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#6156598 - 02/13/18 11:40 AM All about the beaver!
hubler13f Offline
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Registered: 12/14/17
Posts: 68
Loc: Clearfield County, PA
Got my first beaver this morning! Man that was exciting, I don't remember being that excited for my first coyote! It was about 40lbs. I brought it home skinned it out, I think I was doing pretty well until I got to the head and I slipped and cut a cheek, not a big deal since I will end up scraping and tanning it to hang on my own wall or make a beaver hoop. I cut the head off and will be stripping it down and bleaching it for display. I have read so much about beaver being tasty the I decided to cut the hind quarters, front quarters and back straps up and threw them in the crock pot with some cream of mushroom soup and a packet of Lipton Garlic and herb soup mix. I made sure to harvest the castor and oil sacks and will being reading up on what to do with them next. I know they can be ground up together and used for lure which is what I'm leaning towards unless I find a better idea. Also cut the tail off, I think the tail leather is kind of neat looking and would look good as a wallet or something, but I have read that the tail meat can be used for something I just can't remember what. The rest of the carcass will go on a bait pile.
Any ideas or suggestions on what to do with this thing? Thanks in advance




Edited by hubler13f (02/13/18 11:43 AM)
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#6156601 - 02/13/18 11:46 AM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
SNIPERBBB Online   happy
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 7789
Loc: Rodney,Ohio
You can use the tail for making Beaver Tail Oil(BTO) or chunked or sliced for fishing bait. Don't let anyone talk you into eating the tail.


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#6156609 - 02/13/18 12:01 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 19396
Loc: Minnesota
Congratulations on your first Beaver... Trapping them is a lifelong addiction of ine!
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#6156610 - 02/13/18 12:02 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
micheal Offline
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Registered: 08/06/08
Posts: 2673
Loc: Saginaw, Mi
Congrats

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#6156611 - 02/13/18 12:02 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
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Registered: 12/31/06
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Loc: Minnesota
Congratulations on your first Beaver... Trapping them is a lifelong addiction of mine!
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#6156621 - 02/13/18 12:13 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
Dewey NY Offline
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Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 798
Loc: Central New York
Very cool... Congrats.

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#6156646 - 02/13/18 12:37 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
Jonnytrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 05/16/16
Posts: 630
Loc: Maine
Nice! What method did you use to skin it? I've been going back and forth between clean skinning and fleshing on my knee. Havn't done enough yet to know which I like more but I seem to put less nicks in them when I do it on my knee.

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#6156686 - 02/13/18 01:51 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
hubler13f Offline
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Registered: 12/14/17
Posts: 68
Loc: Clearfield County, PA
Thanks all! To skin it I followed a video on you tube. Cut the feet off, then the tail and ran the knife straight up from the tail end around the vent to the lower jaw and worked from back to front. I was going to flesh it out and tan it myself and do a beaver hoop for the wall. But since its my first one I went ahead and called my taxidermist and he's going to send it out, have it tanned and make a nice presentation for me.
I've been trapping about 5 years now, but just went out after beaver 2 days ago. I can honestly say I have had more fun in the past couple days driving around the dirt roads, looking for beaver dams and sign than I have had trapping in the last two years.
There is just something about wading around these small streams and listening to the water that makes it even better than just being out trapping on land. Along with having a long season and being able to utilize so much of the animal this is definitely something I will be sticking with.
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#6156716 - 02/13/18 02:34 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
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Registered: 10/30/10
Posts: 132
Loc: NY
Why not just send it to the tannery yourself ?your taxidermist is getting paid just to drop your beaver in the mail.

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#6156721 - 02/13/18 02:36 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
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Registered: 10/30/10
Posts: 132
Loc: NY

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#6156889 - 02/13/18 06:02 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
pass-thru Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2512
Loc: Va
Your enthusiastic discovery of beaver trapping calls to mind this restaurant review from a few years ago:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...goes-viral.html

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#6156911 - 02/13/18 06:28 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
beachcomber13 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 5135
Loc: Port Jervis, NY
Don't forget to cook up the back section that's right before the tail. Lots of meat there and very tasty.

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#6156913 - 02/13/18 06:30 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
Ru2hunt Offline
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Registered: 01/30/17
Posts: 60
Loc: Alabama
Congrats! How did you like eating the beaver?

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#6157158 - 02/13/18 10:03 PM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
hubler13f Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/14/17
Posts: 68
Loc: Clearfield County, PA
Alright, so I chopped up the tail and it's in a pint jar in the basement, might stay down there until next trapping season then I'll see about separating the beaver tail oil and use the rest for coyote bait. I squeezed the oil out of the sacks and the castors are drying.

So the taste of beaver, I honestly didn't think it was that bad. It definitely had some sort of an herbal/plant taste when it first hits your tongue, but then it mellows out and is a lot like grass fed beef. I definitely prefer the taste of beaver over dog or goat. But it wasn't for the wife, she took a bite and it kinda went something like this: "Uh, ug, nope, yup, that's beaver, nope ,uh, nope, yup that's beaver UG" LOL! So she wasn't a fan.
It's something I'll try again, maybe on the grill or frying pan or grind it up for burger. I think the crock pot kind of holds some of that flavor from the fat left on from my hasty cleaning job, where the grill would allow some of it to escape.

Thanks for all of the info!


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#6157332 - 02/14/18 06:01 AM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
PineDoggin Offline
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Registered: 12/09/16
Posts: 574
Loc: N.J.
Yeah you need to get every piece of fat off the meat and I remove the castor and oil sack before I start turning the beaver or I tie off the hole tight with fine twine. That taste was probably from fat or oil,castor leaking during cleaning. You do not want any of that near the meat and wash your knife after skinning before you start cutting meat and change gloves.

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#6157358 - 02/14/18 06:27 AM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 11062
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
The most important thing is to not let any of the castor or sac oil get on the meat. Even the smallest amount of contamination will cause the meat to not be so tasty. If it remains uncontaminated, the meat has a very similar flavor to beef. It is delicious.
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#6157369 - 02/14/18 06:37 AM Re: All about the beaver! [Re: hubler13f]
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 11176
Loc: potter co. p.a.
knife contact with caster then meat is the reason for lots of nasty tasting meat.
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