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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #165 - Jun 4th, 2017 at 9:12am
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Really enjoy your posts Cruz  Cool and they are motivational . Keep them up please. Wink Smiley
  
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Reply #166 - Jun 30th, 2017 at 8:55pm
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Cruz and Chris motivated me to go and buy some Victor professional rat traps that i have baited with Goodnature possum paste, cinnamon flavour. Question please... have you ever considered that the big plastic plate needs trimming ?
  
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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #167 - Dec 10th, 2017 at 8:18am
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I am not sure if you can see my photobucket pictures these days - I used the fix outlined by Alan - so I can see all my historic posts and pictures
I have had a good year on mustilids around my rural lifestyle block - 1 ferret in a doc250, 3 ferrets in cages, 1 stoat in a Snap-E trap, 1 weasel in a Snap-E trap - I cant remember how many cats in cages but must be close to 10 - God knows how many rats
The point I would like to make here - is try to find the sweet spot around the farm - along shelter belts and in warm dry spots - my best spot is under a short shelter belt in a windy saddle  four rows of trees to try to stop the wind - the pheasants and quail love it - as do the cats and now this ferret - I saw a cat slope off a couple of months back and it took me about a month to get her and another week to get him - they often live in pairs and sometimes with kittens
This ferret was a nasty buggar that would fly at me from one end of the cage to the other - he could snarl and bark - had to be pacified with the Cooey 
After many years of trying to create a haven for birdlife - we succeeded - but we failed through not living there - this year we found too many plastic wads and lost too many of our pet roosters - so we have sold the property and I will revert to trapping Public land - the Te Puna Quarry Park and I will also join the Friends of the Blade group on Doc land
Sad to think of what will happen to our birdlife, but I will try to get the new owner involved - five weeks to take-over - so I might be able to squeeze in a few more pictures of cats and mustilids


  
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Re: Stoat trapping seminar
Reply #168 - Dec 14th, 2017 at 12:18pm
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Salmoner wrote on Jun 30th, 2017 at 8:55pm:
Cruz and Chris motivated me to go and buy some Victor professional rat traps that i have baited with Goodnature possum paste, cinnamon flavour. Question please... have you ever considered that the big plastic plate needs trimming ?


Not a bad idea for more targeted strikes. The modified victors work on that principal and get more consistent strike locations on the head & neck with rats & head with stoats.

Putting paste bait in front of the bait well on the yellow treadle could result in non-lethal nose strikes. I have seen a DOC youtube clip showing trap baiting this way. I reckon it is better to have your bait in the bait well.

Trim 6 mm off the treadle all the way round & see how you go. Part of the fun of trapping is experimenting with lure & trap sets.
  
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