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How do you kill muskrats?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by dr.beav, Mar 10, 2011.

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  1. dr.beav

    dr.beav Member

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    I have a problem with two ponds of mine -- the muskrats are ruining them -- how do I realistically get rid of them???? It would take way too much time to shoot them -- back in the year 1492 my Dad used arsenic on cut up apples -- but you cannot buy arsenic these day can you?? the beav
     
  2. Grayson Mayne

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    Steel Traps. 110 Conibear; or victor leg hold in a drown set.
     
  3. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Hand grenades or claymore mines. Lol
     
  4. SeldomShoots

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    Grayson's got it right, go with the conibears at the entrance of their holes. Find some buddies that have those kind of traps if you don't.

    John
     
  5. Tron

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    If it's a small pond, dump a 55 gallon drum or 2 of drain oil so it coats the surface. They hate that.
     
  6. SeldomShoots

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    sm, that might just be a little too much fishing at once. :)

    John
     
  7. GW22

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    Conibear traps in runs and over den entrances (if legal). Quick, easy and effective. If this was 1978, you'd get about $8 each for the big ones, LOL.

    -Gary
     
  8. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Here you go.There laying down there plans.
     
  9. shannon391

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    Ask around at the local clubs, I'm sure there's some still trapping.
     
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    Use to trap when younger.Conibear traps definitely,put 1/4 apple or parsnip on trigger.Skin and stretch hides,they are sellable.Also Muskrat is good eating if done right.A little on the sweet side but it is good.

    Doug H.
     
  11. Model Number 12

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    dr. beav: locate a local trapper who will trap them for you. Act fast while the 'rats are still prime and you'll probably get them to do it for the muskrats. The muskrat market is actually pretty good right now so depending on how many are in your ponds there could be a few dollars to be had.

    Your state may have a Trappers Association with a web site or try a call to your state Fish and Wildlife Agency, they may offer referals of trappers. If you hit a wall send me a PM and I'll help you out. I'm starting spring beaver trapping now that the ice is breaking up and this is the time to take care of your muskrat troubles as well.

    Muskrats are not difficult to catch with 110 conibears, but there are a few basics you need to know to get it right the first time. This is also a very good time to trap the males with a lure that contains alot of muskrat musk.

    I'm aware of the digging damage 'rats can do, as well as when they eat certain ornamental water plants but if you act quickly then the pelts can be utilized and the animal is treated as a resource instead of a pest.

    If you really want to see animal damage you should witness what beavers can do. The property damage can quickly reach into the thousands of dollars.
     
  12. Old Cowboy

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    .45-70 torpedo's 'em right out of the water.
     
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    Gotta agree with the Conibear traps posts. If the fur was worth a crap anymore you'd have guys begging to run a set there. Check around someone locally should agree to help ya.
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  14. RonC

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    Muskrats move around especially in the spring. If you get rid of your current bunch sooner or later more will show up. If you like to eat game, there is nothing wrong with the back legs of a muskrat. They are vegetarians, meat a bit rich but good. Caution though, you may need a licence to harvest your criters.

    Ron
     
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    When I was young and dating, my first lady she was French and lived with her Mimi, All Mimi's recipes were hand written in French, and her cooking was very, very good.

    At least twice a month she had a muskrat soaking in the sink for dinner. She lived to be 98 and said her secret to a long life was eating all the lean critters (and they ate everything}, her wrinkle free skin was from the Skunk oil her Mimi taught her to make.
     
  16. quartering

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    isn't a muskrat what they call a prarie dog in louisiana? anyway, arsenic. msma is a grassy weed killer that's about 20% arsenic. you can get it at home depot. soak an apple in it. toss it in the pond. see what you get. btw, arsenic works by bonding with the blood cell so that oxygen can't. you're essentially suffocating the furry little guys without actually having to put the dry cleaning bag over their heads. good luck with it
     
  17. WS-1

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    bamboovast??????

    Say, isn't this the year of the muskrat?
     
  18. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If you're in Oregon I would be happy along with my son to shoot them for you.

    And there's no worries about the muzzle report spooking the muskrats either.



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  19. quartering

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    not unless it's a chinese leap year. i'll send an e mail to harry liu (mr.) and find out
     
  20. WS-1

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    Maybe he could retrofit his "traps" for The Beav's ponds!?!?
     
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