I joined HuntingPA a couple years ago since I archery hunt the last week in 5c every year I can. I used to trap in Massachusetts in High School and haven't water trapped since 1987. A guy I work with has had beaver flooding his property and asked if I knew how to get rid of them. Last week I went to his house and showed him and his sons how to identify fresh sign and how to set some snares, #330s, and #3 4coil footholds. The first morning they were thrilled to see a couple beaver in some #330s. the next day we had one in a foot hold.
NM may not be known for water trapping but it sure brought back some memories from my High School trapline for 'rats, mink and 'coon.
Lodge and channel set
First beaver of the day
2nd beaver in a shallow channel set leading from the food source to the lodge.
21lb and 44lb beaver the first morning, with some NM scenery.
I sure like reading all the stories and seeing the pictures here.
Nice how do youset footholds in that kinda weather?
I had never trapped beaver before, so I looked for a couple spots where the water spilled over the dams and set the foot holds there in the flow, with the chain staked in deeper water on the downstream side.