Dirt Hole Set Jul 27, 2007 11:48:28 GMT -5
Post by Itrapny on Jul 27, 2007 11:48:28 GMT -5
Pick your general location, this is a typical location on my line at the edge of a plowed field. (Actually the edge of my garden but the same concept).
I approach the set and place my equipment down - all within reach so I don't have to move around. I don't use a kneeling pad, I just crouch down on the balls of my feet. I'm not there long enough to get tired, but if I'm tired by the end of the day I may put one knee down.
Dig your hole and trap bed. I like to make my hole at least 8" deep, but will go as deep as 12" if I can. I try and keep the trap bed just slightly larger than the size of the trap I'm using, makes for easier & better bedding.
I try and position the pan about 6-8" back from the hole and just slightly off-set to the right. As you can see by the yardstick here, I am close to that measurement. I don't have a tape with me on the line and don't really care, just as long as it's close. You can also see how the trap is solidly bedded with the trap jaws and the packed dirt level with each other. I will use a leaf over the pan or small wad of grass under the pan if available at hand, otherwise I don't use anything.
The finished set, blended slightly but the hole is still very visible. If this is the main set, I'll use bait in the hole and plug it with a piece of sheep's wool or dry grass. If this is a secondary set, I may use lure or urine down the hole. I'll place lure at the lip of the hole and sometimes a shot of urine off to the side. I use a call lure up above the ground (4-5') close to the set as an added attractor.