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Embarassed old beaver trapper #7192939
02/22/21 11:08 PM
02/22/21 11:08 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Today I had an experience I've never had before. I hear lots of stories about folks getting whacked with 330s, but of course no one that I know of can beat those whacks that Marty Harmon has told about over the years. If I recall correctly, Marty says the only place a 330 hasn't whacked him was his left testicle. My experience was tame compared to his many experiences.

I found a nice divot in the bank that would offer a great spot to put a 330. I got a tall 330 stabilizer all set with a 330 installed. I fastened a wire to the top of the stabilizer, and I secured the end to a small pine that was right there. I then tried to move closer to the edge to position the trap, and my right foot caught on a vine. Well, I saw it was just a small vine, so I yanked my foot back and slammed it forward to break the vine. The problem was that my foot, once it broke the vine, kept going forward into the set 330. Of course the trap was upside down in the stabilizer, and the safety hooks were dangling freely. It came as quite a shock when those jaws wrapped on my foot. I started laughing and hoping no one would come down the road while I was in this fix. It reminded me of the time that CDR caught my wallet when I fell on it. Anyway, I sat down to try to compress the springs. I was unable to compress them because of the awkwardness of how the trap had me. So, I took the wire off the top of the stabilizer and slid the stabilizer off of the trap. I then crawled on my hands and knees to my truck, which was only about 15 feet away. Culvert trappers don't get far from their trucks, you know. I was able to reach in the truck bed, get the setters to compress the springs, then remove the trap. I swear it was more embarrassing than painful. I reckon it's a good thing it wasn't a Belisle, or it may have been more painful. I have set 330s many thousands of times, and this was my first Marty Harmon experience.



Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192942
02/22/21 11:13 PM
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Good story 😂

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192943
02/22/21 11:14 PM
02/22/21 11:14 PM
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east central Minnesota
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Oh but I would have given a lot for a photo op of that experience. Bet the photo would bring a good dollar at an NTA benefit auction.


Peace is that brief glorious moment when everybody stands around reloading
Thomas Jefferson
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192944
02/22/21 11:15 PM
02/22/21 11:15 PM
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Central, SD
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Stepped it one the slap did not hurt but the ankle bone was sure feeling it every time I tried to move I told my buddy to pull up on the stake end of the cable extension he pulled up on the trap end. I do feel your pain.


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

Jerry Herbst
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192945
02/22/21 11:15 PM
02/22/21 11:15 PM
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NC, Orange Co.
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If it had been a Belisle, the safeties would not have flipped down and your record would still be intact.


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192947
02/22/21 11:17 PM
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Wisconsin
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Now I can say..."It happened to the best of us!"

Moosetrot

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: QuietButDeadly] #7192950
02/22/21 11:19 PM
02/22/21 11:19 PM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by QuietButDeadly
If it had been a Belisle, the safeties would not have flipped down and your record would still be intact.


No, the safeties would have been off even on a belisle, because I was placing the trap. I was three feet up on the bank and wouldn't be able to reach the safeties once placed.



Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192951
02/22/21 11:19 PM
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Bahahaha
Hang in there PAUL

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192955
02/22/21 11:25 PM
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Oregon
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I wasn't as lucky as you Boss the first time my foot wore one of them 10"X10" torture devices. There was a witness.

Back in the early 80's I had waded across a rain swelled small creek looking for my submerged conibear. Found it with my boot and wore it back across the crick where NewHouse 114 was laughing so hard he couldn't even attempt to take it off for several minutes. He still reminds me of it every once an a while.


"Can't we all just get along?" ---Rodney King (1991)
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192962
02/22/21 11:33 PM
02/22/21 11:33 PM
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Iowa
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I wonder how the conversation would have went had Mr. Charles D. had been there with you?


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192966
02/22/21 11:34 PM
02/22/21 11:34 PM
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Lakeland,Minnesota
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T-Thats what we do with a 330. And we don't need any reminders from Aretha Franklin.
LOL getting whacked by one is something we never forget,
Tom


If my feet aren't wet,I must not be trapping.
Tom Olson
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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192969
02/22/21 11:39 PM
02/22/21 11:39 PM
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Alabama (Bama for short) 108 y...
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Why am i seeing Ned Beatty crawling around in his underware? lol


Not my circus, not my clowns.
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192973
02/22/21 11:43 PM
02/22/21 11:43 PM
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When one of those traps fires underwater, does the water slow it down such that it would do any less damage than if it got you in the dry?

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7192974
02/22/21 11:50 PM
02/22/21 11:50 PM
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Lakeland,Minnesota
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Water won't slow it down much--just ask any beaver that has encountered one.
The couple times I did it -one I was getting ready to place it,so no water . The other was half submerged.They both got my attention and kept it.
Tom


If my feet aren't wet,I must not be trapping.
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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193017
02/23/21 04:17 AM
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ontario
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just a reminder on"it would never happen to me"always be careful setting traps and working with power tools

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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193025
02/23/21 04:59 AM
02/23/21 04:59 AM
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welcome to the club , laugh

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193030
02/23/21 05:20 AM
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I am still wondering about the poor fellas right nut, and the story behind that? Whew!


your only allowed so many sunrises... I aim to see every one of them!
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193031
02/23/21 05:25 AM
02/23/21 05:25 AM
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Good story, I am glad you weren't hurt.


