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First Night, First Beaver #7781044
01/24/23 10:21 AM
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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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Great job on a first night, first time catch.

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

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781050
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
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Minnesota
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You're Hooked Now Man!!!

Congratulations


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www.BackroadsRevised@etsy.com




Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: 330-Trapper] #7781054
01/24/23 10:31 AM
01/24/23 10:31 AM
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
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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
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Indiana
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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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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
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Posts: 3,604
Eau Claire Wi
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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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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
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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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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.
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781717
01/25/23 02:36 AM
01/25/23 02:36 AM
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illinois
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Congratulations now up your game and go to a 10 foot rebar drowning rig you'll be happy you did .

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781766
01/25/23 06:08 AM
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Iowa
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Congrats on your first catch! You'll soon find that the great thing about trapping is the 100th catch is just as fun as the first.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: Nessmuck] #7781787
01/25/23 06:51 AM
01/25/23 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Nessmuck
Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
WTG might want to add a little more weight . great job smile


I think Roy was Joking....

I don't. Sooner or later that type of block is going to cause problems. You need two of them. Three hole model 1 will suffice.


Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781791
01/25/23 06:56 AM
01/25/23 06:56 AM
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Arkansas
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That's great! Keep after it!


James 1: 19-20
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7781885
01/25/23 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
WTG might want to add a little more weight . great job smile

I was thinking on this and honestly it's not a bad idea to add some more weight. Would you add another cinder block or find something heavier and not mess with two cinder blocks?

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781890
01/25/23 08:55 AM
01/25/23 08:55 AM
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Saginaw, Mi
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Congratulations

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: Trap Setter] #7781904
01/25/23 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Trap Setter
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.


Thank you. Great point and I will look into a stop but I have a question and think I know the answer already but wanted to ask. Does a stop take the tension and force off of the cable around the cinder block and apply it more to the anchor point (24" rebar stake) on the bank? I appreciate all tips and welcome any advice/techniques to increase my odds of success.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781930
01/25/23 09:18 AM
01/25/23 09:18 AM
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Eau Claire Wi
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No the stop will not let a beaver get its feet on the bottom so it dosen't have the leverage lift the weight up and drag it to shore. It's kind of like long chaining land traps so they can't pump the stake out.


Life sure is tough when you don't learn from the mistakes of others.
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: Trap Setter] #7781961
01/25/23 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Trap Setter
No the stop will not let a beaver get its feet on the bottom so it dosen't have the leverage lift the weight up and drag it to shore. It's kind of like long chaining land traps so they can't pump the stake out.

That makes sense. I better get a stop on there pretty quickly then. Thanks for the info.

Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781964
01/25/23 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by BeardedMOMan
Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
WTG might want to add a little more weight . great job smile

I was thinking on this and honestly it's not a bad idea to add some more weight. Would you add another cinder block or find something heavier and not mess with two cinder blocks?


I use ONE brake rotor off a 3/4 ton Truck..

And i ain't NEVAH found a beaver waiting for me on the bank

Last edited by Nessmuck; 01/25/23 09:52 AM.

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Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: BeardedMOMan] #7781971
01/25/23 10:05 AM
01/25/23 10:05 AM
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I use 12" block, not 8" block. Most 8" block have some lightweight aggregate in them now and only weigh about 28-30 pounds. I have a couple dozen 12" architectural split face block that weight around 70 pounds, that's what I use. Standard 12's weigh about 48-50 pounds

A 3/4 ton truck brake rotor is better than an 8" block but not as good as a 12" block. The brake rotors off my 99 cummins weigh about 40 pounds.

I try to use the general rule of thumb that my drowner weight should match the weight of the heaviest beaver that I could catch. Hasn't let me down yet

That being said, I am no big numbers beaver guy and I'm not making 100 sets at a time with 70 lb block tied to the end of the string. Most of the time I only have 6 or 8 out for landowners having trouble. If I was running a hundred sets I would be using rebar or fiberglass rod drowners

Congrats on your first catch!


Gotta live up to the nickname...
Re: First Night, First Beaver [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7782824
01/26/23 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
WTG might want to add a little more weight . great job smile

I definitely needed to add more weight and had planned on doing that today when checking my trap line, but looks like the beavers had other plans and demonstrated exactly the concern you guys expressed. Thank you all for the tips and I will be adding more weight to the drowning cable after I get this one dispatched. I'll keep you posted on the weight of this angry beaver.

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