How to Remove Rabbits from Traps: Easy Tricks and Tips

So you’ve finally managed to trap that elusive rabbit after several failed attempts. You’re probably thinking to yourself that the hard part is over and all that’s left is to retrieve the animal from its prison. How hard could that possibly be, right?

Well, the short answer is that it is harder than you think. You simply cannot reach your hand into and pull out a rabbit.. Even though it seems that easy in magic..

Wild rabbits are burrowers and a lifetime of burrowing has given them very strong hind legs. And their surprisingly sharp claws don’t help matters either. Don’t make the mistake of confusing the rabbits sold at pet stores with the ones found in the wild; you would not be the first rabbit trapper to lose his catch with only a bleeding hand wound to show for it. The rabbit does not want to stay trapped, and it will do whatever it can to get free with all the desperate strength and speed that survival instinct can muster.

The problem with removing rabbits from their traps is that most humane and live traps need to be opened first. And that is an opening that the rabbit will not miss. This is why live traps tend to be on the longer side. It is so that you can tilt the trap backwards and ensure that the rabbit would have to climb or leap straight up in order to get to the opening.

Three Ways of Removing Rabbits From Traps
You have three ways of removing the rabbit from the trap, broadly speaking. One is to neutralize it or incapacitate it before opening the trap. Your mind might already be running to the idea of shooting the critter with a small calibre gun, but be warned that ricochets are a very real danger. It does not make for the most impressive hunting story when you end up getting shot by your own weapon. Not to mention, gunshots can ruin a rabbit’s pelt and meat; so if that’s your goal, guns are out.

You could stab the rabbit with a long knife, but then you’d have to deal with a bloody trail and a bloodier trap or will have to wait till the creature bleeds out. Also some people simply do not have the stomach for an up-close-and-personal kill like that.
Another efficient, but expensive alternative is to tranquilize the rabbit and then retrieve it at leisure. This isn’t the most effective way to remove rabbits from traps, but it still is worth mentioning even though the average joe won’t be doing this.
The second way to remove rabbits from traps is to open the trap after tilting it and grabbing its hind legs with one hand while firmly gripping its body with the other. This should allow you to remove the animal with little chance of it struggling free, as long as you don’t hold back with the grip strength and keep it well away from your face and eyes.
Some people have mentioned using a large bag in which should calm the rabbit down along with keep the handler and rabbit itself safe when trying to remove rabbits from traps. As mentioned earlier, wild rabbits aren’t going to lie down and roll over for you.

Note: that this method does not ensure that you will avoid all scratching, but it should keep the damage to a minimum. You can always use thick gloves to further lower the risk.

Now all that’s left to do is to transfer it to another cage or a humane kill. But that is an article for another day.

I’d like to leave you with one more bit of advice. Rabbits do have problems with ticks and parasites, so be sure to shower and wash your clothes thoroughly after handling the animal.

Top Baits for Trapping Rabbits: Give These a Shot

When it comes to rabbit trapping, there are two main concerns. First would be the location of the trap and the second is the quality and type of bait. The most complicated and efficient trap in the world would be of little value if the prey in question has no motivation to trigger it. There are several schools of thought when it comes to the ideal bait; in a way, they are almost like secret family recipes for chili. One person may swear by one type of bait while another might have little success with it once and denigrate it forevermore.

The key to preparing the ideal bait is to understand all the factors that influence the rabbit’s preference for it. Weather, ambient temperature, proximity to more appetizing food, the species of rabbit in question and rate of decay are all quite crucial considerations. So spend some time researching the area and the animal before you commit to one kind of bait over the other.

That being said, research and observation can only take you so far when determining the baits for trapping rabbits. Unless lady luck happens to favor you considerably, some trial and error is pretty much a given before you figure out the best bait for your situation. So start out with the basic bait, and if unsuccessful, then work your way up to the unusual ones.

Try not to interfere with your trap or change the bait before giving it a decent amount of time to work. The more you fuss with the trap, the stronger the scent that you leave on it. Bait has the added task of covering up enough of the human scent for the rabbit to approach the trap and you should do all you can to lessen that burden.

So with that in mind, here is a list, in no particular order, of the best bait for trapping rabbits.

