How to Make a Box Trap

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Box traps are usually made for catching small animals like rabbits, possums and other creatures that may damage a garden or become a nuisance. They are also good for long camping trips or wilderness survival training. High tech and mechanical traps are available for purchase that are capable of trapping a wide range of animals. If you do not want to pay the high price for one of these traps, build a basic box trap from common materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Strong and heavy wooden box
  • One long 1-inch or 2-inch piece of wood
  • 1 piece of plywood
  • Saw
  • Food for the animal
  • String
  • Sharp Knife
  • Scissors
  • Screw hook
  • Lay the box on its side so that the opening faces you. On one of the sides, screw the screw hook on the inside of the box in the center. This is where you will hang the food for the animal.

  • Put the piece of plywood in the area where you want to trap the animal.

  • Place the long 1-inch or 2-inch piece of wood adjacent to the plywood to prop up the box. You can cut the wood with the saw if it is too long. The height of the stick should be determined by the size of animal being trapped.

  • Put one end of the box on the ground over the plywood and the other end on top of the stick to prop it up.

  • Tie a piece of string around the food for the animal. Tie the other end of the string around the hook on the inside of the box so the food hangs a few inches above the ground. When the animal pulls the string, the box will fall and trap it. The piece of plywood allows you to relocate the animal without lifting the box until you are ready to release it back into the wild.

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