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The Cubby Set*

The cubby set can be used for land trapping the same way it is used in water trapping. The cubby can be made of rocks, logs, boards, bark, or any other available material. Bait, lure, or both are placed in the back of the cubby to attract the animal. The cubby set will take less wary furbearers like raccoons, opossums, and skunks. It is not a good set for fox or coyotes.


Steps for Making a Cubby Set

  • Build a cubby and make sure the back of the cubby is closed so the animals cannot enter from that end.

  • Dig a bed for your trap at the opening of the cubby.

  • Bed the trap and cover it.

  • Place lure, bait, or both in the back of the cubby.

 

1. This cubby is built against a tree. The tree closes up the back of the cubby. Two rocks are laid down for the walls.

 

 

2. A large rock makes the roof. You can also make cubbies out of wood, logs, slabs of bark, and other natural materials.
3. Dig a bed for your trap just outside the opening of the cubby.

 

 

4. Here, the trap is fastened to a tree to anchor it. The wire is not twisted tightly against the tree. With the wire loose the animal can circle the tree and not get tangled up.
5. Put the trap in the bed. The trap should be placed just outside the opening of the cubby.

 

 

6. Here, leaves are used to cover the trap. The cubby set is for less wary furbearers, and there is no need to cover the trap with dirt.
7. To finish the set, place some bait, or lure, or both in the back of the cubby.

 

*Editor's note:  This information has been copied from the Ohio Division of Wildlife's website and Trapper Education Manual.  The ODNR's copyright policy states "Information presented on this (Ohio Division of Wildlife) site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise noted. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is required."  Wild-About-Trapping.com has taken all possible steps to comply with the ODNR policy and thanks them for the generous use of this information.  We sincerely hope that young trappers will make the best of this information to increase their trapping enjoyment and success.


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