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05-13-2008, 09:40 PM
Have a pond full of turtles, how do you get rid of them?

05-13-2008, 09:49 PM
put them in another pond

Slipped Cork
05-13-2008, 09:53 PM
2 liter coke bottle with a 6ft piece of twine and 1/0 hook.Add a slice of rolled up bacon and youre set.Take a pole with a trebble hook and snag your line and reel em in.If they are snapper's after you get 10 call me lol.

05-13-2008, 09:53 PM
what kind of turtles are they snappers

05-13-2008, 10:01 PM
It's easy to catch them with hoop nets baited with sardean cans barely opened or chopped up carp. I'd check your state regulations first.

You also might want to keep a "few" turtles, they eat alot of the smaller and sick fish so you won't over populate with fish making way for some big catches later on. They act similiar to Bass with Bluegill populations.

05-13-2008, 10:11 PM
We break out the 22 rifles several times a year. Little known fact that turtles are a major carrier of salmanila. We had a colt born and as it turned out we had a big rain and the pond flooded. Vet at LSU said that the colt was most likely infected through his ambilical cord, which hadn't totally healed. Kinda hard to believe but gave me extra reason to off a few more trutles.

05-13-2008, 10:18 PM
I have took a piece of plywood about 4x4 feet, attach some leaders about 1 foot long with nails or screws all on one side, put some BIG hooks on leaders and then bait. Toss plywood into pond and let it float around. check the next day and see how many you hook. The good thing about using the plywood is if more than 1 turtle they will wear each other out pulling that wood around the pond

Slipped Cork
05-14-2008, 07:39 AM
Now that is being creative grumpa.I just might give that a try myself.What do you use for bait?

05-14-2008, 07:54 AM
Not sure what you have, but in AR they are most likely red ear sliders or mud turtles. They have no effect on eating healthy fish, but they are like catfish, if it is sick or dead, its a meal. I don't mess with them, probably because its not exactly legal to kill them in AR.

05-14-2008, 08:06 AM
We had two ways to get rid of them. The first was the most straight-forward: 22lr round to the head when it comes up for air. The second one was a little more involved. Kinda like the plywood deal, but we'd anchor it on the bank so it was sticking a few inches into the water, use several 12" steel leaders nailed to the board with large trebles hanging just above the water line on the board. We'd put the bait at the top of the board. When the turtle climbed up to get the bait, or even to get some sun, the hooks would catch under it's shell on the way back into the water and they'd be trapped.

The DEC used to place turtle traps to do census info, and back when I was a teenager we used to find those traps. Basically it was 4 logs bolted together to make a large square (4 feet across on the inside.). They would put half-inch hardware cloth across the bottom, making an open top box that lets water in. they would drive nails into the logs at an angle (like the barb wire on top of a security fence), so that once the turtles got in, they couldn't climb out.

Just a couple ideas for you. Good luck!


05-14-2008, 09:04 AM
Lots of good ideas of how to take care of turtles on here, My favorite is the .22 when I have the time to wait for em to pop back up. Pretty well have to carry at least a pistol at some of the ponds I fish, dang turtles and snakes will steal fish off the stringer otherwise.

05-14-2008, 09:44 AM
I remember sitting on top of a hill above old farm pond with my grandpa and shooting turtles all day as they popped their heads up. Very fun stuff and good memories. Basically where I learned to shoot.

05-14-2008, 09:56 AM
;) Tell a coonass where you live. The turtles will be gone over night..:D

We use hoop nets to catch them. Use fish trash for bait and leave a little of the net out of the water so they don't drown if you plan to eat them or transfer them to another place.

If shooting them, always be aware of what is on the opposite end of the pond.


05-14-2008, 10:05 AM
Go to you tube and search turtle man!!!!
We are not all like him here in the Bluegrass!!

05-14-2008, 10:56 AM
Youtube clip/ Ky's best kept secret. Might have been better to keep him a secret. Lol! I don't think I'll be trying that any time soon.

05-14-2008, 11:42 AM
LOL!!! that guy is the answer to the original question of how to get rid of turtles!!

I wonder if he does contract work?

05-14-2008, 01:26 PM
I thought catfish noodlers were crazy, that guy make noodling look tame.

05-14-2008, 02:09 PM
We used to put a double coil spring trap on a board and screw it in place. Bat the pan and set the boards sail in the pond with the trap side down. the turtles would try and get the bait and end up in a hear lock:D

An old farmer used some 55 gal drums with slots cut to drain the water. He would sink them with about 10" above the water level. He had a springloaded board attached across the top and a board that led to it like a ramp. Put some bait on the spring loaded board and when the turtle stepped off the ramp the board dropped him in the barrel.

05-14-2008, 05:20 PM
I've seen neat traps that were a wire cage with no top . Mounted to the
sides were a couple of 2x6 's that were hinged like a see saw. One end goes in the
water. The turtles climb the 2x6 to sun , and get dumped into the cage.


05-14-2008, 10:14 PM
1/0 hook tied to some small nylon rope. I use stewing beef myself, it stays on the hook better. Just bunch a handful of grass near the water's edge and tie a knot around the grass. I have caught 30 lb snappers that didn't pull it up. Tall grass is all you need to attatch it to. Keep the snappers. Soak them for a few days in clean water. I am not about to explain how to clean a snapper, but have a good knife and sharpening stone handy!