Carrots and Leafy Vegetables:
Seeing as how rabbits are herbivores, it makes perfect sense that leafy and root vegetables would make for decent rabbit bait. It is better to use these vegetables during the winter months, as food is scarce then and rabbits are more desperate. Another trick would be to create a short trail of vegetable bait leading up to the trap itself, so that the rabbit has time to lower its guard.

Apples and Apple Cider:
Despite what certain cartoons may have taught you, rabbits don’t subsist only on carrots. They are also notorious apple fiends and the fruit can be very successful as bait, even if it’s only the core or is slightly old. A really useful trick is to spray or coat the inside of the trap with apple cider, because this will essentially eliminate the human scent from the trap.

Hard Corn:
This is an underused bait for rabbit hunting, but some people swear by it. What is appealing about corn is that rabbits seem to be drawn to it regardless of the season. So be sure to give it a try if the above mentioned baits aren’t cutting it for you. To mention, its also extremely cheap and you can buy it in bulk.

I’d like to leave you with one last bit of advice; avoid rabbit “pet” food sold at stores. They are ineffective when applied to wild rabbits and are comparatively expensive to boot. Hopefully this list of best baits for trapping rabbits came in help, it may take a little time figuring out what works best but you’ll eventually start catching rabbits in no time!

How to Snare a Rabbit: Trapping Made Easy

Rabbit snaring can be a tricky proposition. Unlike other types of rabbit traps, snares require a good deal of tweaking and legwork to actually be effective. Not to mention the fact that snare traps are essentially do-it-yourself by nature. Sure, you can purchase snare wire and starter kits, but setting up the trap is where most of the effort comes into the picture. So if you’ve decided to snare a rabbit, then you may count yourself among the more dedicated breed of trapping enthusiasts.

This article is geared toward providing tips and tricks to maximize the efficacy of your snare trap when learning how to snare a rabbit. Visit this link for detailed instructions on [How to Make a Rabbit Snare].

The first and perhaps the most crucial step when it comes to setting up a proper rabbit snare is location. Unlike other traps that rely on bait to lure their prey, snares rely more on trails and tracks. Rabbits are essentially creatures of habit, and while they do adapt somewhat to changes in routine, for the most part they will fall for traps that take advantage of their habitual nature. So explore the woods a bit and try to locate as many rabbit trails as possible and shortlist the more isolated ones for the actual snare sites.

The next important step is to accurately estimate the size of the rabbit that you’ll be trying to snare. Well, “accurately” might be a strong word, but it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to use some other trap to catch a couple of rabbits so that you can get a closer look at them. The reason you’re doing this is because you need to determine the dimensions of the snare loop based on the dimensions of the rabbit itself.

rabbit snare diagram for trapping
Photo by james.marchington / CC BY
Too large and the rabbit will just pass through the snare. Too small and the snare will close before it effectively traps the rabbit. So the size of the rabbit and consequently the size of the snare loop is crucial to the snare trap overall.

Besides the size of the snare loop, the material and gauge of the wire is also important. While you could theoretically use any kind of wire, stainless steel is usually your best bet. Rabbits can get fairly desperate once they’re trapped and it is not unusual for them to chew and gnaw their way out of snare wire. So if this happens to you, don’t hesitate to move on to a higher gauge or a stronger material. Given the low cost of snare traps as a whole, experimentation is hardly a problem.

Next we have the branches that you use to create the funnel that surrounds the snare loop and directs the rabbit into the snare trap. Some trappers state that adding too many branches and twigs around the snare will scare the rabbit out of the trail, but it is my experience that the opposite is true; the rabbit actually gets scared into the snare loop instead. Another point to note is that the branch or stick that you use to actually suspend the loop must be very sturdy and preferably rooted or firmly attached to something that is.

On a final note, I’d like to suggest that you not use bait of any kind with snare traps. This is primarily to keep other animals from accidentally triggering the snares. Your goal is to just have that rabbits walking through the trap based on their movements from a trail. Learning how to snare a rabbit will take some time, so don’t expect to learn in too quickly.

If you end up having trouble learning, try to use more snares as it’ll increase your chances of snaring at least one rabbit.

How to Make a Rabbit Snare Trap

So you’ve decided to take the road less traveled and have opted out of using the more popular box or cage type rabbit traps? That decision is to be applauded, but do keep in mind that snare traps can take some trial and error and a good deal more research and legwork before you are successfully able to snare a rabbit.

