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Geauxtiga
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Snapping Turtles



I started trying to trap these last year. Farmers catch a heap of them around where I live. I bought some turtle nets that are 30 inch, nets, 4 foot long with 3 rings. Like hoop nets kinda.

Haven't had a tremendous amount of success as I'm still learning but did catch a few. I'd posted how to clean one on another forum a while back and thought I'd share for the hell of it in case anyone was interested.

Would love to hear any tips for catching them if anyone has ever done so.


First thing I do is get some water heating up. As soon as I start the water to heat I shoot the turtle in the head. I try to place the shot towards the outer half to break the jaws for obvious reasons. Sons a betches are capable of “biting” for quite a while after. I guess it’s involuntary muscle movement but who cares- they can still clamp down.I tie the turtle up by the tail and bleed it out as much as possible.

This is home boy hanging.




(Refer to 2nd picture for next two paragraphs) After water starts to roll I dunk it in the water for about 5 seconds then I test it. If you can peel off that outer layer it’s good. I did a spot so you could see the difference. It’s similar to scolding a catfish but much easier. You can peel it off like sun burned skin.

Then I run my knife around the shell everywhere there is skin attached. From there I skin it out as much as I can while it’s still attached. It’s easier that way. My dad had me to hold the meat while he skinned it but I don’ t have any boys. (Later you’ll see I actually left this one in tact so you could better understand what is done).






(3rd picture below)After that I use a hacksaw and cut the small part of the shell that attaches the bottom to the top. Then I run a sharp knife along the inside of the bottom shell to separate it. I lay the bottom part next to it so you could see.






Then I separate the legs from the shell and cut it up in the joints. Easy to figure cause there are ball & socket joints. I will post a pic, later, of what you're left with after pulling the meat out of the shell.

The neck is a white meat. I just cut it up. After all that I take some cutter pliers and cut each lil section on the underneath of the shell. tirk amazes me, he mentioned this meat being money and it is. Most people don’t fool with it but It’s the tenderloin- aka- backstrap. After cutting the sections, which are like cartilage and not hard to cut, I run a knife along the shell and roll out what I can with the tenderloin.

Here is a picture of a shell before I cut it out and another one that it’s been cut out of earlier.






Here's what you end up with out of the shell:





Make sure you cut out the rectal plumbing





(Upper left) Whole front leg. (Upper right) front leg cut up (Bottom middle) Neck. You can see the white meat on the neck.










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mylsuhat
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Nice!


Love me some snapping turtles!!!!






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Turtle sauce piquant










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Blue Velvet
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Really informative. Thanks and bookmarking.





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Geauxtiga
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Love me some snapping turtles!!!!
Oh me too. I've never cooked/tasted soft shell turtle though. I catch some now and then and plan to clean some later.

Know if they're as good?

We've cleaned "red necks/stripers, etc". They're called many different names. I found them to be very good but they don't furnish much meat. Need a lot of them to make it worth while.






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Awesome





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Geauxtiga
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quote:

Really informative. Thanks and bookmarking.
Thanks. I have on on cleaning a garfish that I'll try to go fetch.

Back in the day we'd catch some 100+ pounds in White Lake. Was so common for us that I never took pics. The one I did take pics of last year was a small one- JUST big enough to clean really.






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Love turtle. Never had the soft shells.

Thanks for the info on cleaning.






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Yes indeed!





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now, this one brings me back to my younger days...I used to spend the summers trapping turtles for spending money...the big money was in snappers, loggerheads, and softshells...all three grow to a pretty good size and the meat is good on all three...we also sold what we called streaked heads (red ear)...they didn't bring much money and I am sure are a pain to clean for the amount of meat that you get...

I'm bookmarking this one too!...






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Dude. You rock. I've often heard of cleaning snapping turtles..but never had a chance to do so myself. Dad passed away before he could teach me. That's some good information you put there and in the Gar post too.

FWIW...Dad used a hatchet too on the GAR. He used to catch them with piano wire in a noose when the sows would come up in the marsh to lay the eggs.






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Let's go put some traps at my inlaws place and see if we can catch anything





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Geauxtiga
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Let's go put some traps at my inlaws place and see if we can catch anything

Sure. It would be perfect cause I set with fresh red/bloody meat in the late afternoon and check in the a.m. I've been using melt.

Think of some places that are: shady most of the day, lots of vegetation (alligator weed), soft muddy bottoms.

Actually cow ponds, literally, are very good. Ponds that cows walk in and churn up- as long as they stay wet.

I don't have your cell anymore but you know how to get in touch if you need.






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I'll let you know but I'll try to get there next weekend





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Best DIY post I've seen on here





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I'll let you know but I'll try to get there next weekend
Will have to be in June. May is busy busy for me.






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Brought back memories from growing up on a lake and catching big soft shells on my trot lines. Cleaned more than a few but self taught. Thanks for the guide.





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quote:

We've cleaned "red necks/stripers, etc". They're called many different names.

I call those red-eared sliders... At least i guess thats the same ones u are talking about






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