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Trapper's Manual

Trapping Opossum

The opossum is one of the easiest animals to trap. Trappers probably take more opossums unintentionally in sets made for other furbearers than on purpose. Many old-timers consider the opossum a nuisance on the trap line and will attempt to trap them out of their locality before making more detailed sets for more valuable furbearers.

Possums are readily lured by smelly baits, such as poultry entrails or flesh, fish, apples, or canned dog/cat food. Spoiled meat is never too rotten to attract them. Traps need not be covered. However, bait must he covered lightly with debris to avoid accidental bird catches. Most trappers prefer a No. 11/2 trap, although a No. 1 will hold. Conibear or similar body-grip traps are effective, when there's no danger of catching domestic animals.

Opossum Sets

Cubby sets are frequently used and are quite effective. There are numerous versions. A hollow log, with bait placed inside, is similar to and just as effective as a cubby with bait placed in the rear of the cubby. Site locations are less important than for other species, provided you know opossum are present in the area.

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