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One of the most sought
after furbearer for most trappers is the red fox and a valuable
prize for those who attempt to catch it.Its smaller cousin the
gray fox is not as valuable as the red and is not as common but
have a habit of confusing those who have one visit their sets and
not get caught and never come back.
Sets used for foxes are the dirthole and the flat and their variations. The common dirthole is made in ht following way: First dig a trap bed just larger than the set trap and about 2 in deep, stake your trap (or use grapples) and cover the stakes with 1 inch of dirt then place your trap in the bed and pack the dirt around and on the inside of the jaws and leaving no dirt under the pan and then shift dirt over the trap and blend in ht trap when necessary. After bedding the trap make a hole about 3 inches in diameter and 12 inches deep, it can be shorter if you can't dig that far down but add a plug of grass to make the canines work the set better. After making the hole place your bait , lure, or urine in the hole or use a combination of the three. Remember to use different combinations at each hole and never use the same one twice in one area. Also when choosing a set site make sure there is a backing, clump of grass, rock , something that keeps the animal on the trap side of the hole. Here's a little tip, if a gray fox visited your dirthole set and didn't spring the trap fill the hole level full of debris and usually the next day you'll have a gray fox waiting, sometimes you mighty have to wait a couple days. Variations of the dirthole is a double dirt hole which is two dirthole with one trap and the trap is placed in the middle of the two holes. The distance between the hole and the trap is about 6-8 inches back and 2 inches to the right of the hole. For the gray fox I'd use 4 in back and 1 inch to the right, remember that the gray fox is a smaller animal than the red fox, unless you are in Texas :). The flat set is constructed the same as the dirthole, except that there is no hole but some kind of object big enough to keep the animal trap side scented with a gland lure or urine and use the same trap placement as with the dirthole.
Remember to keep an open mind while trapping foxes or any other species of animal. Try new things and see if they work, do not get in a rut and do just what you been taught to do and nothing else. Never make each set the same in the same area, make variations, use lures made for mink or raccoons at some sets where you have a trap smart animal.
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