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Lonely beaver trapper #6458350
02/11/19 06:39 PM
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Oregon
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Back in the day I had plenty of company out on the rivers and lakes where I ran beaver lines. Haven't seen another beaver trapper out there for years now. Any beaver trappers on here see competition anymore?


Yesterday our heritage, tomorrow our legacy, today our responsibility.
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458368
02/11/19 06:54 PM
02/11/19 06:54 PM
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You donít have to be lonely...At Farmers Only.com

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458369
02/11/19 06:56 PM
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Hi Carl. I now live on Post Falls and the beaver numbers are not here. I am going to go south maybe west this spring to see if I can find some numbers.

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458371
02/11/19 06:58 PM
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Trapped beavers this fall and I did not see another trapper for anything period.

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458377
02/11/19 07:03 PM
02/11/19 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by beaverpeeler
Back in the day I had plenty of company out on the rivers and lakes where I ran beaver lines. Haven't seen another beaver trapper out there for years now. Any beaver trappers on here see competition anymore?


An average of 35.00 for beaver....and youíll have plenty of company.


It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458382
02/11/19 07:07 PM
02/11/19 07:07 PM
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Apparently the fun disappears at $15 averages in the lower 48. Disappears at a much higher average here. About $35.


Who is John Galt?
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458385
02/11/19 07:10 PM
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We all complain about beavers not being worth much but if you take everything into consideration when selling them-you can realize a 16-25$ average when everything is sold off them.Carcasse,fur,castoreum,skulls and even tails sometimes.It all adds up if you have the market for the stuff-even better if you are control trapping.We have the luxury of bear hunters up here that actually argue over who should get the caracasses LOL.$5-10 for the bigger carcasses is the norm.

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: MB Coonguy] #6458412
02/11/19 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by MB Coonguy
We all complain about beavers not being worth much but if you take everything into consideration when selling them-you can realize a 16-25$ average when everything is sold off them.Carcasse,fur,castoreum,skulls and even tails sometimes.It all adds up if you have the market for the stuff-even better if you are control trapping.We have the luxury of bear hunters up here that actually argue over who should get the caracasses LOL.$5-10 for the bigger carcasses is the norm.


And don't forget the baculums and oil sacs!


Yesterday our heritage, tomorrow our legacy, today our responsibility.
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458425
02/11/19 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by beaverpeeler
Back in the day I had plenty of company out on the rivers and lakes where I ran beaver lines. Haven't seen another beaver trapper out there for years now. Any beaver trappers on here see competition anymore?



When I started trapping beaver in the very early 70's you couldn't find a beaver colony without 3 or 4 other trappers on it. The most i ever saw was a bit over a dozen guys on a colony. Beaver were closely watched and regulated by the state at that time. Some towns would be open and many closed. This forced all the guys that wanted to trap beaver into tight groups. Back then a few of us would walk a LONG way to beaver that were not too close to the road, to avoid too much competition.
Competition was cut throat back in those days. And I mean cut throat. Back then there were a lot of folks in seasonal work that come winter took to cutting wood and trapping beaver. It was all under ice trapping. Today it is doubtful you could drive most folks off the couch in the winter.

My my, how times have changed.




Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458431
02/11/19 07:49 PM
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The beaver harvest numbers have been plummeting in my home state. In 1997 5447 beavers were harvested, but in 2016 (the last year for which data exists) there were only 1200 taken. I personally have had at least 3 seasons where I harvested nearly 20% of the state total. Pretty easy to do when you're a lonely beaver trapper! LOL

BTW, I averaged about $25 a beaver last year with everything I sold, and I only got $7.50 for the pelts!


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Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458453
02/11/19 08:03 PM
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It's nice nobody is trapping right now I could catch 1100 to 1300 beaver if I wanted but when prices are good 700 is a hard season total we live in a state with exceptional beaver numbers. Most people just do not trap through the Ice and thats the easiest way to trap here

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458460
02/11/19 08:08 PM
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Here in this part of Iowa nobody has the ambition to trap them except me.

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458479
02/11/19 08:21 PM
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Most of mine come doing ADC. So around $95 each. Usually fair weather work too. But I get a few during fur trapping. That pushes down the average


Every day is a gift from GOD, don't waste it!!

If they have plenty of food, give them something interesting to smell
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458486
02/11/19 08:25 PM
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Josh those fat under ice beaver skin real nice too.

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458493
02/11/19 08:28 PM
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$15 today adjusted for inflation is $3.21 in 1975. I bet nobody would have got off the couch to catch $3.21 beaver in 1975 either.


Who is John Galt?
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: Dirt] #6458561
02/11/19 09:28 PM
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BP -- I don't know where you're at but ------ ok I did get checked by a state trooper a year ago. Other than that a couple doing adc work. but i trap mostly private.

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458576
02/11/19 09:43 PM
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I have not seen another beaver trapper nor a sign of another beaver trapper up here. We don't have very many though. I've seen some muskrat and coyote sets but no beaver sets.


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Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458634
02/11/19 10:18 PM
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It seems like in my area that's the most of the competiotion. I can think of 3 guys that live within 10 miles of me that trap beaver pretty hard. I might see 1 other mink trapper around. I only know of 1 other canine trapper in the area also

Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458639
02/11/19 10:22 PM
02/11/19 10:22 PM
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H20, I live near Junction City but consider most of the state my personal sandbox. I've trapped from Coos county all the way to the Columbia and everything in-between.

I know most of us beaver guys are a little loco; but when somebody says that ice trapping the critters is the easy way, I figure they just surpassed my loco-ness to the oooomp power! LOL


Yesterday our heritage, tomorrow our legacy, today our responsibility.
Re: Lonely beaver trapper [Re: beaverpeeler] #6458643
02/11/19 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by beaverpeeler
I know most of us beaver guys are a little loco; but when somebody says that ice trapping the critters is the easy way, I figure they just surpassed my loco-ness to the oooomp power! LOL


That's what I was thinking.

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