Jump to content

Am I going wrong?


Recommended Posts

I've started trapping (trying to) rabbits with fenns.

I'm placing them in rabbit holes, ones which look like they've had activity recently.

I'm scraping out a little depression about the size of the trap, covering the plate with grease proof paper (best I can do at moment) and then covering everything over with loose soil and sand from spoil.

I've got seven traps out, checking them daily since last Friday. I've caught two, one young'un which was caught round the guts and still alive when I got to it; then the other was caught by the head (in photo). I've also had three traps triggered but only had a bit of fur in the trap.

What am I doing wrong/could do better? Or is this to be expected?

 

Thanks in advance

IMG_20210223_163301.jpg

Link to post

I've never used a fenn to trap rabbits, just rats and mink etc inside a box... Maybe if you set them further/deeper back in the entrance... So it jams the rabbit up against the roof of the tunnel??? So it has a good hold and doesn't allow the rabbit to just  jump over it??? 

  • Like 1
Link to post
1 hour ago, W. Katchum said:

Yip maybe it’s too tall am throwing rabbits off or even too wide, try using small sticks to guide rabbit in to the kill zone, fens ain’t the best for rabbits tho no matter who says what 👍

Thanks for the reply, I can now see how the fenns might be knocking the rabbits up and out of the trap. Not sure how to deal with this problem if the holes are too tall?

What traps would you recommend instead of fenns?

Link to post

Your trap should fit snug in the hole with 15 mill   space  all round it [sides and top ]

The trap shoud be bedded down firmly so it does not     MOVE

The trap should not be set  lower than the orginal run 

Cover with Peat  [i used to use my old Tomato grow bags ]

Check the backof the trap will hit the roof of the tube the same time that the front does 

I see there is not a Pin on your trap .... if that is the case  something will soon f**k off with your next catch . The Fenn is a crap trap and i would not use them again as they only realy work well in a BOX  that has been customed made for it 

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
1 hour ago, Daniel cain said:

I've never used a fenn to trap rabbits, just rats and mink etc inside a box... Maybe if you set them further/deeper back in the entrance... So it jams the rabbit up against the roof of the tunnel??? So it has a good hold and doesn't allow the rabbit to just  jump over it??? 

Most of the fenns I set were quite far down the holes (the photos I've posted aren't a good representation of the majority). The holes I've trapped were the most used and I guess biggest for that reason. Should I be selecting holes based on suitability for trapping rather than how recently they've been used (and backfill the in use ones)?

Link to post
3 minutes ago, Suffolkpest said:

Thanks for the reply, I can now see how the fenns might be knocking the rabbits up and out of the trap. Not sure how to deal with this problem if the holes are too tall?

What traps would you recommend instead of fenns?

Mate I suggest you take Micky’s advice on board, everything I know he showed me 😳😂 plenty practice an you’ll soon make your mind up tho an trappings a personal thing tbh am we all like an have our own ways, truth is after, I always try a find another way to catch a rabbit an would rather use a snare on a fence or on a tealer, bit of I had to trap a rabbit I’d prob go body grip, but that’s jist Cos I dislike fenns more 😂

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
3 minutes ago, micky said:

Your trap should fit snug in the hole with 15 mill   space  all round it [sides and top ]

The trap shoud be bedded down firmly so it does not     MOVE

The trap should not be set  lower than the orginal run 

Cover with Peat  [i used to use my old Tomato grow bags ]

Check the backof the trap will hit the roof of the tube the same time that the front does 

I see there is not a Pin on your trap .... if that is the case  something will soon f**k off with your next catch . The Fenn is a crap trap and i would not use them again as they only realy work well in a BOX  that has been customed made for it 

Thanks Micky, I like the grow bag suggestion.

So rather than dig a hole to set the trap so it's level with the run, I should try building it up to narrow the gap between the trap when closed and the roof of the tunnel?

I'm not using pins, instead I've tried 100lb fishing line on to the chain and clipped it to fence or wrapped around nearby tree.

Link to post
1 hour ago, Suffolkpest said:

Thanks Micky, I like the grow bag suggestion.

So rather than dig a hole to set the trap so it's level with the run, I should try building it up to narrow the gap between the trap when closed and the roof of the tunnel?

I'm not using pins, instead I've tried 100lb fishing line on to the chain and clipped it to fence or wrapped around nearby tree.

Micky is the man for trapping , I try look through his old post and pinch his ideas lol as he says don’t set a trap lower than the original run , a rabbit won’t want to drop down in a run but doesn’t mind stepping / jumping up , find holes suitable but if none the holes suitable are holding then there’s nothing to catch so try putting bit soil in the run to bed the trap on so it doesn’t move about but is close enough  to the top  to not chuck the rabbit out , bit of soft top soil sprinkled over ( or little gardening sieve) 

the fishing  line won’t stop a fox or badger from chewing through it ,better of with thin wire from bnq 

  • Like 2
Link to post

Do these rabbits really need catching? Is it a nessssary pest control job? If so find a way to control them that's more effective. Ferret em, snare em, shoot em. If you are doing it just for the interest in trapping then buy a couple of bodygrips. They will make you think more and improve you skills as a trapper....and any rabbit that does trip your trap will die quicker than fecking fenns. 

There's always a better option than a fenn

  • Thanks 1
Link to post

As said the tunnels too big the fen catches after its sprung by scrapping the catch off the tunnel roof easiest explanation , pick a better sized tunnel for your traps and block the bigger ones , Forcing the rabbits to use your tunnels 

  • Like 2
Link to post
3 hours ago, DIDO.1 said:

Do these rabbits really need catching? Is it a nessssary pest control job? If so find a way to control them that's more effective. Ferret em, snare em, shoot em. If you are doing it just for the interest in trapping then buy a couple of bodygrips. They will make you think more and improve you skills as a trapper....and any rabbit that does trip your trap will die quicker than fecking fenns. 

There's always a better option than a fenn

That’s what I was trying to say😳😂

  • Like 1
Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...