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Author:  waltherpp [ 31 Oct 2015, 17:51 ]
Post subject:  Beaver House

Hello,

Ive got a couple beaver houses to trap that are not on the shore, they are probly 30-40 yds of shore. Whats the best way to trap these beaver? Ive been trapping the areas were they are coming out of the water, and catching the odd one but it doesnt seem really very productive.

Is it best to wait and trap them through the ice?

Author:  cooncrazy [ 31 Oct 2015, 19:09 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

caster mound . make them think another beaver is moving into their area.
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bottle shows where to put lure.trap is on drowning wire.
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Author:  wolf1199 [ 31 Oct 2015, 21:52 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

How are you setting where they are coming up, are you using 330s or leg holds. Are you using poplar bait to draw them in or using scent? Need more info as to how you are setting. Waiting till ice is on is harder work but the fur is much nicer.

Author:  waltherpp [ 31 Oct 2015, 22:49 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

Using 330s. Putting scent on about half the sets, getting them on sets both with and without the scent but it seems like very slow going catch these beavers.

Author:  wolf1199 [ 01 Nov 2015, 07:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

waltherpp wrote:
Using 330s. Putting scent on about half the sets, getting them on sets both with and without the scent but it seems like very slow going catch these beavers.


Ok seems your method is good with the bait and lure. Not sure how many beaver you have taken from each house but it could be the beavers remaining now know what a 330 is and see it as danger. This will happen often so then you have to conceal the 330 under water such as a diving stick so the beaver goes under the dive stick and into the trap. Another option is to get out to the houses and set up thier runs leading into the house with 330s.This set is just about 100% catch. Another option would be to switch to some leg holds and make some drowning sets if you can like cooncrazy mentioned with the castor mound set. Also when beaver are logging and putting up thier winter feed supply it is very common for them to stop and take a break for a few days before resuming thier activity.

Author:  waltherpp [ 01 Nov 2015, 08:17 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

wolf1199 wrote:
waltherpp wrote:
Using 330s. Putting scent on about half the sets, getting them on sets both with and without the scent but it seems like very slow going catch these beavers.


Ok seems your method is good with the bait and lure. Not sure how many beaver you have taken from each house but it could be the beavers remaining now know what a 330 is and see it as danger. This will happen often so then you have to conceal the 330 under water such as a diving stick so the beaver goes under the dive stick and into the trap. Another option is to get out to the houses and set up thier runs leading into the house with 330s.This set is just about 100% catch. Another option would be to switch to some leg holds and make some drowning sets if you can like cooncrazy mentioned with the castor mound set. Also when beaver are logging and putting up thier winter feed supply it is very common for them to stop and take a break for a few days before resuming thier activity.


Thanks, dont have any leg holds so may have to get a few I guess. On most houses that are on shore I set the entrances as you mention, however with these houses being being in the middle of the pond Im just not sure how to get at them and work them safley with thier steep sides and deep water around them.....canoe I guess.

Author:  wolf1199 [ 02 Nov 2015, 18:52 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

Yes canoe is good or small 12 foot boat. Have your sticks ready ahead of time so your not wasting time looking for deep water entrance poles for your coni"s.

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Author:  Amak [ 02 Nov 2015, 20:02 ]
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Wolf, do you still have that pic that shows how to stabilize the poles in open water, using a prop stick and the beavers house?

Author:  wolf1199 [ 03 Nov 2015, 08:27 ]
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Author:  waltherpp [ 03 Nov 2015, 15:39 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

So how are you pinpointing the entrance when they are deep? :oops:

Author:  wolf1199 [ 04 Nov 2015, 14:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

When your on the house and the water is not to murky and the feed bed is not tight to the house you can see the runs coming out of the house. What your looking for is grooved channels that are on the bottom exiting the house. This is where the beaver travels when leaving or entering the house. If the water is to dark to see you will have to use a long pole to feel the bottom. Just put your pole in the water just out from the house and touch bottom then move over 10 to 12 inches and do it again. Your depth on the pole should be the same as you move across. When you encounter the run your pole will travel further down to touch bottom. After that to determine if you actually have a run just keep tapping bottom with the pole as you move a few inches at a time. If the pole starts to rise up as you move along you are climbing up the trough wall. Go back in the other direction and your pole will start to drop off and then when your pole starts to rise you know where the run is. Set your trap as close to the house as possible. Tie your poles that have the trap on them to the house so you do not have the beaver take your trap out into deep water.

In winter we sound for beaver runs by tapping the ice with a ice bar or the back of an axe. Hollow sound means thin ice and is a good indicator that there is a beaver run. Then we do the feel method as mentioned above to locate the run.

Author:  FormerlyCherokee71 [ 28 Nov 2016, 15:40 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

Wolf, how are those long sticks held together at the bottom?

Author:  wolf1199 [ 29 Nov 2016, 22:04 ]
Post subject:  Re: Beaver House

FormerlyCherokee71 wrote:
Wolf, how are those long sticks held together at the bottom?


Mostly 5/16 bolt , but nails work good. Just bend them over when they come out the other side.

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