Beaver & Coyote Trapping in Ohio 2017-2018 season

by: Mike Less - Farmhand Mike

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hello it's mic lesson today is Tuesday December 26 day after Christmas and it is the first day of beaver trapping season in Ohio so I am west of Greenville Ohio and there is a drainage ditch here I've been scouting it out here for the last couple weeks these beavers just moved in probably in September or so and I scouted this out but the whole time I scouted this I had in mind that it would not be frozen Wow Christmas Eve we got about an inch of snow it got really cold it's about 10 degrees this morning so there's ice so that changed my game plan of what I originally was gonna do with some traps here so I could not find their Bank dens there's no beaver lodge here there's a dam I found the feed pile but I never found I assume they're living in the bank because there's high banks here like I said it's a drainage ditch and with the ice that should be easier to locate so probably go for some 330 caught of bears in the runs but I need to find them first got my hip waders on and I brought some number three foothold traps in case I do a caster mound I brought some snares in case there is an open spot if they're still feeding coming up getting some trees but like I said there's a feed pile so they're probably gonna stay under the ice but we'll see about that in the 3:30 Connor bear brought a axe shovel I think I brought about everything but I knew I would forget something I'm about 12 miles from home right now and the only thing I forgot was my tool to set the springs on a 330 Conibear but I think I can manhandle it it's a little tough but if I used my knee put the trap in and I hold the trap and push with the pull with the other hands I think I can get it so hope for the best there so let's see what happens okay got my trapping basket put all three 30s in here some there's I brought someone ten kana bears just in case I I did see some mink signs when I was scouting us a couple weeks ago so if I see a place where I could possibly set some mink traps brought someone 10s for that I have not seen any muskrat signs but I'm sure they're here the other thing you can see that bridge over there


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under the road so they got a dam on the north side of the bridge and then they got a feed pile south of the bridge so let's take a look here what we're gonna get into okay you can see it's iced over and there's the Beaver Dam down there you see open water just past the dam so I may be able to do a a dam break said I don't know and then I think they're living up here because there's uh you can see there I don't know if you can see it there's their feed pile there the branch is sticking up so they did stockpile a bunch of branches and stuff there and there's a lot of trees I wanted to drainage ditch taken down on the south side so we're gonna hike up there I see beaver signs up this way for about a quarter of a mile and then they stop so I shouldn't be real thick and maybe under the bridge here it's not frozen and we might be able to do maybe a caster mount set under there okay so I got four traps in under water here I did three Conibear sets with three thirty corner bears and I have one snare all underwater I think there's probably maybe a pair of two-year-old beavers here not sure maybe just a beaver by itself but I went over here to the feed pile and was doing a little digging around it you can see the air bubbles and stuff I think they're dendup just between here in the bridge and I found a pathway here on a feed pile where they were going by so I got two three thirty Connor bears there and then there was another when I put a snare in so we'll see what happens I was just a little bit afraid the ice isn't thick enough to walk across it's only maybe an inch to two inches in some spots and I'm here by myself the water is about as deep as my hip waders so I don't want to take a chance so I tried not to go too far in I was maybe in a couple feet so I got the sets here and then I got another set there was uh down by the dam fall take you down there and we'll look at that so we're just south of where the feed pile is and there's a lot of trees over there the Beavers have chewed up but with everything froze over I'm sure they're done you see there's a bunch of little trees right along here but they have not off and here's one where they started to eat the bark off and here's a bigger tree you can see they started on this tree here and of course I don't think they'll touch it now until the water thaws there that's what beavers do so they eat the bark and then they were I'm assuming Maduro who could be chewed in there just eating the park here and you can see where they're probably coming up that would be a good place to set a trap if the water wasn't frozen and that was kind of my plan when I was scouting this out originally and here's a little piece of course there's a tree they took down anyhow that's what beavers do all right here's showed you this from across the creek but here's several trees along here and they've been working and the viewers they're working both sides of the road here here's a couple more trees they've been going on building up that feed pile hi soon and there are some people here a few years ago and they got trapped out built a dam in the same spot pretty much so there's an old couple year old tree not off and there's a fresh one here's another look at the Beaver Dam go down here and check it out I got one trap set here I got a 3:30


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I'm still debating about putting one here in Ohio 3:30 Connor bear traps have to be completely submerged underwater not sure if the viewers are coming across here at all but just in case they are here's a spot where they might be coming through when I got a 3:30 in their stand and I got the stick across so they'll dive down and hopefully swim right in the trap okay so I'm out here to check my beaver traps for the first time set for traps here at this Creek yesterday there's a beaver dam in a feed pile and we're gonna go check them it got down to negative for last night it's warmed up five degrees so I'm gonna have to chop through some ice to get to my trap so let's see what we got


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yeah


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and the gloves got


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all right there you go not a bad-sized beaver I got another trap down here I had a snare I didn't get nothing in the snare that I can see any help yeah


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there you go first beaver of the 2017 traffic


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all right back out here on the second day of checking traps when I've got another beaver we had some camera trouble battery went dead in filled the SD card on the other one so I just got a couple pictures here with the phone to put in a video but first day had a forty pound male beaver and reset that trap cut this 37 pal the next day so as I suspected a pair of two-year-old beavers in this ditch and that's all I ended up catching and nothing so moved on all right know what they're doing and I spend way too much time when I skinny animals so here we go Wayne Lakes okay


