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Jan 22nd, 2021 at 8:27am
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Can someone offer a tip on their fav stoat trap. I have to buy a few and would like the benefit of others experience before buying.  Smiley
  

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Reply #1 - Jan 22nd, 2021 at 8:29pm
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DOC 250....becuase we get ferrets around these parts and some of them are huge.... the new box designs are heaps more user friendly..the whole top hindges up and off to expose trap for reset/clearing.
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 23rd, 2021 at 8:28am
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Thanks Micky. Where do you buy them.
  

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Reply #3 - Jan 23rd, 2021 at 9:08am
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like everything else...trademe LOL

I run 20 of them,used to check them at least weekly,now its every month or so....hedgehogs will die in surprising numbers till you get them under some control,best hedgehog bait is dead crawling hedgehog,I shit you not.  the biggest ferret I got had been EATING OTHER ferrets caught in traps Shocked Shocked Shocked
he was mostly out of trap box when finally got him....if you get stoat/weasel..rub thiersmelly but all over inside of trap box,all the fambams will come to see where ol uncle Joe went and you can catch one every day for a week....
  
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Reply #4 - Jan 24th, 2021 at 2:18pm
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Yer I ran over a ferret on a bridge on the way to work the other night and on the way home I ran over another one that was eating it.
  

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Reply #5 - Jan 24th, 2021 at 4:33pm
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well thats 2 "good ferrets"   Grin Grin
  
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Reply #6 - Jan 24th, 2021 at 8:53pm
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Week ago Mrs and I were driving home 1am, came over brow of hill and there were 4 stoats all eating something dead on the road. Her cars quite flash so I swerved away from them. If it’d been my ute there would’ve been squashed stoat all over the road lol.
  
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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2021 at 3:56pm
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Oh my gosh. You swerved to save four stoats. Lets face it. Your a softy. Grin

I had to endure a night on the piss with four opening day duck hunters in central Otago, when after driving 20ks to the the nearest pub I came over a small rise and theres a possum caught in the headlights which I swerved to avoid.  An outroar followed with them getting stuck into me about being a soft c***. My shame. Explaining that the car had a soft plastic spoiler under the bumper sounded pretty weak at the time.  Lips Sealed
  

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Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2021 at 7:36pm
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The car is a 'casual killer' that often doesn't kill. It's a lot of fun for Johnny Highpants to run over the old possum, it's dead easy - but he's a tough old boot and I used to carry a bar to whack the ones the guy in front crippled - assuming I could catch them.
Was going to work one Winter morning when the flattened possum on the road ahead lifted his head. I stopped the car and went back and that thing was flatter than a 'throw rug' and glittering with frost.

I've killed thousands of possums, but I never deliberately ran one over in a car - I'm better than that.
  
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Reply #9 - Jan 26th, 2021 at 10:17pm
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Came round a corner few days ago and there in the middle of my lane was someone’s pet duck, lying on its back with its legs still kicking flat out. Looked like something from a cartoon.
Made sure I ran it over good. Looked in the mirror and low and behold those legs were still going.

I used to swerve to hit possums. These days I try to miss them. I quite like them, and the poor little buggars have got enough to look out for with the green rain.
When I see them stand up on their hind legs and look at my Ute coming I can’t help but think it wouldn’t be a bad way to go though I suppose.
  
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Reply #10 - Feb 17th, 2021 at 7:45am
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Saw a super Ferret running across the main rd heading right toward the area we have some traps out.  It was bigger than a cat. Well almost.... Swerved hard to run it over but the guy driving in the opposite direction didnt appreciate how important it is to kill these pests, so had to swerve back again.  Tongue
  

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Reply #11 - Feb 18th, 2021 at 6:38pm
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they sure get big up your way,as do the cats......lets hope none of the mainecoon cats get out and start breeding with ferals...they are one big pussytat. I shot 3 ferals one night half hour apart,got first two with lever action 22mag and the dogs treed the third after we chased it down.....strange thing,those 3 cats were hunting as a pack,they had rabbit surrounded. they were a good 3" across top of head......big ferals,a lamb wouldnt stand a chance if they fancied it for dinner.
  
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Reply #12 - Feb 19th, 2021 at 1:48pm
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Some Polecat genes coming to the fore? I wonder if thats possible.
  

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Reply #13 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 8:26pm
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Dad had BIG cat skin on door of the possum skin shed for years....it was in a trap on side of log,he reckons he stepped over log ,this cat came up at him and nearly removed his child sireing capabilities,he used hammer to get its attention and sconed it with machete....it wasnt happy with foot in a gin trap......Im talking 40 plus years ago when gin traps were the legal normal thing to use,before any Karen gets her panties in a bunch.
  
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Reply #14 - Feb 22nd, 2021 at 8:35am
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I thought 'Polecat' was just a generic term for any of the mustelids, but talking about big cats, I trapped one at the Yankee River hut 'dump' on Stewart Island back in the seventies that was bloody huge. There were some 36 inch possum boards in the hut and that cat skin went one and a half boards long.

I also had a really pissed off cat jump on my thigh where it turned into a whirlwind - then it leapt clear, stalked off and licked it's paws.
That was my partner's cat and if I'd been holding a .22 I'd have shot the bastard thing right there and then.

And I see the European Polecat is a distinct species - learn something every day  Smiley

  
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