Making Small Game Traps For Survival

In a real life survival situation, knowing how to live off the land may be crucial for you and your family. This quickly establishes a permanent track to the drop box and a route through the wire. The galvanised trap comes flat packed, so will need to be bolted together with mesh placed in the hole before the box is dropped in – as the trap cellar does not have a bottom, without this the rabbits will very quickly dig out. At the moment, if your base has at least 4 rabbit traps, there really is no reason for you to worry about food at all. She had a Havahart trap (a trap designed to not harm the animal it catches), but it is visually open on all sides and rabbits generally don’t like going into such an apparatus.

If you see markings or bite marks like this in your garden or around your yard, the chances are good that you’re dealing with a rabbit. Before the trapping season, and when a trapper chooses to trap an area far from home, that daily commutes are prohibitive, some trappers will build a trap line cabins Cabins are traditionally built of logs or lumber in wilderness areas usually near water. However, if you give preference to more setting options you are to choose two door traps. The trap is triggered when the rabbit is lured under the box and interacts with the bait.

The rabbit removal experts at United Wildlife will humanely trap any existing rabbits, and then offer rabbit prevention ideas and techniques. The cage itself weighs around 35 pounds, so that, along with the tool bag, can make for an interesting walk to the trap site if it is far or through a heavily vegetated area. The advantage of trapping and snaring small game is the same as that of fishing: You can set a series of traps that work while you don’t. A wild rabbit has two very long teeth, which they can use to bite, so any method that you use to catch the rabbit should not involve you trying to handle the rabbit.

After the sides are securely fastened to the bottom, decide which end of the box the door will be on. Fasten the back to completely cover the end of the box opposite of the door. One of the cheats that my Dad and his brothers used to extend their supply of shotgun shells was the small game box trap. Attach the standing end of the noose onto the tree or tree branch that you placed over the rabbit trail. Some states have laws against selling wild animals, so if you plan on capturing live rabbits and hares to sell to the local beagle club, you might want to look into it a bit more.

By placing a little hay or other food in the bottom of the box the trap need not be visited oftener than once a week. As the rabbit hopes down the path, it will pass right through the trap and get caught. I always build at least 6 traps no matter what the output rate is, although if it did go lower, I’d just build more, yup. To make the trigger, first cut a horizontal groove on the outside about 2 inches above the back wall’s hole to help hold the 4 inch angled stick.

Another important part of building the trap forced me to focus on the rabbit it was designed to catch. You’ll need to create two sides of equal measurements and a top and bottom of equal measurements as well as one end to enclose the box. For help on selecting the ideal bait for the box rabbit trap, go ahead visit our article on Best Rabbit Baits for Trapping. For that reason, as well as increasing your chances of finding food, you need to know how to build a wide range of hunting traps.

The following two videos are from the experiences of a retired Australian rabbiter. Even if you’ve never attempted to catch a rabbit before, you will do it easily using a humane live rabbit trap. You must first find a game trail and then you should dig the pit near it. When you consider the pit deep enough to hold the game inside it, you must place sharpened sticks at the bottom and then build a grill from sticks and branches to cover the hole.

No live stream links as they become outdated too quickly, please only link to videos. With 2-door rabbit trap you can create a clear track from one trap’s end to the other. Figure 7. A fence provides the most longterm and effective way to protect plantings from rabbit and hare damage. If you are using a wooden box trap, try trapping both with and without bait and see which works best in your area. Make sure that the bait is something the animal is familiar with, but not something that’s so widely available they just pass it by. Rabbits have got to come out of there holes to feed at night, so you will always have some rabbits in your traps.


The rabbit’s telltale round droppings are a good sign that a rabbit has been lurking on your property. Too large and your pitfall trap won’t trigger when a rabbit steps over it. Too small and you’ll never be able to make your trap stand up. Gather three or four of these kind of sticks. It isn’t actually a bug, but rather it is actually just a mis-calculation of how many rabbit meat spawn per hour in traps (rough estimation).

