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#4228581 - 01/07/14 10:59 AM 220 for beaver?
outofdoors Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 0
Loc: wisconsin
I want to give beaver trapping a try but the largest trap I have is a 220. I was wondering if anyone has ever used a 220 for them before. Figure since it's under the ice they will drown even if the conibear doesn't kill it.

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#4228900 - 01/07/14 01:13 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Ringbill5196 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Iron Range, Minnesota
You could catch some small beaver, but the one I caught last week, in the pic below. His head barely fit into a 330. The width of the body is about 24" and length nose to tail is 47". A 7" square I don't think would have fit past his ears. If so, you may knock it out and consequently drown it under the ice only to waste a valuable pelt.

The least I would CHOOSE to go with is a 280. Baited under the ice most people say good things about their ability to take beaver in a baited set, as you are not trying to bet them through them, just their head into them. I would not consider a 280 the best choice for a channel, but I have caught beaver in them in channels. Under Ice Beaver in the archives can explain how to set a bodygrip baited under the ice.

Having read your posts I realize the 220 is what you got and no $ for another trap. So I would set the 220 in a baited hanging set. Catch a couple small beavers, or get lucky on a big one. Use that $ to move into a 330 or a 280. In my opinion, have a safety BEFORE you set one of them; they are unforgiving.

Beaver are pretty easy to catch if not trying to clean out a colony. Even through the ice. Although a lot of work putting them up, it is fairly forgiving of mistakes and therefore has helped me learn. You can also sell beaver "in the green" which means skun, not fleshed. A good way to generate some money for a fleshing knife or other equipment. Groenwold fur gives a good price for green beaver and buys in Wisconsin.

Another option would be to catch a couple muskrats, an otter, or a mink in blind sets with that 220 and buy a 330 or 280. A dam cross over in open water, or under the ice, can produce these. Otter & mink can take a while. A carrot, celery, or apple on the 220 trigger under the ice will earn you muskrats quick if they are in your area, and can pick up "incidental" beaver.

Keep a log of what you do and you will be more efficient in the future.

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#4228957 - 01/07/14 01:35 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Ringbill5196 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Iron Range, Minnesota

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#4228972 - 01/07/14 01:37 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Ringbill5196 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Iron Range, Minnesota
This forum is a great learning tool. There is some excellent stuff on You Tube too. One of the best is Boss of the Swamp and another is Big Time Bowfishing The latter is from Wisconsin too.

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#4229279 - 01/07/14 04:08 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
outofdoors Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 0
Loc: wisconsin
Got a 220 set. Thanks for the links to those channels they look very good. Really the reason I cant get a 330 is because my parents wont let me buy one the only reason i have the traps that I do is because I found them in my great uncles shed.

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#4229788 - 01/07/14 07:12 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
outofdoors Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 0
Loc: wisconsin
How would it drowning under the ice ruin the pelt.

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#4229790 - 01/07/14 07:13 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
hoho Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 181
Loc: alabama
If you have 220's, set em! Not ideal but will catch beaver.

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#4229856 - 01/07/14 07:31 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Buck (Zandra) Offline
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Registered: 05/01/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Garden,Michigan
Don't worry about the 220's ability to kill beaver.If his head hits the trigger you'll be taking his pelt.
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#4229949 - 01/07/14 08:04 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
outofdoors Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 0
Loc: wisconsin
How big are the 280's I measure my 220 and it was 7.5 inches not sure now if it's a 220 or a 280

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#4230087 - 01/07/14 08:36 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
hoho Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 181
Loc: alabama
Originally Posted By: outofdoors
How big are the 280's I measure my 220 and it was 7.5 inches not sure now if it's a 220 or a 280


I think most 220's are 7x7 and 280's are 8x8.

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#4230093 - 01/07/14 08:38 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
outofdoors Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 0
Loc: wisconsin
I guess I'll just assume it's a 220.

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#4230218 - 01/07/14 09:03 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Dr. Beaver Offline
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Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 33
Loc: NW North Dakota
I've caught them in 160s before. You can do it with 220s, but its a bit tougher. Good luck. Let us know how you do.

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#4230246 - 01/07/14 09:08 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Boco Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 339
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
A 220 is not a beaver trap.You can catch beaver in a 220 under the right conditions.

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#4230441 - 01/07/14 10:13 PM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
MT bowhunter Offline
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Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 53
Loc: mt
Good lord Ringbill that is a beaver is a toad!!
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#4230666 - 01/08/14 04:21 AM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Jim Wallner Online   content
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Registered: 03/30/07
Posts: 2202
Loc: Booger Bottom, Minnesota, 37
The laundry room must smell pretty good eh?
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#4230729 - 01/08/14 06:35 AM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Ringbill5196 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Iron Range, Minnesota
Jim, I am willing to be Mrs. Wallner has smelled them thawing in hers too! Didn't finish the garage heat project and this days on end of -30 is killing me. My hands were so bad the Commander-in-Chief gave permission.

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#4230734 - 01/08/14 06:37 AM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Ringbill5196 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Iron Range, Minnesota
Originally Posted By: outofdoors
How big are the 280's I measure my 220 and it was 7.5 inches not sure now if it's a 220 or a 280


If that is an inside measurement it is a 280. If so, read your regulations as the tend to be pretty restricted as in no land sets. Some states they must be submerged.

What other traps did were you blessed with in your find?

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#4230789 - 01/08/14 07:32 AM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
outofdoors Offline
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Registered: 12/29/13
Posts: 0
Loc: wisconsin
It was outside measurement. I found a dozen #2 Victor could, half dozen #1 Victor, some double longsprings and another 220.

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#4230864 - 01/08/14 08:31 AM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: outofdoors]
Ringbill5196 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 40
Loc: Iron Range, Minnesota
Great assortment for you.

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#4230958 - 01/08/14 09:35 AM Re: 220 for beaver? [Re: Ringbill5196]
Jim Wallner Online   content
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Registered: 03/30/07
Posts: 2202
Loc: Booger Bottom, Minnesota, 37
Originally Posted By: Ringbill5196
Jim, I am willing to be Mrs. Wallner has smelled them thawing in hers too! Didn't finish the garage heat project and this days on end of -30 is killing me. My hands were so bad the Commander-in-Chief gave permission.


I'm pretty lucky I have big heated shop. But i have in the past. She loves smell of castor. NOT
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