Coyote Trapping Tips & Techniques

As long as there has been a fur trade, the coyote is a very important and valuable furbearer. Coyote populations throughout the world have been rising for decades now, and as such, have spread to locations where they have never been. With the rising population, there are more and more opportunities to catch coyotes.

Coyote trapping can be very difficult because these animals are known to be very intelligent and can give you real headaches while trying to catch them. As most of you know, coyotes are dog family members. To have more chances in catching coyotes it is advisable to do this during the fall and winter as these animals usually travel on larger areas in comparison to spring or the beginning of the summer when they can be found only in limited areas.
Most of the coyotes rely on their nose, eyes and ears in order to protect themselves from any incoming danger. They usually follow certain routes/paths and also they roaming around high hills, from where they can observe the entire environment. The key to trapping coyotes is knowing their habits (what they usually do) and using well-thought techniques in order to trap them efficiently.

The first thing you should do is try to locate the most suitable place for setting the traps. Coyotes usually circle around areas where they can roam easily, where there aren't any obstacles: an example would be old roads. It is highly advisable to set the traps on ground level in order to catch coyotes after they walk across the ground where the trap is installed.
If the trap is set at a different ground level, your chances for success are lower because coyotes will notice something is wrong and they will run in the other direction. Coyotes usually prefer locations such as: trail junctions, high hills, groves of trees not to mention isolated lands, livestock trails and fence crossing.

Coyotes are highly adaptive and very intelligent animals that require special skills to catch. There are several tried and true methods developed over the years that all have advantages and disadvantages. The one thing they all have in common is that they catch coyotes by exploiting the coyotes natural habits of hunger, curiosity, or territory.

Top 4 Coyote Trapping Methods

There are 4 main methods for trapping coyotes. To read more about each method click one of the links below.

The Baited Set
The Blind Set
The Dirthole Set
The Flat Set

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