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Ride along today #7135791
01/13/21 10:34 PM
01/13/21 10:34 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Paul Dobbins Offline OP
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I hadn't done one of these ride-alongs in awhile, and thought I'd show some of the new folks what my line is like. I'm trapping for a timber company and cover quite a large area. You'll notice this in the number of miles I drove today.

The first site I went to was 81 miles from my home. I caught one beaver at this site. They had replaced two large culverts here and beavers had started plugging it up. I caught a two year old Friday and today I caught it's mate. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture here. I'm not use to taking pictures, but I made up for it later.

The second site was only 2 miles from the first one. Here I have pine eating beavers. I had caught the old female and two pair of yearlings. The old male was being difficult. He wouldn't come to any lures, so yesterday I made a mud mark beside the riser and positioned a #5 for a front foot catch and put a dab of sac oil on the mud mark. I was fortunate to have the old boy today. Usually it's the old female that is the last to go, but not in this case. When I had caught the old female last week, I thought this site was going to be easy - lol.

Where they were eating the pines.
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Here's the old boy. Note I put some sticks behind where the set was to discourage otters from crossing there.
[Linked Image]

The third site was 5 miles from the second one. These first three sites were on the same tract of land. I just set this one yesterday and picked up this male today. I used a dab of food lure up on the slide.

[Linked Image]

The fourth site was 25 miles from the third one. I set this trap on Monday and used castor lure. There was no action here yesterday, so I put a dab of food lure down and I had success today. I had another set here, but it was empty and ignored. I used a curiosity lure there. I'm thinking the rest may give me a problem.

Another adult male.
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The fifth site was 31 miles from the fourth one. I have caught four beavers here so far in two sets. Today I only had success in one of the sets. There were castor mounds all over the place, so I made a castor mound and lured it with a castor lure.

Another adult male
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The sixth site was only one mile from the fifth site and on the same tract. I have removed one adult pair and two pairs of two year old beavers here in three sets. I thought I was done until I saw a fresh scent mound in there today. I will probably have to resort to a footholds to finish up this site.

This was my last set of the day - empty
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Then I drove 111 miles back home. The total miles driven today was around 256, which is about normal, or a bit below normal. Sometimes folks ask why I don't have more traps out. When I'm spending 5 - 6 hours driving each day, there's not so much time left for setting.

Here's the result of the day's work.
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I got to wondering if a beaver eating pines would taste different than one eating sweet gum. So I took some meat from the pine eater and some from a sweet gum eater. It'll probably be next week when I cook them up to see if there's a difference.

I hope you enjoyed the ride-along.



Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135802
01/13/21 10:40 PM
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Minnesota
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Extremely nice to see your Office Paul!
What a Job!!!

Thanks


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Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135805
01/13/21 10:40 PM
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Thanks for the ride along, Paul! I have often wondered what and how much driving was involved in what you do.

Moosetrot

Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135807
01/13/21 10:41 PM
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Nice catch of beaver and pictures.

Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135820
01/13/21 10:45 PM
01/13/21 10:45 PM
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To think I rode 256 miles today and my hiney isn't even sore.

Paul, is there still any excitement after all these years to see if you connected at a set?


"Can't we all just get along?" ---Rodney King (1991)
Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135825
01/13/21 10:47 PM
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No Snakes yet?


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Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135839
01/13/21 10:53 PM
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Quote)- Sometimes folks ask why I don't have more traps out. When I'm spending 5 - 6 hours driving each day, there's not so much time left for setting.

Slacker grin
Really though I don't blame you thats allot of miles to put in a day.


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Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135841
01/13/21 10:54 PM
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Love the ride along posts Paul,thanks for letting us look at your line.
I'm about 3 1/2 months away from open water yet.

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Re: Ride along today [Re: beaverpeeler] #7135861
01/13/21 11:02 PM
01/13/21 11:02 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Paul Dobbins Offline OP
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Originally Posted by beaverpeeler
Paul, is there still any excitement after all these years to see if you connected at a set?


