Natural Baits

Suggested Natural Animal Baits

Remember to check your trap often, at least once every hour.
We have provided the best natural baits that we know of but there are many more not listed. Professional bait can be purchased also. Remember that trapping is at the trappers’ risk and any information we give does not cover 100% of all situations. We encourage trappers to educate themselves through books, videos or at online sites in order to have the best trapping experience you can. Remember that patience is the best trapping technique available. We also recommend that all trappers contact your local governing body to find any local laws, rules, that would apply in the area where you plan to trap. We sincerely hope you have a happy and successful trapping experience.

Because animals have keen scent they can soon locate bait.   The art of selecting and placing the bait is worth all the attention one can give it.   Spray trap with apple cider to remove human scent!!

For general field, setting an ear of dry corn and a smoked herring, or peanut butter mixed with molasses spread on whole wheat bread, will attract most varieties of wild animals. These baits will not spoil for a considerable length of time, so you can look at the trap from a distance without having to scent up the vicinity of the trap.

Specific Baits for Different Animals
Armadillo Meal worms, other worms, or insects enclosed in a little cloth bag, maggots, sardines, fish. If you are leading them to trap, no bait is required.
Birds Sunflower seeds or scratch grain.
Cat or Bobcat Fish, meats, oil of catnip, sardines.   Poke holes in sardine can top, dribble juice up to trap, put can behind trigger.
Chipmunks Prune pits, unroasted peanuts, corn, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, cereal, grains, popcorn.
Dogs, Coyotes Watermelon slices for coyotes, old meat, dog food. Hot dogs work well for dogs.
Fox, Red and Gray Rancid fish or meat.
Gophers Peanut butter mixed with molasses, spread on whole wheat bread.
Groundhog Any kind of green vegetable, fresh string beans, sweet corn, lettuce, peas, broccoli.
Mink Chicken head and entrails, fresh fish, fish oil scent, fresh liver.
Nutria Muskmelon or cantaloupe rind, ripe bananas.
Opossum Vegetables, sweet apples, chicken entrails, sardines, crisp bacon, canned cat food, almost anything edible will work.
Otter Fish
Porcupine Apples, salt, carrots, molasses and oatmeal cubes.
Rabbit Fresh vegetables, such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, or apples. In winter time, bread is a good bait. Spraying the inside of the trap with apple cider has also proved effective.
Raccoon First, try sweets - marshmallows, strawberry licorice, fruit filled breakfast bars, fruit loops, anything of a sweet nature, put several in a small heavy glass bowl where you place the bait. They need to touch everything so it increases your trapping chance. Also sardines, raw fish, smoked meat, sweet corn or fruit, molasses, peanut butter or honey, peanut butter on raison bread, crisp bacon.
Rats, Large Cheese, bread and butter, small nuts, cherry pits, oatmeal, sunflower or similar seeds, mixed peanut butter and oatmeal, gum drops, flour.
Ringtail or civet cats Same as raccoon.
Skunk Almost anything edible, sliced apples, fish - fresh or canned, insect larvae, crisp bacon, hard boiled eggs cut in half. Try grape jelly first, they love it.
Snapping Turtle Freshly chopped fish or freshly chopped chicken entrails, also any whole fresh fish pieces.
Squirrels Cereals, nuts, popcorn, crackers, peanut butter or molasses on bread, field corn, oatmeal grains.
Voles Peanut butter mixed with molasses spread on whole wheat bread.
Weasels Fish, fresh liver, chicken entrails.
Woodchuck Any kind of green vegetable, fresh string beans, sweet corn, lettuce, peas.