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 Post subject: Beaver ideas
PostPosted: 11 Dec 2006, 18:45 
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okay, i just got permission to trap some nuisance beavers, and am getting ahold of some 330's. In new york you can't trap within 15 feet of a den, so all i can think of is run sets, though i am not that familiar with beaver. Any ideas?

There are also some otter in the pond, so i am planning to use 220's, hopefully there is a stream so i can do a forced stream set or somehting like that. Any ideas on this would be appreciated as well....And of course there are rats!-no problem there.

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I would trap the run (channel sets). If you have ice or even if not, what about their feed bed? Castor mounds is another option. Snares work well too baited with fresh poplar, willow, oak etc.
For the otter, they run channels the beaver make so you can set them . Toilets work. Undercut banks. Crossovers. Blind sets.

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we don;t have any good ice yet, as a warm front came through. These crossovers........I have never actually trapped for beaver so i never paid attention to their dams. Is a crossover water flow this bisects the dam? It actually flows over the top? thanks for the help.
The main complaint is that they are blocking up the culvert on the pond. Should i break the dam and set at the culvert to grab them as they fix it?

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That would be my first step. Try and catch the offending beaver then consintrait on the rest. But you cant beat a castor mound set. You use his territorial instincs against them it works here in missouri better than any thing else. Unless the water is good and clear and you can see there run under the water. Your looking for the groove in the bottom of the creek. If you find this runway a 330 or 280 will work. Otter will travel these to. Good luck. :lol:

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armymedic. i would also use the castormound set. take a shovel and dig up the bottom of the creek place it on shore in a pile. place a leg hold trap about the length from you middle finger to your elbow away from the shore. this makes sure you dont catch there chest fur and wisen them up. stake it to deep water. now take a good caster lure and place on top of this mound you just made. I also put sticks in the bank pointing toward your trap. this insures the beaver puts his feet down when he comes to shore and walks out, stepping on your trap. let me know how you do. you can also trap the culvert by placing a trap where you think the beaver is walking out of the water. Here, i again would palce the trap where you think he is leaving the water, stake it to deep water and put some caster lure on a stick and drive it into the ground, this should be done right in front of the trap on the far side of it. the beaver will investigate this. Walt

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all of that advice sounds great. I will try it saturday. The biggest foothold i have is duke #3 coilspring. Are they big enough to hold a beaver? Thanks again for the advice, it is really tough trying to figure this stuff out in NY where hardly anyone traps or will gve you advice. I really appreciate it very much.

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# 3's should be fine. I use # 3 bridger and havent had any trouble holding beavers.

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walt, have you done it with #3's without a drowning rig? Is it possible to just hold them like a k-9?

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That might create a wring-off.

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 Post subject: beaver.
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Bryton is right. If you can't set up a drowner for beaver using a foothold, don't do it. If you have ice on the other hand, it is possible to use footholds without drowners as they simply cannot get to air and will drown anyway.

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GOOD CALL BRYTON !!!

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I C says the blind man, thanks young blood

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