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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Trap limit for beavers?

I was sitting here looking at different traps and the thought hit me that I should use a larger trap for mink/muskrat/raccoon while beaver season is in. Then I remembered the limit on beaver traps that can be set at any certain time. My question is, Other than 330's, how does the PGC officer know what the trap is set for? There is no limit to the size of trap we are allowed to use for mink/muskrat/raccoon other than the general 6.5" jaw spread. As long as the trap is attached to a drowner I'm not so concerned with having too large of a trap. A 6.5" spread should catch high enough on mink/muskrat that it will not damage their legs, and a raccoon will not have time to damage its own foot or fight the trap and cause any damage. I might be wrong though, never used a trap that large before, but was thinking about trapping beavers this year. Any thoughts on the subject?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 09:44 AM
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Re: Trap limit for beavers?

Personally a 6.5 jaw spread is going to destroy a mink or rat, plus you need to adjust your pan tension to a very light setting to catch mink or rat. As far as coon I guess it would work. Once again I think if your sets would be discovered by and officer they would have the final decision. It might be okay or your could be asking for trouble. It's kind of how "it's upto the PGC officer to determine if your coni is set in HIS definition of a waterway. See what I mean ?

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Re: Trap limit for beavers?

Yeah, I know what you mean. I was thinking it would catch the mink/muskrats by two feet or accross the shoulders. Oh well, scratch that idea. The more I thought about it the worse the idea became.

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Re: Trap limit for beavers?

Hope you don't mind a different opinion. I wouldn't want to carry the additional weight but a 6 1/2 inch trap would probably make a dandy mink or rat trap.Set properly they would act like a body grip trap.The jaws would come up the sides of both mink and rats to the point that they would collapse the rib cage at the lungs.A very good use for the old model victor # 2's is for mink and rats.
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Re: Trap limit for beavers?

If I'm going to the trouble of trapping beaver, that's the only thing I want in the trap. I use a very high pan tension on beaver traps. Plus I'd rather wipe out the muskrats early in the season.

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