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Fox & Coyote Snaring

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Anyone been doing any snaring? I'm new to it, just getting started this year. I have a deer carcass from the hunting season, figured I would take it out to a area where I know there are fox and coyote, leave it for a few days then come back and set snares on the trails that lead to it. What do you think??

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I've heard if you have a full deer carcass (or sheep, cattle, etc) you can place it on a small cattail pond (auger a hole if possible and letting a leg freeze in, can help so it stays put).

You then leave a couple of snomobile tracks through the weeds to create a desireable path for youtes.

Wrap a dense stand of cattails w/ your support wire and create a hanger near the travel route and hang your snare w/ a light jump stick or weed for deer.

Also use deer stops or breakaway hardware on the snare to help prevent accidental deer snarings.

Of course beware of, and avoid possible dog encounters (public land, bird hunters, close neighbors, etc.).

And although it wouldn't stop me from sleeping at night, some wardens might frown on disturbing wetlands (by laying paths in the cattails).

Other than that all, good luck.

PS you probably won't be able to stake onto ice at all so bring some adequate (very heavy drags). I use 9ft snares w/ compression springs so a coyote hits the end hard, and is dispatched quickly and humanely.

I also helps eliminate much pelt damage. So opviously you don't want some of those wimpy 2-3 prong drags advertised for legholds in thick cover. Use some thing much harder to move like a tire rim or heavy rock...

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There are no ponds on the land where I'm going to put the carcass, pretty much just thick woods with some larger fields around, and one smaller field that is surrounded by woods.

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If you can get into an area with thick grass and cattails the ground may have less frost. I have a few set in these situations. I have a driver that a pound on to sink the berkshire heavy duty earth anchor into the ground. The driver is built for it, but a 3/8" piece of rebar also works. I have about 18" of cable attached to berkshire. From there I use a quicklink to attach the snare or trap. I have not had a problem with the quicklinks. I use use a plier to tighten them down more than what my fingers can do. If the ground is too soft clear the snow on top and the first inch or so of ground will freeze without the insulation, especially with these temps.

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How should I fasten the carcass down in the woods? A cable or wire and fasten it to a tree so they can't drag it off? This area is pretty thick so my hope is that there will be some real defined trails coming through the brush to the bait, then I can just fasten the snare to a tree that a trail goes right next to.

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That is what I would do. I think you might need to put your set 20 feet away since the bait is exposed. Not sure if a snare has the same rule as a trap. If I could get another deer I would be trying the same.

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I'm also going to put out a deer carcass and yes the traps need to be atleast 20ft away. As far as fastening it down in the woods, yea i would just throw a cable around it and fasten it to a tree or a earth anchor that you use for trapping.

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I found a few extra deer carcasses and brought them down onto a frozen creek surrounded by steep banks and thick cover but it was my first night of setting and i only had time to set out five snares but i ended up with one nice coyote.

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Once you put out the carcasses how long before you set your snares? I'm assuming several days before they had trails leading to it that you could set them on?

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I'm not sure how long the carcasses were out there they were there from someone else and had already been eaten but the coyotes were checking there every night so i put snares on the most heavily used trails the night before. now this morning i got two more males but im running out of snares so my plan is to go out today and set footholds in the catch circles.

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I have no snaring experience and am wondering the difference between a 'catch' and a 'kill' snare.

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