That's what I read, anyway. A taste between turkey and pork.
That sounds good until you realize a nutria is a very large rat. But I digress
My cousin told me that when he was fishing in my lake, he saw three Nutria.
One was sharing a stump sticking up out of the lake with a turtle.
When it comes to beaver and nutria, I would give them names and feed them,
except they burrow into dams and cause them to fail, and I can't have that.
So yesterday, I set up my Sniper Seat 360 in the shade of a tree and did not have to wait long.
Darn if a nutria didn't climb up on a stump with a turtle.
I rolled the Redfield Revolution up to 7X and could see his wet fur bristling in the sun.
The Mapulator app had plotted the range at only 90 yards, so there was no need
for the bullet drop compensating feature on the Accu Range reticle.
Breath control, a steady hold and a press of the trigger delivered
the Hornady Superformance .243, 58 grain pill at 3,925 fps.
Well, not that fast from my 16 inch Ruger American Compact.
An explosion of mist from the soggy rat suggested a solid hit.
He surfaced briefly, drifted slowly a few feet and sank.
A couple of years ago on another pond, I got a double on beavers from that Sniper Seat.
Beavers mate for life and the male beaver swam over to the female I had shot
and began carrying her lifeless body back across the lake.
It was heartbreaking, but at least they died together.
Now, another nutria swam from their den in the dam to look for brother rat.
Shot at that one but pretty sure I missed. Insert alibi: At that distance
a swimming target smaller than a biscuit edgewise isn't easy to hit.
Yet another nutria swims from the den. This one bucked and then floated.
By and by, something is moving through the reeds toward the floater.
Probably the one I had missed earlier but this time is halfway up out of the water in the reeds,
broadside to me and moving very slowly. Jumped and then sank slowly into the reeds.
I stuck around for another hour or so and checked the lake again this morning.
All three in that little family must have met their demise. RIP my furry friends.