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Make Rabbit Traps

Updated on March 4, 2013

Make Rabbit Traps

Rabbits have invaded my garden, and it doesn't take them long to do some serious damage!

"OOOHHH - I'm going to get those wascally wabbits!"

Rabbit season here in Kentucky is November through February. So to make sure I stay on the right side of the law, I've been experimenting with making Live Catch rabbit traps for use outside of the rabbit season. I've been enjoying making rabbit traps and catching rabbits as much as I enjoy gardening.

This lens focuses on How to Make Rabbit Traps.

I have some great designs to share, so check back often for updates.

Video on Making Your Own Rabbit Trap

Here is a great YouTube video on how to make your own rabbit trap from scrap wood that you probably have around your home. This rabbit trap uses a false floor, and is approximately 30 inches long. One 12 foot long 1" x 8" board, a coat hanger, and some screws is all you need to make this trap. This guy doesn't go into a lot of details on how to make the trap, but he shows you enough to where you can easily make one yourself. Good luck with it and leave a comment if you make one and have some success with it.

Live Catch Rabbit Traps

If you have a rabbit problem, and don't have time to make your own rabbit traps, then check out some of these live-catch rabbit traps from Havahart. Havahart is one of the most popular maker of no-kill animal traps. They make a number of different models and sizes and are reasonably priced. You can use these live-catch traps to relocate those pesky rabbits from your garden, without being concerned about breaking any of the Fish and Game laws.

Havahart 1030 Live Animal Two-Door Rabbit, Squirrel, Skunk, and Mink Cage Trap
Havahart 1030 Live Animal Two-Door Rabbit, Squirrel, Skunk, and Mink Cage Trap

This is a great trap for catching rabbits in your garden. The two doors allow rabbits to enter from either direction. It is galvanized to resist rust and corrosion, which makes it perfect for outdoor use.

Havahart Small Professional Style One-Door Animal Trap for Squirrel, Rabbit, Skunk, and Mink  - 1077
Havahart Small Professional Style One-Door Animal Trap for Squirrel, Rabbit, Skunk, and Mink - 1077

This live catch trap has a single door on one end that is spring loaded for easy activation. It has smooth internal edges, so it won't injure any animals that are captured. This is the perfect size for trapping squirrels, rabbits, skunks, and any other animal that is of a similar size.


Homemade Rabbit Trap

Homemade Rabbit Traps in less than an hour

With a few pieces of wood and screws, some simple tools, and a little bit of time, you too can have a rabbit in your trap by morning. These type of live-capture traps will allow you to catch those pests and relocate them to someplace far away, where they won't be bothering you anymore.

I read an article on Backwoods Home Magazine that explained how to make a simple Live Catch rabbit trap in less than an hour.

These same instructions can be adapted for live catch raccoon, opossum, squirrels, and skunks.

Click the following link to see the Make a Sure-Fire

Live Trap article.

Try one of these out. They definitely will do the trick.

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      5 years ago

      My own efforts have been crude but have still been effective.

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      5 years ago

      Awesome intro picture for this lens. Elmer Fudd: "Wabbit twacks . . . wabbit hole . . . wabbit twap! Wabbits wuv cawwots! Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh!"

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fortunately we live where we don't have to worry about rabbits getting in the garden. Not sure where I would take one if I caught it live but I do like the live rabbit trap option. :)

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      In my mom's memoir about her childhood in the 1930s, she tells about catching a rabbit in a gunny sack. The dog would scare up a rabbit and it would zip into a drainage pipe to hide. She would hold the gunny sack around one end of the pipe and her dad would rattle a stick at the other end to frighten the rabbit. When it ran into the sack, she had to close the open end and keep it shut with the live rabbit inside. They would have it for dinner.

    • BestTopTenList profile image


      6 years ago

      I am Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht...

      Love the picture.

    • pretyfunky profile image


      6 years ago

      Very good information

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      6 years ago

      Creative ideas for summer camping and no rabbit around my busy area.

    • CoeGurl profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Very good information to have -- thanks!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      What about mouse trap instead of rabbit's trap? The bunnies are to cute.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm very much into capturing animals live, then relocating them.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. We have a few rabbit around our place, not many though, because they are a pest in New Zealand. Blessed.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      We don't really get rabbits out here but where I grew up they were pretty abundant.

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      6 years ago

      Very informative lens, I like the video on how to make the trap by yourself.

    • norma-holt profile image


      6 years ago

      Better to catch them live than spread the horrible viruses that are used in some places. Blessed.

    • victoriahaneveer profile image


      6 years ago

      Great traps. We have a lot of wild bunnies in the park next door but they seem to stay there. There does seem to be rather a lot more this year though, unsurprisingly!

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      6 years ago

      Nice and effective tips... Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Great design thanks

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      6 years ago

      Rabbits can be sure nuisance with your crops in the garden.

    • thegrayrabbit profile image


      9 years ago

      real handy for me I am always finding little mounds of pellets in my back yard. They need to go. Thanks for the instructions.

    • thegrayrabbit profile image


      9 years ago

      Site is great many traps to choose from. I like the live and humane category.


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