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Author:  Swamp Rat [ 27 Dec 2016, 07:55 ]
Post subject:  Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

Festus and I got permission to trap a hunting lease near his home and Camp Winky, so I went down to the camp and we started setting our traps. First it was very wet, then very cold (for southeast Texas), then it was very warm by the time I had to return home. But all in all we had a great time. Together we finished with 7 bobcat, 4 coyote, 3 red fox, 2 otter, 7 coon, 3 hogs & about 20 possums (vs the 76 we caught in the same period last season). Once I pulled my traps and returned home, Festus stayed and rearranged his traps and picked up at least 2 more coyotes and even caught 3 bobcat in one night. We caught some well marked cats as we did last season. We also snared a rather large boar hog and trapped a couple of smaller ones in legholds. I figure the reason our possum catches were less this season is due to the fact that Festus and his wife gave me the gift of 2 dozen PIT pans and I was able to set the poundage on my longsprings and miss many of the possums. I'll have to admit that Festus smoked me on otter again this season....he caught both that were taken. Both were very large males. The scenes of Camp Winky before daybreak was the sight I saw every morning while waiting for Festus to arrive and us start the run of our traps.


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Author:  Chieftain [ 27 Dec 2016, 08:01 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

that some great catches...looks like a great time.

Author:  doc9013 [ 27 Dec 2016, 15:59 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

beautiful cats !! Good job.

Author:  trapperrick [ 27 Dec 2016, 20:07 ]
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Awesome pics and it looked like a fun trip Swamp!

Author:  wannab [ 28 Dec 2016, 12:43 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

Good looking catches guy's! Cats were well marked.

Author:  TrapperAL [ 30 Dec 2016, 07:43 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

Great pics Swamp! Looks like you had another successful year at Camp Winky :--D

Author:  wolf1199 [ 30 Dec 2016, 10:16 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

Great pics swamp. You two good friends had fun together and camp winky looks so cozy at night, just as i remember it. Did you have any bodeni or what ever that sausage was that i liked with you. Looking forward to your next visit to camp winky next month and more great pics.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 30 Dec 2016, 15:09 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

wolf1199 wrote:
Great pics swamp. You two good friends had fun together and camp winky looks so cozy at night, just as i remember it. Did you have any bodeni or what ever that sausage was that i liked with you. Looking forward to your next visit to camp winky next month and more great pics.


No boudain but did have some smoked venison sausage.

Author:  hillbilly [ 31 Dec 2016, 23:06 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

Nice catches!

Author:  NonPCfed [ 01 Jan 2017, 15:51 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

Swamp Rat and Festus looked like they had FUN on their trapping adventures.!! Great action all around and I bet they didn't miss catching 70+ grinners! Interesting to see the porker all wrapped up tight, a fringe benefit of trapping in the east TX "bush". You all seemed to catch more reddies than in years past ad those first 2 yotes look like they had good color! Some pretty bcats as usual!!! I always enjoy seeing the photo gallery!!!

Author:  trappintime [ 02 Jan 2017, 11:57 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

The third pic of the coyote makes me think not all your coyotes are ugly. Man it looked like you two had a great time.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 02 Jan 2017, 12:14 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

trappintime wrote:
The third pic of the coyote makes me think not all your coyotes are ugly. Man it looked like you two had a great time.



TT, actually our coyotes are a lot like our trappers...all aren't ugly....just most are.

Author:  wolf1199 [ 02 Jan 2017, 19:02 ]
Post subject:  Re: Festus and Swamp Rat's Two Weeks Expedition of 2016

So what now your saying you guys are good looking :mrgreen:

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