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Old 02-19-2016, 09:08 AM   #21
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330 conibear. Get a good nights sleep, skin beaver after mornin coffee.



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Old 02-19-2016, 09:33 AM   #22
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330 conibear. Get a good nights sleep, skin beaver after mornin coffee.



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I have a conibear trap, and trapped one beaver, one coon, and one alligator turtle with it. It is surprising what will travel a beaver slide. However, I don't want to lock up three dogs. The beaver may not go in the trap the first day. I believe once it is set, it is best to stay away from it. My dogs roam free on the property, so I don't use the trap. It is one scary trap. And I can't find a slide for this beaver.
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Under water set with some preferred beaver feed wired to the trigger near the dam. And yes, they are scary! Suspect it'd break a person's wrist!
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But I can see the challenge of the hunt as well. Have fun!
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I liked to go hunting as a kid but after I came back from Vietnam it wasn't something I wanted to do anymore.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:59 AM   #26
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Thanks Dennis.
I put a range finder on the shot I made last night. It measured 46 yards, not my estimate of 20. Things look different in the dark with a flashlight.
Here is the setup for tonight, with Terrys suggestion to hunt the beaver dam. It is 85 yards. I'll take my light, but hopefully the moon will provide enough lite. It is almost full moon and the sky is clear right now. I am taking a different rifle with a lit reticle to help my aim.
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I liked to go hunting as a kid but after I came back from Vietnam it wasn't something I wanted to do anymore.

I can understand that. I was there '68-'69 in the Air Force, at NhaTrang. I never saw any action. I'm sure if I had I would not be the same guy. Thanks for your service.
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Thanks Dennis.
I put a range finder on the shot I made last night. It measured 46 yards, not my estimate of 20. Things look different in the dark with a flashlight.
Here is the setup for tonight, with Terrys suggestion to hunt the beaver dam. It is 85 yards. I'll take my light, but hopefully the moon will provide enough lite. It is almost full moon and the sky is clear right now. I am taking a different rifle with a lit reticle to help my aim.
That's enough of a difference for a miss of the head especially in low light. When I had them on the property we set up a conibear trap and put small saplings in the mud as an obstruction so they would swim thru the trap. They took the saplings out of the mud and used them to rebuild the dam. It was a beavers version of flipping the bird. I waited a couple of times till dark but never saw them. Eventually the town put a work around in the culvert they were also blocking across the road so they left. I took out enough of the dam on my property to let the water flow and they never came back. They are protected in NH for some dumb reason just not on my property.
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Serious question--why kill them? I know you don't want the dock underwater, but Isn't more water depth good for the fishing? Or are you worried that the lack of flow will make the pond stagnant? Personally, I love flipping a spinnerbait around a big beaver hut.
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I was in position at 6:30 and the moon was bright at 7:30. I left out at 10:00. I did not see a thing. I checked the dam when I left and the beaver hasn't done a thing to plug the opening in the dam. Maybe he is working midnight shift. Reckon I will find out in the morning. Right now my toes are numb. I don't know how y'all handle your cold weather.
Here is picture of setup. I managed to align the flashlight so I could click it on target without having to hold it. I only used it a couple of times maybe for 30 seconds. It worked really well.
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Serious question--why kill them? I know you don't want the dock underwater, but Isn't more water depth good for the fishing? Or are you worried that the lack of flow will make the pond stagnant? Personally, I love flipping a spinnerbait around a big beaver hut.
That is a reasonable question. When a pond is built you have to decide how high you want the water. The debth of a pond is determined by how much you dig it out. There are shallows, as well as deep areas. As a fisherman you know bass like those shallow areas around submerged tree limbs. The deeper areas make for great swimming and jumping off the dock. If you build it without a control on the water level, then heavy rains could flow over you entire dam and wash it out.

