Wild Hog Traps
Tips for Choosing Safe but Effective Wild Hog Traps
In certain areas of the country, wildlife needs to be thinned out or removed to avoid potential risk to humans, livestock, or damage to crops and property, which would include something such as wild hog traps. Today, some people trap wild hogs and then release them in different areas whereas other people kill the hogs, using the meat and sometimes skin. For nature activists and wildlife enthusiasts, using traps makes it possible to catch, move, and release animals instead of them being killed. However, traps are also an effective means of trapping hogs that would be killed.
For wild hog traps, two popular types are used. The first is a portable trap, which is lightweight but strong. Obviously, the benefit with a trap such as this is being able to move it from one area to another. The other type of trap is the permanent design, which means it would be placed and never moved. For this second type of trap, the goal would be to install it around common areas where hogs are found such as swampland.
The permanent type of trap has a number of benefits not found with the portable type of trap. For one thing, the top section of the trap would remain open. Because of this, if another animal, perhaps a deer, turkey, or something else were to get inside, it would have an escape route but because of the body of the hog and design the trap, the hog would not be able to get out. Additionally, permanent traps are much larger, which means more than one hog could be trapped at a time.
When choosing wild hog traps, it is imperative to purchase or build a strong trap made with appropriate material. The reason is that hogs are extremely strong and when forced into a situation where they feel threatened or fear, they will do whatever it takes to break free. For this reason, it is critical that wild hog traps being considered are made from heavy-duty wire and have a strong, function locking system.
After searching through the different wild hog traps and finally choosing the right one for your needs, the trap needs to be placed in an area frequented by this particular animal. Additionally, the door would be opened and a hook put in place to ensure the door does not actually close. To entice the hogs to the trap and ultimately inside, the best attractant is corn. For this, corn would simply be scattered around the base of the trap, as well as placed inside since hogs love corn.
For traps to work, make sure the area is completely analyzed before the trap is set in place. For instance, if a trap of this type were set in an area heavily populated by deer, chances are good the trap would often be accidentally tripped. Deer are very curious animals so if they were to spot a trap meant for hogs, they would certainly come to investigate, causing the door to shut but without a hog inside. For this reason, areas of interest for placing wild hog traps would need to be looked at carefully, as far away from deer possible.
To ensure the traps work, it would be essential to wear rubber gloves and boots since hogs have an amazing sense of smell. You might even consider using a scent blocker used by hunters. After the trap has been placed, it should be checked every two days but from afar and using binoculars. Again, if you were to approach the trap to look inside every time it was checked, hogs would smell the human scent and stay far away. As a final note, although a hog dying inside a trap is rare, if this were to happen, the entire trap would need to be discarded in that the smell of death would be impossible to remove, making the trap useless.