Coyote-Power Of Smell-Can a coyote smell steel and iron like it is said a fox can? Will human scent cling to a rusty trap long enough to make any difference? Will human scent cling to a new or clean trap as long as to a rusty one? If human scent does cling long enough to either of these traps, is the wearing of common leather gloves sufficient to prevent getting the scent on the traps? If not, what kind of gloves should be worn? If it is the case that this animal can smell iron or steel, what is the best thing to do to overcome this trouble? How long can a coyote or fox smell a person’s tracks? If I am not mistaken, I have heard of bloodhounds tracking persons three or four days after. Can coyotes or foxes do that or better? I have reference to people with shoes, on, only. How is the case with rubber boots or overshoes? If coyotes can smell any of the above odors on a trap, if the trap was settled in the earth just low long enough to be about level with the surface and something be placed under pan and then covered with a thin layer of earth, is this covering of earth sufficient to prevent odor or odors from passing through? Can an animal smell a person’s tracks as long if they are brushed out as when not? Please give me one of the best trail sets for coyote you know of; also bait and scent. Coyotes here are rather scarce.
Coyotes can smell human odor on the trap several days after it is set and it will make no difference whether the trap is rusty or not. There are likely to be other scents on the trap which will remain even longer. Wearing gloves will not make it any better and human odor will pass through both leather and rubber shoes and gloves. Brushing out the tracks will not remove the scent but it will remove the signs of human presence and that is equally important, even more so, for the scent will pass away in three or four days if the trap is covered with ground and it will usually take much longer for signs to disappear. You will find your question answered in full in our book, “wolf and coyote trapping”.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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