How To Set A Coyote Trap

Coyotes are wary, cautious predators, which can make them very hard to catch. Using coyote calls is a great way bring the predators out of their hiding places, but catching them takes skill. Most will try to eliminate coyotes in an area using traps. However, trapping is difficult to do and success usually comes with tons of practice and patience. Here, we will go over the basic of how to set a coyote trap.

Why Setting the Coyote Trap Properly is Important? 
Many beginner trappers or just trappers in general can get frustrated when they check their traps to see that they’ve been triggered but haven’t caught anything. Most times this is because the trigger wasn’t set properly. Below, we’ll spend some time going over how to properly set a trap trigger and other important information about trapping coyotes. 

Choose Location Carefully 
First off, if you want to catch a coyote with a trap, you have to place the trap where coyotes are common. A coyote trap should never be placed deep in the woods or with a bunch of brush around. Instead, a trap should be placed in an open area near the edge of a field or something similar. 

A great way to find the best location for your trap is to place the trap where coyotes have been seen. To do this, look for coyote traps, they are very easy to recognize, and look for droppings too. It’s best to place a coyote trap right on droppings. 

Use the Right Coyote Trap 
Next, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right trap. Experienced trappers will often choose a #3 or #4 trap. It’s important to check your local hunting regulations to make sure you choose the right trap. No matter what type of trap you choose, it’s important to make sure it has 4 coil springs. 

Anchor Trap to the Ground 
No matter how great your trap is, it won’t do you any good if you forget to anchor it to the ground. What this means is you have to anchor the trap properly to the ground. Make sure the ground near the trap is tough enough to hold an anchor and make sure to pull on the anchor to ensure it stays in the ground. 

Dig Out Shallow Bed for Trap 
After you’ve gathered the trap, found the best location, and anchored the trap to the ground, it’s time to dig out a shallow bed for the trap to rest in. It’s important to dig out the proper bed for the trap, so that it will be flush with the ground. 

Remember, coyotes are clever and if they suspect something strange is going on, they will avoid the area. To prevent tipping off the local coyotes, it’s important to make sure the jaws of the trap are flush with the ground. 

Pack Dirt Around Trap 
Once the trap is set in the ground and in its perfect location, you need to use the loose dirt around the trap and pack it in tightly. You want to pack the dirt around the trap as tightly as possible. 

Use Wax Paper or Plastic Wrap to Cover the Trigger 
After the coyote trap has been placed in the ground, it’s important to make sure you handle setting the trigger carefully. First, use a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap to cover the trigger. Doing this will help it from being triggered simply by wind or small debris falling on it. 

Sift Dirt Over Coyote Trap 
Now, you’re almost ready to set the coyote trap and hope you catch a predator. To do this, sift dirt over the trap. It’s important to sift the dirt over the trap. If you drop dirt too fast or too hard, you could accidentally set off the trap’s trigger. 

Add Lure and Wait 
The last step to setting a coyote trap is to add a lure and just wait. There are many types of coyote lure on the market. It’s up to you, which one you choose. 

Check Coyote Traps Every 24 Hours 
After you’ve set the trigger, buried the trap, and added the lure, it times to just sit back and wait until it’s time to check the traps. Most state regulations will require trappers to check the traps every 24 hours.

If you’re extremely lucky, you’ll catch a coyote in your trap every time you set one. Unfortunately, even the most experienced coyote trappers end up empty handed more than they don’t. Diligence to the process, knowing where to place your traps, and faithfully checking the apparatus will allow you to gain the most success.

Brandon Cox is the founder of StayHunting, who is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.

10 Tips To Make You A Better Deer Hunter

Ever since our Paleolithic ancestors discovered that hunting wild animals was a fun way of getting a meal, this age-old practice has evolved into a lucrative sport that drives America’s billion dollar optic industry. However, having the best binoculars for hunting and rifle that money can buy does not always translate to success especially in the deer season. In this article, I will be covering some of the essential tips that can transform you into a master deer hunter.

1. Avoid scented soaps
Do you know why our Paleolithic ancestors were extremely successful big game hunters? Well, it’s because they blended exceptionally well with their forest surroundings. Consider this; a deer has 297 million scent receptors in their nose while we have a meager 5 million scent receptors. Therefore, a deer’s sense of smell is 500 to 1000 times better than yours. Not a fair fight right? Well, to even the playing fields, avoid showering with scented soaps before going deer hunting. Also, keep your hunting clothes tightly sealed in a zip lock back containing leaves, dirt and other forest debris. This will help you mask your human smell.

