How to Make Your Own Rabbit Bait

by Jaimie Zinski
You should set the rabbit trap near an area of heavy brush or vegetation.

You should set the rabbit trap near an area of heavy brush or vegetation.

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For many, rabbits are considered either pets or important game animals that are hunted for their pelt and meat. Many home and garden owners, however, see rabbits as a nuisance that will consume their ornamental plants, vegetables, crops and fruit-bearing trees. Some rabbits will also chew through plastic irrigation tubing, causing even further damage to a commercial farm. Trapping is an effective method for removing rabbits from your property, and homemade bait will effectively lure rabbits to the trap.

Items you will need

  • Carrots, apples or lettuce
  • Apple juice or cider
  • Cob of corn
  • Applesauce

Spring and Summer Bait

Step 1

Cut up a ripened carrot or apple, or pull apart a head of lettuce.

Step 2

Soak the pieces in apple juice or cider for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the pieces and place them into the back of the trap. Do not set the bait at the front of the trap, as the rabbits will grab the bait and run off before the trap sets. Bait the trap in the morning and check the trap every day, replacing the bait as needed.

Fall and Winter Bait

Step 1

Cover a single cob of corn with applesauce. The smell of the corn and applesauce will lure the rabbit into the trap.

Step 2

Bait the trap at the back in the morning. Once again, do not bait the front of the trap, as the rabbit or another animal could steal the bait.

Step 3

Check the trap every morning and replace the bait as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact your state's Department of Natural Resources about trapped rabbit release regulations in your areas. Some states allow you to release the rabbit, while others require a permit to release or destroy the animal.

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