The good news is that snare traps are probably the cheapest to make. All you need is some snare wire (or any wire really, but we’ll get to that) and maybe an axe to cut some small branches. The real effort comes from trying to figure out exactly what rabbit you’re going to snare and locating the trail of said rabbit. This is crucial because the dimensions of the loop and the location of the snare both depend upon those two factors. So go ahead and explore a bit to get those two things right.

Now let’s move on to actually constructing the snare trap. The first thing you’re going to do is create an inverted triangle over the most isolated portion of the rabbit trail that you can find. The isolation is primarily to keep other people or animals from interfering with the snare. The upside-down triangle is to funnel the rabbit into the snare loop that you will suspend roughly in the center of said triangle.

rabbit snare diagram for trapping
Photo by james.marchington / CC BY
You will need to find or cut branches to form that triangle. The orientation and thickness of the branches depends upon the size of the rabbit and the existing foliage and trees surrounding the portion of the trail that you’ve chosen. Just make sure that the one branch or stick that you suspend the snare from, which can be vertical or horizontal, is thick and either firmly rooted or attached to something solid, preferably the ground or a tree.
The next step is to make the star of the trap, the snare loop. The material of the wire is again dependant on the type of rabbit, but stainless steel is the reliable choice. Pick the gauge that seems to be the best combination of strength and flexibility for the species that you’re trying to snare.
Take a good 30 inches of the snare wire and form a small loop of about 2 inches diameter at one end by coiling the wire and twisting it around itself a few times, like a twisty tie that you might find on a package of sliced bread. Now take the other end of the wire and thread it through the existing loop to form another loop roughly an inch smaller than the largest diameter of the rabbit’s body.
Now tighten the first loop into a knot to keep your larger loop in place. Take the unaltered end of the wire and loop that around the branch that you have chosen to suspend the snare loop from. Continue to loop it until the snare feels secure and is adequately tracing the rough center of the triangular funnel that you formed earlier. That is it for your basic rabbit snare.

Since the snare is located along the rabbit trail itself, bait is usually unnecessary, especially as it might attract some other critter to your snare site. Just remember to adjust the dimensions of the snare loop if you don’t notice any results for a few days.

Basic Rabbit Snare Traps: Easy Snares That You Should Try

Rabbit trapping has always been a popular sport in most of the Western Hemisphere. Since they are small and skittish herbivores, the critters present little danger to the novice hunter or trapper. This low risk coupled with their nearly limitless potential to breed makes them ideal for the neophyte. Not to mention the fact that their meat is quite palatable and their fur quite soft.

The icing on the cake is that while they are low risk prey, they are also quite quick and provide the perfect amount of challenge as well.

This article will focus more on the trapping (as opposed to the hunting) aspect of rabbit game. So without further ado, here are the top 6 ways to catch rabbits, in no particular order.

Catching Rabbits by Snaring:
A snare is, in essence, a trap that subdues a small animal by tightening a noose of rope, cord, wire or string around some part of its body. Snares appear more complicated than other kinds of traps at first glance, but if you take it step by step they are much simpler than you might think.

They do take a good deal of setup and legwork though, so give yourself a decent amount of time to deploy them. Also note that snaring requires a licence and some types of snares are illegal in certain countries. For a more detailed look at snaring techniques be sure to read our [How to Snare a Rabbit], [How to Make a Rabbit Snare] and [Rabbit Snare Traps] articles.

Catching Rabbits using a Pit Trap:
Pit traps are brilliant in their simplicity; just dig a deep enough hole near a rabbit trail and disguise it so that it blends in with the rest of the trail. The real trick when it comes to these traps is the selection of the twigs and sticks you must use to form the base of the trap. Their length and width are crucial to ensuring that the rabbit actually triggers the trap with its weight.

There is a slight concern when it comes to removing the creature from the pit, not to mention the fact that other unintended prey might trigger the trap instead. But when all is said and done, the pit trap is a solid option for trapping rabbits. For more information head over to our [Top Rabbit Traps] article.

Catching Rabbits with the aid of Beagles (aka Beagling):
Beagles are almost synonymous with rabbit hunting, owing to their extensive use for the same. If you happen to own a beagle (or a pack of them), then it won’t take much training for you to turn it into a rabbit trapper instead. Just place netted traps around a suspected burrowing region and use the dog to flush the rabbit out and chase them back into your trap.