2. Be very still
Do not make the mistake of scooping large areas of the forest, instead scope small fields first. This way you will be able to know where deer bed. Also, using your watch you can learn how to be still for a specified period. In this way, you will be able to keep still for a longer period.

3. Be on your knees when hunting
Whether you use a bow or a gun on your hunting trip, it is important that you shoot when kneeling down. It is not easy for animals to recognize you when you are kneeling. Thus, in this position you can stalk an animal and fire a shot when the time is right.

4. Do not be in a hurry
One of the biggest mistakes made by novice deer hunters is going the same way a deer has gone. When you identify a deer trail, figure out where the deer is coming from. Then go to the direction that puts downwind, and crosswind as this gets you away from the deer’s line of sight.

5. Use vocalization tech
If you want to attract a deer you can use deer vocalization that gives you the ability to sound just like a deer. When using this technology start small just in case, there is a deer near you. A loud sound can stop a deer. Also, you have to watch for how a deer reacts to your sounds.

6. Don’t make human sounds
There are many sounds that are part of our daily lives that are unnatural to a deer. In this regard, avoid making sounds that do not fit into a deer’s natural surroundings. A good example is a phone ring, coughing, banging of metal equipment. If it is possible, avoid carrying your phone.

7. Ensure your accessories are accessible
Thanks to technology there are many gadgets that you can use to improve your hunting skills. One such gadget is a rangefinder. To make things simple on your end, you store your best rangefinder in a way that it is easy to access when you need it during a hunt.

8. Use a facemask or paint
Since a deer has better eyesight than you, it is able to identify the characteristic contours of your face. Putting on a face mask or face will make it more difficult for a deer to identify you. In this regard, you can hide from a deer.

9. Use camouflaged accessories
Like I have mentioned there are many handy accessories that you can use to improve your hunting. However, these accessories can also make you stand out in the rugged and natural surroundings of a forest. To minimize the risk of being spotted by a deer use accessories with a dull color or that have a color that is similar to a forest’s natural surroundings. Do not use accessories that are shiny as they may reflect light and give you away.

10. Stay healthy
When the deer season comes around you, need to be healthy throughout the season. Therefore, use tick repellant to avoid contracting tick-borne diseases that can be catastrophic to your hunting season.

Daren Rifen is the founder of Binoculars Guru, who is passionate about all things of optics for birding, hunting, and stargazing. Through his website, he would like to share his experiment about the optics and some exciting tips about hunting, birding, and stargazing that he used, which will help you whether you are a beginner or professional outdoor activists.

Reasons To Own A Gun Safe

If you live in a State that doesn’t require you to lock your firearm up at home it can be easy to not bother worrying about it. There is however still reason to consider storing your firearm in a dedicated secure weapon storage locker, or at least having one handy in case the situation arises where you need it. Below are just a few to get you thinking.

Protection from Thieves

Now while locking up your weapons obviously makes them harder for you to access if someone breaks into your home and you want to protect yourself, on the flip side they also protect your firearms from theft. So if you have any expensive firearms or just ones that hold sentimental value to you, maybe it was handed down to you, having a weapon safe will save you the money and hassle of having to replace a beloved firearm. Not to mention that it will save you the worry of your weapon falling into the wrong hands.

Protect other Valuables

Because of their size a gun safe is very versatile which means you can store many things in them, from important legal papers to money.

Protection from Fire

In the event of a fire a gun safe with a fire safety rating will keep your firearms, and other valuables safe, while everything else around it burns. Pretty handy right?

Child Access Prevention Laws

Twenty-seven States currently have child access prevention laws (1). Some of these States enforce these laws even if you don’t have a child yourself. Having a gun locker in these States is one of the most de-facto ways to make sure you are following the law.

Other Firearms Locking Device Laws

Eleven States additionally have laws pertaining to the locking of firearms in addition to the standard Federal laws (2). Check your local laws and determine what kind of safe or locking device you need.

Remember if you’re thinking of buying a weapon locker or safe, make sure to buy one that is versatile in terms of it’s ability to be moved, and to store many different types of firearms or weapon accessories.

