Just ran my line, Picked up another cross fox, but also noticed that a snowmachine and 2 atvs have been following my whole line.. the guy on the sled I think is making bunny snares and is putting up flagging like its on sale at walmart.. Dont mind him.. except the fact he drives into clearly noticable dead ends.. and does a u turn as do I..Why is he following my trail? checking my sets....I suspected this same guy last year too..
I caught a cross fox in a leg hold opening day.. I reset it in the catch ring, wired it to the same tree.. and this afternoon noticed the 2 atv tracks.. one set is ITP, the other looks like a narrow wheel base, like a garden tractor tire.. But I sure its a old beat up quad.... anyway, rounded the corner, big old catch ring, no dog.. no trap.. 2 sets of foot prints.. maybe size 11 the other a 11 or 12.. you can see in the snow were they got off their quads, walked 10 meters off the trail, dispatched the fox I presume.. left some blood so they probably shot it with a .22 or small caliber of sort.. stole the fox, and the $35.00 number 2, 4 coil offset trap.. THE TRAP WAS WIRED to a stump, fox didnt haul it off.... was checked Sat morning.. and then again monday.. ie today.. Ive seen these tracks before, and had 3-4 fox stole last winter.. usually on weekends.. Anyway, after carrying the fox and dripping blood back to the trail, getting on their quads.. they got on their quads and headed south towards the mini butte.. turned around and seemed to shoot dozens of rounds into a tree for craps and giggles I guess..I suspect the younger generation.. due to their driving style.. dohnuts and such.. Goofing off.. etc..
I followed the snail trail they left.. seemed to follow my whole line.. making the detours I make.. so I can presume it wasn't a weekend warrior just stumbling upon my sets.. these guys are patroling the flats on quads looking to take animals from peoples catch.. Anyway I followed The tracks and they go up on the dike towards sky ranch subdivision.. Not going to tresspass to follow them to the door..
FYI.. I have 8 game cameras on selected sites.. with bait.. not for the fox.. but for the A hole(s) who are taking my catch.. If I cant catch em this way.. Ill step it up a notch and may drop a bear trap on my path.. that would suck to have a leg in one 5 miles from the house eh?
So, if you are on the flats.. People trap their.. if you notice people out of place.. mostly on the weekends.. Stop em and shoot the breeze and see whats up.. You may just save them a leg or a quad..