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#1749150 - 01/19/10 08:28 PM Beaver - Average day on my line.... (pic heavy)
Paul Dobbins Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7612
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
LT Grey made a post about people showing what an average day on their line was like, so I took my camera and shot some pics of where I went today....

I left the house shortly after sunrise and traveled 10 miles to the City's wetland area. This is part of their waste water treatment. Its the last phase the water goes through before being released back into the river. The wetland is a series of lagoons with aquatic plants in them to remove the nitrogen from the water.

The problem is the aquatic vegetation is a food supply for muskrats and nutrias. The nutrias have been eating a lot of the plants, so I've been catching them.

Here's a shot of the wetlands...



There are two nutrias here in traps. One is at the mound and one is past the mound where you see the support sticks for the bodygrip. You can see a patch of fur above the water, but that's it....



And here is the third nutria....



From the wetlands, I went about 1 mile to a ditch where there is a beaver problem. The city dug the dam out and the beavers didn't rebuild for four days. So, I began digging out a hole in the dam and got the beaver use to coming to fix it. Soon they were coming to fix the dam the first night every time I broke the dam. Because these beavers showed signs of being shy, I decided I'd go with a dam break set with a foothold. I broke the dam this morning and would return after I ran my rounds to make the set. I wanted to let the water drain down a bit so I could better judge where to place the trap.

Here's the dam before breaking it this morning...



From here I traveled northeast 82 miles to the other side of Greenvile to the next site. This is a culvert where beavers have been going through. There's one beaver left and it won't respond to anything, so I figured a snare at the culvert opening should do the trick... eventually. I had placed the snare and support there a couple of months ago so the beaver would get use to it. I just set it today....



From there I traveled 6 miles to the next site on the same tract of land. The beavers have a culvert plugged and water is flowing over the road....



I have two 330s at this site. I picked up a two year old last Thursday and picked this one up today. I had this set lured with Backbreaker on top of one of the support sticks....



Here is the same set after I remade it. I think I may have all the beavers out of this site, but I reset anyway to make sure....



From there I drove 46 miles to the next site. I thought I'd caught all the beavers from this site, but was afraid there might be one more that was avoiding the regular sets.

Here's what the place looks like upstream from the company road...



Here's the downstream side where the dam is....



Because I wasn't positive I had caught all the beavers, I made my way down to the dam yesterday and made a dam break set with a foothold. Here's the monster I had today.....



The strange thing about that small beaver is that neither of the two adult females I had caught were lactating, nor had they any time recently. I talked to a duck hunter there last week and he said when they were deer hunting in there that their dogs had gotten a beaver. The fella didn't know if the dogs killed it or not because it was up in that flooded stuff where they couldn't get to. One of the dogs had a nasty gash on its shoulder. So, I don't know if that lactating female that had that young beaver is still there or dead. Time will tell....

Here's the backside of that dam...



From there I drove 28 miles to the next site, which was just west of Ahoskie. I've been working this site for a bit and have caught 8 beavers from here so far.

Here's what it looks like with the water flowing over the road where the pipe is plugged....



The only set that has been connecting lately is at the bottom of this crossover where the beavers are crossing the company road to get to the lower impoundment. Got another beaver here today....





From here I drove 7 miles to check out an old site that was on my inspection schedule for this month. I like it when the pipe is still open and everything still looks good after a year since I worked it last....



From here I drove 106 miles back to that beaver dam in the city ditch that I opened this morning. I went ahead and made the dam set and hope to see something here tomorrow....



Drove 11 miles back to the house and my beaverin is done for the day. Here is a pic of the catch, minus the little bitty beaver that I left on the bank for the bobcats to snack on....



That's a poor catch for a fur trapper, but I'm not fur trapping. I'm paid to catch the last beaver at each of those sites. I believe I traveled right at 300 miles today and it was a 10 hour day. Now its time to go to the shed and pack orders.

That's a day on my line - not much, but I really enjoy it....
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#1749182 - 01/19/10 08:35 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
fultonbig9 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 112
Loc: millers creek,nc
Good layout very well done nice pics.

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#1749185 - 01/19/10 08:35 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
steeletoe Offline
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Registered: 02/03/09
Posts: 830
Loc: North Alabama
Thanks for posting Mr Paul! thats Great Info ...Cant wait to get my order also...lol
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#1749189 - 01/19/10 08:36 PM Re: Average day on my line.... [Re: Paul Dobbins]
gil turner
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looks nice paul, alot flatter than I thought it would be.

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#1749198 - 01/19/10 08:38 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: steeletoe]
timrose Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 1904
Loc: Someplace Indiana
Nice pics and post..


