I went to camp between Christmas and New Years to try my hand at beaver trapping for the first time.
I scouted a few ponds on foot and with a borrowed canoe:
This is always a good sign:
On one pond I found a bank den hole, it turned out to be my most productive location yielding five beaver in all. There was also a classic beaver lodge on this dam. All beaver were caught going in, maybe they were using it for food storage because they were obviously living in the lodge (fresh mud patching and sign on the lodge top nearly every day):
I was enjoying the seasonably warm temps and open water but that came to a sudden end mid-week:
Another one at the bank den hole!
Had to bust this one out of the ice.
Melting the ice off the fur before skinning.
I made some bobcat sets while at camp, had one walk by one of my cubbies but didn’t work it. It’s baited with beaver and cat lure and guarded with a # 3 Northwoods off-set.
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