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Title: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on November 25, 2016, 05:41:43 PM
Me and Travis will be running a line this year together. We will post here so everyone can see what it takes to run a mixed catch line. We will start on December the 3ed and run until we cant stand each other or the season ends. One of us gets to run everyday and the other will be working. This should give two kinds of perspectives on how everything works and give new trappers a insight on ways they could run a line even though they my have to work or go to school. We will be running with two boats until we get the bulk of the line out and also be able to take some new trappers out with us so they will see first hand.
Sorry we have put a lock on this post but you can post on part two with any question or comments. If anyone would like to place bets on who will fall in the water first or who will get a 330 or a MB750  stuck on their hand place them there two.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on November 25, 2016, 06:53:39 PM
I will gladly place a bet on me falling in the water over catching myself. I almost fell out the boat yesterday morning... tilled the motor so I could push pole, went ahead and stood up then the motor shifted sides :-*
Lesson learned
Yesterday morning I ran several miles of the Arkansas river checking cross over points on levees that have produced for me in the past. Winds NNe @4 tailwater &337 ft  uber duper foggy as in visibility 30 yards max.     Then went and pigged out!
This morning NNW 8 kind of choppy Tailwater was down so the high side was up about 2 foot I  ran up the center of the cat tail flats to see if the rats started cutting roots or building push ups yet. Sign for rats was slim, but they are there I can sense them ha!
Located lots of castor mounds, and territory markers, quite a few feed beds where the beaver have started cutting willow.
I always check sand bars for otter toilets and to check traffic conditions of other fur bearers.

I already owe Bob a seat. I'm gonna fix him up real nice though with one of those jon Deere high back seats.lol


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on November 26, 2016, 02:52:38 PM
Went out scouting and found some promising beaver sign before the boat motor broke down. Dang new carb needed to have the float adjusted. Back out tomorrow to test it AGIN. I'm using a 10ft flat bottom with a 4 horse. Travis is using a 15ft flat bottom with a 9.9 horse. Guess who can carry more gear and move faster.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on November 30, 2016, 01:42:54 PM
Went out today and set on that beaver sign. The water was down at least 18 inches. So I set the traps for a front foot catch so if the water goes up I should be ok for a hind leg catch. Crazy amount of coon sign. If I can talk Travis into setting for them we should be good for a record year for them. Seen some rat tracks and one set of mink tracks. The weather was cool with a temp of 34 when I set the boat in the water. Then the wind picked up and I was glad I didn't make it to the river. I may take some DP traps out tomorrow to thin out the coon. Maybe the wind will be better tomorrow so I can get the rest so these 750's wet. tell tomorrow


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 01, 2016, 06:20:48 PM
The 5 beaver set produced 3 beaver. The other two were set off and looked like the beaver came up a brushed them with there chest. The water was down at least another 6 inches and the beaver must have got to the sets before it fell. The temp was a nice 25 degrees and the fug was crazy thick. Put out 6 DP traps and headed home. Made it a short day so I could beg the wife to let me get a bigger boat. so guess what I have. A new 15 boat. well nothing for Christmas for me. Or should I say early present. I will post pictures later got to get the boat ready and get these beaver put up.

update the two big beaver weighed 57 and 53 dry. should have left them wet


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 03, 2016, 07:28:08 PM
Was really busy Friday and did not have time to post. We got 4 more beaver and one coon that got into the last of the beaver sets. 4 beaver out of 5 set is real good.. out of all the dp traps nothing was in those.
today was a little better on the coon as we got 5. and two more beaver. we will pull the beaver sets in the morning before we start getting into the kits. we also put in some more beaver sets a few miles away. maybe this ran will get everything moving. finally got a chance to get some coyote sets in today. The ran today was cold cold and  now my face has this burning thing going on , but its part of the fun.
tell next time. Maybe Travis will have time to put something about what he set up for those rat and mink.   


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 03, 2016, 09:15:41 PM
At the launch at daybreak. Ready to get this party started!!

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I set a few mink traps, mostly high bank trails or the under cut. I did notice quite an over abundance of squirrels,...... I don't know about any other mink trapper but squirrels are my mink set opposums.
I set some bottom edge sets and a pocket or 2.
I did not notice any rat sign yet.
I found more beaver and coon sign than anything, so I set for what was there.
I set a few crossovers for otter and one toilet.
Bob is off to a running start, I sure do hope I don't fall behind he may try and cut me loose.


A nice little patio bank den.
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What do you think trail or?????
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Then I ended our day in the cockle burrs.
As I set these slide I was thinking man this is a dumb idea snaring these beaver in a cockleburr patch. Thought for a second,  smiled and kept on setting.
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Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 04, 2016, 05:02:20 PM
It was a great day in the water, really calm and flat. We did catch a few more beaver and several  raccoons.
I did end up snaring a wise old beaver in that cockle patch, luckily I had it set that it would move away from them. One of the neatest beaver I have caught in a few years. Missing a front leg but was healed and furred completely. And really dark.  Also missing an eye. Sure gives you a boost of confidence when you can catch one that seems to have been around the block. Critters are in front of the fan now getting dry. I'm going to spend an hour with the kids grab a bite then get out after the fur work.
 I left a few sets out bob is going to tend for me for a day or so. I'm back to work Monday morning dark and early. I have 2 smaller lines I run 1 before work 4am and one after 7pm Just a few traps cat and fox stuff,
Not a serious line by any stretch, but home turf, very comfortable running early and late knowing where the hazards are. Low populations though is the drawback.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Wayne Watson on December 04, 2016, 05:33:41 PM
Great job!  You two really have some great posts.  Thanks!


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 04, 2016, 09:59:54 PM
well Travis  should be happy, I'm all caught up on the skinning. Today was a slow day with one beaver. I have a witness to the fact that it was caught by the oil gland, first for me. Did get to put more sets in today because my little girl had her Christmas concert at three today. Nice to take a brake and hear her play.
back out tomorrow to get those set out before this cold front get here. always, always, have sets in before a cold front. 


