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Old 04-19-2017, 08:36 PM   #1
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I hunt in a pine plantation and while I was there fishing last weekend I noticed we have beavers. I've been hunting there for 5 years and have never seen one.

While I don't usually like to kill animals that I won't eat, I know we don't want them on this property and could already see quite a lot of damage around the pond to the pines.

We ended up seeing him while we were fishing and he was a real pretty blonde color so it got me thinking: maybe I'd like to harvest it and get the hide tanned.

What's the best way to get this beaver? Hang out at the pond all day and wait for a shot? Trap it? From what I've read they do most of their work at night?

Any input from the beaver experts is welcome!
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:43 PM   #2
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A 330 conibear is likely the best option followed by a number 4 or larger steel trap. Always stake well and use drowning cable. A blond beaver tanned and laced on a willow branch circle with leather always looks great. Good luck and any info I could give just ask.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:47 PM   #3
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You aint the only one........
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:49 PM   #4
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I have nothing but beaver threads are always fun.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:02 PM   #5
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That dude must be lost or hungry! I didn't know they'd cut on pine trees.

Conibear trap would work just fine. Find a slide or scent mound and set one out. They're pretty easy to catch from what I've seen.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:06 PM   #6
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We don't have a lot of hardwoods and the ones that we have are pretty large.

He has taken a bite out of almost every pine around the pond and it's about 2 acres.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:12 PM   #7
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I wouldn't mind them too much if they didn't girdle the trees that they can't even handle and kill them. One or two dams in my little creek doesn't bother me much, but if you leave them alone, their gonna multiply. I snared one a few years ago and Glocked another, but I got a fresh one now. I'll eventually have to deal with him......or them !
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:18 PM   #8
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I'd suggest night time with headlamp and your bow. Sneak on light him up, shoot. It would be epic. Just sayin.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:23 PM   #9
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Try setting a snare on a slide or I see them a lot about 30 min before dark crossing pond hit him with a rifle and snare him with fishing pole.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:53 PM   #10
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They typically sink when you shoot them! Trapping isn't always easy, but the best option. My .223 doesn't usually phase them unless it's a well placed head shot, which is sometimes difficult because they swim fairly fast. Your best bet is a land shot with a shot gun- buck shot.

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Old 04-19-2017, 10:09 PM   #11
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Find a trail they use at the water's edge and set a 330 conibear on the trail close to the water.Then just put some brush or branches on both sides so they can't go around very easy.
I've caught a pile of them this way but I have also shot them with a shotgun at night.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:26 PM   #12
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Thanks for the tips guys. I was leaning towards trapping vs shooting just because of all that can go wrong with shooting one in the water. Plus I've always wanted to try trapping larger animals besides the basic rodents.

He has a very used trail/slide he uses on top of his "hut" (it's not a dam) and I think that would be a good place to start.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:43 PM   #13
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Another thing........ The place I first started hunting them, the guy though he had a problem beaver. Turned out he had a beaver problem! I killed about 10 the first year.

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Old 04-20-2017, 05:43 PM   #14
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They typically sink when you shoot them! Trapping isn't always easy, but the best option. My .223 doesn't usually phase them unless it's a well placed head shot, which is sometimes difficult because they swim fairly fast. Your best bet is a land shot with a shot gun- buck shot.

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I've never shot one, but dadgum I'd think a 223 anywhere in the body would be more than sufficient. Are they that tough?
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:53 PM   #15
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If you want him gone, then just hang out around the last of light with a rifle and you should be able to take care of him!

On the other hand, you could get a 330 Conibear trap and put it in some of his runs, or call a trapper to do it for your!
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:54 PM   #16
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I've never shot one, but dadgum I'd think a 223 anywhere in the body would be more than sufficient. Are they that tough?
Yep, that's been my experience. Typically I use 55 grain FMJ, never tried hollow points.

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Old 04-20-2017, 06:09 PM   #17
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Beavers ruined our pond. They plugged up the over flow. Then ****ed up the spillway. It took a little while, eventually the **** blew out. Fun stuff.

Our pond was close enough to a power source, so my cousin ran extension cords out and hung up some Christmas lights. He'd sit out there at night and shoot them by Christmas light!
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:12 PM   #18
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A old buddy from HS who is a trapper is going to meet me out there this weekend or next. He wants to set up snares using castor mounds.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:33 PM   #19
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... go fishing on the pond, take your 17. on one rod rig up a heavy weight with a treble hook. set it aside.

Fish until you see beaver, give him a headache with 17, if he is in the water toss the line over the spot and snag him.

We have had 2, we shot both when they were on the bank...

conibear works too if you have one and find the slides he is using
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:44 AM   #20
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2am,and a spotlight...I've killed them actively working upstream,but your best bet,is to find their "down stream" home..A water way that they're trying to stop,is easy to remove..It's the downstream "home" you gotta get rid of.
I've killed a bunch o' beaver in my day!lol
Btw..They half chewed through a young pecan tree on my old place until we tore the dam out with a track hoe.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:55 AM   #21
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Been busting dams this morning. I have a tract of timber to harvest and they are making it difficult. I use a 1.5 Victor and put it where I bust then dam. Front or rear leg catch. Be careful with the conibear, they can hurt you. And there are 4 times as many beavers as you think you got.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:08 AM   #22
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Get em quick.

They ruined my pond overnight.


I would wait for a full moon and that morning I would open a section of their dam. The sound of flowing water triggers a response in them. That night they will be busy little beavers working on the repair. That's when you pick them off.

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Old 04-21-2017, 10:08 AM   #23
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Not sure if you've seen the show meat eater, but the host, Steve Rinella, actually insists that beavers taste pretty good and are similar to beef. Not sure if you've ever eaten beaver, but it might be worth a try.

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We trap lots of beaver and I decided to eat one. It was a huge 50 lb one and it was nasty. next year we got a smaller kit and i thought that maybe a young one would taste better. Nope. I've tired multiple times and cant get them to taste good. Always have a beaver smell taste.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:33 AM   #24
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Thermal and my 308 would work just hate to damage any beaver
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:38 AM   #25
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What I have done in the past is wait till after dark and get in a canoe with your gun of choice and spotlight.
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Old 04-21-2017, 12:13 PM   #26
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5lbs. Tanerite to the den will also help.
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Old 04-23-2017, 02:36 PM   #27
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Trapping is the best and their are tons of great videos on YouTube to learn.
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Old Yesterday, 10:26 AM   #28
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We had some beavers show up on our place. The way I look at is now I will have good duck hunting and deer hunting on the same place.
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 AM   #29
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I have killed 2 carrying a 30-30 while fishing. They sure will destroy a pretty pond quick!
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Old Yesterday, 10:31 AM   #30
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Our beavers come out at sunset.

Find a slide, trail, den, or current tree kill and set a trap. Conibers are deadly to anything. Foot traps and snares work.

Make sure you stay within the regulations.
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