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Beaver Trapping Pictorial

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.





continued on next post...

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Resetting a 330 after another catch at the bank den hole. Going t have to get some gauntlets if I do this again next year.



Scouted along a section of river near camp, found a channel leading to some beaver-made castor mounds. I added my own castor mound and guarded the channel entrance with a submerged 330. Six days later, on the last check, I caught this guy. He’s not big by beaver standards, but at 45 pounds he’s the biggest I’ve caught.



I skinned everything at camp and froze the furs.



I fleshed and stretched everything when I got back home. This was my first attempt at beaver put up. This is the 45 pounder and a 16 pound kit.



Ended the week with six beaver and a burning desire to catch more. Even after I found out how hard they are to skin and flesh lol.

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Re: Beaver Trapping Pictorial

Lug Nut,

You are having an awesome year, more than one double, first beavers, and who knows what else, I think your trapping partner is your good luck charm, and she really looks like she enjoys it. Were you by yourself or was your daughter also with you.

Congrats on a great season!!
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Way to go Lugnut, looks like you had a blast!
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Re: Beaver Trapping Pictorial

That beaver trapping is definitely a whole different game than trapping canines on land.
A buddy and I tried it one year on the Susky. We missed 2 or 3 the first night, re-adjusted a bit, and caught a 42lb and a 58lb the following day with #2 dogless Monties of all traps. Back footed both of them too. Water was coming up fast so we pulled everything that day and I've never set for beaver again.
Now you've got the wheels turning again. Nice job, my wife's going to be real happy when I tell her what I'm thinking about doing now.


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My buddy, and one of my brother in laws are hardcore beaver trappers...........they travel through different WMU's limiting out in them for the most part.........my buddy only sets about a half dozen k9 traps a year......

"Most people miss opportunity because it comes dressed in overalls, and looks like hard work"
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Nice pics! Kinda got my wheels turning too.. Gotta hike quite a ways to get to em around here but maybe I'll go try for just one...haha... then just one more.. Good job!

It is time to manage avian predators!
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Thought you had to be 15ft from a den but I looked in the book and it says dam or house. So are bank dens are ok then? I assumed the 15ft rule applied too them too. if it doesn't I got work to do.
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Thought you had to be 15ft from a den but I looked in the book and it says dam or house. So are bank dens are ok then? I assumed the 15ft rule applied too them too. if it doesn't I got work to do.

In 3c and 3d that 15foot rule doesnt apply
what wmc are you in?
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