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Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:52:19 PM »
This has been one of the busiest years of my life and I wasn't sure if I was going to have time for trapping or not this year. Didn't get any traps built over the summer like I was planning and didnt have time to start making them til the middle of last month. I've had two traps out for almost a month at a certain pond where the beavers have giving the land owners problems with flooding and trees falling near phone line poles and I finally got him (probably others there too though) on Friday morning. Its just down the road from me so figured I just set the traps out in the right spots and eventually I will catch one. Didn't think it would take a month though!  :yike:
I figured that was a sign its time to throw out a few more traps and get a start on the season. I went to a few spots that have been consistent fur-catching zones and this year there was zero sign of any beaver or muskrat there. No dams, no fresh chews, nothing. So I figured I made the walk there I might as well set a trap and see. Never know, you might get a wandering otter. I ended up only setting three traps and low and behold, I got two beaver this morning! Big one weighed exactly 50lbs and the other was a 12-15 lb young one. Amazing how these spots produce every year, even with zero sign at all.
I realized today that I need a packboard! Packing that 50 lb back 1/4 mile to the truck with just your hands was no fun.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2016, 10:21:39 PM »
nice !

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2016, 10:26:28 PM »
Right on ! You got your cat / civet bait

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2016, 10:27:43 PM »
Do my eyes deceive me or is that trap only 32" long with a 50lb beaver in it?

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2016, 10:43:26 PM »
Do my eyes deceive me or is that trap only 32" long with a 50lb beaver in it?
You are almost right. 36" long. I figured out you don't need a real long trap for drown sets. Those are my new cages this year and they're 12x18x36. I still have some leftover but I am done with the 10x12 dimensions. After losing that big beaver two seasons ago because he broke my cage apart, I decided to make them the same dimensions as my cat traps. Now there is no way a beaver is going to bulge my cage apart. This one tried though! The creek obviously dropped since I set the cage on Friday and it left the one end an inch out of water. This kept him alive in there long enough so he could mangle the mesh on that side and also bulge the frame upward at least an inch or two. Only took me a minute to bend the frame back to normal and straighten the mesh.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2016, 10:55:16 PM »
Right on ! You got your cat / civet bait
Heck ya! I was getting worried until today. :IBCOOL:
I saved some of it for human food though. I boned out both hind quarters and I'm going to sauté tomorrow night with veggies!  :tup:  :drool:

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2016, 08:05:36 AM »
 :tup: Glad to see you out catching critters.  :tup:
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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2016, 05:44:38 PM »
Absolutely delicious!  :tup:
Just sauteed it with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and a little butter and added some white rice to it with some soy sauce. Would have been killer with teriyaki sauce if I had some.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2016, 06:29:16 PM »
Looks awesome hopefully some time ill catch one so I can try some

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2016, 07:15:25 PM »
 :yike: looks good, but I am a woose.  :puke:
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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2016, 07:42:32 PM »
Are you supposed to check the liver for spots before cooking?

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2016, 07:57:00 PM »
Are you supposed to check the liver for spots before cooking?

Really should on every animal you eat.  Odds are safe but worth the risk?

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2016, 08:37:38 PM »
Are you supposed to check the liver for spots before cooking?
If your talking about eating the liver, then yes. Personally I hate liver and eating small game liver sounds way worse to me. :puke: If your talking about eating the meat on an animal after looking at the liver, I would think that it wouldn't matter.  :dunno: As long as you fully cook it, shouldn't be anything to worry about (anyone who eats bear knows you need to fully cook them too). Seems like the majority of the elk my and I have killed over the years have had bad, spotty livers. My dad loves liver and he has saved every good elk liver like it was gold.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2016, 08:49:05 PM »
:yike: looks good, but I am a woose.  :puke:
It honestly tasted like deer but far less gamey. Had almost no gamey flavor at all actually. I think I'm going to make tacos out of the rest of it tomorrow night. 
After you try some you'll kind of feel guilty about using for bait rather than cooking it yourself. Although, if you use it to catch bobcats you'll realize how much better eating they are. Bobcat is probably my favorite eating small game now.  :tup: :EAT:

