Trapping Tip: Man-Made Eye Appeal


This is an excerpt from Jim Spencer’s article “Eye Appeal,” which appeared in the February 2014 Trapper & Predator Caller issue.

By Jim Spencer

Sometimes there won’t be any obvious eye appeal at a set location. This is especially true in flat, open farmland or prairie, but it can also happen along streams, farm roads and other places where furbearers travel where there’s nothing that stands out from the surroundings to attract their attention. These places can be excellent set locations, but they sometimes need a little help.

That’s where man-made eye appeal comes in, and it can be just as varied as things that have natural eye appeal. Here are a few examples: large, conspicuous dirtholes and/or large dirt patterns for predator trapping; hanging feathers, old CDs, Christmas tinsel, a wad of polyfill or a strip or two of surveyor’s tape over or near your sets to catch the attention of passing furbearers — especially bobcats — using the catch circle of a previous catch to attract the next potential customer to your new set made at the edge of the circle; moving a log, large rock or pile of smaller rocks into position to catch the eye of a passing furbearer; or digging large, sloppy dirtholes or pocket sets to attract furbearers such as raccoons, otters, mink and bobcats.

In every instance, the objective is to catch the animal’s attention from a distance and draw it closer until it can smell the bait or lure, or be otherwise enticed to investigate the set closely enough to be caught.


Jim Spencer’s full article appeared in the February 2014 issue of Trapper & Predator Caller.

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