If you would like to try it here is a great rabbit recipe passed down through my family. IT’S A TRAP supplies soft-jaw leg-hold traps that are approved for use for rabbits, feral cats, foxes and wild dogs. You better choose a pretty beefy branch and make sure that your cordage will hold the full weight of an animal who will be trying very hard to get away if the impact from the branch swinging up hasn’t taken care of them pretty quickly. He uses unshelled corn or pieces of apple for rabbit bait, and walnuts to lure squirrels. To construct your noose you need to make a small loop in one end about the diameter of a pencil.

For tips on how to do so as well as step by step instructions on how to fashion your own snare trap, please head over to our articles on How to Remove Rabbits from Traps and How to Make a Rabbit Snare. The spacious rabbit trap cellar has smooth edges and provides a safe and humane containment for captured rabbits. Rember you cannot survive for long periods on just a rabbit diet as rabbit does not have enough fat to sustain you for a long time without a seperate fat source in your diet. But this doesn’t mean that traps can’t be used for larger land and rabbit problems.

When you do catch a rabbit, and you’re taking it somewhere to get rid of it, make sure to wrap the trap in an old towel to soak up urine that might otherwise soak into the carpet of your vehicle. Whittle a notch on this peg, and tie your string to the other end of it. Tie the free end of the string to a bent nail or hole drilled into the top of the wooden trap door. Although many people tout the benefits of complex traps and snares, my philosophy is to follow the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Stupid! Make sure that the door is about ½ inch in diameter less than the width of the trap.

A rabbit veteran told me if a cat or possum got in my box to smoke it out with leaves to get the smell out. To set up a drop trap, you sink it diagonally through the rabbit proof fence into a hole measuring 2ft x 2ft x 2ft, remembering your netting in the bottom of the hole first. Try to set your trap in areas where there is a lot of rabbit activity, on or along trails is optimum. You will need a lever that is roughly half of the length of the trap in addition to a trigger stick that goes inside of the trap but does not reach the bottom.

Model 206 Original Series Collapsible Live Trap with Two Trap Doors for cat, rabbit, skunk & similar sized animals. Remember, United Wildlife’s rabbit pest control experts can eradicate and manage a pest infestation brought in by a rabbit. Enough Wilderness and wild life will be left for is to enjoy and PETA to keep its offices running and shedding tears for poor animals we kill.

Once the rabbits are removed with a live human trap, you can effectively keep them out with working rabbit repellents. From spring to fall, rabbits and hares eat grass, clover, wild flowers, weeds, and farm and garden crops. Fungicides that contain the chemical Thiram are an excellent form of non-lethal rabbit repellent and control. A good combination of looting, farming, animal traps and hunting should be what determines survival. This releases the trigger, sending the bowed branch skyward and catching the rabbit in the noose. Ill take pics of them tomorrow or go to At the bottom Toby has pictures of the same traps.

Take a few hints from us instead of wasting money like we did on those crappy rabbit traps that won’t produce any results. Triggers froze in place, doors froze in the up/open position, and ice made the traps tough to reset. Farms and fields are disappearing from the landscape to make room for new homes and urban sprawl. There are also several forums and sites that people have listed their homemade dryers. We’re professional rabbit trappers who will travel to any location to get the rabbits out. The domestic rabbit is considerably larger than other Washington rabbits, measuring 20 to 30 inches in length.

Lane’s Ace trap was first made in 1935 and was the most commonly-used rabbit trap in Australia until about 1970. Getting a wild animal out of here can be difficult though unlike the cage trap so be warned. Though humans should avoid contact with any rabbits, if a rabbit seems especially fearless around humans, it could be infected. Rabbits that live in holes are already use to entering into tunnel configurations and are easily caught with live cage traps.

This live capture, humane rabbit trap is simple to use , discreet when installed and can be fitted with an optional Leader Rabbit Trap Locking Kit , giving you total operational control. I am pretty sure you can find plans on the internet for box style traps, but at just $15 for a complete trap there might not be much savings in building your own traps. Tie the three flaps ends of the Bunny Bank to the fence at the rabbit run or put rocks behind them to hold them open.