Post by mbhawkins123 on Apr 29, 2005 5:39:28 GMT -5
Im new to beaver snaring, and ive only been doing it a week, and already im really confused!! i set out 4 snares all on trails leading to dens, and 3 nights in a row , the snares had been closed.. and today it had a stick in it, with a little bit of hair ! i had them set at 8 inch diameter first night , then i went to 9 in , and now im at 11 inch diameter, I thought my setup was perfect, aligned sticks on both sides of the snare so he would funnel right thru it. no other way around except right thru snare...what is closing it and how did i end up with a stick and no beaver?? any reasons or suggestions...pleaase help.. thanks
Post by mbhawkins123 on Apr 30, 2005 5:29:55 GMT -5
well i caught him today !!
i had it set on land, about 2 foot from the water....he had trails leading from top of his den to the water, slides where he is coming in and out to repair and maintain his den, and i was taking some of the bigger sticks out of the den so his den would have a whole in it...and he would come repair it during the night...i had the snares set right on the trails.... opened 9 to 10 inches and about 2 inches off the ground and every time i checked they snares were pulled shut either empty or with a stick closed up in them...well i caught him today by the back foot, still not sure what was happening , probably he was carrying sticks to repair his den and the sticks set them off....but still not real sure
congrats, on the beaver. Addicting isn't it? ;D. Sounds like he got clear through your loop if you hind footed him. Might of had your lock set to fire pretty stiff. I try to get the lock at ten or eleven o'clock. Trial and error are great teachers, but the advice ya get on here can really speed up the learning curve. The easy part is to catch em now have to skin and stretch it.
Post by mbhawkins123 on May 1, 2005 22:57:11 GMT -5
yea i got him, and yea its addictive,
so do u think he really got all the way thru, the loop was like 11 inches, and he was way way wider than 11 inches at the waste.!!! i was kinda thinking he walked over it and the leg caught in it...but not real sure, but yea trail and error is the way to learn
Making a hole in a bank den is an option to lure them to the set to repair the damages. It works very well for bank dens. I wouldn't recommend it for actual houses.... and as stated, it may be illegal to mess with a house. For me there's so many different other sets and methods to use, I don't use it. However, there are times I've collapsed one in walking by on the bank's edge... then I'll know they will come that night to repair it.
Post by RallySnares on May 8, 2005 23:58:56 GMT -5
Sounds to me like the beaver was carrying materials to repair the hole in it's front feet and was standing when it got to your snare. It most likely walked over the snare and was caught by the rear foot as it was heading to the repair. May also account for the stick you had in the snare the first time except the snare tightened on a protruding piece of the materials it was carrying. Like stated above you may want to check your state regulations as to the legality of this type set. Here in Mn. you would have violated two laws with that set. First molesting a den or lodge and second setting a snare or trap on a beaver house above the water line.
I agree with Rallysnares. Check the law in your area. You don't list a location, but here in Iowa that set would be in violation of molesting or disturbing, in any manner, any den, lodge or house of a furbearing animal.