Iowa Adult Hunter Education Course


Live Catch Foothold Traps

The animal you have targeted for trapping determines the type of trap to use. The first trap we will discuss is the live catch foothold trap. This is an all-around trap that can be used in a water or land setting. It's concealable and can catch an animal by its leg. This restrains rather than kills. A trapped animal can be released. It is important that the trapper use the right size trap for the animal being trapped.

The trap is connected to an anchor stake and chain. The stake keeps the animal from running off with the trap after it is caught. It is required by law that all traps have a name tag attached to the anchor chain. This tag features the trapper's name and a contact number where the trapper can be reached. The trap is set under spring tension provided by a coil. The dog holds the jaws under spring tension. The pan is connected to the dog and is the triggering mechanism. When the animal steps on the pan, the dog flips out of the way releasing the jaws. It is used for trapping the following animals:

  • Opossum
  • Raccoon
  • Mink
  • Muskrat
  • Fox
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote