Introduction: Basic Live Trap for Rabbits, Squirrels and Other Beasts

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For one reason or another I have found myself in need of a easy live trap for various small animals. This includes furry garden invaders, escaped pets, unwanted attic inhabitants and perhaps the holiday being know as the easter bunny.

Step 1: The Materials

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Materials needed

- Wood,

The dimensions of the the cut pieces are below.

(2) 0.75"x6"x16" SIDE
(2) 0.75"X8"X16" TOP/BOTTOM
(1) 0.75"X6"X6" DOOR
(1) 0.75"X8"X8" BACK

I would recommend using treated lumber (fence planks are rough and cheap).

I used plywood that I had left over in my garage, I don't recommend it. (Nailing into the end of plywood is a real pain).

- Fish line, paracord, wire,

-Really any thin strong line with little stretch,

-Small nails or wood screws-

1.25" long should be fine


I reused a hinge from an amorie door, I spring loaded self closing hinge would be a good revision on this part.

-Rubber band

any kind of elastic could work for this

Step 2: Pookie

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ok so the idea is a big wooden box with a door that swings shut behind the beast as it eats the tasty treat at the end of the tunnel.

so first things first you need to make the box. The way I like to do this is to first nail the two sides onto the bottom Aka nail through the bottom and into the side of the pieces of wood that make up the sides of the trap. Make sure to drill pilot holes before you nail or screw. I used three nails for each joint, one in the middle and one at each end. After you get both of the side onto the bottom its time to add the back. line the back up with the two sides and the bottom and nail it on.

Step 3: Now for the Top

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ah yes the top. Im not really sure why I made a step for the top exclusively, but I did. Any way add the top the same way you did the back and nail it on. The top will need to have two holes cut in it and two holes chiseled in it but we can do that later.

Step 4: The Door

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The door will be swinging closed to trap the animal, so it needs to be as tight as possible while still being able to swing freely. cut it a bit more than 6"x6" and then sand it down till its perfect. The door is mounted using a small hinge. I used a hinge from a jewelry box and screwed it on so it can only open in.

Step 5: The Mechanics

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the top of the trap now needs several changes and addition. first you need to drill a hole that if the door is folded flat against the inside of the trap the hole will hit it. This is where the cord will go through to hold the door up when the trap is set. next about 4 or 5inches from the back make a rectangular, i drilled the basics shape out and then used a chisel to straighten it up. this hole is where the trigger will be placed. finally midway between these two holes you need to chisel two rectangular holes about half way through the wood. These need to be beside each other and a little bit bigger than the dimensions of the arms that hold the seesaw.

Step 6: All Else

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all that remains to be done is assembling the see saw and trigger. The first thing you need to do is to cut two peices of wood about 2 inches wide and 5-6 inches long, these will be the arms. Insert these peices in the two holes you chiseld out so that they run parallel to each other put wood glue or liquid nail arounf the base of the two arms to hole them in the indentions. next use a long thin peice of wood that will fit in the gap between the two arms this pecie should be about 8-10 inches long and should be very thin but strong i actually used a peice of metal tube that i had flattened out with a seldge hammer. This long piece needs on hole drilled in the middle where it crosses the arms this is where the axle will go. It also needs two holes drilled in both ends .

Step 7: Ok So I Guess There More

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now use a small nail that you can insert through the two arms and the middle piece, this will be the axle. tie a piece of the fishing line or cord onto the end of the middle piece and connect it to the door through the circular hole in the top of the trap. The piece should be long enough that when the see saw it all the way up the door is pulled all the way up against the top of the inside of the trap. On the other end of the middle piece attach a piece of sheet metal bent into the the shape of a L with an added on tail or like one segment of a lightning bolt. Use a piece of fishing line to connect the sheet metal to the middle piece just tie it through the holes drilled in the piece and another hole drilled in the sheet metal. The sheet metal needs to be able to be hooked on the underside of the top of the trap while the door is brought all the way up so adjust the length accordingly.

Step 8: Wascally Wabbit.

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so your done just put peanut butter on the bottom of the sheet metal and put it though the rectangular hole so that it will be hooked on the bottom edge of the top of the trap. This way when the animal licks the peanut butter off the sheet metal it will be pushed off the ledge and get pulled through the hole allowing the see saw to tilt and the door to close behind the animal. You can also put bait in the very back of the trap so when the animal pushes to get to the bait the trap will be triggered. If you find the door is not closing quickly then try using a hinge with a built in spring or using a rubber band that pulls the trap closed (see picture) just post any questions because I know my instructions are quite confusing.


Jsoa (author)2017-10-05

I live in Fla. + have some palmettos on the property which rabbits like.
I've tried to burn them + they keep coing back. The rabbits are all
over the property. They carry fleas + mites. Every time it rains, the
fleas come up around the house to escape the water puddles on the horse
fields,+ get on the cats + I can't walk ouside without fleas biting me..
Even though I treat the cats w/ Atvantage Multi they are stil here.
Any ideas. I want to get rid of the rabbits withut killing them. Thanks,John!

Btw, anyone try to use this trap


Rabbits R us (author)2014-08-24

That is horrible, poor bunnies.

the bunnies are alive in the box.

imthatguy1125 (author)2009-07-06

i would think rabbit wouldnt go into a dark box but the do?