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 05, 2016, 10:20:26 PM
Got a bunch of land set in today mostly for coyotes. Travis got one beaver in that long run he set the other day. the few coon traps that was out produced 3 more coon. got to get a bunch in tomorrow. had to run around town today plus tomorrow is my anniversary so I need to get those flowers and gift. got to stay on her good side. got a new sd card today so I should be able to take some pics. we will see how it goes. like Travis I have a land line I run also and I have to get that back in shape before the cold weather gets here. sure makes for some long days. up a 5 to bed around 11 if I don't have to much to get ready or skin.
tell tomorrow. 


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 06, 2016, 06:24:52 PM
Today was a bust. One little raccoon and a opossum. Didn't even see any new tracks. I guess the critters didn't like the ran last night. Did find a otter toilet, ok three otter toilets. I set a bunch of traps for them and then a bunch to cut off the opossums and raccoons before they get into the set. Fingers crossed may have a otter in a few days.
Cant wait till this cold front gets here, Travis is missing some real fun. Looks like the temp. will be back up by the weekend just in time for him to be out. we wouldn't wont him to get to cold.   :-*


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 07, 2016, 01:56:15 PM
Boy, I had a rough check last night. Pulled in the drive about 6:20 talked to Bob on the phone for 10 min for progress report and weekend plans. Got out to check my sets around 7. Grab the flashlight check the battery good to go. Holster the 22 and off I went...1 mile later through the pine cedar thicket my stupid flashlight gets to going full on strobe mode rave action. So I pulled the battery put it back.......dead I mean DED dead.. whatever...... I'll use my cell phone to check these last sets......bling bling phone battery 20 % .......2 seconds later dead........ whatever..... moons more than 1/4 I'll just wing it. I'm walking im walking,  thankfully the pines stand out in a little moon light. But briars, vines and cedar eye seeking branches don't. Poked in the forehead and eye more times to count finally back at the truck.......+ 1 beaver , ill definitley be on the remake train tonight had several the deer have been in.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 07, 2016, 08:41:32 PM
Well something got in one of my perfectly made otter sets. Thank it was the biggest possum that I have seen in a while. when I took the thing out of the trap it broke loose on a mad swim. It must have been its lucky day, after 9 shots which I never hit it, it made it to the far bank. Other then that there was a coon in a dp trap just a little down from that. I just don't know what is going on nothing is moving. I should have pulled today and was thanking tomorrow would be better, but I just know there is some otter and coyotes there and just got to wait them out. Its going to be cold in the morning, I may just sleep in and get out a little later. I forgot. I forgot my dp bait the other day and all I had with me was some squirt cheese so I use that. The last two coon liked the cheese.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 07, 2016, 09:33:17 PM
Got everything tended tonight with a flashlight that worked. A few sets were worked for me by someone, wrapped up and set aside. Had one coon, but it was the best kind.......dry!
Tomorrow should be a good long check, Christmas concert at 7 so it might be 9 before I get to those sets.
I'm looking forward to making lots of pockets this weekend. Checking 12 traps through the week is fun but Its a bit slow going.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 08, 2016, 08:42:17 PM
I have no ideal what is going on. Today same thing one coon ( very little one) and one possum in that same otter set.
Should have know today would be a bust when I got to the ramp there was a bunch of duck hunters out. I got the boat ready to put in, then backed her down the ramp and into the water. Looked into the mirror to see a boat floating away in the wind. The hook that holds the trailer to the front of the boat has a little spring that decided to brake letting the boat go free in the wind. Good thing the duck hunter was there to save the day or I would have to wait till Travis got out there after 9 pm. One of my sets looked like a animal just laid down and took a nap. All the dirt was smashed down packing the trap to the ground. Guess the trap got cold and froze to the ground. I hate to pull sets that took so long to get in. But come Sunday we are out of this area anyway. Moving to better ground hopefully.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 09, 2016, 09:44:04 PM
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Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 11, 2016, 10:20:23 PM
You ever had those days where no matter how hard you bust hump things still won't go in your direction?
That seemed like this weekend, Bob and I opted to run in the same boat, which was fun. I learned a lot and we had a good time giving each other a hard time.
starting Saturday morning we decided to go set new ground then come back and pull the last leg of the line. When we got to new water we loaded the boat....I grabbed the wrong Tin of snares, the can I grabbed had those invisible kind or just none, empty....0...
I whined a little but got to setting what I had. When we stoped at our 3rd stop we each went different directions , made sets, all the while noticing a stranded pair of duck hunters cranking on their boat out in the channel. We finished at that stop and decided to go assist if we could. I am NOT mechanically inclined what so ever, but man those boys were lost!! Bob idles over pops the hood on the dinosaur of a outboard and starts tinkering away. Lost cause....20 min later we decide just made the tow back to the ramp.......long haul...but I get to redeem myself and grab those snares!!!
To and from the boat ramp hours burned, but karma is bound to be on our side now.
We set a fair number not a lot, were not trying to pile them up though.
Come to find out......we are trapping the tail end of the competition......so the place we spent hours at had been trapped, we decide to see how bad and let them ride a night or 2.
To the boat ramp down the road to the next boat ramp put in......... I broke bobs boat...... :-X ......will not start at all. For the second time Saturday bob popped the top and began to tinker. A little while later the 9 horse was buzzing down the strip. Set after set after set nothing. The water was craaaaazy low some places we just ported and walked a ways.  We had one beaver in a snare, decent sized.... apparently I miss judged anchoring the snare though and the beaver was able to get down into the hole plugged peninsula..... get in that fox hole Gump!!!! I got him dug out, loaded him in the boat, problem was he wasn't done wrestling me, we went around for a little bit,  all the while Bob is laughing at me on my beaver wrestling technique, get the situation under control and on down the river we went.

