Baiting & Using Your Wild Boar Trap

By: Razvan Jr.


This method isn’t very familiar among hog hunters but if done properly it can turn out to be a very efficient solution for bagging more of these large animals. For start, here is what you need for using your trap:
• Bucket;
• Cinder block;
• Deer corn;
• Wooden dowel;
• Clothesline rope.

The placement of the trap is crucial so think wisely before choosing the right spot. The trap must be installed in an area where you have found a wild boar sign. For the first week of installment it is advisable to remove the spring and tie the door open. Now spread a lot of corn inside the trap so that the wild boar will find that area very attractive. These very greedy animals will pack themselves into trap and it will get them used to entering the trap by having to push through the crowd.

If you want to pre-bait on a regular basis, it is recommended to set a deer feeder up at the hog trap. After these animals have become familiar to the feeding near the trap area and in the trap it is now time to actually trap these animals. If you however set the trap without pre-baiting it and you don’t catch anything on your first try it is advisable not to give up, try it again for two or three times.

Many experienced hunters sour their corn first; you too can do so by filling a bucket of corn with water and let it sit out for a couple of days. You will afterwards know when it is sour. As far as swing door settings is concerned, if you are using this style, set the trap by first filling your clean bucket with a lot of corn. Now, you should place the bucket on top of the block in the rear of the trap. Tie one end of the rope to your bucket and pass the rope through the top of the trap.

It is now time to run the rope up to the front and open the trap door. Afterwards, place the prop between the jamb and the edge of the door. Make sure that the prop is long enough to open the door wide. It is now time to attach the rope to the prop so there won’t be any slack. If you have done as mentioned, the wild boar will knock the bucket from the block which will result in pulling the rope tight and also pulling the prop from the door which will lead to closing the door.

The trap should be checked every morning and you must be very attentive when you approach it as these animals have the tendency to become very aggressive. If you plan on shooting the animal in the trap, watch out for ricochets. If however you don’t catch a hog you must tighten up that spring so they won’t escape the next time. If the food is gone but the animal escaped, you should put the bucket on top of a taller block inside the hog trap giving the bucket farther to fall and should trip the trigger easier. The last possible situation is: the corn is there, the trap tripped but there is no sign of hogs; it is most likely that the animals were too wide to get into the trap without knocking out the trap. If you find yourself in such a position you should use a larger prop.

All things considered, trapping wild boar isn’t very hard to do but certain aspects should be seriously taken into consideration before using this method.

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Razvan Marian Jr. is the manager of www.wildboarhuntinginfo.com where hunters can find additional information about wild boar hunting.

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