TrappingLast modified: January 15, 2015
Squirrel trapping is done with a few various sizes of traps depending on the setting the squirrels are being trapped in. Squirrel trapping has been done with everything from snares and body grip traps to foot holds and cage traps. Its very important to always match proper trap size with your target species for humane purposes as well as effectiveness.
Trapping Squirrels with Cage Traps
The most common squirrel trapping that takes place is cage trapping squirrels. Cage trapping squirrels is usually done with 5×5 sized cages and larger. Most people try their hand at trapping squirrels with Havahart cage traps and either come to the conclusion squirrels are tough to catch or Havahart makes a very poor quality, performance lacking trap that costs twice as much as professional grade cage traps. Squirrels can be tough to catch if they are educated and yes, Havahart makes a ridiculously horrible trap. 2 of the best brands we can recommend are Tomahawk and Safeguard for cost effective professional quality traps. Nuts and peanut butter are good baits and some professional baits are even better. Cage traps can be set on the ground, or screwed to a board and placed on a roof or tree limb. Their versatility is great and when set properly yield a high catch ratio with almost no snapped traps. For beginners we recommend giving cage traps for squirrels a try before getting to the more complex squirrel trapping methods.
Trapping Squirrels with Foothold Traps
Trapping squirrels with foothold traps should never be done with anything larger then a #0 long spring trap. Squirrels are not very powerful animals and the jaw size needed is half that of a #0. Trapping with squirrels with foothold traps is usually done with a light covering of dirt and scattered bait or in front of a baited cubby trap. Stakes should be used when trapping squirrels with footholds since they are able to climb with the weight of a trap.
Trapping Squirrels with Body Gripping Traps
Trapping squirrels with body grip traps is usually done with #110 or #120 sized traps. The only difference in these models is the #120 is equipped with 2 springs which adds speed, power and best of all greater ease in stabilizing your trap. Trapping squirrels with body grip traps is best done with a baited cubby covered from the top with the only entrance guarded by the trap. Trigger position is important when trapping squirrels and is best done in an even circle to give a natural inviting entrance. Bait placed low or mid level in line with the center of the trap is best for trapping squirrels with a baited cubby set.
Snares have been used to trap squirrels with great success. One of the oldest squirrel snaring methods is to line multiple snares down well traveled logs and branches. 3-4 inch loops placed about a foot or so apart usually yields the best results but various changes can be tried such as further squirrel snare placement and the use of bait. If your looking to try your hand at snaring squirrels be sure to check your local laws on snaring. Some states do not allow snares on land or the taking of squirrels by any means other then hunting.
We hope this covers all your squirrel trapping questions. If you have any questions regarding squirrel trapping feel free to contact us.