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 on: December 09, 2018, 01:39:54 PM 
Started by Wayne Watson - Last post by Trav821
Washington county is 952 sq miles
Fayetville is 55 sq miles
While we are not trying to change municipal code to allow trapping in city limits, rural areas that do have beaver issues may be helped by Act 1358.

Iím sure you know what I meant by using the city as a fine example of ignorance over malice. Where the uneducated County employees speak for the counties best interest. Never mind the ever expanding gentrification of our states habitat for the well being booming NWA economy.
Beaver swamp.......pfttt! No thank you, weíll have another Walmart though!!

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 on: December 09, 2018, 12:20:37 PM 
Started by Wayne Watson - Last post by Wayne Watson
Remember the grief Fayetteville gave me about a problem beaver?  They did the same thing to Mr. Cecil Gibbs a few years back. 

I would be willing to go with you to those meetings.  I do like being proactive as opposed to being reactive.

Let me know how I can help.

Thanks.

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 on: December 08, 2018, 08:16:27 AM 
Started by Wayne Watson - Last post by Trav821
Reason for asking, if Trappers in NWA keep an eye out and take a picture of a beaver clogged culvert or even den digging, we would have a better chance of convincing the judge that it is needed.
If you can find more than a few inside city limits of fayetville, it would be even better. That would prove with an absence of trappers, even one, a beavers prejudice knows no limits.
Iíll see about talking with our conservation district appointee, to see just how much ďpaper workĒ is truly needed.
We can also talk to the road dept to get a general idea of man/machine hrs it takes to TEMPORARILY undo the clog.
It would be difficult, but if we knew a general number of beaver taken in the area, it may help as well. Someone not in the know may not realize that the problem may not be 1000 beaver a year but a few hundred.
With all that Iíd be willing to go to a conservation meeting or 2, to try and sway the committee to reevaluate.
Washington county had built a legal case against Arkansas Association of conservation counties for mismanagement of funds.
It stands to reason and logic that making the tax payer foot the bill on the road dept vs paying a few trappers a fraction to eliminate and properly prevent this type of road maintenance, is mismanagement of funds. One could call that, the pot calling the kettle black.

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 on: December 07, 2018, 09:58:23 PM 
Started by Wayne Watson - Last post by Roy Woods
No, Travis, but I will look around, and also check with the Washington County road department, and let you know.  I do recall that the creek crossing the Salem road was backed up the last time I crossed it.  But that is in the Fayetteville City limits, so I just got a good laugh out of that, since the good animal lovers there have passed laws that prohibit anyone from bothering anything with fur.  Guess it would depend on who is responsible for maintenance of the road.  Thanks, Travis.   

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 on: December 07, 2018, 05:51:38 AM 
Started by Trav821 - Last post by trapperjeff
cold wet day but cridders moved- 3 coyote--1 bob cat--1 coon --1 muskrat--1 otter

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 on: December 06, 2018, 11:35:41 AM 
Started by Trav821 - Last post by Wayne Watson
Unfortunately Iím aware it will be a full busy weekend.
Iíll be in Texas the first week of January then going south arkansas with bob for 2 weeks then back to Texas end of the month. That was the only weekend I had free so Iíve got to stuff it full. The Monday after the BBC Iím flying southward. You and I spoke about having it first week of feb but I found out Iíll be out of state. If youíre unable to make the meeting for working the bbc I understand.

No problem.  I like Western Sizzlin' but I can never talk Connie into going.   LOL

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 on: December 05, 2018, 08:55:22 PM 
Started by Trav821 - Last post by Trav821
Sunday Bob and I got out on the river to check and move some stuff around. We had 2 jumbo beaver.
We found a new hut and as I was hanging off the bow setting a snare a beaver decided to check us out.
I hollered at bob to grab the revolver out of my bag, with the rock and sway of the boat bob was able to take another beaver within 25 yards.

Next check produced 5 beaver, a coon, opposum  and pulled

In the mix Iíve added 28 rats, 2 mink, a couple skunks



Caught up  Thumbs Up!

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 on: December 05, 2018, 08:39:46 PM 
Started by Trav821 - Last post by Trav821
Unfortunately Iím aware it will be a full busy weekend.
Iíll be in Texas the first week of January then going south arkansas with bob for 2 weeks then back to Texas end of the month. That was the only weekend I had free so Iíve got to stuff it full. The Monday after the BBC Iím flying southward. You and I spoke about having it first week of feb but I found out Iíll be out of state. If youíre unable to make the meeting for working the bbc I understand.

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 on: December 05, 2018, 05:44:37 PM 
Started by Trav821 - Last post by Wayne Watson
You do know the District 1 meeting is that weekend, right?

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 on: December 05, 2018, 05:20:09 PM 
Started by Trav821 - Last post by Wayne Watson
I'm taking Friday off.  Will go down Thursday night and be there all day Friday and part of Saturday.  James never get's on here so I'll check with him and let you know.

Thanks.

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