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Old 05-22-2009, 08:00 PM
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280 or 330 will get the job done for beaver. As mention get your self an setter as it makes it alot easier to set those bigger traps when they are tied downor you have and really big beaver in them. These will also hold Otter an the odd muskrat/mink sometimes. 220's are great for coons.

Any other question just post them up and I'll try and help you along whn I can.

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Old 05-22-2009, 08:21 PM
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Thanks Matt, I appreciate it!!

Ok, here's one: How many traps can I expect to set in a 2 hour period, given the average trap spacing/animal density for any given area?

I ask, because if I'm forced to go to Hoosier National Forest, I'll have about 2 hours to set/empty traps before I have to get back to pick up the kids from daycare - it's a 4 hour drive!
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Old 05-23-2009, 09:36 AM
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Y'all are goin about this completely wrong.

This is all you'll need for a beaver trap:

1 disco ball
3 or 4 game cameras - with flash - not infared
a 4 x 4 foot dance floor
a boom box that plays CD's.
6 or 7 small tables and stools.
LOTS of booze. We all know what alcoholics beavers are.
2 reams of colored paper and an out of work college student.
1 printer.

Hang the disco ball on a limb over your dance floor. Set the tables and stools around the dance floor. Do all this preferably close to a fallen log that you can use as a bar. Hang the game cameras all around the dance floor. Print up a ton of fliers to have the out of work college student post up all over the place.

Once word gets out about the new beaver bar... you'll be over-run. Wait for the little boozers to pass out, then have the college student pick them up off of the ground and you're done.

Now if the college student flakes out on you... all is not lost. You simply grab the box you stored all this stuff in and convert it to a coat-check room. No muss - no fuss. The beaver simply check's his or her pelt at the "door"... and off you go. You may want to rent a wolf or a coyote. Why?? Well to act as the complaints manager/scapegoat when the beavers want to file grievances about their missing coats of course.

For the ones that don't pass out, you can clean up on them because you can use the sim cards in the game cams and charge them $10 for a picture of themselves on the floor shakin that beaver money-maker, or when the mayor of beaver town is caught with beaver town floozy... blackmail photos.

No busted fingers... you spilt the revenue from the pelts/photos 80(you)/20(him or her) with the college student.

The beavers win... the student wins... you win.

Slight modifications can be made for deer season. Instead of an alcohol bar... you make it vegan.
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:46 AM
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Rick get your mind out of the gutter, she's talking about the other beaver. LOL

Monie; just depends on the area an the number of animal living in it, I usaully can set 6-8 in an 2 hour period depend on what property I'm at that day. Try targeting all species also as this will allow you to have more traps in an area. Beaver, Coons, Otters, Muskrats and Mink all co-exist in the wild so they all can be trap pretty close together.

Once you have your first traps set you can add more each time you go back till you have the number of traps you want out. WHen checking you line you might want to have an back up plan for the kids because things don't always go the way you want either.

I was called in to an property to do some nusience beaver removal afew years ago, I set 8 conibears in about 400 yards of flooded creek bottom took me about 2 1/2 hours before I left I already had an muskrat. Finished setting at around 6pm went back the next afternoon as I was in the area, 7 of the 8 were fired with 6 Beaver and 1 Muskrat in under 24 hours of them being set. Also that same day checked other traps I had across the road (5) had another Beaver and two Otter there. Needless to say I was busy for alittle while after that Even dropped afew off at my Dad's for him to do for me because it was just to many for me to do at one time. Never had an other night like that in the last 3 years. Just like deer hunting sometimes everything just comes together.

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Old 05-24-2009, 08:34 AM
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Y'all are goin about this completely wrong.

This is all you'll need for a beaver trap:

1 disco ball
3 or 4 game cameras - with flash - not infared
a 4 x 4 foot dance floor
a boom box that plays CD's.
6 or 7 small tables and stools.
LOTS of booze. We all know what alcoholics beavers are.
2 reams of colored paper and an out of work college student.
1 printer.

