Dutch's Helpful Hints When Making Sets


When using Dutch's trapping lures and baits, these are natural sets. Trap where animals you wish to trap are located. Other similar sets work well too. Dirt hole set is a great set for canines such as fox and coyote.

The Dirt Hole Set

Remember you are imitating another fox or animal burring bait and another animal is coming to steal it. Use a trap pan cover so dirt does not get under pan. When sifting dirt have approximately 1/4 inches of fine ground over trap with no large stones in it and lever with the surrounding area. Location of a set is very important in all sets.

  1. For dirt hole sets make your set look as if any canine dug it. Wherever area you need to set trap and bed firmly. I like to put the dog of the trap to the hole, it seems to me that the trap is in more open from front and sides to go off. Some set the trap to one side more than the other, this is a preference and can be done the way you feel best about. Keep trap in a general lower slightly than around trap area, especially over pan area. Do not have a mound of dirt where you expect the animal to put his paw. Try to keep the lure or bait hole 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. 6 to 8 inches deep in a 45 degree angle. Trap pan from the hole 6 to 8 inches from hole depends on the size of the animal you are trapping. Use a pan cover to keep dirt from under the pan so the trap gets a good travel. There are many ways of anchoring traps, drags, etc.

  2. Make the set 15 feet or further from woods, preferably in open area of farmland bordering woods or thick bushy areas. This is where fox and coyote travel a lot in search of food. 

  3. Make sets where fox and coyote can see and smell. Set to your and their best advantage. These animals do not like to be closed in at any time, they do not want to be caught by another animal searching for food. 

  4. Anticipate where your animal will come from and locate a good spot. An animal can see and smell from the top of the hill what is in the valley. From the valley, it can be difficult to to smell and see what is on top of the hill, depending on wind draft and air movement. Keep this in mind for best sets. Location is very important. Along fence rows or any border is good, where there is a traveled area know to you. 

  5. When making a set and visiting them, always wear a special pair of rubbers or boots (clean of all foreign odors). When trapping from a vehicle, four wheeler, etc. there are odors on brake pedals, floors, etc. You will be making trails to you set, which is not good. Have a pair of rubbers etc.when you get out of the vehicle. Have them in the trunk with no scent contact on them. Explanation: If you run over a skunk with your car and get musk on your tires or underbody of vehicle you will take it with you for hundreds of miles. If you pass through where the animal smell is and do not make contact with the scent you will smell it then, but not take it with you, it will disappear from you. 

  6. There are many different ideas of ways of trapping that all work. If they are natural habit of the animal you wish to trap, I recommend wearing gloves for handling traps and making sets. 

  7. In raccoon trapping, there are many ways of making sets. In early fall, water trapping is mostly best. As it gets later in fall, sometimes you must move to higher ground as raccoons feed on grapes, berries, etc. Bucket sets are poplar for raccoon. You do not need to be concerned about human odor a great deal when trapping raccoon.

  8. It is all common sense, not cents or scents, but common sense and with labor of work you will be a great trapper.

Thank you,

Donald "Dutch" E. Elsasser

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