After countless failures with hardware store cage traps, trappers have often asked,
They did.  In 2010 that someone was Comstock Custom Cage. 
Almost daily we hear the same line from disappointed trappers who have bought low quality traps, “He ripped the door off and got away.”  Once trappers learned about Comstock traps it didn’t take long for these rugged traps to take hold.  Now thousands of professionals across North America use them to make a living.  Some won’t use any others.  Hardware store traps have clipped on doors.  Comstock traps are made with 1/4 inch rods wrapped around 1/4 inch frames, nothing to break.  While cheap traps may last for a few raccoons or might even get destroyed on the first catch, there are undamaged Comstock traps still going strong after racking up hundreds of catches.                 

Scrolling Live Trap Reviews

Jim and Judy are great to deal with. Super people, superior traps. ”  Noble Armstrong, NY  5/2017

A Comstock Trap, a den opening…doesn’t get any easier. Thanks you Jim and Judy Comstock for making my life a little easier! ”  Carl, Ill.  5/2017

The professional or weekend trapper will be equally impressed with the quality and performance of Comstock Traps. ”  David Strickland

Comstock traps are a cut above. Well made, great design, and very consistent. They make the hard to catch animals much easier to catch. The walk through pan-less design has a lot less refusals. You can’t afford not to have Comstock in your lineup.”      Nelson_from_Maine

The Comstock Custom Cage Traps are the very best, professionally engineered and made by a trapper who understands the animals the cage will catch and the people who will use them. The traps are safe and easy to set, maintenance free, and made from the best materials available. I own and use a large number and variety of Comstock Traps. My main trapping activity is for beaver, otter, and bobcat. Jim and Judy have facilitated and provided me with special “one time” production traps. At 82 years of age, the Comstock traps are easy for me to carry and allow me to quickly remove my traps from the streams and ditches, plus be able to quickly remove my catches…..Jim and Judy provide prompt service. They are good listeners, have great communication skills, and their traps and concepts have advanced humane trapping.”  Fred Lawrence, WA 11/15/16

As a Nuisance Wildlife Control professional in Suffolk county NY I find the ingenuity of the designs second to none. I will continue to use these traps as my business grows.”  J. Jordan  2/2/17

One of the best cage makers I’ve ever interacted with. Jim and Judy have been wonderful about anything needed or adjusted. They can make small parts or adaptors on the fly too!  Jonathan Munsterman, Washington State  1/2018

Jim – “Your traps are the most innovative trap used in the wildlife control industry. For raccoon removal, they provide such a variety of setups to capture trap-shy raccoons. Many of the member companies on the utilize your traps for success. Keep up the good work! ”  Dave Kugler, 4/7/2018

Comstock cages have changed the way I do business. One of the best things to be introduced into our industry. Absolutely revolutionary! Any trap that I can mount horizontal, sideways and even vertical gets an “A+” in my book. Positive control sets have never been so easy. No more tripped cages with no animal inside. No coon breaking out of cages. I figure out new uses for them every day! I now own over 20 coon size cages, several squirrel cages, a beaver trap, a chimney trap (which has many other uses in tight spots) and I’m working on increasing my inventory of them this year! This is one purchase you won’t regret. The only problem you’ll have is trying not to order more!   Rob W.   Ohio  2/15/17

Earl, South Carolina

” Comstock traps are the best I have come across, hands down! “

Vince, Washington Oct, 2018

” Comstocks’ are my go to trap on almost every set especially on nuisance jobs…plus they dang near last forever!”

Laurie, October 2018

” I love Comstock Cage Traps. Been trapping for many years and these are top quality traps. “

Russell Allen, July 2018 Regarding Nuisance Wildlife Business

” Could not be more pleased with your work and professionalism…perfect.  Thanks for being so prompt.  Appreciate it… Russ “

Success with the 3x5x26 Swing Panel Series on chipmunks !


Purchased your 3×5 and 5×5 traps with nose cones for a Chipmunk problem. These traps are unbelievable chipmunk catchers.  For two years I have struggled with other manufacturers traps with little success. Saw the first golf ball size hole going under my heated barn. Snuggle the nose cone over the hole and stabilize it with some gravel on the sides.  I inserted the trap with the swing panel trigger. In 3 days I have caught 4 chipmunk in the same spot. Thanks for a great product.    Todd Vance

New Comstock Cage purchase success !

I recently purchased a spring loaded cage to catch a Raccoon that was spending more time on my deck than me. I used a basic cage with gravity doors and was unsuccessful for a month. I purchased the Comstock cage and the first night i caught the bandit. I decided to set it the second night and caught #2. The third night and #3. This was a great purchase and has produced 100%. The only problem with this cage is it has eliminated the challenge and frustration. Guess what, i can live with that.  My next purchase will be a squirrel cage, because with the conventional cage they seem to never produce. Thanks Comstock!  May 30,2019

” There’s no trap thats better, thank you for a great product!!! ”  Ray Russell, Iowa  10/2019

” Best Traps I’ve ever used.  Leonel Flowers,   11/2019

Best Beaver Trap!

“I’m using a beaver/bobcat 2 door trap made by Jim Comstock in NY. These are by far the best live traps I’ve ever set in my 60+ years of trapping animals so I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be trying to find this critter a new place to live away from houses.    Norman C.

“Hello Jim and Judy ,   Just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the beaver trap I bought . What a lethal and durable trap. I have caught some muskrats and 2 beaver  so far . It is my favorite trap and for its size I never have trouble finding a good spot to put it . I will be ordering a couple more over the summer . Well worth the money.