Catching Rabbits with the aid of Ferrets (aka Ferreting):
Similar to beagling, ferreting is essentially the same concept. But instead of man’s best friend, we use a rabbit’s natural enemy. Ferrets are expert burrowers themselves and utilizing them to flush out rabbits will rob the poor critters of the only real advantage they had left. Male and female ferrets are referred to as “hobs” and “jills” respectively.

The jills are preferred to the hobs for rabbit trapping because they are less likely to fall asleep after killing and eating the rabbit in its burrow, a process referred to as “laying up”. Locator devices can easily be used to counter this problem, however. Ferret care is also good deal more complicated than caring for a beagle, so keep that in mind if you ever decide to get one. All things considered, however, the ferret is the most efficient partner for the enterprising rabbit seeker.

Catching Rabbits using a Live Cage Trap:
A live trap, as the name would imply, is a humane trap that serves to catch a small animal or bird without injuring or killing it. They have become popular as mice traps over the last couple of decades and the same concept can easily be extended to rabbit trapping.

The contraption resembles a small cage that has a trap door and a system of pulleys to ensure that whatever gets in, stay in. They also come in models that have trap doors at both ends, effectively doubling your chances of catching your critter.

The last ingredient is appropriate bait and you have a simple yet efficient mechanism for trapping yourself a rabbit. The best thing about these traps is that they are readily available from most hunting stores, so the effort involved is minimal. For more information on how to build your own Live Cage Trap, visit our article on [Homemade Rabbit Traps].

Catching Rabbits with a Box Trap:
While they are technically live traps themselves, box traps are different in that they are made of wood or cardboard and are closed off with the exception of one face. This does present the disadvantage of not being able to see what creature has actually triggered the trap, but some might argue that this surprise offers a charm all its own. The trap usually employs a lever system to toggle the trapdoor once the rabbit reaches the bait. Since these traps usually employ gravity as the powering mechanism, they are unsuited for uneven surfaces.

They are relatively easy to make and cheap to purchase, however, so they’re ideal for those trappers with limited budgets. And the best thing about them is that they are versatile; simply switching the bait will allow you to trap pretty much any small critter, like squirrels and mice. To learn how to make a simple rabbit box trap, be sure to visit our page on [Homemade Rabbit Traps].

Conclusion:
And there you have it, our top 6 ways to catch and trap rabbits. If you can pull off even one of the methods mentioned above, you’re already well on your way to becoming an expert trapper. All it takes is a little bit of dedication and a whole lot of patience.

Top 6 Ways to Catch and Trap Rabbits

Rabbit trapping has always been a popular sport in most of the Western Hemisphere. Since they are small and skittish herbivores, the critters present little danger to the novice hunter or trapper. This low risk coupled with their nearly limitless potential to breed makes them ideal for the neophyte. Not to mention the fact that their meat is quite palatable and their fur quite soft.

The icing on the cake is that while they are low risk prey, they are also quite quick and provide the perfect amount of challenge as well.

This article will focus more on the trapping (as opposed to the hunting) aspect of rabbit game. So without further ado, here are the top 6 ways to catch rabbits, in no particular order.

Catching Rabbits by Snaring:
A snare is, in essence, a trap that subdues a small animal by tightening a noose of rope, cord, wire or string around some part of its body. Snares appear more complicated than other kinds of traps at first glance, but if you take it step by step they are much simpler than you might think.

They do take a good deal of setup and legwork though, so give yourself a decent amount of time to deploy them. Also note that snaring requires a licence and some types of snares are illegal in certain countries. For a more detailed look at snaring techniques be sure to read our [How to Snare a Rabbit], [How to Make a Rabbit Snare] and [Rabbit Snare Traps] articles.

Catching Rabbits using a Pit Trap:
Pit traps are brilliant in their simplicity; just dig a deep enough hole near a rabbit trail and disguise it so that it blends in with the rest of the trail. The real trick when it comes to these traps is the selection of the twigs and sticks you must use to form the base of the trap. Their length and width are crucial to ensuring that the rabbit actually triggers the trap with its weight.

There is a slight concern when it comes to removing the creature from the pit, not to mention the fact that other unintended prey might trigger the trap instead. But when all is said and done, the pit trap is a solid option for trapping rabbits. For more information head over to our [Top Rabbit Traps] article.

