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20-02-2020, 22:35   #286
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Well then i would say pop him into a feed bag or something similar,tie the bag tight as close as you can tie it to him and when it calms down knock it on the head.Sounds simple but ive never had to do it so the theory might sound better than the reality.Ive always shot them in cage traps with an air rifle at first and now i use a cci 22lr short bullet.With either i would wait till it was calm and then just shoot it in the head from the top of the cage.Care must be taken with the 22lr even if the bullet was travelling fairly slow.Oh and didn't know we had moles in Ireland is there many where you are.
No moles in Ireland lad
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21-02-2020, 00:08   #287
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No moles in Ireland lad
I thought that as well,wonder what the person is mistaking for moles.
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I'd have no problem killing it, if there was a common way used by those without a gun. I wouldn't be squeamish or that, but would like to be doing it in a way that was generally acceptable etc.

We have ducks, geese, peasants, hare, field mice, moles and even a fox on our property here. All our welcome but we don't want the mink.

I do know a lad who has a gun, might give him a shout and ask him his opinion.
Buy a couple of Fenn traps, and make up some three sided tunnels for them. Easy enough make with some 12mm ply. No need for anything to dispatch with then. Be done and dusted.
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I thought that as well,wonder what the person is mistaking for moles.
Probably a shrew.
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Probably a shrew.
or vole
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or vole
Sounds more plausible actually Eddie.

I thought shrew straightaway because there is an abundance of them not far from where we live.

I called to a lad to go shooting deer early one morning and when he put on his wellie he took it off again straight away and shook it upside down and out fell a shrew as flat as a pancake.

Ah, he said.... I knew I felt something the last time I put that boot on, thought it was me loose sock.
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Picked a shrew up once as a kid. Fecker gave me a nasty bite! He met his end when I instinctively threw him down on the floor.
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Is this from a mink or otter would ye think?
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Is this from a mink or otter would ye think?
I would guess otter. Putting a coin or something for size reference help especially when trying to identify scat and footprints from photo's.

Where was the scat? Beside a drain or stream, or a large river?
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I would guess otter. Putting a coin or something for size reference help especially when trying to identify scat and footprints from photo's.

Where was the scat? Beside a drain or stream, or a large river?
It was where 2 drains meet a river. Seemed to be a good bit of activity around the place
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It was where 2 drains meet a river. Seemed to be a good bit of activity around the place
Always a good location to set a mink trap. Even if it is Otter scat, you'd probably have mink there too. I usually don't trap this time of year partially because people out fishing might stumble upon my traps, and also im busy with other stuff during the summer months
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First pic looks like a latrine area. Do otters and/or minks regularly use the same location to defecate?
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First pic looks like a latrine area. Do otters and/or minks regularly use the same location to defecate?
Yes both mink and Otter use certain locations to defecate. In fact, the phrase "otter toilet" is commonly used to describe such area's. I think they are used to mark territories, especially in locations as described above, where different bodies of water meet.
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Always a good location to set a mink trap. Even if it is Otter scat, you'd probably have mink there too. I usually don't trap this time of year partially because people out fishing might stumble upon my traps, and also im busy with other stuff during the summer months
Ya I might set a trap there and see what happens. It's on a bit of land I'm after buying.
Fishermen would be very rare around there
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Ya I might set a trap there and see what happens. It's on a bit of land I'm after buying.
Fishermen would be very rare around there
Go for it! Let us know how you get on
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