Nov 11

Lure?, Bait? or both for catching coyotes


by Clint Locklear, Predator Control Group

You can look back in history and see when lure/scent became the choice of writers in the fur industry. Fur prices where in the tank and basically lure made the writer the most amount of profit to sale from a mail order business. Nothing is wrong with advertising, but some of the advertising was almost way to good for the industry and the trappers that were looking to improve their catch. I also want to make clear that lure is not bad or that is not needed. Lure will catch fur by itself, but when combined with bait, everything works out better in the real world. Trappers today are educated and understand capitalism. You have 128 oz of lure in a gallon and if you sell it in one or two ounce bottles for 3-5 dollars each, you make a nice gross profit. A lure maker can not produce the same profit out of a pint jar of bait. Since we only still have 128 ounces in a gallon and bait does not demand the same price per ounce. As fur prices started to climb in the 1970′s and trappers were coming on line at warp speed, lure was sold as the only thing needed to catch all the coyotes, bobcats and fox in the trappers area. This may have been a great marketing plan, but no so much on the trap line. So if you are a “lure only guy”, where did you learn that mindset. Was it on the trap line or from a marketing plan? Something to think about anyway.


Let’s look at a set that two men caught 22,000 coyotes with. It is a simple set. Take a prairie dog and and wire it’s head to a stake and dive the stake down a prairie dog hole. Set one or two traps in front of it. Dig in a trench on both sides of the traps for guides. Then move on to the next location. That set is not sexy and there is not much to sell from teaching it, but 22,000 coyotes by two men, the Groom Brothers. Let that sink in 22,000 coyotes from two men. I learned this fact from Hoof Beats of a Wolfer, a book by Craig O’Gorman. When I first read about the brothers, I could not believe that simple of a set, could take so many coyotes. I was at the time, doing what I had read in some articles and books. I was using lure only at basically re-worked fox sets. The Groom Brothers made me question my trapping methods. From that day on, I have spent hours looking at old studies, government manuals and half century old coyote trapping books. Wolfers were called Wolfers  for a reason!



  1. G. Stich

    How about using a squirrel? They’re much more prevalent here in the south than either prairie dogs or muskrat.

    1. admin

      It will work, but i would let it taint for a few days. Fresh squirrel has not worked that well for me like mice does.

  2. Charlie Grimshaw

    I’ve been using basically that same set for a number of years now and I can’t tell you how many fox, coyote, cats and fisher I’ve taken with it….Instead of a prairie dog, which of course we dont have in New York,,,,I use a muskrat carcass wired up to a 8 or 10 inch wooden stake (piece of small dry tree sapling) and peg it down in front of an old stump, rock wall or a large tree in a natural type way with a blended in trap out front on a heavy grapple or log drag. I use no lure, but ,if I may on occasion use a skunk based call lure up high about 3 or 4 feet.. I stumbled on this set when I noticed how quick my rat and beaver carcasses were disappearing when I discarded them in the woods, and thought heck, why not place a trap there……I do cover the rat carcass with anything thats natural to the area to keep crows, hawks and owls from getting caught. Dont worry, any good predator will find this set quickly and you will be amazed with the results…I try to use a fresh carcass to prevent rolling by canines and I also set my trap back about 12 or 15 inches from the carcass with some light, natural looking blocking. With the carcass pegged down to the ground good, the animal will be working hard on it and will be shuffling around, thus increasing his chances of getting caught. I also use a piece of beaver hind quarters with excellent results.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>