Sunday same plan we would set new ground knowing we wouldn't be to successful at the other spot. It was a good morning setting, I feel pretty comfortable with the sets we got in.
We got on down the river to check Saturday's sets.......man that hurt.
Nothing but a couple grinning mischiefs.   Ouch...
Next weekend we'll move again, gotta keep moving to find the heavy populations and try and get in front of the competition.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 13, 2016, 10:01:54 AM
Dry spell was short lived, Bob stopped by the shop last night with a boatload. He pulled everything on the part of the line that had another trapper. The new ground we set produced a back problems worth of beaver and bob was sure mad at me for having to pull that entire section by himself......
I pulled my section of north line due to inactivity or very substandard catch. This Friday night I'm going back to roots and getting some mink and muskrat traps out to check the next few weeks. Saturday bob is supper busy so I'm going to ride out solo and try and get a good section upriver set for beaver, we will add Sunday when he comes back out.
Once I get an opportunity to transfer some photos, I'll get some posted.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 14, 2016, 12:43:02 PM
My internet is on the blink so I haven't been able to post. Moving to a new line proved to be worse and closing that line and moving to the last one was so much better. One thing I when working with someone is to ask what tools I would need to pull his set. I don't know how many trips I made back to the boat but I sure was mad. The last tool I got was cable cutters. I pulled that line in the morning and checked the other after lunch. Was not expecting to catch much but I should have known. Being this is a part of my regular line I run every year. We only set out 4 750's for beaver and all 4 had beaver. I reset all but one because the drowner cable was so missed up. 3 coon in DP traps and a little grinner in a another. Now lets talk about the snares someone set 5 miles from where we put the boat in (ok maybe 200 yards). I'm looking at this GPS saying out loud I HOPE NOTHING IS IN THESE SETS. First set held a small beaver, not a big dill. Two more set nothing. Had to jump a levee and then I saw the water splashing. I don't know how big the thing was but that beaver was big. I brought no gun and nothing to dispatch it with. SOOOOO back to the boat I went again.  This time I moved the boat a little close, maybe 4 miles away. I had to wade in chest high water to get to it and everything went as expected. now on the way back that is where everything went down hill. Wading back (in chest high water) dragging two beaver, a gun and all the tools my leg got caught in between two logs under the water. Yep face first. Now my waders are full of water and I'm soaking wet. And all this was happing in the dark. After I got my breath and did a count of all the tools and gun I moved on. I'm sure there was some words said out loud but I wont put it here. On a plus side we got some fur.
  I pull that line yesterday because my back just couldn't take another day. Two of the 750's held beaver and the other held a otter. We also got anther coon and one grinner. We may have to go back there after I take a few days off to get another land line in later this week. This weekend is going to be cold so I thank I will let Travis have at it. He may wont to look at the wind forecast and the river will be bad.
  
forgot Travis has my SD card so maybe he will be able to post some pics.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 14, 2016, 07:32:50 PM
Last week he got mad at me because I pulled all my stuff for the week as I'm used to doing because of work....... :-* %&% %&%.
There's a bad side to success?????
The problem I have when snaring, the gear weighs nothing so I'll just keep walking and walking and walking looking for place I'd like to set.
Yep wind chill should bring it down to the negatives this Saturday....so they say.
Might try and change up a little anyway.
Wife is on me about how I need to get Christmas shopping done......."I do my Christmas shopping the same day every year............Christmas Eve"....so I may appease my better half and only trap until 4pm instead of 6pm Saturday.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 14, 2016, 08:26:14 PM
and the broke boat was not on you. The fuel tank would not vent and got to much pressure in it and caused the carb to over fill. or maybe it was your fault for not paying the ninja. maybe he should have looked in your window before he started to accuse someone.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 18, 2016, 06:43:10 PM
Day 15/16T-shirt weatherwind chill -5, 3/4 " of ice on everything. River would have been a little sketch due to the forecasted 30 mph winds. So I decided to hit a couple. Beaver ponds I was keeping in my back pocket. I somewhat anticipated the ice so I didn't get in a lot of blind sets or sets subsurface I'm sure glad I didn't. A few colony traps I put out were iced in. I only set a few 330's and a couple of snares and grabbed a couple more beaver.
Saturday morning was beautiful, a little foggy, but a very calm morning....then luck started and I don't mean the good kind. I fought Murphy and his stupid law for about an hour after I had got up early and worked through a couple beaver, trying to get the fur work caught up. I was still able to leave the house a little after 8. I opted to get on the military base and make a few sets in a couple places I spied late summer....one of the ponds had been trapped in the last few weeks. The tale tale guiding and 16 gauge wire from a few beaver chews.....but no boot prints in the mud....maybe a few weeks had passed and they didn't educate to much or at all  so I made 3 sets around some fresh chews. I plugged in a few k9 sets on top of the levee. On down the road at a walk in only i put in a few more sets on decent sign. Pulling out of the parking lot and down the road, here come the rabbit hunting bergade, well poop! There goes that idea.
Got out this am late, I stayed at the house and made the kiddos breakfast. Left the house quarter to 9, check was pretty swift other than chopping some ice. But I won't complain I love that ice atleast a time or 2 during season. You can really walk around a pond and find the hidden bank dens by the bubble trails. Pulled the sets for the work week, went and had a cup of coffee with mr woods, stopped and interrupted Bob and his fleshing fun, back to the house critters are on the dry, just finished a bowl of beef stew, going to try and get caught up posting pictures then back out to the shop with a cup of coffee and an Advil.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Wayne Watson on December 18, 2016, 06:52:26 PM
Day 15/16T-shirt weatherwind chill -5, 3/4 " of ice on everything. River would have been a little sketch due to the forecasted 30 mph winds. So I decided to hit a couple. Beaver ponds I was keeping in my back pocket. I somewhat anticipated the ice so I didn't get in a lot of blind sets or sets subsurface I'm sure glad I didn't. A few colony traps I put out were iced in. I only set a few 330's and a couple of snares and grabbed a couple more beaver.
Saturday morning was beautiful, a little foggy, but a very calm morning....then luck started and I don't mean the good kind. I fought Murphy and his stupid law for about an hour after I had got up early and worked through a couple beaver, trying to get the fur work caught up. I was still able to leave the house a little after 8. I opted to get on the military base and make a few sets in a couple places I spied late summer....one of the ponds had been trapped in the last few weeks. The tale tale guiding and 16 gauge wire from a few beaver chews.....but no boot prints in the mud....maybe a few weeks had passed and they didn't educate to much or at all  so I made 3 sets around some fresh chews. I plugged in a few k9 sets on top of the levee. On down the road at a walk in only i put in a few more sets on decent sign. Pulling out of the parking lot and down the road, here come the rabbit hunting bergade, well poop! There goes that idea.
Got out this am late, I stayed at the house and made the kiddos breakfast. Left the house quarter to 9, check was pretty swift other than chopping some ice. But I won't complain I love that ice atleast a time or 2 during season. You can really walk around a pond and find the hidden bank dens by the bubble trails. Pulled the sets for the work week, went and had a cup of coffee with mr woods, stopped and interrupted Bob and his fleshing fun, back to the house critters are on the dry, just finished a bowl of beef stew, going to try and get caught up posting pictures then back out to the shop with a cup of coffee and an Advil.

