Squirrel Trapping

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  1. charles

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    Hello everyone, I would like to get into trapping squirrels with a snare. Do any of you guys have tips or advice on trapping techniques? I am also curious about the tell tale signs of unhealthy squirrels or ones that shouldn’t be eaten, how can you tell?
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    First check your states regs if you haven’t already to make sure it’s legal.

    Squirrels are classified as game animals and some states allow trapping for fur bearers but not game animals. Just depends on your state so read the regulations and ask questions if it isn’t clear. Also states vary on snare types and how they are to be constructed and tagged.

    I’ve never seen a squirrel that wasn’t fit to eat. If you kill and eat a few hundred and you get one that looks a lot different on the inside, white spots on the liver, full of worms etc.. that might be one to avoid.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Do you have experience with snares? I have found it MUCH easier to catch squirrels with a #1 single long spring. A 110 conibear with a wine cork on the trigger prongs smeared with peanut butter works akso. Good luck!
     
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    I live trapped over 20 of them in my back yard a few years ago. I took them to an area of wide open treeless prairie about five miles from the house.

    Point being that livetraps are very effective. I tried rat traps and out of about ten that they sprung none were ever caught!
     
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    Thats how I nail them, with the good ol 110.
     
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    I have done a fair amount of squirrel hunting. I've only ever seen one squirrel unfit to eat, my brother had shot a runt with his slingshot and it was so covered in ticks that it looked like it had dragon scales. Gave it a good splash of kerosene and burnt it up.
     
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    Ya did that creature a favor.
     
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    Have you ever tried the huge rat traps. I mean big rats, squirrels same same
     
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    Well, I used the biggest in the hardware store. There are bigger ones?:eek:

    The thing is, the population actually grew while I trapped them. The whole subdivision is infested with them and they just rushed in to fill the vacuum. Normal population is three to five but it went to as many as 13, all battling for the territory.

    We have a truce of sorts now. I let them have the pear tree and let them know the apple tree and raspberries are off limits.
     
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