I have been bowhunting several times this fall and have yet to see a deer during shooting hours. I think I have found out why. I hunted a stand in a ravine at the end of a field one morning and walking in before light, I could see multiple sets of tracks in the fresh dug field. There was also a pretty established trail coming across the field. The field is about 70 yards wide and the trail comes out of some grassy, brushy stuff, across a fence, across the field and down a grass and tree covered railroad bank.
In the dark I thought it was deer tracks all over the fresh dug bean field and assumed the trail to be made by deer also.
1/2 hour after light I had a big prime coyote at 12 yards broadside that scooted behind some brush just as I was drawing my bow. I lip squeaked and he stopped but wouldn't come out for a shot.
Anyway, when I walked out of the stand that morning I was surpised to see that all of the tracks in the field AND the trail was made by coyotes. LOTS of coyotes.
I have never snared before but my gut tells me that setting snares at the fence crossing and where the grass parts on the edge of the RR bank would be the best place to do it.
Any advice/tips on snare handling, how to go about setting them, attaching them etc. would be greatly appreciated!
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