 :D


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 18, 2016, 07:11:38 PM
Loaded ready to roll
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You might be able to see where the critters are sliding over these laid logs. There's a small strip of missing weeds down this old run.
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Beaver pond
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Beaver and rats digging
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Only the second time ive ever seen swans in the wild
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/4C3CE1D0-790D-4A3C-993E-1E8A8E483DF0.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/4C3CE1D0-790D-4A3C-993E-1E8A8E483DF0.jpg.html)

Someone is still home
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/6F743DFB-4F65-4945-A52E-42621940EE64.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/6F743DFB-4F65-4945-A52E-42621940EE64.jpg.html)

The rock in the bottom left probably weighs 150 lbs, I carried it a good 20 yards to have something to cable off to. I rarely anchor snares I mostly loop the cable around a tree or rock.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/FA1D2FE5-57D0-42A8-9C24-0C3A2D311AC0.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/FA1D2FE5-57D0-42A8-9C24-0C3A2D311AC0.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/947FAE65-0338-4C03-89D1-81E7FB326F64.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/947FAE65-0338-4C03-89D1-81E7FB326F64.jpg.html)

For you guys that don't walk like some of us have had too. Dime a dzn after winter. Super light, just understand they won't carry more than 3 beaver without some struggle.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/81D764BB-6427-4324-9ABE-BBB7D19530F5.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/81D764BB-6427-4324-9ABE-BBB7D19530F5.jpg.html)


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 19, 2016, 07:15:59 PM
someone said they would post some of the pics I took but I don't see them. Maybe the SD card is broke.
Been trying to get caught up on the fleshing and getting the freezers ready for our next run.
I'm going to get out and set some land sets tomorrow after I get the 7 coon boarded.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 19, 2016, 07:25:28 PM
(http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag18/bigbob581/PC130001_zpsryshkwvj.jpg)

one of that otter we got the other day.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 20, 2016, 09:39:30 PM
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/7D5A506C-DB90-447F-AE43-1F3B99202740.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/7D5A506C-DB90-447F-AE43-1F3B99202740.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/2FD9E06D-9D73-414D-A54A-2CF1D66D64FE.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/2FD9E06D-9D73-414D-A54A-2CF1D66D64FE.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/50948B5E-4E32-4E13-BD95-6B7665130FD8.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/50948B5E-4E32-4E13-BD95-6B7665130FD8.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/281C4037-7AD1-4D35-B5D8-268CE84C64E6.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/281C4037-7AD1-4D35-B5D8-268CE84C64E6.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/22D01172-4D0C-4254-A352-C1D984B89ADB.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/22D01172-4D0C-4254-A352-C1D984B89ADB.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/A4C5D4B8-CCF9-42A7-9D2B-0FF54EAEF05E.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/A4C5D4B8-CCF9-42A7-9D2B-0FF54EAEF05E.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/541B540D-C380-4B86-ADD0-42940E130D45.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/541B540D-C380-4B86-ADD0-42940E130D45.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/E2B4247B-A16A-448D-ACAC-BE0FA103C94D.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/E2B4247B-A16A-448D-ACAC-BE0FA103C94D.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/686FB6EB-2C20-4CBB-A7DD-0B63FB6D358A.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/686FB6EB-2C20-4CBB-A7DD-0B63FB6D358A.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/4C94D3A2-9B94-43C8-A95E-C2A96AA430C2.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/4C94D3A2-9B94-43C8-A95E-C2A96AA430C2.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/4670D314-D40D-401F-82EF-DFC5A46D4E49.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/4670D314-D40D-401F-82EF-DFC5A46D4E49.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/1F22C79F-8DF0-4C06-B984-3CD394464D3B.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/1F22C79F-8DF0-4C06-B984-3CD394464D3B.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/FC1EAFD8-075C-4F30-8609-472FC2109384.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/FC1EAFD8-075C-4F30-8609-472FC2109384.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/EF4424E6-51AC-429F-BA82-E5C9E37D85BC.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/EF4424E6-51AC-429F-BA82-E5C9E37D85BC.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/7B31C3D3-2C62-4AC5-807A-7C79E13A4732.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/7B31C3D3-2C62-4AC5-807A-7C79E13A4732.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/C7D5898C-E842-47F1-81F9-235FFD98B5B8.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/C7D5898C-E842-47F1-81F9-235FFD98B5B8.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/6B8F6E49-9A02-423A-8088-A66B8229F48A.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/6B8F6E49-9A02-423A-8088-A66B8229F48A.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/D5B64BE0-E9EE-42E1-91C0-0F1525F97ECC.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/D5B64BE0-E9EE-42E1-91C0-0F1525F97ECC.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/D2B2A87A-9FEA-494C-B181-4D2FB6B91C40.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/D2B2A87A-9FEA-494C-B181-4D2FB6B91C40.jpg.html)


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 20, 2016, 11:55:05 PM
That pic with Travis holding the beaver in the water is really him fighting a beaver in the water. I don't know how I got a pic because I was laughing so hard. I even got a video of it but it is a little shaky.
the one with the big hole in the sand didn't catch anything. I thank it needed to sit a little longer before we pulled it.
I like to make them but they need to age a while, the coyotes really fall for them big holes.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 21, 2016, 09:00:18 PM
I only got 1 coon on to days check. seems those ridge running coon have such better coats. I thank I'm good to set some beaver traps whenever your ready. may have to make everything on drowners so we can spend time with the kiddos and maybe the wife.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 22, 2016, 10:33:09 PM
Not much happing one this new line. I thank the mice are getting to me sets before any thing has a chance to get in to the trap. every set had the bait removed. Only one grinner today. Tomorrow this line gets pulled to get ready to move to the water again. Saturday will be a really busy day, Im going to try to get in 12 to 20 beaver sets in and as many coon trap in as I can. every thing will be on drowners so I can take the day off Christmas.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 25, 2016, 01:58:48 PM
Made a Christmas check of those few sets I left in.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/FAAFFBD1-AAD6-4B31-8575-4ED483B0D423.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/FAAFFBD1-AAD6-4B31-8575-4ED483B0D423.jpg.html)

