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What do you do with your possums? #7413857
11/24/21 07:14 PM
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Wondering how many keep them and how many let them go? I see alot of trappers on YouTube letting them go and then talk about how they are managing the species they keep. Seems like a mixed message as if possums don't need managed. Just put up my 3rd one of the season. I feel I'm doing my part in helping the ground nesting birds. And besides IMO possum fur is beautiful.

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413861
11/24/21 07:19 PM
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A healthy possum only has a 2 year life span. Something needs to clean up dead stuff in the winter when the turkey buzzards leave. I kill any that are injured or in or near a horse pasture or within a mile of a chicken coop.. Other wise I release them. They dont seem to get over populated here. I am far enough north I think winter kills a lot of them.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413863
11/24/21 07:19 PM
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Someone on trap shed looking for some

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413864
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Only good possums are the ones flat on the road!!!! LOL. Seriously though I canít even stand the smell and refuse to skin one for $0.25. Never let one run either

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413865
11/24/21 07:19 PM
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I let em go. They aren't worth my effort to bring them home. I try to not kill anything that ain't worth anything to me. I'm fine with whatever anyone else chooses to do with them though. I'm not telling anyone they are wrong for doing whatever they think is the right thing.


Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413866
11/24/21 07:20 PM
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For the last few years, I've donated opossums to Wilmington College, in Ohio for a disease and parasite study on opossums. One of our best friends is a professor there.

Keith

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413893
11/24/21 07:47 PM
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I'd lose permission to trap in my area if I let them go

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413895
11/24/21 07:50 PM
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Huge litters a few wonít be missed!


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413903
11/24/21 08:03 PM
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I send them to possum heaven. They disgust me so it's easy.

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413906
11/24/21 08:05 PM
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I got some folk whole give me $10 for one so any nice size ones I may keep. If their uninjured most if the time their get a freebie


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413908
11/24/21 08:08 PM
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Eh...wot?

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7413909
11/24/21 08:09 PM
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Getting $10 for a possum in Michigan would be like winning the lottery

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413910
11/24/21 08:11 PM
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I have never been that hungry


WHO MADE THIS MESS ALL OVER MY FLOOR THE MUDTRACKER WAS HERE HE HE HE
Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Lugnut] #7413911
11/24/21 08:13 PM
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sick sick sick
laugh

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Yes sir] #7413912
11/24/21 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Yes sir
I'd lose permission to trap in my area if I let them go

Coons also!


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413914
11/24/21 08:14 PM
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I put up the big silver ones, and then tan them. The black ones go to possum heaven but don't get put up, and the babies get released per the wishes of my girls.

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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413915
11/24/21 08:15 PM
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Kill them and toss them. But I only trap on my farm.

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Lugnut] #7413925
11/24/21 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Lugnut
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Not a grinners!


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413926
11/24/21 08:27 PM
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I'll keep a big one if he has a nice pelt and tan him up. Any rubs or small sizes just get released.


Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413948
11/24/21 09:01 PM
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Sell all of them to taxidermist unskinned and froze whole. $5 each. Covers gas.

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Wish I had more time to trap....
Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Law Dog] #7413949
11/24/21 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Law Dog
Originally Posted by Lugnut
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Not a grinners!


G-hog? ....cuz ive had that...they are just subterranean mini cows.
Younger the better like all critters. wink

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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Lugnut] #7413952
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Originally Posted by Lugnut
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Thems not opossums tooths , yum!!

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Law Dog] #7413953
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Originally Posted by Law Dog
Originally Posted by Lugnut
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Not a grinners!


Not with them teeth! Maybe a beav, maybe a grundsau.


Eh...wot?

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7413956
11/24/21 09:20 PM
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I'm very green, but I home tanned a possum last season, and I swear it is the softest, most comforting fur that I've dealt with! I'm sad that they have such a bad rap, cause if it were up to me...I'd have a blanket made out of this stuff! Wifey is clear with a big NO though! Lol


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414061
11/24/21 10:47 PM
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Boil them and make soup
Good on a cold nite

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414079
11/24/21 11:13 PM
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Yuck! Ugly garbage eaters.

I found that if I let them go, they just wound up back in the trap. Sent them to possum heaven.

Jim


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414097
11/24/21 11:40 PM
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Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414112
11/25/21 12:50 AM
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I whack every single grinner I can. Although one year a few years back while coon trapping (just before the last tumble in coon prices.....so '07 or '08?) I caught so many of the dang things that I got sick of killing them. I would just Savell them (slap-tame) until they did their play dead thing, then take the trap off their foot and toss them aside. I got over 50 in just a short time. I loath 'possums. I don't believe I ever got more than a buck for a pelt, but I can't remember. Like Thumbian said, if we got $10 per 'possum it really would be like hitting the lotto.

That whole B.S. story about 5000 ticks a day make me wanna scream.


Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414127
11/25/21 03:41 AM
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you dont have to smack em around to release them. they rarely bite


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414151
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they died ,

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414231
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I feed the eagles we have a bunch here and we'll they like those fuzzy little buggers.


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: bandy] #7414306
11/25/21 09:00 AM
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I dispatch and toss them. We have LOTS of them and they love turkey, duck, pheasant and song bird eggs.


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Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414377
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every one is going to trap to save game birds how about the owls and hawks theres several different kinds of both and flying above has a lot better sight on things most people have no idea how many there are especially the owls that work at night put a trap out to protect your chickens and other birds you will be surprised how many there is especially if you live next to a wooded area

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414459
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When I was still trapping, We had a private buyer that would give us $3-5/ea for possums. He would tan them, and sell at a Rendezvous. We worked out a deal to sell the possums cheap, but he would pay a higher price for other fur. He would place orders before season for x-amount of possums, coons, beaver, yotes, fox, skunks (nice white stripes), etc. and would usually pay 10-15% above going market. We had this arrangement for over a decade. Sadly, cancer got the better of him.

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414537
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I have a guy that pays $5 each froze whole. Sure helps offset gas cost.


Wish I had more time to trap....
Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414541
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No possum should ever get a pass. They are continually expanding their range and are holy heck on ground nesting birds of all sorts. Vermin, pure and simple. No need to worry for them, like cockroaches, will be on earth long after we have had our run.

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414550
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I got $10.00 a piece for XL possums from NAFA during the last mini fur boom 7-8 years ago.


Eh...wot?

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414561
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I run a scorched earth trap line .

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414575
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slow roasted over an open fire basted in persimmon wine,

Re: What do you do with your possums? [Re: Ed Patrick] #7414610
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Caught 42 off one property last year for $20 each. Buzzards got to eat too. If you value ground nesting birds you wonít release them.

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