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Question by jerry1958. Uploaded on June 22, 2010
patience and a .22 rifle.
you could probably try a trot line also
Google "turtle traps" and you'll get some good info. You can buy them or build your own.
What you're asking is a 2 step process. First, you will want to exclude turtles from accessing the pond. Second, you will want to capture any turtles that are in the pond, and exclude them.
Step 1: To keep turtles out of the pond, you should fence it off. The fencing doesn't need to be very high (3 feet should be high enough) or expensive, but it should be burried about 8-12 inches into the ground.
Step 2: You could buy or build a turtle trap (google "turtle traps" for pictures and instructions), and leave it in the shallows baited with sardines or catfood. Make sure it's a live capture trap design so if you capture non-target species, you do not kill them. What you do with the captured target species is up to you, and local game laws of course.
This solution isn't going to be cheap and is going to require some labor, but it should be pretty effective.
I'd try trapping as CR and BIoguy said. Snapping turtles are indangered in some areas. I have 2 ponds and dont believe one or two snappers will eat too manhy stocked fish as each pond has a healthy sunfish population. I do relocate all turtle I'm able to capture, be it redears or snapping.
Turtle soup anyone?
.22 and a pot for soup.
You could also try to catch and relocate them or contact your local State Biologist
catch a bluegill and make sure it's bleeding enough( kinda inhumane, but it works) and when they have them eat it or have a net ready
i never relocated em. Where i live theyre everywhere. they are good for one thing, ill give em that...target practice.
Next time, stock your pond with turtle eating fish! Bigger wins out every time. And, think of the tackle you'd have to use...wire leader, etc.!
Put out jugs or a trot-line w/ chicken livers. Dispatch however you see fit. I usually pull the line up til the heads outta the water, pop pop w/ the .22, then cut the line and let him sink.
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