How it works...
Two days after it was set...
Kids: Do not make this without parental supervision.
Follow these steps to make a "rabbit box" from back in the old days as described by my father. It's benefits are:
(1) it works
(2) it's easily built free from stuff you can likely find lying around
(3) it doesn't harm the rabbit
(4) it can likely be altered to target other critters
(5) kids love to make, set, and check these traps
(6) it keeps the wererabbit out of the summer vegetable garden
Step 1: Materials and tools
1. 4 boards to make the body - Dimensions are flexible but I used 6 inch wide and about 18 inches long. Don't go any shorter in length.
2. 1 narrow board for the trap door - Dimensions about 3 1/2 inches wide, about 6 inches long.
3. 2 wooden strips as stoppers for the trap door. - Size should be about 1 inch by 1 inch, 3 to 5 inches in length. These dimensions are flexible. I actually used a rounded off edging piece.
4. Y-shaped stick - About 1/2 inch in diameter, about 18 inches in length.
5. 2 sticks - One about 1/2 inch in diameter, one about 8 inches in length.
6. String - About 2 or 3 feet.
7. Screen (optional) - A strip of about 6 inches by 10 inches. Tougher hardware cloth or chicken wire would be better--as the video shows, the squirrel chewed up my screen.
Drill and bits
Screen or hardware cloth (optional)