Just wanted to pass this along to everyone in case you are not aware that this is trapping season. I was up visiting Number Seven this morning and had let my dog Tiny out to do his thing. I was watching him from the window when he disappeared out behind the house, I went to the door and called for him, but he didn't come. Number Seven ended up coming outside to help and he said he could hear him crying way up back. We jumped into the truck, raced up back to find Tiny caught by the front foot in a #4 fox trap. It was all Don could do to release the springs while I held the dog. We thought for sure his leg would be broken, he's a little dog 12 lbs, but thankfully he's O.K. Home resting on the couch.
The trap had been placed with permission, and I was aware that it was out back somewhere, although I didn't realize it was that close to the house. There was a slight breeze and the scent must have drifted down across the field, which is a couple hundred yards long, and Tiny must have thought it smelt good. This is just what a trap is suppose to do, attract animals to the scent.
In conclusion, let me just say keep your dogs on a leash if you are going to be out in the woods. I'm not sure how long trapping season runs these days, and in some places there is still one week of muzzle loading season left. Be careful