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Old 12-05-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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Does anybody do much nutria hunting over on the Westside? I am gonna be heading over in just over a week and I have a friend who has a lot of farmland. We used to shoot nutes there all the time back in high school. But when I go over there this next time I am gonna try and whack some with my recurve. Should be good practice. Just wondering if nutria are still all over like they used to be.

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Old 12-06-2008, 01:12 AM   #2
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yes there still here we have a lot of them where i live
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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we have a creek that runs threw our backyard and I average 1-2 aweek with my bow. I took my sisters 40# martin stripped the sights off and have a blast.
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they are still here. fun to shoot
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:23 PM   #5
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they are still here. fun to shoot
They are all over the place. The trick is finding land outside the city limits to shoot them on, and it sounds like you have that covered.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:32 PM   #6
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They are all over the place. The trick is finding land outside the city limits to shoot them on, and it sounds like you have that covered.

I would LOVE to see what that airgun in your pic does to a nutria! Post a pic sometime....man what a cannon.

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I would LOVE to see what that airgun in your pic does to a nutria! Post a pic sometime....man what a cannon.

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I've only used roundball, and lighter RN stuff for Nutria so far. Nothing to destructive really, but roundball put holes in both sides I could stick my thumbs into no problem.

I think I have settled on a 174grain TruncatedCone for a general purpose load, with a couple of other weights/designs for specific applications.

Might have to use one of these on one just for fun.



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Old 12-06-2008, 09:52 PM   #8
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I've only used roundball, and lighter RN stuff for Nutria so far. Nothing to destructive really, but roundball put holes in both sides I could stick my thumbs into no problem.

I think I have settled on a 174grain TruncatedCone for a general purpose load, with a couple of other weights/designs for specific applications.

Might have to use one of these on one just for fun.
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:09 PM   #9
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Sukor these bigbore airguns are what's tooooooo cool. I'm just a guy that really enjoys shooting, and introducing other hunters to them. They are a great rifle for nutria. Your admiration is mis-directed.

Not many people realize what they are. Combines many of the aspects of archery/handgun/muzzleloader hunting. I like getting other hunters interested in these bigbores, and seeing them get more excited about them the more they shoot, and take home wild meat/trophy game with them.

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:40 PM   #10
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Ive whacked a couple in my backyard with a webley patriot in .22. Sure wish they made a nutria call so I could get a few more to come. I only see them when my garden is in.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:02 PM   #11
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I was duck hunting once with as good friend of mine in an area that had a few nutria. Told him I'd give him $5 if he'd kill and give me one. Couple weeks later he earned his money. I took the skinned and gutted thing home and decided to see if it was any good to eat. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Firm, whitish meated and very savory. I have had a couple since and they tasted good, too. Fur, shmur--gimme the meat!
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:06 PM   #12
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Every time I shoot one, it sinks.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:56 PM   #13
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I love shooting nutria. My parents live right on the East Fork of the Lewis so we see a ton of them. My parents have a patterdale terrior that is being trained to hunt nutria. That breed of dog is great for it I guess.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:14 PM   #14
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I love shooting nutria. My parents live right on the East Fork of the Lewis so we see a ton of them. My parents have a patterdale terrior that is being trained to hunt nutria. That breed of dog is great for it I guess.
I have a friend that works/breeds Patterdale Terriers. Those dogs should each come with a shovel.

From what he tells me, his Patterdales don't like to come out of the ground without their quarry, and if the quarry gets hung-up on something underground they may stay down there with it for a couple days trying to get it out.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:41 PM   #15
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To start with you will need a 300 ultra, wet ground, and a no tree huggers standing around asking "why did you shoot that animal?"

They are here. I have noticed most of them in and around the retention ponds that are built next to new subdivisions.

Try not to shoot them if you are in the city limits.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:33 AM   #16
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Shoot everyone of those worthless invasive marsh rats!
They are very damaging to wetlands. I here they are a real HUGE problem down south in the swamps.

In fact I saw a bit on the Discovery Ch show "Ratzilla" that showed down in NewOrlens they are promoting it as a food item.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:44 AM   #17
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The younger ones are actually pretty good!!! A mild lighter colered meat.

Just add it to the Peperroni pile and don't tell anyone.!!!

Everyone have a great lunch!!!!
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:08 PM   #18
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End of Summer is a great time to prowl sloughs and ponds. My 13 year old is a certified nutria whackmaster. Make sure to use aluminum arrows, (so they float) and wrap the shaft with reflective tape so you can find them with flashlights. This is a great off season hunt, and both my sons beg to keep going out night after night.
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End of Summer is a great time to prowl sloughs and ponds. My 13 year old is a certified nutria whackmaster. Make sure to use aluminum arrows, (so they float) and wrap the shaft with reflective tape so you can find them with flashlights. This is a great off season hunt, and both my sons beg to keep going out night after night.


