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#1 dougk

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:05 PM

Has anyone had success calling opossum? I have had to dispatch a few recently and fear there may be more in the woods...

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 07:40 AM

dougk, I've never been able to know for sure if a possum has come into my set as a result of my calling. Over the years, I've had a few show up while I was calling; but then, I've had a few show up when I was out running my tiller in the garden! Since, by nature, they're not really aggressive predators, I don't think they're good candidates for calling. They're more opportunists, who'll eat just about anything they happen to come across; but I've never had one come running in with his eyes ablaze, ready to kill whatever was making that awful noise!
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 07:42 AM

I have never called one in. Like Mike, I have had them make themselves "targets of opportunity" while I was calling.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:38 AM

I have never called one in. Like Mike, I have had them make themselves "targets of opportunity" while I was calling.

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thanks guys...

I figure they are more scent oriented than sound oriented.

I wounder if they could be brought in with really rank and smelly stuff.

Doug

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:26 AM

Doug,

They are attracted to funky smelling stuff! I was trying to live trap a feral cat, using cat food. My set didn't work for a couple of days, and the cat food started smelling really bad. I checked the trap one morning and there sat a possum! If you want to trap them, go to the store and buy the smelliest, nastiest, cheapest wet cat food they have and give it try! (Be aware that skunks may come to visit your smelly set as well!)
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:29 AM

Catfish bait has been rumored to help. Don't ask how I know lol

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:49 AM

Cat food in the foot trap seems to work followed by a .22 between the eyes.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:29 PM

two day old dead chicken in the summer heat will call all opossums, and sardines seem to catch a few. I guess luck or not caught them with steal traps by just placing on logs across creeks and one on beaver dams.
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:35 PM

half a banana works great as well even when fresh.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:19 AM

Not that it really matters, but for the record, a opposums brain sits at the top of its head. A shot right between the eyes would probably produce a heck of a nose bleed faster than a quick kill. Just sayin'.
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

I've caught a bunch with sardines, the little turds like cat food alot though. Our cat had to fight to eat till we started feeding him at 12:00 pm
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