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    I think mice are rading all the smoked fish out of my traps
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    I thought you might be interested in my experiences with Goodnature A24 rat traps at the Park - we got eleven traps and started the install 1 June 2017 - so some have been out for nearly a year
    We decided to put the A24s around the perimeter and in hard to get at places - steep ridges etc - thinking that they would be the answer to our control system in those areas - but there are a few issues with the A24 that require regular hands on management.
    I have never been a fan of GN chocolate lure on snap traps - not a strong smell and goes mouldy etc - we found that the ALP chocolate flavoured lure dispenser is not that attractive to rats where numbers are low - we would often get a couple of local residents, but then nothing - the ALP is supposed to last for six months but they often fail in a couple of months - some form a blob on the trigger and some eject all of the lure and blow up like a balloon. We have found that GN cinnamon possum paste is the best lure for rats - far better than chocolate - so we converted all of the A24s to possum paste - sometimes reloading a new ALP - but now we just use the A12 possum paste lure container - mix in some olive oil to help it dribble and squeeze it out a bit each time we visit.
    We found it frustrating to continually revisit the A24 and find minimal or no movement of the counter - some A24s were sited in prime rat country where it is unlikely that humans had been for a long time - sometimes we got a couple of residents but then nothing - so I carried out experiments with a Snap trap mounted beside the A24 - both using the same bait - possum paste - bingo - killed a rat the next night - this happened on several sites and on a number of occasions - it proved to me that a rat would rather eat out of a Snap trap than put his head up the barrel of an A24
    Strike numbers have increased a lot in the last month or so with younger rats roaming around - this was also confirmed with the kill rate of young rats in Snap traps in the same areas.
    I have just done a check of strike numbers on all the A24s - trap number one to trap number eleven - 13, 7, 10, 15, 9, 12, 11, 15, 8, 6, 14. - total strikes on counters = 255 - in total it is better than I had thought, but keep in mind the cost difference of an A24 compared to a Snap trap in a box or tunnel - during the same period we killed 450 rats in around 200 Snap traps in the same area
    Hope this is useful

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    Good shit! Beats that poison.
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    Cheers Time Out, I had pretty much given up on the 3 A24's we have they hadn't fired in 7 months all baited with chocolate, I think I have seen a A12 possum bait in the shed so will change up and see what happens ��
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    I agree that the ALP is certainly not "see you in 6 months" as they claim. As you say @time out sometimes only 2 months. Its pretty close to false advertising i reckon !!

    Haven't had any action out of my A12 possum traps for the last year but do get a few rats with the A24s. This picture from a couple of days ago.

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    I understand the foot plate can be bought pretty cheap - the owner of this business offered them to me - Grantley Imports - Welcome to Grantley Imports
    Some of my Victor Pros are four years old - they just keep on going - at present they are mostly catching mice so are very sensitive to small rodents
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    @time out you wouldn't have a couple of theses left would you? And where do you buy your snap e traps looking at getting a few of those for the new place ( old man sold runoff for bigger runoff), has got 30 hectares in total of trees I think there blackwood trees anyway some habit for native birds, pheasants and quail. So gotta start traping this new place before spring. Shot 4 possums and caught 1 cat so far.
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    Cruz dealing with his last possum last Wednesday - he had a massive bleed from a tumor on his heart that night - he bounced back a bit in a few days - but ultrasound imaging and xrays yesterday confirmed an ugly tumor - he had another event this morning so we had him euthanized
    I have had nearly 50 years of long living Labradors - Cruz was just 9.5 years - too short
    Not sure how I will handle trapping without a dog - he was a great Mate
    We had one last gentle walk with him on Sunday - he loved it.
    Love your dogs while you have the chance - they don’t last forever!

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    family not pets, sorry for your loss sounds like he had a great life

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    Bugger

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    Sorry mate, never easy to lose family
    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

    You depart with mighty boasts, but you come back having done little.
    Sounds like a typical hunting trip !

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    Sorry to hear about your loss @time out
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    Had 7 leg hold traps set the last few nights only one rat up at the pond. No coons so set them off.
    "Thats not a knife, this is a knife"
    Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
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    Time Out have a look at these.Tully Trap from Scotland available later in year.
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    Had a wip around the trap line today before the rain.

    7 GN A24's = total 11 strikes no carcuses under any of them. Highest number strikes was 6 lowest was 0.

    8 rats and 1 mouse from the victors.

    1 Weasel in a doc 200.

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    Getting very hard to find a pest around the Park - three of us checked about 150 traps this week - four rats and one possum - mostly invading around the boundaries - so the birds should be fairly safe during nesting
    I had to find another Lab - I located Marley with a breeder closely connected to Cruz - he is 15 months old so still a big puppy, eager to learn and still has to grow to match his sire and dam - I have been showing him around my trap lines -

    A nice big buck for you to carry around!
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    Fifth rat here since I changed the gas bottle - maybe pre-feeding works - a month or so of eating the lure bottle and they keep coming back for more - suckers!
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