Ian Woods takes a look at more modern methods of tunnel trapping than the old-favourite the Fenn trap.
With spring on the way and the shooting season already a distant memory, it’s time to start all over again, and that means vermin control – specifically, tunnel trapping. When it comes to trapping most gamekeepers and wildlife managers will generally choose the Fenn, Springer or more recently the Solway type trap, but what are the alternatives? The Fenn traps have been around for many years and still do a great job, but there are far better killing traps approved for use in the UK today.
BMI Magnum Bodygrip traps were approved for use in the UK in September 1995 and although they’ve now been around for 20 years they still remain greatly under-used compared to the Fenn trap. There are four sizes of bodygrip trap approved for use in the UK: the smallest is the #55 which is approved for rats and mice; the #110, which is approved for rats, mice, stoats, weasels and grey squirrels; the #116, which is approved for all the same species as the #110 but also includes mink and rabbits; and lastly the 120, a double spring trap which has the same approval as the #116.
BMI Bodygrip traps feature a four-way trigger which fires the trap when an animal pushes the trigger from any direction, including the side. The shape of the flexible trigger wires can be changed quite simply, altering the strike area to suit individual circumstances. The more experienced in their use you become, the more you will see their potential. Many people who try bodygrip traps will not go back to using their Fenns, as the versatility of these traps are second to none, but they do take practice not only to set but to use in various situations successfully.