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Old 01-10-2017, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default First Attempt - Box Style Hog Trap

As the title states I started building my first box style pig trap. She's gonna be a little bigger than expected but bigger is better, right? Using 1" angle, 34" hog panel for the sides and some other paneling with 4" squares for the floor and roof. This one will have a spring loaded swinging door and depending on how well I like it the next will either have the same or it may end up with a root door. Final dimensions will be 5' wide x 35" tall x 8' deep. One thing this will have that I haven't seen many others have is a rear door for easier extraction of dead piggies and hopefully a less stressful way to release anything caught that isn't wanted.
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:18 PM   #2
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Looking good so far
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:28 PM   #3
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I'm going all drop doors on mine. Haven't had any luck with hogs pushing in after the door trips. I seem to have pigs more leary with the swing doors. Never tried the root door. Try it out and see how you like it though, may work better for you.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:43 PM   #4
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Got a little more work done today. Got the extraction hatch fabbed up and welded in place as well as the permanent part of the front in place. I was initially going to go with 3 hinges, then 3 became 4 and finally settled on 6 hinges for the extraction door. With it being probably the weakest point I wanted to do everything I could to make it as strong as possible.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:29 AM   #5
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Looks good . I like the rear door idea .
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:44 PM   #6
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Got it all finished up short of a paint job. Pretty pleased with how it turned out. For the trigger I'm using a piece of metal rod to prop the door open and a length of plastic coated metal rope running through a couple pulleys then along the floor as a trip wire.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:15 PM   #7
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Great job
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:41 AM   #8
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Looks great, very nice!
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:58 AM   #9
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Looks solid so far.

I'd put another two latch pins on that top back door just for assurance. If they sense a weak place, they may work it over while your not there (corners). But that's just me too.

I'm looking forward to seeing your trapdoor spring and how your gonna rig it up.
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:42 PM   #10
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Nice work Chris


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Old 01-16-2017, 05:25 PM   #11
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Looks great, can't wait to set it next weekend!

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Old 01-17-2017, 12:02 AM   #12
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like the back door idea
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:08 AM   #13
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Looks good. Be sure and post pics of all the piggies you catch.
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:26 AM   #14
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Nice!
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:53 AM   #15
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Nice job!
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Old 01-20-2017, 05:02 PM   #16
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Looks solid so far.

I'd put another two latch pins on that top back door just for assurance. If they sense a weak place, they may work it over while your not there (corners). But that's just me too.

I'm looking forward to seeing your trapdoor spring and how your gonna rig it up.
I second the need to add latch pins on the door....top,,bottom and middle....can't be too strong.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:36 AM   #17
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Put the trap to work this last week. Caught the black one Wednesday night and then the other was caught Saturday night.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:36 PM   #18
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Nice
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:08 PM   #19
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Now I'm gonna have to haul mine to my welder buddy's shop and have a rear door installed. It is a bear to get 3 140-150lb hogs out of the trap thru the entry door, especially when two of them are piled up against the door. Doesn't seem to matter where they are in the trap when I pop them, they inevitably end up against the door.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:19 PM   #20
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Looks solid so far.

I'd put another two latch pins on that top back door just for assurance. If they sense a weak place, they may work it over while your not there (corners). But that's just me too.

I'm looking forward to seeing your trapdoor spring and how your gonna rig it up.
This. Looks solid. Good job.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:20 PM   #21
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I'm stealing the rear door idea.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:40 PM   #22
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Nice work bud!
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:40 AM   #23
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I like the extraction door too. Dustoffer and I are trapping the same pigs!
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:15 AM   #24
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Nice job! I had an old timer tell me that if hogs are shot in the trap then it will deter pigs from coming back into it once its reset. Do you know any truth to that?
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:29 AM   #25
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Nice job! I had an old timer tell me that if hogs are shot in the trap then it will deter pigs from coming back into it once its reset. Do you know any truth to that?
I caught the first pig Wednesday night. The 2nd was caught in the same trap on Saturday night and there was still a fair amount of blood from the first. I think it depends on the individual pig/herd on whether or not it bothers them.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #26
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Nice job! I had an old timer tell me that if hogs are shot in the trap then it will deter pigs from coming back into it once its reset. Do you know any truth to that?
Maybe for a day or so. Blood doesn't seem to bother them IMO.

The dark spot on the ground you can see between the feeder legs is blood from a boar I killed.



Here's the same view about 2 hours after I killed him--


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Old 03-21-2017, 11:13 AM   #27
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I believe the ones that will avoid the trap are the ones that were in the same group and had to leave their caught buddy behind.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:14 PM   #28
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I caught the first pig Wednesday night. The 2nd was caught in the same trap on Saturday night and there was still a fair amount of blood from the first. I think it depends on the individual pig/herd on whether or not it bothers them.
Thanks! I've always removed them live but it was only a couple at a time. I'm in the process of building a 20' dia circle trap and hopefully will catch the whole group at once. Was debating on just shooting them in the trap or trying to get them out live. I have a buyer that will take them alive if they are at least 80 lbs.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:30 PM   #29
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I have a 12 panel figure '6' trap right now that is probably going away. It has been nothing but a headache. Between trigger issues and cows it has been tough. I caught 4 cows last week and no pigs in the figure 6. The 1st single, I wired the gate open and she went out without a hitch. The 2nd time it was a group of 3 that were a bit more wild. While I was trying to get the gate wired open, they decided they had enough and barreled through the fence destroying a panel in the process. The panel was bent all out of shape and a bunch of the welds were busted. I may attempt a guillotine style door for it once my frustration goes away, lol.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:47 PM   #30
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Thanks! I've always removed them live but it was only a couple at a time. I'm in the process of building a 20' dia circle trap and hopefully will catch the whole group at once. Was debating on just shooting them in the trap or trying to get them out live. I have a buyer that will take them alive if they are at least 80 lbs.
If you have a buyer, sell the ones +80lbs. And keep the rest in a holding pen. Feed them out till they get big enough to sell. If you don't live where you can feed them, there are timed feeders you can buy just like timed deer feeders. I got one for my dog while I'm away sometimes. Just make sure they got water too.
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:16 PM   #31
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I wish I would have had an extraction door on Saturday morning. It was hell getting this one out of the little trap door!



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Old 03-22-2017, 06:29 AM   #32
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That door is legit, nice work.
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Old 03-22-2017, 07:22 AM   #33
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Nice work. Thanks for posting
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