LOL, I think it's a sickness. After nearly 30 years of this, I still have a hard time getting to sleep some nights thinking about the sets I put in. Especially when I'm dealing with an educated beaver. They're a challenge, and I really enjoy matching wits with them.



Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135874
01/13/21 11:09 PM
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Also enjoyed it. Is it easy to get back into the trapping locations or do you at times need four wheel drive?

Re: Ride along today [Re: Boco] #7135877
01/13/21 11:10 PM
01/13/21 11:10 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by Boco
Love the ride along posts Paul,thanks for letting us look at your line.
I'm about 3 1/2 months away from open water yet.


I know how it is up your way. Did I ever tell you the story about my open water beaver trapping on the AF base in Alaska when it was -20F? There's not much open water up that way when it's -20.



Re: Ride along today [Re: Grandpa Trapper] #7135885
01/13/21 11:13 PM
01/13/21 11:13 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Paul Dobbins Offline OP
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Originally Posted by Grandpa Trapper
Also enjoyed it. Is it easy to get back into the trapping locations or do you at times need four wheel drive?


Some of those logging roads are rough and I have to use 4wd at times when it's wet.



Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135887
01/13/21 11:13 PM
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What lure do you use? wink


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135889
01/13/21 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
Originally Posted by Boco
Love the ride along posts Paul,thanks for letting us look at your line.
I'm about 3 1/2 months away from open water yet.


I know how it is up your way. Did I ever tell you the story about my open water beaver trapping on the AF base in Alaska when it was -20F? There's not much open water up that way when it's -20.

I dont recall that Story Paul


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Re: Ride along today [Re: Law Dog] #7135890
01/13/21 11:15 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by Law Dog
What lure do you use? wink


Mine



Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135892
01/13/21 11:15 PM
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Part of my naturally morbid curiosity is really waiting for the answer to the taste question. Pines are rare here, but the beaver will travel quite a distance from water, bypassing species nearer the water, to cut ash trees.

Mike


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Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135893
01/13/21 11:15 PM
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Same here Paul. LOL


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Re: Ride along today [Re: Mike in A-town] #7135897
01/13/21 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike in A-town
Part of my naturally morbid curiosity is really waiting for the answer to the taste question. Pines are rare here, but the beaver will travel quite a distance from water, bypassing species nearer the water, to cut ash trees.

Mike


I'll let you know how the taste test goes. Rhonda will be visiting her mother next week, so I will cook the two meats up and compare, since I will be doing the cooking.



Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135901
01/13/21 11:18 PM
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Paul,

Enjoyed the pics.

Do you think a whole family of beavers would move a few hundred yards from a river to a man made pond?

I was asked to remove some beaver from this pond in May. They had plugged the overflow pipe and then dammed up the emergency spillway. The water was starting to flow over the dam of the pond when it rained.

I caught a big female and a young beaver that was probably about 15 pounds. All activity stopped. I put a couple large holes in the dam at the spillway and they never got repaired. I suspected that there should have been a male but had no way of knowing if he was still there. The owner removed the dam at the spillway and unplugged the overflow pipe and the water went back down to normal.

The owner called me in early November and said that the beaver were back. The pipe was plugged and they were damming up the emergency spillway again. I suspected that the male either had been there the whole time or had returned from the river. I talked the owner into letting me wait until our season came in.

Since I returned a few days ago I have caught 2 blanket males, a blanket female that had a front leg missing at the shoulder, and 2 young beaver that probably weighed about 12 pounds.

I'm scratching my head on this one. I never expected that many beaver. I'm thinking the one male may have been there the whole time and that the family of 4 moved up from the river.


Randy
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Re: Ride along today [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7135905
01/13/21 11:22 PM
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Thanks Paul. I'm genuinely curious.

Mike


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