Staking the Trap
Staking a trap keeps animals from moving it. Staking also keeps them from tipping the trap over and escaping after they have been caught.


Secure the trap by placing stake through the trap cage wire and into the dirt as far as possible. Position stake as close to back or side of cage as possible to reduce animals ability of getting behind stake and bending it. If trap stake can't be pushed into the soil, it can be ran through the bottom front of trap horizontally and wired into place.

Remove Nylon Zip Ties from the Door Lock, Pan, Trip Rod & Stake.

Lift the Lock Bar.

Lift the Door.

While holding door open with left hand, turn trip rod under door with right hand.

Lift pan with left hand and twist trip rod with right hand so 90 degree end of trip rod will set on top of pan notch.

Place the trap in front of you, turned so that the door is to your right. Start the 90 degree bend of the Trip Rod through the Nut on the side of the door as shown.

Filing the Pan Notch

The Pan Notch may need filing after many years of use. A 7/32" Round "Chainsaw" file will accomplish the task.

Trip Rod Installation ( for Models 28, 302 & 50 Only )

Baiting the Trap
Bait may be placed behind the pan or can be tied from the top of the trap directly above bait area. A small amount of bait may also be placed under the door or a trail of bait may be placed outside the trap and leading into and through the trap. This seems to help lure the animal in for more catches.


Note: Traps have an extra guard wire around the bait area to prevent animals from reaching into the trap and stealing the bait or tripping the trap.


 With the ends of the Trip Rod pointing away from you; use pliers to twist UP on the looped end while holding the 90 degree end stationary, this will give the rod more tension and increase the pan trigger weight. Twisting DOWN on the looped end while holding the 90 degree end stationary will lighten the rod tension and thus decrease the pan trigger weight (remember to keep enough tension so that the trap will remain set if it's bumped or the door is lifted).

Setting Trap

Other methods to secure the trap include leaning a tree limb, fence post, large rocks or concrete block against the trap or wiring trap to a solid object.

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Hedrick, IA 52563

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When trap is set properly, it can be bumped or the door lifted without tripping the trap. This allows trap to stay set until the animal steps on the pan resulting in higher percentage of catches and less empty traps!

Drop the end of the Trip Rod down through the heavy Triangle Ring as shown.

Adjustment for door tension; traps are pre-adjusted at the factory for most situations; however tension my be adjusted if needed.

Insert end of the Trip Rod through wire just in front of the Pan frame, 2nd wire space from the bottom (this step is made easier by pulling down on the center of the Trip Rod with the right hand while simultaneously pushing up on the 90 degree end with the left thumb).