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#1749150 - 01/19/10 08:28 PM Beaver - Average day on my line.... (pic heavy)
Paul Dobbins Offline
"Trapperman custodian"

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 10566
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
LT Grey made a post about people showing what an average day on their line was like, so I took my camera and shot some pics of where I went today....

I left the house shortly after sunrise and traveled 10 miles to the City's wetland area. This is part of their waste water treatment. Its the last phase the water goes through before being released back into the river. The wetland is a series of lagoons with aquatic plants in them to remove the nitrogen from the water.

The problem is the aquatic vegetation is a food supply for muskrats and nutrias. The nutrias have been eating a lot of the plants, so I've been catching them.

Here's a shot of the wetlands...

There are two nutrias here in traps. One is at the mound and one is past the mound where you see the support sticks for the bodygrip. You can see a patch of fur above the water, but that's it....

And here is the third nutria....

From the wetlands, I went about 1 mile to a ditch where there is a beaver problem. The city dug the dam out and the beavers didn't rebuild for four days. So, I began digging out a hole in the dam and got the beaver use to coming to fix it. Soon they were coming to fix the dam the first night every time I broke the dam. Because these beavers showed signs of being shy, I decided I'd go with a dam break set with a foothold. I broke the dam this morning and would return after I ran my rounds to make the set. I wanted to let the water drain down a bit so I could better judge where to place the trap.

Here's the dam before breaking it this morning...

From here I traveled northeast 82 miles to the other side of Greenvile to the next site. This is a culvert where beavers have been going through. There's one beaver left and it won't respond to anything, so I figured a snare at the culvert opening should do the trick... eventually. I had placed the snare and support there a couple of months ago so the beaver would get use to it. I just set it today....

From there I traveled 6 miles to the next site on the same tract of land. The beavers have a culvert plugged and water is flowing over the road....

I have two 330s at this site. I picked up a two year old last Thursday and picked this one up today. I had this set lured with Backbreaker on top of one of the support sticks....

Here is the same set after I remade it. I think I may have all the beavers out of this site, but I reset anyway to make sure....

From there I drove 46 miles to the next site. I thought I'd caught all the beavers from this site, but was afraid there might be one more that was avoiding the regular sets.

Here's what the place looks like upstream from the company road...

Here's the downstream side where the dam is....

Because I wasn't positive I had caught all the beavers, I made my way down to the dam yesterday and made a dam break set with a foothold. Here's the monster I had today.....

The strange thing about that small beaver is that neither of the two adult females I had caught were lactating, nor had they any time recently. I talked to a duck hunter there last week and he said when they were deer hunting in there that their dogs had gotten a beaver. The fella didn't know if the dogs killed it or not because it was up in that flooded stuff where they couldn't get to. One of the dogs had a nasty gash on its shoulder. So, I don't know if that lactating female that had that young beaver is still there or dead. Time will tell....

Here's the backside of that dam...

From there I drove 28 miles to the next site, which was just west of Ahoskie. I've been working this site for a bit and have caught 8 beavers from here so far.

Here's what it looks like with the water flowing over the road where the pipe is plugged....

The only set that has been connecting lately is at the bottom of this crossover where the beavers are crossing the company road to get to the lower impoundment. Got another beaver here today....

From here I drove 7 miles to check out an old site that was on my inspection schedule for this month. I like it when the pipe is still open and everything still looks good after a year since I worked it last....

From here I drove 106 miles back to that beaver dam in the city ditch that I opened this morning. I went ahead and made the dam set and hope to see something here tomorrow....

Drove 11 miles back to the house and my beaverin is done for the day. Here is a pic of the catch, minus the little bitty beaver that I left on the bank for the bobcats to snack on....

That's a poor catch for a fur trapper, but I'm not fur trapping. I'm paid to catch the last beaver at each of those sites. I believe I traveled right at 300 miles today and it was a 10 hour day. Now its time to go to the shed and pack orders.

That's a day on my line - not much, but I really enjoy it....

#1749182 - 01/19/10 08:35 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
fultonbig9 Offline

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: millers creek,nc
Good layout very well done nice pics.

