Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie
Okay, I'm going to keep my emotions out of this, and ask Makoda some more questions please as I am totally ignorant of trapping.
The trap looks like it clamps on without breaking the skin - am I correct in thinking this?
Does it get the animal's leg? I am guessing that the coyote in your picture was caught by a hind leg?
How do you then kill the animal you have trapped?
You say that the Coyote is one of the smartest animals you have trapped - do you mean that often they are able to get your bait without being trapped?
Is trapping legal in every state in the US?
Thank you for answering my questions.
Yes catches animal without breaking bones or skin, I know I have caught my fingers in it before, it stings for a second and then your just stuck. Also the jaw holds the foot but doesn't cut of circulation so when found you can release them if wanted and it won't harm them. However if trapping your not there to pet and release your harvesting the animal. And I do that with one shot from a .22, which is a much nicer way than the fawns that coyotes eat while still alive or calves. They are not like cats that kill then eat they just start eating. Seen it with my own eyes. They will pull calves right out of the back end of a cow while she is giving birth or start eating a fawn while it is still alive that they found hidden in the grass. Believe me nature can be very cruel. I am not trying to say trapping is all flowers and fluff it is what it is. But as a hunter that can be cruel too. Everybody wants a one shot one kill scenario but it doesn't always happen that way nor could it. Some animals still elude the hunter while wounded to end up dieing days or weeks later from infection, predators, sickness or whatever all because the bullet didn't hit its intended mark.
Coyotes are very smart probably out of necessity they get shot by people, helicopters, trapped, etc. So they are very cautious about most things. So for a trapper they are quite hard to catch. Its not that they steal your "bait" (if you were using any) Its that they avoid that area all together if they smell your scent in the area.
I am not sure if it is legal in every state but I would have to say yes to most states. You would have to check your your own state to see.
In summary yes I know some like and some hate trapping. And honestly I have heard both sides of a lot of wildlife issues. "Allow wolves to be reintroduced or not, hunt or not hunt", it doesn't matter there will always be two sides. And that is probably good thing. Anyway I didn't post to start anything just had lots of fun doing it by horseback and wanted to share. I mean honestly having to run inbetween sets to make it back before midnight with lots of gear strapped all over your horse, trying to tie dead animals to your horse, gunshots, having to hole up and build a fire to keep your sister inlaw from getting frostbite (yeah it was that cold and blowing like crazy the one night and she wouldn't stop but I could see what was to come), and through it all your horse stands there ready to please you. Just awesome.
And yeah I too could have taken a fourwheeler to these sets, but I am one of those that loves going back in time to do it the fun way.
See those are some good horses. Stay right there by your side and never leave. Well until the next picture of me running 6 miles back to the truck. J/k