Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Kyle S., Nov 14, 2017.
I was duck hunting in a swamp in waist deep water a few years ago. I felt something go between my legs. I thought it was a gator and aimed my shotgun at the air bubbles. Up pops a 50 lb. beaver. I let him have it.
I took out the very small backstraps and cooked them. Tasted a lot like deer.
The two kinds of colors are awsome for Eskimo skin sewin' women.
If you should shoot one and it sinks, 1/2 an hour later it will bloat and float.
The virtue of Beaver is a very tough leather and a fur that will withstand repeated soakings without the fur shedding off. Makes for great trims and insoles on cold weather fur clothing.
Beavers can only be trapped, legally, where I live.
Here in Idaho their hunting/trapping is regulated to maintain populations under the fur bearer category in our hunting regulations.
Duck hunters would have a hard time of it if they couldn't shoot over or in water.
The problem with shooting beaver out in the water is that they tend to sink. It may take a while for them to float back up, assuming they don't get entangled in the vegetation growing under the water. If you can shoot them on the bank or at the dam, it is better. Of course, anytime shooting around water, be wary that bullets can skip and so make sure there are no down range issues and preferably have high banks as backstops.
I'm glad you found that out Kyle.
I got in trouble when I was a kid because the local Game Warden figured out I was shooting muskrats in the drain ditch near our place. He never caught me in the act, so I didn't get a ticket, but he let my mom and dad know in no uncertain terms that trapping muskrats in Idaho was legal, but shooting them was not. And my parents let me know in even stronger, uncertain terms.
Thats a good point. Perhaps it just applied to target shooting.
I wish I was so lucky. Every Monday for 8 weeks, I shot (at?) 24 or 25 at this one place. For about 14 or 15 it was obviously that I made a good hit (bits flying off, thud impact noise, curly shuffle in the water, etc.). The others were a bit more ambiguous as to the result, all but 1 disappearing immediately. The 1 could see where I actually missed as i saw it swim off. We recovered ZERO. We had two weeks of no shows and after than the owner checks back randomly. He has seen no new beaver activity.
Beavers actually are good for the environment. They promote local environmental change, reducing trees to open areas and creating wetlands and such. They is actually beneficial for the local plant and animal communities, often creating more permanent sources of water that otherwise would not be present and making the habitat more productive for more species. The problem is that as humans, we like for things to stay as they are or as we have created. In my folks' place, they actually enjoyed the benefit of the beavers on their little creek. The beavers cleared many of the younger trees and opened up the views. The problems came when the beavers started venturing about 100 yards up from the creek to eat my parents fruit trees that they had planted. That put an end to the welcome wagon and the beavers had to go.
Well, after skinning one I know I earned that hide. I've never skinned an animal where the hide wouldn't peel away in some spots until I skinned a beaver.
The mountain men sure earned their pay.
It's all in knowing how. It takes me about 10 minutes to skin a 30-40 pound beaver and about that long to flesh it. An expert can skin one in 3-5 minutes.
I've used 22 mag on beaver and it works fine but I've found a 22 lr works equally well.
Bought 80 acres with a 9 acre pond and one heck of a beaver problem came with it. IMHO the most efficient use of time is trapping by far. 2 other methods I've used successfully is a tactical shotgun with white light, 4 shot and a .223 bolt gun running 55 grain ballistic tips. A light varmint bullet at high velocity doesn't skip. Problem with shooting is they're adaptive buggers, pop a couple in the early morning and they'll change their pattern. Most successful times I've had are right at dusk when they emerge and go on "patrol" (they'll literally swim the pond perimeter checking things out) and it's easy to line up shots when they're swimming at you and you'll have more of a target.
I've yet to loose one with the .223, shotgun I'll find them floating the next day.
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