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#6092376 - 12/19/17 08:40 PM How to keep rabbits out
ejgartland Offline
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Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 103
Loc: Carroll county, maryland
Hey guys got a problem with quite a few bunnys plugging my sets. On one of my property's i am catching 2-3 rabbits a day in my sets and I cant figure out how to get them to stop cause all im doing is feeding the fox im trying to catch. I dont use urine at my sets so i know its not that. I set along wood lines out in fields in woods and I just can't win. I use wax dirt and mix my lures and baits up and there's no patterns. Something always finds them before I do

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#6092383 - 12/19/17 08:46 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
bic Offline
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Registered: 01/15/08
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Loc: Central Pa. 57
Try a little more pan tension.
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#6092386 - 12/19/17 08:48 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
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Registered: 11/04/10
Posts: 5568
Loc: Gitche Gumee Wisconsin
Soon or latter you'll have them all caught.
laugh
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#6092389 - 12/19/17 08:50 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
bic Offline
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Always look at the glass as Half FULL. Fur prices suck but you are at least catching supper every day.
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#6092390 - 12/19/17 08:50 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
Yes sir Online   content
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Registered: 01/25/17
Posts: 853
Loc: Marion Kansas
The good news is if you catching that many rabbits your probably in a good spot for predators. I'd rather catch rabbits than possums. Just saying....

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#6092562 - 12/20/17 04:15 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
micheal Offline
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Registered: 08/06/08
Posts: 2824
Loc: Saginaw, Mi
A good meal for you and them

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#6092564 - 12/20/17 04:31 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
hubler13f Offline
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Registered: 12/14/17
Posts: 68
Loc: Clearfield County, PA
I caught 2 last year and 1 the year before. I hate to catch them because we don't have a lot on our property and I have a soft spot for them. I would release them but it seems that the 1.5s always break their legs, so I ate them and used their fur as flagging and lure holder.
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#6092567 - 12/20/17 04:36 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
PBS Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 242
Loc: Ohio
Use rabbit meat as bait. I'd say the fox are getting used to that by now.
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#6092570 - 12/20/17 04:44 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
strike2x Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 1765
Loc: Houghton Lake, MI
Set a second trap outside the reach of the first....
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#6093144 - 12/20/17 04:39 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 14293
Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
Are you setting the game trails the Rabbits use?
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#6093338 - 12/20/17 07:00 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 12527
Loc: N.W. Iowa
3-4 lbs of pan tension helps a lot to prevent small things caught

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#6093861 - 12/21/17 07:55 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 12527
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Here you can't use a game animal for bait

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#6094111 - 12/21/17 11:05 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: hubler13f]
dublelung Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 1295
Loc: South MS
Originally Posted By: hubler13f
I caught 2 last year and 1 the year before. I hate to catch them because we don't have a lot on our property and I have a soft spot for them. I would release them but it seems that the 1.5s always break their legs, so I ate them and used their fur as flagging and lure holder.


That's the best use of a caught rabbit.
Increased pan tension should keep most of them out of your traps.

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#6094252 - 12/21/17 01:59 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: Tactical.20]
PBS Offline
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Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 242
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: Tactical.20
Here you can't use a game animal for bait


Couldnít find anything in Marylandís regs saying you canít.
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#6094494 - 12/21/17 05:59 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: PBS]
bblwi Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4365
Loc: East-Central Wisconsin
I would increase pan tension to 2-3 lbs. if fox are your target, set off the game trails, move sets out further from the thicker cover and set two sets one closer as you are now and one further out as the caught rabbit will attract the fox and you want a trap ready for them. Use lure and urine if you choose to as I think the rabbits are an issue because you have many and they work the cover. Not much for rabbits to eat in fields if they are looking for bark and browse.

Bryce

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#6094731 - 12/21/17 09:01 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
ejgartland Offline
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Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 103
Loc: Carroll county, maryland
I set around where the trails come out to open field i can't go to far into the field do to they are planted and I am limited to where to set on most trails they are wheeler trails for the owners son and he tears them up lol. I'll try a little more pan tension. Just wasnt sure if there were any tricks just to shy them away from my sets. I swear whenever there is an abundance of rabbits they do their best to kill themselves. Thanks for all the replies. And maryland is a pretty easy going state for trapping the most part but our laws are not wrote very clear if you talk to the officers most dont know what's right or not.

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#6123172 - 01/12/18 10:08 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
stoney Offline
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Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 58
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
I haven't caught a rabbit while fox trapping in probably five years. Then this year, after you said you've been catching them, so did I!
I'm over in Frederick County and set a few dirtholes on the edge of a brushy treeline along a hay field. Set a double and had a rabbit with no head and a red fox in the other. Bumping up the pan tension helps, but seems hard to avoid them. Caught 3 reds off that spot in a week, so you are likely on the right location!

Have you ran into any coyotes on your line yet?
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#6123180 - 01/12/18 10:18 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
pass-thru Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2570
Loc: Va
I haven't caught one since the first year I trapped over 10 years ago. And there are plenty of rabbits where I trap. So if your traps are not right in the trail, then you are using something that attracts them. What is your anti-freeze? How much do you use?

By using dry peat, I have found that I can get away with using less antifreeze. I usually use salt, and not a lot of it. Deer and rabbits are not a problem as a result.

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#6123198 - 01/12/18 10:47 PM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: Tactical.20]
teepee2 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/17
Posts: 299
Loc: IA
Originally Posted By: Tactical.20
Here you can't use a game animal for bait
Who says?

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#6123264 - 01/13/18 04:44 AM Re: How to keep rabbits out [Re: ejgartland]
jabNE Offline
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Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 3546
Loc: Hickman, Nebraska
Pan tension increase is best option.
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