Homemade Live Bird Traps

Written by james wiley
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Many beginning hunters want to trap wild birds, but do not know how to construct an effective trap. Before building the bird trap, you should first scout areas where the birds you are pursuing commonly land. Signs that indicate heavy bird traffic are nests and bird droppings. If you are familiar with what sound the bird you are hunting makes, you can listen for areas that are particularly noisy. These areas could be home to an entire flock of birds and would make effective places for your homemade live bird traps, made with items you can find out in nature.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Sharp knife
  • Rock
  • String or rope
  • Large stick
  • Small stick

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  1. 1

    Sharpen each end of the thick stick with your knife. The stick should be at least 5 feet long. Create a small hole in one end of the stick with the knife. Plunge the stick into the ground, making sure the top end is the one with the hole.

  2. 2

    Tie the string or rope around a rock roughly the size of your hand, then pass the string or rope through the hole in the large stick.

  3. 3

    Tie a slip noose big enough for your hand to fit into in the end of the string or rope that you put through the hole. On the other side of the hole, tie a knot so that the string will not fall back through the hole. The rock should be hanging in the air along the side of the big stick.

  4. 4

    Whittle the smaller stick until it just fits into the hole. Insert the tip of the smaller stick into the hole a little bit, just enough to keep the stick in a horizontal position. Make sure the end of the stick does not go all the way through the hole.

  5. 5

    Place the slip noose loosely around the smaller stick. When the bird lands on the stick, the stick will fall, causing the rock to drop and the noose the tighten around the bird's foot.

Tips and warnings

  • Spread bird seed or food in the area around the big stick to encourage birds to land, eat and perch.

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