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#7056031 - 01/28/18 01:13 PM Turkeys -what if?
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What if a hog trap accidentally trapped a turkey? In theory and hypothetically, not that anybody I know actually trapped and released one unharmed.

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#7056038 - 01/28/18 01:17 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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It happens, just like getting deer in the trap. Open the door and let them out. Hope it isnít a rodeo like trying to release a deer. The deer beat themselves up pretty good trying to get out.


Edited by rexmitchell (01/28/18 01:18 PM)

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#7056042 - 01/28/18 01:24 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: krmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
It happens, just like getting deer in the trap. Open the door and let them out. Hope it isn’t a rodeo like trying to release a deer. The deer beat themselves up pretty good trying to get out.
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#7056056 - 01/28/18 01:44 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: dogcatcher]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
It happens, just like getting deer in the trap. Open the door and let them out. Hope it isn’t a rodeo like trying to release a deer. The deer beat themselves up pretty good trying to get out.
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My experience with the deer has been mixed. My trap is modular so when I remember my tools itís best to take the top off and let them jump out. When having to use the door I usually have to run them out. They arenít very excited about going through a door that got them trapped in the first place.

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#7056088 - 01/28/18 02:37 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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Reason quit using my trap, took forever ta trap hog, finally got three. Started hearing the stories of deer getting in traps, & deer getting tore up, also heard they were talking bout making them illegal if had top.
The large circle traps with the funnel & spring door are way to go.
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#7056172 - 01/28/18 04:19 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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Could be worse...

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#7056189 - 01/28/18 04:40 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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Then you would have a turkey in your trap.
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#7056198 - 01/28/18 04:45 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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I catch turkeys all of the time, and deer. Letting them out isn't as bad as deer.
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#7056392 - 01/28/18 07:17 PM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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Nearly caught one in a live trap (varmint-sized) one time. I guess the gate wouldnít latch because of his tail.
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#7056633 - 01/29/18 12:42 AM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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A 6pt. and a 4pt. got in the hog trap and the 4 point killed the 6 point.......Ranch we owned between San Saba and Llano......

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#7056665 - 01/29/18 05:40 AM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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I have caught quite a few turkeys and released them. They get pretty rowdy and can hurt themselves but not nearly as bad as deer. Deer are wound up hyper machines and can easily break their necks or get busted up. A few years ago I designed a deer proof hog trap. It allowed the deer and turkeys and exotics to escape but hogs could not get out. Sold quite a few to places that had exotics but not enough to keep me in business.
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#7056727 - 01/29/18 07:15 AM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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Cut a hole in the top of the hog trap just big enough to allow a deer or turkey to get out, and only cut three sides and fold the wire back. You can leave it open all the time or open it manually to let the deer out.

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#7056867 - 01/29/18 08:49 AM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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Caught a deer on 3 separate occasions. One buck was in very bad shape. To the point I would be surprised if he survived much longer. A doe knocked herself out when I approached the trap so I tied it open and she eventually woke up and got out. After the that I started tying wire across the opening to keep deer out but the hogs could keep getting in. Never caught a deer after that.

Caught 3 turkeys on 1 occasion and just chased them out and they were fine.

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#7056885 - 01/29/18 08:58 AM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: Cherokee Mingan]
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Originally Posted By: Cherokee Mingan
Caught a deer on 3 separate occasions. One buck was in very bad shape. To the point I would be surprised if he survived much longer. A doe knocked herself out when I approached the trap so I tied it open and she eventually woke up and got out. After the that I started tying wire across the opening to keep deer out but the hogs could keep getting in. Never caught a deer after that.

Caught 3 turkeys on 1 occasion and just chased them out and they were fine.


The wire is a good idea that I want to try this year. Figured the hogs would go right under it but the deer probably wouldn't.

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#7056892 - 01/29/18 09:01 AM Re: Turkeys -what if? [Re: 603Country]
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What surprised me most about the turkey in the trap was that we donít have turkeys around here. At least we havenít for the decade or more that weíve had this place. But we have a small group now, that Iíve seen at distance a couple of times. Never expected to find one in my trap. He was a whopper. 10 inch beard Iíd guess.

I wonder where they came from. Limestone County doesnít even have a turkey season, not that Iíd shoot one anyway. I suppose I should call the game warden and tell him we have turkeys.

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