It is an unfortunate fact of life that when it comes to hunting, some people lose more often than they gain. This, unfortunately, is the case with many small game trapping tips for beginners, since many will advise beginning hunters to shoot their game as soon as it is visible. While this is a sound strategy, it can sometimes backfire spectacularly. First, because often animals will flee once they realize that they are being pursued, even when shot at. Second, because many animals will not leave the scent of a hunter alone and if caught, will often fight back or attack other members of the family.
With proper preparation and equipment, a small game trapped in the hopes of making a valuable buck can be quite successful. First, be sure to prepare the animal as thoroughly as you possibly can. Whether it is baiting a trap, placing a scent on the animal, or utilizing special tools to lure it into a trap, it will take a lot of patience and work to make this happen. If you’re looking for a first time trap set up, I would suggest reading a small guide first so that you understand the details of setting it up and how to work with the animal.
Some small game trapping ideas are very basic, such as using Cayenne pepper to tempt animals into a trap. This method requires a bit of know-how, as the pepper must be fresh before you use it to entice the animal. The most common form of Cayenne pepper to use is green Cayenne, which has a pungent odor that drives away many animals. Another way to employ this method is to use a dish of hot sauce, which should be kept on a shelf out of reach of children. The idea is to create as much noise and commotion as possible, drawing the animal in close, and hopefully rendering it unable to run away. Once caught, you can use treats or food to reward the animal, with the owner always being able to feed it later.
Other techniques are more complicated, requiring a little advanced knowledge. For example, to effectively trap an animal, you may need to know whether or not it is feeling prey. It may sense danger in the trap, so you’ll have to know whether it feels comfortable in it. You can do this by putting on headphones and talking loudly inside the cage, which should create some discomfort. The animal should also show signs of fear, such as sweating and shaking, so it can now recognize that something is wrong. Keep repeating this method, until the animal becomes comfortable.
An alternative method of small game trapping is the use of a live animal as bait. You can purchase lures at your local pet store, as well as at bait stores, and there are many internet stores that sell these lures. They are designed to resemble small game, including rats, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and opossums.
Place the bait inside a small cage, where the animal will wander freely. A good tactic is to place a squirrel or chipmunks inside the cage, and then set the trap near its food. If the animal walks into the cage and out of the trap, it is too late for you to remove the bait. It must go outside.
You can use other methods, as well. Purchase a small stuffed animal that resembles a squirrel or chipmunks, and place this inside the cage. Once the animal enters the cage, interact with it in some way. Sometimes the animal will feel uncomfortable and leave, but eventually the creature will realize there is a lure inside, and enter the cage again.
Small game trapping is not hard to do. You should be able to pick up the techniques fairly quickly. Be sure you have a good location for the trap, and the correct type of animal for the game you are trying to catch. Do your research, and find a reliable bait and lures. There are many options available, so it shouldn’t be too difficult.