6 Common Mistakes Trappers Should AvoidTuesday, February 21, 2017
By Ricky Flynt
Trappers are responsible for their own actions. In addition, all
trappers will be judged - to a greater or lesser extent - by the
actions of each individual. Each trapper is therefore accountable
not only to himself, but to all other trappers.
Some of the most common mistakes made by beginning trappers are
listed below so that you will be aware of them and will avoid
#1 Use of the wrong size, style or type of
trap for the animal or situation.
Examples include using foothold or killer traps in situations
where there is a high likelihood of capturing domestic animals;
using traps that are too large for the intended animal; using a
standard foothold in a situation where a "stoploss" apparatus is
called for, etc.
#2 Failure to fasten traps properly.
Improperly staked or wired traps can result in extremely severe
injuries to trapped animals, which pull the trap loose and escape
with it on their foot. Also, the use of good swivels on the trap
chain allows the trap to more freely move with the animal's foot,
reducing injury. In general, trap injuries increase with the amount
of time the animal spends in the trap, particularly if circulation
to the foot is restricted.
#3 Failure to check traps regularly.
There is a tendency for inexperienced trappers to lose interest
if a set goes untouched for a number of days, and they may assume
that it is never going to catch anything. That is wrong, and no
trap should be set if it cannot be tended to as required by law.In
Mississippi, trappers are required to check traps at least every 36
#4 Improper use of lure/bait.
Too many trappers attempt to compensate for lack of knowledge of
furbearer habits by the excessive use of lure or baits. Baits
certainly have a purpose, but when used improperly they can lead to
the unnecessary capture of non-target animals. In Mississippi,
all lure or bait within 20 feet of a trap must be covered and not
visible from above and may not exceed two cubic inches (the volume
equivalent of a regulation sized golf ball) in size.
#5 Use of inappropriate sets in areas of high
human or domestic animal use.
In general, land sets with foothold or killer traps should be
avoided in areas such as parks, high-use recreation or hunting
areas, and residential developments. Live traps, water sets and
various types of "dog proof" sets are more acceptable in these
areas.In Mississippi, no person shall place or set a trap on or
within one hundred (100) feet of any street or public road.
#6 Violation of the property right of
Illegal trespass and illegal tampering with the traps or sets of
others are two of the worst mistakes a beginning trapper can
make. In Mississippi, trappers are required to obtain
landowner permission to trap on any property not deeded in the