If I had been a little smarter, I would have sprung for the more expensive
version with a rear sliding door when I bought my large trap. Those can be
opened pretty easily. (My smallest trap has one.)
But yeah, those front doors can be hard to open. Especially when you have
an angry critter in the trap.
On Friday, July 13, 2012 7:41:03 AM UTC-4, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
First time I caught a skunk, it was in a homemade box trap with a door that slid
down and latched. I did not know what to do as I was leaving for work.
My wife suited up in a raincoat with rain hat and rubber gloves and just removed
the door and ran for it. Nothing bad happened.
BTW, looking through old notes, I see you had identified Japanese switch grass
for me a while back. Looks like I need a new approach to pre-emergents next
re bait: I don't use any. I find where they run - at least here, they
leave a 'belly track' in the grass. They seem to like to go alongside a
fence or wall. I set the trap right in the run, with a 'V' at each
entrance to guide them in, made of ~8"-high plywood strips. I've gotten
10 so far this year.
we just lent ours to our nephew, so i can't set it back
out, but i hadn't seen any critters for a few weeks and
the bean patches have been left alone since i plinked one
good with the air rifle. then the other day one was at
the front of the bean patch eating the clover. i'd never
seen one run so fast as when i opened the patio door to
plink at it again. never was able to get a shot off.
they may not see very good, but they can hear. i think it
must be a groundhog because i don't think muskrats get
as big as this.
what do you do with them when you catch them? are they
On Monday, July 16, 2012 10:54:36 AM UTC-4, songbird wrote:
I've eaten groundhog and it tasted somewhat like chicken but not quite as good.
I had bagged it with a bow and arrow while at a friends hunting camp.
I was the only one that ate it and the rest were eating fried chicken.
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