I plugged in a few more sets hoping to catch up with a tricky cat and to add to tomorrow's check with bob and the dzn beaver sets he got in Saturday.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 26, 2016, 07:08:09 PM
Well as you know I set out 12 750s Saturday and today we went out to check those traps. Well how many beavers is to many for the new boat? To day we found out. Of those 12 sets 8 had big beaver and one had a small. When you have to big old boys and 9 beaver you have a boat load. and when you have a boat load that little motor uses a lot more gas. How we made it back to the ramp I don't know but luck was on our side today. We got to one set day there was no trap. I don't know how but it pulled the stake up and was gone. while I was checking this missing trap Travis went a few yard down and found another set. He came back and we went on a hunt for the missing trap. Long story short I should have looked a the gps. The set were Travis found the beaver was the trap we was looking for. and about 100 feet was the other trap. Time lost was about 30 min. and the loose of my shove. Cool points lost was I thank 1000. We reset all the traps and added a lot of snares and 12 Dp trap to the line. Tomorrow we will add some more traps and a few more DPs. Got to go I have a little skinning to do. Maybe Travis will update on his side of the story........


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 26, 2016, 11:24:34 PM
On my way to meet bob at the river ramp I ran the little bit of rat traps, had a handful of rats and a coon in a mink pocket. Hit the ramp at 730 to get situated and organize some snares bob and I planned to get out.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/00694793-87B3-42DF-8D02-5EB4779A7D3C.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/00694793-87B3-42DF-8D02-5EB4779A7D3C.jpg.html)

After a short float we pulled into a slough that held 3 traps.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/9F41451A-CCB4-4BF4-BEE3-6C08F5C771E5.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/9F41451A-CCB4-4BF4-BEE3-6C08F5C771E5.jpg.html)
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/2D33A792-7B0E-46F3-9209-E1B4F46FFEAF.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/2D33A792-7B0E-46F3-9209-E1B4F46FFEAF.jpg.html)

Pair of eagles and a nest near this spot.......bad place for anything above ground... And definitely NOT a place you'd want any bait to become exposed.

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/666A18DA-3D1C-4EEE-A339-BDFEC088ACFF.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/666A18DA-3D1C-4EEE-A339-BDFEC088ACFF.jpg.html)

To much more chewing from this side and this beaver might find himself in a situation it can't get out of.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/9AE7CAC7-692C-4A05-909B-2F2D010A0436.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/9AE7CAC7-692C-4A05-909B-2F2D010A0436.jpg.html)

We set a few snares on well used trails like this one. Going up trail a few feet and hanging a snare makes it much easier to get the beaver what you want it to do than to landscape the tar out of this style of bank.

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/385A1684-44E4-4120-94B1-1F6D5543E972.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/385A1684-44E4-4120-94B1-1F6D5543E972.jpg.html)

This is twice this year for bob, I think that beaver gladly went down the wire.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/ADE62DAB-2509-48EC-9106-A2EAE43EB54B.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/ADE62DAB-2509-48EC-9106-A2EAE43EB54B.jpg.html)

Just about got it knocked down.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/6760E85E-5E7F-4845-9EFE-22A12EA3DAAC.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/6760E85E-5E7F-4845-9EFE-22A12EA3DAAC.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/9C3944D7-F104-4F54-A0F5-1BA4AF7F5ECA.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/9C3944D7-F104-4F54-A0F5-1BA4AF7F5ECA.jpg.html)
Getting heavy.
We went from 20 mph in the morning and worked backwards by the time we hit that last set and for the last 5 miles it was all 7-9 mph that weight was sucking that gas down.

One slough we had to hop a sand bar so bob and I got out each had a hand on the boat walking it across, within a step the ground was gone. Bob and I are hanging on opposite side of the boat kicking to get to the bank that is spitting distance away......I can only imagine what someone would have thought if they caught up to us.

It was a good day, plenty of excitement, nice and calm water..I hope bob remembers the extra gas can tomorrow. And I hope that he just about needs it. I've been trying to get everything I have put up since all my sets around the house are pulled. With it being almost 70 yesterday and rainy, 1 of the put up beaver was getting a little (hairy) moldy, so I took quick action to kill that, and turned the fan up a notch. But I'll be ready to put up another round in a few days.

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/D608641B-9946-4A4A-97E0-684D100BEB21.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/D608641B-9946-4A4A-97E0-684D100BEB21.jpg.html)



Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 27, 2016, 05:46:19 PM
Today was another hard day on my back. We got 15 more beaver. Another foot catch and one by the tail with snares. The boat sure was loaded to the brim today. One of these days I will be caught up so I can post some pics. I took all the pics today on my phone so I have to figure that out now. We still had out those 12 750s which caught another 12. now travis knows why I love those big traps.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 27, 2016, 10:53:13 PM
I stopped at the house and picked up my skinning stuff and headed over to bobs this evening after work. I pulled in a little after 6, by 8 all the beaver were skinned and in the freezer, the castor and oil sacs were cleaned up and bagged.
I told bob we only need 10 more checks like that and we can quit for the year......he didn't think that was funny.
It wouldn't be to bad if I could be on the line more.......that stupid work stuff gets in the way of trapping season.
One more check on this leg of the line then we'll move to completely new ground. Might be a long weekend for me, so we may try and set heavy while I can be out then drop it to be more manageable if bob wants to make another check after that.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/76AC6B55-16C0-49A9-BF4E-B9A2CAD67948.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/76AC6B55-16C0-49A9-BF4E-B9A2CAD67948.jpg.html)


