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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6841983
04/14/20 09:55 AM
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This is a better picture of the cart I made out of a ladder stand and lawn mower wheels. It really shines on trails but works OK on tough going too . It can handle heavy loads better than I can. I have hauled many beaver long distances and firewood around the yard as well with it. It can also be hooked to the back of my bicycle for light loads. I have multiple bungee straps on it for securing almost anything.

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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: The Beav] #6842053
04/14/20 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by The Beav
That handle hauler Is Ok but I made mine out of an old piece of seat belt material so I could put It over my shoulder. A lot easier to do It that way then hauling with one hand. Then both your hands are free and you can use your walking stick to It's full advantage.
You can also use a back pack frame. And just ratchet strap the beaver to the pack frame. It's also a easy way to pack In traps.
The other thing I always did was to gut my beaver before hauling them out. It's a easy way to lose about 10 lbs.

Pack frame works good, I always like the old army ones for packing quarters of meat out, or multiple beaver at a time. If you don't have one of those or you don't plan on packing out more than a beaver or two at a time start checking out the thrift stores. You can find external frame packs for around $5, you want the old style flap top style where it is all one big compartment. Just drop the beaver in from the top and throw it on your back. Fast, easy and no strapping down involved, also a great way to pack traps in. Warning; you put three or four decent size beaver in one though and you can have problems. I broke a couple of the aluminum frames right in half trying to pack too many beaver at once out with them. I would 75-80 pounds max on them, maybe a hundred if you aren't having to crawl over logs or other obstacles. I know with 120-150 pounds in them I would go to sling my leg over a log, the beavers in the packsack would flop from one side to the other and try and fling me to the ground, and if that was unsuccessful they would strain the aluminum tube frame and eventually it would break.

I tried gutting a bunch of beaver once. For my money after skinning a dozen floppy, gutless beaver; I'll rough skin them if I'm trying to lose weight that bad.

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: bearcat2] #6842079
04/14/20 11:41 AM
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For my money after skinning a dozen floppy, gutless beaver; I'll rough skin them if I'm trying to lose weight that bad.[/quote]

X2, Back in the day, as a younger man, the only way to get beaver out of the Bush were I trapped them was by rough skinning and packing out the hides and glands. Some choice meat was packed out occasionally too.

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6847362
04/18/20 11:02 PM
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I will keep the wheeled devices in mind as I plow through to my sixties. I bet, like portage wheels for boats, the bigger the wheels the better it handles the woods.

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6853087
04/23/20 11:34 PM
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The beaver not fitting in a bucket is a great photo. The beaver on the 3 wheeled baby buggy is hilarious and would probably offend 99% of modern parents.

I have carried out a pile of beavers sticking out of a pack basket or across a pack basket. I much prefer a sled at a minimum or better yet a 4 wheeler or side by side.

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6853246
04/24/20 07:43 AM
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At my aga (74) if I canít get near the set with my 4 wheeler I leave the beav for seed.
lol

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6853387
04/24/20 10:14 AM
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I hate the idea of hauling In a cart or even a sled when you might be checking empty traps. And you just can't leave It at one location if your trapping different areas.
Hang em In tree and case skin em.


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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6853440
04/24/20 10:59 AM
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When i trap to far in i skin them on the bank , and keep pelt and castor
Beats packing the whole thing out . Imo


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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6854891
04/25/20 08:22 PM
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Today I floated a big one down the river to the bridge where my truck was parked. I will never pack another one from upstream of the truck again if the river is shallow enough to wade.


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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6854897
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Had a few places i used to use a wheel barrel.

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: The Beav] #6855698
04/26/20 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by The Beav
I hate the idea of hauling In a cart or even a sled when you might be checking empty traps. And you just can't leave It at one location if your trapping different areas.
Hang em In tree and case skin em.


That mess up the oval when you open it up and board it after?

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: John-Chagnon] #6865327
05/06/20 10:06 PM
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MnMan,

Do you feel that if you would be able to put the wheels (axle) further forward say a foot or so that more of the weight could be put on the axle and not forward to make hauling out easier?

Bryce

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6865407
05/06/20 10:57 PM
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Find some wheel chair solid wheels and no blown inner-tubes with your carts.

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: bblwi] #6865575
05/07/20 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by bblwi
MnMan,

Do you feel that if you would be able to put the wheels (axle) further forward say a foot or so that more of the weight could be put on the axle and not forward to make hauling out easier?

Bryce


Yes, that would have helped a lot but I just cobbled together what I could out of an old ladder stand and was not thinking clearly. It does work well if I keep most of the weight as far back toward the axle as I can. Those are solid wheels so no flats.


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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6865741
05/07/20 10:36 AM
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Why not just rough skin it?

Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: Bruce T] #6865978
05/07/20 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Bruce T
Why not just rough skin it?



Well in my case, the buyer wants the carcasses too.


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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6865996
05/07/20 04:18 PM
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And, in my case and many other Canadian trappers the carcass is desired for bait. Beaver is generally consider the best all around bait for many furbearers.


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Re: Packing beaver out. [Re: dakidsmn] #6866091
05/07/20 06:20 PM
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A lot of people eat fresh beaver here also.
It only takes a half a minute to gut them and remove the glands.
I give lots of beaver meat away to the elders,I cut them in half after gutting then freeze.

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