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Muskrats
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Dug G.    Posted 04-11-2004 at 17:20:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've been having a heck of a time with muskrats tearing up are pond bank, and uprooting trees around the pond. We tried shooting when we saw them, and live traps didn't seem to work well either. Any suggestions for getting rid of them?


OH Boy    Posted 04-12-2004 at 11:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make some kind of a floating platform, like a little raft they can climb onto to rest. A 4-5' length of 2X12 with a couple 2x4 stabilizers(nailed across) works well. Attach an 'anchor' to it so it doesn't float to shore.

Attach several leghold traps (#1's work well) to the underside of the raft, and then cock the traps and set them on top.

You can bait this setup too, by putting some sliced apple on a spike.

Float this whole setup out in the pond in 2'3 feet of water.

The muskrats will climb up on the raft. They will step on the traps, and then jump in the water to escape, and they will quickly drown.

You should be able to catch all the muskrats in your pond in a few days this way.

Better check with the game warden to make sure you are legal to do this outside of trapping season.


Haycreek MN    Posted 04-11-2004 at 19:05:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If its "legal" to do, in your area, {Anytime of the year if being a nuisance}?, find their runways going into the bank, then set a cage shaped trap with flip up doors, in the runway {Staked down}, the rat swims into the trap, door closes at a angle behind them, end of marshrat, this will catch more than one at a time also. An old poacher did this when I was a kid,,,,,, GL


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