Living in a rural area can be great for wildlife and hunting, but when their numbers skyrocket, the nuisance is harder to manage.
That’s why trapping is an important part of wildlife management for many hunters and trappers.
You simply set a trap in an area where you’ve spotted wildlife, check it a few times every day or so, and when you see evidence of your target animal around the trap—claws are worn down to the bone from trying to escape or blood trails leading away from the trap—you know that it’s time to take out your gun or rifle.
Trapping only takes about ten minutes per day if done right. Remember, though, that you aren’t going to get anyplace else and that this is a long-term way of managing wildlife numbers so use it wisely.
Do you need a professional?
From everything we’ve said already, trapping sounds very easy and simple until you have to do it yourself. While it can be a DIY, trapping needs professional insight and help. However, if you really want to try it on your own, here’s what you need to know.
So, what’s the best way to set traps?
Traps can be baited with dead animals, food or other attractants using scent lures often called “baits”.
Set a trap in an area that is easily seen from the car and check the trap regularly either personally or with binoculars.
To do this properly, you need to have blinds or covers so that the animals don’t see danger when they enter the trap.
This kind of traps work on small animals like:
- Flying squirrels
- Bats Beavers
The Take Away
Remember, as simple as it is, it’s not all the time that you can do trapping as a DIY job.
Sometimes, for instance with smaller animals like rats, moles and birds, you can get away with doing it yourself. However, bigger animals like rabbits and raccoons require much more in terms of professional advice and input.