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Old 06-18-2017, 09:20 PM
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What's the best and simplest magpie trap?
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:48 PM
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12 gauge.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:46 PM
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Kind of Demanding for post #1.

Try a thread search, be surprised what you might find.

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Old 06-19-2017, 07:47 AM
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Chicken wire cage followed by 12 gauge at 40 yards.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:54 AM
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I built one of these with my boys over a couple of evenings.



Instructions are at this link. I used the 3/4 wire cloth from Rona, and used Pex tubing instead of a welded 1/4 rod for bracing. For the entrance, I traced the dimensions on a piece of cardboard first, then used it as a template to cut the shape out for the wire.

I also built one in the vein of what TreeGuy had (pic of his trap is below), just not as nice as his. I didn't do such a good job, and ended up dismantling it.



Some municipalities rent them out, too.

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:17 PM
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This is how our new one turned out:
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Yesterday the magpies were driving me crazy so I made a trap like the one above. This morning there were two magpies in there. My little terrier found a way of dispatching them without breaking the law of discharging a firearm in a built up area. He was quick to get inside the trap with them but he wasn't sure what he was allowed to do once in there. I gave him the go ahead and he took care of business.




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Old 07-11-2017, 03:50 PM
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Nice job, HunterDave!

Where'd you get your wire mesh?
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:05 PM
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I buy 100' rolls of 16 gauge at Continental Wire in Calgary to make muskrat colony and submarine traps. I may have to get into the magpie trap building business now. It's a heavier gauge wire than what's required but that's what I had on hand.
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:46 PM
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Yesterday the magpies were driving me crazy so I made a trap like the one above. This morning there were two magpies in there. My little terrier found a way of dispatching them without breaking the law of discharging a firearm in a built up area. He was quick to get inside the trap with them but he wasn't sure what he was allowed to do once in there. I gave him the go ahead and he took care of business.



Hunter Dave, does this trap work with crows ? Its the darn crows in town that are being a pain in the butt.
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:50 PM
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I don't know of any way to trap crows. They are a pain around here as well.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:23 PM
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I don't know of any way to trap crows. They are a pain around here as well.
Thxs Hunter Dave, will have to figure something out.
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:40 PM
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Thxs Hunter Dave, will have to figure something out.
And for friggin' ravens.
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Old 07-21-2017, 12:17 AM
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I was in the boonies for a bit but when I got home I set the magpie trap again. Pretty good haul of 6 the first day with me spooking one just before he entered the trap. It's starting to get a little quieter around here now but there's at least three more magpies hanging around.
Jack may be small and fugly but he comes in handy sometimes.

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Old 07-21-2017, 01:01 AM
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I made a crappy one but have only caught cowbirds in it. Need to try something else I think
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I bought a fold up trap...... will try & remember to get pictures of it...... and put it up for sale........
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:11 AM
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I buy 100' rolls of 16 gauge at Continental Wire in Calgary to make muskrat colony and submarine traps. I may have to get into the magpie trap building business now. It's a heavier gauge wire than what's required but that's what I had on hand.
Heh! We think alike! While I was building mine with the boys, I told them that would be a good money-making venture for them... Building these traps... They wouldn't get rich off it, but at least it would keep them busy and out of trouble.
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