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#24488 - 01/15/17 06:13 PM Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
I will be trapping small rivers with dams and feedbeds but no noticable bank dens or lodges mostly creeks are 50/50 on ice covererd and open water Will mostly be using snares but am new to the baited pole set if I use it Am I Better off finding their routes to the feedbeds or trapping closer to the dam by some open water with legsholds and do they continue to go after more food this time of year Any ideas will be GREATLY appreciated because I am new to trapping BEAVER this time of year but trapping for Beaver stays open til April 15th and all other trapping closes on Jan 31st here in Iowa

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#24489 - 01/15/17 09:45 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
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"50/50 on ice covererd and open water"

Be careful you don't drown yourself! Personally, I'd use castor mounds where you can find open water.

Hal
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#24490 - 01/15/17 10:30 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Hal]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
thanks for your help Hal!

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#24493 - 01/16/17 12:24 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
Dale F Offline
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Registered: 01/09/01
Posts: 552
Loc: Erie, IL
They will continue to look for food but also mating time is real soon here. Like Hal said use castor mounds, and you should be able to find the mounds they're making if your in a good area.

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#24494 - 01/16/17 12:26 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Dale F]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
Thank You Very Much for your input Dale!

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#24497 - 01/17/17 09:19 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Hal]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
Hal would like your opinion on a good QUALITY Beaver Castor Lure I should be looking for Thanks Again!

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#24498 - 01/18/17 06:24 AM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
Dfabs Offline
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Registered: 09/18/16
Posts: 67
Loc: Morgantown, West Virginia
I'm not Hal, but you can't go wrong with some good ole Dobbins Backbreaker. I also use some Sweetwater Flattail too.

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#24499 - 01/18/17 11:53 AM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Dfabs]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH ON YOUR INPUT I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT Dfabs!

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#24530 - 02/02/17 08:46 AM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Dfabs]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
Hey DFABS, how much Backbreaker do you put on your castor mounds

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#24532 - 02/03/17 03:11 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
Dfabs Offline
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Registered: 09/18/16
Posts: 67
Loc: Morgantown, West Virginia
I take a stick about the size of a pencil and dip it down into the bottle and stir it around. I just use whatever sticks to the stick and stick it in the ground right behind or right in the middle of the mound. Don't be afraid to use some lure. Beaver are not canines.

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#24540 - 02/04/17 09:20 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Dfabs]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
Thanks again Dfabs!

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#24558 - 02/13/17 12:47 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Dfabs]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
Holy Cow! Dfabs your advice on the Backbreaker lure and castor mound help has got me pounding the Beaver I am very THANKFUL for your help

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#24559 - 02/13/17 12:50 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Hal]
Randy Sheckles Offline
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Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 40
Loc: Strawberry Point Iowa United S...
Thanks Hal for telling me alot to do Castor mounds. I am pounding the Beaver and this farmer is very happy. THANKS A BUNCH!

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#24569 - 02/17/17 07:45 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
Dfabs Offline
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Registered: 09/18/16
Posts: 67
Loc: Morgantown, West Virginia
Glad it is working for you. Beavers are a lot of work, but they are a lot of fun too. It's supposed to be in the 60s this week. I might try to pinch a few myself.

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#24579 - 02/20/17 07:50 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
Jackjr Offline
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Registered: 02/18/17
Posts: 5
Loc: West Virginia
That backbreaker is good stuff!!
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#24621 - 03/08/17 06:27 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
seg_sarge Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 12
Loc: missouri
I have the reverse problem with beaver. There are 6-8 dams, 2-4 feet in height in a creek that is anywhere from a trickle deep to waist deep. This creek runs beside a county road and the dams are clearly visible driving by. Local Conservation agent asked me if I'd trap these due to flood concerns.
I've tried using footholds and castor mounds with no success. They seem to show no interest in it. Different brand lures didn't change results. I can't find any slides on the banks or runs in the creek. There are no cuttings along the banks where they have been feeding and no food caches to indicate den location. It is mostly gravel/solid rock bank and bottom. I have set spots where it narrows down with 330's. Almost two weeks have gone by with no success. I've stayed in the water to avoid disturbing the bank and the landowners assure me no one else has trapped this.
I'm not new to beaver trapping but this has me completely puzzled. Any help would be most appreciated.

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#24622 - 03/08/17 07:16 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
Mike Conrad Offline
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Registered: 07/17/05
Posts: 257
Loc: Sheffield, Ohio
Sure sounds like someone else has trapped them, regardless of what the landowners say. You can verify if there are any beavers there by making small breaches in the dams. If they are repaired, you know there is at least one there; if they go unrepaired, they are not.

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#24623 - 03/08/17 07:40 PM Re: Trapping late winter early spring BEAVERS [Re: Randy Sheckles]
seg_sarge Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 12
Loc: missouri
Should find out shortly. We had a really big rain two nights ago. Water was too high to even get in the water safely. Washed out at least two dams. Others had water flowing a few feet over them. I have traps down in there someplace.

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