Building Traps with Eamonn Mahoney
Team Wild expert Eamonn Mahoney is our main man when it comes to snares and traps.
At this time of the year magpies, hooded crows and grey crows cause havoc on smaller birds and their dwelling nests. So we have asked Eammon (with the help of his two children) to provide a useful step-by-step guide to building a Larsen trap. The perfect trap design for capturing these type of vermin and only taking the Mahoney boys two hours to make, the trap is something you can try at home.
Firstly, start by cutting up the 8×4 sheet of weldmesh in to strips of 15 inches, works out with little or no waste.
Place one cut piece down flat on the bench with another piece of mesh standing upright to one side, put a couple of clips on to hold them in place and together. Then take another piece and cut it in to 15″ square pieces. These are the internal separating walls of the trap.
Next put the other side on using either cable ties or metal clips. Lastly, put the top onto the trap and cut two doors for trap sections and one over the middle section enabling access for the call bird.
You should have another 15″ strip to cut the doors out. Remember to cut the door 2″ bigger than the holes on 3 sides, this ensures the door will close correctly and can’t open outwards.
Place a spring central of the hole and door, secure with clips or cable ties. Make up a perch for the call bird, put water and food in for the birds and put a cover over the middle section to keep rain off the call bird.
The mesh used in these pictures was left over mesh from another job and rather than let it go to waste I “recycled” it. I would normally use 2×1 or 1X1 weld mesh for traps.
It’s very much a family affair when it comes to making traps in the Mahoney household.
Eammon really knows his way around a successful devise as he spends a lot of his time building all kinds of snares and traps. Recently, he’s been making mink traps to help control the number of mink, squirrel, and feral cats. These rodents have been causing huge problems for his local gun club.
You can find out more information on Eammon’s traps by clicking here.
If you have any questions or require additional information please comment below.