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Author Topic: Beaver trapping...  (Read 74 times)

Offline King Ben

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Beaver trapping...
« on: December 06, 2018, 08:30:32 AM »
Sorry I don't have the pictures to post, but I had to reset my phone last week and lost tons of pictures.  I have been noticing the water in my spring fed creek backing and filling up.  I was fine with it until the sucker started damming up the creek just a few feet upstream of my culvert that runs under my driveway.  So I decided to bust a few dams and set the #330 conibear trap for the first time.  I ended up busting 8 dams partially and was worn slap out.  I didn't know where to set the trap and I couldn't identify any slides.  I simply put it in the creek at a bottleneck where the water flows.  To my surprise, the next morning I had caught a beaver.  Sonya (the wife) wanted to cut his head off and place it under a barrel for another skull mount so we did.  I think I might get into this trapping gig and buy a few more smaller traps.  I wouldn't mind getting some tips from the trappers of the group, Bluetoe I know you used to trap... 

For those that have never set a #330 conibear trap...WHEW!  I think I pulled every muscle in my chest, strained all arm, back and finger muscles, nearly ruptured two arteries, eyes almost popped out of their sockets, a roll of dime sized veins popped out of my neck, face got blood red and I saw stars for 5 minutes!  That dude is TOUGH to set (this includes me using the setting tool and Sonya placing the locks on the springs).  After that fiasco, I watched another youtube video of a guy using the rope method and I believe that is going to be my new way to try next.  I will say, the second time setting it (which it currently is) was slightly easier than the initial setting.   

Offline yari

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Re: Beaver trapping...
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 01:44:47 PM »
that's funny. some of those traps are a little tough. i set a bear trap i found in canada and almost lost an arm
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Beaver trapping...
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 07:00:14 PM »
Ben, A 330 can be a beast for sure.  You do get a knack for it after doing it a time or two and I think the springs relax just a little too after they're cycled a bit, but still a good workout. Used to help a friend on occasion that targeted beaver with those. I've seen videos of the rope method but have never tried it.  Trapped a lot in jr high & high school (small stuff) but nothing much since.  Thinking about picking it up again though for yotes - have gotten more yote pics than deer lately here at the house & need to do something about that.  Typically at 11pm-2am when I'd rather be sleeping.  Challenge will be to keep neighbors dogs (and mine) out of the sets.
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Offline BLUETOE

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Re: Beaver trapping...
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 10:09:23 AM »
Yes indeed King a 330 is a rough customer. Congrats on your beaver the skulls are cool to have around. The best set for beaver in my book is a castor mound Set with a 330. You just pile up some mud on the bank where they are going in and out of the water and stake in a 330, works most of the time. Blind sets like the one you used work very well if you can funnel them into the trap or it's narrow enough. Hit me up with any questions.
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