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#3261152 - 08/06/12 08:06 PM Muskrat Barrel trap
duckkiller Offline
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Registered: 11/28/09
Loc: NC
Has anyone made a muskrat trap from a 55gal poly barrel? I have had good luck with floating colony traps but I am finding that turtles like to get up on them and eat the bait. I cant use any 110s or footholds so I am just looking for other floating options since I cant get permission where the bank dens are.

Im looking somthing like this but instead snare a 1 way door or a pipe used like a funnel.
The one thing Im unsure is will a muskrat dive to swim inside?

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#3261239 - 08/06/12 08:55 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
Jim Bethell Online   content
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Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 72
Not legel in my state.

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#3262278 - 08/07/12 03:36 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: Jim Bethell]
Phil Nichols Offline
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Registered: 10/03/07
Loc: SE Pennsylvania
Certain people have a mental condition that causes them to invent traps and things. Sadly, there is no cure.

ps, could you repost the picture with something to give it perspactive? Like put a shoe next to it or something.


Edited by Phil Nichols (08/07/12 03:38 PM)

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#3262343 - 08/07/12 04:13 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
trapper4hire Offline
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Registered: 06/28/09
Loc: Dayton, OH
I understand the concept of this trap (i think) with some tweeking i think it will work.
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#3262345 - 08/07/12 04:14 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
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Registered: 12/26/06
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looks like a pop can whistle
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#3262679 - 08/07/12 07:37 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
duckkiller Offline
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Registered: 11/28/09
Loc: NC
This was an idea for nutria rats from a pond mgmt company and after seeing this idea it just got me thinking how to make a floating trap that would not stand out like a normal trap in HOA subdisions where bank permission could not be granted. The only thing Im not sure about is if it would be better to have a door below the water or keep it at or above the water line?
One way doors would be used instead of those snares with a bait box above the water.

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#3262682 - 08/07/12 07:41 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
trapper4hire Offline
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Registered: 06/28/09
Loc: Dayton, OH
I would think that blocking the bait (1X2 mesh)and setting a colony in front of bottom hole would work? If he wants that bait they will look for an under water entrance? Isnt that in their nature.
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#3262691 - 08/07/12 07:47 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
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Registered: 07/23/08
Loc: mequon, wisconsin
Don't worry about the legality Jim. Once they find out it's ADC work and not fur trapping, nobody cares. It ain't legal in Wisconsin either ( And that barrel trap is nearly a hundred year old idea ) but if he gets it working good, I'll be using them.

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#3263455 - 08/08/12 09:15 AM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
Peskycritter Offline
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Registered: 02/13/12
Loc: south east michigan
I haven't seen that one before . Have you caught any rats in it . It looks duck proof but kinda large
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#3266310 - 08/10/12 01:29 AM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
Vinke Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: AZ
I did not have the best luck with colony floats but we do not have a "ice out"......
I have made barrels to fit in coverts.............
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#3275325 - 08/15/12 04:32 PM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
duckkiller Offline
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Registered: 11/28/09
Loc: NC
Well just an update on the float. It has been out for 4 days. The first morning check 3 rats. The other 3 checks it has been thrown over the spillway. So I guess my next option is to get it out in deep enough water where someone has to swim to it, and drop about 50 pound anchor with chain and a lock. Unless there are any other ideas.
I would like to see if the 3 rats the first night was just a first night luck deal or if this is really going to produce muskrats.

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#3276331 - 08/16/12 07:52 AM Re: Muskrat Barrel trap [Re: duckkiller]
aprophet Offline
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Registered: 11/26/08
Loc: Portsmouth Va.
Originally Posted By: duckkiller
Well just an update on the float. It has been out for 4 days. The first morning check 3 rats. The other 3 checks it has been thrown over the spillway. So I guess my next option is to get it out in deep enough water where someone has to swim to it, and drop about 50 pound anchor with chain and a lock. Unless there are any other ideas.
I would like to see if the 3 rats the first night was just a first night luck deal or if this is really going to produce muskrats.


disc brake rotors are pretty good anchors
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