I've been working for a while now learning how to set foot hold traps for coyotes. I've finally had my first success only to figure out my next problem. I set two traps on good trails with tracks and scat. made dirt hole sets with some caven preadator bait in the hole and some red fox gland at the backing. I've been working on bedding my traps better, and took the time to dye and wax the traps this year for scent. both traps caught the first night.
now I have a staking problem. I had been using 18in stakes and wiring the strap chain to the stake head. This worked for a lot of raccoons and a bobcat. But both of these coyotes in the struggle I guess worked that wire around enough that they got it off the stake head and escaped with my trap. disappointing, wish I could have collected the yote. I'm not sure what will happen to them whether or not they will ultimately die or not. Any thoughts? only about $30 worth of traps lost. wish I had them back but not a huge financial loss. I'm excited to have actually caught though. presumably coyotes anyways...I reset both traps that night with better stake down and didn't catch. had to go home the next morning. ready to go back and try again. We have tons of them, I doubt seriously i'll ever catch enough to make a big difference but a few has to help and its something fun to do down on the place.