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#6030936 - 10/20/17 10:10 AM ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered?
Aix sponsa Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 5854
Loc: Louisiana
Do you prefer standard, open wire type cage traps, or do you prefer using covered cages? Are your catch ratios higher, or is this done for another reason? When would you not want covered traps?




I have very little cage trapping experience, but I'm still interested in it. I can see myself one day running some cages. I saw pictures of traps wrapped in sheet metal on the painting cage traps thread, and I think that's the first time I've ever seen that done.
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#6031050 - 10/20/17 01:29 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
WPS Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 30
Loc: Reed City, Michigan
I wouldn't say my catch ratios are any higher with the covered traps...I was using thin blankets to cover my cages for skunks and they would pull the blankets through the wire & into the cage and I had a heck of a time getting them back out! I tried to find a thin plastic or corrugated cardboard to cover them but had no luck. I painted my covers to help blend in with a job I was doing in at an apartment complex as I initially thought I had some tampering with my cages. The galvanized sheets were $10 per sheet, 3 sheets would cover 2 cages...so $15 per cage. And I don't have stinky dirty blankets with holes in them laying around.
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#6031226 - 10/20/17 05:55 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
Jim Bethell Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 957
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 74
Depends what I am trapping. Skunks, covered. Groundhogs, not covered. Coons, possums, squirrels, does not make any difference. Just what works for me.

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#6031563 - 10/20/17 09:43 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
DezertTrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/30/17
Posts: 461
Loc: Desert Southwest-CA
Both for me-depends on the time of year, and also what species I'm after. Sometimes I have to cover because our temps are so high and the sun gets so hot-that no critter would go near a trap, they'd end up burned on the metal, so I do it to provide shade at times, at other times for I want the critter to only see into the entrance of the trap, other times for camo, etc. from non target animals. Skunks-I cover, if possible.

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#6031694 - 10/21/17 02:52 AM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
carlswildlife Offline
trapper

Registered: 05/17/08
Posts: 60
Loc: North East Illinois
All cage traps I set on the ground are covered. Williams traps are set in overturned garbage cans, Comstock traps are covered with a solid metal cover and all other traps are wrapped in coroplast which is plastic corrugated material. I trap in the suburbs of Chicago with homes on top of homes and I can not have a skunk spray or some child get bit, it's very bad advertising when someone gets on the internet bad mouthing your business as you let a skunk spray next to their house. Also I cover my traps to avoid theft, a lot of metal scrappers around here. I've been nuisance trapping for many years and this is how I run my business and it's worked for us. By the way coroplast can be gotten for free after political elections from there old signs or any printing company. I have mine cut to my specifications for two to four dollars a sheet.

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#6031723 - 10/21/17 04:59 AM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
sgs Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 761
Loc: NH
Pretty much all of my cage sets are covered. I've used small blankets, drop clothes, cardboard, coroplast, etc.

I use covers to camouflage the traps and to protect the animals from sun, rain, wind, cold, etc.

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#6031924 - 10/21/17 10:27 AM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
EatenByLimestone Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/01/11
Posts: 68
Loc: Schenectady, NY
Contractor bags will work too.

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#6032081 - 10/21/17 03:09 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
webfootwhacker Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/05/08
Posts: 124
Loc: Northern Minnesota
I use painter's drop cloth canvas. Can get three to five covers for $15 (home depot 4' x 15') and they hold up well. I use Wickencamp or Comstock cages (1 x .5' wire), so pulling the canvas in is rarely an issue. Never with skunks and occasionally with coons (through the door). I don't have theft issues so I leave them white, makes the cages noticeable to the critters, which we know like white objects. If/when a skunk sprays one, just pour a little of the peroxide solution on it and hang it out to air out - doesn't take long. I wouldn't go back to uncovered cages when a skunk is a possibility.


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#6032142 - 10/21/17 04:44 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
Bob Jameson Offline


Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3059
Loc: SW Pa
I cover all cages and have done that for years. There are several advantages to the method.

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#6032651 - 10/22/17 07:20 AM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
Jim Comstock Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/11/11
Posts: 91
Loc: New York
Covers have multiple uses, doing three jobs in one. It's good to cover skunk traps with a solid material for starters. I use light sheet metal nose cones so the don't spray. A solid cover / nose cone will double to connect a double door cage to a den site in a positive set for skunks, chucks, raccoon, badgers etc., any denning creature. If you have a solid cover with bait it helps to prevent bait from getting rained on or have the sun beat down on it. The type of cage wire mesh is a determinate. With 1x1 mesh a cover is a must as animals can reach in for bait or reach out to tear up the lawn. With 1x.5 you don't have those worries. In the beginning I built heavy wooden covers that worked, but they surely were bulky. Hated to carry more than one. The sheet metal, galvanized or aluminum made all the difference, light and compact, taking up no space in the truck.

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#6032720 - 10/22/17 09:08 AM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
Paul Winkelmann Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1218
Loc: mequon, wisconsin
Don't get me wrong, 50% of all of our squirrel and skunk cages are covered. But if covering all of the cages is such a great idea, wouldn't we all just own some variations of the Plasti-Catch?

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#6034885 - 10/24/17 06:18 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
Bob Jameson Offline


Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 3059
Loc: SW Pa
No plasti catch traps don't breathe enough and aren't versatile enough. Lots of covering options with hinged covers.

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#6055583 - 11/15/17 07:39 PM Re: ----------Cage Traps:: Covered or Uncovered? [Re: Aix sponsa]
Baxter Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/07/10
Posts: 7
Loc: California
I cover all traps with contractor bags. Only the top and sides held on with duct tape. They rarely pull through, granted I have mainly comstocks.
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