Step 6: Hasenpfeffer!

Picture of Hasenpfeffer!
Place the completed trap in a location where the rabbits will find it.  I put mine next to the fence where I saw them coming into my yard.  Rabbits come out just after dawn and just before dusk, so check the trap twice a day.  In the first 2 days I caught 2 small rabbits which I relocated to a more suitable home.  I know there are more but they haven't come into my yard since, I think they got scared away when their brothers disappeared.  My neighbor had been using a $60 commercial cage trap for 4 months without catching anything, and I caught 2 in 2 days with my recycle bin!

Surprisingly, after lifting the box the rabbits sat motionless long enough to be photographed before running off into the woods.

July 23, 2010 - finally caught rabbit #3 (4th photo).  In this photo you can see that I taped some bricks to the sides of the box to make it heavier.  One day I found the trap down but slightly out from between the side rails, and empty, I thought that an adult rabbit might have got caught and was strong enough to escape, so I decided to make the box heavier.

August 16, 2010 - caught a mouse!  It was great to find out that the release mechanism is sensitive enough to do that.  I had removed the bricks by this time (actually the tape gave out and they fell off).