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Beaver - beaver trapping in a small river #356600
10/03/07 12:16 AM
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This may sound like a dumb question. I live in West Virginia and I want to trap beaver in a small river that is about 10ft wide, the river is not very deep except in a few holes. I see sign where the beaver has cut down a tree in the river, but no other sign than that. Then I'll see another tree cut down maybe 100 yards down the river. I have looked and have not seen a beaver hut or where they have tried to make a dam either. I've seen the same signs like this for the past couple years, so I dont think they are passing through. Also the trees that have been cut are only chewed on a little bit. So my question is how would I set traps to catch these beavers. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: Hound Dog] #356623
10/03/07 01:08 AM
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Hound Dog,

Two words... Beaver Floats.

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Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: Krustyklimber] #356633
10/03/07 01:36 AM
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ten foot wide river? look for holes in the bank.




Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: fishdaddy] #356638
10/03/07 01:44 AM
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took 6 beaver out of similar stream last year with a bit of Backbreaker on a stick with a 330 guarding it


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Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: k-9hunter] #356691
10/03/07 07:47 AM
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Yaa those beaver got bank dens juust look around a bit ya can find them. RayA


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Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: RayA] #356852
10/03/07 11:12 AM
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Castor mounds friend...Castor mounds........Build them and they will come...


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Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: KYBOY] #356921
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THose beaver floats are cool. Do you use a food based lure or a gland based?

Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: Mystic Wildlife] #357130
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Thanks for the help. I am new at beaver trapping so all of the advice that I can get would sure be appreciated.

Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: Hound Dog] #357136
10/03/07 03:34 PM
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Take a look at these beaver sets here.....
http://jayme220.proboards53.com/index.cgi?board=archive


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Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: KYBOY] #357361
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If you can wade the shallower sections, find a pinch point. Look for their runs around the obstructions or under them, for example a downed tree. Plunk a 330 in the run, block it off a little, use a dive stick, and collect your beaver in a day or two.

Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: Rat_Pack] #357617
10/03/07 09:25 PM
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the beaver's probably have a bank den. first you need to find that. that's what i would do. then i would put a 330 in there.


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Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small river [Re: k-9hunter] #357711
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 Originally Posted By: k-9hunter
took 6 beaver out of similar stream last year with a bit of backbreaker on a stick with a 330 guarding it

ive heard some other use this set up
how much Backbreaker do you use?


Re: Need help with beaver trapping in a small rive [Re: coonhusker] #358210
10/04/07 02:05 PM
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Woofman,

I use a few split or peeled sticks, and castor lure, in the "bow" of the float.

They were still clawing at the bank where I beached my floats to reset, for a month, after my permits/season ran out.

KY,

My partner and I caught 19 beaver off one farm, in less than 30 days, and we never made a single castor mound. \:\)

10 were in the floats, 6 in conibear crossover/funnel type sets, and 3 in footholds.

Total sets were 12 #330's (3 on floats), and 3 foothold traps.

In my own case, floats out-caught foothold sets 3:1, and other conibear sets by a larger margin than that.

The 9 conibears not used in the floats did increase their total productivity, though, in that they added 5 otters to the take.

Krusty

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