Hi All, It happened last yr. I had afew rat traps out, I start checking traps before daylight. I got to 1 set and found a rat still alive. So I hooked the trap with the hook on my walking stick and sent the whole works to the bottom of the stream. I waited till I didn't see any more bubbles, pulled up trap and rat, took the rat out and put it in my backpack, reset trap. Finished the line and went back to the truck. I had about 5 rats in my pack and dumped em on the floor of my truck. I got in the otherside, started pouring a cup of coffee. I thought I seen 1 of the rats move, but figured I seeing things. But sure as heck, The rat I thought I drowned, Well He wasn't dead!!! Here I am with half a cup of coffee poured, My thermis opened and I got a live rat lookin for a way out!!! Well after getting my coffee poured and thermis top back on. Ya know something, a mad rat aint fun to deal with in the cab of ur truck. I finally was able to get out and get my trowl and gave him a little tap. From now on when I find a live rat in my trap, I know now to wait a couple more min. before takein it out of the trap!!!
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i'm just the opposite from Jim. i might give the tap, but i rely on the drowning. i just make sure to leave them under for a few minutes after i see the lat movement from the critter, just to make sure.
Finndog, in your case i probably woulda thrown it in the water, checked the rest of my traps, then come back and made the reset. heard too many horror stories of the resurrected critter on the line, or in the vehicle
when i was a young kid just started trapping i caught a coon in a cubby set took my shovel and whacked him on the head put him in my back pack started off to the next set he started clawing his way out being a young kid i about s##t my self i through my pack to the ground got a stick and made sure he did not move this time before i put him in the pack for the second time learned a lesson that day
I tapped a rat good this fall gave him a good bloody nose when i got to my next stop he was sittin in the bed of the truck looking at me. He smiled I smiled then he took a little more than a light whack
Just this a.m. my 11 year old was checking sets with me before school. He had the flashlight and knew "about" where one of our coon cuffs were, so I let him lead the way. He got close and stopped, looked a bit and said "Dad, where is it?" I said don't move to your right at all but shine the light down there. Needless to say he filled his pants when he seen the coons eyes about a foot from his leg. I almost needed to put dry ones on myself after laughing at him.
My first Yote this year good catch whole foot in trap,not going anywhere so I take pics.Now to dispatch him i get my 22 pistol loaded with CB caps so as not to have exit in fur.I shoot ,yote is launched from 0 to 60 in one step, blows D ring off bottom of trap."OH S--T" there goes my Yote and my trap.Yote runs about 30 feet head on into 10 inch Beech tree and falls over dead.I have given up shooting Yotes with CB Caps.
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this year i had a foot hold set up in a run but didnt have the wire requred to make the drowning rig so i left it there and ment to come back to it late
when i went back i looked were i set the trap and it was gone so i was like great i then start walking tward the bank and took no more than a step when suddenly this rat jumps out of the grass and starts trying to bit me after a few trys and misses it started running so i chased after it and it was about to run into the water when my foot found it i kicked it and then picked it up by the tail and threw it about three feet back after that i took a stick and hit it i then looked at it and found it chewed it foot off
Post by highlandlofts on Feb 10, 2013 3:59:32 GMT -5
Having animals come back to life when you think they are dead can be a laughing matter after the fact. I've seen it a few times. I was squirrel hunting with a friend and my Jack Russel Terrier, My friend shot a gray squirrel with his 22. He picked it up and put it in his coat pocket. We were headed into the woodson the other side of a set of high tension eletrical line, he yelled out that the surirrel was alive and trying to get out of his coat pocket. He couldn't shake that squirrel fast enough. When that squirrel hit the ground Fanny,my Jack Russel was all over it. She'd grab them squirrels by the nap of their neck and shake them like a MAD DOG!.
Another time when my oldest boy was about 16, he stayed over at my brothers house durring deer season. On the drive back tomy place the next morning they shot a nice size doe with a 243 rifle. They draged it to the car and put it in the trunk and was going to gut it at my place. When they poped the trunk open the deer was alive and had her head up with her ears extended as far up as they would go. I grabed a rope & put it over her head and pulled her out of the trunk and shot her with a 22 in the driveway. Things happen.
Post by crayfishbob on Dec 12, 2013 20:27:16 GMT -5
Sheese... I thought I was the only one who had the back to life experience. During that last warm spell, I had caught a coon , expecting a mink in a large culvert. A tap on the head, and standing in the water on him seemed appropriate and away I went. When I got to the next culvert , there was Mr. Raccoon looking at me ! First I grabbed a 110, He did not like that and hid his head in the pocket on the side of the car...then a 220 and I suckered him into it and drove directly to a stream to finish drowning him. I was not carrying a .22. I guess these things do happen and I hesitated saying anything about it, but hey someone might enjoy this. I did what was most humane and that's what counts.
I've had a 15 year lapse in trapping. What was I thinking when I gave all my traps away back then ? This has been a very rewarding season with great memories. Thank you for having this forum and the ability to share experiences !
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