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Love that pic Nook65!! Awesome pic!!!!
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:52 PM   #21
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I 'll make a recurve, or whatever
an atl atl If i must.
to crush and destroy the invader.
Those nutria are not of this place.
we need to crush and kill all of them

Smack down.
Jees 22. shorts seem so easy, but what challenge would it be,

and Alex loves the scrap with 14 lbs of wound up nute


makes me light up to see him lock on and do a ragdoll with one.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:29 PM   #22
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I like to use my Patterdales on them Nutria..


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You are right they should come with a shovel... I have to dig mine out all the time.. We hunt them on farms that are to close to town for the farmers to shoot..

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Old 01-03-2009, 07:55 PM   #23
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I got Two at my dads place last week, one with the 25-06 in the field and one in the barn with the 12 gauge no pics but the one in the barn was a BIG one
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:18 PM   #24
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End of Summer is a great time to prowl sloughs and ponds. My 13 year old is a certified nutria whackmaster. Make sure to use aluminum arrows, (so they float) and wrap the shaft with reflective tape so you can find them with flashlights. This is a great off season hunt, and both my sons beg to keep going out night after night.
That is absolutely sick dude. I want to be in the Whackmaster club. Where can I sign up?
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:01 PM   #25
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BLUECOLLAR... that looks like a red flannel time to me

Man those things are nasty looking!
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I bow down to the both of you. I thought three in one day was pretty good. Turns out, I'm a lightweight amatuer.

Shinook65, the one on the right is a HOG. Can you say B & C Nutria?

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Old 01-04-2009, 09:27 AM   #27
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Not to change the subject but I heard nutria make great crab bait.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:43 AM   #28
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Not to change the subject but I heard nutria make great crab bait.
I wonder if they cook up? I mean I grew up eating muskrats ( marse rabits as grandma called them)in Michigan. they taste Great. I wonder if they taste the same?
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:47 AM   #29
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Tactics anyone?
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I have heard that there is a cook book for Nutria put out in New Orleans to try to get more people to eat them because of how big of a problem they are down there. So those interested in eating them, do a search and you will come up with recipes.
My brother and I were hunting Johnson unit on Sauvie island about 5 years ago and his dog got between one and the water. The dog thought it was play time and the Nutria bit the #*^% out of her. She had three major bites all the way through the skin to the muscle on each one. She was yelping and crying as this thing was tearing at her and we couldn't shoot it because it was on her. My brother knocked it off with a hard butt stroke and it was dazed. I finished it off.
We took it back to the check station and were told by an ODFW employee that we should shoot any of them we saw.......during regular shooting hours of course. I have since made it a point to dispatch a few whenever I get the chance. I suggest you all do the same.
Anyone needing some assistance with these pests can count me in.

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Old 01-04-2009, 08:26 PM   #31
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Bait!!! Any out of date veggies, fruits, grains etc. Of course you better make sure and get them the first time you try and kill em because they are very bright and wont tolerate much harassment. So get the bait as far away from the water as possible and get them comfortable before putting the hammer down. Last year we paid 1600 dollars for nutria damage on our property. So of course I get a little twisted pleasure out of killing the darn things.
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You are right they should come with a shovel... I have to dig mine out all the time.. We hunt them on farms that are to close to town for the farmers to shoot..

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I wonder if they cook up? I mean I grew up eating muskrats ( marse rabits as grandma called them)in Michigan. they taste Great. I wonder if they taste the same?
They cook up good. We have a couple in our freezer right now infact. I don't know if you have tried beaver or not, but they are very close to beaver in many ways.

If people could get over their own mind games and disreguard stigmas until tried for themselves, there would be alot more on the table than there is now.

We trap, shoot, many nutria. Unless they look sickly they get delt with and put in the freezer for a later date.

What else do we have in our freezer, Raccoon, opposum, nutria, deer, elk, bear, cougar, all among other things.

Cook it up and give it a try for yourself, I think you would/will be suprised at what you have been missing out on all this time.


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Thanks guys for your comments. I only killed one nutria the whole time I was over west. And that was while duck hunting. My friends dog got into a scrap with one and after his dog came back to us I shot it. Nutria can be pretty scrappy. Dog came back with a bleeding tongue. I know people who have eaten them and said that they are pretty good. I even told a buddy of mine while out hunting that if he dressed it out then I would cook er up. He wasn't game. I really wanted to get some with my bow and actually had a dream last night that I was a nutria whackmaster! Not near the whackmaster as the kid but got a couple! Well, probably no more nutria hunting for a while but this spring maybe can get some rockchucks!
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Blue Collar and I were out yesterday. We hunted the nutria mecca and caught 3 in short order. Christian has been doing this awhile and is showing me the ropes.

