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#6492 - 11/04/09 05:27 PM muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 76
Loc: monroe north carolina
I have some new ponds to trap this year and there is slids all around it. muskrat and beaver use the same slids. What would be the best trap and set to use?
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#6493 - 11/05/09 07:26 AM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 269
Loc: Jay, Maine
Take into consideration the siz of each animal.
Now a beaver trap is going to be to big for a musk rat and vice versa, a muskrat trap will be to small for the beaver.
You will have to set up each animal seperatly. Make speciffic sets for beaver using #4 foot holds, or snares if leagle and 330 body grips. For the rats 110 body grip or #1 stop loss and you can use a 1.5 double coil but they are a little large for rats.
Good luck.
littleguns

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#6494 - 11/05/09 08:08 AM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
The short answer is... there is no one single trap that will serve for both beaver and muskrats. I would set the bigger hardware on the slides for beaver and trap the muskrats elsewhere.

But here's one piece of advice. Don't "construct" any sets for muskrats. If beaver see fresh diggings or fresh disturbances along the bank, or smell lure, they will come to investigate. You won't be able to hold them in muskrats traps, and at worst they could run off with your equipment. Look for muskrat dens or natural little alcoves where the rats hang out. A good beaver proof set is a muskrat toilet. Look for rocks or logs on which the muskrats are depositing their droppings and set traps there.

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#6495 - 11/05/09 06:54 PM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
fox#1 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 76
Loc: monroe north carolina
I talked to a frind that traps and he said that last year he had a place like this. He said that he set 220 and he caught both beaver, muskrats, and even a mink. But he also said that he had 3 triped traps from the beaver.

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#6496 - 11/05/09 10:13 PM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 12/14/06
Posts: 917
Loc: Raleigh, NC
DO NOT set 220's for beavers. They'll take one by accident occasionally, but you'll just end up educating most of them. A 220 is just to small for a beaver. Save those for the rats, mink, and coons.

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#6497 - 11/06/09 08:28 AM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
The short answer is... there is no one single trap that will serve for both beaver and muskrats.

Hal
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#6498 - 11/06/09 10:27 AM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 07/22/03
Posts: 2125
Loc: Qc.
If you set a magnum 280 in a land trail (where legal), by postioning the trigget on the bottom in a `T`shape you can get the beaver and a good % of the rats. Some rats will be held by the tail.

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#6499 - 11/06/09 02:57 PM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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I'll bet you can't set #280's on land in NC. At least I hope not!

Hal

Edit..Woops wrong button..Ric
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#6500 - 11/07/09 07:05 AM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap?
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Registered: 12/14/06
Posts: 917
Loc: Raleigh, NC
You can NOT!!!!! We did however get the law changed this year to where you can set 280's in the water (same restrictions as a 330--at least 1/2 submerged). If you need to set a beaver trap on dry land here in NC your best option is a snare.

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#27024 - 01/07/20 11:01 AM Re: muskrat and beaver in ponds - what trap? [Re: fox#1]
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