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Old 07-08-2018, 09:41 PM   #1
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So, a buddy of mine is having problems with turtles eating his fish food, and possibly eating the small catfish he just stocked so I helped him with the wooden ramp, and he just sent me pics of the wire he just finished.

Hopefully this will cut down his turtle problem, the 22 wasnít cutting it.

If your not familiar with this trap, just use your imagination and think what happens when you drive up to a pond and the turtles are sun bathing on a log, what do they do?





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Old 07-08-2018, 11:12 PM   #2
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That will work!
Also a 2x4 square with nails driven in at an angle....
They slide
Over the nails to get to apple
Slices floating the in wooden square frame. Once they get the apple slices, they canít get back out.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:18 PM   #3
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Please ask him to send pics when he pulls it up!
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:36 AM   #4
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Now that is pretty cool.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:47 AM   #5
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Looks good. I found a small red eared slider at my house one day. I put it in a 5 gallon bucket to take to a pond. I went inside for 5 minutes to get kids, keys, wife, etc... and the turtle somehow escaped the bucket.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:54 AM   #6
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I built one out of a tire with a cage on the bottom of it. Word of advise, just leave it out there. If you pull it in after it has been out there a while it will stink something awful. Its a different kind of stink too!
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:10 AM   #7
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Ok. so the trap is actually upside down. When they dive they can only go so far within the trap or because of the wire
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:14 AM   #8
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Please ask him to send pics when he pulls it up!
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:51 AM   #9
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Looks good. TBHr The Texan has one that the ramps swivel and dump the turtle into the box. We’ve pulled out 10+ at a time before, very effective.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:03 PM   #10
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Results will come this weekend


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Old 07-09-2018, 07:25 PM   #11
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Should work as long as the basket is deep enough
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:51 PM   #12
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I believe they will be able to get high enough in the water to climb back out on that board. So while no one is around they may be able to come and go. But if they are sitting on that board when some one arrives( scares them) they will dive in to the basket. I built one just about like that then tried a board that what would tilt, slide them in the basket. But they still where able to climb out. So I made a pedastal out of the wire that was about as high as your board is. Fastened to the bottom of the cage. Then zip tied a piece of meat on top of it. Oh yea mine had wire ramps so they could climb out of the water up onto the PVC ( three inch) then when they dove in the basket to get the meat they can not get back out. Caught a lot more once I started doing it this way. And once one is in there it really attracts others. I believe the most we have had a one time has been eight. Had far better luck catching others by leaving one in the trap.

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Old 07-09-2018, 10:46 PM   #13
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Please ask him to send pics when he pulls it up!

^^This^^
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:27 AM   #14
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Interesting.....in for pics!!

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Old 07-10-2018, 07:16 PM   #15
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She is deployed. Weighted, with a string attached for the reel in


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Old 07-10-2018, 07:17 PM   #16
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:41 AM   #17
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Is there anyway to actually tell if there's a turtle in it if you don't actually see them fall into the cage? Or do you just reel it in every once in awhile and check?
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:50 AM   #18
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I believe they will be able to get high enough in the water to climb back out on that board. So while no one is around they may be able to come and go. But if they are sitting on that board when some one arrives( scares them) they will dive in to the basket. I built one just about like that then tried a board that what would tilt, slide them in the basket. But they still where able to climb out. So I made a pedastal out of the wire that was about as high as your board is. Fastened to the bottom of the cage. Then zip tied a piece of meat on top of it. Oh yea mine had wire ramps so they could climb out of the water up onto the PVC ( three inch) then when they dove in the basket to get the meat they can not get back out. Caught a lot more once I started doing it this way. And once one is in there it really attracts others. I believe the most we have had a one time has been eight. Had far better luck catching others by leaving one in the trap.
Do you have any pictures? I'd sure like to see that.

Does anyone sell the turtles?
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:13 AM   #19
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Is there anyway to actually tell if there's a turtle in it if you don't actually see them fall into the cage? Or do you just reel it in every once in awhile and check?


Just pull it in and check


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Old 07-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #20
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Is there anyway to actually tell if there's a turtle in it if you don't actually see them fall into the cage? Or do you just reel it in every once in awhile and check?
Just hang out and see if any come up for air inside the trap
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:23 PM   #21
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Just hang out and see if any come up for air inside the trap


Unless they are dead


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Old 07-11-2018, 05:43 PM   #22
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Unless they are dead


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Old 07-11-2018, 06:23 PM   #23
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Do you have any pictures? I'd sure like to see that.

Does anyone sell the turtles?
I don't have any pictures, my last one was stolen while dove hunting. But here is a picture, I drew, I think it will give you an idea of how I made it. 3 inch PVC, 1/4 wire mesh and zip ties. The center post sits just above the water level, and that is what we tie the bait to. Don't wrap the wire for the ramps to far over the tops of the PVC. Or the turtles Name:  image.jpg
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:31 PM   #24
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My buddy pulled the trap Friday, had one turtle.
He wasnít sure if it was working properly, so left the turtle in there until today to see if they were escaping.
Well he pulled it this evening and there was one more, so trap success.


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Old 07-15-2018, 08:32 PM   #25
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:17 AM   #26
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Looks like all it needs now is some stinky bait to draw them in. Any old piece of meat will do, especially chicken.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:42 AM   #27
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This is awesome
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:05 AM   #28
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Thank you, Critter!
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:31 AM   #29
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just curious what is the largest turtle anyone has caught in their ponds? I know lakes and bayous have some really big ones but what about private ponds, how big do those things get?
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:37 AM   #30
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just curious what is the largest turtle anyone has caught in their ponds? I know lakes and bayous have some really big ones but what about private ponds, how big do those things get?
are you talking about the red-eared slider-type, or snappers?
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:39 AM   #31
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We pulled a snapping turtle out of my grandparents 1/4 acre pond that was about 40" round and its head was about 4" round. That was a tough fight with a Zebco 33! It had to be 30+lbs.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:02 AM   #32
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Love it!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:35 AM   #33
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My neighbor has some young cousins way down in East Texas that CPR big alligator snappers from time to time. He has shown me pics of some that are 150 lbs or more. Amazing how big these dinos get. I think these turtles are from Lake Palestine area. No doubt these things could take an arm off if they bit down on you.
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:22 PM   #34
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thats good stuff! thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:34 PM   #35
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Looks like it works
Good job
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:53 PM   #36
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My daughter's pet turtle died this morning, so I guess I'm helping out on terrapin control.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:42 PM   #37
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I built one very similar to design in this post. Caught over 50 red ear in the first 90 days at our 1/2 acre pond. Iíd say it worked very well!


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Old 07-27-2018, 04:37 PM   #38
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Are yall just relocated the turtles once caught?
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Old 07-28-2018, 03:11 PM   #39
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Are yall just relocated the turtles once caught?


Sure.... just relocating. Lol


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