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10 minutes ago, WNYTRPR said:

But I mostly stayed dry :P

Lol. There is that.

I was was usually already wet. I never found a swamp I couldnt break through the ice into. Or for that matter a trap I couldn't get my hand and or fingers stuck in..

Lucky for me I always had a mentor/partner that would poke fun at me. I mean help me out. lol

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I’d say use baited sets one you get ice ,but that can get dangerous.It’s effective but don’t want you drowning lol.

I’m not messing around with any ice. I’ll wait maybe someone else will take them.


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Rac looks like you get nice views there

It does I was able to sit on that rock before the beaver moved in. Someday I’d like to throw a few sunfish in it and see if they last.


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You say there is a creek ?how narrow ?pinch it down and blind set it with a 330 .Beaver will travel the creek often .

Cool I know a perfect pinch point. It’s about three feet wide.


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43 minutes ago, rachunter said:


Cool I know a perfect pinch point. It’s about three feet wide.


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That will be perfect .this gives you an idea what to do .Beaver will find that one small opening(330) to squeeze through .

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On 11/23/2021 at 10:49 AM, rachunter said:

Thank you!!

I ordered two MB750's with setters and two Belisle #330 i already have setters for them.

The Belisle are the best made body grip traps on the market IMO. Give them the respect they deserve because they’re super strong and close tight. The only negative thing is that they don’t come with any cable or chains. Have fun and good luck.

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Any of you guys use one of theses? I bought it for my 160’s but will it hold a 330 ? I don’t like having a false sense of security. My traps will be hear Monday so I’m getting everything together.
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8 minutes ago, rachunter said:

Any of you guys use one of theses? I bought it for my 160’s but will it hold a 330 ? I don’t like having a false sense of security. My traps will be hear Monday so I’m getting everything together.
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Id have that lost instantly if I did have one lol .In 25 years I have killed a lot of things with connis,knock on wood  I have not got myself yet with a 330.I have with a 160 though .

to answer your ?,yes they work in 330s.careful with the belisles,they are nasty .

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I got the traps Monday and made my way do to the creek that goes into the pond. It’s a lot wider the I remember but I found this tree laying across the creek that they’ve been feeding on. I’m not sure how well I did but I blocked off the area and left them no other way to get through except where the trap is. Hopefully it works out.
I have to say that was as fun as it gets. Waders and longer gloves going on my list of things to bring. My boots where filled with ice water by the time I got done.
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I’m expecting a dead beaver tmrw .

Got one!!!!
It’s a small, should I let that spot rest or reset?
I thought it knocked the trap over until I pulled it out of the water surprised is an understatement.
Thanks to you and everyone else that gave me advice
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54 minutes ago, rachunter said:


Got one!!!!
It’s a small, should I let that spot rest or reset?
I thought it knocked the trap over until I pulled it out of the water surprised is an understatement.
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Super pumped for ya !!like jay said ,reset !you may be in a otter zone also right ?keep that set as otter will pass through also .Some times it takes a bit long for them so stay patient .

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Roll it in the snow ,it will soak up the water off it .And ,the work is just beginning LOL .What’s you plans for it ?

I’m keeping this one it small enough for my hunting room and I’ll keep the skull too. I already know there good eating so into the pot he goes. Thanks again for the tips


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I wasn't so successful skinning and butchering as I was catching him. It turned into a mess real fast I'm not sure if it was because it was small[11lbs.] or they just have thin flesh.I did ok with the skin but the carcass looked like swiss cheese, also it has a different anatomy of any animal i've ever butchered.I wasn't expecting it to come out perfect,but expected the fur not the meat to have more damage.I'm going to hit youtube tonight and go over the skinning videos again.

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I got a bigger one today and did a much better job at skinning and butchering it. I did screw up the on the nose and whiskers.
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Just a few questions the guy on YouTube washes his fur before fleshing it. I don’t have that option. Would a bucket of water or the creek be good enough?
I tried to get the casters out but I’m not sure if I did it right and I couldn’t find the oil gland some of them where taking out.
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Sorry if that’s to much for some of you, but I want to learn how to do this right.
How many of beaver do these dens hold on average?
I have to admit I wasn’t really ready for this, but I’m really enjoying it.


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