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    While snowshoeing down into a creek i found a lot of coyote sign, i broke a trail down there 4 days ago and have been going down there everyday i have seen fresh coyote sign the last 3 days and they have crossed my trail (i put a snare up where they cross), on the edge of the creek bank i bedded a #3 in front of a hole that is more level than 45 degree angle which i was told later is better than level but this is my first coyote set, then i put golfball size portions of grouse guts and tainted beaver meat in the hole and topped it off with some "Magnum Marten" lure on a stick above the hole for a "skunky" smell..my questions are.. does the skunk smell work here in Alaska and is it bad that i didn't make my hole at a 45 degree angle? i approached my set from the front with snowshoes on and it kind of packed out a trail in front of the set is that bad? I tried to be as scent free as possible..any available information anyone could pass along would be greatly appreciated

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    Howdy Buckwild!
    Coyotes are very cautious critters, most of the time they will see a disturbed area and be shy for a few days, the more human smell left the longer they take to check it out. When fox trapping you can "tinker"with sets some and they don't mind - coyotes the best advice is to make the set and then stay as far away as possible. When dealing with fresh snowfalls you may have more of a challenge. The nice thing is though you can read the tracks in the snow and learn how they are behaving towards your set. I do not have much luck with fresh meat, if I put out a deer carcass it may take several days before they come in and hit it, then they usually do not return for a few more. If they are real hungery they will become more agressive though so thats a plus.
    I worry more about the depth of the hole then the angle usually, I like to be 8 to 12 in deep if possible. If you have a good bank - say 2 - 3 feet high a larger hole or trench set can be very productive, again deep is good. The Martin lure should work but I prefer it down the hole slightly, or better yet in a second small hole about a foot from the bait hole. This second hole really can bring em in for a look. If your lure is on a stick and they can stand a few feet away they can zero in on it with those keen noses and see it and then they have no need to inestigate further.
    Coyotes are not "diggers"like fox, a very detailed video studio on coyotes by a team of biologist found that 80% will simply walk up to a set and leave, about 20% will actually "work the hole". This is why hiding your lure or bait down a hole makes them come in a little closer to check it out.
    I would place a second set a few feet away, a scent post set, expose a stick ( burnt works real good ) less than 10 feet away - about 6 in off the surface of dirt or snow, and place your trap about 10in in front and 3 in off to the side. If you have any fox urine give it a squirt. Have stick point towards the set, the coyote is forced to try to pee on the tip that way. Many lean it away and the coyote will stand back a bit further with more stick available for him to squirt on....
    Hopefully some guys up your way will chime in with a bit more snow experience then me, however I am guessing you may just need to be patient and keep your tracks away from sets when checking. I use binoculars ALOT = coyotes are a very very smart prey....
    Good luck and post a pic if ya get one!
    Oh, if you can get a patch of rabbit hair stuff it down the hole - very very good attractor!
    Use the 9in back, and 3in off to the side rule for hole sets, 10in back for urine post works a bit better then 9in...
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    Buckwild, here is a little info you may enjoy. I have spent a lot of time with some of the top "wolfers"in the lower 48 over the years. Men I respect alot and have some very impressive catch numbers. It is pretty common for even the best coyote trappers to average about 1 coyote per day per 30 sets!
    So, if you have only one set ( I would count your snare and hole set as one ) then you would catch 1 coyote a month using that formula...
    Don't give up one day a furball will be waiting for you!
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