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Author:  trapperrick [ 18 Feb 2011, 10:00 ]
Post subject:  Spring Beaver Fever

I was working out of town this week. I put in 4, 10 hour days so my weekend started Thursday afternoon. I was almost home and driving along a stream up the road from my house and this is what I saw.

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I may need some advice from the greatest beaver trapper I know, Ski!! I found a beaver slide and set a snare in the water at the slide and put some castor at the bottom of the slide. Think that will work?

Author:  ski3879 [ 18 Feb 2011, 11:46 ]
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haha rick i will give you a call or text..... how far from home is this place?....is the castor on the land side of the snare like up on the bank?

Author:  trapperrick [ 18 Feb 2011, 13:55 ]
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Ski, I forgot to tell you during our phone conversation, the beaver slide is on a steep bank and about 5 feet from top to the water line. I put a beaver lure at the top and castor at the bottom before the water. Is this OK?

Author:  ski3879 [ 18 Feb 2011, 19:32 ]
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personally rick i would have done it in reverose, or just done one or the other.... the castor is going to make him made and make him wanna go up and distory it so "the other beaver" knows he is king there

Author:  trapperrick [ 19 Feb 2011, 08:38 ]
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So much for spring, got up this morning to sunshine but it was 28 degrees. Checked out the snare I set, my support wire was gone and the snare was pulled farther into the water, empty :( . I could see the beaver was busy last night because he cut down a couple of small trees. Well, I just reset the snare and going to try again.

Author:  trapperrick [ 05 Mar 2011, 08:42 ]
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I finally caught my first beaver after 30 years of trapping! Although I really never went after them much because the population isn't very big around here but I always wanted to catch one. Mission accomplished!

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By the way. This is a 35 pound beaver.

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Many thanks to Ski!, He gave me some direction and and 2 330 cinbears and a #3 foothold!

Author:  trappintime [ 05 Mar 2011, 08:58 ]
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Wat to go Rick :D The grin tells a story :lol: . Kudu's to Ski as well :wink:

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 05 Mar 2011, 09:21 ]
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You can only do "the first time" ONCE! Good going Rick! Be sure and post what you did with the pelt.

Author:  fuzz269 [ 05 Mar 2011, 11:22 ]
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Congrats on your first flat tail :D nice lookin one too.

Author:  redrooster [ 05 Mar 2011, 11:53 ]
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Nice beaver... COngrats on the first one. Everyone after that should be easier, right? :shock:

Author:  TamarackSwamp [ 05 Mar 2011, 12:13 ]
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Congratulations Rick, I hope this is the first of many for you!

Author:  trapperrick [ 05 Mar 2011, 18:19 ]
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Swamp Rat wrote:
You can only do "the first time" ONCE! Good going Rick! Be sure and post what you did with the pelt.


Well Swamp, I fleshed and stretched my first beaver and this is the outcome. Now, let the pro beaver handlers let me know if I did wrong, I know that they are not the easiest to flesh! I'm going to have it tanned and put on the wall with my "other firsts".

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Author:  Swamp Rat [ 05 Mar 2011, 18:26 ]
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:lol: Way to go! Another "first" that can't be undone. :lol: It looks fine to me...mine usually has some extra holes that need attention. Those rascals are hard for me to flesh! :evil:

Author:  erik_caught_it [ 05 Mar 2011, 21:44 ]
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congrats. I am in the process of catching my first flat tail. Im gonna use all the info from these guys here and post pics if i get one.

Author:  TrapperAL [ 05 Mar 2011, 21:59 ]
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tack it down some more rick! you want to get a nail every inch or inch and a half. they really exert some force when they dry and will shrink some. you also want to use 1/2 plywood, minimum, if you are going to trap more as they will actually warp the board if its less than that. also pound a couple nails into each leg hole to keep em closed while it dries so they dont pull apart. looks like a good fleshing job! oh yeah, i cut the lips, whiskers, and nose off...start at one end of the whiskers with a good sharp knife and try to cut just along the edge of them. hope that helps some :)

Author:  trapperrick [ 05 Mar 2011, 22:07 ]
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Trapper Al- Thanks! I'll put a few more nails in and close up the legs. Now that I'm looking at the picture you could really tell that it needs tacked down a few more places. I also raised the pelt off of the board a little.

Erik- Good luck on your first beaver. Ski told me to set a 330 conibear in a channel and it worked like a charm. :wink:

Author:  NonPCfed [ 05 Mar 2011, 23:03 ]
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Very, very 8) !! Now, go catch another one!

Author:  cweg94 [ 06 Mar 2011, 04:34 ]
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congrats!! i got my first flat-tail this year. it was a great moment!! if you want a video, i would recommend the fur-fish-game professional beaver trapping dvd. my trapping mentor didn't trap beavers so i had to try and figure it out on my own. good luck in the future!!

Author:  Gregs250 [ 08 Mar 2011, 08:46 ]
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Good job Rick! How long did it it take you to flesh...lol

Author:  trapperrick [ 08 Mar 2011, 20:37 ]
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Gregs250 wrote:
Good job Rick! How long did it it take you to flesh...lol


It took me 3 hours and and about 4 beers! :lol:

Author:  adksasquatch [ 08 Mar 2011, 20:47 ]
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NICE... now save the meat for next season as bait.....

Author:  Gregs250 [ 09 Mar 2011, 08:36 ]
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trapperrick wrote:
Gregs250 wrote:
Good job Rick! How long did it it take you to flesh...lol


It took me 3 hours and and about 4 beers! :lol:


I have got it down to 1.5 hours but the four beers sounds about right :--D

Author:  Woodswalker [ 09 Mar 2011, 11:35 ]
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Trapperrick:
PM me your address. I can send you a pattern for making beaver boards. They basically just trace out as ovals of different size so you can keep the edges and sides of the hide even on the board.

Author:  redrooster [ 09 Mar 2011, 12:16 ]
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Do not rule out the use of a beaver hoop. They are several times faster that the old plywood method plus the hides dry faster cause both sides of the hide is exposed to the air. If you want an oval pelt, add the tension bar to the hoop. The bar is 4 dollars. How many times have you had to pull nails and reposition a pelt on the board? With the hoop the pelt goes on the first time everytime. Good Luck

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 09 Mar 2011, 12:19 ]
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redrooster wrote:
Do not rule out the use of a beaver hoop. They are several times faster that the old plywood method plus the hides dry faster cause both sides of the hide is exposed to the air. If you want an oval pelt, add the tension bar to the hoop. The bar is 4 dollars. How many times have you had to pull nails and reposition a pelt on the board? With the hoop the pelt goes on the first time everytime. Good Luck


Bring the beaver hoop and tension bar to the rendezvous....some of us would like to see them. :wink:

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