Re: NANFA-- off topic turtle catching in January - how do you do it?
Mon, 10 Jan 2000 14:28:05 EST

In a message dated 00-01-09 13:08:53 EST, Chuck wrote:

<< I have been given the assignment to provide fresh turtle for soup next
month. Any ideas on where to find and how to catch them this time of the
year? >>

As a youngster in southern Iowa, I would 'skate' in my winter boots across
some of our farm ponds. If the ice had formed clearly (no snow during
formation), I could usually see to the bottom of the pond. Winter is the
only time of the year that the pond waters were clear in this area of clay
soils. Anyway, I would often see big ol' snappin' turtles slow motion
gliding around along the bottom of the pond. Perhaps a baited live trap or a
long handled dipnet with strong mesh dipped thru a hole in the ice would
work? I've eaten snapping turtle from Missouri and it was a little chewy but
tasty. Good luck.

Bruce Scott
Meridian, Idaho

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