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Colorado Fur Trapping #7314196
07/26/21 11:41 AM
07/26/21 11:41 AM
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Hey All!

New guy here on the forum from Colorado. I'm 25 and last winter was my first trapping season. I'm trying to get into trapping for fun and the build the skill. As I'm sure you know, all gripper and kill traps are illegal on public land in CO and so I'm basically handcuffed to box traps (until I can get permission on some local ranches). Due to where I'm at I'm primarily targeting beavers and muskrat.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks for box trap sets in and around beaver ponds? My approach this last winter was to tear a trench in an active beaver dam, wire my box trap in the hole (opening facing the pond) and hang a few carrots in the back of the trap. I didn't catch a single beaver or muskrat this last year most of my sets were either ignored or filled in with sticks and mud overnight.

To make it more complex, the area I'm trapping is near a heavily trafficked road and I am only able to put out my sets after work (4-5pm) and check them before work (7am).

I appreciate any insight or tips from anyone familiar with box trap sets for beaver and muskrat. Glad to be on the forum!

Re: Colorado Fur Trapping [Re: Drewe L.] #7314264
07/26/21 01:03 PM
07/26/21 01:03 PM
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Muskrat are easily caught in colony traps set in the runs, or trails, they make through the vegetation in the water. Set the trap in the run, making sure that h the entire trap is submerged in order to drown the muskrats. No bait needed. Search the words colony trap on the forum and youíll find all kinds of info

Beaver are a different story. There are people who do catch them in special made cage traps, but from what I hear itís difficult to do and the traps are expensive. Iíve never even attempted it so I donít know much about it at all.


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Re: Colorado Fur Trapping [Re: Bob] #7314272
07/26/21 01:18 PM
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I've had a few recommendations for the colony traps but I'm not sure if they are legal in Colorado since it drowns the animal. The wording in the regs isn't very clear, I might call the local office and clarify.

Re: Colorado Fur Trapping [Re: Drewe L.] #7314345
07/26/21 02:57 PM
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I know some guys in Washington catch quite a few beaver in the "suitcase traps", Koro is a popular brand. Super expensive and bulky though. I was talking to a guy who started trying to trap there last year and he was using regular cage traps with no luck on beaver. Did catch a mink and a marten though in small cage traps. Might throw one or two out baited for mink where you are trying to trap beaver and muskrat, virtually anywhere those two are a mink will at least pass through occasionally.

Re: Colorado Fur Trapping [Re: Drewe L.] #7314486
07/26/21 07:26 PM
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The great cage state Colorado
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Colony traps are not legal for recreational trapping in Colorado. For your beaver set up, How big of a cage are you using? Carrots are not beaver bait. Cages are very effective for beaver but there is a learning curve.






Re: Colorado Fur Trapping [Re: Monster Toms] #7315110
07/27/21 02:39 PM
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The cages I'm using for beavers are 10"x12" and 30" long. If not carrots are there other baits that are more applicable? Or is it better to stick to caster scent baits?

Re: Colorado Fur Trapping [Re: Drewe L.] #7315113
07/27/21 02:45 PM
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Welcome. Lots of great guys in your State fur harvesting association that can help you out. Good luck


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