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    My neighbor needs to rid his pond of a snapping turtle. He took out a 410 shotgun for the job. Would that work? Could the shot penetrate a turtle shell? I suggested a .45acp. Maybe he's trying for a head shot but he said he doesn't have good aim anymore. He would be shooting up to about 40'. I curious now because we have a new pond and hadn't thought about that scenario.
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    Get up close and use the .410. I'd be very concerned about a .45 bullet glancing off the water surface.
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    I don't know about the best way of dispatching them, but I do know Turtle Soup is yummy!

    I was hoping for a good turtle soup recipe. LOL
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    Wow - at first I thought DAO.Diva was over-reacting. I stand corrected. I looked up "how to get rid of snapping turtles" figuring I would come up with something funny. I had no idea how destructive those puppies are... Geez, they take down ducks, small fish, can bite off a finger, etc. I found everything from setting traps, fishing for them to calling the animal control department. They are extremely dangerous. Unreal!

    Shoot the crap out of that puppy!

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    If you need to just kill him, shoot him with the .410, I'd use #4 shot. If you plan on eating him I'd set out a baited hook.
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    I think I'd go the baited hook route, you'll catch him.
    About how big is this critter?
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    I've seen a snapping turtle take down a duckling outside our office.
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    I would use a stout fishing pole, with a steel leader, and bait it with fish chum, frogs and the like, and even spawn sacs(fish eggs in a small mesh bundle),and catch them just like a fish.
    They won't be very happy when you land them, so be ready. Can you say machete???
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    I've caught snapping turtles before, accidentally of course, while fishing for bass. They usually get the hook stuck in a foot, paw, flipper, you know, the thing they have four of. I usually cut the line, that is, if they don't bite through it first. I once pinned one to the side of the boat with my net to get the hook out. Then I had to figure out how to get him to open his mouth and let go of the net. I've seen them with a head the size of a melon. I'd use a 12 ga.
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    A .410 will work just fine or a .22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAO.Diva View Post
    My neighbor needs to rid his pond of a snapping turtle. He took out a 410 shotgun for the job. Would that work? Could the shot penetrate a turtle shell? I suggested a .45acp. Maybe he's trying for a head shot but he said he doesn't have good aim anymore. He would be shooting up to about 40'. I curious now because we have a new pond and hadn't thought about that scenario.
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    Let that troublesome neighborhood kid down the street go skinny dipping there. When the snapper grabs on the kid will take off running with the snapper still latched on. You've now solved 2 problems at the same time. Pesky neighborhood kid will stay away, and the snapping turtle is out of the pond!

    PS- On a side note, if the turtle latches on in the right place, you don't have to worry about the kid breeding.
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    You need to shoot it in the head to kill it quick.
    If you just shoot at it, hitting the shell, you'll never see it again and it will go off and die somewhere.

    Snappers are tough critters and its a two man job cleaning one out to eat but they are very good and worth the effort.
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    As a kid we would catch them by using 50lb test line, a sinker and a steel leader. We would tie three or four lines to trees along our creek and put a couple dead minnows on the hook. Throw it in over night and in the morning we would have one or two of them hooked. Use a pair of gloves to bring up the line and when you pull one up you can shoot it in the face up close. We used a .22.
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    Get some one gallon milk jugs and tie some line on to the handle (length is however deep the pond is minus a few feet) and then put a six inch wire leader on and a catfish sized hook with chicken gizzard. Leave them out a day or two floating in the pond then grab the jugs with a lasso or pole. They will already have exhausted themselves trying to hold the jug under water and will barely fight. Plus you may catch a delicious catfish!
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