ADC Trapper Forum

No Profanity *** No Flaming *** No Advertising *** No Anti Trappers *** No Politics
No Non-Target Catches *** No Links to Anti-trapping Sites *** No Avoiding Profanity Filter


Home~Trap Talk~ADC Forum~Trap Shed~Wilderness Trapping~International Trappers~Fur Handling

Auction Forum~Trapper Tips~Links~Gallery~Basic Sets~Convention Calendar~Chat~ Trap Collecting Forum

Trapper's Humor~Strictly Trapping~Fur Buyers Directory~Mugshots~Fur Sale Directory~Wildcrafting

Trapper's Tales~Words From The Past~Legends~Archives~Kids Forum~Lure Formulators Forum


~~~ Dobbins' Products Catalog ~~~


WCS
(Please support Wildlife Control Supplies, our sponsor for the ADC Page)






Print Thread
Hop To
Grey squirrels are embarrassing me #7375294
10/09/21 04:08 PM
10/09/21 04:08 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 180
Western New York
dinorocks Offline OP
trapper
dinorocks  Offline OP
trapper

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 180
Western New York
I’m trying to help someone with a squirrel issue…the people are in the middle of a housing development with the only oak tree. Squirrels are trying to get into house, shed, garage... I know there are at least 7 squirrels. Over the past 4 days I only caught 3 (juvenile). I have 5 different kinds of box traps out, baited with peanut butter/apples, bird food, and full peanuts. The squirrels are running all around and on the traps. Maybe I was over confident, but I thought I would have caught them all by now. I have a nuisance license but not very experienced in targeting grey squirrels.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you very much!
Dino


"Speedy arrow, sharp and narrow" GD
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375363
10/09/21 06:16 PM
10/09/21 06:16 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 6,930
West Michigan
G
Getting There Offline
trapper
Getting There  Offline
trapper
G

Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 6,930
West Michigan
May go to bait for all sqrs is black oil seed (sunflower seeds)


To Old
U.S. Army 60-63 SGT.
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375368
10/09/21 06:23 PM
10/09/21 06:23 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 7,322
Northern Illinois
M
MChewk Offline
trapper
MChewk  Offline
trapper
M

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 7,322
Northern Illinois
Try walnuts.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: MChewk] #7375586
10/09/21 10:57 PM
10/09/21 10:57 PM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 7,556
WI - Wisconsin
A
AJE Offline
trapper
AJE  Offline
trapper
A

Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 7,556
WI - Wisconsin
Originally Posted by MChewk
Try walnuts.

This^. Or acorns or corn.


WTA Member
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375595
10/09/21 11:05 PM
10/09/21 11:05 PM
Joined: Feb 2018
Posts: 177
Canada
U
Urbancoon Offline
trapper
Urbancoon  Offline
trapper
U

Joined: Feb 2018
Posts: 177
Canada
Outside my window at work, a grey squirrel is hard at work harvesting the nuts out of an oak.

May want to try the acorns from the tree.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375622
10/10/21 12:57 AM
10/10/21 12:57 AM
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
Schenectady, NY
E
EatenByLimestone Offline
trapper
EatenByLimestone  Offline
trapper
E

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
Schenectady, NY
Where are you setting the traps? A double door trap positive set over their entrance is hard for them to get by.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375685
10/10/21 07:13 AM
10/10/21 07:13 AM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,918
Frazee, MN
B
backroadsarcher Offline
trapper
backroadsarcher  Offline
trapper
B

Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,918
Frazee, MN
Are you trying to get them when the natural food is abundant? My guess when the acorn crop is ate up it would get a little easier??

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375785
10/10/21 09:10 AM
10/10/21 09:10 AM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 7,556
WI - Wisconsin
A
AJE Offline
trapper
AJE  Offline
trapper
A

Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 7,556
WI - Wisconsin
Use an acorn picker and remove most of their natural source.


WTA Member
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7375800
10/10/21 09:38 AM
10/10/21 09:38 AM
Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 7,556
WI - Wisconsin
A
AJE Offline
trapper
AJE  Offline
trapper
A

Joined: Jan 2016
Posts: 7,556
WI - Wisconsin
Maybe try a good attractant, something like this:

https://www.animaltrapsandsupplies....-wJJnQeL9tX-_UWholc3y7h0wlwaAnz7EALw_wcB

I've thought about buying this. I mean you can't go wrong with Jameson baits.

Last edited by AJE; 10/10/21 09:38 AM.

WTA Member
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7376772
10/11/21 01:55 PM
10/11/21 01:55 PM
Joined: May 2017
Posts: 181
ontario
K
k9-hunter Offline
trapper
k9-hunter  Offline
trapper
K

Joined: May 2017
Posts: 181
ontario
i usually use corn or buy a bag of squirrel feed its a mixture of everthing both have never failed also just finished a squirrel job where the only thing that they would hit was chocolate chip cookies

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7376790
10/11/21 02:08 PM
10/11/21 02:08 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 17,432
St. Louis Co, Mo
B
BigBob Offline
trapper
BigBob  Offline