Catching Rabbits with the aid of Beagles (aka Beagling):
Beagles are almost synonymous with rabbit hunting, owing to their extensive use for the same. If you happen to own a beagle (or a pack of them), then it won’t take much training for you to turn it into a rabbit trapper instead. Just place netted traps around a suspected burrowing region and use the dog to flush the rabbit out and chase them back into your trap.

Catching Rabbits with the aid of Ferrets (aka Ferreting):
Similar to beagling, ferreting is essentially the same concept. But instead of man’s best friend, we use a rabbit’s natural enemy. Ferrets are expert burrowers themselves and utilizing them to flush out rabbits will rob the poor critters of the only real advantage they had left. Male and female ferrets are referred to as “hobs” and “jills” respectively.

The jills are preferred to the hobs for rabbit trapping because they are less likely to fall asleep after killing and eating the rabbit in its burrow, a process referred to as “laying up”. Locator devices can easily be used to counter this problem, however. Ferret care is also good deal more complicated than caring for a beagle, so keep that in mind if you ever decide to get one. All things considered, however, the ferret is the most efficient partner for the enterprising rabbit seeker.

Catching Rabbits using a Live Cage Trap:
A live trap, as the name would imply, is a humane trap that serves to catch a small animal or bird without injuring or killing it. They have become popular as mice traps over the last couple of decades and the same concept can easily be extended to rabbit trapping.

The contraption resembles a small cage that has a trap door and a system of pulleys to ensure that whatever gets in, stay in. They also come in models that have trap doors at both ends, effectively doubling your chances of catching your critter.

The last ingredient is appropriate bait and you have a simple yet efficient mechanism for trapping yourself a rabbit. The best thing about these traps is that they are readily available from most hunting stores, so the effort involved is minimal. For more information on how to build your own Live Cage Trap, visit our article on [Homemade Rabbit Traps].

Catching Rabbits with a Box Trap:
While they are technically live traps themselves, box traps are different in that they are made of wood or cardboard and are closed off with the exception of one face. This does present the disadvantage of not being able to see what creature has actually triggered the trap, but some might argue that this surprise offers a charm all its own. The trap usually employs a lever system to toggle the trapdoor once the rabbit reaches the bait. Since these traps usually employ gravity as the powering mechanism, they are unsuited for uneven surfaces.

They are relatively easy to make and cheap to purchase, however, so they’re ideal for those trappers with limited budgets. And the best thing about them is that they are versatile; simply switching the bait will allow you to trap pretty much any small critter, like squirrels and mice. To learn how to make a simple rabbit box trap, be sure to visit our page on [Homemade Rabbit Traps].

Conclusion:
And there you have it, our top 6 ways to catch and trap rabbits. If you can pull off even one of the methods mentioned above, you’re already well on your way to becoming an expert trapper. All it takes is a little bit of dedication and a whole lot of patience.

Top Most Effective Rabbit Traps

There are many kinds of rabbit traps and many more opinions on how effective each of them can be. But if you’re reading this, then it’s safe to assume that you are at least marginally interested in our opinion for the time being. This article serves to list our top 2 picks for the most effective rabbit traps and why. For a more detailed look at the basic kinds of rabbit traps or the most common methods used to catch rabbits, please read these articles: [Rabbit Trapping Types] and [How to Catch and Trap a Rabbit].

As always, keep in mind that rabbit trapping won’t always come easy. I mean, you’ll hear stories from people who So here are our top 2 picks for the most effective rabbit traps, in no particular order:

The Supported Snare Loop Rabbit Trap:
It should come as no surprise that we’ve included the Supported Snare Loop Trap in our rather short list. This trap has it all; simplicity, cheap and easily available components and consistent results once the specifics have been optimized. Throw in the fact that the trap is humane and doesn’t rely on bait and you have a prime choice for nabbing yourself a rabbit. While some might argue that the effort required for identifying the ideal snare site and the trial and error of determining the perfect loop dimensions make for a rather tedious ordeal, we respectfully beg to differ.

In fact, those same reasons are precisely why this snare trap is so appealing; with every unsuccessful attempt or poor snare site choice you slowly acclimate yourself with the surrounding trapping grounds. Choosing this trap will slowly but surely give you crucial information about the woods and will familiarize you not only with the location, types and habits of the rabbits, but also other fauna located in the region. In other words, trapping this way will also make you a better woodsman and even hunter should you choose to diversify. For more information on this type of snare, please read this article on [How to Make a Rabbit Snare].

