Creativity Pays With K9′s: Dirthole ConceptsBy
Pursuit of the mighty k9 has intrigued many trappers for many years. Some of us who try and outsmart these cagey critters are often discouraged when we trappers are the ones getting outsmarted. Maybe a little variety is all you need to jumpstart your line.
I myself like to experiment with my sets in many different ways. Every location presents a different set of circumstances, between type of habitat, to wind direction, and even different levels of human pressure are the things I take into consideration. If you go into the same location year after year or even a new location and plug in the same sets throughout you will find the catches on k9s will start out really strong then die out just as quickly, this is where variety has it’s strength.
A Dirthole is a very effective tool for catching all varieties of k9s, a few variations on them are even more irresistible! A few of my personal favorite variations are, the double dirthole, the post hole, the trench, and the bank hole( or what I call the reverse dirthole).
The Double Dirthole is just as the name says two dirtholes one set. Now there are variations within this set that can keep it from getting old. The first is the side by side holes, dug at the typical 45* angle deep and baseball sized. The holes should be placed as such so if you were to draw a line straight out from each hole they would intersect exactly over the pan.
To bait this set I make two to three small holes in the side wall of the post hole with my stake driver and put a little bit of a curiosity or call lure in each one. When the animal approaches it will look for the easiest access point which is where the dirt is not piled, and voila you have a catch! There are many different variations on this set as well, just make it your own.
At this point I always bait the hole so I don’t need to travel down the bank twice, I always use a good amount of a loud bait. Make your way to the top of the bank without disturbing to much and dig your trap bed directly in line with your hole 6″ from the edge of the drop off. Blend in the trap an walk away. Any k9 that catches a whiff or spots the hole will first investigate from the top of the bank, and the rest is history.
It is easy to get stuck in a “rut” making the same old sets season in and season out. You will see a difference adding sets like these to your line. There are many more k9 set types to get creative with, these are just a few that have worked for me. Keep those k9′s guessing!
Happy Trapping :)