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    The Oldies possum trapping again

    @BeeMan, @Mooseman and I have been out trapping again this week. We thought we would be adventurous and set 120 traps on Tuesday. Started our day yesterday at 9am and after about the first 20 traps we were at 100% caught!!!! Finally finished clearing the traps at 4pm and had a total of 90 plucked. After gutting, de-limbing and cleaning up it was after 6pm so we were buggered. Today we started earlier but we only got 69 so it was an earlier night (only 5.30pm). We have a good routine now. We are currently only trapping the road side so clear the traps until we have 3 and all pluck together. The boys use the back of the truck but I do the way I was taught by standing up and holding the possum. I find the body stretches better and even though I am slower it is easier for me than the truck deck (and cleaner). Back out tomorrow but showers are forecast so hopefully they don't eventuate.
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    Bit of pocket money there!

    Whats a kilo fetching at the moment?
    Warm Barrels!

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    good result

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    $120 kg, but with the bodies it works out around $160 kg. bloody good milk money
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    So whats your average, 15 coons per Kg?
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    great stuff,enjoy spending your hard earned $$$$

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    Holy crap that's my personal heaven
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    Need to ask a few things here - as an "oldie" trapper myself

    You caught 90 out of 120 of "those" traps (those meaning the modern ones only allowed today)
    AMAZING result if so !!!!!

    Do you set on board ramps or direct on ground ?
    All Pine trapping and before Catkins ??

    You are plucking "cold" Possums ??

    Bodies - what are you doing with them - pet food ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Beeman View Post
    @BeeMan, @Mooseman and I have been out trapping again this week. We thought we would be adventurous and set 120 traps on Tuesday. Started our day yesterday at 9am and after about the first 20 traps we were at 100% caught!!!! Finally finished clearing the traps at 4pm and had a total of 90 plucked. After gutting, de-limbing and cleaning up it was after 6pm so we were buggered. Today we started earlier but we only got 69 so it was an earlier night (only 5.30pm). We have a good routine now. We are currently only trapping the road side so clear the traps until we have 3 and all pluck together. The boys use the back of the truck but I do the way I was taught by standing up and holding the possum. I find the body stretches better and even though I am slower it is easier for me than the truck deck (and cleaner). Back out tomorrow but showers are forecast so hopefully they don't eventuate.
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    You guys are doing a bloody good job
    Keep it up.

    Im just waiting for my mate to turn up in 15min and we are off spotlighting, hopefully we can locate a couple

    Cant wait !

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    think they hot plucking ..thus comment "we get three then pluck"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gapped axe View Post
    So whats your average, 15 coons per Kg?
    We are averaging 13 per kg. Had some monsters yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    Need to ask a few things here - as an "oldie" trapper myself

    You caught 90 out of 120 of "those" traps (those meaning the modern ones only allowed today)
    AMAZING result if so !!!!!

    Do you set on board ramps or direct on ground ?
    All Pine trapping and before Catkins ??

    You are plucking "cold" Possums ??

    Bodies - what are you doing with them - pet food ??
    Hi Sarvo, we use victa and dukes, ground set as we are in the pine forest - the catkins are just starting. We pluck within 5 mins of dispatching them or as soon as they let their fur go. We sell the bodies to the same guy that takes our fur.

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    Well it happened - it rained all day. Makes plucking messy but you've gotta do it. Removed a few traps to make tomorrow faster so we'll be down to about 75 traps. We still got 62 possums today so can't complain.

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    I lay my wet fur out on a plastic bag and dry it that way. Works real well.


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    Try putting the wet fur between 2 layers of newspaper in front of the fire, or even in a sunny spot on the floor, stir it up every now and then, it helps to get those big chunks of wet fur to dry

 

 

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