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1  Trapping / Fur Handling / Too much damage on: March 10, 2015, 10:51:27 PM
I've been putting up fur for several years now, and I'm curious what y'all's opinion is about when you have too much damage to a pelt. I'm almost done putting up my fur for the year and I'm on my 24th beaver pelt. It has 20+ bite marks in it's hide from another beaver. I hate to waist any pelt, but when is the damage too great? I would spend quite a bit of time sewing this thing up.  And I don't want that time to be waisted if it won't even sell.
2  Trapping / General Trapping / Re: Sex of harvest on: January 31, 2014, 09:36:23 AM
I read somewhere, a while back, that in a healthy population there should be 1 to 1 male and female.  If the population is low for the given area there will be more females.  That way during the next breeding season there will be more offspring raising the overall population.  If the population is high it will be more males...reducing the chance of too many offspring.  IMO it is nature trying to correct itself.  This information was for coytoes, but I don't see why it wouldn't be the same for all furbearers. 
20 coons 18 male/2 female
4 opossums 4 male
8 beaver half and half
3 yotes 2 male/1 female
3 gray fox 2 female/ 1 male
1 red male
3  Trapping / General Trapping / Re: couple cats on: December 20, 2013, 09:29:48 PM
Great catch!
4  Trapping / General Trapping / Re: Last Night 2013-14 on: December 20, 2013, 06:58:44 PM
Caught a boar coon last night that measures 37" green. By far my largest coon ever!  He is probably to blame for the other boars I've been catching, in the same location, having bite marks all over their backs.
5  Trapping / General Trapping / Re: Trapping Seminar: Tips and Techniques (Jonesboro) on: December 11, 2013, 07:02:16 PM
We will try to get Charlie back up sometime in January. He and i spoke last night, but didn't set a permanent date. For those that haven't seen one of his seminars he really does a great job. If your just getting into trapping or want to pick up a few new tricks its worth coming for. Plus, we generally give out a few things for door prizes that you'd take with you on the line.
6  Trapping / Water Trapping / Should I trap on the hut? on: December 09, 2013, 06:15:49 PM
I did something I never usually do the past two nights due to water freezing around the levies at a duck club...I trapped on the beaver's hut. It was the only open water around and thats why i gave it a shot. I havent caught any yet, and they were really working the hut before i put body grips in the water around it. I did it one time at another location and thought I educated them instead of eliminating them. I did catch two the time before, but there were way more than that using the pond.

What's your thoughts?
7  Trapping / Fur Handling / Fleshing issue. on: November 27, 2013, 07:50:14 PM
Hey guys!  I'm relatively new to this forum, but have been trapping for a few years now. This year I am trying to put up my own fur. Last year I sold 146 pelts green and I felt like I was shorting myself by not going to the next step.
Today I tried fleshing my first opossum and coon. Everything went well, but the grinner's guard hairs were pulling through the hide. Did I flesh too hard, or is this normal?  Any tips would be appreciated.
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