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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 18 Jun 2011, 14:12 
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Turtle is good eatin'. Hard to skin though if they are a recent kill because the legs don't stop moving for a while somtimes. I usually have to have someone hold a string that is tied to the leg to keep them from scratching me lol. Its easier to skin the legs and cut them out of the shell rather than trying to remove the shell. I am also planning on doing some frog gigging if it ever stops raining here.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 18 Jun 2011, 21:06 
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while definatly try it your way and skin legs. Are they hard to cook?

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 19 Jun 2011, 10:51 
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No harder than anything else. They taste great fried and they are good in gumbo if you like it. I also like to cut the meat off the bones and cook it in rice :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2011, 11:33 
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My dermestid beetles have been eating good the last few days. I have given them a grey squirrel, chipmunk, turkey, and muskrat head so far. I still have to give them a beaver, otter, and a skunk. They can eat off a lot of meat, but the meat dries up quick and i have to take them out and soak them in water before i can put them back in.

On another note, I wonder where crowcommander went off to? :?

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 21 Jun 2011, 15:22 
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I never heard of them beetles before. You will have to post some pics when the skulls are done. We probably here from crow once trapping season gets here. He probably out shootin some carp...lol Also talkin about skulls I gotta get mine dug up. I just tried burying mine.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 21 Jun 2011, 15:51 
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You are probably right about crow lol. I have never tried burying skulls before. Let me know how it worked when you dig 'em up.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 24 Jun 2011, 11:58 
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Been doing some pre-season work to get ready for this fall. I am drying all of my beaver castor glands. I had 33 sets. I have to extract the oil from the oil glands soon. I have also been putting earth anchors on cables. I can't wait for trapping season :D

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 27 Jun 2011, 23:11 
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Yeah I been cleanin traps and making sure i got everything i need. I guess nothin left but to dry some peat moss, and dye traps. I have 2 traps and a snare out for some problem yotes. I so far nothin. Once to pull them sets i will dye traps and be done till season. Also i have been doing some scoutin. No luck with my cams. I think i am gonna make some pinch points for my traps so the critters will get use to them by season opener.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 12:39 
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Good luck with the yotes. I had a problem with a problem coon that killed some chickens of mine. I caught it in a cage trap. Im going to have it relocated.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 14:12 
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Thats diffirent, never heard of coons killin chickens. my dad lost 40 chickens to foxes a few years ago. Before i started trapping. Tons of foxes here but we cant trap them because of old fox hound drama..lol honestly i have been turning them loose with a catch pole. Had one in yote trap the other day i had to turn loose. I got some property in next county to trap i am gonna trap fox on next season. I want one of those grays on the wall.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 15:48 
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I have caught a couple reds before, never a gray though. We don't have many of those around here. I would sure like to catch one though. That and a bobcat, we don't have many of them either. Dad gets a few more in his shop every year though so i guess the local population is on the rise. Coon getting in chickens is a pretty big problem here. Red foxes also kill quite a few. I have a guy who wants me to trap is farm these year for reds because he has a lot of ducks and geese. I'm not sure if I will be able to though because its a pretty good drive.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 19:14 
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yeah the long drives will get ya. I have a place 45 min from the house with grays and reds, but gas it so high. How is the muskrat population in your part of the state? On all the places i got for next year there are 10 ponds. None of these ponds got muskrats. I would like to trap them but cant find a place. The one place i got the rats just disappeared to almost none. I trapped 2 on the river last year, but there aint many there either.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 20:21 
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The population is kinda scattered here. You will either find none or quite a few. I only found one place last season that had any and caught 5 and 1 more somewhere else. It was just luck though. I caught it by the head in a No. 4 coilspring set for beaver. I think i have found a few good places for this season.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 22:20 
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Hey Guys, not sure about the fox in TN but here in TX they don't mind being up close to the houses. You just have to use extra caution if trapping near houses due to housecats and dogs. A trench set using rat cheese will work well for greys on those warm nights....the cheese gets oily and puts off a lot of odor. The trench set is just a 2' long scooped out place about like a 4"-6" deep tire rut, gently tapered on each end. The fox will not lean over and get the cheese but will approach using the tapered entries...a dog will usually lean over and get the cheese and cats don't pay much attention to cheese.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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swamp that sounds like a great set. If i get the chance i will definately try that. Most places i trap got to many bears...lol

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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Thanks for sharing the fox set swamp. I know of one place in my county that has some grey fox. It actually on a place my dad and his friend lease for turkey hunting. Not many dogs around there either. I may try to set some traps there if i get a chance. I would be mainly a canine/dry land coon run though. Usually i stick to the water sets, but Im up for anything If i get a chance

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 23:49 
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Got my shots for my trip to africa the other day. I had to get 3 in all. Less than 2 weeks before i head for south africa. I cant wait. Im just dreading the nearly 24 hour plane ride. Other than that im pumped :D

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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well i know a little bit about long plane rides takes 13.5 hrs to get to Iraq...lol my advice is to stay up the entire day before so you can sleep on the plane. During your awake time just pray their playing a good movie...lol. So what type of hunting you gonna be doing? Stalking with a gun, sitting of water hole with a bow? What species are you hoping to harvest?

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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Ya --Africa, what is the plan??


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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 01 Jul 2011, 11:05 
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Spot and stalk with rifle. Im going to be hunting springbuck, blesbuck, impala, warthog, bushpig, and as many small game species as i can. I may also hunt ostrich. Plans could change though because you dont have to pay till after you take an animal.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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W-P, wear loose clothing and comfy shoes on the plane...the trip will be miserable if you can't relax. Good reading material helps and as mentioned by easttntrapper---hope for a good movie to be playing. 8 hours one direction is the most I have put in and the movie and trailers that we had were pretty sad. Oh yeah, take your own ear buds (ear phones) so they don't charge you to rent theirs. Extra snacks are good for the trip too. I hope you and your Dad have a most wonderful time on the safari.....you are one lucky young man!!!

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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Thanks Swamp. This trip is coming up quick. Just a week from Monday. I gotta make sure i dont forget my camera :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
PostPosted: 02 Jul 2011, 21:40 
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Had a full day today. Had to drive to cookeville to help my sister and her friend move into their new apartment and i when i say helped i mean me and dad did all the work lol. Got home and a neighbors cows (about 7-8) were out and had crossed the road into my grandparents yard. They werent home so i had to run them over so the owner (a pretty rough character) could take control. Cops showed up and told him he better keep 'em up. They have already been called out twice this week because of the cows. He really needs to keep them up before they cause a wreck. Anyway, going jugging in the morning :D

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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yeah i had the same thing here with the neighbors horse. Goodluck jugging.

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 Post subject: Re: End of Season
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Only caught 6 fish. The biggest weighed 7 lbs. Had 26 lbs. total. Not the best day but we had fun.

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