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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Homemade Trap for Rabbits or Squirrels



Homemade Trap for Rabbits or Squirrels
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Location and Operation

Rabbits live in areas where good escape cover is available--in brushpiles, briar patches and thick fencerows. They also prefer low-cut bluegrass mixed with clovers and shrubs. In order to catch rabbits, the box trap must be placed in or along the runs or trails made by rabbits using these areas.

Opinions vary as to the importance of baits for the box trap. Some prefer baits such as apples, carrots or corn, while others use no bait at all. Baits may attract opossums and skunks in search of an easy meal.

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The best trap going for the survivor is the box trap. Box traps are cheap to build using old scrap lumber or outdoor plywood. Box traps are easy on the critters trapped, unlike snares or steel traps that usually kill or maim the game that gets in them, game caught in a box traps are kept safe from hungry predators until the trapper returns to check the trap. Often trappers using other trapping methods, will return to the trap site only to find where some lucky predator has made an easy meal of his catch.

Fifty years ago every farm boy knew how to build and use this type of trap, now the skill has been lost to all but a few old timers. Today our population is much more interested in watching TV or playing video games, than learning any useful skill. Which is sad, because one day a simple skill such as constructing a homemade box trap could make the difference between going to bed hungry or with a full stomach…

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Detailed schematic of a rabbit gum

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Trapping with the homemade box trap (rabbit gum) Video

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