This trap is almost a given considering how many people use it, obviously a contender for Top Most Effective Rabbit Traps.

The Double Door Cage Live Trap:
And here is our other choice for the ideal rabbit trap. The Double Door Cage Live Trap is the epitome of simplicity and ease of use. This cuboidal metal cage has a trapdoor at both ends, so it doubles your chances of luring a rabbit into the trap. The bait is placed in the middle of the trap, sometimes with a short bait trail leading in from outside the trap itself, to help lower the rabbit’s guard.

We would recommend cage traps over box traps because this way you can actually see what critter your trap has captured. Plus you get a few more options when it comes to subduing the rabbit prior to extraction. The only real effort required when it comes to this trap is the choice of bait. To help with that choice, you might want to take a look at our article on [Best Rabbit Baits for Trapping].

The choice of which of the above traps to use is entirely a question of mindset and overall purpose. If you’re serious about the hobby of rabbit trapping and enjoy spending time in the woods, then the Supported Snare Loop Trap is definitely the way to go. But if you’re just interested in clearing out rabbits as pests or capturing them as pets or for food, then the Double Door Cage Live Trap is the easier option for you by far.

Decide what you want to do won’t be always easy. Depending on where you are from and what kind of environment that brings, it will obviously change what is considered to be one of the Top Most Effective Rabbit Traps. You can read all you want about trapping though, but you’ll eventually need to use these skills and give it a shot yourself. Heck, you may even learn more from experience trapping outdoors that here on the internet! Good luck!

Easy and Cheap Rabbit Traps: 2 Easy Traps That Will Work

Rabbit traps come in all shapes and sizes and the best traps are usually perfected after several iterations of homemade failures. Also, there is definitely something to be said about the satisfaction of trapping a rabbit with a device or setup that you fashioned with your own hands. That certainly feeds perfectly into the survivalist mindset if you ask me. The goal of this article is to list the two most practical and effective homemade rabbit traps around and basic instructions on how to construct them.

This list only supplies the cheapest and easiest rabbits traps. So instead of having to create your own traps and setups, we have that covered for you! Without further ado, here are the top 2 homemade rabbit traps, in no particular order:

Supported Snare Loop Rabbit Trap:
If you’ve been reading some of the other articles on this site, then you will certainly have noticed that we’re quite fond of the supported snare loop rabbit trap. It really is the ideal choice for trapping small critters like rabbits and squirrels and is also the cheapest trap that you could possibly make to boot. All you need is some snare wire and small branches and twigs of varying sizes.

Other ingredients include a lot of legwork to locate the isolated spots on the rabbit trail and a decent amount of patience to set up and reconfigure the snare. But the joy that you’ll experience once you’ve successfully snared your first rabbit will be more than worth the effort. The fact that this trap doesn’t require bait (and is actually hindered by it) is certainly another appealing reason to consider it for your trapping needs. You can see why this is one of the easy and cheap rabbit traps to work with.

Retrieving the rabbit from the snare can take some getting used too though. For tips on how to do so as well as step by step instructions on how to fashion your own snare trap, please head over to our articles on [How to Remove Rabbits from Traps] and [How to Make a Rabbit Snare].

The Box Rabbit Trap:
The box rabbit trap is fairly easy to make and is based on the simple principle of gravity. One edge of a cardboard box with the bottom face opened up or cut out is balanced on a stick or branch that is at an angle to the ground. The bottom end of this precariously balanced branch or stick is tied to the bait, usually a carrot or some other root vegetable. The trap is triggered when the rabbit is lured under the box and interacts with the bait.

You’re probably thinking, “This won’t work…” or “This only works in cartoons”.. People in survival situations have used this method with success and can be really easy once you get the hang of it. Simply put: Try, try and try again until it works.

This disturbs the already unsteady stick and the box comes down on the rabbit, trapping it quite decisively. Despite the simple concept, this trap is surprisingly effective. There are a couple of drawbacks, however; one being that the trap could accidentally capture unintended prey and the other is that it is very susceptible to the elements. One thing that you need to make sure though is that the box or container you are using that comes down on the rabbit is heavy enough where they simply won’t push it out of the way once it falls.

