2. New Sets
Near misses in trapping must be very frightening for most animals. There they were, inspecting something interesting, when metal jaws go off right beside them. These animals will become wary, and it may be necessary to switch up your trapping style and try some different sets toward the end of the season. If you're using Conibears under water, try some dry-land sets that run through natural or man-made "funnels" to direct the animal into the trap. Or, if you're a dry land trapper, add some bait hanging from a string or a point of interest like a dangling bird wing (where legal to do so) over your foothold beds. Change where you make your sets and how you make them, and you just might change your outcome.