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Reply #330 - Jun 14th, 2018 at 7:23pm
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Mate, keep up the good work!
Enjoy reading your posts.
  

He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
Sounds like a typical hunting trip !
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Reply #331 - Jun 15th, 2018 at 9:14am
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You are doing amazing work Salmoner - keep it up and also your reports
Not much to report from me - I am still doing the yards but the kill results have plummeted
A change from Ditrac to Contrac has dealt the rodents a serious blow - some bait stations are still moving but most have stopped - the last two trips around one line of about 40 traps have provided no kills - but still plenty of empty un-tripped traps - the cockroaches are enjoying my Possum Paste - no lure = no kills - so I have found some dry old Nara lure plugs that didnít work and soaked them in neat aniseed oil - back in the Snap-E trap with plenty of oil around them - will see if it works
Checked another line of about 20 traps last Saturday - just two rats and a heap of possum fur on a Sentenel - strange because they donít often escape from those traps - I feel a bit guilty about showing a filthy Doc250 - but I donít like to touch them if I donít have to - have caught plenty of pests on manky old bait - even a dry old pilchard - need to buy some new white PP balls   
Total trap kills around the Park for 2018 = 328 - 291 rats, 15 possums, 20 hogs, 1 cat and 1 ferret - stoats have been seen in daylight but too smart for me









  
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Reply #332 - Jun 16th, 2018 at 6:42pm
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Checked about 20 traps today - one rat in a Doc250 and one had a sniff of a Nara plug soaked in aniseed - cockroaches didnít get that one



  
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Reply #333 - Jun 16th, 2018 at 7:19pm
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a bit unfair picking on the little ones,,how about dusting off ur gat and we go out after big game,,should be back in the north by end of july Smiley Smiley
  

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Reply #334 - Jun 25th, 2018 at 5:45pm
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Checked my local traps today and a big adult rat and the usual collection of mice.

Did the high country traps last week and my cunning plan of adding mallard feathers in the bait end of the trap wasnt a roaring success in fact i didnt get anything. I saw an adult cat Cry which we will have a go at catching in live capture cages.
  
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Reply #335 - Jun 25th, 2018 at 6:06pm
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Good luck with the cat  Smiley
  

He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

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Reply #336 - Jun 30th, 2018 at 8:37pm
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Checked my high country traps today and put out 2 cat cage traps [ with door fixed open] with a bit of duck as bait. The plan is to get the cat going in the trap, then next time if the bait has been taken I will load the trap.

In my DOC 150 and 200s I caught 1 juvenile stoat, interestingly it was in one of my traps that i had put duck feathers in the trap end with the egg bait elevated on a stand so it can be viewed. This set looks blimmin good.

The only issue i have is my eggs are cracking as they are freezing ! Cruz s  suggestion is plastic eggs. I know the guys at Arthurs Pass have the same problem.

Local traps i have been getting a few mice and the odd rat once every 10 ?days.
  
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Reply #337 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 8:48pm
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Checked my local traps yesterday.
First trap a rat [off to a good start i am thinking] and the rest of them drew a blank. Very little activity.

High country traps today. First five traps and i had 2 stoats. One of the stoats was caught in my cunning plan trap where i had placed mallard duck feathers over the trap plate and in the bait end, lots of smell. This idea shows real promise i feel. No more stoats but i caught a rat later on in a trap that i had shifted last time i was there.

Cat update. One of the cages still had the bait in exactly as i had left it but the other had the bait taken, going to give it another week or 2 before i set it.
  
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Reply #338 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 8:50pm
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The adult stoat that was caught in the feather trap was quite unusual in that the belly fur was a really bright white and there was a white patch on its tail..
  
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Reply #339 - Jul 14th, 2018 at 3:41pm
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Had a spare half hour so hopped on the bike and checked half of my local traps a few days earlier than i normally would of.. 3 rats ! The trap that caught the rat on 10th july had another rat in it as did the next trap.
  
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