Went out to do a quick check of my small trap line on the property. I had a snare set in a fresh den site up the side of a hill.
The last two mornings nothing, this morning Im walking up the draw and I can see the set, well the den hole looks like a bomb went off.
At closer inspection I see a fresh mound of dirt a few ft from the hole and my snare is leading right into it.
I pull on the snare and the snare pulls back(Its alive) so I start the tug of war with little effect. I go back to the house and get a shovel and start to dig , but as Im removing dirt the animal pushes more out the hole faster then Im removing it. I went back to the house and got a pick and started to dig where I thought the tunnel was. It took me about 2 hours to finally unearth this Badger my first and the hardest catch of my life.
The den set
The snare going into the dirt