#1749185 - 01/19/10 08:35 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
steeletoe Offline

Registered: 02/03/09
Posts: 830
Loc: North Alabama
Thanks for posting Mr Paul! thats Great Info ...Cant wait to get my order also...lol
"Just remember ole buddy that you have to move to get a better spot. And it takes a strong man to move out of his comfortable spot."

#1749189 - 01/19/10 08:36 PM Re: Average day on my line.... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
gil turner

looks nice paul, alot flatter than I thought it would be.

#1749198 - 01/19/10 08:38 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: steeletoe]
timrose Offline

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 1904
Loc: Someplace Indiana
Nice pics and post..

Edited by timrose (01/19/10 08:43 PM)
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#1749237 - 01/19/10 08:44 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: fultonbig9]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 23336
Loc: McGrath, AK
Thanks for the ride-along ! Those nutria are some ugly critters. I like the way you have your truck organized.
Mean As Nails

#1749397 - 01/19/10 09:16 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
K9.Trapper Offline

Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 3005
Loc: Kentucky....14y/o
Paul, that is a cool ride along, lol, i really learned alot from it, thanks!
UTK member!

#1749514 - 01/19/10 10:01 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
beavernator Offline

Registered: 05/22/09
Posts: 252
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: white17
Thanks for the ride-along ! Those nutria are some ugly critters. I like the way you have your truck organized.

How about a close-up???

#1749881 - 01/20/10 06:03 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: TexA 68 & going]
ack Offline

Registered: 03/09/08
Posts: 2570
Loc: Ohio, Old fart to some.
very nice paul! thanks! once a week ride along with paul. hmmmm sounds good to me.

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#1749902 - 01/20/10 06:13 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
Ponyboy123 Offline

Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 587
Loc: Nova Scotia
It is always a good idea to skin all the fur bearers before offering them up for a snack for the bobcats. Waste not want not. Just my 2 cents........
If ya aint got enemies, ya aint got character.......

#1749921 - 01/20/10 06:30 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Ponyboy123]
BoyerWNC Offline

Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 1190
Loc: Western NC
Thanks 4 that. You give great info as you go along.
A man who stands for nothing, will fall for anything.

#1749939 - 01/20/10 06:59 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: BoyerWNC]
Wade Lacey Offline

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1829
Loc: Georgia
Thanks for bringing us along on the line with you paul! Seems like you have always got your work cut out for you with the beaver/water problems in your part of the state.

#1749978 - 01/20/10 07:30 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
Geezerman Offline

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5957
Loc: Allen County, Indiana

I knew we'd see a culvert in your post LOL

Hey, nice pics Boss , also shows another view/way people trap. Nuisance work. Like you stated, you paid to remove the beaver, the fur is a bonus.

#1749991 - 01/20/10 07:36 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
Slim Pedersen Offline
"Trapping Icon' "

Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 906
Loc: N. Dakota
Nice but dag gum it I was hoping for a picture of you removing yourself from the famous Wallet Set!!! OH, well, guess this a family channel after all.
Proud to be a trapper and supporter of trapping organizations

#1749992 - 01/20/10 07:40 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
Raccoontrapper Offline

Registered: 02/22/09
Posts: 317
Loc: PA WMU 5C
Great post! Thanks for sharing.
73, de KC3AEZ

#1749996 - 01/20/10 07:42 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Geezerman]
tonymalone Offline

Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 838
Loc: AR. in the delta
very nice post. thanks

#1750051 - 01/20/10 08:31 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: tonymalone]
trapperreynolds Offline

Registered: 12/19/08
Posts: 1314
Loc: Necedah, WI.

thanks for the ride along, I enjoyed it.

#1750060 - 01/20/10 08:39 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
Bottomline Offline
"Mr. President"

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 5475
Loc: Johnston County, NC
Thanks alot Paul!!! Enjoyed the pics.

#1750129 - 01/20/10 09:13 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Bottomline]
Cletis Richards Offline

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 5480
Loc: 10714 Apple road Carthage,Mo6...
Thanks Paul.....nice pics......thanks for the daytrip
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#1750130 - 01/20/10 09:14 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Bottomline]
ringtailtrapper Offline

Registered: 04/28/09
Posts: 881
Loc: Illinois
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