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Bobcat Big Flashy Dirt hole set with Pics

Discussion in 'Trapping And Small Game Archives' started by Tony Hursman, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Tony Hursman New Member

    The First picture in the series is a location pic of the set up area. In this location there is a corn field that borders a very thick and brushy area. This area is loaded with rabbit sign and coon sign. Which equal great food items for the Bobcat. There is a ton of briar's and thistle trees. Which makes getting in there tough. But the cats and coyotes wont hesitate to walk the edges looking for rabbits heading to the picked corn fields. There are rabbit tracks and trails along with coon and Bobcat sign along this edge. I found one set of Coyote tracks so catching a coyote is not out of the question.


    The second picture in the series is where we have the hole dug out and all the dirt put to one side of the hole. I dug this hole under a good size grass wad. So this root system will give the hole some stability for the wet weather expected. Meaning the hole wont collapse when wet. Off to the side you can see the small shovel handle thats what i use to dig the hole then i have some long distance call lure and some Bobcat bait. Then we have a Montana number 3 offset with 4 coiling. And a cable anchor attached to the trap. Along with the setting tool. These are the items we will be using to dig set and finish the whole.


    The next picture in the series shows where we have dug our trap bed and that dirt is added to the pile on the left of hole. Now normally if i am just targeting Bobcats i will put the trap about half as close as it is now in the picture. But since there is also a chance for a coyote i will pull the trap back further for the chance to snag the coyote as well. And this will also catch the cat.


    The next pic shows where we have the trap set and back in the bed. Now we will give the trap some good solid twisting motions to make it set to the bottom of the bed. This is a dog less trap. And setting the dog so that it wont throw the foot isn't necessary. So what we need to do is make sure the trap is set so the bobcat and or coyote will have to have the foot cross between the jaws of the trap. Now if we were using a dog on trap we would set the trap with the dog at the 2 O'Clock position. As this will keep the dog to the right of the hole and hopefully away from the foot. Notice the size of the hole we have dug its bigger than the trap. Thats why I call it the Big flashy dirt hole set.


    Now the next picture shows where I have added the dirt around the trap and packing the dirt tight to the trap. I cant stress this any harder. Pack the trap tight to the bed a loose trap is your worse enemy. If once you reach this point and you take your finger and push on the jaws of the trap and it moves a little. Start over as this isn't the desired effect you want. You dont want the trap to even move. So once you have the trap bedded and it doesn't move then you are ready for the next step in the series.


    Now the next picture in the series shows where we have put the screen cover or what ever you decide to do. As you can use a trappers cap or a coffee filter cut to shape or a grass wad under the pan. But what ever you do make sure that the dirt cant get under the trap pan. Once the cover is in place we will use some of the dry dirt and cover the trap with about 1/2 inch of the dirt and blend the dirt into the surrounding cover.


    Now what! The next picture in the series is to add the dirt that is setting on the left side of the set along the edge of the trap. We want to build up the edge around the whole to make it truly stand out from the surrounding area. This is where the flashy part of the set comes into play. What we are trying to do by this is imitate the ground hogs hole in nature. Also the mound of dirt no predater can pass by without having a look down that hole. Remember to leave open the area in front of the trap open as this will be a guide to put them in the trap. They will dig at the hole at the lowest point that being where the trap is. So mound the dirt high using every bit of the dirt that we have dug from the area.


    The next picture in the series shows the hole with the bait added to the bottom of the whole and a Grass plug added. This serves several purposes for this set up. It covers the bait from birds of prey that will be flying over head and will also force the animal to physically remove it to get to the bait. So don't pack the hole to tight with grass just enough to cover the bait. And enough to give him a mouth full of grass to remove. This make him spend more time working the set. To get after the bait.


    Now the final picture in the series is the picture i have taken from a distance from the whole. If you look you can see the hole stands out quite well and off to the left of the trap is a nice trail leading to the fence and the thick cover. So now we have the big flashy dirt hole set on location and on sign. This has been my best producing cat set this yr. I hope it will help some of you guys to take your first cat.

  2. tmrschessie Moderator

    Excellent post Tony, what type camera do you use, really clear pictures...Tom
  3. Tony Hursman New Member

    Its a DXG slr camera
  4. Farmer New Member

    dog less?
  5. tmrschessie Moderator

    The jaw of the trap catches the pan notch instead of having a dog going over the spring and engaging the pan. Tom

    In the picture the long thin piece of metal between the springs is the dog, it is attached to the frame of the trap. When the levers are depressed the jaws open and the dog is layed over the near jaw and engaged in the pan notch. Tom

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  6. Farmer New Member

    Is it part of the trap?
  7. tmrschessie Moderator

    You can click on the picture to get a better view.
    Does this help? Tom
  8. Farmer New Member

    I need to dig up them traps and see what I got!!!
  9. tmrschessie Moderator

    Good deal we got the fire lit....LOL Tom
  10. TMFLDEM Member

    is that ldc and a jar of powder river?
  11. TMFLDEM Member

    another thing, i quit trapping right about when John came out with the montana, so i have limited experience with them, but what i did notice is the baseplate seemed as if it needed a little beef to it. Has this been fixed or is it still the same.

    Nothing is a montgomery, but the montana is as close as it gets.
  12. Tony Hursman New Member

    I love the montana number 3 with the offset jaws and i four coiled them for coyotes. I have been using the 1 1/2 Montana specials to take coyote and cats this yr with great success and they are a carbon copy of the old montgomery 1 1/2. The LDC was a Test Lure From PM lures i am testing for them with great results. The other is the bait i am using at the set. Its of my own design.

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