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Beaver under ice on river #6730580
01/15/20 10:17 PM
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Thought I quit trapping around Christmas, but have been thinking about doing some more. I thought of going for some beaver under ice on a smallish river. Was wondering the best approach to go about doing it.

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6730593
01/15/20 10:31 PM
01/15/20 10:31 PM
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Northern Wisconsin,Rhinelander
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Not to be a Richard but do it carefully. Wear a life jacket and go with a partner and have a length of rope with you! Good luck and I hope you catch a few!

Chris


>>In God we trust<<
Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6730606
01/15/20 10:39 PM
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Snares


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Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6730756
01/16/20 01:00 AM
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Snares the way to go on small rivers White17? I have a river full of houses like that. Snares on poles or loose snares with bait? Throw a couple 330, swinging Suzie's in for effect?

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6730770
01/16/20 02:11 AM
01/16/20 02:11 AM
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I like 750s on a platform. Any current to speak of?

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: Hodagtrapper] #6730776
01/16/20 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Hodagtrapper
Not to be a Richard but do it carefully. Wear a life jacket and go with a partner and have a length of rope with you! Good luck and I hope you catch a few!

Chris

Originally Posted by Hodagtrapper
Not to be a Richard but do it carefully. Wear a life jacket and go with a partner and have a length of rope with you! Good luck and I hope you catch a few!

Chris

Originally Posted by Hodagtrapper
Not to be a Richard but do it carefully. Wear a life jacket and go with a partner and have a length of rope with you! Good luck and I hope you catch a few!

Chris

Screw you, Richard


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Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6730788
01/16/20 05:10 AM
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yes be careful cant believe you have much ice , we don't here

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6731015
01/16/20 10:03 AM
01/16/20 10:03 AM
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Newark, Ohio 79 years
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Yes do be careful... if you have 3 or 4 inches of ice everywhere …. you may only have an inch of ice around a feed bed or a beaver lodge. Good luck.

Garry-


“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

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Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6731096
01/16/20 11:18 AM
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How small a river?Any channels?Any points of land above or below the house's I'd have 330 blind sets up against the point with a few feet of fencing outside of the 330.Id also block off any channels around the feedbed as well.

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: muskrat411] #6731102
01/16/20 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by muskrat411
Snares the way to go on small rivers White17? I have a river full of houses like that. Snares on poles or loose snares with bait? Throw a couple 330, swinging Suzie's in for effect?



That has always been the most effective for me. Swinging Suzies work too but not quite as well. as a snare. Just loose snares with a bait in the center of hole.

If you have a lot of current you may need to play around a bit to stabilize the loops


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Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6731137
01/16/20 12:06 PM
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As a number have stated, and as a survivor, don't do it. Trapping through the ice on a river can be extremely dangerous; thickness can vary greatly, and if there is a currant and you should go through you can be in a world of hurt.. My own experience was on a beaver pond and when I went through it was instantly, no warning.. I have trapped through the ice on small rivers,but peering down from above water depths can be deceptive. These days I wear a life jacket no matter where I am on ice. Secondly wear a pair of ice fisherman picks around your neck in order to get a hold to pull yourself out, should you go through. No beaver is worth your life.

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: white17] #6731171
01/16/20 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by white17
Originally Posted by muskrat411
Snares the way to go on small rivers White17? I have a river full of houses like that. Snares on poles or loose snares with bait? Throw a couple 330, swinging Suzie's in for effect?



That has always been the most effective for me. Swinging Suzies work too but not quite as well. as a snare. Just loose snares with a bait in the center of hole.

If you have a lot of current you may need to play around a bit to stabilize the loops


Thanks White17 I doubt there will be much current the ice is supper thick. We had lots of -30+ and a bit of -40 and not much snow. Probably have to use an auger extension. For the loose snares I will probably have to order Thompson snares from Washington, I don't think anyone sells them in Canada. I mainly been setting in the runways this year, when I can find thin ice.

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: Fisher Man] #6731172
01/16/20 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Fisher Man
As a number have stated, and as a survivor, don't do it. Trapping through the ice on a river can be extremely dangerous; thickness can vary greatly, and if there is a currant and you should go through you can be in a world of hurt.. My own experience was on a beaver pond and when I went through it was instantly, no warning.. I have trapped through the ice on small rivers,but peering down from above water depths can be deceptive. These days I wear a life jacket no matter where I am on ice. Secondly wear a pair of ice fisherman picks around your neck in order to get a hold to pull yourself out, should you go through. No beaver is worth your life.


I disagree!!

Re: Beaver under ice on river [Re: TTP] #6731173
01/16/20 12:33 PM
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Yeah the Thompsons will work fine . Might have to hook two together to get below the bottom of the ice


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