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#6465 - 12/01/08 04:53 PM Setting for back foot catch on beaver
dodgetrapper Offline
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Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 118
Loc: Virginia
So how do you set for a back foot catch on a beaver? I have always seen guys stretch their arms out from the bank but never really an expiation for doing this nor any way of getting the beaver to hit the pan.

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#6466 - 12/01/08 05:27 PM Re: Setting for back foot catch on beaver
haf2sell Offline
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Registered: 01/17/08
Posts: 468
Loc: SW Michigan
Dodge-

For castor, bait, or climb out sets: I set the loose jaw in line with the centerline of the intended (or actual) path/approach, and 8-10" underwater. Usually stomp, or dig a bed for the trap adding debris if necessary to bring the trap up/stablize. I also add an upright guide stick at the dog (Dead, never green), and usually the opposite side of the path leaving a 10-12" opening. Occasionally will add a "lifter" to the shallow water side. (Causes them to drop their hindquarters to waddle over the obstruction)

BTW- at established climb outs, one can often see or feel where they have been putting their hind feet for more precise placement. Especially with a steeper bank.

IMHO, depth is more important than distance from shore. Might not be right, but works for me smile

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#6467 - 12/01/08 05:33 PM Re: Setting for back foot catch on beaver
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Good gosh.

Put your elbow against the bank where the beaver will breast out. Reach out. Where your hand lands (about the middle of your knuckles) is where you put the trap. Set it a few inches off center

Hal
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#6468 - 12/01/08 08:27 PM Re: Setting for back foot catch on beaver
dodgetrapper Offline
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Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 118
Loc: Virginia
So guide the beaver were you want him by using guide sticks though.. And the length of your forearm and say about 3 or so inches offset.

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#6469 - 12/01/08 08:53 PM Re: Setting for back foot catch on beaver
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Leave the sticks alone. Put your elbow against the bank where the beaver's breast will hit (about 2-3 inches below the water level). With your elbow still against the bank reach out and down and put your hand on the bottom. (Leave your hand attached to your forearm.) Where the center of your hand is, the center of your trap pan should be, only about 3 inches off set. You don't need any sticks. Beaver always approach the bank straight on.

Hal
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#27015 - 01/07/20 10:57 AM Re: Setting for back foot catch on beaver [Re: dodgetrapper]
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