Beavers spend a large part of their adult and adolescent lives in aqueous environments. Beaver skin is covered with oily hair that is waterproof and soft to the touch, making their pelts one of the higher priced on the fur market today. Fetching between $30-60 per pelt depending on the condition, it is obvious why trappers would be interested in learning every trick they possibly can regarding catching beavers. Snaring is an age-old method for beaver trapping that preserves the condition of the pelt.
Begin by finding areas where beavers frequent. Signs will include chewed trees, dammed up water, and "slides" or areas where beavers slide from the side of the creek into the water.
Drive one of the stakes into the side of the creek bank next to one of the beaver slides. The slides are the areas where you know exactly where the beavers will be moving through, therefore making it easier to snare them.
Build the snare by cutting a four foot long piece of cable and making a small loop in the end by clamping one of the swages on the cable with the swage clamp.
Slide the other end of the cable through the small loop and then secure the end of the cable to the metal stake. Position the large loop in the line of the beaver slide. When a beaver slides down the bank, its head will go through the snare and it will tighten, capturing the animal.
Repeat steps 1-3 on as many slides as you can find.
Items you will need
- Heavy gauge wire
- Cable cutters
- Swage clamps
- 14" metal stakes
- Its a good idea to mark your name on the snares so that people know whose catch it is.
- Check your local hunting regulations as each locality has different limits and time frames that are legal.