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I have had an occasional problem with deer in a hog trap but thankfully not too often. Over the years I have caught a few, but they were released alive (but beat up a bit).
If you have a strong trip in your hog trap, it is not likely the deer will push it hard enough to release the door but it can happen. Having a trail camera set up overlooking your hog trap will tell you what is going on there.
Ideally, it would be good to have a long rope attached to the trap door whereas the door could be raised from a distance away just in case you do get a deer inside. The problem gets serious when you have to walk up to the trap to open the door with a deer inside. They go crazy, crashing head first into the walls.
Sorry caught myself bragging for OKs weather( for once) are you using funnel traps or enclosed box traps I always have to use funnels BC we do often times get deer in the traps hey can usually just jump Right out makes it easier to get a rope on a hog too
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Sorry for the generality. I have a corral trap and the sides are whatever a standard cattle panel is. I think 48 to 52 inches tall. Even a fat boy like me could get out if something motivated me to make a hasty escape. the only thing that might be unusual is i have a sort of shelf around the top of the corral fence that is made of 1 inch by 10 inch board. i did that to keep an athletic pig from climbing out. i wouldnt have thought it would keep a deer from jumping out but something did. i wish i knew how to post a photo. Chick has been most gracious in helping me install some. maybe he can post a photo of my trap. again, i will shorten the door and sour the corn and maybe spike with some diesel fuel. thanks all. ps. we got 9 inches of rain. thanks TS Lee.
I use all portable 4' x 8' traps with tops and bottoms. The doors are adjustable for height and I have tried lowering the door to discourage deer entry but my trail camera has shown the low door did not slow the deer from entering the trap. I have seen deer get down on the ground and slide under barbed wire fence wire that was a mere 12" off the ground so I doubt the lowered trap door is going to help much.
I have the same problem with deer getting into my traps occasionally, but only with certain ones. Other deer will not go inside a trap. It appears that some are much more cautious than others.
It would be good to plan ahead for the enevidible deer catch by running a rope or cord from the door to somewhere outside the trap whereas you could get the door open and release the deer from some distance away to lessen the chance the deer will injure or kill itself. My experience is that when I walk up to the trap to open the door, the deer go crazy running head first into the walls trying to get away from me.