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Is this muskrat poop? #7030507
10/28/20 04:57 PM
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If it is, HOLY CRAP literally. This place has an infestation of rats. Cause itís like this all around the pond with TONS of slides.

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030509
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whats it taste like?


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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030511
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Yes thats what it looks like.

Can you post a picture of the slides?

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030512
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Here is one

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030514
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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030516
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Yup....rat droppings


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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030528
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Originally Posted by Gone Trappin.
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If it is, HOLY CRAP literally. This place has an infestation of rats. Cause it’s like this all around the pond with TONS of slides.

Any huts out in the pond?


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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030530
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Lucky you! I haven't seen rat droppings like that in years! The slides are special too.

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: upstateNY] #7030531
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Originally Posted by upstateNY
Originally Posted by Gone Trappin.
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If it is, HOLY CRAP literally. This place has an infestation of rats. Cause it’s like this all around the pond with TONS of slides.

Any huts out in the pond?

1 hut that I know of, but there is a BUNCH of bank dens

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7030768
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Yep it is 'rat poop.

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7031385
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How large is the pond, and in what Ohio county do you live, if may ask? There may not be as many rats as there appear to be. Much of the scat appears to be quite old. I have found in the past those self contained areas of water, (ponds & small lakes) can be misleading. I am not saying it isn't worth your effort to trap it. I am saying don't expect to get 50 rats from the pond when you only may get 10 to 15. Ponds have a way to be misleading. They often have misleading signs, i.e., what appears to be a large number of bank dens may on be 3 or 4 actual dens, with the rest being active feeds... where rats are harvesting the roots from plants and grasses.

Being in Ohio... where I have done most all of trapping for 73 years, I can tell you some things to do to help with your scouting. This is the most perfect time of the years to do you scouting. Go out to you location about 3 or 4 PM and sit down on the bank and observe. Watch where the rats are coming from and where they are going to. Walk the edge slowly and quietly... watch for areas with freshly disturbed soil, in the water, at the edge. If they are feeding up under the bank, you will see possibly a small amount of disturbed soil, but watch for small puff of clouding water... this an active feed. the rat is up under the bank cutting roots from the bottom of the plants. Once he gets his jaws and mouth full of the roots, he will pop out of the hole and head back to his den. There are of course variable to these situations, but they are about 85 to 90% accurate.

Enjoy you rat trapping and I hope you have great success this season, in about 2 weeks.

Garry-


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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7031400
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Just trap it and find out how many you can catch . Slides are golden .IF varmits don't eat your catch before you get them.

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7031445
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Originally Posted by Gone Trappin.
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Here is one


Based on the picture I wouldn't call this a 'slide' or in other words a muskrat trail. Rather it looks like where they were digging; for roots maybe?.


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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: drasselt] #7031588
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Originally Posted by drasselt
Originally Posted by Gone Trappin.
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Here is one


Based on the picture I wouldn't call this a 'slide' or in other words a muskrat trail. Rather it looks like where they were digging; for roots maybe?.

The picture is kinda weird, but I know itís a slide/climb out because of how it looks the game trails in the grass leading to it.

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Actor] #7031591
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Originally Posted by Actor
How large is the pond, and in what Ohio county do you live, if may ask? There may not be as many rats as there appear to be. Much of the scat appears to be quite old. I have found in the past those self contained areas of water, (ponds & small lakes) can be misleading. I am not saying it isn't worth your effort to trap it. I am saying don't expect to get 50 rats from the pond when you only may get 10 to 15. Ponds have a way to be misleading. They often have misleading signs, i.e., what appears to be a large number of bank dens may on be 3 or 4 actual dens, with the rest being active feeds... where rats are harvesting the roots from plants and grasses.

Being in Ohio... where I have done most all of trapping for 73 years, I can tell you some things to do to help with your scouting. This is the most perfect time of the years to do you scouting. Go out to you location about 3 or 4 PM and sit down on the bank and observe. Watch where the rats are coming from and where they are going to. Walk the edge slowly and quietly... watch for areas with freshly disturbed soil, in the water, at the edge. If they are feeding up under the bank, you will see possibly a small amount of disturbed soil, but watch for small puff of clouding water... this an active feed. the rat is up under the bank cutting roots from the bottom of the plants. Once he gets his jaws and mouth full of the roots, he will pop out of the hole and head back to his den. There are of course variable to these situations, but they are about 85 to 90% accurate.

Enjoy you rat trapping and I hope you have great success this season, in about 2 weeks.

Garry-

The pond is about 5 acres with a creek flowing into it, Iím in Allen county, and there is more fresh piles poop further on.

Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: upstateNY] #7031609
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Originally Posted by upstateNY

whats it taste like?

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Re: Is this muskrat poop? [Re: Gone Trappin.] #7032726
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Any way you look at it, poop piles are wonderful except if they are on the sidewalks of San Fransisco!

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