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  • last morning coyote

    March 04, 2012 at 3:20pm

    My work usually slows through the winter months so I thought I would be around to do some serious trapping this year. Fortunitly I was extreamly busy all winter and unfortunitly I didn't get to do much trapping. The last Saturday I made 6 coyote sets with my son. The last day was March 1 and we caught this nice coyote. If God's willing we'll see you all next year.

    March 04, 2012 at 3:07pm

    Been trapping muskrats and beaver, but made 5 coyote sets today. Hope to make 7 more tomorrow.

    I make a lot of dirt hole sets with a backstop. Rock, log, clump of grass etc...

    I also always put a stepping stick right in front of the trap jaw. It helps guide there foot onto the pan

    December 31, 2011 at 6:00pm

    Our channel set is consistantly producing. We made a slide set today, we'll see how it does tomorrow.

    December 29, 2011 at 9:05pm

    This is the committment of trapping, pouring down rain walk in 1/2 mile in the dark and through the mud and muck, but the rewards can be great! In this case a huge Golf Course Beaver. Now we have to carry him out! 1/2 mile back out through the mud and the muck, suns up now, priceless memories with my son and trapping partner.

    December 27, 2011 at 12:09pm

    My family and I go to Edisto Island for a week every August and September. We do great on Crabs, Shrimp, Sharks and Redfish. We catch seatrout, but never with any size.
    I always wondered how Edisto fishing would be in the winter. If your familiar I'd love to hear your fishing advice for winter fishing Edisto Style!

    December 24, 2011 at 7:40am

    My brother and sister's of the great outdoors.

    I would like to start serious conversation on the topic of coyotes in South Carolina. I know many of you and your hunt clubs are very good at planting all the perfict foods and supplying the needed minerals. I know many of you spend countless hours researching your deer herd and doing what you can to nurture and protect it. All of these things are great ideas, but if you and your club does not have an agressive plan to knock down the coyote population in your area it's all in vain.South Carolina Biologist claim 50% of all fawns born are killed by coyotes. Latest stats show are state deer herd has dropped 30% since 2002. The coyote population is expanding fast. If we don' do something we will watch the deer herd dwindle to nothing. Trapping is the best known tool for this job. It's also fun and challenging! Dad teach your kids and you will have another reason to be in the woods. I will be posting articles in the trapping forum showing my son's and my adventures. Good Luck!

    December 21, 2011 at 2:39pm

    Set 6 sets Saturday for coyotes.
    Caught one 57 pound male grey on Sunday and one 50 male black on Monday. Big animals!
    Pulled traps tuesday have to travel for work.
    Oh yeah 6 muskrats.
    Deer are getting scarce!
    Will try to make a dozen sets on dec 23
    Lets knock down these coyotes!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:27pm
    A comment titled: Beaver Had Old shotgun injury! in response to a report titled: Extra Large Beaver

    After skinning this 44 pound blanket beaver we found four BB size shot. One on his head and three on his neck. No holes no bruise, must have been long ago. Shows everything has a history good and bad.

    December 29, 2011 at 9:24pm
    A comment titled: Good policy in response to a report titled: Coyote's decimating South Carolina Deer Population

    Shooting them onsight is great, but for each one you see there are so many more never seen. I suggest an agressive trapping program for your club. And it is so much fun!

    December 27, 2011 at 12:47pm
    A comment titled: Trapping in response to a report titled: General Question

    The hardest part of trapping coyotes or any other critter is the time commitment. You have to be able to check your traps every morning, no matter what. Rain, snow, o degrees you have to get up and check those traps.If you know you can't tomorrow than you need to be able to go spring all your traps today, no matter what.
    If you can get by that first cryteria the learning is like anything. Once you've seen how to make a couple of basic sets trial and error will fine tune you. It's not hard, it's a process. You can see how to make some basic sets on you tube, just google Coyote Trapping. I have trapped all my life and enjoy teaching anyone who is interested how to trap correctly,legally and ethically. I keep an open invitation on my trap line to educate the young outdoorsmen so there is someone to manage the future wildlife with science and integrity.
    I'm in York County and if your willing to travel to me I would be glad to give you a couple of hour crash course. Which will be enough to get you catching coyotes.

    December 26, 2011 at 3:35pm
    A comment titled: Traps in response to a report titled: Coyote's

    Since I live in York County, the upstate. I use 13/4 leg trap. I could go bigger, but there are lots of houses in our county and since so many people ignore leash laws I take it upon myself to protect there pets as much as I can. It is rare I catch unintended targets, but if I do I want to do as little damage as possible. I also choose offset jaws for the same purpose. The smaller trap also lets me catch fox and coon with out damage. The 13/4 is by far my favorite leg trap. My 14 year old son is my partner and we have a dozen new traps to arrive today.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:51pm
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