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September 9, 2008 7:32 AM   Subscribe


 
It was designed so as not to break the leg, a small consolation since the victim probably paid with his life.

Meaning the trap owner just shot the poacher? Or meaning that, after a due process trial in front a jury of his peers, he was hung?
posted by DU at 7:37 AM on September 9, 2008


There's at least enough there for another three Saw sequels.
posted by Molesome at 7:38 AM on September 9, 2008 [3 favorites]


I think you forgot the "creepy" tag.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:42 AM on September 9, 2008


Or meaning that, after a due process trial in front a jury of his peers, he was hung?

Bingo. Except for the peers part. Some members of the gentry really liked hunting.
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:50 AM on September 9, 2008


Adirondack Instant Death would be a great name for a band.
posted by bayliss at 7:52 AM on September 9, 2008


Reminds me of the Polish (substitute ridiculed minority) coyote who got his leg caught in a trap. The next morning he had chewed off 3 of his feet. He was still in the trap.
posted by MotherTucker at 7:58 AM on September 9, 2008


These give me the quivering horrors. To think of the pain and suffering. Owie!
posted by agregoli at 8:02 AM on September 9, 2008


Where's the chastity belt?
posted by bwg at 8:07 AM on September 9, 2008


These are fascinating from a design/engineering standpoint. Thanks.
posted by rocket88 at 8:07 AM on September 9, 2008


There's a lot of good band names here. My new ska/reggae band will be called Muskrat Tamer.
posted by echo target at 8:10 AM on September 9, 2008


Don't miss the link at the end to the Hammer Quiz.
posted by echo target at 8:14 AM on September 9, 2008


Some of those traps look really really painful.... but it is also good to see a few humane ones that simply trap instead of causing horrible pain followed by slow death.
posted by Mastercheddaar at 8:17 AM on September 9, 2008


These are fantastic! Although I wish the site had animated gifs showing the way that traps move when they get activated; some of them I'm looking at, and I can't quite figure out how they trap something rather than just sittin' there lookin' pointy.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:20 AM on September 9, 2008


Muskrat Tamer and the Substitute Ridiculed Minorities.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:22 AM on September 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


People really don't like muskrats, I guess.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 8:22 AM on September 9, 2008


I'm intrigued that there's a fish/mouse trap. A small yet versatile trap, apparently.
posted by redsparkler at 8:39 AM on September 9, 2008


I call this one Bitey.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:42 AM on September 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


Man, I wish we had the image tag back.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:45 AM on September 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


Traps are kind of fascinating as they represent a exceptionally pervasive form of low-tech. Today I bet you could generate a much more efficient (for all parties) small-game killing machine that quickly dispatched the prey animal and sent signal to the hunter that it was ready for collection but it would still not be as reliable as one of these metal monstrosities. I find them rather abhorrent in the modern age given the largely simpler alternatives to hunting but do admire their evolutionary plateau.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 8:48 AM on September 9, 2008


"We call this one Mr. Thingy"

Can't remember what that's from, but instantly sprang to mind looking at some of these. That old 'build a better mousetrap' apparently has a lot of pull for some folks...
posted by pupdog at 8:53 AM on September 9, 2008


"We call this one Mr. Thingy"
Far Side.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:54 AM on September 9, 2008


Bless you
posted by pupdog at 8:55 AM on September 9, 2008


Band names:

Taylor Torpedo Smoker

Lark Mirror (for my freakfolk band)
posted by Edgewise at 8:57 AM on September 9, 2008


Well, at least seeing the physical embodiments of the cruelties of which we humans are so casually capable allows me to contemplate with grater equanimity what is certainly going to happen to us as the now ineluctable events of this century continue to unfold.
posted by jamjam at 8:59 AM on September 9, 2008


Growing up in the UK countryside my memory is finding the occasional gin trap - sometimes set although they have been illegal since the 50s.

The same link above tells me that man traps have been illegal here since 1827 so walk easy when you visit.
posted by rongorongo at 9:02 AM on September 9, 2008


What is it a Nisbet trap traps? Nisbets?
posted by small_ruminant at 9:08 AM on September 9, 2008


Or meaning that, after a due process trial in front a jury of his peers, he was hung?

Charlie: They said you was hung!
Bart: And they was RIGHT!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:10 AM on September 9, 2008


Nice to see Wolfdog helping pupdog in a trap-thread.
posted by piratebowling at 9:12 AM on September 9, 2008 [6 favorites]


your tongue cant repel flavor of that magnitude
posted by chelegonian at 9:21 AM on September 9, 2008


People really don't like muskrats, I guess.