When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery?
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193037
02/23/21 05:34 AM
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Welcome to the club many years ago a 330 caught both arms kinda a sticky situation very cold out and already wired off but I think the only time my wife ever went with me. she learned to use the setters that day


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193056
02/23/21 06:08 AM
02/23/21 06:08 AM
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Firth, Nebraska
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Thats great Paul. And where you crawled up from the location you made a nice visible fake slide to enhance the set appearance, way to go. Cant beat that for eye appeal!
Jim


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193058
02/23/21 06:17 AM
02/23/21 06:17 AM
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N.J.
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I just sent Trapset a Thankyou PM the other day for making the One Hand setter. I joined the 330 Belisle club a couple weeks ago, While in a rush I didn't have my safety or my setter trying to clean fragmighty out of the trigger,I slipped on the icy log and it bite me just above the wrist, luckily my wife was within ears distance to bring me the RTS setter. I'm glad she was there to help but if she wasn't I never would have told her what happened.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193108
02/23/21 07:29 AM
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ontario canada
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The more experienced you get the less cautious you become i find! I think getting caught by the wallet would be funnier to see lol.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7193126
02/23/21 07:50 AM
02/23/21 07:50 AM
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It's about time you joined the club. I don't know why you waited all these years to do it. laugh


Eh...wot?

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: jabNE] #7193130
02/23/21 07:56 AM
02/23/21 07:56 AM
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Minnesota
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Originally Posted by jabNE
Thats great Paul. And where you crawled up from the location you made a nice visible fake slide to enhance the set appearance, way to go. Cant beat that for eye appeal!
Jim

Haha Jim!

And its a good thing an aggressive snake didn't show up also!

Sorry Paul


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193143
02/23/21 08:19 AM
02/23/21 08:19 AM
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Tug Hill, NY
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If only the google Earth vehicle was cruising down that road at that time!


~Illegitimi Non Carborundum~
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: QuietButDeadly] #7193153
02/23/21 08:38 AM
02/23/21 08:38 AM
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Louisiana
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Originally Posted by QuietButDeadly
If it had been a Belisle, the safeties would not have flipped down and your record would still be intact.



He’s right. Had it been a Belisle, you wouldn’t have been in the same situation. Belisles are the safest trap I own.


Glad you made it out though.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Aix sponsa] #7193160
02/23/21 08:46 AM
02/23/21 08:46 AM
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by Aix sponsa
Originally Posted by QuietButDeadly
If it had been a Belisle, the safeties would not have flipped down and your record would still be intact.



He’s right. Had it been a Belisle, you wouldn’t have been in the same situation. Belisles are the safest trap I own.


Glad you made it out though.


No, the safeties would have been off even on a belisle, because I was in the process of placing the trap. I was three feet up on the bank and wouldn't be able to reach the safeties once placed.



Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193163
02/23/21 08:51 AM
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Paul...Any pain today with the hit area......just not your pride being hurt.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193166
02/23/21 08:57 AM
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Ontario
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If that was me with my luck at the exact time I'm crawling across the ground a school bus full of teenagers would have rolled by with them all taking pictures on their phones, the local volunteer fire department would of been out on a training day and PETA would of showed up to take pictures on how dangerous traps are!!

Glad your okay

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193170
02/23/21 09:04 AM
02/23/21 09:04 AM
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No pics Boss ...??


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193183
02/23/21 09:18 AM
02/23/21 09:18 AM
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The Hill Country of Texas
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grin


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193222
02/23/21 10:04 AM
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I too have been a recipient of a 330 on the foot. ALWAYS when I am using the tall stands in deeper runs. I set the 330 with the trigger on the bottom and I will put my foot on the top jaw to push the stabilizer down. I guess call me graceful!!!!!!!!! Always glad they weren't magnums or Belisles. Nonetheless it still hurt!

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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193248
02/23/21 10:33 AM
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Thanks for the confession. Yours was a accident, most of mine resulted from stupidity.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193321
02/23/21 11:51 AM
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I used to be like that when I first started too... grin

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193325
02/23/21 11:56 AM
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Worley, Idaho
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Glad you were ok!!


Fred Moyer
Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: MnJag] #7193351
02/23/21 12:24 PM
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MN, Land of 10,000 Lakes
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Originally Posted by MnJag
Good story 😂

But, not as good as when the CDR caught you by the wallet. laugh


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193545
02/23/21 03:43 PM
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of boy glad your ok!


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193677
02/23/21 05:38 PM
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Good story! Did it wreck your hippers?


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193683
02/23/21 05:42 PM
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What no pictures grin


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193717
02/23/21 06:28 PM
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Lol glad you are OK.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193834
02/23/21 08:30 PM
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Well now you’re going to have to fill out an incident report and come up with corrective actions to prevent it from happening again.

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7193995
02/23/21 10:58 PM
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You probably invented a new lure/scent combination,, Back-pooper

Rickey

Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7194908
02/24/21 07:01 PM
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Well did the trap catch anything after you going through all that misery? lol


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Re: Embarassed old beaver trapper [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7195775
02/25/21 03:00 PM
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Henry Co, IL
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Being a novice beaver trapper I ALWAYS leave the safety device on the jaws until I'm ready to walk away!!!!!!!

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