Go Corral Hog Trap or Go Home!
The best panel type hog traps are constructed using 20-foot x 5-foot panels with 4-inch x 4-inch square mesh and steel T-posts. This type of panel is preferred over standard mesh “cattle panels” because it will not allow smaller pigs to fit through the mesh. The extra height also ensures that larger hogs are unable to climb out of the trap. Shorter 4-foot tall panels may allow some trapped hogs to escape. These panels also reduce damage to the hog’s nose, face, and mouth while in the trap.
As with box traps for feral hogs, many different door designs are available for corral traps. The best design for your management efforts depends upon available time, the number of hogs present, the degree of labor required, and material cost. Large sounders are seldom trapped using small traps, and hogs that escape or are not captured may become wary of encountering them in the future. While small traps do catch hogs of all sizes when limited space prevents using larger traps, they are not the most effective method for capturing a large number of hogs. For these situations, a large teardrop-shaped trap is best.
The Cattle Panel and T-Post Hog Trap
Corral traps are very versatile, and their use can be adjusted depending on the situation. Some trap designs do not require a gate or door. These designs function similar to a minnow trap used to capture fishing bait, but they are not very effective in catching trap-shy hogs. Animals that are not captured may become wary of such traps in the future. In addition, loading captured hogs onto a trailer is more difficult than with other layouts.
Pre-Baiting for Hog Trapping Success
Pre-baiting is critical in the use of all feral hog traps. The trapping of hogs is a process, not an event, and pre-baiting is necessary to attract animals and accustom them to entering the trap itself. Bait should first be placed around the gate and within the trap interior. Continue pre-baiting until feral hogs are consistently feeding on the hog bait and entering the trap. Finally, before setting the trap, place bait all the way to the trigger at the back of the trap. However, do not place bait directly on the tripwire, as this may cause the gate to be triggered before animals reach the back of the trap, preventing the capture of some animals.
Hog Trapping Tips
- Place hog traps on or next to existing hog trails.
- Coordinate with your neighbors to share trap gates.
- Always make traps as strong as possible.
- Camouflage pig traps if dealing with trap-shy hogs.
- A game camera can help identify the number of hogs and other species entering the trap and suggest the optimal time to set the trap.
- Pre-bait traps with the door open, and once hogs are routinely entering the trap, then set it.
- Do not put bait outside the trap; make hogs enter the trap in order to get the bait.
- Souring corn in water will help avoid attracting non-target animals, such as whitetail deer.
- Alternate bait types if necessary.
- If possible, check traps from a distance. Avoid leaving any human scent in the area, especially if you are dealing with trap-shy hogs.
- Check traps regularly. Daily inspections are recommended in hot weather.
- Install a visible warning sign that explains trap safety.
- Hog trapping takes patience, so be persistent.