Target predators — rats, stoats, hedgehogs
We suggest you watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on setting up your DOC 200 trap.
Top safety tips
- DOC200s have a very powerful trap mechanism. Make sure you have thoroughly viewed and followed the online instructional videos.
- Make sure you always wear gloves when handling your trap or catches.
- Make sure the lid is screwed down at all times so that children and pets can’t access the trap.
- When you change the bait make sure you use a safety clip or ‘unset’ the trap.
What should I use as bait?
- For stoats serve up some fresh rabbit, hare, possum, Erayz, salted rabbit, freeze-dried rabbit and/or fresh hen eggs.
- For hedgehogs use an egg.
- For rats use peanut butter (you can place it in a milk bottle top). Lures should be changed regularly to keep them fresh (exactly when and how often will depend on where the traps are) and disposed of away from the trap.
Where should I put my traps?
Set the DOC 200 traps along the natural lie of the land; ridges, waterways, tracks and road edges are all great places. Set them on lines about 1km apart (or 100m for rats) with a trap every 100m (1km x 100m for stoats, 100m x 100m for rats). Put a number on each trap and keep track of how many you’ve set, and markers on trees can help you locate traps in the bush.
How often should I check my traps?
- Traps should be left out and baited permanently
- Check them about once a month. At certain times of the year catch rates go up and more frequent checks will be beneficial. For example late summer/autumn stoats and ferrets are more vulnerable to trapping as other food sources dwindle.
- Set and bait/lure traps during each check and make sure the traps are still working
- Maintenance of traps is critical.
Download our quick trapping guide
We summarised all of this information into a one pager called ‘How to trap and kill stoats that you can print out.
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