Conservation of Wildlife

Debris Mound Sets for Farmland Coyotes

Trapping Coyotes With Debris mounds

Trapping Coyotes with Debris Mounds

Trapping coyotes on farms and wide open areas you want sets that will stick out like a sore thumb. Trapping coyotes can be difficult because they are runners, they may travel 10-15 miles each night in search for food. Trapping coyotes more effectively; you want the sets to be very noticeable form a distance to catch a coyote’s attention and to draw them in. coyotes don’t hunt every square inch of the area they call home, they hunt on the go. This means you need the coyotes to see the sets from across the field.

In order to trap coyotes this way, the placement of this coyote set is important. You want to place this set at least 15 yards from any woods or hedgerow. Coyotes feel more comfortable investigating sets and holes in the open as appose `to sets that are tucked close to cover or a brush pile.

The Mound:

The first thing you need to do is to rake as much of the surrounding crop debris and dirt as you can into a large pile. You need the pile to at least 18 inches high and about 4 feet long and in the shape of a crescent moon. In a cut corn field were the stubble is still standing you need to build the mounds higher than 18 inches to be seen by the coyotes over the stubble. The idea is the coyotes to see the sets from a half mile away. If you’ve done it right you will be able to see the set from the farthest point of direct viewing.

After you have gotten the mount made you want to have the area around the mound to be bare dirt, the larger the better. The bare dirt helps put the coyotes at ease, and want to investigate the set a little more.

The hole:

Now for the hole; you need the hole to be placed in the concave of the crescent mound. This is the first step in directing the coyotes to the set and to step on the trap. You want the hole to be 5 or 6 inches wide and about 18 inches deep. Approaching coyotes should spot the hole right away. It also helps to round the edges of the hole. This helps in two ways it makes the hole look bigger and also makes the hole seem as it is being used. This helps with the visual aspect of the set.

The Trap:

Even with guiding such as the crescent mound it is still difficult to get the coyotes to step in the trap. To increase the chances of trapping the coyotes you want to use a large trap such as No. 3 Bridger or 4. Sleepy creek. Also because of the pulling force of the coyotes; it is a must that you cross stake each trap. Many times you will hear people say to guide the coyotes with subtle cues such as a small rock or a tiny stick on the loose jaw side. However for this set you want it to be a little less subtle to guide the coyotes on the trap.

To accomplish this you need to set the trap so the dirt covering the trap is about an inch deeper than the surrounding dirt. Also rough up the dirt around the trap where you don’t want the coyotes to step. You want to encourage the coyotes to stand exactly where you want when he comes to investigate the set.

You need to place the trap about a foot from the center of the hole. This is the sweet spot where the coyotes will stand when he is investigating the hole.


Once you have the attention of a curious coyotes you need to keep their attention. To do this you need a little bait. You want a chunk of rendered meat the size of a golf ball soaked with a solution of beaver castor and other secret ingredients from local maker. The type of meat doesn’t matter too much anything such as, chicken, turkey, squirrel, skunk, muskrat, or whatever else has been found on the road.

Jared Premo

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