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 27, 2016, 11:02:07 PM
Bob sent me a few pictures today
 2nd leg snares beaver, I think this is happening because the snare is not 90 to the steep bank. Tighter whammy or wire support crimped on the snare will help prevent this.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/406F0D00-6E85-4A3A-A13B-745E58550D8D.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/406F0D00-6E85-4A3A-A13B-745E58550D8D.jpg.html)
Sunday bob and I were saying neither of us has caught one by the tail. This small one must have wormed himself through dragging that tail.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/410B2004-C030-4F49-B5E2-3AF7F2E21B8A.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/410B2004-C030-4F49-B5E2-3AF7F2E21B8A.jpg.html)
I'm not sure we would have made it to the boat ramp if I had rode along today, I bet it was a long ride back.
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Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 29, 2016, 08:51:50 PM
I forgot to post last night so here it is. On the check on the line Wednesday we ended the day with 5 more beaver, 3 coon and one grinner. One of the coon was a real big one and I haven't seen one that big all season. Seems the coon numbers are down and most are small. I pulled all the traps and snares to get ready for the next move. I took today off to let my back heal a little. I have to go back out and find a missing 750 that seems to have grown legs. I thank the stake was pulled and it is out in the deep water. I know the thing is lonely and wants to come home so I must bring her home. I found out that my trapping partner has a goal for the season, one he should have said something about before we started. What is it? Well its a hole lot of work and he better find more freezer room because 100 beaver takes up a lot of space. From our last count of 47 plus the 5 we got yesterday we are at 52. Half way there. Hope he has some ground to trap because we have trapped all of my lines.
I will post a update Saturday and let you all know how many traps we got out.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 30, 2016, 10:20:05 AM
I can probably find 1 more. But you're not going to like the walk to get there.
 :-*
I'd probably come down from that if we could catch up to some otter......to..99.

Anytime you want to stop, just say the word. I would rather fall short than have a burned out partner.



Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on December 30, 2016, 02:22:57 PM
Guess were the trap was? The same place I lost one last week.  ^-^         :-\
I ready to catch some more.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on December 30, 2016, 02:40:38 PM
I told you that spot is cursed, 4 feet from the bank drops off to 18 feet is not a good place to loose traps.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 01, 2017, 06:44:38 PM
yesterday we got out a few new sets not a hole lot but a few. today we added some more and checked the others. We added 4 more beaver to the count and another coon.
Now for the bad news. Well to me it was bad. Seems on a reset I got my thumb caught up in a 750. I know Travis was laughing inside when I sad it got me. :-* Good thing I had my gloves on or it would have been a hole lot worse. Took me a while to get the feeling back in it and now it is at a low throb. @@ It turned a light black and split the nail. That's what I get for being in a hurry. Last check on this line tomorrow when we pull it. I thank this spot has been trapped and we are getting what is left. Moving on to new ground next weekend and it is going to be cold.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on January 02, 2017, 08:12:09 PM
I wasn't much help Saturday, coming off of a cold and prior commitments put me sluggish and getting on the water around noon. As bob said though we managed to checkout the new spot and get a few in. Sunday was a little better and we managed out a few beaver. That bob is one tough cookie, when he caught himself in that mb750 he didn't even cry.....Today was a decent day, we managed 11 to add to the stack and got that small section pulled. Also caught a couple coon and a few rats.  I need to get my rear in gear and get some of this fur put up before Friday so we can roll the dice again.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/062E3B24-5C6F-47BF-B1C2-23CB50B5DDE1.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/062E3B24-5C6F-47BF-B1C2-23CB50B5DDE1.jpg.html)

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/5DD6A0CA-E162-48C9-92CA-F904D210E890.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/5DD6A0CA-E162-48C9-92CA-F904D210E890.jpg.html)

My fur inspector is checking out what's good in the fur shed today

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/5D545903-5EE7-413D-B593-41EC05F417A0.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/5D545903-5EE7-413D-B593-41EC05F417A0.jpg.html)


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Wayne Watson on January 02, 2017, 08:21:46 PM
My fur inspector is checking out what's good in the fur shed today

(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/5D545903-5EE7-413D-B593-41EC05F417A0.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/5D545903-5EE7-413D-B593-41EC05F417A0.jpg.html)

Best picture yet!


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Wayne Watson on January 08, 2017, 03:23:09 PM
Where's my daily dose of Rambling?    %&%


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on January 08, 2017, 04:22:19 PM
We took the weekend easy going. I got out for a scout just to do some snow tracking...it's not to often you actually get to follow the exact steps of critters here. Also A lot of put up fur but not much else. I had family commitments to fulfill, + weather, and getting behind the gun on fur put up meant it was time for a slower weekend. We will get some sets worked around the district meeting next Saturday, might have a few to add next week. Time is ticking I'm confident we will hit the mark just not sure how many more trips out. the spring chore list is starting to build.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 09, 2017, 08:43:35 AM
I know I have been slacking. Bob doesn't write much when his back in out. The freezers are empty except for some fox and those two coyotes and I will have the done today. All the beaver I have boarded was taking to long in the shop. For the most part is due to me having out so much wet fur. The air in there was getting really stale and had a taint to it. Travis stopped by and picked up the last of the beaver and now everything is well. Most of what I have boarded is dry now and the rest is looking good. I still have 6 more to board that I fleshed yesterday so Ill get them done tonight.

As far as our line goes, for the most part we have been busy at home. I have to redo some of my drowners today and get the boat loaded for Tuesday. I will set out a small line then and pull it Thursday. Friday I out setting another line in a place we haven't trapped this year. Im not sure on the count but I think it is around 72 or so. If my count is right that leaves 28 to get to 100 and I done.  :D 


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 11, 2017, 09:25:39 PM
I set out yesterday, not a hole lot with the wind as bad as it was. Came back today with some snares and got out a few of them and a couple more trap. On todays check there was 3 beaver, two of which was the third double this year. Bad thing was that both of them was tangled like crazy and took a while to get them free. Can't decide whether or not to pull tomorrow or leave out one more day. We was going to set a new line out Friday but with this big ran coming in this weekend we better wait and see how much ran there is really going to be.
On the recount we decided that we have 73 as of today. I thank these last 27 are going to be hard. Maybe next weekend we will be able to get together to get the last leg of the line done. ::)


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 12, 2017, 12:43:12 PM
Pulled everything because of the low numbers. We add three more to our count today, seems three is my number lately.
There are a few things that puts a trapper out of action. For me its wind and water level. When the wind is blowing hard it makes waves, and when you have waves the traps get covered. When the water drops ( I guess they are getting ready for the ran) It puts most set high and dry. So I got both, and all my sets were either covered with a inch of sand or sitting high and dry and covered with sand. If it wasn't for the snares I put out I wouldn't have anything today.
Got to wait tell this ran event is over so I can get the beaver sets back out. Plus we do have that District thing this Saturday.
tell next week.........


