How To Catch a Wild Bird in Your Backyard | 10 Methods of Trapping Birds, and Instructions for Building a Trap

How To Catch a Wild Bird in Your Backyard


Is it Legal to Trap Wild Birds?

10 Methods of Trapping Birds, and  Instructions for Building a Trap [ with Sketch Drawings ]

When you were a young kid, curious and adventurous, you probably entertained the imagination, how can I catch a wild bird in my backyard? You probably thought of having a wild bird as a pet, kept in a cage of some sort, but as you grew older, bird catching was done for other purposes, which includes among them preventing them from being a nuisance on your property. Birds can eat your fruits, corn, legumes and other crops in the garden or farm field. They will eat seedlings, tomatoes and berries. Carnivorous birds like eagles, hawks, ospreys, ravens, puffins, owls, herons and egrets can raid your outdoor koi pond. Birds are also known to build nests in roof gutters, eaves, trees, tower lights and other elevated structures, which can make the place look unsightly and abandoned. Woodpeckers can cause damage to your timber walls and trees.

Is it Legal to Trap Wild Birds?

Before you set a trap to catch wild birds in your backyard, you must find out if it’s legal to trap birds in your area. Be familiar with the rules and regulations regarding the protection of wild life species in your country or state. In the United States, it is prohibited to trap, cage or keep wild birds on your private property. The only bird species which are not protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) are the English sparrow, pigeon and starling, but that doesn’t give you permission to catch or keep them. In order to catch or keep birds under both the protected and unprotected list, you have to get a permit issued by your state under federal laws. In other countries, it might be a different issue altogether, with various laws being non-applicable. In Asia, South America, Africa and other parts of the developing world, people living the agrarian lifestyle in villages and rural areas might catch edible wild birds like the quail, guinea fowl, pheasant, partridge, grouse and squab (pigeon) for food and selling.

There are many simple and creative ways to trap a wild bird on your homestead or nearby bushes and forests. It literally costs nothing to make these traps and they can be made by anyone with time to build something with their hands. You don’t even need to go searching on Amazon to buy a bird trap because most of these traps can be made with basic items that you already have in your home. There are two kinds of traps, the lethal and harmless trap. A lethal trap is one which can seriously injure or kill your prey. Unless you are living in the countryside where it’s legal to hunt, and catching birds for consumption, you shouldn’t use a lethal trap.

Traps are also classified according to the method of capture. In this case, you will have loop snare traps, net traps, ground pitfall traps and box traps. The last three traps are usually a combined system making use of a snare or trigger system to catch the bird or trap it inside a net, box, pit or some other enclosure.

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