Catch and release skunks and opossums easily with this Tomahawk Professional Trap! Tomahawk Professional Live Traps are some of the best traps on the market due to their durability and ease of use. Made of 14 gauge galvanized wire mesh, the Model 605 features small 1 in. x 1 in. openings perfect for skunks, opossums, prairie dogs and similar sized animals. Galvanized wire mesh is virtually rust proof, making this trap perfect for years of indoor or outdoor use. In addition to the front trap door, the Tomahawk 605 features a easy release door for faster and easier baiting and releasing, making it one of the best selling squirrel and muskrat traps on the market today.
I ordered this because it was close to the size I was looking for, which isn't a size that's particularly easy to find. Most are quite a deal larger than this or too small for a small to average size cat (we're using them for trapping feral kittens and moms).
It's the right size and works, but compared to the dozens of other traps I have used, it's really poorly made. It feels much like it was constructed of melted aluminum cans--super light weight, very flimsy, especially for this price (which was about on par with similar and even larger items that are better made/coated with plastic over a steel frame, provide more features, etc).
Warning, it's also in no way coated with anything. Not even a basic metal coating or clear spray coat. Suggest that if you buy this, you give it a clear coat before putting outside. It's going to rust.
That said, the operation of the mechanism is great and sensitive, shipping was fast.
No fault to Do My Own, but i'd honestly skip the Tomahawk brand and look for something more robust if you're trying to trap anything more feisty than a squirrel or kitten. I do believe anything like a skunk or racoon, while they would fit, could break out of this.
The Opossum trap worked I bought worked well. Although, I had no-catch for the first couple of nights, I had a pleasure of meeting the naughty juvenile opossum face to face on the third day. My guess for the no-catch is premature tripping due to improper location of the bait. How about providing a hook or something to secure the bait on the bait plate? (I used a hotdog as a bait, and it rolled off the bait plate with slight move of the trap. Trying to correct the bait by poking with a stick can set off the trigger.)
May be too small for woodchucks? I haven't captured anything, yet. (after only a few days) The snap on the escape door is hard to get off. I substituted it with a different snap. (Picture wanting to release a skunk or wild, vicious, angry animal....in a hurry!) Other traps have the escape door held up by a metal pin slid across that you can attach a string to and pull the pin out and let the door flop down. I wish the trigger plate raised up a tad higher for easier action.
How do I set up the Tomahawk Deluxe Live Trap Skunks/Opossums Easy Release Door feral cats and what type of bait should I use?
To set the Tomahawk Deluxe Live Trap Skunks/Opossums Easy Release Door - Model 605, first you must lift and hold the trap door open. Then you must pull the trigger forward and lower the door slightly so that it rests on the trigger. The door will remain open when it is resting properly on the trigger. At this point the trap is now set. For detailed instructions about how to set your trap, refer to the following paragraphs in the Setting Guide HERE.
A few things you can do to help capture shy animals include:
*Pre-baiting a trap - put a trail of food leading to the trap and inside the trap for a few days without actually setting the trap to encourage the animal to trust the trap.
*Disguising a trap by using natural materials in the environment like dirt, branches, leaves, etc. to mimic the smell and appearance of the surrounding area (shiny traps usually do not attract animals)
*Covering a trap or placing it inside another possible shelter
*Using a dual-door trap so that the animal appears to have another way out