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trapping help? - Monday, July 18, 2011 7:49 AM ( #1 )
I'm learning some trapping from a buddy and was wondering if anyone has tricks they can share for an animal they trapped.
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Re:trapping help? - Monday, July 18, 2011 9:51 AM ( #2 )
Lots and lots and lots and lots of traps.  I'm not a great trapper but I've definately found that 10:1 ratio true.  10 traps for every 1 animal you plan to catch.
     Probably most success I've had is with a squirrel pole
Hmmm, picture didn't work so here's a link to a random website I pulled up that talks about it
http://www.aircav.com/s...al/asch08/asch08p06.html


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Re:trapping help? - Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:03 AM ( #3 )
last time i made one of those i felt kinda bad cause i caught a ton of squirrels. It was cool until i was busy gutting all of the little bastards for a good 20minutes.
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Re:trapping help? - Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:25 PM ( #4 )
I'm a hunt to eat person so for me a bunch of squirrels means kabobs and stew.  heck when you are feeding a family it takes a bunch of squirrels before you get a good meal.  Guess I'm cold, grew up hunting, can kill it, gut it, cook it, eat it no problems.  Funny thing I always hunted and ate rabbits too.  Then I had a really cool trained pet rabbit.  That one wasn't food, others still were, just a disconnect in my brain.
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Re:trapping help? - Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:30 AM ( #5 )
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I'm a hunt to eat person so for me a bunch of squirrels means kabobs and stew.  heck when you are feeding a family it takes a bunch of squirrels before you get a good meal.  Guess I'm cold, grew up hunting, can kill it, gut it, cook it, eat it no problems.  Funny thing I always hunted and ate rabbits too.  Then I had a really cool trained pet rabbit.  That one wasn't food, others still were, just a disconnect in my brain.


yeah feeding alot of people is good. but when it's just you all that squirrel seems to get wasted though i always wondered what squirrel jerky tastes like.
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Re:trapping help? - Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:34 AM ( #6 )
never heard of squrrel jerky.  Bet its tough.

I have often thought about that fox.  Had many pets.  Squirrels are great pets--at least the females--the males become mean at puberty.  handraised a dove rescued from my pond. Very affectionate animals.  Quail are great pets--again the males tend to hit puberty and want to go find a covey.  rabbits.  Raccoon.   Crow.  And I have loved them, mourned their loss, and then hunted their kin without remorse.   Very strange.
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Re:trapping help? - Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:59 AM ( #7 )
my father makes his own jerky.  Maybe I should suggest the squirrel jerky to him.  I would dig that.
     One trick I accidently discovered with squirrel was soaking it overnight.  Skin, gut and clean it then put it in water overnight in the fridge (obviously this isn't a survival situation).  Makes the meat more tender.  A brine solution would probably work as well but haven't tried that.

     Dlyn454 - good to hear that I'm not alone.  It's funny, the pet is family and loved but the wild ones are prey.  Odd isn't it?  Knew someone who had a crow, great pet. Taught it to talk like a parrot, very cool.  Knew someone who had a squirrel, said it was a pain and chewed everything, eventually got in a hole in the wall and chewed some wires in the wall.  He wasn't happy over that.

     I would dig a squirrel as a pet but my puppy thinks they are chew toys and their insides should be on their outsides just like her squeaky toys.  Somehow when the toy makes that sound it's a good thing so she doesn't understand why when the squirrel (or cat) makes that sound it's a bad thing.  Very confusing to a dog.

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Re:trapping help? - Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:17 AM ( #8 )
Yeah animals have trouble with those subtle distinctions.   Funny, our dog was a great playmate for our cat, but would attack other cats.  Had the cat and the dove at the same time.  The cat came up and PETTED the bird on the head just like Sylvester does Tweety when Granny is watching.  But when it flew it became 'prey'.  Yeah, the 'tree rats' are--well--rats.  They gotta chew.

Seen those squirrel traps before but never tried one.

For other traps I would agree with the 1-10.   But I have helped serious trappers who did much better.  They work at it though.   The one I helped was a fanatic about scent and studied these religiously.  His knowledge was strictly book learning.  He was not raised doing it

  http://www.backwoodsmanmag.com/

http://www.furfishgame.com/

He was nervious about going to his first fur sale alone among all those woolly buggers from the backwoods,  so I went with him.  Most guys there had lots of possum and coon.  He had fox and bobcat etc.  The buyer treated other folks furs like he was handling dirty underwear.  Came to my friend's and he stroked them like pets.
As we left we turned to each other laughed and said "You know, we were the woolliest buggers there !"





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Re:trapping help? - Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:49 PM ( #9 )
Dlyn, thats great about your friend.  I wish I had that skill.  I've got emergency knowledge with trapping but nothing cool like that.
     Yah, my dog is actually great with cats until they run, then all bets are off.  The real problem is she tries to play with them like she does other dogs, by jumping on them, swatting them, and getting them to chase her.  For some reason the cats just don't react like other dogs.  A cat didn't run but stood it's ground, hissed and swatted at my pup the other day.  My dog got so dispondent and sad that the cat didn't like her she just rolled over and wined at it.  Would have been really sad if it wasn't so funny.

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Re:trapping help? - Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:11 AM ( #10 )
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