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Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 06 Mar 2010, 17:42 ]
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Just finished with 3 dirt hole, foot hold coyote sets near my home. Started out this morning with a call from a cute but panic stricken young girl who lives on the Gulf coast about 30 miles from me. She has a raccoon getting in her attic and partying it up at night. The coon had ripped off an eave vent and when I looked up there he had been eating all of her pipe insulation for the central heat air exchanger, plus anything else not tied down. I set a cage trap up there plus one downstairs near some shrubbery. I left her house and drove to another subdivison where with the help of the homeowners set 6 beaver snares in a marsh, creek, swamp behind their homes. There are, according to the owners about 6 beaver living out there building dams and cutting down every tree in site even in their backyards. This is my first attempt at beaver snaring so wish me luck.
Come visit NW. Fla. We had low 70's for the high temp today.
TJ Trapping

Author:  peace keeper [ 07 Mar 2010, 23:21 ]
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you will get him tj goodluck

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 08 Mar 2010, 20:57 ]
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No more parties in the attic for me. :cry:

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 08 Mar 2010, 21:26 ]
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Attic Bandit BUSTED!!!! :lol:

Author:  BigMoo3 [ 08 Mar 2010, 21:40 ]
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he looks like a party animal to me. his eyes are all glazed over and im sure hes got a good headache goin on too. not that i know what thats like :roll: :wink:

Author:  peace keeper [ 08 Mar 2010, 21:42 ]
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sweeeeet wheres the beaver

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 11 Mar 2010, 20:10 ]
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No beaver yet. Checked my snares yesterday and all 6 were collapsed but not kinked up like something got in it. I reset them all using the support wire with an N shape bent into the end and threaded the snare cable behind the lock cam. They are supported correctly and I have them in a couple of different type sets, according to Hal Sullivan's book "Beaver 2000". They look good. I used about a 9 inch loop in the snare and put 2/3 underwater. Also used some castor gland lure up higher so they might search back and forth for it.
The homeowner is going out to check them tomorrow morning for me. Maybe we'll have one or two.
His wife wants me to take them alive. I told her I would do my best. (My best is not to get chewed on by a live beaver) 8)

Author:  peace keeper [ 11 Mar 2010, 22:45 ]
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TJ Can you set snares out of water if so put them right in their slides

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 13 Mar 2010, 19:08 ]
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Got him.
Snared my first beaver last night, (not really) but first woodeater.
Unfortunatly the homeowner who happens to be a good friend went out early this morning to check the snares. He and his neighbor found him on the last set out in the marsh pond. He was still alive so they dispatched him right there. I didn't even get to see him or get a picture to post on here.
The friends wife is the one who doesn't want them harmed but just taken away. He thought it best not to drag it up to the house kicking and screaming or whacked in the head. They live in kind of an exclusive development and you never know what other neighbors might think also.
They live about 30 miles from me. I went back this afternoon and checked the other snares and also set a large cage trap on some good ground. Baited it with a piece of cloth hung in it with castor gland and also some willow sticks with poplar oil on them. This is a heavy duty 1/4 inch steel live trap for big animals, so I hope they won't destroy it if he goes in to take a look. The friend said he had chewed the cable snare extension almost through.
I'm going early tomorrow morning so if I have another one, I'll take some pics.

Author:  peace keeper [ 14 Mar 2010, 02:05 ]
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thats awesome tj

Author:  peace keeper [ 17 Mar 2010, 10:10 ]
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hey tj how goes the beaver trappin

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 17 Mar 2010, 18:14 ]
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Well Peace Keeper I'm a little stumped right now. So far we have caught 4 very healthy raccoons in the cage trap. Got 2 in one catch night before last. I guess they are attracted to the castor gland too.
Some of my snare sets have been snagged and collapsed but not kinked up like they would be if they had a hold on the animal.
The beaver are constantly patching the dams but they are moving them further down the main channel each day. This morning none of the snares were disturbed and the old dams were flowing well from where we had kicked holes in them yesterday afternoon. I'm just guessing they are moving further down the marsh. My friend was going to take his kayak further into the jungle maybe tomorrow and check for fresh dam activity. I'm wondering if the beaver just took St. Patrick's day off :lol:

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 17 Mar 2010, 18:23 ]
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I wouldn't think there are too many beavers taking a day off to celebrate in Walton county Florida. :lol: Do your creeks and rivers have very clear water and sandy bottoms like they do to the west of you?

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 18 Mar 2010, 20:55 ]
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I guess our beaver had a few green beers yesterday and decided to not show up for work last night too. No activity at all. Would they just stop? Do they get gun shy of the snares and constant breaking of the dams? I don't know, but I'm as obsessed now as Bill Murry on "Caddy's Shack" to catch them.
We do have a few creeks over here that are clear and have the sand bottoms like Shoal River in Crestview.
Alaqua creek is one of the ones that runs through the big Eglin AF reservation and it is clear like that until it reaches the Bay.
The main river in Walton Co. is the Choctawhatchee that flows from southeast Alabama to the bay and it has some shallow clear sandy spots but mostly remains muddy.
We have had a lot of rain this winter and a lot of runoff into the river continues to make it muddy and high.
I'll be back in my waders tomorrow afternoon, but I won't use the dynomite yet.

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 20 Mar 2010, 09:01 ]
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Caught this little beaver night before last by his rump just before his tail starts from his body.
He was very calm and uninjured. we put him in my live trap so I could get him out of the neighborhood and up to my country. I can't say what I did with him other than he won't be back to his old digs.[img][/im[IMG]http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae151/trjsbear/securedownload.jpg[/img]g]

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 20 Mar 2010, 09:07 ]
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Another picture of Beaver. I'll get this photbucket thing figured out where I can post more than 1 picture on same reply.

Author:  BigMoo3 [ 20 Mar 2010, 10:39 ]
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Congrats!!! i dont care what anyone says but that cool right there!

Author:  micahseavers [ 23 Mar 2010, 14:47 ]
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thats really neat. i tend to dispatch in a quiet manner and then put it in a gunny sack or a solid bag that wont leak blood and cant be seen thru if i am in a populated area . most of my stuff is on farm land and secluded row crop fields that are being flooded out.

Author:  tjtrappingllc [ 23 Mar 2010, 19:13 ]
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Nailed another one today. Went out in the marsh to check on the snares and had one fully caught around the midsection. Dispatched him out in the swamp because my friends wife and kids were home and I didn't have anything to put him in. That's 3 snare caught in less than a month and this is my first rodeo on beaver snaring. Total of 4 counting the one the homeowner shot with his crossbow.
The place is infested with them.
There's also a gator about 5 feet long roaming around the marsh. He slid off the bank the other day when we were wading around the edge.

Author:  redrooster [ 23 Mar 2010, 19:27 ]
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Gator!!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: Be careful, they don't play well with others. :--o :--o I learned that In Mississippi after the huricane :P

Author:  micahseavers [ 23 Mar 2010, 22:09 ]
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that makes me happy to be in ky the meanest thing i come across int he water are snappping turtles and snakes both of which dont bother me but gators they get slightly bigger and have alot more teeth.

Author:  peace keeper [ 23 Mar 2010, 22:48 ]
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sounds like you need a 660 super bear for the gator :twisted: great job on the beaver trappin

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