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    Did ya win anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatLabrador View Post
    Did ya win anything?
    Yep cage trap ! - very useful for me .

    Hope i still winning it when they put the results back up


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    Results should be out at the end of the week fullas,they made a cock up and had to withdraw the price list.Hope it doesn't affect any that have seen the list already @kukuwai
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    Nice surprise to come home to
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    Well done, me too

    Good effort by all 2000 tails.
    Interesting stats 2000 predators at 1 kill per day per year = 730 000 kills saved

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    A nice surprise in the mailbox tonight - thanks for your info on the prize draw @kukuwai, @FatLabrador and @Dundee
    Fantastic competition that H&F run each year - thanks Andy Tannock - 2000 mustilid tails - that must make a huge difference to game bird survival

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    I like to mount traps on ramps - fence post stays or just old branches leaning on a tree - I like the concept of a trapped rat pissing down the ramp - I am sure that it is a powerful attractant for the next victim that walks past - might be a rat, mustilid or even Harry the hedgehog. I can hear you saying that Harry is a ground based predator - but I have caught them in a timms trap 1m up a 30 degree sloped ramp.
    I got Harry and his mate on Tuesday - one on a ramp and one in a Doc250 - what a mess 9 days between checking traps can make
    Three of us are currently trapping about 50 acres in the Park - some intensively and some sparsely - the 2018 spreadsheet has 83 victims - 5 possums, 7 hogs, 1 cat and 70 rats - the bloody cat managed to get inside a Doc250! - this time last year our 2017 spreadsheet had 62 victims - 10 possums and 52 rats
    So even with intensive trapping and poisoning - we are really just running a control system to stop predator numbers from exploding - a bit demoralising really - but we have to keep going
    Trapping can be a lonely business - but for the past three months I have had a new Mate who was keen to learn the trade - Girls can do anything - she pulled Harry out of the Doc250 on Tuesday but I couldn’t get her to clean out the live bait on the bottom - she can even set a Doc250

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    Well done in the comp fellas, I didn't manage an entry this year although since October have removed 7 cats and 30 odd hogs.

    Had two ferrets turn up from no where this week a junenile in a doc 200 and an adult behind the pond in a Timms, they must be getting mobile now the easy young birds have all Buggered off or something? so that's at least 2 tails in the freezer for the next 8 months keep the traps going fellas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    Well done in the comp fellas, I didn't manage an entry this year although since October have removed 7 cats and 30 odd hogs.

    Had two ferrets turn up from no where this week a junenile in a doc 200 and an adult behind the pond in a Timms, they must be getting mobile now the easy young birds have all Buggered off or something? so that's at least 2 tails in the freezer for the next 8 months keep the traps going fellas
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    Bloody awesome effort @Sparrow 7 cats is gunna have to make a difference !!

    Well done on the tails in the freezer too

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    yep its great getting the cats have a tom giving me the runaround currently and someone has seen a kitten couple of times so here we go again….
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    Great work @Sparrow - hard to know which of these bastards do the most damage - I suspect cats kill to feed themselves but I understand ferrets and stoats kill for fun
    Hogs kill everything on the ground - birds and much more - a seriously underrated pest - but some people are fascinated by them
    I got sick of the cricket yesterday so jumped in the car and did half of my trap circuit up the Park - hour and a half and got 4 rats and found Harry came back to check on his mate from Tuesday - big buggar - how did he get inside that box? - missed a possum in a Timms - bloody string snagged on the corner of the mounting board so he pulled out - I bet he wont come back!
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    I am just trapping a public Park these days - not catching any stoats or ferrets, but they must be around as I see them dead on the highway
    Rat numbers increased during March - despite very low kill numbers in January (23) and a slight increase in February (36) - kill numbers during March have increased to 114 - four of us cleared 34 on one day
    It looks like they have had a great summer breeding season and the younger ones have left home and are on the move - looking for a good feed of possum paste and some steel around their necks
    We are seeing aggressive feeding on trapped bodies - some completely or partially devoured back to the box trap entrance and some removed from the tunnel traps
    Some Ditrac bait starting to move this month - but that won’t do them much harm
    Other than the rats, we got 4 possums and 8 hogs in March - 195 bird predators so far for 2018
    I am starting to get a few bodies under the A24s - two sites with double kills and three sites with single kills - so they do work - but mainly young rats learning some “hard” lessons
    I am always looking for a new set and continue to find fallen logs to be very successful - often over-night results - possibly the younger ones checking out something new
    Not sure where these rat numbers are heading - but Predator Free NZ seems to be a long way off using traps and bait - we got 500 bird predators during 2017 and it looks like we will see that sort of number again this year
    Quail numbers are looking good - several coveys of 50 or more - great to see them doing well

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    A good double yesterday with 2 hedgehogs
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    Changed out some rabbit that had done its dash for some chicken necks and bang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    A good double yesterday with 2 hedgehogs
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    Changed out some rabbit that had done its dash for some chicken necks and bang.
    Minta !! Well done @Sparrow. Did the cat get a Morgan Score

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    ha … would of done alright was the biggest Tom yet
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