Edited by timrose (01/19/10 08:43 PM)
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#1749237 - 01/19/10 08:44 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: fultonbig9]
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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14825
Loc: McGrath, AK
Thanks for the ride-along ! Those nutria are some ugly critters. I like the way you have your truck organized.
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#1749397 - 01/19/10 09:16 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
K9.Trapper Offline
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Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 3005
Loc: Kentucky....14y/o
Paul, that is a cool ride along, lol, i really learned alot from it, thanks!
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#1749514 - 01/19/10 10:01 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
beavernator Offline
trapper

Registered: 05/22/09
Posts: 252
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: white17
Thanks for the ride-along ! Those nutria are some ugly critters. I like the way you have your truck organized.


How about a close-up???


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#1749881 - 01/20/10 06:03 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: TexA 68 & going]
ack Offline
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Registered: 03/09/08
Posts: 1394
Loc: Ohio, Old fart to some.
very nice paul! thanks! once a week ride along with paul. hmmmm sounds good to me.
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#1749902 - 01/20/10 06:13 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
Ponyboy123 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 587
Loc: Nova Scotia
It is always a good idea to skin all the fur bearers before offering them up for a snack for the bobcats. Waste not want not. Just my 2 cents........
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#1749921 - 01/20/10 06:30 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Ponyboy123]
BoyerWNC Offline
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Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 1181
Loc: Western NC
Thanks 4 that. You give great info as you go along.
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#1749939 - 01/20/10 06:59 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: BoyerWNC]
Wade Lacey Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1811
Loc: Georgia
Thanks for bringing us along on the line with you paul! Seems like you have always got your work cut out for you with the beaver/water problems in your part of the state.

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#1749978 - 01/20/10 07:30 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
Geezerman Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5794
Loc: Allen County, Indiana
Paul,

I knew we'd see a culvert in your post LOL

Hey, nice pics Boss , also shows another view/way people trap. Nuisance work. Like you stated, you paid to remove the beaver, the fur is a bonus.

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#1749991 - 01/20/10 07:36 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
Slim Pedersen Offline
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Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 867
Loc: N. Dakota
Nice but dag gum it I was hoping for a picture of you removing yourself from the famous Wallet Set!!! OH, well, guess this a family channel after all.
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#1749992 - 01/20/10 07:40 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
Raccoontrapper Offline
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Registered: 02/22/09
Posts: 311
Loc: PA WMU 5C
Great post! Thanks for sharing.
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#1749996 - 01/20/10 07:42 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Geezerman]
tonymalone Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 838
Loc: AR. in the delta
very nice post. thanks

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#1750051 - 01/20/10 08:31 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: tonymalone]
trapperreynolds Offline
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Registered: 12/19/08
Posts: 1309
Loc: Necedah, WI.
Paul,

thanks for the ride along, I enjoyed it.
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#1750060 - 01/20/10 08:39 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
Bottomline Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 5471
Loc: Johnston County, NC
Thanks alot Paul!!! Enjoyed the pics.
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#1750129 - 01/20/10 09:13 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Bottomline]
Cletis Richards Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4440
Loc: 10714 Apple road Carthage,Mo6...
Thanks Paul.....nice pics......thanks for the daytrip
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#1750130 - 01/20/10 09:14 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Bottomline]
ringtailtrapper Offline
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Registered: 04/28/09
Posts: 700
Loc: Illinois
Nutria.........AKA Water possum
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#1751016 - 01/20/10 06:02 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
Don Adams Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 780
Loc: Ohio
Great pics Paul. A real contrast of your location and habitat as compared to up here in Ohio.

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#1751050 - 01/20/10 06:16 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
330-Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 5418
Loc: Minnesota
Thats a long Ride, and a lot of Cool country to see....

Thanks for the Tour Paul!
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#1751078 - 01/20/10 06:24 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
ol marshrat Offline
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Registered: 04/03/07
Posts: 54
Loc: Central Wisconsin
Great pictures Paul, Thanks for taking the time to show us. Do you ever stop into Parkers for one of those GREAT barbque sandwiches when going through Greenville??
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#1751092 - 01/20/10 06:28 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: ol marshrat]
garett Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 2472
Loc: Louisiana
Great post.
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#1751170 - 01/20/10 06:46 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: garett]
Freepop Offline
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Registered: 05/09/07
Posts: 1595
Loc: South Central Michigan
Thanks Paul for sharing that with us.
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#1751184 - 01/20/10 06:51 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Freepop]
Coonsnightmare Offline
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Registered: 09/22/08
Posts: 2683
Loc: NY
Great post! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed the pics.
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#1751191 - 01/20/10 06:54 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Coonsnightmare]
swampcat Offline
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Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 445
Loc: Northern Minnesota
Paul,
Thanks for giving us an inside look at the day and life of a contracted control trapper. Great pictures it looks like it was a beautiful day!


Edited by swampcat (01/20/10 06:55 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling error...

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#1751203 - 01/20/10 06:58 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: swampcat]
PappyD Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 4310
Loc: West Tennessee
Thanks for the ride along Paul, sounds like a full day!
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#1751218 - 01/20/10 07:01 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: PappyD]
Nittany Lion Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 654
Loc: Central Pennsylvania
What? No mink? Great pictures Boss. Are there many muskrats in your area?
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#1751240 - 01/20/10 07:06 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Nittany Lion]
barbwire Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 2395
Loc: eastern WV
nice pics! thats a pretty good drive you got

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#1751322 - 01/20/10 07:29 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: barbwire]
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Registered: 12/17/07
Posts: 3799
Loc: Port Jervis, NY
Nice job, Paul. Thanks for sharing.