I also just read your article in the Trapper . When it all came together.  A Great read . Those are a couple of years you won’t ever forget. .
Just wanted to say Thank You for a Quality Product . ” John

Love Comstock Cages

I’ve had my Comstock trap for years. last night we caught a raccoon that has been harassing our pets tearing up bird feeders and trash. It also has been bothering our neighbors the same way. This trap never misses. Thanks for making a great product.

Mike Lilley    3/2020

Never Fails!

We handle many species of animals everyday and the Comstock line of cages are our first choice.

Tyler Craiglow   3/2020

10th Anniversary

  It’s not often that one comes up with a product or idea that is so successful that it sets a benchmark for others to strive for. Congratulations on making Comstock Traps an industry leader in both quality and innovation as well as leaving the Comstock name as a legacy of success for your family to follow!    

Greg Carter  3/30/20

“Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it! I will most definitely have another order coming in shortly for you guys for a nested set of bobcat traps and a few more beaver traps. Again I truly appreciate you and your family for you hard run honest business and the support for the trapping community.”   Calvin S.  Jan. 2021

“Thank you so much Judy, your products are amazing and second to none I’m my books. I appreciate what you and Jim do.”  Mike C.  Cooper Pest and Wildlife Solutions. January 2021

Raccoon Success!

“I have had a raccoon problem this year and had trapped 3 without a problem. The next raccoon was different. He escaped my previous trap 3 times. He would pry the door open with little effort. I called Jim and asked for some help. The first night with  my Comstock Custom Cage was more than the previous 3 time escapee raccoon could handle. He was not able to escape. The single door 12 x12 with the bait door was perfect. I’m resetting tonight just in case.  Thanks.”   Dan.   December 2020

Great results with the 12x18x39 Comstock Beaver Cage Trap

Nice Beaver in the Comstock Beaver Cage Trap

I doubled on 40 pound beavers with the 12″x18″ beaver trap with one on the underwater entrance and the other on the backdoor exit of a bank den with food. My clients were extremely happy to get rid of the beavers and I was blown away at how easily I was able to trap them. In two days I trapped 3 beavers and the last two seasons other people only got a total of 2. These are the best traps money can buy.    Brian Wissner.  Washington State

The Comstock Bifold Bobcat Cage Trap

Bobcat in a CB1021-SD Comstock Cage trap

” Hey Jim, this is Charlie from Washington State. I bought a half dozen bifold cages from you this summer. I got my first cats of the season in them. They work great in the freeze/thaw conditions and snow. I’m very happy with them, sending you a few pics. ”   1/9/23


Love your traps for Armadillo

” Hello Jim, First off, let me say by far you have the best traps in the industry. Thank you for your designs! I wanted to share with you some pics of my catches with your traps. Like other product owners, I like to share with them how their stuff is working. For me, they have been EXCELLENT for armadillo.     Dan   Jan. 2022

Great Cage Trap !

” Judy and Jim,  I wanted to write this message to you to thank you for your incredible trap!   I have had an ongoing problem with woodchucks  in my yard and under my shed.  When I received the trap I set it up and caught one within a day. I set the trap again over the other burrow and caught the second probably 3 hours later !    I have tried another trap ( purchased from Tractor Supply ) with bait for months with no success, but this trap has been truly amazing and very high quality.  Well worth the wait.    Thank you so much !!  Gary Henryson. 2022


Long Time Trapper

” When I was probably eight or nice I borrowed Grandpa’s cage trap and so began any love for trapping.  Baited with dog food in the back yard I caught countless raccoons and possums.  I’m nearly forty now and cage traps still have a place on my trapline.  This ain’t Grandpa’s Havaheart, and this ain’t no dog food eating raccoon. For my trapping friends, if you haven’t heard of Jim Comstock and his power cage traps check him out! They are amazing. I originally purchased it to try and fill my bobcat tag, but that season came and went. When a buddy called and said otters where terrorizing his pond, I saw the perfect location for Mr Comstock’s amazing trap.”  Ryan Dodd.  3/6/22

First night set and caught the raccoon from our clients porch soffit. Thanks for making such great traps Jim and Judy. You have a life long customer. Thanks

Brandon Jones of Wildlife X Team of Northwest Ohio

Comstock Custom Cage is a Family Business

Trapping Tips & Stories

Canadian Fisher Study

Canadian Fisher Study

A Canadian research team has been capturing, collaring and releasing fisher for a couple of years in Quebec.  Due to issues with standard live cage traps last year, the decision was made switch to Comstock Live Cage Traps, a big plus for the project.  Fisher are...

Encounter with Lynx

Encounter with Lynx

This outstanding, unique footage of 4 Canadian Lynx was provided by a Canadian research group.  The female Lynx was captured in a 12x12x36 single door Comstock Wire Triggered live cage trap with a Power Door.  Incidentally, “Mom” was released unharmed to rejoin the...


Traps that “Catch, Hold and Hold-Up,” Comstock Live Traps do it all! Combining the most advanced animal live traps in the world with the most effective system in baitless trapping for many animals, Comstock remains the leader in live traps, the traps to which all others are compared. The most innovative Wire Trigger System, designed specifically for live traps, works in tandem with “Lightning Quick” Powered Doors. Remember, there is “No Wrong Way” to set a Comstock Live Trap as this is the only live trap that will function without issue when set in any position, right side up, upside down, sideways, even vertically. The swim through beaver live trap, actually performs best when set upside down and has no equal. See for yourself why so many say the Comstock Cage Trap is the best cage trap they have ever used! 

Jim created these traps for his own nuisance wildlife business.  For more than 12 years he has used these traps to take more than 90% of the beaver in these rugged, versatile traps.  As of January 10, 2023 Jim has caught 1,846 beaver in the trap that is quickly becoming the first choice of wildlife control trappers, fur trappers and home owners.