Broke the ice on the K9s today. Picked up a coyote today in a Dirt hole set with a MB-550. A gray fox in a Dirt hole / Rock cubby set with a MB-550. And 2 coons and a possum in dog proofs. This full moon seems to have the predators up and moving some. The cold nights should be helping some to.
This gray fox was took in a set I call a cedar tree set. I know I am not the one to come up with it but I had never heard of it and one day on the line I seen a small cedar tree and made a set there like a scent post set. The next morning there was a gray fox in the trap. This set has worked good on gray fox, red fox, & bobcat for me.
I try to find a tree on the edge of a field or thick cover. I will put the set on the down wind side. The trap most of the time is about 2” to 4" away from the tree. I will blind the trap in very good. Leave no dirt spot.
I will take a call lure and put it up in the tree depending on the size it will be put on the top or in the middle. Thin at the bottom of the cedar about where the foxes nose will be I will put a small amount of lure to make him get up in there with his nose. He will work the set hard to find it and keep his feet moving over the trap.
Here is a video of the cedar tree set.
we are 6 days in to the Wv trapping season and it's been slow. Worm temps have not got the predators up and moving good yet. So far this week we have pulled 10 coon, 4 possums, 1 beaver & 1 Skunk. I had a bobcat work a cubby set and never stepped on the pan on Tuesday. Wensday I had a coyote or a fox work a set and stepped every where but the pan and also had a deer pop off a Fox set. But as far as the coons go the feeders we have been running are doin great. All the coon but 2 have been caught around the feeders. And they all for the most part have been good size coons. For Southern Wv a 13 to 16 pound good is about avg. and anything over the 18 pounds and up are getting in to the studs. The biggest for this season I thank is around 17 pounds. On the beaver side of things we have only picked up one so my opening week beaver catch is way down. Out water level is way low for this time of year and that is not helping the catch numbers there. I am not finding a lot of sign either. I thank with the worm times the the water plants have not died off yet and they are not having to get on the banks as much yet to find food. Maybe they will start working land a little more the end of this month and we can start picking them up. And I am working on my next video to add to the YouTube channel. I am starting them with the title Trapping Southern West Virginia Season 3 episode 1 and so on from here out. Instead of just giving each one a different title each video.
I hope ole everyone is having a great season and be save out there on the line.
Here re is a few pics from this week.
The hole blog thing is new to me and I am sure no one cares about what is goin on with my line but if anyone reads my blog leave a comment and let me know. If y'all do like it I will try and keep them goin. Don't thank I can have the time to do them every day but may try one a week or maybe 2 if I have the time.
Working and Trapping
Like most trappers, I work 5 days a week 7a.m. to 3p.m. All traps are ran after work. I use an ATV and have for the last 2 seasons, it really helps a lot. This past season I was running on 5 farms when the season opened. I would pull on the the first farm around 4 p.m. and most evenings I would pull in to the house around 10-11p.m.
Running the line
The way I run my lines is, on the weekends I set as many sets out as I can run. Through the week I make sure the sets are working and if I have any catches I remake them and move on. On the days I don't have catches I try to add sets in spots where I have seen tracks and sign. The first week of the season this year I was running 87 sets after the first week. 40 some sets being put in opening day and the rest I put in over the week. I try to set as much on each property as I can and I will run that property for about 3 weeks. I pull everything I can then pick up and move on to the next. Later in the season I will go back and see what kind of sign is showing up on the property I trapped at the beginning of the season. I have learned that animals move around and at different times through the season some spots tend to pick up more animals then others. There is no need to trap the same piece of land for 4 months if you can get in and set the right spots pull the fur and move on to better ground. Then maybe a month or two come back and check and see if new animals have moved in or not.
After the catch
On the evening I do not have a big catch I would skin and put up that evening. Most of what I catch gets skinned and goes to the freezer through Nov & Dec., then come Jan after deer season is over and the lines slow down some I start laying out fur to work on the weekends. That systym seems to work good for me. I will run traps at daylight and then get back and put up what I caught that day and then start working on fur I have layed out. I have picked up a few tips for fur that goes in the freezer. I will roll up all fur, fur side out, go from the tail to the nose. I will lay them in the freezer with the nose on top. I do this so when I pull the fur out to thaw I can hang them up from the nose and let the weight of the hide help pull them down as they thaw out. This way helps them to thaw out faster.
The bigest way to have a line that work for you is to try different things and see if it helps you. I have tried a lot of stuff that did not work for me but at the same time I have picked up stuff that I never would have thought would work and it turned out to be a good thing.
I hope throw this website and the Backwood's Trapper YouTube channel is to show what goes on out on the trap line. I hope to help others with my videos and with what I have learned. I don't know everything but what I do know I have worked hard to learn. Not every set works for everyone. The biggest thing I have learned with trapping is you have to be able to adapt to changes. No two days are the same.
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