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#48033 - 01/20/07 02:28 PM Beaver - Castor mound, foothold (With Pic)
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4033
Loc: East, Kentucky
I like to set my footholds in a shallow trap bed with a ridge of mud in front of the trap. The beaver will breast out on the mud and step over into the trap. Gets em' comin' or goin'

Heres the result.
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#48037 - 01/20/07 02:30 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: KYBOY]
CedarRivrTrappr Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 1595
Loc: St. Ansgar, Iowa
Nice pictures. Is that a Bridger #5?
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#48040 - 01/20/07 02:31 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: CedarRivrTrappr]
traprjo Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 500
Loc: pa
id say ya got em nice pic

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#48041 - 01/20/07 02:32 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: CedarRivrTrappr]
TrapperMatt Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2566
Loc: Shippensburg, PA..28 years old
Congrats thanks for the pics!I'm planning on goin after some beaver this coming weekend...
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#48044 - 01/20/07 02:33 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: CedarRivrTrappr]
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4033
Loc: East, Kentucky
Yes. I have a few #5 bridgers in amongst' my other footholds. Their good traps. Ive never lost a beaver out of one. Actually pretty cheap as the big traps go. You can get them for 21$ each from Montgomery fur. P.S I got this ridge of mud tip from Paul. I had used stepping sticks and what not befor but the mud works better and easier I think.


Edited by KYBOY (01/20/07 02:35 PM)
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#48049 - 01/20/07 02:37 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: KYBOY]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 7648
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Why do you think you caught that beaver by the wrong front foot? If it approached as you expected, it should have been caught by the right foot.... dontcha think?
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#48050 - 01/20/07 02:38 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: IOWAtrapper]
Samuelhasguns Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 1860
Loc: Pennsylvania,Lackawanna
Nice pics..Keep up the good work..
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#48089 - 01/20/07 03:20 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Samuelhasguns]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4335
Loc: Michigan
nice pic
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#48159 - 01/20/07 04:05 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4033
Loc: East, Kentucky
Originally Posted By: Paul Dobbins
Why do you think you caught that beaver by the wrong front foot? If it approached as you expected, it should have been caught by the right foot.... dontcha think?

Approaching from the front you would think so. Unless it came from the backside of the mound, then it would have been caught as expected. There was a feedbed to left of that set, wide open bank all around. It could have approached from the left and stepped over that guide stick to.


Edited by KYBOY (01/20/07 04:11 PM)
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#48183 - 01/20/07 04:20 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: KYBOY]
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I'd say it charged the mound and straddled your guide stick. They very often do this when using a castor lure. They get so enraged that they charge the mound and not much gets in their way.

What makes me think it was that rather than catching it coming off the mound is the position of the dog shown with trap on the beaver's foot. If you look at the trap's position in the set before the beaver was caught, the dog was facing to the right. On the beaver's foot, the dog is facing toward the beaver's belly. If the beaver was caught coming off the mound, the dog should be pointing away from the beaver.

Nothing is for sure, but that's the way it looks.

Good job!!!
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#48194 - 01/20/07 04:24 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
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Registered: 12/22/06
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Loc: Alabama (Bama for short) 108 y...
Inspector Dobbins cracks another tough case, lol.
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#48202 - 01/20/07 04:32 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Jtrapper]
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4033
Loc: East, Kentucky
I didnt notice that Paul. Your probably right. I like to set my footholds that way. Ive noticed that befor when setting deep for a hind foot catch I missed a few beaver. Not many mind you, but any is to many to me. The set would be all smeared and mashed up with a big fresh dose of castor on top. I know several of the misses were beaver that approached from the back and swam out over the deep set trap. Thats what looked like happened anyway. I started setting like this two or three years ago when you gave me that tip and havent had that happen since.


Edited by KYBOY (01/20/07 05:07 PM)
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#48205 - 01/20/07 04:34 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
curley-1 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1019
Loc: south central missouri
good pict good thread
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#48239 - 01/20/07 05:01 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: curley-1]
Mississippi Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 486
Loc: Mississippi
Alot of good info here for those of us that need some help with that type of set. Thanks now I see what I need to change with my sets. Can't wait to see how much it improves my catches!
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#48248 - 01/20/07 05:04 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: curley-1]
Paul Dobbins Online   content
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Registered: 12/22/06
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Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
KY, a couple years ago I went to setting my traps at castor mound sets shallow for the very same reason you mentioned. They will sometimes charge the mound and not use the approach, but they'll usually use the approach on their way off the mound.
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#48259 - 01/20/07 05:11 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Paul Dobbins]
KYBOY Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4033
Loc: East, Kentucky
You know Paul thats probably what happened to this beaver. It was a castor mound set. He may have come in from the side and slid into the trap resulting in that front foot only.???? Hard to see how a beaver could get caught by the front foot only in a 330.


Edited by KYBOY (01/20/07 05:12 PM)
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#48276 - 01/20/07 05:22 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: KYBOY]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 402
Loc: NC
I can't get enough of all this great beaver info,keep it coming guys. That last pic is a great illustration of why some people choose Belisle bodygrippers.

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#48307 - 01/20/07 05:41 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: Otter Addict]
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 5683
Loc: Minnesota
Belisles Rock and your photot's Rock too!
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#48788 - 01/20/07 11:20 PM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: 330-Trapper]
logan Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 2033
Loc: Michigan
very nice!
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#48967 - 01/21/07 07:58 AM Re: Castor mound, foothold (With Pic) [Re: logan]
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Nice pics, I have caught a few by the tail???

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