The Simple "Rabbit Gum" Live Trap.

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  1. Coote

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    I recently answered a call for help from a lady who wanted a pair of rabbits removed from her garden.

    On inspecting the place I found that my options were limited. There were one or two locations I could take a reasonably safe shot with my silenced .22, but there were too many houses and people around to feel comfortable using, or being seen with, a rifle.

    This got me thinking about various options, and I decided I should at least take the opportunity make a couple of rabbit gums.

    I made mine from some 8" x 1" lumber I had used as concrete boxing. It was pretty rough, but these traps aren't dining room furniture.

    In my opinion there is nothing too critical about the dimensions. I figure that it has to be long enough so that the rabbit is completely inside the trap before reaching the trigger stick.... and that the tunnel has to be narrow enough to ensure that the animal has to push past the trigger. And it has to be big enough to allow easy access by the animal.

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    Some similar traps I've seen pictures of seem to have special guide rails or grooves for the sliding door. That wouldn't hurt, but I don't think it is always necessary. I figure the old timers who used hollow logs were unlikely to have fitted fancy door tracks. It would take a heck of a bunny to push the door open on my traps.

    The trap has to sit reasonably level to ensure that the door drops cleanly... otherwise it could possibly jam on the rough timber walls.

    So far I've caught nothing in my gums. The rabbits might be curious enough to enter the traps, or maybe to investigate them as a sheltered place to hang out. But I can't see why they'd go sniffing near foreign objects looking for food right now when there is an abundance of natural feed around. It has been a good exercise though. And I've finally got permission to set some snares, and I know from experience that I should see some results from these.

    I left the gums open for a week or so in position. I've just started to set and bait them. I used carrots and carraway seeds for bait.

    Best wishes from New Zealand.... Coote.
     
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    I may be making one of these. Thanks for the design.

    Jesster
     
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    No worries. I'd be keen to try making one from a hollow log or a big bit of pipe. Some folks say you don't even need to bait these traps because the animals like to go into 'tunnels' anyway.
     
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    A very simple design. I have to try it now.
     
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    This trap looks great. Super simple design. I'll definitely be making one of these soon. I've got plenty of rabbits in the yard to experiment with.
     
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    Try half an apple for bait. It's usually worked for me.

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    If you use wire mesh over the back end so the bunny can see all the way through it will enter with more confidence.........also let's you know if you trapped a skunk! :17:
     
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    good idea, we've got lots of those too
     
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    I can get scores of 5 gallon buckets. This may work well with them. Even better with the square cat litter buckets.

    Thanks for the post.
     
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    i can't believe you said that about the cat litter buckets. We've got tons of them and i was already downstairs eyeballing one. lol
     
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    I've seen armadillo traps that were built similar to this. I've got lots of bunnies around the house. I think I'm gonna build a couple of these and see what I get. I wonder If I could build a bigger version of it and catch the coyotes that keep going after my chickens?
     
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    Thanks for the ideas. I did think about trying an apple for bait till I saw all the fallen apples in the garden. I once read that someone recommended cut apple with salt on it.
     
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    I made similar when a youngster. I made the box out of heavy hardware cloth though. THe release was a treadle (balance board) that when the bunny walked across it would pivot and release the door. It always worked. I would bait them with lettuce and would catch one every one or two days.
     
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    I have a metal trap in the back yard that I play around with from time to time. (I release them all, just passive entertainment)

    Roasted nuts seem to attract them, which I find kind of odd. Probably the salt, as you mentioned.
     
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    Just be careful you don't catch a skunk!

    With that closed design (good one, by the way) you might get a surprise when you open the trap.

    Good hunting.
     
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    I wish I did have the chance of catching a skunk. We don't have many wild mammals here compared to you guys. I think the only native mammals we have are bats and marine mammals like seals and whales. Not everyone is happy about it, but some of our predecessors introduced rabbits, hares, pigs, deer and goats; along with mice, rats, stoats, ferrets, and weasels.

    We also have thar, chamois, wapiti and a few wallabies in certain areas.
     
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    Man I'ld love to go to your neck of the woods. I want to hunt those giant Red Stags you got durring the Roar! Those things look like Elk!
     
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    Yep Murphy, I reckon a bigger version might catch a coyote (although I know virtually nothing about coyotes). You might want to add a special door track to make it more secure.

    I still haven't caught a rabbit.... and I haven't seen any sign of them myself since I set the traps. The landowner has seen them though. Maybe they come and go.... or maybe they are there all the time and have just worked out that they should steer clear of everything I've put there.

    I did get a brushtailed possum in one of the boxes though. The dog thought that it was wonderful.

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