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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Beaver, Beaver and only Beaver

The last month of the season is all about Beaver.
I usually wait until March, when ice melts & weather warms.

Let's talk Beaver
What's is your Beaver limit in your area?
Why do you trap (or not trap) Beaver?
Which trap do you use? Footholds-Conibears-Snares?
How do you rig to drown a Beaver?
How much water do you need to drown a Beaver?
What do you use for a drowning weight?

Post pictures of your sets. Footholds, 330's & Snares
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 03:17 PM
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not so sure there are many folks on here interested in the art of beaverin
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I never tried it but would like to sometime

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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 06:12 PM
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Limit of 20 here in 2C. When I first move into an area, I make castor mounds with 330s. If they become shy, I use snares with castor mounds. If its a larger colony, I use castor mounds with snares due to the 2 body grip limit. I don't bother drowning beaver any more since I don't use footholds. Its just so much faster to use body grippers and snares.

Most of my spots involve hiking or jogging in quite a ways, so I need to carry as little equipment as possible. First, I hit my established beaver colony spots which change year to year. It takes a good bit of effort to locate these spots. I do this scouting in november when they are all set up for winter. Then, I spend march setting travel ways to catch those cruising spring beavers. Same types of sets.
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Limit of 20 here.

I just love trapping these critters plus I do a bunch of nuiscience trapping for landowners and state/federal agencies.

330 conis are all I use.

I don't have any pics. sorry

Hey Howie come on your the snare master show us your stuff. >)
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Limit of 20 here.

I just love trapping these critters plus I do a bunch of nuiscience trapping for landowners and state/federal agencies.

330 conis are all I use.

I don't have any pics. sorry

Hey Howie come on your the snare master show us your stuff. >)
good one chuck .... I'm teaching jhoff , hes gotten quite a few hanging in the shed . hopefully more to come , my goal was 30 . have to step it up a bit .lol
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Just like Troutoutdoorsmen, my beaver trapping takes place in my home WMU 2C where the limit is 20. And also like he does, most beaver ponds that are trapped are "off the beaten path" and require some hiking into.
My favorite set is a 330 in a channel where the beavers swim up to exit the pond to feed. I'll find a channel just big enough and deep enough to submerge the 330 and I'll place a small amount of beaver castor on a stick just outside the water.
And just like Hern, March is usually dedicated to the beaver. Although, due to my work schedule, I may not be hitting them this year.
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not so sure there are many folks on here interested...
Maybe not on this site, but my area has alot of interest, dietsch. The Susquehanna has a healthy Beaver population. (I only know the Berwick to Harrisburg section)
Some guys I know trap Beaver 'only' around here, dietsch. That's their thing after Deer season.

I also do nuisance work, same as casey. We don't have large swamps as the NE corner or many remote areas, but Beaver love our river and local streams. Which access is easy. Beaver set up home on small streams and flood crop fields. My mainstay is a baited set, winter summer or fall.
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I had a meeting this past weekend out of state college and on the way out I set a couple 330s on a beaver colony on the Union Center County Line of Interstate 80 on the way home the next day I had 2 nice beavers.


Most of my trapping is done in 3D but I do Venture up into 3C to do some nuisance work.

In my neck of the woods was only like three guys that I can think of that trap beavers but they don't do it every year.
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post #10 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-01-2018, 11:59 AM
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Beaver are my favorite animal to trap. Mostly 330's with a few footholds at castor mounds in case they are square shy. Personally hate the 6 1/2 restriction that eliminates the best options for footholds and I always target the front foot due to the size restriction. But, I am in 1A so we can use a few more 330's.

Does not seem to be many folks targeting beaver due to the price and the amount of work involved.
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