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Hunter , I'll post a pic like that one you posted but of a coyote . This year the foxes are really scarce in this area of Nova Scotia where I live and trap . There is lots of farm land for foxes . I haven't even seen a fox track in my travels all fall . There used to be lots of foxes around this neck of the woods but for some reason they seem to have disappeared .

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Thats some good information. I think those same type of regs will eventually be implimented here in the U.S. so any new purchases for me will be of the type traps that you have just identified. Looks like the belisle is the trap of choice for me. I read an interesting article in Trapper and Predator Caller on the research that was done to come up with those new regulations. I think Canada did the right thing by being pro-active and getting those traps certified.

Another good catch. The coyotes around here must be laughing at my coyote sets because......I have yet to catch one! Although a few of them pissed on my sets neener!

I have heard people say that when the coyotes move into an area, the fox population takes a dive because the coyotes won't tolerate another canine in their home range and they kill them. Do you think that could have anything to do with the decline of fox in your area?

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Hunter , WE can still use the same traps that we always used for now but the new regs will be in effect in the next few years . The big thing with foot trapping is that it works so good in open weather but the fur is not as prime . The disadvantage is that we are supposed to run the gear every 24 hours . The price fo gas and the price of the coyotes , It 's hardly worth it . The snares on the other hand you don't have to check until once or twice a week depending on the temperature . The coyote spoils quick . The snares dispatches them pretty quick . We don't use the killing spring , but the snares have to have a locking device that keeps it from opening . This works extreamely well .
Here is a real good set for coyotes . Find yourself a good sized mound and set your trap right in the center and make sure the trap is in a good hollow . I use a drag pole but I understand that some places in the States you can't use drags . don 't matter solid or drag this will wor really well .Once you have your trap in place make small hole with your trap steak or anything that will make a hole then I pour a bit of Hawkbecker Fox Food lure in the hole . The hole should be about 4 feet from the mound . No urein nescearry . Just the lure .I like a little brush over the hole to really get the curosity going . The will get up on the mound every time for a good look to see if they can see what is in the hole . This set is excellent for for as well . Maybe I alreadyexplained that set to ya . I know I have posted it before . Anyway that is a good one .
I think that's why the foxes have disappeared is because of the coyote . I know they don't dine together on a carces . The fox would be dinner for sure

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That is a set I want to try. I could make a mound out back and use it every season. How big should the mound be? How high and how wide?
We have to use a relaxing lock on our snares.

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The mound could be as small as an ant hill I have used these that were no longer used by the ants . They were about a foot high by maybe 2 feet wide , that size or bigger . I don't think that size means too much as long as it is higher than the terrain where your set is .They will get up as high as they can even the slightest bit higher . A height of 2 feet would be about the best . That's good and high for a good look . I have seen their tracks on top of gravel piles 10 to 15 feet and higher . There was a friend where I had permission to trap and a spot where he was cutting some firewood . The surface was pretty flat and I just took a rake and made a mound about 10 in. to a foot and maybe 2 feet in diamenter .Within a couple days I had a fox after he sprung the trap by mistake and I reset it then caught the fox .This set is good to avoid non target animals as well.

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Hunter , Here us a pic of how we set the snare for cat and coyote . One is a log over a brook and the other is a trail set

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Sorry, they are both trail sets. Here is a log set

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I've had pretty goo luck with the log set. It always amazes me that they will run right through that loop even in the wide open. The set you have there looks good with the branches closing it down. Did you open that up yourself (cut away some limbs) or is it a natural crossing?

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On one of those logs I cut a small tree and spiked it to the log and trimed the branches to suite myself and one was pretty natural .Just a little adjusting for the snare . There is another log about 50 yards up the brook that I took a cat on this season . I just don't have a pic of that one .JUst a small trail in pretty thick stuff to get on the log prefect for a cat but a little thick for the cat trapper LOL LOL I have coyote snares in that area so I 'll try and get a pic of the spot where I got the cat . I have to get right out on the log to get a pic . you'll be able to see then just how thick it is . I do like to narrow it up some to cut down the chances of the cat getting by the snare . If the snare is centered on the log then you don't really need much brush as long as you have the proper height from the bottom of the loop to the log . I like to put a stick over top the snare so they don't lift their head over the snare . The set should almost look like a trail set . The only place to put their head is in the snare

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That log in the pic is the more natural one . Here is the one I cut the tree for and spiked it to the log . I jus found those logs this fall and set them up and took a cat .

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