I am fortunate to have a good friend who is part of the roadkill program. He also happens to live in an area with some farm fields and he disposed of the waste in one of his fields behind his house. I went out there this weekend to try to see if anything was on it. Sure enough, canine tracks were all over and around it. I sat in an area overlooking the carcass for about an hour and a half last evening right at dusk, and I sat there this morning right at daybreak. I tried using a variety of calls to try to coax them in. I even used my spotlight in the dark for a little while. It was pretty cold, so I didn't stay as long as I wanted to.
Now here is the two questions that I have.
#1. While sitting on a carcass, which calls would you use? First I tried some confidence/scavenger calls like magpies, and ravens. After no success, I switched over to a rabbit distress call, just because that always seems to work the best for me. Next I tried vole squeaks because it was in a field, and I thought the canines might be mousing the field. I even tried a woodpecker and grey jay distress just for the heck of it. Nothing. What are your recommendations? Which calls would you use, or would you use any at all?
#2. It also occurred to me that maybe I should set out a few traps. Now don't get me wrong, I am not against trapping. I used to trap when I was a kid. I just don't like accidentally catching non-target animals. Specifically dogs. I am fairly confident the tracks made were made from coyotes, but it is a slight possibility that the tracks are from a similar sized dog in the area. It is an area close to town and there are a lot of neighbors nearby with dogs. Any suggestions? I would like to set out some traps, but without being 100% sure that the tracks are coyote tracks and not someone's dog, I am a little apprehensive to set out some traps.