Beaver Hunting

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Winchester 69, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine has a series of dams on his property, causing flooding and washouts. Does anyone have a good method for getting rid of these critters?
     
  2. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    When I used to hunt them I used Alcohol and Dinners!!!!!
     

  3. oberg

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    If you don't want to trap them then go out and find a good place to overlook the open pond and or dam and sit there from about an hour before dark till you can't see them anymore and shoot away. You could also break the damn during the day and they'll feel the current and come out to fix it that evening. I like this way the best cuz you can shoot them on the damn and retrieve them. One of my favorite things to shoot
     
  4. ilscungilli

    ilscungilli Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend that owns an irrigated ranch in NW Colorado, and he has the same problem. He has standing orders that all beavers are to be shot on sight. When we go duck hunting in late September, we see them swimming in the rivers right before dark, near their dams. Every once and a while you will see them during the day.

    Those things are hard to kill when they are in the water. I have hammered them with 3" #00 buckshot loads from 10 yards away, and they still flap around. Out of the water is another matter, and a .22 will work.
     
  5. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

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    My grampa used to pop them at sunset with a 5mm Rem mag. They would usually disappear but be floating the next morning. Based on that, I would think a 17HMR would do the trick although a .223 would probably be more effective.
     
  6. bwaites

    bwaites Well-Known Member

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    Assuming that you have checked local laws and they aren't protected in your area, make sure that you have the proper hunting license!

    In some areas they can't be hunted, they have to be trapped. In others it's the opposite!

    Sometimes varmint nuisance laws let you hunt them if they are causing damage, as you describe.

    As others have pointed out, evenings tend to be best, unless you like really early mornings!!

    Good luck!
     
  7. RemingtonMagnum

    RemingtonMagnum Well-Known Member

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    get some conibear traps
     
  8. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    Ya beat me to it lol!
     
  9. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all, gentlemen. Your advice has been passed along.
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