Trapping is one of the oldest ways of to capture a prey. There’s a variety of purposes why we trap animals –it can be for food, for fur trade, wildlife management or conservation or pest control. But whatever it is, it’s hard to stop a dedicated hunter in setting up hunting traps. But what are the types of hunting traps that you can use to catch your targeted animal? How effective is this trap? So if you’re looking for answers then we got you covered. Check out this list of hunting traps for the stealthy hunters below.
Deceptive Hunting Traps Are Your Best Friends
Trapping is not as easy as it seems. It may require a lot of hard work and money to be efficient, especially if you’re just getting started with hunting. Now back then, I used to rely on my rifle and bow to help me secure game, but when I discovered the art of using traps, it’s made my hunting trips a lot more convenient. Think of traps as little hunters that hunt your prey while you’re doing some other important task. These hunting traps will prevent animals from moving as normal. More often than not, it inflicts excruciating pain to the prey. But some people find trapping to be cruel because of its methods, but there are still a lot of hunters still use this kind of hunting practice. So on that note, here’s a list of hunting traps that you might want to use for your next hunt.
1. Steel-Jaw Leghold Traps
It is also referred as a “restraining trap”, the steel-jaw leghold trap is the most commonly used trap in the US by recreational and commercial fur trappers. This trap is triggered by a pan tension device. When an animal steps between the jaws of the trap, it will cause the jaws to slam shut on the victim’s leg in a vice-like grip. Usually, it is anchored into the ground by a short chain and a metal spike or sometimes it is tied to a tree or a large branch. It immobilizes the animal and due to the instant pain inflicted by this trap, the animals frantically pull themselves against the trap in a desperate struggle to be free. This will result in fractures, ripped tendons, blood loss, exhaustion, and starvation. More often than not, this trap is set for raccoons, bobcat, coyote, fox, skunk and other fur-bearing animals.
2. “Padded” Leghold Traps
This padded trap has enough power to clamp a panicking wolf. It’s basically the same as steel jaw leghold traps and the only difference between the two is a strip of synthetic nylon lining the steel jaws. This trap can cause serious injuries to animals and according to research less that 5% of trappers own this kind of trap. The padded leghold hunting traps are being marketed by fur industries as “humane” as compared to steel-jaw leghold traps.
3. Snare Traps
The snare traps are made of light wire cables looped through a locking device or a small nylon cord tied that will tighten as the animals try to free themselves. The more the animal tries to escape, the more the noose tightens, and the more the noose tightens, the more pain it will inflict. This may result in death by slow strangulation. It can also crush vital organs. Primarily, the body snare is used for coyotes. More often than not, it is set where animals crawl or in narrow passages.
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