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Beaver trapping #3480839
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What size snare should I use to trap a beaver? I have one that is wearing out a trail system in one of my green fields. It enters under some brush, so its a perfect spot for a snare.

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I don’t think snares are legal on dry land in Alabama. I believe they are supposed to be submerged

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Originally Posted by BuckRidge17
I don’t think snares are legal on dry land in Alabama. I believe they are supposed to be submerged



Not submerged but "in" the water.

By size do you mean loop size ? 10" and 2" off the ground for a walking beaver. Catch him where he leaves the water, blend it in well. Transplant some clumps of grass if you need cover to blend it in.


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Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3481233
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Can I do a conibear then? I am not sure where it comes up out of the creek, but I could fit a conibear in front of the opening thru the brush it uses to get into the field. I just want to kill it so it quits wearing trails in my field.

If so what size?

When I look at snares on line, they have a number. So I need to know what number to use. Same for a conibear, although I do know alabama has a max size conibear limit.

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Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3481259
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Great place to get traps right there in Bama

https://www.flemingtraps.com/

Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3481480
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If you go with connibears you will need 330’s which is the big boy. Make sure you watch a lot of instructional videos or have someone show you how to SAFELY work them. They break whatever they hit. There are several veteran beaver trappers on here. I asked k bush 100 questions and he got me catching beavers right a way

See if you can find the dam and do a simple dam break set. Or slides and do a castor mound set

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So if a beaver isn't considered a fur bearing animal, then I can use whatever conibear I want? Basically?

Maybe I need to ask the game warden????

Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3481718
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Everything on land has a maximum size. Pretty sure the largest land legal conibear is a 160. Generally, 220 for Coons 280 otter and 330 beavers. There are always exceptions where someone will use 280 on beavers or 220 on otters.

Put some scouting time in and follow that trail back to the water, then you’ll have many more options.

You could try long chaining the beaver with the largest land legal trap coil or double long spring trap. You’ll want to target a back foot catch because their front legs are very weak and easily break off. Problem with that approach is a beavers back foot is really big. If I was going to try this approach, I’d put a 4-6” sapling across the trail, big enough to break his stride but not so big he’ll go around. Bed a trap on either side, about 18” (finger to elbow) from stick to center of the pan. Offset about 3” to one side. Heavy pan tension, 4-6 lbs to minimize off targets. You want him to push off with back foot as he climbs over the clog. If you miss and see where his push off is closer, adjust the trap spacing. Pray that you don’t snap on his front foot or belly because if you do, shooting him will be your next chance unless you go to the water.

Personally, I prefer a Bridger #5 on a drowning rod where they leave the water. The same 18”/3” rule applies but bank slope may change it slightly.


"Cull" is just another four letter word...
Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3481789
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Well said k bush.Not relevant but I think technically a #155 is the largest dry land for AL.
Also wanted add that using a small dive stick really helped me. If you use connibears you can lay a small stick just across the top bar. This will entice the beaver to dive under right before your trap and Bam

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Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3481956
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Definitely want to use a dive stick when setting in deeper water


"Cull" is just another four letter word...
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I am going to have to look and see where he is hiding then. All I know is the trail into my field is very obvious.

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Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3483028
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Originally Posted by Lockjaw
What size snare should I use to trap a beaver?

This is probably your best bet...

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Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3485979
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I followed its trail down to the water, its not deep at all. So me and another guy put a snare out where it comes in through (under) some brush into the field. Hopefully that will snag him and put a stop to it messing around on my clover field.

Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3486634
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Keep us posted. If you catch one, you may be hooked

Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3505815
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Well I did finally catch one. And it beat down everything around the tree for probably 3 or 4 feet. Probably need to try to reset it this weekend.

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Post up a pic, if you have one.

Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3507145
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It's too bad the anti-trappers have outlawed all the stuff that works. You would be stacking them like cord wood simply using a 330 in their trail. They ain't that smart and easy to catch under certain methods.


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Uhm..... there wouldn't be much to post. A yote or two got ahold of it. I sort of hope what's left is a reminder to the rest of them to stay out of my field!! LOL!!

Re: Beaver trapping [Re: Lockjaw] #3509251
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Set foothold traps around the body for the coyotes

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