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Here is a post i made over at a few forums and seemed to help some folks,maybe it will help someone here.
I have been getting alot of you youngsters and a few older asking " How to Find Canine Locations".
Well first off you need to understand the canine in order to know why he is on the move in the first place.
Dispersal
In most cases canines will move during dispersal when momma kicks them out of the den and makes them go on there own to find there own home. This leaves them roaming and many canines will travel miles in search of there new territory to call there own. Its a big world out there and these youngsters of the year will find this out.
Mating Season
canines will go to great lengths traveling during the winter looking for a mate. The males will generaly travel further than the females will.
Hunting / Food
Food is another reason that will cause canines to be on the move. They need to eat so they will always be hunting. This causes them to travel almost as much as the mating season and dispersal times.
Just keep in mind that canines are usually on the move untill they find something to keep them in an area, such as a den of there own, a mate or a good food supply!
Canines also have a fairly large range of territory. And these territorys do overlap with other canines doing the same thing.
These overlaping territorys are the spots you want to trap! By setting these locations that over lap you have a greater chance of targeting 2,3 and sometimes 4 litters or family groups of canines. These locations are priceless as your chances of harvesting canines are better, the more canines you come in contact with the better chances of catching them.
So what does one look for ?
Well canines ar just as lazy as us humans and will almost always take the easiest way from point A to point B. It may not be the shortest way but if its the easiest you can bet they will take it. Example is your on one side of a high weedfield and you want to get to the other side. Are you gonna walk through that high weed field or take the tractor path around it? Canines are no different.
when I trap canines Im always looking for the EASIEST TRAVEL WAYS and as Dan Kroll had told me a few years ago , Focus on the three R's . Roadways, Ridges & Reviens for canine locations and this method works quite well for me. I also like to trap for canines on field edges, field intersections, crop change ups, power lines, fence lines , rock walls, rivers and streams as these all act as barriers which funnel canines.
to give you all a better idea of what im talking about I went out and took some pictures for yas.
Pic 1

This picture shows a treeline that borders a tractor path and field edge. This is a natural travel way for canines as its an easy travel lane for over 2 miles and there is plenty of mice,rabbits and birds to hunt along the way.
Pic 2

This picture shows quite a bit. Notice the 2 red dots. This is where I would make my sets as I can cover both the crop change ups that run left to right . The main key to this location is the tractor path that runs up through the middle. This tractor path comes off of a power line that runs for over 5 miles. Remember canines take the easiest travel way and every canine that comes in contact with the powerline will follow it .
Pic 3

Here is a picture of the powerline I was talking about that leads to the tractor path above. Notice behind the telephone pole how the powerline goes over the next mountain. I like to set these locations up at all the crop changes and treelines that meet with the powerlines.
Pic 4

another powerline , as you can see this runs for miles, one would have to scout this out to determine where exactly on the powerline the canines are traveling this one as its thick but you can bet they are using it.
Pic 5

This is a nice tractor path that I took 2 redfox and a grey fox off of last season. This tractor path runs all the way up to the treeline . But also notice the crop change up that goes from left to right across the picture. When the corn is up like this picture the canines will run the edge of the cornfield at the crop change up , but after the corn is down they stick to the tractor path for the most part.
Pic 6

This is the same field as the picture 5, this is a further left view of the land. as you can see the crop change up and the tree line run a long distance. But what i wanted to show in this picture is in the cornfield itself, notice how it has a gully / ditch in it? After the corn is harvested this ditch becomes the main travel way/ hunting grounds for them as the farmer cant get to harvest around the ditch so it leaves plenty of cover for mice,rabbits birds and so on.
Pic 7

This is a perfect example of a treeline that meets a patch of woods. This field is never maintained so it gets quite thick except around the edges which make it great for traveling and also hunting. I usually set at the corner where the 2 meet. Intersections are great locations.
Now lets talk about outstanding features a little bit, an outstanding feature is something that stands out from its surroundings. It could be a lone tree in the middel of the field , a white rock, a haybail , even a piece of farm equipment. These things gain the curiosity of all canines as they pass through if it catches there eye, in most cases they will have to check it out. Below are some examples of outstanding features.
Pic 8

This picture is of a fence line that ends in the middle of the field and really stands out.
Pic 9

A clump of trees in the middel of the field with thickets around it makes a nice spot for hunting. the red dots are where I would set . One on each side of the trees, the red dot to the right would be on this side of the thickets while the other dot would be on the other side of it.

Pic 10

A dirt mound on the edge of a crop change surely stands out. In some cases I will set up close to the mound or even ON top of it as canines are always trying to get a birds eye view while hunting. This is a great locaion as it meets with the tractor path on the left.
 

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Pic 11

Another depression or field wash out which cant get harvested and gives plenty of cover for the canines to hunt. After this field is mowed down this really stands out. I have caught 4 fox here in 2 years.
Pic 12

This picture shows what happens alot in suburbia, development in progress. But when these areas get tore up like this and not completed its becomes a hunting ground for field mice and everything else. It definetly stands out and canines will investigate it.
Pic 13

This picture shows a treeline that ends the middle of a field. Nothing special right? WRONG for the past 3 years redfox have been denning in this tree row and there is a den there again this year. Canines look for spots like this as they have plenty of cover and plenty to hunt. They can also see a great distance from a spot like this and can get to cover if need be.
Now Many of you are probably thinking this dont help me I dont have Farmland in my area, my area is thick of woods, not fields .
Well these tips will help you infact the locations are all the same but the terrain is different. In wooded areas look for them clearcuts, logging roads, creeks flowing or dried up, game trails, powerlines,rock walls and so on remember canines will take the easiest travel ways.
Pic 14

just your average deer trail going through the woods. But instead of setting your traps directly on the trail, try to set them off the trail a few feet so you dont have deer setting off your traps.
Pic 15

Old ATV trails are another great way for canines to travel
Pic 16

creeks and rivers are another good location as any canine that comes to it will in most cases follow it till it takes him somewhere else . Here i would set at the red dots. the one furthest left is at a lone tree in the clearing while the other one is in the narrowest spot along the creek, narrow trails usually funnel canines to a precise location. In this spot here I could set up my set on a drowner/ slide wire for a quick and humane kill.
Pic 17

here we have another trail that leads from the wood lot and runs along the creek to a nice opening.
Pic 18

Along the creek i have 1 crossing log, this log is a way for all furbearers not just canines to get from one side of the creek to the other. The red dots are where i would set my conibears, footholds or snare , at the narrowest part of the log. When setting on the narrowest point you cut down on the animals going around your traps. Here they have to go over them.

Well I know this post is long but i hope it will help some of you understand canine locations a little better. just remember that canines will almost always take the easiest way around things. Also dont be afraid to create your own outstanding features in them open areas. The next canine that passes through while dispersing or looking for his mate wont know if it was there for a day or a year. :shhh:
Good Luck
 
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