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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-20-2014, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Beaver input

I am headed to camp at Pymatuning on Saturday to put in 5 days of beaver trapping. I have some areas scouted(hope the ice is gone). Any suggestions on sets that are productive or other tips will be welcome. This is my first time for beaver. I got a few in Dec. in Ohio under the ice, but never had any open water. Thanks.
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I really like setting a dive log out for them. Find a narrow part of the crick that the beavers are running an run a decent size log the whole way across. Have the log just barley under water so the beaver has to dive under it. Put a 330 coni in the middle of the crick under the log. Run a fence of sticks to block off its path so it has no other way to go but through the trap. I also like running snares for them also. Very effective.

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I really like setting a dive log out for them. Find a narrow part of the crick that the beavers are running an run a decent size log the whole way across. Have the log just barley under water so the beaver has to dive under it. Put a 330 coni in the middle of the crick under the log. Run a fence of sticks to block off its path so it has no other way to go but through the trap. I also like running snares for them also. Very effective.
That's exactly how I caught that beaver this past Saturday. Also, beavers are very territorial, make a castor mound set. Just pile mud on the bank with some beaver castor. Either place a #3 coilspring in front or set a 330 in a channel before the castor mound.

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Find fresh sign-Death Yacht, dab o castor, sharpen knife! When it works man does it feel good!
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I do agree that beavers are territorial, but I trapped a piece of property last year where the beavers never investigated the castor mound. I dont know why, I was extremely puzzled. So that was a snare an coni only location.

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I caught my first 2 this year. I set in the channels above and below the dam. I was trapping swamps that had runs between the dams. I think I would have gotten more but the ice really put a damper on things.

I do want to warn you to be very careful. Especially if by yourself. I underestimated the dangers about a month ago. After catching the 2 and knowing there was more in the area, I fought the deep snow to go back to the swamps. Long story short I underestimated a lot of things that day.

I escaped with a torn rotator cuff. And thats exactly what I consider it. I was in subfreezing temps,wet, a hip boot stuck in the mud, and a mile from my vehicle.

I will error on the side of caution from here on out. Good Luck and safe travels

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I hope you're trapping moving water if you're not expecting any ice...

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If your trapping moving water- I hope your using death yachts!
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Find fresh sign-Death Yacht, dab o castor, sharpen knife! When it works man does it feel good!
death yacht gets them every time! funny thing is i havent even floated one this year. been honing my snaring skills.

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i like to use the bait stick and castor mounds on a drowning set. I am going this weekend and will set my two 330 for the first time. To be honest i am a little intimidated by a 330 but also have never set one before. my buddy has so we will see. Last year we hammered 10 beaver in two days and used 4 different lure. we didnt have any lure that was hit more than another. all bait sticks and castor mounds on drowning sets. I am pumped up to set tomorrow morning
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