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Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Apr 2nd, 2018 at 4:38pm
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Hi Just wanting to know peoples thoughts on what would be more productive Thermal imaging or Trapping for possums?
Thermal imaging can also be easier because of not having to set traps if the area is not worth it etc and also if you are not able to go for a few days you do not have to worry about unsetting traps etc.

Doc also does not allow rimfires and shooting at night on Doc land so would rule this out.

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Re: Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Reply #1 - Apr 2nd, 2018 at 5:17pm
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How are you going to kill them once you've located them with thermal gear?
  
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Re: Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Reply #2 - Apr 2nd, 2018 at 5:30pm
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Sorry I was meaning I would use a thermal scope on a 22 but would have to be on private land. Really wanting to know if it would be more effective than say 80-100 traps catching say 15 -20 possums a night. would just walk through the bush at night instead
  
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Re: Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Reply #3 - Apr 2nd, 2018 at 6:08pm
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traps by far.  lure does just that lure them to traps, for thermal to be effective youd have to be there when the coons are out and they all have different bedtimes  Cheesy
also theres the issue that thermal wont see through thick branches or canopy and would also mean grid searching bush a  night.... Not the smartest or funnest thing to do
  
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Re: Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Reply #4 - Jun 7th, 2018 at 6:38pm
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funny old thing I had a spear week up my sleve 2 week's back so took the family to the crib down the coast droped 20 trap's through the bush for 4 night's . The result is that a keen dog is just if not more effective on monkey's than trap's. As i'm setting and rebaiting the dog kept brining more koon's that what I was catching she could find nest's of three at a time and if she couldn't  drag them out for me to dong then she just indicted where i should poke about. So now my theroy is walk in the daylight with a hammer and dog plucking as you go
  
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Re: Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Reply #5 - Jun 7th, 2018 at 9:05pm
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thermal would be interesting in fringe country...I can see it being better than a spotlight having watched HCs video a while back of wallabies. the biggest issue which you have already twigged to is acess to private land where night shooting is allowed... and a dog who will bail coons up a tree is great fun and very effective as you can shoot n pluck one while dog keeps next one up tree till youve finished.
  
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Reply #6 - Nov 25th, 2018 at 8:13pm
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Thermo great for finding them,but you still gota go there and shoot them down.
  

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Reply #7 - Nov 27th, 2018 at 9:09pm
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Traps are far more effective by far. Thermals are good but for the hours put in traps still win.
  
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Reply #8 - Dec 1st, 2018 at 7:36am
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I have a friend who I tag along with who uses 3 dogs we go out day or night time, he has permits for forest blocks. The dogs flush them out of the wind throw & crap, we just wait for them to head up the pines & ping them out with the 22 & the dogs retrieve them for him. I've often thought thermal would be good in the pruned pines at night.
  
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Re: Possum Trapping vs Thermal Imaging?
Reply #9 - Dec 2nd, 2018 at 5:06pm
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Goodog wrote on Dec 1st, 2018 at 7:36am:
I have a friend who I tag along with who uses 3 dogs we go out day or night time, he has permits for forest blocks. The dogs flush them out of the wind throw & crap, we just wait for them to head up the pines & ping them out with the 22 & the dogs retrieve them for him. I've often thought thermal would be good in the pruned pines at night.



its only good to spot the ones down low or ground.  pines areta bitch to see anything in as the limbs and needles are too dense.   light scrub and open native it works alright but from experience its a highly inefficient way of getting possums.   the time and money would be better off spent on traps and would yeild far more just not as fun.

  
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