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Old 11-05-2017, 01:30 PM
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So this year I plan to use footholds for the first time. I have a handful of Bridger #3s to play with and I'm looking forward to it!! Since this will be my first time setting footholds I was wondering what advice you guys have for a newbie. I am planning on setting beside a well used game trail and use a dirt hole set, possibly under a spruce where the ground will be hopefully less froze.

Whats the best plan for dealing with snow? I am thinking about putting the foothold in a plastic bag to help it from freezing down. Also as far as bedding the trap goes, is it possible to bed in snow? or is it best to only bed in solid ground? Any advice would be great!!!

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Old 11-05-2017, 02:17 PM
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So this year I plan to use footholds for the first time. I have a handful of Bridger #3s to play with and I'm looking forward to it!! Since this will be my first time setting footholds I was wondering what advice you guys have for a newbie. I am planning on setting beside a well used game trail and use a dirt hole set, possibly under a spruce where the ground will be hopefully less froze.

Whats the best plan for dealing with snow? I am thinking about putting the foothold in a plastic bag to help it from freezing down. Also as far as bedding the trap goes, is it possible to bed in snow? or is it best to only bed in solid ground? Any advice would be great!!!

thanks guys!
For setting in snow...
Wax paper under the trap for bedding. Then wax paper over the jaws but under the pan. Cut a slit half way into the upper wax paper so you can slide it past the dog of the set trap. So the wax paper fits under the pan but over the open jaws. Crumple the wax paper before and there is less chance of wind blowing the snow cover off the trap. If the wax paper is smooth an uncrumpled the snow might blow off leaving the trap exposed.

I used to like doing trail sets in deep snow. Coyotes will walk in their last tracks when the snow gets deep.. Set the trap right under the coyotes last track. Approach the trail from the side to make the set and then cover up your tracks with snow as you back out. A pee post set set along a well used trail can be good too.
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:51 PM
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Trail trapping them is the way to go in snow. Imo
As rb said in deep snow just place the trap in a paw print. Wax paper or napkin or anything really to lay underneath and something for the top. If yiuve got not much snow just a little guiding is pretty easy. Just make the spot look natural nice and smooth.A very fine layer of snow thrown on trap. From 5 feet or so up.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:19 AM
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snow foothold trapping is worthy but requires a lil more prep. ensure traps are waxed prior laying and carry waxed paper and a shifter.

snowshoe trails over their tracks, find trail bottlenecks and curve blinds. cut out trap bed just barely enuf for the trap, set and anchor, place wax paper over plate and shift snow (Never with your hands!!!) over trap and surround.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:51 PM
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thanks guys. ive heard about the crumpled up wax paper for traps in snow.

I don't want to set up on the actual game trail as there are lots of deer traveling it as well. Thats why i was thinking a dirt hole set/pee post set just off the trail might work well. guess I'll just have to try it and see what happens
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