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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Bare naked beaver trapping



(Beaver was tangled on tree on left side of pic. Big beaver is the one on left side.)

I set a new area yesterday morning....never trapped this watershed. I was given directions where to go, and was told there was a dam across a large swamp. It was a pretty good hoof upstream, maybe 3/4 mile, but I did find the spot. Not a lot of sign, but the dam was well maintained, so I ended up setting 5 traps. All #4 double coils on slide cables/ with rock sacks.

I hiked up this morning but was kinda disappointed,as the temperature was 21 degrees and the swamp was covered in a thin layer of ice. It’s hard to make a catch in a foothold when they’re laying under 1/4 ice. The first two traps were undisturbed, and I busted up the ice in the area around the trap. To my surprise, the next two traps were both gone from their beds, and when I pulled in the cables, both had 2 1/2 year olds in the traps. I walked up to the last set and noticed that that trap was also gone. I started tugging on the 1/8 inch cable, but nothing was moving. After about 10 minutes of yanking on the cable, I made two observations.....#1. There definately was a beaver in the trap, an a big one at that. #2 The beaver was hopelessly tangled on a fallen tree in 3 1/2 feet of water.

I debated my options....leave him there till tomorrow and bring a saw to cut the tree free. Or wade out and free it today. I didn’t want to leave the beaver in the trap, because this time of year other beavers want to take a whack out of their dead brethren’s backside when they come across them. I had only knee high boots on, but I wanted this beaver....so I stripped down to my birthday suit and waded out. The water was a little over waiste high. Surprisingly, the water didn’t seem as bad as I thought it would. I couldn’t untangle the cable, but was able to get the beaver’s hind foot out of the #4. I released the sack, and then was able to unwrap the slider from the tree.

I got back to shore and dried off with a towel I had in my pack basket. I lugged the two smallest beavers back to the car, and made another trip with the bigger beaver (54 lb). That warmed me up. All in all, a memorable morning for sure.

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LOL, that will be a day remembered. You are a true beaver trapper.




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Fun Fun Fun

Did you re-set that spot?

Don't you use an Otter or other type of sled (even on dry land)?
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Wait......naked pics or it didn't happen!!!
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You’re hard core!! lol
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Fun Fun Fun

Did you re-set that spot?

Don't you use an Otter or other type of sled (even on dry land)?
I added more weight to the bag, and did reset it in same spot. I had a 2 1/2 year old there this morning, and another one in a set 30 yards away. The added weight did the trick, and this beaver came out without any excitement.

I have 3 different sleds, but I donít mind packing out beaver. Iíve had to make 2 trips back a couple of times this year...but Iím retired with nothing but time, so Iím in no hurry. Good exercise.
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"I released the sack, and then was able to unwrap the slider from the tree."


If I ventured into that cold water I would still be waiting for mine to release!!!!!
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I bet next time you will look to see if they can tangle in something.Good on you for going in for the beaver.
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You get any beaver fleas on you? Bet your itching after I sad that.. Nice going.
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You get any beaver fleas on you? Bet your itching after I sad that.. Nice going.
Laylow....funny you mentioned fleas. Normally beavers seemed to be covered in them. I caught and skinned the first 24, never saw a single flea. This week, the five I skinned were crawling with them. I mean Iíd have a half a dozen on my hands before I made the belly cut. I had to spray them with permethrin and leave them in a garbage bag for an hour. I donít know if itís the warmer weather or a new location....but the fleas were nasty.
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