Coyote Trapping Tips – How to Trap a Coyote?

Coyote Trapping Tips

Coyotes will chase away other wild animals in an area and populate quickly. If coyotes are increasing in numbers in your area, and something isn’t done about it, the numbers will continue to climb until your whole neighborhood is in trouble. One way to shrink coyote numbers is to trap them. Most fox trappers also hunt coyotes because the predator tends to run foxes off. But, coyotes can’t be treated like fox when it comes to trapping.

By nature, coyotes are paranoid animals; it means everything that happens around them is scrutinized. If a coyote comes upon a trap in the woods, the animal will likely circle it at least half a dozen times before it decides to investigate the trap or not. If you want to get the coyote in the trap, you need to make it irresistible. Below are some tips that will do just that.

Why You Should Trap Coyote?

If you need a way to beat the blues when hunting isn’t in the season, you might be interested in trapping. Trapping is a great way to wash the blues away and will quickly become something you look forward to every day. Whether you landed here because you’ve just become interested in trapping or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll appreciate our coyote trapping tips. Every trapper has their own tips and tricks that work for them. Here, we’ll attempt to give you a list of our favorite coyote trapping tips.

1. Gear for Coyote Trapping

If you’re setting traps for coyotes, you need to make sure you get traps that will work for them. Our favorite coyote trap is the #2 Montgomery dogless coil spring. The #2 Montgomery is ideal for coyote trapping because it lies flat and hides easily. The jaw spread on this cage is pretty forgivable too.

Another great choice to consider is the Duke #1 coil spring trap. If neither of these is available to you, you should be sure to choose a cage in the #1 to #2 size range because it’s the only size you can guarantee won’t damage the coyote’s pelt. If you’re specifically targeting coyotes and only coyotes, you should choose cage in the #3 to #4 range.

Besides cages, you also have to be aware of scent. Scent is extremely important when trying to catch coyotes or fox. Everyone has their own method of boiling or degreasing, but what’s really important is making sure the cages have free of any human scent. It’s also imperative that there is no human oil on the cages.

One way to avoid getting scent on the cages is to wear gloves while handling. You don’t need fancy gloves either. The heavy-duty cotton gloves found at most hardware stores are perfect for this type of job. If the gloves get wet or have been touched by bait, it’s time to get a new pair.

2. Anchor a Coyote Trap

One of the biggest rookie mistakes that occur is someone forgets to anchor the coyote trap. If you don’t anchor the trap properly, you might be heartbroken when you find out your cage is gone and whatever might have been in it is gone as well. Single stakes are no match for a coyote. They can easily pump those right out of the ground. Instead, you need to go with a double stake method at the very least. However, you decide to stake the cage make sure it’s solid.

3. Coyote Target Areas

If you want to trap a coyote, you need to choose a route that they travel. Most packs won’t stray far from the trail, but they will move just a bit off the trail to check out something interesting. However that something interesting has to be pretty compelling if you’re going to get the coyote to come any closer than that.

The best way to find a route is to look for tracks. Sometimes tracks are easy to find and other times you have to search for them. It’s best to start with thin strips of brush or timber. The areas around fields, lakes, ponds, and streams are also great places to find coyote tracks.

Another popular coyote hangout is highly agricultural areas. If you’re targeting areas that are prone to neighborhood dogs running around, you need to be aware of that and do what you can to avoid trapping any pets. One way to avoid catching dogs in your trap is to make sure you can tell the difference between dog tracks and coyote tracks.

4. Coyote Trap Baits

If you ask any serious hunter what their best advice is, it probably has to do with bait and lure. Even if you pick a less than ideal location for the trap, you can usually still get a coyote in the trap with the right bait or lure. There’s a ton of great baits and lures on the market. Most of them work great too. The problem is what works for somebody else might not work for you.

If you ask 20 veteran coyote trappers what they use as bait, you’ll probably get at least a dozen different answers. Some of the most popular lures and baits include carcasses, raccoon lure, meat trimmings, fermented herring, animal bones, etc. However, most trappers will agree if you’re trying to trap coyotes or foxes, one of your best bait choices is dog food.

It doesn’t have to be expensive dog food either. Coyotes and foxes love dog food and the cheap stuff works just great. To be really effective throw a bit of dog food in the dirt hole and a kernel or two just outside the cage.


If you follow the tips above you should spend your off-season trapping coyotes with success. Coyote pelts will garner a bit of money from fur traders and will reduce the amount of predators on or around your property. It’s important to remember that all of the tips mentioned above may not be right for you, but you can easily adapt any of the tips to meet your individual needs and goals.​

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    Brandon Cox

    I'm Brandon, and with a passion and love for all things hunting, I have invested much time and money bringing myself up to speed with the latest and best hunting Intel. Through my hunting website, I want to share and excite all on the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.

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