The rabbits are decimating our shrubs and small trees. Have been trying to catch them with a couple small wire live traps but not having much success. What would be the most effective bait to use? Would appreciate any help.
TC, Rabbits will enter cage traps without hesitation, with the right attractor.when they are set in the right location. Apple slices, as recommended here will work but they must be fresh (a little browning is okay) and in this cold weather they quickly freeze and have very little scent. A better attractor is fox urine sprayed on lettuce and placed in the back of your cage trap. I don't know what it is that rabbits find attractive with it, but it works. There are also a number of prepared baits available, one maker I can recommend very highly is Carroll Black of 5523 SR 514 in Glenmont,Ohio. His phone numberis 330-378-3201. I have used Carroll's products for over 25 years and will vouch for his quality. Give him a call, and good luck trapping. As an added benefit, you get to eat the rabbits, they don't come much fresher.
Ohio Bob we made tunnel type box traps for rabitts back in the late 50's early 60's. I think we baited them with carrots or apples. Just a slider door at the front end that ran in a groove and connected to an up right in the center that suported a long stick that was tied to a notched trigger that went into a hole near the far end. Once in a while we would get a two toned p$$$y with a fluid drive and that would be the end of that trap. Sometimes we would make them with hardware cloth at the far end. Hell we were only about ten years old. Saved a lot on shotgun shells and put rabbits in the pot. Bill