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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do you own a live trap?

My suggestion for you today is to purchase a live trap. I prefer a medium sized one and a small one. The small one can be used to catch quail, pigeons, and other birds, rabbits, skunks, and other small animals. The medium sized one is great for catching raccoons, skunks, cats, chickens, possum, and other medium sized animals. 

Why do you need this? There are three main reasons. The first reason is, if you have a predator that is killing off your live stock or digging up your garden, then it is nice to be able to trap these predators and vermin before they destroy your food supply. A live trap is great for this because you can catch the animal responsible for the problem and kill it. However, if you accidentally catch your house cat then the trap doesn't hurt it and you can just release it. 

The second reason is that you can catch food animals. Quail, pigeons, rabbits, squirrels, and other animals that you can catch in a live trap are also resources that you can use to supplement your food supply. It never hurts to have another source of food. 

The third reason is that although some of the animals that you catch are not good food animals, they do have very good skins. Learn how to properly use the trap, learn how to properly kill the animal, and then learn how to properly skin the animal. Then you can learn how to tan the hide and use the leather or the fur for your benefit. The furs and leather will also make good trade items. 

The other great thing about live traps is that they are so easy to set and use that kids can do it. I taught my five year old niece how to set mine one evening and that night she caught a raccoon. In fact, my brother and I used to set them all the time when I was a kid just for the fun of seeing what we had caught. When we caught a dangerous wild animal then we would get our parents to help us either let it go or shoot it. If we just caught a cat or a bird then we would let it go ourselves.

So, my suggestion for you is to purchase at least two live traps.

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