when I know heavy rain and warm temps are coming, I cover my traps. It's more efficient than snapping everything off and resetting.