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    Spring trapping!

    The snow has melted enough to get out a few beaver sets. The creeks are raging, so we are setting in still water.

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    Re: Spring trapping!

    How does your success in still water compare to when you set up on good (but not insane) flowing water?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    How does your success in still water compare to when you set up on good (but not insane) flowing water?

    Usually in Spring the critters are moving and breeding, so creeks are ideal, especially for beaver and otter. Mink and muskrat are better in still water. We'll see how it goes tomorrow.
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Good luck! I presume you can get results pretty fast based on the fact that you'll be checking tomorrow (?)
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    Good luck! I presume you can get results pretty fast based on the fact that you'll be checking tomorrow (?)
    In Missouri and I assume other states legally you are required to check traps every 24 hours.
    People who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    In Missouri and I assume other states legally you are required to check traps every 24 hours.

    Idaho is 72 hours, but we are checking and setting daily. The season has 14 days remaining. Hitting it hard!
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    I was gonna say, yeah, in Nebraska, I believe it's every 72 hours.
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    That's interesting and surprising. Since trapping isn't smiled upon by the animal rights freaks, I figure they Would have pushed for 24 hours.
    But no matter, I'd hate to have an animal in a trap for 3 days. Not only for ethical reasons, but I doubt it's good for fur.
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Peta's not allowed in Idaho
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    That's interesting and surprising. Since trapping isn't smiled upon by the animal rights freaks, I figure they Would have pushed for 24 hours.
    But no matter, I'd hate to have an animal in a trap for 3 days. Not only for ethical reasons, but I doubt it's good for fur.
    Leaving animals trapped for long perionds of time prevents you from catching more animals.

    Also, I've had many trapped muskrats torn apart by other critters in less than 24 hours.

    The only time my checking interval will be longer than 24 hours is the kill traps when the temps are below freezing. This is a rare occurance and usually is caused by a long work day. Checking in the dark REALLY sucks, especially in water.

    Ethically, you should check everyday, but I'm happy I'm not legally bound to every day. Stuff happens.
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    If/when it gets built, I'll send you a pic of a trap my buddy is working on. An auto resetting type affair for otters. He does wildlife trapping for a pretty decent living. Im Still amazed by his stories of grown ass men who cant/ are afraid to remove a squirrel from their attic. But I digress. He's been contacted by a few boat dock owners who are less than amused by otters who eat the fish under the docks, then make "deposits" in the boats. They aren't concerned about the fish, but listening to the women throw fits about the otter piles where they suntan gets old.
    People who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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    Always look forward to your trapping updates!
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    That's interesting and surprising. Since trapping isn't smiled upon by the animal rights freaks, I figure they Would have pushed for 24 hours.
    But no matter, I'd hate to have an animal in a trap for 3 days. Not only for ethical reasons, but I doubt it's good for fur.
    Honestly, I think it's really just a chance to buy a guy time if circumstances come up keeping him from checking it. As CaliFLL pointed out, you want to check them daily to get more pelts. When I got that bobcat in Georgia a couple months ago, there was another bobcat in the same trap the very next morning.
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    Honestly, I think it's really just a chance to buy a guy time if circumstances come up keeping him from checking it. As CaliFLL pointed out, you want to check them daily to get more pelts. When I got that bobcat in Georgia a couple months ago, there was another bobcat in the same trap the cery next morning.
    Every otter we've ever caught were doubles. Catch one today, reset, and catch another tomorrow. Two is the season limit, so we'll pull the trap to avoid catching three.

    Went out to check this morning. Nothing. Rained all night and many traps were underwater. Setting another couple dozen traps today.
    Last edited by CaliFFL; 03-18-2017 at 06:19 PM.
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    Re: Spring trapping!

    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    If/when it gets built, I'll send you a pic of a trap my buddy is working on. An auto resetting type affair for otters. He does wildlife trapping for a pretty decent living. Im Still amazed by his stories of grown ass men who cant/ are afraid to remove a squirrel from their attic. But I digress. He's been contacted by a few boat dock owners who are less than amused by otters who eat the fish under the docks, then make "deposits" in the boats. They aren't concerned about the fish, but listening to the women throw fits about the otter piles where they suntan gets old.
    Interesting. Does the trap somehow retain the animal? Or are they discarded as pests?
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    Envious. Looks like you're living the life! Still can't get over the size of that beaver you bagged. 60 lbs was it? Holy smokes.

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