Hang the disco ball on a limb over your dance floor. Set the tables and stools around the dance floor. Do all this preferably close to a fallen log that you can use as a bar. Hang the game cameras all around the dance floor. Print up a ton of fliers to have the out of work college student post up all over the place.

Once word gets out about the new beaver bar... you'll be over-run. Wait for the little boozers to pass out, then have the college student pick them up off of the ground and you're done.

Now if the college student flakes out on you... all is not lost. You simply grab the box you stored all this stuff in and convert it to a coat-check room. No muss - no fuss. The beaver simply check's his or her pelt at the "door"... and off you go. You may want to rent a wolf or a coyote. Why?? Well to act as the complaints manager/scapegoat when the beavers want to file grievances about their missing coats of course.

For the ones that don't pass out, you can clean up on them because you can use the sim cards in the game cams and charge them $10 for a picture of themselves on the floor shakin that beaver money-maker, or when the mayor of beaver town is caught with beaver town floozy... blackmail photos.

No busted fingers... you spilt the revenue from the pelts/photos 80(you)/20(him or her) with the college student.

The beavers win... the student wins... you win.

Slight modifications can be made for deer season. Instead of an alcohol bar... you make it vegan.
Rick, you are sooooooo not right! lol





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Rick get your mind out of the gutter, she's talking about the other beaver. LOL

Monie; just depends on the area an the number of animal living in it, I usaully can set 6-8 in an 2 hour period depend on what property I'm at that day. Try targeting all species also as this will allow you to have more traps in an area. Beaver, Coons, Otters, Muskrats and Mink all co-exist in the wild so they all can be trap pretty close together.

Once you have your first traps set you can add more each time you go back till you have the number of traps you want out. WHen checking you line you might want to have an back up plan for the kids because things don't always go the way you want either.

I was called in to an property to do some nusience beaver removal afew years ago, I set 8 conibears in about 400 yards of flooded creek bottom took me about 2 1/2 hours before I left I already had an muskrat. Finished setting at around 6pm went back the next afternoon as I was in the area, 7 of the 8 were fired with 6 Beaver and 1 Muskrat in under 24 hours of them being set. Also that same day checked other traps I had across the road (5) had another Beaver and two Otter there. Needless to say I was busy for alittle while after that Even dropped afew off at my Dad's for him to do for me because it was just to many for me to do at one time. Never had an other night like that in the last 3 years. Just like deer hunting sometimes everything just comes together.
Matt

So, you skin them right there? I was thinking about just emptying the trap, resetting and do the skinning at home. Is that something that is best left in the field? I wondered what to do with the carcasses. Do people eat them?
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:42 AM
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Another question:

Can I use a #1 stretcher for mink or should I use the #1 1/2? Oh, and how long do the pelts have to stay on the stretchers before I can take them off?
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I bring all of my animals out of the field to do the skinning, you just need to find an good place to dump the carcasses afterwards. Some people do eat Beaver tail but I personally do not. Lately up here the big tails are being shipped with the fur but they have to be wider then 4" I beleive it is.

As for the Mink stretcher, I make wooden ones as both the females and males have to be stretched on different size boards up here, not sure about where you live. Depends on the Auction house most likely.

When drying the pelts you have to be careful not to dry them to fast as they will become very brittle, same goes for if they are left to long on the boards. The pelts will actaully start to shrink so much they tear around the edges where it is pinned or nailed. Once the pelts are dried remove them from the warm air and place them where the mice can not get at them as the will chew them up. Had this happen to myself this past year. Hung them in the same place that I always have only to have the mice attack my coon pelts.

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What's the average amount of time/days a pelt can be left on a stretcher?
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:14 AM
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I leave my pelts on for usaully 3-4 days, coons I leave on for about 6 days and keep them wiped clean with paper towels.

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Matt, you are a wealth of information! Thanks!
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