Coyote Traps

When trapping coyotes, chain swivels are necessary: one at the stake, one in the middle of the chain, and one at the trap. When staking the trap down, a relatively short chain can be used. However, the ones that are really short will allow the coyote to pull the stake out of the ground.

The stakes for anchoring coyote traps in open areas are a crucial item and should be at least 18 inches long and 1/2-inch in diameter, or made of iron rod. The coyote trap should be fastened to the stake with a chain repair link that should be welded shut. For a loose soil like sand for example, you should take into consideration cross-staking the traps by using two stakes driven at different angles and the stakes fastened at the top and afterwards attached to the trap chains.
You'll also have to take into consideration resetting the coyote trap. It is advisable to do it in the same place, or remake the set into a dirt hole set at the edge of the disturbed set area. We recommend that you leave all sets out for about 2 weeks before deciding to move the traps to a new location. Check the trap(s) every 24 hours, preferably in the morning (9-10 AM). Every four days, re-scent the trap by using only 8-10 drops.

Live Coyote Traps

When using live coyote traps, you should cover them with soil and natural debris. Make sure that no metal is showing at all. In the back of the box trap, place bait / meat scraps / road kill. Bait and soil should be handled while you are wearing latex / vinyl gloves. You'll have to practice firing the box trap in order to make sure that the mechanism works flawlessly and is not obstructed in any way.

Remember that a live coyote trap should not be placed where livestock bestow as cows and goats will play with it and ruin the trap. This box trap can be constructed using any solid wood. Some of the live coyote traps have a door at each end of the box. Some have only one door, while the other end is covered with heavy gauge wire or grating to block the animals' escape.

The new traps with factory oil still on them should be left outside in the weather and allowed to develop a light coat of rust so they will take the dye. Do not boil rubber-jawed traps because the boiling water causes the rubber pads to deteriorate. After the trap is dry, you should wax it with canning paraffin. Melt the wax in a big pot at a very low heat, right until the wax is starting to bubble. You will need to keep the heat low because the paraffin is flammable. Be careful as waxing a trap can be dangerous.

After you have caught a coyote or a non-target animal in the trap, the set should be remade unless there are enough reasons to believe that the target coyote has been caught. If you catch a non-target animal in the coyote trap you need to release it carefully and after that reset with a clean trap and fresh dirt.

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