Despite all that, this is definitely a solid, simple and easy homemade option to trap rabbits. For help on selecting the ideal bait for the box rabbit trap, go ahead visit our article on [Best Rabbit Baits for Trapping].

Maybe Its Time To Buy In
You may just simply get too fed up with the typical rabbit trapping traps and just want to buy in. That’s fine and all, just make sure you are getting a good enough deal. Personally, we rarely use our homemade traps anymore but we’ve been through many commercial ones too. Its all about finding the best trap for your money along with finding one that actually works.

Forewarning, some rabbit traps are just built too cheap and you will end up hating it; not only because you spent too much, but because you wasted soo much.

Take a few hints from us instead of wasting money like we did on those crappy rabbit traps that won’t produce any results. If you are interested in buying a decent rabbit trap, check out our rabbit trap reviews article and you will find the best rabbit trap for your money! Even if it may cost you a little, you’ll be saving too much in the long run.

Obviously this isn’t a huge list of easy and cheap homemade rabbit traps, but I have to say it might be the most effective though. Hopefully we will get some homemade rabbit trap plans up too so it will be more clear.

Types of Rabbit Traps

There is a common misconception among laymen that hunting wild game and trapping wild game is essentially the same thing. After all, the end result is that some poor furry creature is taken from its habitat either dead or alive for the purposes of the hunter/trapper in either case. But even the novice trapper or hunter will tell you that the two activities are worlds apart in terms of execution and mindset, and that the only thing they really have in common is that they both require a great deal of patience, especially when trying different Types of Rabbit Traps.

Very generally speaking, there are 3 basic Types of Rabbit Traps. Each of these types has numerous subsets, but as the purpose of this article is to familiarize the newcomer to the basics, let’s stick to those three. So with that said, here’s the basics of Rabbit Traps:

Snare Traps:
A snare trap is one involving a loop of wire, string, cord or rope that is designed to tighten around the animal, a rabbit in this case, the more it struggles to get free. They offer the best combination of visceral satisfaction of having trapped the rabbit and simplicity of construction. Also, given the amount of observation involved, you can bet that if you’ve successfully snared your first rabbit, you’re either very familiar with the surrounding woods or you have the luck of the devil. In other words, the skills of an effective snare-user can easily transfer over to other survivalist activities.

Pros:

Consistent success rate after initial tweaking and observation.
Cheapest rabbit trap you could possibly make.
Humane trap that rarely injures or kills the rabbit.
Cons:

Strongly dependent on location of trap, and does not work well with bait.
Requires significant legwork prior to deployment of trap.
Live Traps:
A live rabbit trap is one that is made of metal or cardboard and is designed to lure the rabbit with bait and then confine it using a trapdoor mechanism. They are humane and can easily be purchased from hunting stores. While they do not offer the same level of satisfaction as the other kinds of traps because they involve minimal effort, some might argue that this is a good thing as well. This is the best kind of trap to use if you are not too interested in the process and simply want to nab yourself a rabbit for whatever reason. The only real effort comes from experimenting with the ideal kind of bait. For more information, visit our article on Best Rabbit Baits for Trapping.

Live Rabbit Trap
Medium Professional Style One-Door Animal Trap
Pros:

Minimal effort trap that works very well once the best bait has been identified.
Humane trap that rarely injures or kills the rabbit.
Readily available for purchase at hunting stores.
Cons:

Doesn’t really offer any satisfaction and is better suited to pest control rather than trapping as a hobby.
Retrieval of the rabbit from the trap takes some getting used to. For more information, read our article on How to Remove Rabbits from Traps.
Long Netting Rabbit Traps:
A rarely used method in this day and age, long netting is actually a fairly effective way to trap several rabbits in one trap. As one might expect from its name, long netting is the process of covering a patch of ground with a net designed to trap rabbits that are flushed or directed to run into it. This flushing is accomplished either by the human trapper himself (or herself), or by using a ferret or beagle to chase the rabbits out of their burrows and into the net.

Pros:

Can trap multiple rabbits in the same trap.
Requires a lot less waiting and patience than other traps, as the rabbit is flushed out instead of being lured out.
Humane trap that never kills or injures the rabbit.
Cons:

Requires physical exertion to flush the rabbit out, or else the aid of a beagle or ferret; both of which can be expensive to train and maintain.