Caught my first coyote in a dispatch snare..............however it was still alive.
It got tangled pretty well..........but, it was in shorter sage brush.
Is there a wrong way of setting these snares to have a yote alive when you arrive?

If they can't set the lock well you will see that.  A solid anchor tied off high, that doesn't give will help set the lock.  If the snare is in vegetation that is springy it almost acts like a shock spring.  One other thing to keep in mind is a deer caught in an area that has springy vegetation may not be able to open the BAD for the same reason as above.  Keep in mind that coyotes, just like people, won't always do what you think they should.  Some just won't take a run after caught and some will.
Sent you an email Lloyd.

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  • Ive found with dispatch snares that I need the lock at about 1 or 11 oclock on the snare to do the best job. I also run triggers on my snares and believe it helps . Kris is correct when he says that brush can act as a shock absorber with these type snares so in brushy conditions I will shorten up and use only a 5-6’ total lenth snare . The coyote seems to panic more and set lock tighter . I also use the deathblows and love em .Hope this helps .

  • I am running a 15% chew out rate on 60 coyotes with lethal snare sets using 5/64, 1-19 cable, death blow locks, S hooks with torq springs, 10 foot length, setting a 10" loop, 10" from the ground, with solid anchors. About half are entanglement sets, half not, so no clear difference there. It seems I should be doing something different but I don’t know what. The death blow locks seem to have close tolerance in the saddle and I’m wondering if the lock is “hanging” up before adequate closure, allowing the animal to chew. Any advise, guidance or information would be greatly appreciated.

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