That little Patterdale gyp can get in some tight spots. She located 2 and my Jagd Terrier Scruff helped her pull them out.

Scruff actually made his first catch last night with a spot and stalk type effort.

The farmers love us and actually come out hunting with us.

I have a friend that was watching a cooking channel and I plan on taking a couple to him to try out.



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That's cool!

What kind of fight do the rats put up? Do they draw blood on the dogs very often?

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Bait!!! Any out of date veggies, fruits, grains etc. Of course you better make sure and get them the first time you try and kill em because they are very bright and wont tolerate much harassment. So get the bait as far away from the water as possible and get them comfortable before putting the hammer down. Last year we paid 1600 dollars for nutria damage on our property. So of course I get a little twisted pleasure out of killing the darn things.

I will come and hunt your Nutria for gas $, it will save you a lot in the long run.. I have a ton of references from farmers..
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:24 AM   #38
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When I was a kid I ran traps for nutria, the fur was worth something then. I would walk the line before and after school and get two to four each day. I started doing this with a burlap bag and an axe handle. They are a tough animal. I had one come back to life in the bag over my shoulder! Wow did that scare me. I took a .22 pistol after that.
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what the hell do you do with them after you kill'em?
when i first saw one i thought it was a beaver, but then i saw the tail.
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I aim to get out there and kill them too... Isn't it legal to spotlight them out on the river at night with a scattergun?

If for nothing else, you could get the boat out for a run, and grind em up and use them as crab bait.

I am sure they are every bit as good as any other rodent (like a marsh rabbit).

I do know that they are fighters and they will mess up a dog that isn't savvy on how they behave (and can mess a big dog up quick).
Those dogs in the photos of the night hunt above are small, but fast and wise.
that looks like a total blast to me.
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You are right they should come with a shovel... I have to dig mine out all the time.. We hunt them on farms that are to close to town for the farmers to shoot..

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Wow! I've never seen a tailgate shot like that. I wouldn't have thought it possible. I used to canoe around Wallace Island and shoot a few. That was back when there were pigs on the island and I was trying to get that big 6" tusker.

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Wow! I've never seen a tailgate shot like that. I wouldn't have thought it possible. I used to canoe around Wallace Island and shoot a few. That was back when there were pigs on the island and I was trying to get that big 6" tusker.

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I wonder if they cook up? I mean I grew up eating muskrats ( marse rabits as grandma called them)in Michigan. they taste Great. I wonder if they taste the same?
Here you go. A recipe for anyone daring enough to give them a try....

You'll need;
1 nutria per approx. every 6 servings
White wine
Soy sauce
Lime (or lemon)
Cilantro
Cajon or Jamaican jerk seasoning
Salt/Pepper
Roasting twine
Cedar plank 12"X8"

Skin and gut nutria as you would a rabbit. Leave whole body, but remove the head. I suppose you could keep the head on, but I haven't seen it done that way. Careful not to let pets (dogs) get into the inards, it can make them sick.

Mix a brine made of mostly white wine (approx. 2 cups?), 2 tbl spoons of soy sauce, a tablespoon or two of lime (or lemon) juice and chopped fresh cilantro. Soak the nutria in the brine AT LEAST 1 day, and up to 3 days. Roll it over a couple times a day, and keep it refrigerated the entire time.

The day it is to be served, pre-soak a cedar plank in water and a bit of liquid smoke. Do NOT use a plank that has been used for salmon before, or one you want to use for salmon in the future. 90 minutes before dinner, preheat ONE SIDE of a BBQ. It should be hot, not sure how hot in degrees, but if you can hold your hand over the grill for more that 7 or 8 seconds, it's not hot enough.

Now take the nutria and towel off excess brine with paper towels. Take roasting twine and tie tightly, back up, brisket down to the cedar plank.

Salt and pepper, and other seasonings to taste. We like Cajun or Jamaican jerk seasoning but Johnny's seasoning salt or like seasoning also works.

Now put the nutia on the plank in the BBQ, on the off side (indirect cooking method). Cook about 45 minutes, until the inside temp (best taken against the bone in the hind leg) reaches 170 degrees.

When temp is 170, spray pam on the hot grill and back of the nutria and move the nutria to the HOT SIDE, nutria down, plank up.

Cook for another 10-15 minutes until the nutria is blackened.

Remove and cool for several minutes. Take a sharp carving knife, and cut the twine. Carfully scrap all of the nutria off the board and discard. Eat the plank. Again be careful not to let dogs get into the cooked nutria as that can also make them sick.


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