Whats the best way to handle a snapping turtle?

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by flannelman, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. flannelman

    flannelman New Member

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    i got a lot of these big snappers in my local pond and would love to take some for cookin. what is the best way to handle one of these big guys out of the water? i dont feel like gettin bittin by one cause i know the damage they can do. i like my fingers just where they are.
     
  2. HARVRAD2003

    HARVRAD2003 New Member

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    We used to pick them up by the tail, before doing so we usually got something like a stick and let the snapper bite it before picking it up. There neck is very long so watch out it almost seems as if they can reach back to get you, but I don't think they can, they never did with us anyway.
     

  3. dinkbuster1

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    safest is to grab by the tail. or you can grab hold of his shell about 3/4 of the way back from the head (look at my avatar), wear some leather gloves and hold on tight. when you have hold of their shell they will dig with their hind legs and nails trying to pry you loose (reason to wear thick leather gloves). be careful and keep him away from your body, especially the "private" area :eek: their necks have one heck of a reach!
     
  4. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    what is the best way to handle one of these big guys out of the water?

    Let someone else do it.
     
  5. HARVRAD2003

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    Or you could bash there head in alittle, since you want them for dinner anyway. I did this once and put the turtle in a metal washtub full of water for a day and thought he was dead, he was as alive as could be---they're hard to kill.
     
  6. YeeHaw

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    The safest way is not to touch them. LOL, Or if your that crazy cut it's head off first.
     
  7. Dreadnaught

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    A 22cal. pistol works wonders for their attitudes, LOL!!!
     
  8. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    the once i have caught i always just held the tail or like somebody said just hold on to the shell aaround the back legs.watch them buggers there necks seem to be as long as they are and there chomp looks like it could leave a mark or even lop something off.;)
     
  9. KentE

    KentE New Member

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    Funny,

    I'm new here and just figured out how to upload a picture. Then I saw this thread :)

    I caught this bugger in a little creek in North Georgia with ultra-light gear and six lb test (I was bottom fishing for small cats). Last one I'll take out of any water, they're mean!

    Kent

    ps I was wondering if I get an e-mail notification when someone replies to something I've written?
     
  10. Dragger

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    We always used a dog catch pole . put the loop around his head and put him in a sack, there most always to put in a cooler.................
     
  11. Dragger

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    they are most always to BIG to put in a cooler (sorry).........
     
  12. T-Bone

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    My question is: Why would ya want to get a hold of'em ?
    Had one bite the tip of my shoe off when I was a kid. Thought he got toes too ! After that, I leave them alone.......
     
  13. Ace

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    I just pull their neck out while the hook is in their mouth and cut their head off
    that's the way I handle them.

    :cat:
     
  14. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    Amen brother!!!! That sure does seem to get the point across, now doesn't it !!!!
     
  15. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Let it bite a stick, hold the head up, then slit the throat.

    Hang it by the tail to drain the blood.

    Be sure to put it in a tub of clean water for a couple of days, changing the water each day. It helps to flush them out.
     
  16. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    One more thing, it will still bite after the head is off.

    Just ask my dog.

    And another thing, they are like catfish in that the bigger they are the more toxins they hold. So in other words you are btter off eating the smaller ones.
     
  17. Netmanjack

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    Grab them by the tail with their belly toward you !
    I put one in the back of my truck one night for safe keeping. Maybe two hours latter I went to the truck for something, any way I forgot that he was in there and as I reached over the tail gate, he jumped up and just missed my arm! :eek: Now how high is a ford tail gate? and I wasn't reaching down, man he was in there just waiting all of that time to nail me! :mad: As it turned out he never got another chance, tasted pretty darn good too ! :D
     
  18. Netmanjack

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    I hope so Ace! you would pay H E double L if you tried to take the hook out first ! lol :eek:
     
  19. kat buster

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    Just keep All body parts away from the mouth, and watch out for the claws they will tare you up. Plus watch out even after you cut there heads off, they can still take your finger off even thought the head is detached. :eek:
     
  20. slimepig

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    saw something on tv last night. a guy was measuring the bite strength of different animals. alligator snapping turtle came in 3rd behind lions, and crocodiles. 1004 pounds per square inch. the 20 ft. crocodile they tested was all tired out n bit 2500 pounds per square inch. dunno why he didnt test an alligator. they have a broader snout n seems would have more jaw strength. BTW, a rottweiler beat out the infamous pit bull.