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    Good work on the cat Kukuwai - wish I could do that around here but one is Bengal Tiger worth $1k
    I have been a bit lazy with posting lately - but I am keeping busy trapping several places and the street
    Predator Free BOP total is now 1198 - our street total is now 55 animals in four months - predominantly rats but a couple of ferrets, lots of hogs and some mice
    The expensive cat is leaving a trail of destruction behind - but that’s life and there are plenty of Pukes to go around - although Quail are living in the same area - we had a family of six Quail shelter under our hedge a few days back - they must know our yard is fairly safe
    I saw a mouse run in from the garage and under the dishwasher - full access to under a timber floor - first night he got the peanut butter off a mouse trap - couple of days later I got him in a Snap-E rat trap - they have an amazing hair trigger function that will get a mouse every time

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    I run a trap line in a Wellington park, but yesterday got one in my own garden...

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    good ol peanut butter.... nice work fellas same boat @kukawai with work being full on and my lines due a check hopefully this weekend i will find some past stinky remains, some one gave me one of those steve allen traps a while back but didn't know much about them and due to its medieval appearance was a little reluctant to install but i think i will now. Keep at it all
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    I had a short break from the bush last week due to a back problem - so most of my lines at the TPQ Park were two weeks since being checked - too long - what a mess
    The last couple of days I cleared out 1 possum, 14 rats, 2 hogs and 1 ferret - many traps had already been cleared by cannibal rats - total predator kills so far this year is 128
    The ferret I got this morning was fresh - lure was manky chicken necks, egg and PP Balls - medium size female - minimal smell so I cut off the tale, four legs and most of the skin - should be some good lure for my 15 doc250/200 traps - also got the tale in the freezer for the Swamp Comp @Dundee

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    Good work folks keep posting the kills and methods.
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    I had a few left over fence pailings....

    Rather than take them back i have put them to good use



    Worked out real good 4 x 1.8m pailings made 5 victor boxes with next to no wastage !!!

    Looking forward to getting them out there

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    The young one came back to find Mum - I went back to the ferret site a few days later to see if there were any family members around - but nothing - so I put a slice of Mums skin and fur in behind the Trap - I also had a fresh rat from a nearby site so I put it on the top of the box with a couple of pieces of wood to hold it still - back there yesterday - bingo a young one had been back to check on Mum - so this time I left one of Mum’s legs in the bait end of the box - will see if there any more around in a few days. It’s a smelly business legging and skinning them but seems to work.
    Good work with the boxes @kukuwai - I see you are doing swivel tops - I have reverted to nailing the box closed and doing a hinge mesh rear door with a core flute floor slider

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    Nicely done fellas, checked one of my estuary lines yesterday for 6 rats and 2 weasels, and another 2 rats in the 2 boxes identical to the boxes you have made Kukuwai at the mai mai.

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    That is some smart thinking re those ferrets @time out well done.

    I wonder if we should start chopping up the stoats too?


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    I have reverted to nailing the box closed and doing a hinge mesh rear door with a core flute floor slider
    You got any pictures id be keen to see some.

    The main reason i made those wooden boxes is to replace some of the original ones i made from old real estate signs they are buggered. Sun has just turned them brittle.



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    Any length will do - but ripping an 1800 paling into four pieces is simple
    I go to ITM and tell them I want joinery timber for trap boxes and they give me clears
    A smear of PVA glue - 6 nails top and bottom - block stack them with some weight - all done!
    Staple mesh on back end - hinge front end with staples at the bottom - a screw at the top to keep the kids out
    Make a slider out of Real estate agent signs 100mm wide - close to full length - cut a slot for the egg to sit or for your finger to pull it out
    Currently using Victor Pro traps - a couple of office staples through the slider into the trap - or a couple of small screws through a Snap-e trap into the slider
    Another alternative might be a couple of slits in the slider around the length of the trap - slit it sideways and bend it up to catch the trap as you slide in and out
    A 450 length box is a bit long but 3 cuts through the 1800 paling is simple - build a nest inside for the egg if you want the natural look
    Bait to suit your taste - as always - I use GN Possum Paste - one of my traps pulled in a stoat a couple of days back - he wasn’t dead and didn’t give up without a scrap - I wasn’t around so had to get one of the Girls to clear it - LOL - two rats killed at the site in the last few days - rat piss is a very strong stoat lure!!!!
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    Bag the tails.
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    I'm keen to get a few traps out around the garden/garage/water race and see if I can deal to a few rats before they make it into the ceiling. However there are a few friendly cats about that I definitely don't want poking at the traps, so I assume I would need to set up some tunnels or boxes to keep them out?

    Any recommendations for setups?

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    You can't go wrong with the victors in the boxes as the guys have done above , people do make tunnels out of core flute or you can buy them
    also if you don't have time and have budget farmlands are doing the victor trap in wooden box for $30 at the mo , not sure if thats cheap but is handy.[URL="https://www.traps.co.nz/pcr-kill-trap-tunnel-for-stoats-weasels-and-rats"]

 

 

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