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Kayaking for Nutria

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Angler, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Active Member

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    Since I had to hang around the West side for the Holidays I decided to take the kayak out for a some nutria hunting. Lost count around 20. Fun day.

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  2. nextgenar

    nextgenar roseburg Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That looks like a lot of fun, and is that a cantilever scope mount on your browning? If so where did you get that and how does it mount?
    PS Nutria make great crab bait sea lions usually won't touch them.
     
  3. parallax

    parallax eugene, or-gun Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    so how do you cook them?
     
  4. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Active Member

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    Yes it is a Browning cantilever scope mount.
    can't remember where I bought it, online somewhere.
    it mounts on predrilled holes on barrel.
    Yes we use them for crab bait.

    Why would I cook them?
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nutria are eaten in the south. One of the reasons they were imported here was as a food source.
     
  6. dolooper

    dolooper Coast Range, or thereabouts Well-Known Member

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    Louisiana Wildlife Department has a web site devoted just to nutria called, appropriately, nutria.com. That's a link to their recipes page.
     
  7. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    They are good eating -very much like beef if done in a crock pot. Polk County, Oregon has a bounty on them I believe.
     
  8. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    They may now be in Central Oregon. A few claim to have seen them around the Deschutes River in Bend. I guess anything is possible but if one did not know the difference an Otter could be mistaken for one.
     
  9. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    we used to night hunt nutria in Texas spotlight and 22 its a blast. they are pests were imported for their pelts
     
  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If it has day-glow orange incisors as long as your thumbs, it's not an otter! I sure hope that they aren't in your area yet, those things are incredibly destructive to river banks and the habitats associated with them. Good luck to you Central Oregon folks.
    OP, nice photo, I liked the Browning as well! Looks like you had a lot of fun!
     
  11. sagerat-shooter

    sagerat-shooter Coquille, OR Member

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    The ONLY reason Nutria were imported was to make a few people rich by selling "breeding pairs" to other people to raise for fur. When the pyramid was full, people just let them loose.

    Since they are from South America they will never populate anything east of the Will Valley, Too cold and not enough winter food anyway.
     
  12. PaulZ

    PaulZ Oregon City Active Member

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    How do you know where you can shoot them? It sounds like a great trip!
     
  13. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    Easiest to find them when water is low in summer - they like slow moving water, sloughs, etc. Kind of common in cities and towns where there are ponds and such. In streams look for burrows (holes) in the banks. They are not all that secretive if not hunted and can be aggressive if they feel threatened.

    Edit: If you are in teh OC, then possibly sloughs in the Mollalla River and the Pudding might be good possibilities. The Pudding is usually so slow it is probably ideal for nutria.
     
  14. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Oops. Saw the title and thought this thread was a hillbilly version of Bowling for Columbine
     
  15. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Yep - I learned a lot about them on a couple animal shows, and one episode of Bizarre Foods where Andrew Zimmerman went to Louisiana and went on an air boat Nutria hunt. Like sagerat said though probably too cold over here for them and I doubt they could cross the mountains on their own.
     
  16. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Pretty cool idea in my opinion. I don't think I would try it though as I would surely drop my rifle into the water and have to go swimming after it all while being laughed at by the unharmed nutria
     
  17. Mutoman

    Mutoman North Bend Active Member

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    Saw a couple of these in the slough behind North Bend High School the other day. Looks like we've got a new past-time! FYI, I won't be hunting them behind the high school.
     
  18. PaulZ

    PaulZ Oregon City Active Member

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    thinking about the upper Willamette if I can figure out where it's legal