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on January 17, 2017, 07:40:02 PM
It just got real!

Real stupid, I found out yesterday I'm heading out of state for a month. So what little I was doing after work now comes to a hault.
 
I say fooey on that! I'm loading the work truck down with traps for a little out of state adventure.... The late season permit cost will (Excuse My Language) eggs. I'll just have to see how bad the hemorrhage will be before I commit.

I'm trying my best to hang around until next Monday. If I can wait, I'm going dark to dark this weekend.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Wayne Watson on January 17, 2017, 08:09:18 PM
Glad to see a post.  I was thinking you guys had too many beaver in the boat, capsized and drowned.    :-*


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 17, 2017, 08:44:29 PM
went out today and set a few traps out today. Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes wrong. Set out to set a bunch of snares and got to the first stop and found that I forgot the snare hangers, not a big dill I always keep a bunch of #9 wire in the boat. Nope forgot that to. I did have a little #14 wire do I used what I had on one set. I set some traps for otter after making a 100 yard walk back to the boat 2 times to get stuff I forgot. and why not put in some DP traps so off I went back to the boat 2 more times. This went on tell noon at every stop.
As I see we may not make it to 100 beaver. Don't worry I'm on it. We will sure make 100 but not one more.
Been having trouble getting all this fur to dry, this weather is putting to much humidity in the air and making for some bad smells coming for the shop. I broke down and bought a dehumidifier today. It is crazy how much water is in the air. I let it run for 4 hours and checked the water level and there must have been 3 or more cups in the thing.........


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 18, 2017, 04:59:33 PM
For some reason they dropped the water at least two foot. sure put all my water sets out of commission. I guess two got in them before the water dropped. so todays count was two beaver and one coon. if my count is right that would be 24 left on that 100 goal. These last ones are getting hard to find. I did find a big den site. The bad thing is it is 200 yards from where I have to park the boat. So I guess I will get out the sled and get it set. should have set it today but didn't wont to make a trip back to the boat then back. I think this beaver is going to be a big one because of the height of the tree cuttings. This beaver picked the biggest tree to cut down and the den is the biggest I have ever seen. We will see. The water isn't deep enough to use my 750's so I will have to set out some snares.
I did set out about 12 or so snares today because of the water fluctuation so we see if I learned how to set then for Travis.
 


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 19, 2017, 05:49:59 PM
short update, got to go to our chapter meeting.
got one coon today and two more beaver. one in a snare and one in a 750. got a hole bunch or snares out today. bad thing is that I have to pull them tomorrow so we can move to other ground ( or should I say water)


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 20, 2017, 06:07:04 PM
Pulled the line today and so ready to move to some new ground. Todays count was 3 beaver and one coon. Someone thanks we will be out all day tomorrow so I guess it will be a long day. If my count is right we need 19 more. and someone said this new place will hold some good numbers, hope so this 2 and three days are getting old.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on January 20, 2017, 08:10:59 PM
Boy oh boy, I get to go out tomorrow, bob sounds extremely excited and he should be it's gonna be awesome!!!!! I can't make it out Sunday so I'm going to make sure he has something in the boat to cuss me about. I just finished getting my gear loaded for the morning. This might be my last venture, I checked on out of state liscence cost.....ha! that ain't happening this late in the season. I also looked at the calander and didn't realize there are so many weeks to he fur sale so I may get a small chance at some spring rats.
I know bob is ready for this to be over, :-* I'm sure I might be to if I was able to be out every day I guess that is one of the bitter sweet things of working all week and then running 2 days. Your body doesn't HAVE to endure the stress of everyday trapping. On the flip side you don't GET to endure the stress of trapping everyday. I will miss weekends with bob and I'm sure we'll have to get into some other trouble once trapping season is over.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on January 21, 2017, 07:18:25 PM
We got on a new leg of the line, soon after getting on the water bob spotted a pair of beaver swimming around. That's about the best sign you can find, but as far as sign that was about the best we saw. This is a location I am accustomed to trapping, beaver are a little harder to narrow down. No 30 foot slides one after another. We did find several really nice castor mounds and one castor castle. We also found rat sign in a few of the back wash spots and set that up. We managed to find a frequented otter toilet and set it up. I set up a few snares and used more otter gland throughout today than I ever have, so we should manage a few opposums.
We didn't quite make a full day of it so as soon as I got back to the shop I decided to set a few more, shortly after I was shut down by thunderstorms so in hindsight I'm glad we got off the water when we did.
Not sure what the rain will do for water level but we tried to set a varriety of sets so maybe something will continue to work.
I think we would have gotten out a few more sets but we spent a lot of time treasure hunting. I got a good length of barge rope, a shopping basket(which I never thought about for trapping, but is sure going to be handy), a few pieces of drift wood, some fishing lures, milk crates, etc.

Looks like a possible nasty morning tomorrow I sure wish I could make it out, I'll have the little one and I'm not quite ready to let him out on the river.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 21, 2017, 07:29:11 PM
someone got all the goodies and left me nothing. I sure the lures was on my list. We did kinda looked like Sanford and Son...
 :-*
Bob is taking the new guy out so I'm sure he will enjoy the rain with me.....


