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#6290209 - 05/06/16 09:40 PM Pond Turtles.......got to go!
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OK, not ‘Varmints’ but definitely ‘pests’!

Turtles (red eared sliders) were pretty much taking over one of our small ponds.

My older brother and I spent about an hour and a half thinning them out.

Took the .17 HMR down there, a pair of binoculars and a few cold drinks.

Sort of an East Texas version of prairie dog shooting.

By the time we left, we were hard pressed to spot any turtles. We won’t know the count for a day or two….when they come floating up, but it will be close to three dozen. Way…..too many for such a small pond.


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#6290275 - 05/06/16 11:07 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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Looks like good fun
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#6290289 - 05/06/16 11:48 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Looks like good fun


Fun to spend time with my brother.

Turtle reduction is just a necessary thing from time to time.

Nice weather today though, shady spot from which to shoot. No hurry. Shots ranged from 30 to 90 yards, most about 60 yds.

The accuracy of the CZ-455 was well appreciated since Turtle heads are not especially large targets.

Using 17 gr. CCI 'TNT' ammo...there were NO ricochets off the water. We either hit turtle or hit water, but either way... the fragile bullet would break up immediately upon impact.

Shots that missed made a distinct popping sound and produced a large spray of water. Direct hits resulted in a 'crack' like sound and very little if any water spray.

There were dozens of turtles swimming around when we first started. At one point I had to let the barrel cool down a bit. Toward the end...we had to scan the pond for minutes at a time to spot even the smallest ones at the far end of the pond.

We were able to put a real dent in them. I want a certain amount of turtles in the pond. They provide a good service in moderate numbers, but they were just everywhere. I could not cast a top water bait out into the water without turtles immediately going for it.

Probably be O.K. now until late fall, maybe next spring.
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#6290296 - 05/07/16 12:49 AM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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Turtle shooting is a lot of fun and necessary, and yes the 17 HMR is a tack driver. Will also smack down smaller pigs and yotes too like you hit them in the head with a 4 pound hammer. clap If you have a chance to shoot the WSM, I'm pretty sure you will go eek2 Those fast little bullets turn a brain into jello in a millisecond and are just fun to shoot, and they are cheaper to shoot as well. up
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#6290309 - 05/07/16 04:29 AM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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Used to do that in my ponds each summer. I would pull my 140 hp case on the dam and crawl up in the raised bucket, death from above grin
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#6290575 - 05/07/16 11:53 AM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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sounds like a great time!

hadn't done it in a while but I loved shooting turtles as a kid. really helped me hone my rifle skills.
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#6292490 - 05/09/16 01:48 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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The bench is cheating. We always had to find a stick with a fork on the end for a monopod. Good times.
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#6292515 - 05/09/16 02:18 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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I need to do the same, we got about 30 acres of water bang
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#6292666 - 05/09/16 04:33 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: aggiehunter03]
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Originally Posted By: aggiehunter03
The bench is cheating. We always had to find a stick with a fork on the end for a monopod. Good times.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Roger that.

And I could do that 'back in the day', but I am 62 years old now....so a bench, some cool beverages and good optics are pretty much necessities. wink

At least I didn't have to take a nap. grin
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#6293328 - 05/10/16 07:56 AM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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I take my boys out to my uncles ranch and turn them loose with their .22's.....
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#6295374 - 05/11/16 03:17 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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We used to shoot them, but we are now trapping them. After seeing this, I am going to have to remove the trap so that we can get back to the fun.

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#6295840 - 05/11/16 08:30 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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Just call Neil and the Turtle Man, they'll rush right over and get you all fixed up. rofl roflmao
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#6296124 - 05/12/16 07:15 AM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: LRG]
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Originally Posted By: LRG
We used to shoot them, but we are now trapping them. After seeing this, I am going to have to remove the trap so that we can get back to the fun.


I went down to the pond yesterday and there were no fewer than 30 turtles floating. The wind had pushed them against the grass in one area. They were about 10-12' from the bank...or I would have stacked them up for a picture.

While I stood there....I saw exactly two turtle heads out in the pond. No doubt there a few more, but we put a serious dent in them. So now...I can go back to fishing top water again without the turtles attacking my lure.

We just had WAY too many of them in that small pond.
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#6298532 - 05/14/16 12:08 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants.

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#6298867 - 05/14/16 09:39 PM Re: Pond Turtles.......got to go! [Re: flintknapper]
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Have not tried these, just heard about them. http://turtlecrazy.com/

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