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    Default Re: Muskrat Love

    My parents in IN have quite a time with muskrats destroying seawalls around the lake...then you get to watch the yard decay into the water. Dad has mentioned attempts to relocate them without success - they're always back. Or some are back - we don't exactly check IDs. I was a teenager at a high point in the market, so did a good bit of trapping muskrats. I can highly recommend Conibear traps (over legholds or snares) as easy, quick, clean (instant kill, no blood, etc). Set right in the mouth of the run, chained to a stick a little off to one side. One of these will clean out a den in a week or so. My understanding is there's no season on muskrats now, like there used to be. That is, open season all the time.


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    Default Re: Muskrat Love

    Rich, the catch'em alive experiment is over and it was a failure. I only managed to catch a coon and a bass (believe it or not). The muskrats will soon be going to that big pond in the sky.

    Chuck in IN

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    Default Re: Muskrat Love

    Sorry it didn't work, Chuck, but I appreciate you trying!! You've gotta expalin how you caught a bass in a havahart trap!!![img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img] Was it completely submerged?

    Rich


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    Default Re: Muskrat Love


    You could be on to something with that bass trap!!! That really gave me a chuckle this morning!!


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    Default Re: Muskrat Love

    Chuck- Do you think you could catch geese in these traps... or at least their poop [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]?

    Dave


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    Default Re: Muskrat Love

    It's a mystery how the bass got into the trap. One end was submerged about 2 inches. I guess the bass jump into the trap after a bug? Probably could set that trap there for 100 years and that wouldn't happen again! :-)

    Geese are another story. There are a few here that come and go but not a problem. Would need a bigger trap and doubt peanut butter would interest them. Corn might work?

    Chuck in IN

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