Small Game, Predator and Trapping From shooting squirrels in your backyard to calling coyotes in Arizona. This forum now contains trapping information..

Nutria

Reply

Old 03-07-2019, 11:21 AM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 39
Default Nutria

I am finally down south and in a place where I can start hunting! I am thinking about getting into Nutria hunting and I was curious how y’all usually go about hunting and trapping them and if y’all ever us dogs (if so what kinds) or just traps and guns.
Huntley is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2019, 12:28 PM
  #2  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,109
Default

There was a time when I hunted them fairly often. We knocked back the numbers to manageable levels and now they have a season here.

Depends on the habitat how you hunt them. And what the regional law allows. Where I hunted them was a steep banked Creek. I used a dog to find their burrows. marked them with a flag. Or you can see where they have been feeding, I've watched them harvest grass on the bank, they cut it with their teeth like a scythe and leave what looks like a freshly mowed lawn behind. Best luck is IMO Jack lighting (flashlight on a shotgun) them. They are mostly nocturnal.

I'd check on local laws, but you can spot a burrow that looks used and fire tear gas rounds in there (I have an old tear gas revolver). Have somebody standing by with a shotgun, they come out of the burrow like a rocket.

Nutria can really do a number on the landscape, between the burrows on the creek bank and eating all the vegetation that keeps the bank stable, they can change the course of Creeks. We got a permit to clean them out and to hunt them any way we could for a few years, they were really screwing the Creek up.
MudderChuck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2019, 12:31 PM
  #3  
Boone & Crockett
 
Oldtimr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: south eastern PA
Posts: 11,163
Default

When I duck hunted in MD , the marshes we hunted had nutria. The game department wanted them dead and told us to shoot everyone we saw. While they were brought to the Northern states for a source of fur, their fur it pretty much worthless. The Cajuns in LA like to eat them, that is about all they are good for.
Oldtimr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2019, 12:36 PM
  #4  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 39
Default

I just moved to Alabama and from what i have found we have no closed season or bag limits but we can only hunt them in daylight hours. I am still looking into the laws and what we can and cannot due along with tryin to get in contact with some hunters in the area. I was thinking of training/getting my Brittany to point them or there burrows out when we are out of rabbit season here so I could keep him working and learning. Do you think that would be possible? And if so how do you think I should go about doing that?
Huntley is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2019, 12:52 PM
  #5  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,109
Default

Originally Posted by Huntley View Post
I just moved to Alabama and from what i have found we have no closed season or bag limits but we can only hunt them in daylight hours. I am still looking into the laws and what we can and cannot due along with tryin to get in contact with some hunters in the area. I was thinking of training/getting my Brittany to point them or there burrows out when we are out of rabbit season here so I could keep him working and learning. Do you think that would be possible? And if so how do you think I should go about doing that?
My Weimaraner trained himself to find them. The first time he stuck his nose in a burrow he was hooked. He'd dig them out if I would have let him, that dog could really move some dirt, quick. I didn't want him destroying the Creek bank so I'd call him off and mark the burrow with a flag, orange construction tape on a stick. They are often loosely knit packs and/or family groups. If you see one, others are usually nearby.

Another good way to spot them is from erosion, if you see bank erosion there is a good chance Nutria is the cause.
MudderChuck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2019, 01:01 PM
  #6  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,109
Default

Almost forgot, if you find a burrow on a steep Creek bank, look for a back waý out maybe six +/- feet from the bank on the flat. My guess is the back door helps them escape Fox trying to dig them out. Watch where you are walking, by our creek a fisherman a year breaks an ankle caving in a Nutria burrow.
MudderChuck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2019, 01:05 PM
  #7  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 39
Default

Originally Posted by MudderChuck View Post
My Weimaraner trained himself to find them. The first time he stuck his nose in a burrow he was hooked. He'd dig them out if I would have let him, that dog could really move some dirt, quick. I didn't want him destroying the Creek bank so I'd call him off and mark the burrow with a flag, orange construction tape on a stick. They are often loosely knit packs and/or family groups. If you see one, others are usually nearby.

Another good way to spot them is from erosion, if you see bank erosion there is a good chance Nutria is the cause.
Thank you once I get my license (still getting all moved in and everything settled) I am going to check out of public land until I get in contact with some people that will let me hunt theirs or I can buy some. And hope I can get an idea for the area and see if there’s any around and if my Brit or my lab will take to them. And thank you again I will definitely mark their burrows like you said.
Huntley is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2019, 06:01 AM
  #8  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,109
Default

Here is a picture of typical Nutria damage, I could post a bunch more on the same Creek, pretty much the same as this, some worse. They strip off the vegetation and the burrows weaken the bank. The rain and the swelling of the Creek does the rest.


Last edited by MudderChuck; 03-09-2019 at 06:05 AM.
MudderChuck is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2019, 07:38 AM
  #9  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 39
Default

Thank you for all your help I know have a better idea of what to do and what to look out for so thank you.
Huntley is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2019, 08:49 AM
  #10  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 39
Default

I just thought of another question what are some ways to get them out of the burrows besides what you have already said?
Huntley is offline  
Reply With Quote

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service