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    Trapline Mole traps

    Just in case you are getting some. There are two sizes, the size you need is the larger for the European mole, apparently the US moles are smaller. A tip I can give you if you do use them is :- they have to be set at an angle to try to dissuade the mole from going underneath. I found them easier to set in heavy type soil where you can wiggle them in to get stuck. I did used to put a cocktail stick in the rear loop to help hold them in place as the mole entered, the stick would then snap as the trap triggered. Better now though I find is to open up the gape of a fencing staple and push this down over the spring. It doesn't interfere with the operation of the trap and stops the trap going backwards if it is not tight in the soil. Have you tried the NO-MOLS or PUTANGE ? Caught a few in these on three holers, and also find them good if placed facing the last fresh molehill where the mole is extending his runs and there is a run going to a dead end.So you have last fresh molehill - short run - dead end. Like I just mentioned, put in the short run facing the molehill so when he comes along to continue, he'll walk straight into the trap. Looking at them you would think there is not enough room for the mole to enter, but they do. Just thought, you may already be using these. If so, not trying to preach just trying to be helpful.
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    Trapline Mole traps

    Just to let you know, I have 4 of them.Would not buy them again Bought them as I like trying different traps and my nephew brought them over from America. You can get them in this country now. They are fiddly to set, get tangled in each other if stored together and one has broken, and quite expensive. If like me you like trying different traps give them a go, I have caught in them but I would as mentioned above not buy anymore.
  3. How many of you use the stop / start feature on modern cars ? I find myself de-activating it.
  4. I am trying another marker now. I have zip clipped and heat shrink tubed hard plastic plant markers onto kebab sticks, in the hope that sheep leave them alone, a lot of them are going to market next week. Thanks for all the input. A lot of good ideas for future use.
  5. I see a couple of requests from collectors for shotgun cartridges. Would they prefer them fired or unfired or is there no preference ? If unfired and not able to do a face to face and physically inspect their certificate, how would they legally be able to send through post ? Would it be acceptable to see a photocopy of their certificate and send them through the post or would it have to be RFD to RFD ?
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    Usb memory stick

    Are cheap small capacity unbranded USB memory sticks ok, or do they fail. Got a 16 GB master copy of various music and want to break it down into several lots. Mainly so if a loss occurs I still have the master copy.
  7. Just done a Google, a company called South Survey from Lancashire, with some interesting stuff on there.
  8. Konnie, if I got those and he got his hands on them I would never see them again. LOL Silver pigeon 69, yeah they look good, but if made of plastic would probably suffer the same fate as the hazard tape, unless they are available in hard plastic, I will do a Google now and see. Those boxes in the hedge are to check out what mice are in the area.
  9. This would be easy to find, but would a tractor driver notice it ?
  10. Like i've mentioned before, i trap moles on a friends farm to help him out and for a hobby / exercise. I have tried various trap marking systems, but still have not found the perfect set up. I have used cane sticks in the past but these are not ideal. I am using at the moment barbecue skewers with red / white hazard warning tape tied to them, these are great - easy to find and are visible to tractor drivers, but have one BIG fault, they are irresistible to sheep. I try to work around the stock, but this year due to lamb prices being not too good they are late going to market so are still on the farm at the moment. GPS is not an option, and taking into account markers must be easy to carry / visible to tractors / animal proof, does anybody have the ULTIMATE trap marking system ?
  11. Well first try. Friday, nice sunny day predicted after fog, so left it until 11am to warm up a bit. Undecided on the 20g or fac air but settled on the fac air running at 34 lbs. Within 100 yds of the car walking up the lane squirrel feeding on the floor under a chestnut tree, gun is zeroed at 40 yds ( shoot out to 60 ), guessed it to be about 30 yd, easy one, 1 nil to me. Had pre thought in this scenario to try out the call as squirrel was relaxed to observe reaction but got excited. There are no game shoots here to draw them into feeders but little hot spots in the small woods / spinneys. Got to the first , and immediately disturbed one on the floor that ran away from me, no interest in the call. Onto a small wood same thing happened with two disturbed. Further on in the next wood sat on a bank and called blind, there are some big Oak trees here so using a small pair of binoculars spotted one clamped to a branch ranged at 51 yds, but unshootable. Was it already there or did it come in ?, can't honestly say. So on this first outing, caller did not have a proper test. One thing I noticed was caller was quite loud, so needs to be used with kid gloves.
  12. You don't seem to see much about them as you do fox callers ( which we know work ), so I am sceptical. Thought about getting one several times but have never got round to it. However, my apprentice ( my farmer friends 11 yr old ) , has acquired his father's old Webly Vulcan, and has desperately been trying to get near the squirrels. So it is going to be some fun for him ( and me ). Just been playing with it and actually sounds ok.
  13. So, I've after about 5 years thinking about it, bought a squirrel call. Waste of time or no ?
  14. That bloody moggy left me a smelly calling card again and then stuck two fingers ( or claws ) by nicking a mouse trap.
  15. Put a camera up and had a suprise. It cannot be the culprit as no trap tunnels or traps were disturbed, due to the restricted entry points I had employed, but sniffing around was a tom cat who decided to lift his tail and **** over one of my tunnels. I also found his calling card in the shape of a **** nearby. Not the farm cat, so where he came from I don't know. The nearest house is a couple of fields away, so how far does a cat wander on its nocturnal outings ? With his predator scent marking there I suppose rats / mice will now venture elsewhere.
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