Deer Scouting Tips – Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to have a successful deer season this year? Do you wish you knew the secrets of hunters that bag big bucks year after year? One common factor relating all successful deer hunters is scouting, and not scouting right before the season starts. Many hunters make the mistake of starting the scouting process in the fall just before the season is about to start. Not only is this poor planning, but it can also cause deer to change their patterns, even if it’s just temporary, and ruin your season. Instead, follow the deer scouting tips below and you’ll know everything you need to know. 

Start Big and Narrow Down Slowly 

If you hunt a farm or other property year after year, starting big and narrowing down your land choices may not be important. However, if you’re traveling to an unknown area, or just got permission to hunt a particular area, you want to start big and narrow down where you want to be slowly. Use Google Maps and aerial photos to get a good feel for the land. 

Remember deer are very predictable animals and travel along well-known paths. When looking for a potential area, it’s important to look for secluded areas that have very little human entrance points. You also want to look for natural deer funnels such as rivers, lakes, fields and areas near ridges. 

As deer season grows closer, bucks and does will travel to areas with high carbohydrate crops such as soybeans and corn. If you have access to an area near these crops, you can rest easy that you’ll see at least a few deer cross your treestand’s path. 

Scout in the Off-Season 

If you want to learn a herd’s pattern, you need to start scouting in the spring, summer, and early fall. In addition to getting out in the woods, you also have to make important decisions and be realistic about your expectations. When making your plan for deer hunting in the upcoming season, you need to have goals, a purpose, and most importantly a schedule. Doing this gives you the best opportunity to learn where deer are bedding, foraging, and traveling during the day. It’s important to mention that hunters need to scout every single year. 

Even if you’ve been hunting the same area for over a decade, you need to be dedicated to scouting. The truth is it takes decades to truly understand the animals on a particular property. When scouting remember to answer three questions. Where have deer been? Where are they going? Why are they traveling there? Answering these questions will give you great ideas for treestand placement. 

Create a Journal 

When scouting, you and your buddies just need your hunting packs. Make sure you have a pen, paper, binoculars, a compass, and anything else you think may be crucial to the scouting experience. It’s important to have a journal, so you don’t have to rely on your memory. Write down everything you think may be important – even if it doesn’t seem important at the moment. 

Closer to deer season, start to look back at all of your scouting notes. If you’ve done your research properly, you’ll see clear patterns. Combined with a good feel for the land and you’ll be ready to place your stands in a spot your guaranteed to knock down a big buck. 

When documenting in the journal, you want to be aware of certain things such as rubs, foraging areas, sheds, and bedding areas. It’s also important to be able to tell the difference between old rubs and new rubs. Just because you found an area with some big rubs doesn’t mean there are a ton of deer in the area. In fact, they could all be from one agitated buck. Instead, look for an area that has old and new rubs on many trees in an area. 

Keep Your Research to Yourself 

If you really want to increase your chances of finding a “honeyspot” that’s loaded with deer, you need to do all of the above and then tell no one. Seriously, tell no one. Hunters like fishermen, like to brag about their catches, but sometimes that bragging can ruin their plan. Afterall, the only way to guarantee your plan will work is if you and maybe one or two buddies are the only ones in the stands in an area. 

Lastly, when you’re in the woods scouting make sure to be as stealthy as possible. The goal is to leave no evidence behind that you were in the woods. With all of this in mind, you should have a successful deer hunt that will help you fill the freezer and maybe even get you some new wall art in the process.

Brandon Cox is the founder of StayHunting, who is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.

Choosing A Shotgun For Home Defense

Most people who own a firearm for home defense have a handgun. Although a handgun may be smaller and easier to lug around, it will not be able to offer you the kind of home protection that a shotgun can offer. For one thing, it is much easier to miss your target with a handgun than it is with a shotgun. Shotguns use pellets which spread in multiple directions after they are fired from their shells. This increases the odds of the homeowner hitting their target, which in this case would be an intruder in their home.

Chances are an intruder will immediately run away when they see a shotgun pointed at them because they know how much damage they can do. A shotgun at close range will do more than just injure somebody. It will completely incapacitate them, depending on where you shoot them. The shots could easily be fatal if you shoot the intruder anywhere in the upper body. And if they are far away, the odds are you’ll still be able to hit them because the pellets spread wider as they travel farther away from the barrel. If the target is far enough away, the pellets will do less damage than they would at closer range.

