Trapped My First Beaver Monday
Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:45 PM
Set out some conibear traps last week in the creek that runs along beside our house. Randy and I have been drooling at all of the beaver sticks and otter sign we've been seeing latlly. We took the kids along with us friday when we checked them for the first time (sons 11, daughter's 9) had 1 otter. Then went down with just daughter sat and had a racoon, it had gotten into the conibear somehow still trying to figure out what a racoon was doing in the water like that. Then when Randy and I checked it monday evening I had trapped my first beaver. She weighed 52 pounds and took us both to carry her all the way back up the hill and too the house. Was so excited I was bouncing up and down and hugging Randy non-stop. He's letting me use his traps and helping me check the line. Skinned beaver out and have it in freezer going to try and mount it soon. Yesterday had another otter.
So far has been a great yr compaired to last yr. At the other house we lived in my luck last yr consisted of 1 racoon and 17 possums in the foot hold traps. Didn't live near enough to water to try for anything like beaver. Tommorow we're going to put out some foot hold traps. Randy called a grey fox to within 10 feet of him last wed, so dying to get it so I can add it to list on things to try mounting.
If anyone has any sugestions for a novice trapper would apprciate the help.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:55 PM
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 07:18 AM
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:36 AM
One thing that suprised me was I have always been so sure that there was no way I could catch an animal like that and shoot it point blank (I'm kinda a tender heart when it comes to animals) I discovered last yr that that just wasn't an issue, had no problem with dispatching animals I've caught. Really would recomend it to anyone who enjoys deer hunting, trust me when I am running the line, checking it, and I see movement my heart just about pumps out of my chest
Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:00 PM
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