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Offline A.O.

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Dispatched a beaver..
« on: July 21, 2019, 09:28:00 AM »
So a while back while turkey hunting I saw something loping along towards one of my ponds, never saw anything again so I just forgot about it. Then a few weeks ago I saw something swimming in my pond! Then I started noticing the bark being removed from the base of some hardwood trees, mostly sweetgum trees, all the way from the river to my first pond up by the house, about 1/2 a mile or so. Then I saw it again in the pond.. NOT GOOD!
So last night the wife and I sat out on the dock, which we usually do on the weekends, enjoying the quiet and some adult beverages. But this time I brought my binoculars, a tripod, and my little 223 Contender carbine! We sit out there and feed the fish and the turtles and watch the world go by. So we see the interloper in the water off to our right, but when I get up, he spooks and disappeared. 1/2 hour or so later I was scanning the shoreline looking and way off to the left of us, clear across the pond, I see him on the shoreline!!
I get up, readjust my tripod, get a good look at him through the scope to make sure he wasn't our cat and fired one shot!! It was interesting because I had never shot off a floating dock before, so things were not rock solid, there was a bit of rocking going on. He was not moving a bunch so I had time to concentrate on shot placement. Well bang flop and he was down! I hauled him off this morning, weighed him first at 20 pounds, lasered the shot at 114 yards... hope he was the only one, but I'll keep my eyes open.

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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2019, 12:45:00 PM »
Damn beavers can disrupt an entire ecosystem while creating another one.  So is it good or bad?  Depends on where you're sitting, huh?  I guess if you have a swamp and want a pond it would be good.  But if you have a crick and like it that way with all your trees healthy and living then it's bad!

I've seen beavers up here so big it's almost unbelievable.  Like around 50 pounds, maybe more! - I shit you not.  Like around the size of a 30 gallon drum, maybe a touch bigger?  I remember thinking I never knew they could get so big - always thought they were basically a swimming woodchuck with a big flat tail.  They don't look so big from afar but when you go up to where they were gnawing and compare sizes of animal and tree, then your eyes open wider and wider, and see the size of the chips laying around you almost hope the thing don't try to attack you!  Damn thing'll kill ya easy if he wanted I bet!  lol
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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2019, 02:23:42 PM »
I kind of like the place the way it is, got a couple ponds, and a swamp that used to be a pond, and a creek that runs all the way through all of them, and I kinda want it to stay that way!

I used to go to the Boundary waters on the border of Minnesota and Canada and the beavers there were huge also, I know what you are talking about.

It didn't take long for this thing to tear up a bunch of trees, I'm thinking he was planning ahead.. All he did was remove the bark around the base, nothing else! That way these trees will die, so now I'm going to have to figure out how to get to some of them way back where they are so I can get them out of the woods... too much fire wood (and maybe some lumber) to just let them rot away in the woods!

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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2019, 07:10:22 PM »
I just remembered a neighbor put a $100.00 bounty on them varmints, be good beer money. Frank C.

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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2019, 08:33:03 AM »
I just remembered a neighbor put a $100.00 bounty on them varmints, be good beer money. Frank C.

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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2019, 02:42:24 AM »
Anywhere a beaver is born, at some point in his or her life, they'll come back to that exact spot to have their own young, so after a few batches of little ones, you've got 20-40 years worth of grief ahead of you dealing with beavers. 

Beavers are the greatest gift you can give your worst enemy, its a gift that keeps on giving for decades to come, if they neglect them long enough, maybe even a century to come.     

Just for what its worth, 100 bucks is really cheap for every beaver, once damage is done and I get called in and heavy equipment is required to repair the damage or try to eliminate the beavers, the price starts in the thousands and goes up pretty fast.   

 



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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2019, 06:07:31 AM »
Yeah, we've been here for 5 years and this is the first beaver we've had.. hopefully its the last also, but I'll surely keep a lookout!!

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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2019, 08:21:11 PM »
simply live trapping the beaver and relocating would be a better way to deal with " your" unwanted guest. or at the very least don't post your big thrilling hunt for all the world to see. just my opinion
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Re: Dispatched a beaver..
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2019, 08:44:23 AM »
simply live trapping the beaver and relocating would be a better way to deal with " your" unwanted guest. or at the very least don't post your big thrilling hunt for all the world to see. just my opinion

Well I guess I could go out and buy a trap for a couple hundred dollars, then do some research on setting it, eventually catch the pesky little booger... then Iíd have to figure out a place to release it ( your place maybe?) I know none of my neighbors want it!!
Or, I could spend about 16 cents on a 223 round , spend a relaxing afternoon on my dock and fix the problem permanently and go feed it to the coyotes and be done , and not worry that he may remember my pristine pond and return.
Yep I think Iíll do it my way, if you donít want to read about it, thatís fine