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Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7378522
10/13/21 07:23 PM
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Why do you think bank rats are “easier” to catch? Or is it because they are Dakota rats? Everyone I know that has trapped out there tells similar tales.

Most guys that come from other places are serious trappers. Several of the ones I know trap here all their life then venture out there and shatter personal catch records. Are you one of them Beav?

To me that speaks volumes.

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Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7378532
10/13/21 07:30 PM
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Why are bank rats easier to catch?

I suspect it's because they got to trap out of the pickup all day long with hip boots on.

Chris, did you ever drive out there and see it during the hay day?

Imagine the Horicon around what year was it? Say 2010, 2011? Now imagine that over half the state.

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Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7378547
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Yes one spring I traveled to SD and the following spring ND. Never took the opportunity to trap it though. In those few days I saw things I never saw anywhere else and I have many hours of field work.

I have an occupation that compliments trapping but there are limits. Probably won’t work forever tho!

Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7378555
10/13/21 07:54 PM
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There will be another rat boom in the Dakotas some day. I don't imagine it will ever be to the level of the last one but none the less there will be one.

Hope we live long enough to see it. I'll move if I have to.

Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7378560
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If Mother Nature cooperated (which she rarely does) should be one every 10 years:)

Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7378583
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She better hurry up.

Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: Sprung & Rusty] #7378827
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Chem trails LOL.

Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7379309
10/14/21 08:32 PM
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I'm going on a mrat scouting trip probably next Saturday northwest of me maybe 100 miles or so. Has to be some rat huts in sloughs somewhere. Eastern SD got baked bad this year but not as bad as the Nodakers. That was epic...


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Re: Is Rat a Rat? [Re: nimzy] #7379406
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It's pretty bad this year. I've put in a lot of miles from the ND border down to around Huron, and the huts just aren't popping up. Last year I hit several sloughs where I could soak 100+ traps on each. This year I can maybe soak 100+ spread across 3 or 4 locations with nothing to reset behind them. Its weird because we have maintained some water but the rats have all but disappeared. I would bet my catch is going to be down 60-70% at least. It's unfortunate because I finally have all the time in the world to trap this year.

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