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Step down dirthole set demo #7718467
11/15/22 05:49 PM
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Artrapper16 Offline OP
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This is a video I took at the arkansas trappers association workshop. this guy catches over a hundred coyotes every year in Texas in two weeks!! This was one of his favorite sets. Iím sure many of you have seen a step down dirt hole but there may be some beginners that havenít and donít know the advantages or even what it is so Iím posting it here. Give it a watch and i hope you learn something.
https://youtu.be/cZpRXmEzH2c

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718517
11/15/22 06:50 PM
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Surry county, NC
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Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: G Hose] #7718549
11/15/22 07:36 PM
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Thanks for sharing simple and effective

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718655
11/15/22 09:51 PM
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Those thank you for that how did you do that

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718663
11/15/22 10:12 PM
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West Central MN
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That's my go to set and have good luck with it but one needs to remember you need the population and lots of sets to catch high numbers. Good video.

Last edited by 20scout; 11/30/22 11:05 PM.

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Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718697
11/15/22 10:52 PM
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This set is about all I use. Naturally guided and when they commit, they are done.

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718795
11/16/22 05:49 AM
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All i use for coyotes and Bobcats seem to love it to


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Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: trapper4002] #7718885
11/16/22 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by trapper4002
All i use for coyotes and Bobcats seem to love it to

Originally Posted by trapper4002
All i use for coyotes and Bobcats seem to love it to

He did mention he catches several bibcats as well.

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718963
11/16/22 09:50 AM
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That is a great set in pastures because cattle wont step in the hole and mess up your set like they will in a traditional dirt hole or flat set


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Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Leftlane] #7718997
11/16/22 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Leftlane
That is a great set in pastures because cattle wont step in the hole and mess up your set like they will in a traditional dirt hole or flat set

I never thought of that thatís awesome

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7718999
11/16/22 10:26 AM
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It's incredible how everyone catches 80-100 coyotes in Texas.

I'm usually much less than that in two weeks with 1-2 caught per square mile being my goal, no matter the size.
Sometimes less. Sometimes more.
But coyotes in TX don't commit suicide and jump in the truck. You have to find them, especially on ADC jobs where they get a bit "willy."

To catch 100 on an ADC job you need to kill 4 coyotes per square mile in every one of 25 sections, or 16,000 acres.
Tough, tough, tough to accomplish in two weeks @ 13 checks @ 8 coyotes per day.

And that's with perfect weather conditions....

wink


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Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7719015
11/16/22 10:44 AM
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My favorite set for remakes when all the backing and any natural guiding is gone. The 2 disadvantages to the set I've found is some of smarter one won't step in it and it doesn't take weather very good

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Yes sir] #7719076
11/16/22 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Yes sir
doesn't take weather very good


My thoughts also. Maybe instead of digging into a bank or flat, have it going down hill so water runs into hole and trap is highest point. ??


Clean traps,tight lines,straight shooting
http://i.imgur.com/3sawxE9m.jpg
Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Mark June] #7719130
11/16/22 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark June
It's incredible how everyone catches 80-100 coyotes in Texas.

I'm usually much less than that in two weeks with 1-2 caught per square mile being my goal, no matter the size.
Sometimes less. Sometimes more.
But coyotes in TX don't commit suicide and jump in the truck. You have to find them, especially on ADC jobs where they get a bit "willy."

To catch 100 on an ADC job you need to kill 4 coyotes per square mile in every one of 25 sections, or 16,000 acres.
Tough, tough, tough to accomplish in two weeks @ 13 checks @ 8 coyotes per day.

And that's with perfect weather conditions....

wink

He said himself he doesnít always get it but he said thatís his goal and heís done it several times itís also him and his trapping partner so technically two people are doing it.

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7719171
11/16/22 02:05 PM
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Step down DHs are a real mess in rainy weather. Regular DHs already bad enough when hole fills with water and bait and lure floats out and settles on the trap bed and trap. Take a look at SteelTraps post here on Tman for coyote sets that will withstand a lot of rain.

2 trappers catching 100 in 14 days is much easier to accomplish than 1 trapper catching 100 in 14 days.

Any trapper than can maintain a 2 or 3 coyotes per day average is absolutely killin' 'em!


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Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7719341
11/16/22 06:18 PM
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Great set as long as itís dry. Unfortunately we can be in a drought until I make my first set. After that, I can about guarantee it will rain 3-4 days a week for the remainder of the time I trap. I pull and weíre back to a drought.
I have better luck digging the trench shallow to deeper away from the hole and angling the hole like he does (almost parallel with the deck) and putting my set on the high ground left and/or right of the trench. Iíll actually bed the trap then dig my trench and put in the hole. Itís more weather proof for me and you still catch critters.

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7719372
11/16/22 06:42 PM
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Man that ground sounded rocky .

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7719406
11/16/22 07:21 PM
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Works great for remakes, use it a lot.

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Artrapper16] #7719451
11/16/22 08:02 PM
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I like this set in loose soil. Most places around here you canít hardly put in a hole. Grounds hard and rocky. Itís a killer in the right ground though

Re: Step down dirthole set demo [Re: Swamp Wolf] #7719500
11/16/22 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Swamp Wolf
Step down DHs are a real mess in rainy weather. Regular DHs already bad enough when hole fills with water and bait and lure floats out and settles on the trap bed and trap. Take a look at SteelTraps post here on Tman for coyote sets that will withstand a lot of rain.

2 trappers catching 100 in 14 days is much easier to accomplish than 1 trapper catching 100 in 14 days.

Any trapper than can maintain a 2 or 3 coyotes per day average is absolutely killin' 'em!

It all depends on were your at. 2 or 3 per day average would suck in some areas if ur going at it full time.

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