So once you determine what water level you want, you can build a dock. Hopefully your dock and water table match up nicely......until a beaver comes along and messes up the balance, like in this picture. Also, beavers cut down the trees around your pond, leaving a real mess. One year beavers got into the swamp behind my shallow end and cut down about 30 trees. Ponds require work to keep them nice. But, we fish and swim in ours, so it is worth the work. However, it is really more pleasure than work.....
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Giardia's the other unpleasantry associated with beavers. Nothin like a case of beaver fever 20 miles from yer pickup high in the rockies!
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Giardia's the other unpleasantry associated with beavers. Nothin like a case of beaver fever 20 miles from yer pickup high in the rockies!
Some can even kill you. Its bad stuff out west here in wet Washington state.
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Giardia's the other unpleasantry associated with beavers. Nothin like a case of beaver fever 20 miles from yer pickup high in the rockies!
Dennis, I can tell you have had a great deal of experience with beavers. First, trapping knowledge, and now beaver fever..... I have never heard of this. I hope you haven't had first hand experience. I just looked it up and it sounds awful. Am I at risk swimming in the pond? I try to keep water flowing in and out.
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I wouldn't drink from the pump you've got mounted on yer dock, but I wouldn't a recommended that prior to the beaver either. Beavers aren't the only cause/carriers of it but it's always a concern when they're present. Figure you hit him the otherday? How soon before he floats ya figure?
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G'Morning Y'all...
I went to the pond this morning at 7. The water is still running....no sign of beaver activity on the dam.
The dock has come out of the water a good bit. (see pic)
Dennis, I only use the hand pump for initial cleaning of fish, then I take them to the house and rinse them well. That's good advice on not drinking pond water. I remember as a Cub Scout we drank water out of a spring in the woods. The Cub Master said it was safe.....?

As to what I think about the beaver......
Last night was Friday night.....maybe he went to a dance....
Or maybe he got himself a mail order bride......
Or, I think I'll have another cup of coffee.....
Like most things, time will tell.

I know in the past when I have shot them, they sink like a stone.
Sometimes they float, but it may be a couple weeks. They're heavy jokers.

I'll spend some time today trying to clear out more of his dam.

It was a beautiful night last night. Clear skies, bright stars, the big dipper over head, and coyotes yapping, It made it more fun being able to talk to you and the other members.
Have a good day.
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Serious question--why kill them? I know you don't want the dock underwater, but Isn't more water depth good for the fishing? Or are you worried that the lack of flow will make the pond stagnant? Personally, I love flipping a spinnerbait around a big beaver hut.
They take trees down and make a real mess of your property not to mention the flooding they create. They turn a normal piece of land into wetlands. If you are the landowner your point of view changes.
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Spring waters a little different than surface water but I wouldn't drink any of it without a filter of some kind anymore.
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G'Morning Y'all...
I went to the pond this morning at 7. The water is still running....no sign of beaver activity on the dam.
The dock has come out of the water a good bit. (see pic)
Dennis, I only use the hand pump for initial cleaning of fish, then I take them to the house and rinse them well. That's good advice on not drinking pond water. I remember as a Cub Scout we drank water out of a spring in the woods. The Cub Master said it was safe.....?

As to what I think about the beaver......
Last night was Friday night.....maybe he went to a dance....
Or maybe he got himself a mail order bride......
Or, I think I'll have another cup of coffee.....
Like most things, time will tell.

I know in the past when I have shot them, they sink like a stone.
Sometimes they float, but it may be a couple weeks. They're heavy jokers.

I'll spend some time today trying to clear out more of his dam.

It was a beautiful night last night. Clear skies, bright stars, the big dipper over head, and coyotes yapping, It made it more fun being able to talk to you and the other members.
Have a good day.
Maybe you didn't miss after all.
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I liked to go hunting as a kid but after I came back from Vietnam it wasn't something I wanted to do anymore.
As many of you know, our hunting days are long, long behind us. We just don't have the heart to kill anything, anymore, so it would be wrong for us to do so. We do fully support the right of folks to hunt, though, and we do understand the problem with owning property and nuisance animals. For instance, our neighborhood forest is so badly over-browsed due to the lack of deer hunting, that our forest is not healthy. We get such pleasure from watching the deer in our yard, though, that we couldn't bear to shoot one.
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