Armadillo traps?Contributors to this thread:
[email protected] 11-Oct-22
greg simon 11-Oct-22
No Mercy 11-Oct-22
Iowa Rut Nut 11-Oct-22
Not exactly bow hunting related but thought I'd see if anyone had ever caught nuisance Armadillos with leghold traps? Would their shell prevent the trap from latching on? Since they don't have knuckles and are so powerful would they be able to pull away? I try to keep a nice yard but have had issues from time to time with them rooting up my grass. I have in the past, I just kept getting up throughout the night and would pattern my 12 gauge on them. Even though were on acre tracts, a blast at 2:00 in the morning can be scary to my older neighbors. I don't have a live trap that's large enough . Thanks in advance, Gene
I'm subscribed to this thread for any kind of trap that works. Just transferred to a new refuge that is full of the little digging tanks.
.22 not as loud as a 12 gauge. Never trapped one but shot lots of them back in OK. In high school we would come up behind them and stab them through shell with a big pocket knife. Hate those damn thing when one is around when in a tree stand. Use to shoot them with an arrow when below me out treestand. Seemed like ever time arrow would go through them stick in ground they would jump and snap arrow.
I've only trapped them with a live trap but I've shot quite a few when I catch them out in the open. They ain't worth the price of an arrow a .22 dispatches them quick and cheap.
Lay a board down on edge in an area they are feeding and set live trap at end,they follow the board into the live trap.
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From: greg simon
What buckdeer said. I've caught a lot of them by making a funnel with stuff. They gladly follow walls and such into live traps. I'm sure a couple legholds at the end of your funnel would catch one. Not sure if a single leghold would work but you could try. Word of caution; I've had them destroy a box trap before. They can dig through anything.
A baseball bat or sword works as well as a gun. They don't see worth a damn so if you walk slowly and quietly you can walk right up to them.
JUST got back from a little golf outing at Osage Beach, Mo. Maintenance worker told us they have a terrible time with them digging up the course. They shoot them. I didn’t know they were that far north!
I just hate getting up 2-3 times during the night and not seeing them. This time of the year a lot my neighbors sleep with the windows up so even a 22 might startle them. They're not oppose to guns or hunting but I try to be respectful with my gunfire after 10:00 PM. I'll just try the leg holds and if they don't work I'll invest in a heavy duty box trap. I appreciate the input from everyone.
I set trailcams out in the yard so I could pattern them. Didn't work at all. Got lots of pics but there was NO pattern whatsoever. They show up randomly. I was willing to set an alarm at 3am if needed, but no.... the little turtlerats show up at different times and are completely unpredictable.
From: No Mercy
When I was in TX the outfitter I was with used conibears. Worked great.
There is a guy here in Mississippi that makes armadillo traps out of wood. We have one and they work really good in the yard. Need trigger idea and once you get it seasoned with their scent they seem to work better.
I have an armadillo escort. He escorts them out of the yard.
Of course, in ten minutes they’re back ! :-)
From: Iowa Rut Nut
I just had one show up on trail cam in Iowa.