Trapping Gear To Get You Started
As a beginner, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you need to get started in a particular sport or hobby. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of trapping gear to get you started. Most of this gear can be found in most, if not all, trapper’s backpacks (or baskets). Depending on your state, gear may be different based on rules and regulations.
Most trappers use a pack basket to carry their equipment, supplies and harvest. If you don’t have a pack basket, you can use a 5 gallon bucket with a tool organizer (like this one), or a pinch a burlap sack can be used.
Whatever pack or basket you use, keep in mind that any foreign odors in these containers could end up on your traps or other equipment.
A dirt sifter allows you to cover traps and bait with fine soil. The sifter removes rocks or clumps that could keep the trap from closing properly. Sifters can be purchased at most trapping suppliers. This one fits on the top of a 5 gallon bucket for easy use and transportation.
Additionally, you may create your own by using scrap wood and a piece of 1/4″ hardware cloth. Start by building a open box that roughly 10 inches long and 6 inches wide then attach the hardware cloth with staples to the box’s base.
A hatchet that can also be doubled as a hammer (like this one) is extremely useful. Use the hammer side to drive stakes/anchors into the ground and use the hatchet side to break up the ground and roots for the perfect trap placement. There’s also a tool called a sod buster that is made specifically for this task which has a chisel welded on one side of a hammer for easy digging of trap bed.