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Old 01-07-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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Anyone have ideas for this I dont want to trap them just shoot them, They are tearing my parents property up bad.

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Old 01-07-2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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Anyone have ideas for this I dont want to trap them just shoot them, They are tearing my parents property up bad.
WHy not trap them? pelt should not be waisted!
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Old 01-08-2008, 04:44 AM   #3
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A trapping licence is fairly easy to get. 60 question test and about 50 bucks will let you trap just about anything. If not, just put the word out and I'm sure a few willing ifishers could solve your problem in a couple weeks. For instance, me, depending on your location.
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:15 AM   #4
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The pelt isn't necessarily going to be wasted if you are hunting them vs. trapping them.

I've done a fair amount of both. If you have an area that beavers are depredating, just set up on it. Pick a spot with a good rest. The beavers will come out in the last 10 minutes of shooting light, but I'd advise getting there earlier to let things settle in.

A swimming beaver makes for an extraordinarily tough head shot. I tried with a .22 magnum and if you do not get the bullet in that narrow bit of head that is showing you won't kill the beaver. Let the beaver get out of the water and then shoot it. A shotgun with #2 or larger shot is better for a head shot in the water- at 25 yards or so it's lights out.

If possible identify the den location. There will be a pile of submerged brush near the den that the beaver can use to feed from even if the water ices up. Sometimes the dens can be tough to find if it is a bank beaver, but the feed pile is always nearby. The beaver will typically travel from the den site to wherever it is feeding by swimming with it's head out of the water. They usually only dive if they sense danger.

Trapping them can be effective as well. Beavers get smart very quick and if you don't kill it the first time you shoot you may have to wait awhile for the next opportunity.

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Old 01-08-2008, 05:47 AM   #5
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This may sound corny but it works. I grew up in Salem and trapped/shot all over Marion and Polk counties for about 10 years. You can habituate a beaver/nutria/muskrat to a specific area by using cut apples. Cut an apple in half, put a couple drops of mint extract on it, stick a twig through it and then put the other end of the twig into the dirt a foot or off the ground, a foot or so back from the water edge. The mint smell will attract them. It may take a couple of days at first, but once they start coming, they will check that spot over and over as long as there is food.

It worked for me as a kid...

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Old 01-08-2008, 07:10 AM   #6
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I've been dying for a beaver full body mount(Or 2)If you need help,I have my furbearer license.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:20 AM   #7
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Sandman, I like the way you think. Slowly but surely I am getting a lot of the small Oregon critters stuffed and into my game room. I have a little natural history museum started.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:34 AM   #8
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All you need is a fur hunters license.....its available over the counter anywhere you buy tags and licenses...

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Old 01-08-2008, 11:27 AM   #9
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Never mind, I was wrong.

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Old 01-08-2008, 12:21 PM   #10
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You can buy on over the counter at the ODFW headquaters in Clackamas though. $12.00 for the Liscence and $12.00 for the Bobcat tags if you want them. If you want to use traps you need to take the course....and the test.
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:19 PM   #11
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All you need is a fur hunters license.....its available over the counter anywhere you buy tags and licenses...
They are only available at the head offices,not bi-mart
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:25 PM   #12
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I have got the trapping liscence and hunting liscence required if you need assistance, depending on your location.
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:33 PM   #13
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Road kill I have gotten 2 great big beavers from road kills ( not mine I just hate waste )
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:52 PM   #14
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Wow guys thanks for the info I will take what you guys say to heart I hate to kill and waste anything but I know nothing about beavers except that they like to eat trees and they must die. I hope to work with one or several of you on making sure they dont go to waste.

The location of the property is in sw washington near yacolt
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:11 PM   #15
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If I am not mistaken, he can hunt beaver without a furbearers license on his parents property as a family member or agent of the landowner.

Just a note, Beaver are hard to recover when shot in flowing water. If they hit a log or limb in the water, they tend to roll under and disappear. I've lost several now over the years while right next to them.

I've gotten quite a number behind the house. If you do find the den, a large rock thrown into the water creating a "splash" usually gets them out to investigate.

They are not as easy to trap as people think. A lay person could get lucky but it's kinda like catching a steelhead, you don't know what you're doing until you've caught 40-60 of them.

I wish you luck.
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:39 PM   #16
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Anybody have any Beavers to show???
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:19 PM   #17
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You want people to show thier Beavers? Any way Beaver will sink,when shot. Keep that in mind before you squeeze the trigger.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:29 PM   #18
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what's a tanned Beaver pelt run these day's.. as where to buy them.

I know they love apples.

They do play good football too!!!... fun too...
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:47 PM   #19
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I had six of them a couple years ago. Sold a super blanket for $50 but it was tanned that cost me about $18. They are a load of work fleshing them. Took me about 2 hours per beaver.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:14 PM   #20
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If this is in WA,I believe beaver can only be taken legaly by trapping.As far as depredation there may be special rules,but you can not hunt beaver with a fire arm.

Under small game seasons in the WA hunting regs it states: "Beaver,Weasels,Martin,Mink,Muskrat,and River Otter Cannot Be Hunted-See trapping regulations"

I am not familiar with the trapping regulations myself,I'm sure somebody here may have experience with trapping in WA,and there may be exceptions as far as depredation or removing nuisance animals,I would contact the WDFW and find out for sure before shooting any beaver.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:16 PM   #21
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Road kill I have gotten 2 great big beavers from road kills ( not mine I just hate waste )
Interesting! In my life, only once before have I heard of someone hitting a beaver with an automobile and that was my tree-hugging, animal rights sister-in-law. She had to drag the mortally-wounded critter off to the side of the road - - - it did some $1200 damage to the car's undercarriage. Don
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:39 PM   #22
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There's a spot near Winchester Bay where I see a couple hit every year crossing 101.
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:27 PM   #23
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Anyone have ideas for this I dont want to trap them just shoot them, They are tearing my parents property up bad.
Are you positive they are Beaver and not Nutria? They are a real problem in all lower 50 states. I personally see more of them than I do Beavers oout in the wild.
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:12 PM   #24
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all trapping in washington has to be done with cages unless you get a special permit.

probably alot easier if it just got a bad case of lead poisoning.
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I have shot a few beavers and am yet to lose one. My family and I used to trap a ton of beaver. I know how to do it well. but since the fur prices have gone down I barely make it over gas prices. Havent done it much in the last couple but still hoping the fur prices will go up
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