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how do you get snapping turtles out of a pond i just stocked it yesterday and dont want all the fish eaten

Question by jerry1958. Uploaded on June 22, 2010

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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

patience and a .22 rifle.

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from Ethan3 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

you could probably try a trot line also

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from country road wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Google "turtle traps" and you'll get some good info. You can buy them or build your own.

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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.

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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.

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from MPN wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Turtle soup anyone?

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from 86Ram wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

.22 and a pot for soup.

You could also try to catch and relocate them or contact your local State Biologist

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from hammelh13 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

i never relocated em. Where i live theyre everywhere. they are good for one thing, ill give em that...target practice.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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.!

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from jbird wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

patience and a .22 rifle.

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from country road wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Google "turtle traps" and you'll get some good info. You can buy them or build your own.

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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.

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from MPN wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Turtle soup anyone?

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from hammelh13 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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

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from jbird wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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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from Ethan3 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

you could probably try a trot line also

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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.

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from 86Ram wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

.22 and a pot for soup.

You could also try to catch and relocate them or contact your local State Biologist

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

i never relocated em. Where i live theyre everywhere. they are good for one thing, ill give em that...target practice.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

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.!

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