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brewer66

Ladder Trap

Something has had two of my four goslings over the last two weeks.  
I'm tipping it's a family of crows so I have spent a bit of time building this,






I've been baiting it for a week with the top off and the bait has been taken every day so I will fit the top this weekend and see what happens.  
bodger

What's the idea behind the trap? When you set it, how do they get in and more importantly, what stops them getting out.
I'll be watching with interest and with fingers crossed for you for a good result.

I do really well with my Larson trap for Magpies and I also get quite a lot of Jackdaws too but over the years, I've only ever managed one crow.

Thanks for the photos.
Yorkshire Geordie

This explains it all, Bodger:-

https://basc.org.uk/game-and-gamekeeping/how-to-make-a-ladder-trap/

Brewer's photo of his trap build doesn't yet show the trap completed.
It will need to have the last bit of netting above the ladder access.

Martyn
brewer66

I'm going to put the top pannels on this weekend, keep baiting up and hopefully catch some crows.
The theory is that the birds drop in through the gaps in the ladder but can't fly out through them.
You make the gaps to particular dimensions for different birds. Slightly smaller gaps than I have used will catch Magpies and Ravens.
A pest controller I read about using one of these traps on a free range pig farm disposed of over a thousand birds in one year.
bodger

Our biggest problem here is seagulls. Living where we do there are thousands of them but the problem is that they're protected, as of course are Ravens.
horace

Yorkshire Geordie wrote:
This explains it all, Bodger:-

https://basc.org.uk/game-and-gamekeeping/how-to-make-a-ladder-trap/

Brewer's photo of his trap build doesn't yet show the trap completed.
It will need to have the last bit of netting above the ladder access.

Martyn
Great video
brewer66

I put the top sections on the ladder trap this afternoon when it finally stopped p*****g down.
I've just been down to have a look, 1 crow and 1 magpie in the trap and 3 more crows sat on top wondering whether to go in.
It's working.  
bodger

   
horace

   
sod

looks great await the results
brewer66

The Magpie has escaped (the gaps in the ladder need to be smaller for magies) but there are 3 crows in the trap this morning.
There aren't any more around and about at present so I will leave it as is today and see if any more turn up. Then I will go down after dark tonight and despatch the ones Iv'e caught.
Then I will modify the ladder and see about the Magpies.  
Dave C

Good Job mate  
brewer66

Yes I'm pleased.
It's good when you try something new and it works.  
12Bore

Well done!
confused

good job well done  
brewer66

After dark last night the priest and I went down the field and administered the last rights to 3 Crows.
I have rebaited the trap with bread so we'll see if there are any more about.
I made the priest about 40 years ago when I used to do quite a bit of fly fishing.
It is a rung from an old wooden ladder, drilled out at one end and filled with molten lead, pluged with epoxy resin, sanded and painted with yatch varnish and fitted with a lanyard made from leather boot laces.
It still works well.  


bodger

Did you expect a few more? Nice Clonker  

I'd bagged another mole this morning. It set me up nicely for the day and my magpie tally now stands at ten.
confused

I like the Priest , love to see something made from nothing , how it used to be .
perlogalism

Top job. I've got a bit of lead left over from some roof work last week. Now I know what to use it for  
welshboy

brewer66 wrote:
After dark last night the priest and I went down the field and administered the last rights to 3 Crows.
I have rebaited the trap with bread so we'll see if there are any more about.
I made the priest about 40 years ago when I used to do quite a bit of fly fishing.
It is a rung from an old wooden ladder, drilled out at one end and filled with molten lead, pluged with epoxy resin, sanded and painted with yatch varnish and fitted with a lanyard made from leather boot laces.
It still works well.  




Blimey- I would not want to meet you on a dark night carrying that lol
sod

great to hear  
brewer66

I have seen the odd one flying into and out of the wood (we border on to it) but none in our paddocks.
If nothing else it should keep the Magpies interested for when I change the ladder gaps.
12Bore

That priest brought back memories!
When I joined Cheshire police in 1981, all my intake were issued with brand new boxwood truncheons, except me, mine was a recycled Warrington Town Police issue item, 3" longer than the new ones, made of Rosewood and already drilled and weighted.
There was some serious truncheon envy!
When we went visiting Liverpool and Manchester during the riots our CC ordered side handle batons for us, direct from the States, we were, I think, the first force to use them on Mainland UK.
bodger

Jeez ! You young ones ! I wouldn't know what to do with a side baton? Give me a good honest truncheon everytime.  
When I were nowt but a lad, the only action that my truncheon ever saw was breaking the odd window to gain entry to houses or cars.
The closest it ever came to violence, was in killing a humungus big rat at two in the morning under the Glebe street Bridge in Stoke but God! It did try and fight back.

 
12Bore

Only used my issue one in anger once - on an alsation that was chewing my leg!  
bodger

As a young bobby on the beat with some what of a strange sense of humour, I was once pulled over the coals by the night Inspector.
Before going out on patrol we were stood in line for inspection and we had to produce our kit. Pocket book, handcuffs and truncheon etc. On the occasion I have in mind, I was found out!  The inspector was not amused to discover that I'd got a  'Give Blood' sticker stuck on the end of mine.
sod

 
12Bore

 
horace

 

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