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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by NoVAlooker, Jul 9, 2002.

  1. NoVAlooker

    NoVAlooker What Me Worry

    Oct 23, 2001
    Northern Virginia
    Anyone know anything about hunting Nutria?

    I know Maryland is trying to get rid of them and encourages taking as many as possible, but what is the story in Virginia.

    Also, do they make good eating? Is the fur at all useful (they were brought up here from S. America to bolster the fur industry)

    was just reading about it here at work, and a co-worker suggested we go out and bag a few.

    What should I use to take em? Is a .22 strong enough? Should I pull out the .30-06? the .44 mag handgun? Will my G23 work?????
  2. 9x45

    9x45 Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999
    Southern California
    Have you ever seen a Nutria rat? Just shoot them and leave 'em for the turtles to eat...

  3. Menehune


    Mar 28, 2000
    Middle GA
    I saw a bit on Insomniac on Comedy Central. Cops in New Orleans were riding around in the back of pickups in lawnchairs, using supressed 10/22s on Nutria. They apparently destroy the waterways.

    It was interesting. They would shine them, and the cop would open up on them, using several rounds. Then they would go back down and pick them up after shooting one side of the canal. It looked like it took at least a couple of rounds to bring them down.
  4. bluemeanie

    bluemeanie Lospeedhidrag

    "Also, do they make good eating?"

    I think the fact that in southern AR and Louisiana folks call 'em "nootrarats" should pretty much cover that. Our regs cover nutria as furbearers, but pelts of any kind don't bring much anymore.
    Some farmers pay a bounty for a pair of coyote ears, though, so maybe some guy who's sick of his cattle breaking their legs after the critters tear up his pond-banks will be willing to make an arrangement.
  5. Hunter6657

    Hunter6657 Back Off!

    Mar 11, 2002
    Baton Rouge, La.
    I used to hunt them in La. back in the 70's .
    At that time the pelts brought a good price.
    I used a singleshot .22 rifle to bag them.
    If the shots are well placed one .22 will do the trick.
    Shoot them through the head or behind the shoulder
    with a good hollowpoint bullet. .22 magnum would be even better.
    Bad placement of shots will get the same reaction as a badly placed shot on a deer.
    We paddled around in a bateau (johnboat to yankees) and shot them swimming or inside hollow logs. For the more adventurous, you can wade after them in shallow water peering into hollow logs and looking for them swimming. We also had a dog that would chase them out of logs and burrows and then retrieve them when we shot them on the water.
    Nutrias can swim long distances underwater, just watch for the bubble trail as they move underwater and look for them to surface.
    There is a bounty program in effect in the coastal parishes during trapping season. They will pay $4 per tail brought in, which is probably worth more than the hide now.
    Nutrias look like rabbit when skinned and as they are vegetarians, probably taste ok.
    We only fed the carcasses to the dogs and never tried them.
    Lots of fun to hunt as aquatic varmints.
    Good Shooting,
  6. J.Bourne

    J.Bourne Damaged Goods

    When someone can come up with a taty recipe for General Tso's Nutria, the problem will have been solved. ;f
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  7. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    .22 head shots or 9 mm, .357, .44, .45...all work.

    Picture a really, really ugly groundhog with long whiskers, and you're close. I shot one here ion OR a few months town! A nutria was duking it out with a friend's dog when I got there (chihuahua-ha!) and the pocket pooch was getting the worst of it....seemed the nutria wouldn't attack, but would feel the need to defend itself when El Stupo tried to get a whiff.

    I showed up, the dog ran, and the rat didn't.

    I did not sample the critter's edibles, assuming nutria have any.
  8. reptiman

    reptiman Go Ducks

    Apr 13, 2001
    Springfield, Oregon
    I've hunted them out here because they destroy gardens. They are tough little things. I broke a wooden baseball bat in half while hitting one over the head and it was still alive! Good luck w/ your hunt!
  9. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Hey Reptiman--

    A .22 carbine with CCI CB Long Caps will dispatch a nutria with alacrity, should one be shot in the temple with such a round. FYI....!

    Really, really quiet, too........

    (FastVFR is not always a good influence...)

