Sorry im getting to this thread late Shane but you are right, a good mud turtle is hard to beat. i heard they can taste like 7 different kinds of meat according what part of the body its on. I have never trapped them but i have caught my fair share on a milk jug with a very strong and large hook with some staging line and chicken gizzards. they cant sink the jug if you have the lid taped on with electric tape and just like jugging catfish, the resistence of the jug against the water makes em hook themselves! My honest view on a hard shelled mud turtle is that they are hard to clean but good to eat.[:)]
There's more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of the gun.