I ran across a natural post today and was going to throw a set in and I figured I would take some pics and post them up.I don't usually do these types of posts but thought I would give it a shot.This is a sure fire thing pretty much for a coyote or fox.
The post,you can see where the coyote walked up and peed on the side of the stump.You can also see the spot where it/they stepped the most.An added bonus here is that it is pretty much a walk through without having to change anything.It is feet off the edge of a four wheeler trail that I have been driving for a few days.
Little more of a over view to show the "spot"
Snow removed down to bare ground just big enough to fit the trap.The key is to disturb it as little as possible.
Peat added,tamped down,a little more loose then bed the trap,I don't worry to much about the trap being 100% solid for this type of set.You rely on some guiding to get them to step where you want.Get it as solid as possible but a little movement won't kill you here if you use guiding properly.
Jaws filled in and the rest brought just level with snow,about 1/4 inch of covering,maybe a hair more,a couple twigs for guiding guarding the levers and dog.You don't need to go nuts but the best place to step has to be the pan of course.I just use stuff right on hand that looks as natural as possible.They have to be tall enough though that if you get a dusting of snow they aren't buried.
Sifted snow,just enough to cover so the peat isn't visible.I use a finger tip and make a mark right on the pan to represent where it stepped before then sift a touch more snow over it to finish.
Then a stick dipped in gland lure tucked into the stump between loose bark and wood and a couple drops of pee,not a whole lot.I just drip a couple drops on the wood and a couple around on the snow pretty much where the pee already was.After luring I concealed the chain and brushed out my tracks with a big evergreen branch.I did everything from the side and didn't disturb the trail other than where the trap was placed,which I placed where it wanted to step.
This particular trap is on a drag,hopefully after a catch it can be reset.I hope this helps some folks that wonder about natural posts and how to set them.The snow is a help because it shows you the best spot to put the trap.If you drive by this type of stuff and don't set it you are missing a great opportunity to catch an animal you might have missed otherwise.You do not have to add the gland and urine but this time of year I like to because basically I don't think it hurts.If anyone would like to add to this feel free...