WCS Tube Trap - Setting Instructions
The WCS Tube Trap has Parliamentary Approval under The Spring Traps Approval Order 2009 for use in England against Mink, Grey Squirrel, Stoat and Weasel. Prior to gaining approval a trap must satisfy Parliament it is humane and to this end undergoes rigorous testing. Only traps which exceed predetermined threshold guidelines gain approval. Users must satisfy themselves the way they use it complies with the requirements of this act and the trap must only be set where it will not catch creatures other than those it is intended for. The WCS Tube Trap is a self contained unit considered to be safe setting and it's power gives an instant kill, making it most humane. It has a green anti-rust plated finish and is suitable for setting in a variety of situations and locations.
(NB: the approved version of Tube Trap is not the standard USA version but one produced specifically to comply with stringent UK legislation. USA versions are not approved here and it is illegal to use them).
SETTING THE WCS TUBE TRAP
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WARNING - Before picking up and handling a trap always check it is not set.
Place the trap on a flat piece of ground with the trigger mechanism on the ground facing away from you and push the safety catch and the trigger away from you.
Place the palms of your hands on the top of the Tube Trap and put your thumbs on the corners of the double torsion spring.
Check that the safety catch and trigger catch are away from you and then push the spring bar down to the trigger mechanism.
Hold the spring bar down and flick the safety catch towards you to engage onto the bar.
If you relax your grip the spring bar will rise slightly but can not spring back because it is held by the safety catch.
Taking care not to disengage the safety push the spring bar down again and then, using your forefinger, lift the trigger catch over the spring bar and engage it below the trigger plate (rear of floor pan).
Adjust the trigger catch so that it is as close to the edge of the trigger as possible. This makes for a 'fine' set, needing little weight on the trigger floor pan to set off the trap. When achieved the floor pan will be level with, or slightly lower than, the killing bars inside the tube.
Place the trap in position and secure it to the ground using the holes in the ends of the tube. Traps need to be stable. Animals are reluctant to enter unstable traps. Camouflage it using local materials and where necessary reduce the openings to make entry specific for your intended target species. Finally remove the safety catch.
GENERAL TIPS AND INFORMATION
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: The power and precision with which it kills make the Tube Trap very humane. It also means it has the power to break the bones in a human hand. Under no circumstances allow body parts past the trap entrance once set.
Do not 'test-fire' this trap using hard rigid materials, you will damage it!
Traps should only be set on land owned by the person setting them, or where they have permission from the landowner to do so. Avoid setting traps on or near public footpaths, public rights of way or common land.
Always de-grease traps before use to remove un-natural smells. Do not handle traps with un-natural scents on your hands etc.
Traps need to be securely fixed down. Animals are reluctant to enter unstable traps and can be easily 'spooked' by an unstable trap.
For the best results when trapping grey squirrels pre-bait for up to a week before actually setting the trap. Once the trap becomes an established feeding station local grey squirrels will enter it even if they see one of their own kind dead in it. To pre-bait simply secure the trap in it's intended position, but un-set, and place plenty of bait in and around it. Keep under observation and once it becomes an established feeding station set it!
Protect the entrance to the Tube Trap to prevent entry by creatures other than your targeted species.
Camouflage your set trap by using local at hand materials to blend in with the close-by ground conditions.
The tunnel shaped Tube Trap will always be 'run' by inquisitive targets even when un-baited, particularly when it is set in a tight gap often used by these animals.
ALWAYS CORRECTLY POSITION AND PROTECT YOUR SPRING TRAPS FROM NON-TARGET SPECIES. REGULARLY CHECK TRAPS IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT LEGISLATION AND RISK-ASSESS POTENTIAL SITES TO AVOID ACCIDENTS. WE RECOMMEND TRAPS ARE CHECKED AT LEAST ONCE A DAY.