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End of the season - caught a fisher
« on: March 12, 2021, 07:41:19 AM »
Well, I gave it a good try this year to have fun and bring in lots of fur and I think I accomplished that. Ended up with 22 beaver which is the most I've ever got in a season not to mention NINE otter! Was not expecting that many of them so that's a high point of the season.
I spent most of my time water trapping until about the 1st of March when I tried to do a line specifically just for raccoon but with no animals after 10 days, I figured it's time to target cats. I moved all my cages to the clearwater area and the first check showed where a bobcat had tipped a cage over on its side which made it possible for him to get out. There were a couple big patches of hair so I know it was for sure a bobcat  :bash:. Work is starting to pick up for me now and I don't have enough time to check cages so I figured it's time to call it quits for the year. Went to grab the cages yesterday and my first check had a fisher in it! Very cool animal. They would bite your fingers off if you let them though!

« Last Edit: March 13, 2021, 10:11:42 PM by ouchfoss »

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2021, 07:48:16 AM »
Nice and congrats on the season, thanks for the video
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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2021, 08:02:36 AM »
That would be really cool.   I got to watch one for a very short bit last year.  Very efficient animal. Congrats on the great season

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2021, 08:06:08 AM »
Good job Jess that would be a cool catch and experience!!!

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2021, 08:11:44 AM »
I've been watching lots of the mink man on youtube lately and it almost makes you want to just pick one up and hold it but I know that would end with a trip to the E.R. !  :chuckle:

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2021, 08:14:56 AM »
Curious if WDFW is still wanting hair and poo samples. I brought the cage home untouched with all that inside it

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2021, 08:25:02 AM »
Yes they still want samples, according to the girls that are working the special trapping permits stuff right now. Right on that's your second one now!?

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2021, 08:39:37 AM »
Yeah, my second one.
The population must obviously be doing good. That's three caught between me and Bruce and I didn't really do much for dry land trapping this year. Wonder how long til we're allowed to harvest one? Yeah, I know. Don't get your hopes up!
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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2021, 09:05:57 AM »
Are they common?  I saw one this year hiking in Goat Rocks.  It's the only one I can recall seeing.

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2021, 10:34:22 AM »
Not common at all.   Most here have never seen one.   They are making efforts to get them re-established. 

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2021, 10:38:45 AM »
Congrats thanks for sharing

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2021, 10:42:56 AM »
Not common at all.   Most here have never seen one.   They are making efforts to get them re-established.

I could be mistaken I suppose.  Researching it it looks like the pine martin is similar.  What I saw looked a lot bigger than a pine martin but I only saw it for a couple seconds.  I still think it was a fisher.

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2021, 02:46:53 PM »
Not common at all.   Most here have never seen one.   They are making efforts to get them re-established.

I could be mistaken I suppose.  Researching it it looks like the pine martin is similar.  What I saw looked a lot bigger than a pine martin but I only saw it for a couple seconds.  I still think it was a fisher.
Easily could have been a fisher. The first releases in the S Cascades were I think 6 years ago.
They must be on the increase. Besides the two I caught on the Clearwater I saw one on the Wynoochee and saw the tracks of one in the snow at a prebait on the W Fork Humptulips.
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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2021, 04:02:42 PM »
Same as weeds in your garden if you don't pull em.

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2021, 05:12:08 PM »
Oh and ouchfoss, good season. 22 beaver would have yielded way more meat than one of your deer. Also otter to beaver ratio is very high. 1:2 roughly. Im bout 1:25 this season. Also I average 8 beaver to make a pound of castor. How much castor did your 22 yield?

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Re: End of the season - caught a fisher
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2021, 09:37:56 PM »
Oh and ouchfoss, good season. 22 beaver would have yielded way more meat than one of your deer. Also otter to beaver ratio is very high. 1:2 roughly. Im bout 1:25 this season. Also I average 8 beaver to make a pound of castor. How much castor did your 22 yield?
I was super surprised to see that many otter. Had a total of 22 drown set traps out any given time this season which helped I'm sure. I usually average  1 or 2 otter a year with around a dozen beaver so that was a big plus. I was targeting a zone that had several steelhead in it so that may be part of the reason. I caught a few of them in my traps as well and released them unharmed.
As far as castor, I was lazy about it and didn't start saving any until my last 6 beaver. Not sure how many ounces they equal up to but most of beaver were large 40+ lb ones so they weren't small glands.

 


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