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#1751367 - 01/20/10 07:38 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: beachcomber13]
Grandpa Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 107
Loc: southern , Iowa
Didn't get to see all the pix, some were just red x's . dang
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#1751436 - 01/20/10 07:51 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
Muskrat Fever Offline
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Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 947
Loc: NY
nice picture quality

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#1751441 - 01/20/10 07:52 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Grandpa]
Paul Dobbins Offline
"Trapperman custodian"

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7612
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Today I picked up a large male beaver in the dam set I made in the city, and I picked up an adult female at that place where the beavers were crossing the company path. That set hasn't missed a lick yet - lol.

Also picked up three more nutrias.
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#1751446 - 01/20/10 07:54 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
K9.Trapper Offline
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Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 3005
Loc: Kentucky....14y/o
Nice!
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#1751447 - 01/20/10 07:54 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15800
Loc: Northern Maine
Way to go Paul.Thats why they pay you the big bucks.
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#1751473 - 01/20/10 07:59 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Bruce T]
akntrpr Offline
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Registered: 12/20/07
Posts: 452
Loc: Tok, Ak.
really interesting post Paul, Thanks
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#1752033 - 01/20/10 10:58 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: akntrpr]
blindhog Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 646
Loc: southwest Arkansas
I enjoyed your post immensely, Mr Paul.

Them nutra-rats sure do mess up a lot of good otter and beaver sets around here. On one little creek I set 4 280s on a dam, went on down and set 4 more. Came back by the first ones I set and had 4 nutras already. Reset and by dark had 4 more. Next morning 4 more....that got old quick.

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#1752045 - 01/20/10 11:07 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: blindhog]
Northof50 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 962
Loc: Manitoba
Quite a pine plantation they have flooded,10 acres @ 20 cords per acre seem about right. Cost of lost to timber company would be?
Thanks for sharing, just like the Mn boys, there is nothing white and hard in your pics. But we are both mosquitoe free.

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#1752055 - 01/20/10 11:17 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Ponyboy123]
foxtail Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3785
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Ponyboy123
It is always a good idea to skin all the fur bearers before offering them up for a snack for the bobcats. Waste not want not. Just my 2 cents........


Even if that beav was caught here or in NS, it would be completely worthless. Southern fur and as small as a muskrat, less than worthless.
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#1752056 - 01/20/10 11:19 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Northof50]
Paul Dobbins Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7612
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
hahaha, no there's no white stuff here. I think we had a snow last year, or year before last... I don't recall for sure.

It was nearly 70 today and about the same yesterday. We did have about a week of temps low enough that it put a half inch of ice on water that wasn't moving. That was about a week or two ago.
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#1752062 - 01/20/10 11:23 PM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
Paul Dobbins Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7612
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Foxtail - "Even if that beav was caught here or in NS, it would be completely worthless. Southern fur and as small as a muskrat, less than worthless."

Actually that little beaver was a Wisconsin beaver. We generally have two types here. The ones they imported from Wisconsin and those they got from Alabama. You can tell the WI beavers because they still make feed piles outside their lodges/dens, and they still have that nice WI fur. This place has a nice feed pile. Its on the downstream side of the company road. You have to look closely to see it, and its easy to mistake for the dam in the pic. The dam where I caught the little bugger is about 50 yards downsream from the company road.
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#1752308 - 01/21/10 06:52 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
merlin Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 2730
Loc: NB
That looks like a solid day's work, but much better than any day at the office!

Very nice pictures!

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#1752461 - 01/21/10 08:08 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: Wade Lacey]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7561
Loc: South Central Nebraska age 64
Paul that is great looking ground you trap....no snakes? lol Tom

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#1752478 - 01/21/10 08:19 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: tmrschessie]
Tightchain Offline
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Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 3346
Loc: S.C. Wisconsin
Very nice post Paul. Thanks
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#1752508 - 01/21/10 08:37 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: tmrschessie]
beavernator Offline
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Registered: 05/22/09
Posts: 252
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: tmrschessie
Paul that is great looking ground you trap....no snakes? lol Tom


HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHH??? Revert back to the picture of the Nutria I posted. Notice I am wearing snake boots in Nov. I have seen water moccassins during warm spells in Dec. Some guys don't bother with boots, but I wear them all the time. We have 3 kinds of rattlesnake, plus copperheads and water moccasins. When it's above 55 deg. I wear mine to church!

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#1752514 - 01/21/10 08:40 AM Re: Average day on my line.... (pic heavy) [Re: white17]
BauerPOwer Offline
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Registered: 05/21/07
Posts: 934
Loc: Montana
that sounds like an awesome job! But i bet you wear through tires pretty quick

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