Where's Ratty??

Muskrat Damage to the Pond

September 2, 2015 Nature, Trapping

Ouch … those ratty muskrats!!! Just one month ago … And now, this … So, I managed to get off one good shot Just one shot, for many many hours of hunting, sitting still, in a chair, down by the pond.  Had ratty in the crosshairs, pulled the trigger, and he dived.  No blood.  The next day, he or another muskrat, was seen crossing the pond with a mouth full of plant matter.  They are so careful.  Trapping’s the onlyRead More

First Water Lily Visible

May 19, 2015 Nature, Trapping

First Time This Year – One water lily leaf is visible on the surface.  Two from other plants are visible below the surface.  Tomorrow, should be 3 plants with visible leaves. No sign of any live muskrats. The brown coloring in the water showed up again.  Like last spring. Very wet behind the pond.  It leaks, you know.  From the muskrats.  My my.

Fading Sink Tulips

Muskrats in the Spring

May 11, 2015 Nature, Trapping

Spring is so brassy … And sometimes, it brings muskrats … Muskrat signs on the pond bottom – first of the season.  The fresh tan dirt on the normally dark bottom, indicates a muskrat has been holing out my bank nearby. I found the hole – after 10 minutes or so of searching – had to bend up a pole to find it. It was narrower than others I’ve found. So I grabbed a rusting #110 trap, set it, and placedRead More

Minks – who knew?

December 5, 2014 Nature, Trapping

Trapping – this morning, found a mink in the trap – it had been trying to enter the muskrat den through the underwater entrance, which of course had the trap set over it. I noticed too, that the hole above the den, was still in use, and had been tightened up – it was smooth from use, where the first day I saw it, it was just loose dirt. So – was the mink using the muskrat den? Anyway, IRead More