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hot then!"
What surprised him most about the
five coyotes was that their bellies were
full of acorns.
McBreen said that's probably why
he caught them.
He was using his favorite bait for
coyotes and bobcats - beaver meat.
McBreen said he's not sure why
coyotes and bobcats are so interested in
beaver - none are in the mountainous
areas he traps. But it works.
And any coyote with a belly full
of acorns surely will run to meat, he
reasoned.
His bait recipe is simple: Chop up
chunks of fresh beaver meat; package it
so it's convenient to use, then freeze it.
The trapper also uses bobcat gland
lures, and beaver castor, which he
said both bobcats and coyotes come
to readily.
To keep his sets operational in frozen
ground, he uses dry dirt - either swiped
from anthills or mixed - and buckwheat
hulls.
A frozen trap bed in a land set
catches nothing.
Using anthill dirt is a trapping trick
that goes back probably to the days
of E. J. Daily, a 20th century trapper

credited with the creation of the dirthole set.
McBreen also prefers a crumbled
piece of wax paper for a pan cover. It
should fit between the trap's jaws.
Like dry dirt, wax paper won't
freeze.

CHRISTMAS MAGIC

McBreen's bobcat and coyote
catches in consecutive sets was quite
an achievement.
That it occurred on Christmas morning made even more special.
But this happy trapper now found
himself a half-mile behind a gate with
65 pounds of furbearers to bring out.
"I took the 'cat up so far, then I'd
drop it and go get the coyote, and so
on, until I got back to the vehicle,"
McBreen explained. "I was late, but I
made it home by 10 and we still made
it down to my son's for Christmas
dinner."
It been over 50 years since McBreen
opened his first trapping book, C.O.
Lippert's Trapping and Handling
American Raw Furs.
Despite depressed pelt prices, he traps
on, saying he enjoys the challenge and
that someone has to trap coyotes.

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