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Help with otters #6513273
04/08/19 06:01 PM
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Jim Bethell Offline OP
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Been in this business for 25 years. First time call for otters in a farm pound. Would like to use cage traps in possible. Coons are a problem. What kind of bait works the best for you guys? How hard does an otter fight a cage trap? What kind of sets works for you? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for any help you can give.

Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6513307
04/08/19 06:48 PM
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cage with a wire trigger. set it like you would a 330 in the water or in a slide

Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6513379
04/08/19 08:31 PM
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if you decide to bait it use a few eggs or egg shells and a few feathers like cats they like eye apeal


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Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6583007
07/28/19 01:24 PM
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I have heard of very few people be successful at cage trapping otter. Maybe it's because not many folks try.


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Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6583102
07/28/19 05:02 PM
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I get very few calls for otter but have caught a few over the years. All as incidentals on beaver jobs if that tells you anything.
That said my catches are always cages or conis set on runs.

Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6583174
07/28/19 06:46 PM
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I'd ask Jim Comstock and Kirk DeKalb via PM's if it was me!


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Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6583216
07/28/19 07:51 PM
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Keeping the coons out might be the hardest part.


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Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6583239
07/28/19 08:14 PM
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They don't fight cages like coons or dillers but they are constantly in motion in them.

Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6583352
07/28/19 11:08 PM
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Ive caught two in 9x11x30 Comstock traps this year as incidentals - one going into a groundhog hole under a deck and the other going under a cabin. Both lake homes. The weird thing about the cabin one was that there was a gray fox litter under there at the time.

Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6584349
07/30/19 10:02 AM
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Set the toilets
No bait
Green grass over pan
If there is a dock with a toilet you are golden


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Re: Help with otters [Re: Vinke] #6585976
08/01/19 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Vinke
Set the toilets
No bait
Green grass over pan
If there is a dock with a toilet you are golden

Are most people's foothold otter toilet sets setup as a drowner set or daily check?

Last edited by AJE; 08/01/19 06:40 PM.

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Re: Help with otters [Re: Jim Bethell] #6591061
08/08/19 11:27 PM
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Hi Jim, Same deal here, i'm 40 miles N of you. Was just asked to remove Otter family from Private Lake. Caught my limit last year Trapping Beaver. I want to relocate and will work with new Wildlife Biologist for Whiteside and Carroll County. Could you let me know how things go for you. Any help appreciated. Some good ideas on these posts.

Re: Help with otters [Re: J.Melton] #6591538
08/09/19 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by J.Melton
Hi Jim, Same deal here, i'm 40 miles N of you. Was just asked to remove Otter family from Private Lake. Caught my limit last year Trapping Beaver. I want to relocate and will work with new Wildlife Biologist for Whiteside and Carroll County. Could you let me know how things go for you. Any help appreciated. Some good ideas on these posts.

That post was last spring. About 8 months ago. I set some traps, but did not catch anything. Also no more sign of the otters. My e-mail is wyldlife@divcominc.net. Contact me. I think you are one of the new Illinois ADC operators.

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