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CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior MemberPosts: 5,486 Senior Member
Ice is mostly out and the critters are moving. I’d guess this one weighs in @ 45-50 lbs. 


When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

Adam J. McCleod


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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I wish I would have photographed the old b&w prints my dad has of grandpa and his freinds trapping in the early 1900's up in Keewenaw. He said he got rid of all the old Victors many years ago and regrets it. 

    I once watched a beaver struggling to remove a tree branch frozen in ice. Didn't see me because of the intensity of the struggle. Made grunts just like we would under the same burden.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Beavers definitely have a work ethic. Some years ago, we were contacted by a land owner who lost eight apple trees in one night. We only caught one beaver near his property. 
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,697 Senior Member
    edited March 2020 #4

    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • AccipiterAccipiter New Member Posts: 895 Senior Member
    What brand and size conibear trap is that?
    Apparently free thought is punished, and conformity is required, while peckerless cowards run the show.

    ECHO...ECHO....echo...

    Ah......One savors the hypocrisy!

    Karma.........It’s a bitch.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Accipiter said:
    What brand and size conibear trap is that?
    Duke 330. The dogs are custom. OEM dogs tend to knock the fur off, leaving a little bald spot. No bueno. 
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • AccipiterAccipiter New Member Posts: 895 Senior Member
    Other than the dogs do you like the Duke traps?  I have been slowly buying trapping stuff, but have avoided the traps and the stretchers.  I am going to make the stretchers myself, buy the traps are an investment, and I would like to make the right investment.
    Apparently free thought is punished, and conformity is required, while peckerless cowards run the show.

    ECHO...ECHO....echo...

    Ah......One savors the hypocrisy!

    Karma.........It’s a bitch.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Duke body gripping traps, Bridger foothold traps, and Lil Grizz dog proofs are my preferred traps. Don't care for long springs foot holds at all. 

    I modify all of the traps to some degree except the Bridgers. 

    Traps will last almost forever. The only enemy is thieves. You will have traps stolen. 
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    CaliFFL said:
    Duke body gripping traps, Bridger foothold traps, and Lil Grizz dog proofs are my preferred traps. Don't care for long springs foot holds at all. 

    I modify all of the traps to some degree except the Bridgers. 

    Traps will last almost forever. The only enemy is thieves. You will have traps stolen. 
    Sad that this is even a thing, but probably been going on since the dawn of trapping.  Regardless, nice early season score on the beaver!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Six-Gun said:
    CaliFFL said:
    Duke body gripping traps, Bridger foothold traps, and Lil Grizz dog proofs are my preferred traps. Don't care for long springs foot holds at all. 

    I modify all of the traps to some degree except the Bridgers. 

    Traps will last almost forever. The only enemy is thieves. You will have traps stolen. 
    Sad that this is even a thing, but probably been going on since the dawn of trapping.  Regardless, nice early season score on the beaver!
    Thanks. Went all out today and set muskrat, otter, mink, raccoon, and more beaver sets. 

    I've experienced many forms of thievery. Other trappers, hunters that have destroyed a coyote and take the trap, and animal rights people who've left notes. In Idaho, all of these acts are criminal, but I haven't caught anyone. Yet. 
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    edited March 2020 #11
    The only negative experience I had with a trap was when ruffed grouse hunting in PA.  Someone put a dirt hole set with bait/spray right on the main walking path into the place.  When I turned back to see where my dog was, I could tell by his curiosity and how he was digging that he was about to trigger a foothold trap.  Before I could shock him and get him away, it discharged and locked him down, causing him to yelp a good bit.  I got over quickly and released him without further incident, and because they were spaced properly, he was pretty much unharmed.  

    I wasn't really mad.  Only annoyed with it being set up that close to the entry way.  I simply left the trap released above ground for the trapper to reset when he returned.  
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • AccipiterAccipiter New Member Posts: 895 Senior Member
    Thanks for the insight Cali.
    Apparently free thought is punished, and conformity is required, while peckerless cowards run the show.

    ECHO...ECHO....echo...

    Ah......One savors the hypocrisy!

    Karma.........It’s a bitch.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Six-Gun said:
    The only negative experience I had with a trap was when ruffed grouse hunting in PA.  Someone put a dirt hole set with bait/spray right on the main walking path into the place.  When I turned back to see where my dog was, I could tell by his curiosity and how he was digging that he was about to trigger a foothold trap.  Before I could shock him and get him away, it discharged and locked him down, causing him to yelp a good bit.  I got over quickly and released him without further incident, and because they were spaced properly, he was pretty much unharmed.  

    I wasn't really mad.  Only annoyed with it being set up that close to the entry way.  I simply left the trap released above ground for the trapper to reset when he returned.  

    I've caught one of my dogs and several other dogs over the years. Releasing frightened strange dogs is always an adventure. 

    Ground trapping close to trails is a dick move and a good way to get stuff stolen. It is also illegal in many places. Idaho has a six feet rule, but IMO six feet is not enough. 
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    CaliFFL said:
    Six-Gun said:
    The only negative experience I had with a trap was when ruffed grouse hunting in PA.  Someone put a dirt hole set with bait/spray right on the main walking path into the place.  When I turned back to see where my dog was, I could tell by his curiosity and how he was digging that he was about to trigger a foothold trap.  Before I could shock him and get him away, it discharged and locked him down, causing him to yelp a good bit.  I got over quickly and released him without further incident, and because they were spaced properly, he was pretty much unharmed.  

    I wasn't really mad.  Only annoyed with it being set up that close to the entry way.  I simply left the trap released above ground for the trapper to reset when he returned.  

    I've caught one of my dogs and several other dogs over the years. Releasing frightened strange dogs is always an adventure. 

    Ground trapping close to trails is a dick move and a good way to get stuff stolen. It is also illegal in many places. Idaho has a six feet rule, but IMO six feet is not enough. 
    Yeah, without really knowing a thing about trapping, my gut instinct told me that it was not smart to set a trap that close to a groomed walk-in trail.  Six feet definitely seems like nowhere near enough when my dog can point a quail from 20 yard away.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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