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#26822 - 10/07/19 04:03 PM Otter help!!
ron finewood Offline
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Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 492
Loc: palmyra, new york
I was scouting at my up North camp the past few days and found my first Otter toilet, I think.
The description:
Wooded area, small stream, shallow--maybe 6" deep on edges to about 18" deep in middle, 20' wide or so--fairly fast moving.
Small pond, maybe a couple of acres, very shallow, can see bottom, is an old beaver pond from years ago.
Between the pond and the stream is an earth levee [berm] that is about 50' wide at the bottom where it hits the stream and pond water. About 12' wide at the top, flat, old logging road, now growing in with vegetation. Top of berm is maybe 18' above the water level of both the stream and pond.
I noticed a faint trail in the leaves and evergreen needles coming from each waterway, up the bank and over the top of the berm. On the top, there are 3 separate places where the needles are scratched into little tufts, or piles, and there are piles of black, very runny, scat, with fish scales embedded in it. From reading, I think they [ or it ] is an Otter toilet.
Question:
How do I set for them? Can I narrow the entrances to the water with natural sticks and use a 330? Do I use a dive pole? Remember the water is very shallow. I could really use some advice!! Thanks.

Ron

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#26823 - 10/08/19 02:25 PM Re: Otter help!! [Re: ron finewood]
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10010
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
You can use a bodygrip at each end of the trail. You can force otters a lot so don't be afraid to do that. -- Hal
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#26824 - 10/08/19 06:40 PM Re: Otter help!! [Re: ron finewood]
ron finewood Offline
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Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 492
Loc: palmyra, new york
Thank you! I also just re-read some things in your Otter 2000 book. Good stuff!!

Ron

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#26825 - 10/10/19 03:49 AM Re: Otter help!! [Re: ron finewood]
musher Offline


Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2050
Loc: Qc.
A 280 is a better otter trap. Sometimes they get a little too deep in a 330 and dispatch isn't as efficient.

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#26826 - 10/10/19 10:48 AM Re: Otter help!! [Re: ron finewood]
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10010
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
That's true for a 330 with a factory trigger. Putting a longer trigger on a 330 makes it more efficient in catching otter. I replace the triggers on my 330's right out of the box. I put a tension adjustable CDR trigger on all of them. It comes with longer wires -- stainless steel to boot!. I have never broken one of those trigger wires. They don't rust off.
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