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First Night, First Beaver #7781044
01/24/23 10:21 AM
01/24/23 10:21 AM
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Missouri
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BeardedMOMan Offline OP
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First year trapper here and I just want to thank everyone for the knowledge and wisdom this page provides to those of us who are new and wanting to learn how to trap. I've spent countless hours in the Archives reading on tips and techniques to apply and finally felt knowledgeable enough to come up with a plan to target beavers. I decided to go with the foothold drowning wire method and learned a great deal from reading tutorials and tips. One member specifically, Goldy, who has a wealth of knowledge. I personally don't know you Goldy, but thank you so much for tips on proper trap placement and just all of the knowledge you have provided on this site.

I decided on Sunday (1/22) it was go time and went with the Bridger #5 coil spring on a 10 foot 3/32 cable with L-locks. The setup was a castor mound set, approximately 15-18" from the water with guiding sticks on the edge of the bank. The guiding sticks were approximately 14-16" apart and looked identical to the one Goldy posted in "Beaver: Footholds with pics" in the Water Trapping Archive. With the advice and picture tutorial of Goldy, I landed on night one with a beautiful 17lb wood muncher and was able to catch it by the back foot. Perfect execution and all the credit goes to this site. The unique thing is the beaver tried swimming through the cinder block and lodged itself in it so I guess if the drowning cable somehow didn't work, the cinder block provided extra support. It was a remarkable experience and I just wanted to share my success story with those who helped me achieve it. God bless and thank you again.

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Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781045
01/24/23 10:24 AM
01/24/23 10:24 AM
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east central WI
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k snow Offline
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Great job on a first night, first time catch.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: k snow] #7781048
01/24/23 10:25 AM
01/24/23 10:25 AM
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Missouri
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BeardedMOMan Offline OP
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Thank you. I appreciate it.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781050
01/24/23 10:26 AM
01/24/23 10:26 AM
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Great work! Itís just the beginning! Nothing like the joys of a first catch.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781052
01/24/23 10:29 AM
01/24/23 10:29 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 54,900
Minnesota
330-Trapper Offline

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You're Hooked Now Man!!!

Congratulations


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Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: 330-Trapper] #7781054
01/24/23 10:31 AM
01/24/23 10:31 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 25,371
Eastern Shore of Maryland
HobbieTrapper Offline
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
You're Hooked Now Man!!!

Congratulations


Yup, you done went and done it now. No blackberry thicket or briar thicket will be to thick to keep you from getting in and setting for them. lol

Last edited by HobbieTrapper; 01/24/23 10:32 AM.

-Goofy-
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781057
01/24/23 10:38 AM
01/24/23 10:38 AM
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
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Might as well add one of these to your trapping sled.

[Linked Image]


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Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781059
01/24/23 10:39 AM
01/24/23 10:39 AM
Joined: Feb 2020
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Indiana
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Providence Farm Offline
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Indiana
Try some beaver stew. I can't believe how many I feed the dogs before I tried them.. now they all get eaten if it's cool weather.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781063
01/24/23 10:41 AM
01/24/23 10:41 AM
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West Virginia,age 49
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Great catch!

It's official...now ya got beaver fever.lol


IF IDIOTS GREW ON TREES THIS PLACE WOULD BE AN ORCHARD !

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: 330-Trapper] #7781074
01/24/23 10:47 AM
01/24/23 10:47 AM
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Missouri
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BeardedMOMan Offline OP
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
You're Hooked Now Man!!!

Congratulations

Thank you. I'm already chomping at the bit for beaver #2.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781335
01/24/23 05:19 PM
01/24/23 05:19 PM
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 3,604
Eau Claire Wi
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Eau Claire Wi
Way to go, that's awesome!!! First night beaver is something you can definitely hang your hat on.

Might add a stop on the cable so a larger beaver can't pull directly on the cinder block. Not taking anything away from your success. Just a tip.



Life sure is tough when you don't learn from the mistakes of others.
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781337
01/24/23 05:25 PM
01/24/23 05:25 PM
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Three Lakes,WI 71
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One person you need to pay more attention to is jbyrd. Extend your arms out for the photo so it looks like a 60 pounder.
Congratulations. You are now addicted.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781338
01/24/23 05:28 PM
01/24/23 05:28 PM
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new york
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Great job, you will be hooked!

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781360
01/24/23 05:49 PM
01/24/23 05:49 PM
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New Hampshire
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New Hampshire
And extra points given ...for the foothold / drowning rig..

Nice job !


It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781375
01/24/23 06:12 PM
01/24/23 06:12 PM
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Michigan
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WTG might want to add a little more weight . great job smile

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781381
01/24/23 06:23 PM
01/24/23 06:23 PM
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Missouri
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Nice job

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781383
01/24/23 06:25 PM
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tennessee
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Oh boy, now youíve done it!!!! You gonna be sucking eggs and chasing rabbits in no time!!! Just kidding!!! Congrats!! Thereís nothing like your first one!!!

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781388
01/24/23 06:30 PM
01/24/23 06:30 PM
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Way to go congratulations

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7781401
01/24/23 06:40 PM
01/24/23 06:40 PM
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New Hampshire
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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
WTG might want to add a little more weight . great job smile


I think Roy was Joking....


It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781469
01/24/23 07:54 PM
01/24/23 07:54 PM
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Williamsport, Pa.
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Great photo too. We all love the smile, good luck in the future.....jk


Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. Whats supposed to be ain't always is.
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