  10. RoadRep

    RoadRep Semper Ragilio

    Oct 31, 2001
    I saw that. The shooters were SWAT team snipers. Looked like fun.
  11. figment

    figment Texas Stranger

    Sep 25, 2001
    your imagination
    They were brought up by a private landowner in LA. to eat aquatic plants. (thats the story I heard...) They migrate in streams like beavers and are mostly nocturnal. A .22 rifle works good, but a 20 or 12 gauge would be better because most of your shots will be at their heads while they are swiming and you dont want a .22 wizing off into the next county.

    They also eat fish and baby ducks and will chew dogs up pretty good, so dont use dogs on em. Just about any firearm will take care of them. The pelts are worth "something". Not sure what. They are disgustingly ugly and I would not eat them much less want to skin one.
  12. Coltking

    Coltking Millennium Member

    Sep 16, 1999
    When I was living in Louisiana a few weeks ago my Co-worker & I would go Nutria hunting every week: 10/22 Target works best for me cheap shooting and a quick 2nd shot if needed, though my 44 Mag 77/44 & Redhawk worked great too if I wanted good spray :) Took my Glock 17 a few times for back up perfect for the up close ones.
    They do make great eating if steamed cooked with some taters and carrots
  13. Quake Guy

    Quake Guy Superior Member

    Mar 12, 2001
    I just saw the Insomniac with Dave Attell where he is hanging out with New Orlean's police officers as they spotlight Nutria and shoot them with suppressed .22's in a lawn chair out of the back of a pickup. In the middle of town...

    Looked like a lot of fun. This is the first application of my dream of urban hunting...
  14. D25

    D25 The Quick

    Jan 26, 2003
    Nutria shooting is one of the funner things in life, but I don't know about using a .22. Those ugly things are pretty resiliant creatures. I've had them tear my dogs up pretty good while duck hunting, and survive some well placed rounds, but that might just be the super-sized-Oregon-nutrias. Happy hunting, and for God's sake don't eat them.
  15. striderglock

    striderglock HVACR

    Aug 24, 2002
  16. rugbyguy


    Nov 5, 2002
    I have never hunted them although in the current issue of Saltwater Sportsman there is a brief insert about the first annaul Nutria Festival (or something like that). A big nutria hunt and they will even have a nutria queen!
    I have eaten nutria in jerky form before and it tasted good to me, but then again...I eat anything.
  17. mzenzer

    mzenzer Argus-eyed

    Feb 14, 2002

    Yeah, that's been going on for a few years and it works great. But, to the best of my knowledge it's not New Orleans cops, but Jefferson Parish cops. Jefferson is right next door to Orleans parish. We have more canals I think with major roadways running on both sides of these canals. The nutrias burrow under the street and it causes major problems. I don't think they shoot them in Orleans.

    The animal rights crowd desperately tried to come up with a better solution, but even when other types of "kill" methods were suggested, they never were as efficient and economical as shooting them.

    Nutria are a fairly popular dish down here, but with so many other great foods it hasn't caught on like some would have liked.

    BTW, it's SWAT sharpshooters who do the shooting.
  18. Guest

    I hunt them with either my .22 WinMag lever action and/or my Beretta 9mm with "Ranger" SXT's 147gr HP's. Works like a champ. I've even taken a few out with a 55gr SP .223 round. That really kills them dead.

    I eat them too!!!!!!!!! I generally deep fry the back straps and portions of the hind legs. And/or I'll put chunks of the meat in a pressure cooker and cook them with some onions/potatoes/ and salt/pepper.

    Better yet is a stew that is slow cooked for about 6 to 8 hours. Try it, you'll love it. It kinda reminds me of pork.

    Did you know the Nutria is closely related to the Rat????? So I've been told. Best damn rat I've ever had!
  19. LApm9

    LApm9 Silver Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    South Louisiana
    They are fine eating. A trapper I know would have his wife cook them up in a tomato gravy (sauce piquante to the cognoscenti) and they were like the finest rabbit. Nutria are very picky eaters so the meat has a good taste.

    A single .22 LR to the head is all it takes, but shoot them on land or in shallow water because they sink when shot.