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How to set up a prarie dog town? #7375404
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Got a property with a couple of dog towns, one pretty good sized, what's the best way to set it up? Bait in holes, trap in front or something else. I have been making flat sets where a stump sticks up to draw attention. Just not sure what to do with all the holes?

Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7375415
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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7375431
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Merganser,

I'm assuming you're trapping coyotes in the dog town. I've trapped a lot of them. I usually don't set real close to a prairie dog hole. Set your normal places like you would be trapping anywhere else. Two tracks going to or through town. Cattle trails running through them or draws. Set your running features. Don't try to set right smack in the middle of all the holes.

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Originally Posted by silkyplainscoyot
Merganser,

I'm assuming you're trapping coyotes in the dog town. I've trapped a lot of them. I usually don't set real close to a prairie dog hole. Set your normal places like you would be trapping anywhere else. Two tracks going to or through town. Cattle trails running through them or draws. Set your running features. Don't try to set right smack in the middle of all the holes.


Looking back on it I think you are right. My bad.


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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: silkyplainscoyot] #7375462
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Originally Posted by silkyplainscoyot
Merganser,

I'm assuming you're trapping coyotes in the dog town. I've trapped a lot of them. I usually don't set real close to a prairie dog hole. Set your normal places like you would be trapping anywhere else. Two tracks going to or through town. Cattle trails running through them or draws. Set your running features. Don't try to set right smack in the middle of all the holes.


Listen to this! They are also great places to trap cats when it’s time.


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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7375547
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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7375589
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Man i read this and thought “why does this guy wanna create a prairie dog town”. People hate them. Now i get it.

Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7375751
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Yes, coyotes. Seems like with the activity of the prarie dogs, the coyotes would spend time there. Makes sense to set intersections of 2 tracks and cow paths. The cows are always moved out by the time I start trapping.

Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7376304
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Just convince the tree hugers there cousing climate change and not the cow farts, now thats a set up.

Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: silkyplainscoyot] #7376330
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Originally Posted by silkyplainscoyot
Merganser,

I'm assuming you're trapping coyotes in the dog town. I've trapped a lot of them. I usually don't set real close to a prairie dog hole. Set your normal places like you would be trapping anywhere else. Two tracks going to or through town. Cattle trails running through them or draws. Set your running features. Don't try to set right smack in the middle of all the holes.


^^^^^^ This.



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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7376488
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Watch out for the badgers and rattlesnakes! Usually plenty of both around dog towns. SPC gave some good advise!


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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7376570
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I haven't seen much badger sign. Am hoping to catch 2. One for me, having never caught one, and one for the land owner. He wants one to get mounted. I just want to get one tanned. Yes, I could buy one, but wouldn't be one that I caught.

Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7376595
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When you pull up to the dog town, what’s the FIRST thing that grabs your eye?

Set trap there.

Edges near other features, coulee or creek bottoms, high spots in or adjacent the town.


Big, salient dog mounds are killer, especially come snowfall.

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Re: How to set up a prarie dog town? [Re: merganser] #7376626
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I've never trapped in a prairie dog town. But I have read a lot of old timers were very successful setting the mouth of a hole with a prairie dog they shot staked down in the hole. I would try to find a prominent but vacant hole near salient features (like Boone said). I would also add a pee post, and maybe another flat set nearby. Good luck.


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