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Author:  Amak [ 25 Dec 2015, 13:16 ]
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Ok....not a rat! But was in a rat set! I had placed this 160 on a KB stabilizer in a shallow rat run, maybe 2 ft from den entrance. Im guessing this otter had chased a small fish up into the run, and he tried to follow the fish through the trap. It was shallow enough, the 6 inch 160 barely was under water even set down in the run. I was worried it might freeze in, even with 1/4 inch of ice. I had no idea otter were at this pond, never have seen sign there. Lucky catch, but I wont argue!

Author:  Amak [ 25 Dec 2015, 14:19 ]
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Geez...I know its too big, but i cant seem to resize with out blur. Here is the "too big" original.

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 25 Dec 2015, 17:57 ]
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That is a great Christmas surprise AMAK. Do you still have a limit on your otter catches in KS?

Author:  Chieftain [ 25 Dec 2015, 18:54 ]
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nice...

Author:  NonPCfed [ 25 Dec 2015, 22:16 ]
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An awesome surprise!!!! One of the fun parts of trapping, never know what might be in a set. That will be one for the memory book :--)

Author:  wolf1199 [ 25 Dec 2015, 23:20 ]
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Nice catch, better then what was intended for. Surprize indeed. :)

Author:  trappintime [ 25 Dec 2015, 23:45 ]
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I sure like seeing you guys catching them critters as I will probably never catch one. I've seen them in the lakes and rivers while fishing up North but that is far beyond my trapping area. Thanks.

Author:  Amak [ 26 Dec 2015, 07:21 ]
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Thanks guys! It was a nice surprise! I'm just now getting around to posting pics of him, but I caught him last week. Still close enough to Christmas to double as a nice gift though!


Swamp, indeed we do still have some regulations on the otters. They have relaxed them some though. We can still only have 2, but we do not have the 100 otter quota limit for the State, nor do we have to surrender the carcass or call the otter hot line to report them any longer. However, we do have to surrender the bottom jaw with teeth intact, normally along with pelt tagging, and within I think 7 days of the close of season.

I think since fur prices are way out of wack, instead of trying to move this otter for money, I will have him tanned and made into 12 inch mittens, to match my otter hat. Russ had mittens made from a red coyote some time ago, and they are wonderful....so i'm looking for my own pair and this otter just makes sense!

Author:  WCS [ 26 Dec 2015, 15:52 ]
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I would rather be lucky than good........great work

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 26 Dec 2015, 15:59 ]
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I have some of the 12" otter mittens made by USA FOXX and I finally got to try them out a few weeks ago when we had a "cold" snap. Riding the ATV with mittens was a very good experience. No numb fingers this time.

Author:  Amak [ 27 Dec 2015, 10:06 ]
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Oh neat Swamp! I am going to go through USA Foxx and furs too. They done our hats, and Russ's mittins too. I bet them otter mitts are warm, his coyote mitts are warm and otter is better yet.

Author:  Sac Creek [ 27 Dec 2015, 10:40 ]
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Nice catch old buddy

Author:  trapperrick [ 29 Dec 2015, 05:07 ]
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Awesome catch AMAK!

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