The GT 2600 by Lees Trap Works is an excellent Trap for catching Richardson’s Ground Squirrels. It works without requiring bait, it kills the ground squirrel quickly, and it is tall enough be seen above the grass. Unfortunately, whenever I seem to use it, I am always on the wrong side of the trap when I check it. Thus I can’t check the trap from a distance because the solid side the trap prevents me seeing whether the guillotine bar has moved or not. (Note the guillotine bar does NOT cut the rodent’s head off).
I clearly needed a more efficient way to check traps. A way that would allow me to see if the trap had fired from either side. I decided to cut a hole in the top. The hole would appear once the bar fired as pictured in the first and third trap (from left to right). Sure it is a modification to the trap that costs time. But the savings would more than make up for it in due time. I also suggest that you have a piece of sandpaper or grinder to file down the sharp edge left after cutting the hole. You don’t want to cut your fingers when carrying the trap by the hole.
The photo shows the trap as purchased (left to right number 2 and 4) and the modified trap (left to right 1 and 3).
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