I blame the Captain and Tennille.
posted by tommasz at 9:31 AM on September 9, 2008


This actually looks like something Admiral Akbar is familiar with, amirite?
posted by mwhybark at 9:48 AM on September 9, 2008


Did I just watch a fucking online conversation take place between Wolfdog and pupdog? Where pupdog is looking for answers and Wolfdog provides them?

Holy shit, I love MetaFilter.
posted by hifiparasol at 10:06 AM on September 9, 2008 [3 favorites]


my memory is finding the occasional gin trap

Wouldn't be very effective on me. A bourbon trap, on the other hand...
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:13 AM on September 9, 2008


People really don't like muskrats, I guess.

If they weren't so darn furry, they'd be perfectly safe. There were a lot of muskrat traps around where I lived as a kid - we spent a lot of time poking sticks down into the water (the traps are designed to drown the muskrat by trapping it underwater) and tripping the traps. I'm sure we really pissed off some neighbor who thought he'd make some cash off of the pelts. My dog got caught in a fox trap once, it was truly horrifying to see and hear, although he was big enough that it didn't break his leg. I hate trapping, and I'm amazed at how much of it still goes on, no matter what laws are passed.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 10:26 AM on September 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Horrifying, most of them. Ugh.
posted by oflinkey at 10:42 AM on September 9, 2008


Some of these are really menacing looking. I guess form follows function and all that, but damn, trap designers must approach every problem from a "ok, it's going to need a big spring, a hinge, and some spikes" standpoint.

Besides, it's all overkill. I can safely trap any cat in my house using nothing more than a basket of warm clean laundry.
posted by quin at 10:44 AM on September 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


I can safely trap any cat in my house using nothing more than a basket of warm clean laundry.

Laptops work too.
posted by hifiparasol at 11:05 AM on September 9, 2008


23. This is a live bird trap. Trap shooting got its name from these devices, they held a bird that was released by pulling the lever. The small door was used to put the bird inside.

I never knew that, and it will freak me out a little bit the next time I go trap shooting.
posted by caddis at 11:07 AM on September 9, 2008


The person who took these photos is an excellent trap shooter.
posted by Camofrog at 11:29 AM on September 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


An amazing collection and beautifully photographed, simple and brutal.

Much better than other sites with antique traps.

The Owl - Ball Trap, silly animation

video: unnnggg. The reality of how truly cruel something as banal as a mouse trap is.

God, those traps all look like Medieval torture devices. Yet, there is some beauty to their design, some rawly compelling aspect of old mechanical anything.
posted by nickyskye at 11:56 AM on September 9, 2008


Most of those rat traps looked really messy. I wouldnt want to use one indoors, they look like they would spray shredded bits of rat all over the place.
posted by Iax at 11:59 AM on September 9, 2008


Slightly eponysterical.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 12:04 PM on September 9, 2008


When I was a kid, me and my dad had a pretty big trapline. This was up in Alaska; we trapped foxes, weasels, otters and beavers, mostly did our own tanning and then sold the pelts. We used the standard leg traps like the one at the bottom entitled "This trap was made for display only", except smaller (since we generally shot bears & didn't try to trap them). Leg traps are depressing because the animal just sits there in pain until you come along and shoot it. Unless it chews its own leg off to get away before you come to check the trap, which is perhaps even more depressing.

The last few years we ran traps we started using conibear traps (not pictured on the FPP page) which are much more humane since they crush the spine of the animal instead of just grabbing its foot. As a kid, I liked them much better.

Beavers were the coolest things to trap since you know pretty much where they are at, but you have to get by their very efficient defense mechanism (the pond&lodge). One time though I remember a hungry bear that woke up too early in the spring just ripped the top right off a beaver lodge we used to trap on and ate all the beavers inside...

It would've been cool if the FPP had dug around a bit for some trapping lore, modern trappers, things like that.
posted by jackbrown at 3:26 PM on September 9, 2008


My next pet will be an Evans mouse/fish.
posted by pompomtom at 9:29 PM on September 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Or meaning that, after a due process trial in front a jury of his peers, he was hung?

And boy howdy, was he. I still can't sit down.

('Hanged' is the word you were looking for. 'Hung' means something somewhat different.)
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:20 PM on September 9, 2008


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