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    Larsen traps

    How much of the effectiveness of the trap is based on having a call bird?
    I am thinking about building a Larsen type trap to take care of the magpies in the garden.
    I haven't checked the legislation but I am pretty sure that use of a call bird would be illegal here.
    I am thinking that it would be reasonably effective just bartender with food?

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    I would guess that about 90% of catches rely on a call bird. If you set a Larsen around chickens and bait with eggs and scraps you might get lucky. But the Larsen relies very much on territorial aggression to get birds to enter the trap.

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    I am thinking of this, too, but would love to know how to get the FIRST bird in the trap! Are eggs and scraps the most consistent?

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    Easiest way is to use a bird that has been caught by someone who already has a working Larsen trap.

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    Rumour has it,before it became illegal in this country,putting a mirror inside the set trap and the bait on the outside used to work a treat.Maybee your laws might let you try it.

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    Seems that I can use one over here. Ladder traps also allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIFFY264 View Post
    Rumour has it,before it became illegal in this country,putting a mirror inside the set trap and the bait on the outside used to work a treat.Maybee your laws might let you try it.
    its illegal to put a mirror inside a larsen trap? i was going to suggest it

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    When did the mirror ban happen?

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    A plastic call bird won't be as good, but worth a try.

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    Not sure I've heard of a mirror ban. I'll have to reflect on that...

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