The ground squirrel traps are spring loaded, and the process of setting them can be a little bit fiddly, but the trick is to reach in and flick a small hook onto a trigger. Slight adjustments can be carried out on the mechanism and tread plate, which is where the squirrel will unwittingly activate the trap.
Gloves are recommended to be used, as even the slenderest amount of human scent could create suspicion in the creature. To entice the squirrel, it is necessary to lay some bait, with nuts, apples, and sliced fruits usually preferred. Often it is recommended that the trap is camouflaged with surrounding vegetation, so as not to spook the animal.
Many of these traps are multi-catch devices and are made from galvanized materials. Their one way doors confuse the squirrels and, once shut, completely seal them in. They are popular due to their durability, meaning that hunters can use them season after season, with endless success.