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2016, 09:04:00 PM »
:yike: looks good, but I am a woose.  :puke:
It honestly tasted like deer but far less gamey. Had almost no gamey flavor at all actually. I think I'm going to make tacos out of the rest of it tomorrow night. 
After you try some you'll kind of feel guilty about using for bait rather than cooking it yourself. Although, if you use it to catch bobcats you'll realize how much better eating they are. Bobcat is probably my favorite eating small game now.  :tup: :EAT:
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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2016, 11:23:53 PM »
:yike: looks good, but I am a woose.  :puke:
It honestly tasted like deer but far less gamey. Had almost no gamey flavor at all actually. I think I'm going to make tacos out of the rest of it tomorrow night. 
After you try some you'll kind of feel guilty about using for bait rather than cooking it yourself. Although, if you use it to catch bobcats you'll realize how much better eating they are. Bobcat is probably my favorite eating small game now:tup: :EAT:

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2016, 11:43:56 PM »
:yike: looks good, but I am a woose.  :puke:
It honestly tasted like deer but far less gamey. Had almost no gamey flavor at all actually. I think I'm going to make tacos out of the rest of it tomorrow night. 
After you try some you'll kind of feel guilty about using for bait rather than cooking it yourself. Although, if you use it to catch bobcats you'll realize how much better eating they are. Bobcat is probably my favorite eating small game now:tup: :EAT:

 :chuckle:  :chuckle:
Jesse ur crazy!
Only a little bit!  :hello:  :chuckle:
Seriously though you need to try some bobcat steaks fried with some salt, pepper and minced onions. You will say wow!

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2016, 06:52:35 PM »
A few days ago I found a nice new beaver dam and pond that had tons of fresh sign and it had an well defined bottleneck spot that was easy to target. I threw a cage in there thinking it was guaranteed fur the next day. I checked it yesterday and there were several new chewed on sticks floating right at the trap and one door was open but the other was closed. I have little hooks built into the doors to make setting the trigger super easy but you have to remember to take the hooks off when the trigger is set. I forgot one door.  :bash:  So I figured I'd throw two more traps in that area of the pond since the beaver is probably shy for one cage spot now. Checked them today and one cage that was in a shallow spot became a little out of the water after the creek dropped and I'm assuming an otter was in there and had enough time to destroy that edge of the cage and get out. :bash: That's frustrating!
Checked another spot that had a lot of fresh sign where I tried an edge set on a creek yesterday that was too wide and deep with no good bottleneck and ended up getting another 10-15 lb kit! I've tried edge sets before and have never gotten anything and usually avoid trying them for that reason. May have to try them more often. I know the guy Sam Woods on YouTube gets tons of rats and beaver with just edge sets on small creeks.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2016, 07:04:51 PM »
Better than just a hike. Bummer about the otter.
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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2016, 07:07:38 PM »
More cat bait  :tup: bummer you missed the otter. I hate when I forget to take the safety hooks off the doors  :bash:
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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2016, 07:25:24 PM »
More cat bait  :tup: bummer you missed the otter. I hate when I forget to take the safety hooks off the doors  :bash:
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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2016, 07:39:48 PM »
Im forgetfully about little things like safety hooks too. So my new trap design I have a pair of wire hooks I carry with me to set them. Just have to check my pockets every time I leave a set if no hooks in my pocket then I know its still on the set trap! Saved me once so far this year!

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2016, 07:50:06 PM »
Im forgetfully about little things like safety hooks too. So my new trap design I have a pair of wire hooks I carry with me to set them. Just have to check my pockets every time I leave a set if no hooks in my pocket then I know its still on the set trap! Saved me once so far this year!
That's exactly what I've been doing the last three years but there was a few times I had no idea where my tool was and had to use some random sticks to set my trap plus a few times I dropped it into the murky abyss of a deep beaver pond and had to feel around til I found it. I love how much easier and faster it is to set traps now but I just need to get in the habit of checking every trap before I walk away. I knew I would be guilty of it at some point.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2016, 07:51:50 PM »
Nice job and write ups jesse :tup:
 I've got to try the beavers, and bobcat now.

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Re: Ouchfoss 2016-17 Season
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2016, 07:55:33 PM »
I won't be cooking any muskrat though. No matter how good you make them sound   :chuckle:

 

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