First Otter Catch on Private Land: Nuisance Beaver Traps Pay Off for Derek

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  • Brian's avatar

    Congratulations, looks like a nice one! 👍

  • Derek's avatar

    @Brian 18.8 pounds. Average size for a male. Definitely a good one for my first otter.

  • Brian's avatar

    Awesome

  • Derek's avatar

    @Brian thank you!

  • Appalachian's avatar

    Sweet!

  • Derek's avatar

    @Appalachian I was pretty excited, man. Now I just gotta figure out how to flesh it. Haha. I don't have a fleshing beam big enough.

  • Brian's avatar

    @Derek just have to work it down a little at a time.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    I was tickled pink the first time I caught one too. It was actually in a 1.5 double longspring I set for muskrat. I've seen folks use large diameter pvc as a beam. I put the last one I shot duck hunting on the stretcher and trimmed it with scissors before I tanned it.

  • Justin's avatar

    Congratulations brother! 👍 those things are as tough as beaver when it comes to fleshing. Lol

  • Derek's avatar

    @Appalachian I've seen the same PVC trick and have been considering doing it. Seems like the most effective way at least in my opinion.

  • Derek's avatar

    @Justin thanks! Now if only I could get on the beaver which is the reason I'm trapping this property to start with.

  • Derek's avatar

    @Brian ha! I was wondering if I could use my muskrat beam, but I don't think so.

  • Justin's avatar

    @Derek if you’re catching otter it’s only a matter of time. I usually catch the beaver first lol

  • Brian's avatar

    @Derek I used my raccoon beam, but I use it for everything I catch

  • Derek's avatar

    @Justin the beaver have given me the slip all season so far. It's getting a little frustrating.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Derek yeah probably. When I was trapping water critters I used to love to make a false slide leading to a false den hole that I make sure to slick up real good with water so it shines in the moonlight. I'd pick a prominent point that seemed like it get a lot of passing traffic. I'd dig the hole big enough to guard it with a 220. I'd have 2 drowners

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Derek Id bait the hole with fish and I'd have 2 #3s on drowners guarding the slide. I caught a little bit of all the water furbearers in this setup. I mostly think when they see a hole/slide they don't recognize then they are gonna check it out.

  • Justin's avatar

    @Derek keep at them bro. Look for signs where they come up out of the water and put in a drowner or snare set

  • Justin's avatar

    @Derek if they’re chewing on trees they usually come up as close to the water from the tree as possible. Can you see any bank dens?

  • Justin's avatar

    @Appalachian they sure will

  • Derek's avatar

    @Appalachian sounds like a hell of a set!

  • Derek's avatar

    @Justin I've been putting a lot of 330s up at slides. Also been using some drowning rod sets. I haven't gotten into snares yet. I also have bank dens at both properties but have only set 1 trap at 1 Bank den entrance so far.

  • Justin's avatar

    @Derek sounds like it’s just a waiting game then bro. 👍 keep at it

  • Derek's avatar

    @Justin thanks! I wish I could run traps a lot longer, but with my work schedule, I usually only get to run them for about 24 hours.

  • Jacob's avatar

    Nice surprise in your trap. Congrats buddy. Can’t wait to hear how it tastes.

  • Derek's avatar

    @Jacob I've already been looking at some recipes. I have to say, this is one animal that for some reason, I'm not 100% sure how I feel about eating it.

  • Michael's avatar

    Awesome! That's some great fur too!

  • Derek's avatar

    @Michael it really is! I'm hoping to send it, some beaver and muskrat to a tanner soon.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Appalachian yep. Made my own “board” out of 8” pvc and I love it

  • Derek's avatar

    @Mike think ill definitely be doing that. Now I just got to figure out how to stretch and salt it when I'm done.

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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KRV1C2kzGyI

  • Mike's avatar

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Trkv9ZkzM94

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3rd District Director for Kentucky Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Part time employee at GoWild and full time Firefighter/EMT. I have a passion for all things hunting, fishing, trapping and the outdoors as a whole.

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