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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2006, 02:18 
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Well, I finally called the law. Was out checking my rat/mink/beaver line and while wading the stream heard a watery commotion. When rounding the bend in the stream saw a large beaver caught in a trap. Had been there for some time as everything was down to mud where there was normally tag alders and 3' tall swamp grass. I had seen no tire tracks in the new snow nor had seen anyone or any sign of anyone in this area since I started trapping it 2 weeks ago. Anyway, I walked up to the beaver and smacked it, then tossed it up on the shore . There's about 3" of water running across the top of the beaver dam. Yepper. Whioever set this trap did it ontop of the dam. Big illegal no no. There was also no trap tag after I looked. So I walked away wondering who, when and where the heck the trapper was. Got to work, told my student trapper about it and he right off told me to call DNR. I did. Will be meeting the warden at 1 pm and walking him to the beaver and tagless trap ontop the dam. It's guys like this that make it hard for the rest of us. What would you have done?

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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2006, 06:53 
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I would have done the same thing, you don't want anyone accusing you of making that set...

Sure would be nice if we could set the dams here in Wisconsin though. :roll:

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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2006, 21:32 
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It was the only thing you could have done. If you didn't call, then a trapper gets away with doing something illegal and gives us a bad image, and they will probably do it again. Always report it.


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2006, 09:27 
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I wouldnt have dispatched the animal. Wasnt your trap. Had that happen to me once.Coon chewed my tag off and some guy whacked it.I caught him and he said since there wasnt any tag on it he figured it was illegal to have it set.Your situation is a bit different but kinda the same in my books.


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2006, 19:20 
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The local warden and I have been on the c-phone back and forth . Me giving him directions, location, etc. When I found the beaver it was more "ethical" than lawful to dispatch it yes. But upon asking the warden what I should've done, he told me I did the right thig in putting it down. Best part is he knows the guy and was concerened that there may be other sets like this out there. Last I heard from the warden, citations were being issued for the following: illegal set (was not set as drowner), not checking traps in mandated time, waste of game (it was in the sun for 5 days), setting to close to active beaver dam.

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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2006, 20:01 
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Way to go. It sounds like that guy needed a dose of the law in his life.

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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2006, 20:08 
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Well then I guess you did the right thing.....Hope they throw the book at him.......Game wardens arent so nice where I live.......


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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2006, 19:32 
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TrapperKD wrote:
I would have done the same thing, you don't want anyone accusing you of making that set...

Sure would be nice if we could set the dams here in Wisconsin though. :roll:

TrapperKD, they're just trying to avoid non-target otter.
Otter often play around and on the dams.

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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2006, 22:06 
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Yeah I know. :roll: Still would be nice...

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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2006, 08:46 
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Yeah, but imagine how that DNR guy would feel if he got hundreds of calls a day to release an otter.

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