Common Trapping Mistakes You Should Avoid
February 21, 2022

Have you ever had an animal outwit you when trying to trap them? It happens; after all, you’re only human and prone to make mistakes.

And for the rookies, if you’ve never gone hunting or have a few times but haven’t still gotten a grip of it, there might be a problem.

Perhaps the issue is that you are making simple but common mistakes that experts ha ve made in the past . But, there is nothing to worry about as we highlight some of these mistakes we feel you might be making and can avoid before, after, and while trapping.

Common trapping mistakes include :

Inappropriate Lure

Baits certainly have a purpose, but when misused, they can unintentionally capture non-target animals. The problem is that many trappers try to offset a lack of adequate knowledge of furbearer habits by using lures that are usually in excess.

In some places like Mississippi, all bait within 6 meters of a trap must be concealed and not be apparent from above and may not be more than 33 cubic centimeters in size.

Excessive lure

How and where you set your bait is far more crucial than the lure. Many trappers believe that “more” is adequate for the first time. But this isn’t exactly correct. Setting appropriate traps at strategic places is the key to catching animals. So instead of asking what bait to use, ask “where.”

Wrong Use of Trap

Wrong use of traps includes using foothold or killing traps in settings where domestic animals are likely to be captured. It also provides the usage of enormous baits for the target animal and uses a conventional foothold in a scenario where a “stop-loss” mechanism is required.

Inadequate Preparation

Inadequate preparation is a prominent trapping mistake rookies make. Often, they fail to prepare, like dressing appropriately or carrying simple first aid items. At the same time, we can link the insufficient preparation of trappers to overconfidence. The fact is, unforeseen circumstances can occur so, it is better to go trapping outdoors prepared.

Violation of Property Rights

Illegal trespassing on private property is one common mistake of new trappers. Messing with other people’s traps is another blunder. Before going trapping, you must seek the landowners’ permission. For example, in certain countries or areas, trappers must seek permission from landowners to use their lands.

Setting Traps in the Open

It is advisable to set traps near field corners, fence lines, or places like that—set traps in locations where two of these spots meet to boost your chances more. You will be wasting your time if you put traps in open areas since these animals rarely go there to seek food.

These animals get more intelligent and are used to these common mistakes. That is why it feels like you aren’t getting any luck trapping.

So, the more intelligent they get, the wiser you should get by avoiding these mistakes and finding new ways to trap successfully.

Also, don’t bear yourself up if you fail in trapping the first few times. Keep trying; you’ll get better.