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BigV
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Conibear traps work best. Place them at the entrance to their holes along the bank of the pond. It kills them instantly. Muskrat can be very destructive if left unchecked. They can actually lower the water level or even drain a small pond.
 

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Muskrat trapping should be a regular part of pond maintenance. Even if you get them all, eventually more will find a way into your pond. With the water level low, it should be very easy to find their holes in the bank.

Get a ½ dozen or so and set them in every hole along the bank don't skip any. If you catch one out of the holes, reset the trap and leave it there as multiple muskrat will use the same hole. If you go 3 or 4 days without catching one, move the traps to a different set of holes. Continue this process and you will eventually get them all. I recommend a #110 Conibear trap as they are the right size for muskrat.

I would not recommend shooting them with a rifle unless you are in a rural area with no houses or people with in 2 to 3 miles. Bullets can ricochet off the top of the water and kill innocent bystanders over a mile away.
 
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