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 17,432
St. Louis Co, Mo
IME, Squirrels will eat Black Walnuts only if there's nothing else available.


Every kid needs a Dog and a Curmudgeon.

Remember Bowe Bergdahl, the traitor.

Beware! Jill Pudlewski, Ron Oates and Keven Begesse are liars and thiefs!
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7377007
10/11/21 05:59 PM
10/11/21 05:59 PM
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
Schenectady, NY
E
EatenByLimestone Offline
trapper
EatenByLimestone  Offline
trapper
E

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
Schenectady, NY
Black walnuts are prime habitat for reds.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7377336
10/12/21 07:20 AM
10/12/21 07:20 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 4,996
SW Pa
B
Bob Jameson Offline
trapper
Bob Jameson  Offline
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 4,996
SW Pa
Our reds are mostly all around evergreen and pine type trees. So as I interview a customer on a call and ask what type of trees are around their home I can predict with a high degree of accuracy if they may be red squirrels.Their habitat is pine groves but they do like walnuts here. They prefer to live in pines and travel to the nut trees to feed and carry home their food to dine and stash.

Flyers love acorns for the most part in my areas. Greys are all over the wild nut food source spectrum

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7377830
10/12/21 09:04 PM
10/12/21 09:04 PM
Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 3
missouri
C
chris morrow Offline
trapper
chris morrow  Offline
trapper
C

Joined: Sep 2020
Posts: 3
missouri
Try baiting with a mixture of peanut butter, roasted unsalted peanuts, and black sunflower seeds. The smell from the peanuts and peanut butter gets their attention. The sunflower seeds are the final draw. I always place them on top of the peanut butter and peanuts. I also leave a bait trail of sunflower seeds outside the trap leading to the trap entrance. I've seen grey squirrels stare at the sunflower seeds on the pan like they know it's not a good idea and go in anyway.

In my area there are a lot of DIY nuisance trappers that trap and release the squirrels. Every time that happens it just makes them a little harder to catch, but it can be done.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: Bob Jameson] #7377864
10/12/21 10:15 PM
10/12/21 10:15 PM
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
Schenectady, NY
E
EatenByLimestone Offline
trapper
EatenByLimestone  Offline
trapper
E

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 548
Schenectady, NY
Originally Posted by Bob Jameson
Our reds are mostly all around evergreen and pine type trees. So as I interview a customer on a call and ask what type of trees are around their home I can predict with a high degree of accuracy if they may be red squirrels.Their habitat is pine groves but they do like walnuts here. They prefer to live in pines and travel to the nut trees to feed and carry home their food to dine and stash.

Flyers love acorns for the most part in my areas. Greys are all over the wild nut food source spectrum



That's exactly what I've found. Norway Spruce also is a big draw.

I had a red stash black walnuts in my shed this year. I removed 15 gallons of them, lol.

Greys tend to stick to the deciduous here.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7377953
10/13/21 05:52 AM
10/13/21 05:52 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 180
Western New York
dinorocks Offline OP
trapper
dinorocks  Offline OP
trapper

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 180
Western New York
Thank you very much for all the help!! I ended up catching the squirrels I was after and my client was very happy…even got a tip!

Take care all!

Last edited by dinorocks; 10/13/21 05:53 AM. Reason: Spellcheck

"Speedy arrow, sharp and narrow" GD
Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: dinorocks] #7378889
10/14/21 09:12 AM
10/14/21 09:12 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 7,322
Northern Illinois
M
MChewk Offline
trapper
MChewk  Offline
trapper
M

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 7,322
Northern Illinois
Good job Dino...patience at times can be difficult...lol my wife and daughter were razzing me about the gray squirrels that would avoid my cages. I finally caught 6 and quieted those two down.

Re: Grey squirrels are embarrassing me [Re: BigBob] #7412859
11/23/21 07:04 PM
11/23/21 07:04 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 16,776
Central Ohio
LT GREY Offline
trapper
LT GREY  Offline
trapper

Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 16,776
Central Ohio
Originally Posted by BigBob
IME, Squirrels will eat Black Walnuts only if there's nothing else available.


B S !
Squirrels will chose walnuts over many other food sources...you got it backwards !

You say you have 7 squirrels. Is that because you have a female in estrus ?
Or a late litter of 5 young and the female. . .and now she's coming back in season ?

Ever consider forgoing baited traps and use a lethal method ?
Also if you using baited traps on the ground. . . stop it !
The same bait in a trap set well off the ground, will out perform one on the ground.
Learn how to make a shelf and get that trap off the ground.

Squirrels are arboreal and presentation matters !
wink

Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread




Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1