Those who have built live traps, please explain :)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Tala, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Those of you who have built your own live traps, could you please explain them? Directions?
    Mainly I'm interested in what materials you used and how it works together.
    I think I'm gonna have to re-engineer the trip plate and trap door on my dog trap. I want to move the trip plate further into the trap (so the dog is ALL the way inside when his front paws hit it) which seems easy enough, and I need the door to snap down tighter/faster and be less-prone to being pushed open from the inside. Need help/ideas for the door part. Basically the one that came on it is too "flexible" --- my raccoon traps have a solid metal door that is pretty darn sturdy, but this one came with a door made of essentially hardware cloth type wire and it sucks!
     
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  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I know what you want to do and could do it myself, but to tell you how to do it is something else. The place you want to look for the strsight answer is trapperman.com These guts do this everyday, so I know you will get the best advice possible.
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I have found it is easier to build on that slides straight down so when the animal pushes against it the door is between a "railing?" system...like a window...

    I am with panner...I don't think I can explain it...
     
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  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:like a guillotine door. Yup makes sense. In fact, my grandpa used to build rabbit sized box traps like that. Hmmm
     
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    right! I have used to catch hogs and other critters....caught a deer once...that didn't go good...it did not like being caught and I think it liked being loose less...it was lucky I am a law abiding guy cuz I feared for my life

    forgot...my grandpa taught me to make those rabbit traps..I upgraded for pigs...it takes lots of upgrade
     
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  6. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Now if those dogs are after your chickens, I have a much easier way of dealing with them. Just call on two good freinds, Mr Smith & Mr. Wesson. Then SS because you have already used the first S.
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yes that is the problem. However, my chickens live about 4 miles from me, so I can't exactly go running out with the shotgun when the dogs visit....If it weren't windchill of about 0*F I might consider camping out till I caught them, but such is life right now. I'm trying the same method on dogs as I use for raccoons. So far I did catch one smaller dog that is not a chicken killer [​IMG]
     
  8. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I used to catch the neighbors' cats when i was a kid....they don't appreciate being let out of a trap anymore than deer do...good thing my mom wouldn't let me play with guns in town cuz i feared for my life...
     
  9. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    AR
    I have a couple of these larger sized duke traps that I like pretty well. Of course they are not cheap and shipping is even more of an ouch but unless you have a welder and are pretty good at that type of stuff it's probably easier to go ahead and buy a good live trap. I know there are a lot of cheap china ones on the market right now but IMO they are pretty much worthless. Even though the Dukes are made in korea they are a pretty well made trap.



    http://www.fntpost.com/Products/Cage+Traps/Duke+Heavy+Duty+Series+Cage+Traps



    This place has them on sale.
    http://thuleracks.molnaroutdoor.com...Live_Traps::Duke&category=Live%5FTraps : Duke
     
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  10. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built this a couple years back to catch critters stealing apples from my orchard. It is big enough for fox. It has caught cats, fox, raccoon, possum and squirrels.
    If the pics aren't clear enough I can explain the trip mechanism.

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