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 Post subject: DEM DAM BEAVERS
PostPosted: 18 Dec 2006, 23:08 
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WELL I SET OUT 5 #3'S CASTOR MOUNDS APPLE SETS THIS WAS FRIDAY
SAT. HAD 4 TRIPPED & 1 MISSING 6FT CHAIN15LBS PIPE & 1 #3COIL
THE STEAK WAS STILL THERE(I HAD THE TRAP TIED TO THE STEAK WITH
A DOUBLE PIECE OF FENCE WIRE, I LOOKED 1/2 THE DAY FOR HIM THERE IS A FOOD PILE IN THE DITCH ABOUT 50FT FROM THE MISSING SET & THERE IS A DEN IN FRONT OF THE FOOD PILE. COULDN'T GET TO THE DEN ENTRANCE WITH A 33O THAT'S WHY I DID WHAT I DID. I'M
GUESSING HE'S IN THE DEN NOW WHAT. ALSO I HAD 2 330'S SET ON
DIVE STICKS 1 TRIPPED WITH SAFTEYS ON STUPID ME, THE OTHER JUST TRIPPED, RESET WITH NO RESULTS X2DAYS GOING TO MOVE EM.
HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE A CASTOR SET IF THEY QUIT VISITING IT.
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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 03:55 
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Sounds like one beaver. But id leave them for atleast a week more. Beaver will come back after they experience the trap. But either put the trap deeper in the water or move the set 5 or 6ft one way or the other. This way he thinks another beaver has come by and left his calling card. Also it sounds like you dont have your traps set to one side of the mound. Buy this i mean alittle left of right of castor mound. It seems your getting belly trips. If the trap jaws are not set right the beaver will get his foot thrown out of trap also. IE his foot has to come between jaws and not over one jaw. I hope that makes sense. My writing skills need some work. :wink:

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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 07:13 
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On the trap you lost-- Were there swivels on the trap? Beavers will twist off a couple pieces of wire pretty easily.

Mike-- When you post please leave your CAPS LOCK off. People will think you're shouting. :)

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 Post subject: DemDamBeavers
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 21:19 
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Yep I wuz shouting, I'm upset, this is only the 2nd trap I've ever lost.
the 1st was ignorance & this 1 wuz stupidity. Yes the chain had 2 swivels
this AM I saw what appeared to me to be his drag marks in the bottom
about 1/4 mi from the old set it looks like he's moved back & fourth
in the shallow water, but I can't be sure that this is what I'm seeing, maybe I'm being to wishful that I might run on to him.
I understand the "throwing his foot" thing due to position of the trap.


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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 21:25 
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Was your STAKE loose? Also was there sign that he fought with it for a while? The only thing I know for you to do is to hope you catch him soon and find your trap. I have lost traps to and belive you me, it sux.


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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 21:52 
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So far this season Ive lost 1.5, 280 belize, 2-330, 1-#3 all this from the great snow melt. That washed them out. Thats a good start for a new trapper right ther. Dont for one minute think it dont hurt.

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 Post subject: beaver
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 23:08 
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If your'e going to foothold a beaver you need to use 10 gage wire. Also need a drowner lock of some nature on the end of your chain. Trap placement seems to be the problem on some of your misfortunes. The trap needs to be offset (R/L) of the travelway by 4-6" and must be 18" back from where they come out of water. This will give you a good back foot hold and will eliminate twistoffs. If your set on front foot catches I wish you luck. I did it this way for 1 season and ran into this problem of twistoffs until I decided to go for more meat and thicker bone.
All connis must be thouroughly staked with solid, dead sticks or you will lose your traps. Another way to prevent this is to wire the trap up to land to something solid. If you get a pulled miss, you can still get your trap. If you get a fighter, hopefully, even though they break you stakes, the wire will end up giving you both withiout loss.

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 Post subject: More beaver stuff
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2006, 23:32 
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Well I've been setting the traps in about a foot of water, the bank is very steep this is only about a foot out and I've been trying to guess where he's
gonna put his feet, guess I'll try the guide sticks idea. I am hoping that it's just dumb luck/beginners luck. oh well I'm not going to be beaten
by a rodent no matter how large! Got an old house to set for coons today
set 6 220's I get off work @1:oo think I'll check em out, it's on the way.
there is 6" of coon (Please excuse my language, I'm a bonehead) in the house. This should cheer me up.


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