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Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 01 Feb 2013, 19:22 ]
Post subject:  where do the muskrats. go??

Im in WV we got some snow last nite. Theres this pond im rat trapping it looks loaded i mean i seen six rat as the other nite at once while i was sitting there being quiet. They were everywhere. I set 10 footholds. And two conibears 110s. Caught one rat the first nite. I figured id have a mess of fur. Do they hole up after it gets cold ? There's no rat huts or houses that i could see.

Author:  HappyTrapper [ 01 Feb 2013, 19:35 ]
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They are probably bank rats. Look for holes going into the bank, a lot of times you can see where the mud on the bottom of the pond has been stirred up.

Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 01 Feb 2013, 20:25 ]
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How deep happy? And do they not come out to eat grass in the snow? I seen one set of track in snow. And i seen alot of rats three days ago when it was 60 out its about 15 now.

Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 01 Feb 2013, 20:33 ]
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This pond is deep. Real deep. I was over my waders. A foot out there.. glad im trapping close to the house. Lol

Author:  Foxpaws [ 01 Feb 2013, 20:38 ]
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The holes shouldn't be to far under the water line. I trapped a pond last year that was full of rats and I caught a few the first night but after that it got cold and didn't see any sign of them coming out of the holes and I didn't catch anymore. West Virginia muskrat trapping always stumps me.

Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 01 Feb 2013, 20:44 ]
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Guess im lucky ive been trapping my butt off and haven't ran into any other trappers anywhere. I wish i had an ol timer to follow for a few days. Hopefully u meet some at the fur sale. Josh

Author:  Woodswalker [ 02 Feb 2013, 13:46 ]
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Is there any chance of ice in the near future?

Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 02 Feb 2013, 20:23 ]
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Yes WoodsWalker theres ice now.

Author:  Woodswalker [ 03 Feb 2013, 00:17 ]
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If it is clear enough, look for lines of bubbles under it. That will show you where there runs are. Then it becomes a piece of cake to snap them up with #110s. Their burrows are rarely in very deep water. The main den has to be above water level. Another older way to trap them was to dig down into the hold and set a trap at the entrance. Works identical to how most people set a rat hut.

Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 03 Feb 2013, 10:55 ]
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Just dig down the side of the bank to find the holes?? Then trap them? I figured that would spook them. Il giveit a try.. Thanks . Josh

Author:  Woodswalker [ 03 Feb 2013, 12:26 ]
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trapperjosh1979 wrote:
Just dig down the side of the bank to find the holes?? Then trap them? I figured that would spook them. Il giveit a try.. Thanks . Josh



Idealy you just chop through the ice then put a #110 in front of the hole. But if you only have footholds you can dig down on top of the burrow. Roughly a foot shoreword from the entrence.
If you do that you will have to close up the hole after you set the trap. Either use the sod you removed or other debri. Now, damaging muskrat houses isnt legal in all states so you may want to check before you try that.

Author:  trapperjosh1979 [ 03 Feb 2013, 20:37 ]
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Thanks woods walker

Author:  Sniper_7894 [ 03 Feb 2013, 21:09 ]
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How thick is the ice?

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