Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

Written by Tyson Andrews. Posted in Land Trapping, Trapping

Published on January 20, 2014 with 8 Comments

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

 Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

By: Tyson Andrews, Wauseon, OH

Hay-Set Instruction for Late-Season Fox and Coyote

The Hay Set is what I consider a very effective late season fox and coyote
set. Whether your just starting out or you are an experienced k9 trapper,
this set is fast, easy to make, and very visible. When making this set,
there are some steps that go against everything we as trappers know about
bedding a trap. I was skeptical at first, but only until I woke up the
next morning to a couple of full traps in areas where I had all but given
up.

Here is my method:
Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow
Step 1: Find an area with good sign that k9 are frequenting

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow
Step 2: Punch out a trap shaped bed with your hammer in the soil below the
snow. Make your bed outline a couple inches deep.

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

Step 3: Line your trap bed with straw. This will prevent your trap from
freezing. Add enough straw under your trap to bring your trap flush with
ground level.

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow
Step 4: This is where I became skeptical. Simply place your trap in the
straw lined bed. No packing, No sifting, no nothing. Your trap sits freely
and loosely in the “bed”. The dog of your trap is at 12 o’clock.


Step 5: Form a horseshoe shaped mound of straw around around the trap with
thick pieces of straw.


Step 6: With fine pieces of straw, cover the entire trap, remove large
pieces that may slow or clog the trap.

The pictures I have included are pictures of the finished set, along
with a few other variations with objects in them to use for scale.
I’ve had great luck with Fox gland lure, and mouse based chunk bait.
I hope this set works as good for you as it has for me!

Tyson Andrews, Wauseon, OH

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Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

Hay-Sets For Winter Fox & Coyote Trapping in Snow

 

 

About Tyson Andrews

I'm Tyson Andrews from Wauseon, Oh. My passion is winter coyote and fox trapping. I'm always happy to help anyone interested in trapping with any question or problem they may have. I'm an avid bowhunter, fisherman, and mushroom hunter on top of trapping.

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  1. Avatar of OhioODJ

    This works!

  2. please give details on how you like to set your traps in these hay sets

    • where do you place your bait/bait hole if you use one. do you still off set your bait or just leave it dead over the dog of the bed?

  3. I put the bait underneath the hay or straw in no specific place. As long as it’s in the pile it will work. As far as how I set my trap, I just simply punch out a trap bed with my hammer, line the bed with straw, place my trap, and cover with fine straw. No bedding or packing involved.
    -Tyson A

    • Thanks for the response. I have tried hay sets the past few weeks with no luck, besides non target animals. Ill try this way and see how I do. Thanks

  4. This time of year I like a Matrix lure or even a urine spiked with fox gland lure. I’ve had good luck putting a burnt stick poking out of the straw also. With a food lure I feel they dig through the straw in search of food and get caught. I like the burnt stick for added eye appeal, and also to double as a urine post.

  5. We have been having problems missing animals with our haysets. Do you have any advice, we have missed around 5-6 now.

    • Avatar of OhioODJ

      Hello, The first thing I would think about with multiple misses in hay sets would be covering the trap with heavy or long pieces that could clog up the trap and allow them to pull out. This may or may no be helpful, but I only use the very light fine chaff to cover the trap with.

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