turtle traps

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by fwmud, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    On the old site(couldn't find it) there was a crude hand drawing on a trap to catch turtles for removeal from waters.
    The old farmer wants me to see if I can make him one to get the turtle out of his pond.
    It was made from lumber with 16 penny nails sticking up and I can't remember the rest.
    Any takers?
     
  2. sam9266

    sam9266 New Member

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    Hey Keith...

    I dont have any pics or drawings but basically you build a mesh box out of hardware cloth or hog fence with the top attached to a lumber frame.. we used landscape timbers but 2X4 would work. The timber frame floats a few inches above the surface.. if it doesnt then you might have to add some foam noodles to help it. Then you drive the nails in at a 45 degree angle towards the center of the opening all the way around the top.. kinda like the 3 strand barbed wire holders on the security chain link fence. Bait the trap with just about any meat and secure the bait so its in the center of the opening right at the waters surface. The turtles climb up and over the nails and tumble over into the trap but because the nails are at a 45 degree angle and several inces from the waters surface they cant climb back out. Turtles can actually drown in one of these traps if its not checked often.. if wanting to relocate the turtle then make sure to put a little platform in the center but not so that they can climb over the nails. We also made ours so that a mesh laundry bag fit perfectly inside the trap and all we had to do was to unhook the bag.. lift it out and dump it then out the bag back in.. much easier than lifting the whole water logged trap each time. You can also build one that is permenant and doesnt float but the top sits right at the surface.. if the ponds level doesnt flucuate a lot that is.

    Good luck.... Sam
     

  3. zmany2k

    zmany2k New Member

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    we always used gallon milk jug with two lines attached to it. one for the bank to pull it in, another to dangle in the water with a hook and bait. if you've got big cats in the water, then it might catch them instead of the turtle, so it'd be up to you. important thing is to make sure that the bait doesn't touch bottom. then you just toss it out there and come back to check it every once in awhile. works like a charm.
     
  4. davesoutfishing

    davesoutfishing New Member

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    I have seen a 55 gallon drum cut in half fullit with water so it is 3 inches from the top of the barrel add a 2x4 in the center of the top of the barrel nail each end place your bait in the center and nail down your bait when the turtle comes to eat he falls off into the barrel and cant get out ( never tryed this just seen it)
     
  5. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Here is a link to a trap. Hope it will help.turtle trap
     
  6. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Tommy, that is just plain fantastic! Now how did ya know that I'd have PVC pipe laying around?
    Thanks again for the link. My old pond owner will be thrilled.
    (which makes me even happier) :)
     
  7. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Hope it works for you, keith. I had found that for a friend some time back, and he said the trap worked in his pond.