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Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Bladerunnerfury, Oct 14, 2012.
I am interested in getting into it, it seems pretty cheap and fun!
Trapping is pretty challenging. I got into it to deal with a beaver problem at a church that was having its parking lot threatened by the rising water from the beaver dams.
You have to do a lot if scouting to figure out movement bottlenecks and patterns. Learn the behavior of the target species. Learn about real scent control for some species like foxes and coyotes that will smell out a trap if there is any hint if scent in the area of the trap. Then check out the laws in your area, most require daily checking if traps and carrying a firearm and catch pole to dispatch live animals or release non target animals that may get in a trap and not be in season.
Then getting into hide processing I'd another pile if work. Skinning, fleshing, drying and tanning hides is a job itself. If you do it for a whole season you will appreciate how hard trapping and the work is that goes into it.
Lots of folks think trappers are lazy. They have never tried trapping. It's easier to get an animal into shooting range than to get one to step inside a 4 to 6 inch circle.
I've got an infestation of bunnies and other small animals in my garden. Last year I chased them out with a Daisy Rider; but now that I have my hunting license I'll get some tags and I can shoot a .22 on my land so I am all set. I am mostly doing it for the meat because the few I got were really good!
I did lots of muskrat trapping when I was young, good money, lots of work, especially in the cold of upstate NY. Its fun but lots of work.
I enjoyed trapping when I was young in Minnesota. I trapped fox, coon, and muskrats.
If it's rabbits you are after then there's a few way to go after them. First check your state laws on legality of trapping, seasons, bag limits, license requirements etc.
Snares along a worn rabbit trail can work or noddy grip traps like a #110 body grip trap work well. Cage traps can work on rabbits as well. Again check on the legality of trap types in your state. not all states allow trapping. Some only slow cage traps and ban snares or foot hold traps or body grip traps. Some require tags with your trapping permit number on each trap. Some allow it on private property only. Some will issue different nuisance trapping permits for use in your own property at a lower rate and with fewer restrictions.
If you are trapping on your own property then it can be easier than finding land to trap on and having a dozen traps spread over several acres to check each day. You do need to be careful of possibly catching neighbors pets I'd you live in close proximity to other homes.
I have found that building funnels of downed brush etc , and using conibear traps work fabulous . We have a lot of trouble with varmits getting into our buildings at work so we got a special permit that allows us to trap yr around . we catch , skunks, coons and ground hogs . I think the tally total since july is 19 varmits
Sounds like you could use a "live trap". Basically a 3 foot long by 1 foot wide and high cage that has a trap door at the front. Your bait goes in the back where the trigger is located. When the animal goes for the bait it hits the trigger in the process. I watched my grandfather use it numerous times(he was a licensed trapper here in La) and I've caught animals as well. Obviously "live" meaning it won't kill the animal unless ya leave them in it long enough to starve them down.
A simple box trap will catch all the bunnies you can eat. When I had beagles I needed a steady supply of live rabbits to train puppies. Just two box traps provided me with all the bunnies I needed to give my puppies the confidence they needed to do something besides run behind the older dogs and bark.
Make sure you know your local laws first.
Disclaimer out of the way, a big rat trap (tied or staked to the ground) works great!
The rabbits here on my 10 acres are calm i can catch them with my hands (hence why I used a daisy rider before to get them out) but here in Michigan its sept 15 - march 31st http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363_10874_12342---,00.html so I am fine for using traps I got 2 today with some bass pro single leaf spring traps! Oh I also have a bunch of tags
Took em' out at 25 yards with a head-shot on my Crosman Nitro Venom!
I tried my hand at trapping in the late 70’s. I had several leg hold traps set on the creek behind the Nicholson house and had caught a few opossum, minks and raccoons. I had heard that a raccoon would
gnaw his own leg off to get out of a trap but I had never experienced it. One evening when checking the traps, I found one of them tripped with nothing in it except a foot of a raccoon. I reset the trap and returned home. When I went to bed that night, I could not sleep. I kept seeing that three legged raccoon hobbling around in the woods weighing heavy on my mind with guilt. It was raining hard and about 10 PM, but I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I went to the creek right then and took up all my traps and never reset them again.
My little brother is going to do some trapping this year, we have not been trapping sense we were boys..............