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#140910 - 03/18/07 12:36 PM Beaver - Front or Rear leg for footholds
Jacks Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Bemidji, MN
How do you guys like to set your beaver traps front leg of rear leg? Some info I was taught by the best beaver trapper I know 400 - 600 beaver per year: He says 4" deep of water for front foot at trap and 4' deep to drown. I will use MB 750. To me it seems easier to have a front foot land on pan versus back foot. beavers vary so much in length.

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#140926 - 03/18/07 12:49 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Jacks]
Snakebite Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 329
Loc: Parsons,WV
I like to front foot catch,just my preference.

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#140945 - 03/18/07 01:00 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Snakebite]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5850
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
front foot.

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#140962 - 03/18/07 01:12 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: don Wolf]
Nadroj Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 100
Loc: SE,Ohio
Sets I make have a chance at front or back foot.

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#140995 - 03/18/07 01:34 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Nadroj]
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4033
Loc: East, Kentucky
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#141001 - 03/18/07 01:38 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: KYBOY]
Jacks Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Bemidji, MN
Can i also asku you guys to explain why you set for one or the other

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#141011 - 03/18/07 01:44 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Jacks]
Snakebite Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 329
Loc: Parsons,WV
Front foot catches can drown in shallower water than hind foot.Alot of my catches are in the river with the water fluxuation you may have 4 or 5 feet of water today an 2 foot deep tomorrow.

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#141030 - 03/18/07 02:03 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Snakebite]
TasteLikeChicken Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4845
Loc: Oregon
I set for the rear foot most of the time, but some situations make a front foot set the only one possible. Main reason I prefer the rear foot is.... twist offs on the fronts.

I use MB 750 laminated as my main foot trap. In some areas I cannot drown the beaver I catch, so they have to be held. Rear foot catch will always be there in the morning. Front foot...not always.I use snares quite often in these situations as well.
Both work good, but given a choice I'll a take rear foot catch.

It really doesn't matter what foot if you are sending them down a drowner cable that they can't pull to shore.
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#141071 - 03/18/07 02:39 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: TasteLikeChicken]
Jacks Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Bemidji, MN
TasteLikeChicken

I will be using drowning rods, would a front foot set result in better odds, than rear foot. Like I said earlier they vary so much in length.

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#141138 - 03/18/07 03:18 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Jacks]
il.trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 780
Loc: West Central Illinois
I prefer to catch them by the rear foot. However, I catch at least half of mine by the front foot.


Two places I use front foot is real steep banks, and shallow water.

If I have a good bank, and deep water, 3' is plenty, I set for rear foot.
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#141346 - 03/18/07 05:56 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: il.trapper]
Anonymous
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I set for front foot this yr cause I only had #2 victor coils and had to clean out a colony for a fellow who's trees were being desimated. I got 6 front foot catches with 3ft of water on a slide cable with short chains. Did the trick. RD

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#141391 - 03/18/07 06:24 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: ]
45/70 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3847
Loc: Georgia
The problem with front foot beaver catches, is the weakness of their "wrist" joints. While every one may not have seen wring-outs they happen with front foot catches, and almost never happen with rear foot catches.

Also, the heavier the trap used for front foot trap placement, the more likely that wring-outs will happen.

Waugh!
45/70,

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#141515 - 03/18/07 07:51 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: 45/70]
tomstrap Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 742
Loc: Idaville, Indiana
I like to see those big ol' back feet in my MB750's, better hold & less twist offs.
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#141519 - 03/18/07 07:53 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: tomstrap]
Bottomline Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 5471
Loc: Johnston County, NC
I set for the back foot.
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#141560 - 03/18/07 08:14 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Bottomline]
HOKIETRAPPER Offline
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Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 372
Loc: Halifax VA
I set for back foot on dam breaks and front on most every thing else.

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#141607 - 03/18/07 08:41 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: HOKIETRAPPER]
TasteLikeChicken Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4845
Loc: Oregon
45-70's summed it up accurately IMO. I've never had a problem on rear foot catches....but I've had a few front foot "issues" in some 30+ years of beaver trapping.
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#141760 - 03/18/07 09:45 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Jacks]
Anonymous
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I set for both front and hind foot. The location/situation will dictate which is appropriate.

Front foot twist outs are possible but I personally haven't had that problem. I feel with the proper pan tension and a little bit higher catch eliminates pinching them in the "weak spot!" Catch'em in the meaty part of the front leg and send'em down to deep water and no worries 98% of the time! Works for me.

Here's a pic of what I am speaking of.

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#141771 - 03/18/07 09:50 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: ]
TrapperMatt Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2566
Loc: Shippensburg, PA..28 years old
I try to go for the front foot.
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#141775 - 03/18/07 09:51 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: TrapperMatt]
Jacks Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 397
Loc: Bemidji, MN
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What depth do you try to set under water, and how far from the bank

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#141785 - 03/18/07 09:59 PM Re: Beaver: Front or Rear leg for footholds [Re: Jacks]
fishadict Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 265
Loc: Oregon, WI
330's. Fives are in the shed.

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