How To Build A Live Animal Trap (An Easy Illustrated Guide)

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

7 Responses

  1. Greg M. says:

    When I was a teenager, my best friend and I ran a trap line in Missouri before school each day. We used conibears, leg catch traps, Hav-a-hart traps, and some home made traps very similar to what your photos show. All of them were successful in catching small game, primarily raccoons and possums and skunks. We occasionally caught fox too. We sold the skins but usually ended up buying more traps or paying for useless junk with our small profits but it was fun.

  2. Coyote says:

    Back home in the mountains of WNC. we use to call these traps “Rabbit Gums”.

  3. Illini Warrior says:

    the rear end of a box trap is equally important >> the box must not be totally enclosed – leave an inch gap in that end panel for some outside penetration ….

  4. NRP says:

    I agree with Illini Warrior
    Use a wire mesh or chicken wire at the rear of the trap so the critter can see out when entering the trap

    • NRP says:

      UGH, now the post goes through, disregard email…..
      This is the very first time a Post has actually gone through

      GREAT site BTW, just frustrating

  5. I give up with posting, it never post with my nickname says:

    I agree with Illini Warrior
    Use a wire mesh or chicken wire at the rear of the trap so the critter can see out when entering the trap