BEAVER TRAPPING—Can a beaver trap be set from the bank or must you wade the water? What is the best way to fasten the trap chain for beavers?
Where beavers are not trapped much and are not wary the traps may be set from the bank and they will catch practically as well, but it is best to have a tin cup or a bunch of boughs to wash away the scent that you leave on the bank. But it is difficult to fasten the trap properly from the bank and it is always best to wade the water or set the traps from a boat. The trap chain may be run over a wire or chain (Oneida Community’s drowning chain) to lead the trapped animal into deep water where it will drown, but the most practical way is to slip the ring of the chain over a smooth dead pole, on which it will slide easily, and fasten this out in the water at a forty-five degree angle. It should be driven well into the bed of the stream and should have a hook at the top so that the chain cannot be pulled off in case the beaver gets onto the hank, which it should never be allowed to do. If you can’t drive the pole down firmly you most fasten the top to the bank. Tie a stone of six or eight pounds’ weight to the chain just above the swivel. Beaver trapping is fully explained in the book, Science of Trapping.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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