by Clint Locklear, Predator Control group
If you want to get my attention and get me coming your way, just bake some slice and bake chocolate chip cookies. Why, it’s a great memory from childhood. You see my mom used to make these cookies when I was growing up. Today, when I smell the cookies in the oven, I come running like a June bug on a string. So just what in the world does this have to do with trapping? Just be patient grasshopper. This “sliece’em and dice’em” method can be used by a fur man, but may be even more important to a control man. Just imagine its 99 degrees on the coyote line and the coyotes are walking by your pet scent. When it’s really hot, most coyotes couldn’t give a damn about your super secret concoction in a bottle. They don’t eat heavy when it’s hot out, and nature has plenty of food available during the spring and summer months. This is why urine, droppings, and a good gland lure is the work- horse of most summer control men. So let’s use more than just smell at a set. Let’s trip the trigger on the memory banks of a coyote.
Most pups are fed by regurgitated food that the parent has eaten. This is the “slice and bake” cookies to the young coyotes. There is no threat and no reason for the young coyote to miss-trust the offering. Just as I feel about the cookies, most coyotes react in the same manner to the stomach contents of another coyote.
Now let’s put this thought process to use on the coyote line. Keep in mind that this “bait” will work any time of the year, but fall is when I use it the most. Since pups are running all over the country-side looking for food and a new home, give’em their version of slice and bake cookies. First you have to catch a coyote that has something in its stomach. The reason I said “something in its stomach” is because I have found that a lot of coyotes don’t have anything in the stomach when I catch them. Now take out you knife and open the coyote from the lower belly to the rib cage. Find the stomach and feel to see if anything is in it. If so, cut the stomach wall and pull out the contents. I always keep the disposable plastic containers in the truck for different purposes. I place the stomach in the container and seal for an upcoming set.
Have you tried this on Coyotes or Red Fox? if so tell us what you found out. Any thoughts, please leave a comment.