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 Post subject: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 12 Dec 2009, 18:47 
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I have been trapping for about 13 years and have yet to have a trap shy beaver.... until now! I am trapping on the dam (two seperate 330 conibear sets). This dude is slick, he pushes mud up infront of the traps until it is thick enough then he pushes the "wad" into the trap causing it go off. Any of you guys have a trick that I may not know about?
I am thinking of making a snare set. Placing the snare at the front of my chute (aka stick funnel) with no conibear. Maybe he will see the trap isnt there and procede into the snare. Heck if i know, I am all ears fellas!


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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
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Why not leave the trap as a sort of decoy and put the snare in front. If he is focusing on the trap he might not notice the snare....just a thought.....

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 12 Dec 2009, 19:51 
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or thought number two.....put a leg hold in front of the conibear where he is pushing mud from.......

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2009, 11:44 
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i like the foothold idea..


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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2009, 12:56 
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Is this set a dam break you made with a conibear in front of the break?

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2009, 19:04 
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logman55 wrote:
Is this set a dam break you made with a conibear in front of the break?


yes, the trap is set in a break that I made.


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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2009, 19:15 
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Jase is right on. The beaver has been swimming with debris in it's mouth and under it's fron=t legs to patch the dam. Often this debris will fire the trap as he pushs it into positon to repair the dam (with your trap). I stopped using that set up for that very reason unless I could get a rear foot catch.

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2009, 22:20 
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I agree with Jase also. You could try bending the trigger wires so thier the same shape as the trap jaws with the trigger on top, this may or may not let the beaver get far enough into the trap before it fires. I like the idea of using a foot hold trap to. If the bottom will allow you to bed a trap then I'd give that a go, bed the trap about a foot deep slightly offset of the dam break. Or as Jase pointed out you could go with a castor mound set or a snare!


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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 13 Dec 2009, 23:59 
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Hey Jase I really like the sound of your ditch set would it also work with a 330 instead of a snare?

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 14 Dec 2009, 08:33 
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A 330 will work well with a dive stick. I use the trenches Jase is talking about too, he showed me how to do them, but I use snares since I don't have any 330's yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
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In my beaver trapping book it says to use a double dam break for setting traps there. You make the breaks a few feet apart and put the trap in between. I guess that way, it will push up the mud in front of one break then go to the other to check it out without burrying the trap. Alas, in Maine we can't set a trap within 5 feet of an active dam.

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 Post subject: Re: Trap Shy Beaver
PostPosted: 15 Dec 2009, 06:42 
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I'd say he is patching the dam break. When we have a shy beaver they usualy just avoid the whole area too. I'd go with a blind set foothold no.4 or even no.5(if legal)7" jawspread minimum anyhow. You want to catch him the first time he comes thru. I like my footholds in 8" or so of water, offset to the side of the trail. If you have the traps I'd put a foothold in the dam set with the 330 and one or two castor mound sets with footholds. You can do a castor mound double and just use one drowning stake etc. in deep water and run two different wires up to your footholds. Good Luck

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