An Villain (author)imthatguy11252009-08-12

yes they do, rabbits love dark, enclosed spaces, you forget they live in burrows.

handsoflight (author)An Villain2012-08-19

depending on where you live and the Rabbit species will determine if they burrow or not. cottontails and hares do not burrow.. have lived in Va. NC. Ga Tn and Ky.. mostly cotton tails they nest above ground.

imthatguy1125 (author)An Villain2009-08-15

good point

An Villain (author)imthatguy11252009-08-15

yes, we have lots of rabbits at our house.

okiimatsu (author)2009-04-03

I made one and it came out great. i made a few changes and added a couple of things (longer box, magnets for the front door, handle, feet/legs). The rogue squirrel which was living high on the hog on my property was nabbed the first time I set it out within an hour. sayonara sucker. Of course I let him go on the other side of town in a good spot. He got a chance that ninety nine out of a hundred rednecks wouldn't have give him. Thanks for the project!

An Villain (author)okiimatsu2009-08-12

not sayonara, sianara.

okiimatsu (author)An Villain2009-10-29


An Villain (author)okiimatsu2009-10-30

it is spelled sianara.

okiimatsu (author)An Villain2009-10-30

omae nihongo nani mo shiranai kuseni nani ittendayo!!!

Xellers (author)okiimatsu2011-07-08

Guys, transliterations, by definition, have no "correct" spellings! There are definitely worse ways and better ways to transliterate something, but that doesn't mean one way is more correct than the other.

pagray (author)An Villain2010-09-24

is the correct spelling

Lokisgodhi (author)An Villain2010-08-23

Not in this universe.

sa·yo·na·ra (s-när) interj. Goodbye. [Japanese saynara : say, thus (sa, that + y, appearance from Middle Chinese jiang) + nara, if it be, indeed.]

An Villain (author)Lokisgodhi2010-08-24


okiimatsu (author)okiimatsu2009-04-03

forgot pic.

0087adam (author)okiimatsu2009-08-18

that is sweet

austin (author)okiimatsu2009-04-07

awesome, i like the camo

mr. clean (author)2010-05-24

i made one of these and let me tell ya you are brilliant for coming up with this design i caught a chipmunk within 10 minutes of setting it and then after releasing the chipmunk i caught it again within 5 lol.

imthatguy1125 (author)2010-03-23

 Heres my metal version to catch squirrels.

the "wow shammy" (author)2009-11-26

i made some thing like this when i was 11, i used a mouse trap to hold the string that held the door up, and attached a carrot to some fishing line to the mouse trap. rabbit want, bait rabit pull bait, door close and rabbit is caught.

octo137 (author)2009-09-10

where i used to live, you just waited a few days and a rabbit would come to an easy to catch spot and my friends and i used old soccer nets to snag them

0087adam (author)2009-08-18

But did you catch anything, it would work better if it was wire mesh, they sell these in the store you know....

austin (author)0087adam2009-08-19

yes i did also check out the other comments

0087adam (author)2009-08-18

Keep in mind though these are wild bunnies, and occasionally you may catch someones lost house pet, but its best not to keep the rabbits.

0087adam (author)2009-08-18

but did u catch anything?

criplein05 (author)2009-06-18

The trap is great. I shoot the metal piece with my bb gun to see if the door shut ,all the time. m thanks

ringring (author)2009-05-17

i just hid 1 up at a golf coase were they have a rabbit problem and i caught 3 in one week end 1 friday night ,1 saturday morning ,and one sunday morning it was a great success and i showed the owners that i got three with out using there profesianaly made ones ...thanks mate!

merp (author)2007-05-16

so why are we trapping them?

austin (author)merp2007-07-03

various reasons my grandfather used to use them to train beagles to track. Also if you want them gone but dont want to kill them.

harley_rly (author)austin2008-12-29

Why wouldn't you want to kill them they taste great.

mayo291 (author)harley_rly2009-01-10

how would like to be trapped and killed and eaten >:(

fentanyl3 (author)mayo2912009-04-14

Thankfully us humans don't have a whole lot to worry about in that respect, being on the top of the food chain and all. Yeah, I know there are rare cases now and then of animals killing us, but you'll notice that when lions or other large animals kill a person they very rarely ever actually eat them. Even when they had time and a chance to eat them.

bennor3 (author)merp2007-12-31

its fun

omnibot (author)merp2007-07-02

Coz it's fun??

stAzer (author)2009-03-07

To my experience rabbits prefer Banana's, and I'm less likely to catch a badger.

idy26 (author)2008-04-16

Do we have any proof that this actually works. I guess i'm asking about catching wild rabbits, because they're smarter.

austin (author)idy262008-04-16

yea its worked for me before

Mutant raider (author)austin2008-05-26

Take a picture of real proof. (Live Evidence).

zach911 (author)Mutant raider2008-06-21

Heres mine!

Mutant raider (author)zach9112009-02-19

SWEET I am so making this

qwerty29 (author)2009-01-23

this is so cool i want a bunny:)

harley_rly (author)2008-12-29

I would make a snap-up, just break the branches off of a young sapling thats about 6-10 ft. tall get to sticks that make a T on one end, stick the longer of the 2 into the ground a couple of ft. away from the bottom of sapling, then with the other stick attach a rope to the end opposite of the T and attach to top of the sapling give it about 2ft. of rope so long as the sapling doesn't break when hooked onto other stick. then run a thin piece of rope or fishing line of the stick attached to sapling, tie a slip-knot on the end and place on ground held by 2 twigs. when rabbit runs through it pulls one stick of the other releasing the sapling so that it pulls the rabbit up into the air. XD *WARNING* This trap will most likely KILL the animal caught in it, and IF YOU KILL IT YOU EAT IT. Then, on the other hand if proves non-lethal and you want to keep as a pet chances are it's not gonna like you. :)

MattandJora (author)2008-12-26

the only thing i have caught in the past was a few possums.

dkfa (author)2008-12-20

My bunni is called Mr. Bun Bun

joey2542667 (author)2008-11-26

also used to catch skunks. Hmmm....

iluvrunescape (author)2008-09-26

ha cute lookin bunny

Darkshot (author)2007-08-26


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