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 23, 2017, 08:10:20 PM
Yesterdays count was 6 beaver. Not a hole lot of beaver sign in this new area. We spread the line out quit a was. And the water in most places wasn't deep enough to set a drowner rig. Have I said anything about the mud. This place has the deepest stuff I have ever seen, I would get out of the boat and sink down to my knees.
Pulled the sets today because I have a lot of things going on tomorrow. The count for today was 5 and that means there is 8 left on that 100 goal. If the 101th one is in a snare and I can let it go then I will just to spite Travis.
Travis got a gift today in one of his sets yesterday and had to do a little work to remove a goose. That thing sure was happy to be free. Today Travis got another gift but I will let him post about it.
After the last catch I will post all the pics I took thought the season.
 


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on January 24, 2017, 04:42:04 PM
Mud?? Huh didn't notice. It's just a different kind of sign, it's sure amazing how an animal will change habits under different habitat.
As for the gifts?......First ever snared otter!! I've caught them in conibears, leg holds, but never have with a snare. I've been after that one catch all year.
Bob also picked up a few dead fish for me. They had gill net marks on them, so apparently they had been tossed but didn't make it. I was happy as a lark for both!! 
Home stretch now, hopefully I can still get in a few rats after the 100 are caught and still before the sale.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 25, 2017, 07:37:42 PM
so got back from the doctors yesterday and found that our well pump went out. So stupid Bob pulled it by himself. Someone has thrown there back out real bad. I went out anyway and set 9 750's and 18 or so snares. I don't thank that this back can take to much more. Had to call a old army buddy to give me a hand tomorrow so I don't make it any worse. So if we get one or 8 I thank my season is over.
So what it takes to run a line? maybe a good back.......


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 26, 2017, 07:23:04 PM
So me and my buddy went out and pulled that line. Not a hole lot of movement last night. We ended with three more to the count and that leaves 4. The guy was like a kid in a candy store. More in amazement that that big of a critter could be caught. Was sure glad to have the help. Now he wants to go out again, and said he would do all the heavy lifting and bending. So now I got talked into going back out Saturday.
now I'm thanking will this ever end    ^-^ :-[


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on January 31, 2017, 05:32:05 PM
I didn't get to go out Saturday and decided to go see my brother that I haven't seen in a few months.
It was to good of a day to pass up so I went out today even though the boss said I better not. I got a few sets out but with this back thing I'm moving a hole lot slower. Takes a few minutes to catch my breath after setting out one of those sand bags. I'm glad Travis showed me how to set those snares, but some places just call for a trap. I thank the count is still 4 and surely I can get it done by the weeks end. Hope so I'm sure wore down. Now if I can get the freezer emptied we will be done, ready to do some fishing and crawfish hunting.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on February 01, 2017, 08:28:28 PM
These last few are getting to be a pain. We got 3 more today, not a hole lot but that leaves 1. Surely out of 20 or so sets we can get one. I did have a funny today. I was going to one of the set locations that had two snares at it when I saw what looked like a small otter. As I got closer it became clear it was a mink. Now how did a mink get in a snare loop that was set for a beaver? Crazy things happen. Just so everyone knows that this is my first mink. I have cleaned some that I find on the road, ( could I leave a 20 laying on a road) but I have never trapped them. Now just for thought, If I caught it in a beaver set couldn't I just take a hammer and smash its tail and call it a beaver. I don't thank Travis  would count it. I thank I will have to have it tanned and keep it.
anyway tomorrow will be the last day I get to trap for a while, I have two hogs that need to be put in the freezer so I got to get all those beaver I have put up. Then the big task of cleaning everything up to prep for the hog killing.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: bblair on February 03, 2017, 02:23:36 PM
I pulled all the sets yesterday so I thought. The first 3 sets was empty and the next was a snare which held a nice beaver and made the 100th of the year. Got two more that day which now we can say we are over 100 in a season....
We I got home I did a count of traps and snare that I had set out to set. There seemed to be two 750s that didn't make it home. Now I cant say here how mad I was after unloading everything and unhooking the boat to find that I have to go look for two traps that I did not plot on the GPS. The first trap was where the first beaver was caught in the snare. I thank what I did was set the 750 in and mark it then add the snare to a trail 10 feet away. The bank had fell in and covered the trap so that is why I did see it. The next missing trap was in a place were I thought I put a snare the other day but did mark it. when I went by the set the day before yesterday I though why didn't I set here. and went on. Today I found it because there seemed a critter held and I can say this is my first time catching one. I caught coon, otter and a possum. I have never caught a coyote in a 750. just another crazy thing I can say I have done I guess. I did bring my camera but did get a pic on the phone.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on February 03, 2017, 11:30:37 PM
Back in town this weekend, my oldest has a tournament this weekend. Going to try and get out in the morning and set a few traps. I need to get some fur put up tomorrow night.


Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Trav821 on February 11, 2017, 03:15:27 PM
Well aside from a couple of coyotes drying the fur work is done!! I went over to bobs this am and picked up what he had finished, he put me in charge of giving all this fur away. Lol
We made a plan of where we are sending what, since neither of us are one egg basket Kinda people. I got everything back to the shop ran through them with a brush and rag one last go round. Everything was sized first then Went through the 2 grade system it sucked or it didn't....
Lots of stuff going to the tannery this year.
Lots of first for both bob and I, everyone starts a season with some  semblance of a goal, one of mine was to discover the value of a snare, I have in years past ignored them as a useful tool for no other reason than ignorance on my part. They will be a staple in my truck in the future.

What does it take to run a line?????.......
Aside from lots and lots and lots of time management and juggling family, work and other responsibilities. The space management of your precious freezer space and stretchers. Over coming equipment malfunction, body failure, wader repair after repair, tangles, cold hands, bit up beaver and rats, lots of fur work, barge traffic, weather, and a boss that expects you to show up to work Monday mornings.
I don't know Maybe I can figure it out next year.  ;D

This is a good portion of the fur minus otter, coyotes, fox, cat and a few beaver still on wood. Sure doesn't look like much in a picture I will say that. I'm plenty proud to have been a part of it though.
(http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj625/otter821/3E32056B-3B06-47E8-924E-A032047BE93A.jpg) (http://s1271.photobucket.com/user/otter821/media/3E32056B-3B06-47E8-924E-A032047BE93A.jpg.html)



Title: Re: What it takes to run a line.
Post by: Wayne Watson on February 11, 2017, 04:35:34 PM
Good job.

Will the next series be "What it takes to get ready to run a line"?