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Beaver Advice #7335065
08/20/21 03:11 PM
08/20/21 03:11 PM
Joined: Jan 2020
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Oklahoma
We-Sa Offline OP
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So I was asked to remove the beavers from a shallow creek (<3ft deep) and because one side is bounded by a housing addition I figured Iíd better learn to snare Ďem.

Iíve walked about half of the creek I have access to. This creek is bounded by a road (that it crosses) on one side and the housing addition on the other. Not a lot of sign but I did find one track and could smell castor in the same area.

I only made two sets last night, a lured, leaning pole set and submerged a snare and put a dive stick where they can access a slough(?) made during high water/heavy rains.

I need to walk the rest of the creek but this place is a mess, itís easier to walk in the creek than on the banks. Theyíre either thick with underbrush or Johnson grass 6-7 ft high.

Hereís the two sets I made last night. Do they look alright?

Here youíre looking towards the main part of the creek with that little slough behind you. There seems to be a hard packed run between the two and my snare is on the slough side right where it drops off.
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Here is the lured leaning pole set. Itís in the deepest part of the creek that Iíve found so far. Iím pretty short and this area is over my hip waders. Iíve felt around with a cultivator (potato rake) and thereís a run or channel right in the center. This spot is only 30 yds or so upstream from the crossover.
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Any advice on these two sets would be appreciated.

Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7335670
08/21/21 08:50 AM
08/21/21 08:50 AM
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Louisiana
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Top picture: Good set location. Canít see the snare, but as long as itís setup correctly, it should work.


Second picture: Looks good. I would make sure there arenít any sticks or roots in the way that would prevent the snare from closing, and then I would put a dab of lure above/near my loop so that they are sure to hit the snare while trying to locate the scent.


Overall, Iíd say they look good

Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7336158
08/21/21 07:30 PM
08/21/21 07:30 PM
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Oklahoma
We-Sa Offline OP
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Thanks Aix, and funny you should answer. I built both snare supports to your specs in the vertical drowning rod post. I did add a drowning lock to one of them and used a short (36") snare. I figured if the lock doesn't work and the snares too long the cross piece will work.

I put some castor lure right where the leaning stick meets the tree but so far nothing in either set.

I've been watching the "Beaver Sites and Sets" DVD and am a little worried these may be "educated" beaver.

Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7336475
08/22/21 08:19 AM
08/22/21 08:19 AM
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Louisiana
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When I suspect educated beavers, the first step is to put away the castor and donít bring it back on site. Without a doubt, blind sets are my preferred method for beavers, especially educated beavers, but there are other options when it comes to lure/bait that donít involve castor. Honey is something I tend to reach for as a change up.

The good news is that youíre not dealing with much water, and that means blind sets are going to be easier to find. You can use these same snare setups without lure, just be a little more selective where you make your sets, and youíll be fine.

Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7336631
08/22/21 12:03 PM
08/22/21 12:03 PM
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Oklahoma
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I would have never thought of honey. We have some of those little packets that should be just the right amount and easy to carry. I have some kind of food lire (Woodchipper?) made by that Dobbins guy ( wink ) I thought I might try.

I walked further downstream this morning and finally found some clear sign of beaver.
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Itís not much but itís definitive and fresh. From here to the bridge where my trapping privileges end the water is too deep to wade which means drowning rods/wire/cable will work but I canít get to this area along the bank.,

This is looking upstream (West). The peeled sticks were 75-100 yds past the tree line. I think I better break out the kayakÖ

eek

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Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7336671
08/22/21 01:09 PM
08/22/21 01:09 PM
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I like a smear of Paul's Beaver Plus up above sets where I am trying to get the beaver to swim into a snare. Have had good success with it on leaning pole sets or snares hung off a partially submerged log.


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Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7336726
08/22/21 02:21 PM
08/22/21 02:21 PM
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Louisiana
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I second QuietButDeadlyís recommendation of Beaver Plus. It is a rock solid lure choice for beaver work.



I use raw honey. It seems as though just about everything has at least some interest in honey, from beavers to coons to people....what doesnít like honey? Coyotes probably even like the stuff.

Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7336910
08/22/21 06:11 PM
08/22/21 06:11 PM
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Get some sac oil and give it a try.

Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7338656
08/24/21 06:27 PM
08/24/21 06:27 PM
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WA
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Beaver Plus and a cage trap
Sure thing


Re: Beaver Advice [Re: We-Sa] #7338862
08/24/21 09:36 PM
08/24/21 09:36 PM
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Oklahoma
We-Sa Offline OP
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Sounds like I need to get some Beaver Plus. I probably can't get it here before I go back out so I might put it one lured set with a dab of honey and some peeled sticks.

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