Magnum Bodygrip 'cubby'/Tunnel
The 'Magnum' Bodygrip cubby/tunnel is designed to enable a quick, efficient and legal tunnel setting for the #55, #110 and #116 BMI Magnum bodygrip traps. It can be used as a through-tunnel with the end door turned up or as a 'cubby' with it closed. 'Cubbies' are often the most effective sets for use when trapping mink or grey squirrels.
For ease of storage and carriage the units are stackable and of brown plastic coated steel mesh construction, which makes them strong but lightweight and easily camouflaged with a variety of materials.
The roof mounted spring clips can be adjusted to fit #55, #110 and #116 bodygrip traps. They can be knocked out of alignment during stacking or transport and you may need to fine-adjust them before use with your traps. This is easily accomplished by pressing/bending the clips, possibly using a pair of pliers if necessary. Do this before pegging down.
Each corner of the base has a small loop in the base wire for pegging down. Old meat skewers or lightweight tent pegs are ideal for this. Pegging down prevents the 'cubby'/tunnel being knocked over, exposing the set trap. You must secure the trap to prevent caught targets, in particular grey squirrel or rabbit, being taken away (complete with trap) by fox, dog or badger. A peg used on the corner below the start of the side-slot can be used to secure both 'cubby' and trap-chain. Assuming the chain is long enough traps can be removed, emptied and re-set without un-pegging.
Instructions for use
- Scuff the 'cubby'/tunnel into the ground surface so that it does not rock and peg it down. Ensure there are no obstructions that could impede the trap firing. If used as a 'cubby' place any bait in position at the rear.
- Set the trap in the usual way, so that when set and held vertically its dog pivot mounting is nearest to you, its trigger furthest from you and its spring is on the right side. Set it in its lightest set position using the furthest slot in the dog from the pivot point. Set it with the trigger/dog in a central position. Engage the safety clip.
- Hold the trap in your right hand by the spring end loop and turn it through 90 degrees so that the trap is horizontal and the trigger is on the underside of the trap.
- Enter the trap into the open end of the 'cubby' with the base of the trap spring entering the 'cubby' side slot. Engage the front upper bar of the trap into the front of the front clip of the 'cubby'. Turn the trap 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the bottom bar – on which the trigger is mounted – rises and clips into place behind the rear roof clip. If adjusted correctly this should hold the trap firmly in position with no looseness. In this position the dog is centrally below the roof cut-out enabling it to fly upwards when the trap fires.
- Camouflage the 'cubby' using locally available materials and guard the open front with guard sticks/jump sticks to protect against non-targets. Take off the safety clip and the trap is set.
- Check the trap at time intervals in accordance with current legislation.