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Massive Louisiana River Otter #7456269
01/10/22 01:16 PM
01/10/22 01:16 PM
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I know one of the guys of LTA does live otters, need to give him a call, but how does this size up? He measured 41 1/4 inches and I did not weigh him, however he is in the freezer, I can do that later. He got caught in a oneida victor 220 conibear, I wasn't trying to catch him, I was trying for a beaver, muskrat or nutria, but I just looked for where there was a small opening in a sand dam, I set my conibear in the gap that was obvious some aquatic creatures were using, and voila! God was extremely nice to me though today, he did not punish me too hard for not wiring off my traps appropriately, however I will do that from now on, always and forever. I say that because it rained hardcore the past day and a half, and so I was very fortunate to find all but 1 of my traps. Anyways, here is the picture, does anybody eat these things, I'm sure they would taste good, almost every poop I have found has been full of crawfish.

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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456308
01/10/22 01:58 PM
01/10/22 01:58 PM
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South Ga - Almost Florida
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Congrats on your otter.

Cook you up some of that...then let us know what u think. Hint: coyotes will not eat the meat and buzzards resist it if anything else is available. But you may like it.


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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456311
01/10/22 01:59 PM
01/10/22 01:59 PM
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Biggest 2 I've weighed here were a 29 lb male and a 28 lb female.


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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456315
01/10/22 02:03 PM
01/10/22 02:03 PM
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I'm sure it will taste good too. If everyone knew how good they are they would need to put a limit on then like deer. Go for it.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Swamp Wolf] #7456440
01/10/22 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Swamp Wolf
Congrats on your otter.

Cook you up some of that...then let us know what u think. Hint: coyotes will not eat the meat and buzzards resist it if anything else is available. But you may like it.



Thank you, I will, now keep in mind I eat raccoon all day every day which I like to call mini bear.....Thats interesting you say that, because all of the otter poop I have found has been filled with crawfish almost exclusively. First one ever, so I put him in the freezer so I would have time to think about how to handle him.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456567
01/10/22 06:33 PM
01/10/22 06:33 PM
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Congrats on the otter. I caught my first one two seasons ago and I was incredibly excited. Like you, I wasn't targeting otters - I was going after beaver - but I was fortunate.

If you've never put one up before, a few words of advice - look up "singe" on otter pelts and keep it out of direct sunlight and away from any type of heat source. I encourage you to watch some videos on how to properly flesh an otter, paying close attention to the tail because it can be very different than some other animals (Rich on Trapping Inc has a great video on how to attack the tail, and how to properly flesh an otter in general - I have the episode written down somewhere if you'd like it). And lastly - use a VERY aggressive belly board when putting it up on the board, if you take it that far yourself. I've never had any animal shrink to the board that much and had a nightmare of a time trying to get it off. Luckily I had a taxidermist on hand to give me a few tips because I was close to just breaking the board and praying that it wouldn't damage the pelt.

All in all though, it's my favorite animal I've put up myself yet. I'd love to catch some more. Congrats again

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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456576
01/10/22 06:42 PM
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Congrats on your first otter!


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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: cfowler] #7456584
01/10/22 06:49 PM
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Congratulations tofan

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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456741
01/10/22 09:14 PM
01/10/22 09:14 PM
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Louisiana
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Congratulations.

That is average size for south Louisiana. Good job!


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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456826
01/10/22 10:31 PM
01/10/22 10:31 PM
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Have it mounted. You'll never again catch your first otter. I figure if you fix that otter just right, it'll taste about like a mink.

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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7456838
01/10/22 10:48 PM
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Nice otter! I would use a larger trap than a #220 in the future if you are trying to catch beaver.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: proratman] #7457455
01/11/22 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by proratman
Nice otter! I would use a larger trap than a #220 in the future if you are trying to catch beaver.


Ok, good advice, I put a #330 in the place of the #220 because I read your suggestion this morning. Are the #330s too large to catch the muskrat or nutria in your opinion? Thank you for the tip!

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7458154
01/12/22 07:49 AM
01/12/22 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Tofan
Originally Posted by proratman
Nice otter! I would use a larger trap than a #220 in the future if you are trying to catch beaver.


Ok, good advice, I put a #330 in the place of the #220 because I read your suggestion this morning. Are the #330s too large to catch the muskrat or nutria in your opinion? Thank you for the tip!


A 330 is a ok for nutria but would be big for muskrat. Where are you in the state where you actually have muskrat?


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Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7460885
01/14/22 06:49 PM
01/14/22 06:49 PM
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Louisiana
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Nice otter. People from Louisiana can cook almost anything, but Im afraid you will be disappointed with otter. I would probably rather cook every single animal in Louisiana that I can think of before Id cook otter or mink. Let us know if you try

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Aix sponsa] #7460958
01/14/22 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Aix sponsa
Nice otter. People from Louisiana can cook almost anything, but Im afraid you will be disappointed with otter. I would probably rather cook every single animal in Louisiana that I can think of before Id cook otter or mink. Let us know if you try


Thanks man, I really love trapping. I am chasing some beaver around, I am sure most of you guys would get quite a laugh. I will try to snap a picture tomorrow of my setup, the beavers seem much smarter.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7460964
01/14/22 08:12 PM
01/14/22 08:12 PM
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Some of the otter around here get much bigger than that.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7461897
01/15/22 08:30 PM
01/15/22 08:30 PM
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Virginia
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That's not the biggest otter that I have ever seen, but it is no runt for sure.
As far as eating otter, A skinned out carcass around here won't be eaten by anything. Not even bacteria. It just mummifies in place.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7461968
01/15/22 10:10 PM
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Swords Creek, VA
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Massive otter. Eric

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: ABeardedTrapper] #7462644
01/16/22 03:35 PM
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Massive otter. Eric


My god man, is that your pet otter? That thing is incredible! Mind sharing the story, how awesome.

Re: Massive Louisiana River Otter [Re: Tofan] #7463020
01/16/22 09:52 PM
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First otter I ever caught, and my first year water trapping. Caught him on the last day of season. Saw tracks in a beaver slide set a body grip half submerged at the bottom of the slide and had him a few days later. Eric

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