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DescriptionWestern Sporting's Exclusive Bal-Chatri (Balchatri, BC, B.C.) Trap (A good many hours go into the construction of this trap and it is the most successful trap available anywhere.)
We generally have this trap in stock at all times. However, during trapping season we do struggle to keep up so order well in advance of your trapping trips.
We went to great expense to make a custom mold for our circular-domed trap, which is unlike any other available. The bal-chatri trap is constructed of 1/2" mesh, painted with a good coat of flat black paint, and a great feature is the "apron" around the edge for all those hawks that walk around the outside on the ground and never manage to get caught. The outside edge of the bal-chatri is protected by a very tough nylon edging which has a metal core for added stability and an added weight. This trap also has no "corners" for those little mice, and other bait animals, to hide in meaning they will be much more active during the trapping process. It is the correct size for mice, gerbils, rats, English House Sparrows, and European Starlings.
We have two types of bal-chatri available: First, you can purchase this completed trap already tied and ready to go-just add a bait animal and a big smile as you take your hawk off this trap. Secondly, the kit form with the wire nooses and crimping sleeves included so the falconer can spend a few hours putting on their own nooses to the exact size that suites their needs the best (FE3213B - Kit).
Measurements: 22 inches across the base with the dome 12 inches wide at its base and 5 inches high. The bal-chatri is constructed with 1/2 inch square wire mesh. Total weight: 3 pounds.
Our traps don't have a second compartment on the inside for the bait animals because they have black nylon-coated 30# wire nooses. This means the mice just can't chew the nooses, as hard as they may try. It also provides an uncluttered view of the bait inside so the hawk will be drawn to the trap much quicker. The 30# is thin and strong and suitable for a hawk of any size where a bal-chatri trap is appropriate. Once the hawk pulls these nylon-coated nooses, they tend to stay closed. The bait compartment door can be closed using a simple bread tie or zip tie.
A note from a customer: "I recently purchased your bal-chatri trap and wanted to let you know I had immediate success every time I used it. I trapped a tiercel immature red tail, adult red tail and finally a immature hen red tail that weighed in at 50 ounces. Your bal-chatri worked without fail. The unique design of the bal-chatri with the skirting around the bait cage significantly increases the probability of trapping the hawk. The last thing any falconer wants to do is drive for miles and miles spotting that perfect hawk and then watch the B.C. fail them. This bal-chatri worked each and every time for me....thanks!
Tom in Pennsylvania