There are two types of shotguns suitable for home defense; the pump action shotgun and the semi-auto shotgun. Both are powerful weapons but you may find one better in certain situations than the other. Let’s examine the pump action shotgun. This is the type of shotgun that uses a slide action which requires the shooter to manually pump the shotgun to cycle its action and load a new shell in the chamber. The benefit to this manual pump is that it almost guarantees a successful action cycle. This ensures the gun will fire after you pull the trigger. You obviously wouldn’t want to be in a position where you have to shoot an intruder but your gun won’t fire. The pump action is what you would want in these situations.

The second type of shotgun is the semi-automatic shotgun. This is considered to be a modern day shotgun because it doesn’t require you to manually pump the gun each time you want to load a new shell. Instead, all you have to do is just pull the trigger when you want to fire it. This can be beneficial to those who are inexperienced with shotguns or who tend to get nervous under stressful situations. For example, let’s say someone breaks into your home and you have to confront them with a shotgun. If you’re a nervous person using a pump action shotgun, you may “short stroke” the forend as you are sliding it. In other words, you may not pump the shotgun completely which means the action slide won’t successfully load a new shell into the chamber. But with a semi-automatic shotgun, you won’t have this problem. You just point the shotgun at the intruder and then pull the trigger. This will reduce your chances of misfire and increase your chances of protecting yourself against a dangerous intruder.

So which shotgun is the best to use for home defense? Well, they are both deadly weapons and will certainly leave a permanent impression on somebody who breaks into your home and endangers your family. If you are an experienced shotgun user, then you may find the pump action shotgun more reliable. But if you are inexperienced then go with the semi-automatic. However, you also have to consider the type of ammunition that you want to use with your preferred shotgun. The three main types of shotgun ammunition are birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. Birdshot is a shell which contains very tiny pellets that are under .24” in diameter each. This means the typical 12-gauge shell can hold a lot of these tiny pellets in it. So when you go to fire it, there will be more pellets spreading outward. Birdshot is commonly used for shooting at birds or other flying targets. Buckshot is similar to birdshot except that buckshot uses bigger pellets and has fewer pellets in the shell. This is more suitable for shooting bigger targets like deer or even people. As for slugs, they are shells which contain one projectile in them. Shooting slugs is kind of like shooting a bullet. So you need to have good aim or else you will miss your target. But if you do hit your target then it will likely kill them.

The recommended ammunition type for home defense is buckshot. The reason being has to do with its vast amount of stopping power. If you were to use birdshot then it may not be effective enough in stopping someone, especially if they are far away. Buckshot has big enough pellets to where it can incapacitate an intruder and stop them from getting away. Just make sure you take your surrounding environment into consideration as well. If you live in an urban neighborhood or someplace where there’s a lot of people, buckshot could accidently injure innocent people who may be nearby. Birdshot would reduce the risk of this happening, but again, it wouldn’t be as effective on the target. Now, you could just use slugs to avoid hitting innocent people but you have to be a very good shot. You won’t necessarily want to kill an intruder, though. The point is to just stop them from hurting you and to incapacitate them long enough for the cops to come and arrest them. Buckshot is the best in this case.

Lastly, you can add accessories to your shotgun to make it easier to use in certain situations. Three popular shotgun accessories include a sidesaddle, extension tube, and tactical flashlight. The sidesaddle is basically an ammunition carrier that attaches to the side of your shotgun so you have easy access to more shells. But if you’d rather have more ammunition ready to load in your chamber right away, then go with the extension tube. This can add a few extra shells to your shotgun’s ammunition capacity. These accessories are optional but they will ensure that you have plenty of ammunition ready in case you miss your target the first time. Finally, if you want to add extra lighting to your shotgun so you can see intruders at nighttime, the tactical flashlight is the perfect accessory to purchase. It usually attaches underneath the shotgun barrel so that it shines a light on whatever is in front of you. That way, you know what you’re shooting at and don’t accidentally shoot your family or someone else you don’t want to shoot. The only downside to a flashlight is the intruders will be able to notice you coming toward them. But in most cases, intruders will run away as soon as they see the light shining at them. Use your own best judgment to decide which accessories are good for protecting your particular household.

This article was written by Vitaly Pedchenko, owner of the – blog and forum about Remington 870 shotgun. Competitive shooter and gun enthusiast. Author of the “Complete Remington 870 Guide” ebook.