Smart Muskrats

November 27, 2014 Nature, Trapping, Work

Smart muskrats … Well, I had nailed their entrances with the new trap sets yesterday – BUT – sometime during the night, they saw their entrances blocked, and rather than trip the traps, they dug an escape hole out the bank. Further, they had turned the newly set trap sideways, so they could continue using the old entrance apparently – and I’m guessing they did this from outside the hole, by pushing on the handle.  They had also dug a new underwater entrance 2mRead More

Muskrat Update

November 26, 2014 Nature, Trapping, Work

Lowered the 110 trap near the old sink – as I noticed that the brown mud trail was refreshed, and it seems to spew from under where the trap had been – so now it’s blocking the bottom of that hole – I’m betting I get something. Also, regarding the reed hutch at the back NW corner of the pond – it had freshly gnawed roots laying on top of it – right next to a new opening into theRead More

Full Measure

November 7, 2014 Nature, Trapping, Work

No muskrats yet – enough half measures … today … full measures!  So, this morning, I put on the boots (see pic), stepped into the muck … and found two muskrat holes, there may be more … and placed a 110 trap front of both holes.

floating trap …

November 4, 2014 Nature, Trapping, Work

Trying the live animal trap, with half an apple as bait, placed on a raft, adrift in the pond … we’ll see.

Muskrat hole found, trap set

October 28, 2014 Nature, Trapping, Work

Found the muskrat hole, finally.  And set a trap … At least one of their holes, at any rate. It is in the part of the pond where the banks are highest, providing dry dwelling space to the little varmints.  The tell was lighter brown pond bottom leading to the hole.  It’s a few inches under the surface of the water, about the diameter of my fist.  The muskrat(s) ate up so much vegetation, it’s finally possible to find their stuff.Read More