box trap was once common in rural areas and small towns. I built my first
trap in the 1960’s when only about 11 years old. I remember the challenge
of taking scrap pieces of lumber and building a trap to set in the over-grown
fields near my house to catch rabbits and opossums. I remember the excitement
of setting my first trap with the hope that something that I had built could
really catch a wild animal. As a kid I fell asleep many nights with the anxious
anticipation of morning.
I couldn’t wait
to get up and check the trap for the prize that might be awaiting me.
The wooden box trap is becoming a thing of the past. Manufactured wire cage traps have replaced the box trap and modern life generally places little value on a wild rabbit for food or an opossum for the skin. I hope this video will keep the box trap from being forgotten and allow others to enjoy some of the pleasures I have had with these traps.
- Ed Kelly
All ages can learn how to:
-Find materials and construct a box cheaply
-Set and bait traps for different animals
-Place boxes in the best places for catches
-Modify box traps for different sized animals
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