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all right like I said we're at seeing J furs and they're gonna grade this beaver I cut this morning alright so let's do a tour here of C&J furs you can find them they have a Facebook page and you can look them up on line cnj first calm this place is the ultimate trapping store so I'm pretty happy that this is less than two miles from my house they have everything you need here for trapping they got all kinds of traps baits tolls equipment snares you can buy some tanned hides here if you wanna you know coyote your beaver or whatever already tanned you can use for decoration whatnot get some t-shirts here they have everything you need so just walking through the aisles here I really like this place which I had time to trap more and come over here more good group of guys Jim and Corby Anderson father and son that run this place both very good people and you know they even give me a hard time which I deserve so I appreciate that too but anyways that's a quick through the store we're gonna go back over to the other side here and this is Corby Anderson and he is uh he does some trapping and he's really good at skinning and he's gonna go ahead and get this beaver skin for us and first thing you want to do you're gonna have to cut the tail in the feed off the beavers are skinned different than other animals they cut them right up the center so really from the tail right up to the mouth cut it right up straight up line as you'll see here and then just peel them around and once the fête fat and everything is scraped off and then they're actually gonna stretch them in a circle and you'll see some of the beaver the beaver hides here of these two beaver that I caught in on the stretcher and then we're gonna do a coyote later on here got a couple coyote traps coming up and stay tuned for that and he's gonna skin a coyote for us as well also I guess I should say if this may not be suitable for everybody skinning an animal so if you don't like this maybe stop watching here so when skinning of any animal a sharp knife is crucial so they have several knifes here and he constantly is sharpening them and he as he cuts the beaver up here with a knife though they're also make a rounded knife that people use on beavers like I said since they beavers don't actually appeal and you gotta you gotta go with the knife the whole way around they'll use this rounded knife and some guys will actually like with that rounded knife thinking they can skin it and peel it in keep a lot of the fat right on the animal itself so they don't have to do much fleshing to the fat once the beaver skinned and other guys just use a knife and just go back and forth like he is here it's really Skinner preference so beavers beaver fur used to be very very popular in back in the early settler days Indian days uh beaver fur is just people like to use it for blankets hats whatnot it's a really nice fur and people don't use fur like they used to anymore but beavers are very destructive in actually at one point beavers were almost extinct because their fur was so popular in really in late 1800s Early 1900s beavers were thought to be about extinct and they started showing back up in Ohio in like 1930s 1940s up in Northeast Ohio and they worked their way westward and now they're everywhere when I was a kid and started trapping with my dad we used to trap some muskrats on the farm but down at my grandparents on my mom's side he had a big swamp and some fishing ponds and there was always beavers there so I was remember seeing beaver as a kid in I got the trap down there when I was in junior high in somebody followed our tracks through the snow and stole every one of my beaver traps and so my first experience trapping beavers was not good every trap was stolen in obviously people were trespassing no one was allowed to be there but they literally followed followed our footprints through the snow chopped through the ice and stole every trap so that ended that I didn't have really much money back then in junior high to buy a lot of beaver traps so that pretty well ended that in back in them days beavers were making their comeback and you were allowed to get three beaver back then if you were trapping maximum a three per person and now it's unlimited because beavers so overpopulated now and the damage they do so there's no limit no beg limit on trapping beavers in Ohio right now sup beaver fur here will be sold off and used in he's also gonna cut later on he's gonna cut some of the meat off this and make some beaver jerky which I will tell you was pretty darn good so obviously be reserved vegetarians mostly eating plants that grow in the water in a bark off of trees and limbs and whatnot but they are a rodent but beaver jerky was pretty good I've never had beaver stew or anything like that but people say that's real good as well right down to its nose here and this of course any animal when you get to the face around the eyes ears nose and stuff that's always tough you got to use a knife so he's just about done with this beaver as you'll see here just getting the nose the nose was a little bit froze to the carcass as he finished up okay folks that's how you skin a beaver there is the beaver hide in they will put that on the board and scrape all the fat off and then they'll hang it and look at them teeth so one thing you might not know about beavers beavers teeth are always growing they never stop growing and that's why they're orange but since they're eating trees and stuff them bottom teeth are razor sharp for chewing trees down whatnot but like I said their teeth are constantly wearing and growing at the same time so actually if a beaver if you is to catch one and raise it as a pet and just feed it plants and whatnot it didn't have what to chew on their teeth will keep on growing and grow up through their skull and kill them in the castor glands out of the beaver and then will be used for bait or and it can be used for perfume but every bit of this beaver will be sold off and used so none of this is is going to waste in all right now he's he's got the glands out there he's gonna separate them and right there is the Beavers castor gland scent glands both male and female beavers have them so that's their scent that beavers use to mark their territory they're very territorial so here in the drying room is some raccoons bunch of Coon pelts here and you can see how they're skinned like I was talking about and here's a bunch of furs out in the room that have already been skinned dried cured here's some coyotes and he's got several out here ready to go to market so Ohio typically you're gonna have red fox coyotes raccoons muskrat you see they're mink skunk opossum here's a bunch of deer hides this C&J furs also buys deer hides and cowhide so there's a bunch he's hauling away to sell tomorrow so lots of deer hides deer season just ended or shotgun season just ended muzzle loader coming up but the bulk of Ohio deer taken during shotgun season so there's a bunch of them ready to go to market and whatnot so there you go okay so we're going to go back inside where it's warm here and he is butchering the beaver they're getting some of the good cuts of meat off of it and like I said the rest of the beaver will be sold off there's somebody there to buy all of it and ever but of this animal will be used so now there's a mink that they caught this morning and it's skinned and they're flushing the fat off of it and back there there's your beaver strips again that will be made in the jerky nice piece of meat there if anyways can't really sell that but if you know somebody that traps and makes jerky there you go so there's a muskrat he's putting on a stretcher and also you're going to notice some animals when they're skinned in cured some animals are first side out in first side in so this is a mink right here he's putting on the stretcher in first side in so you can see the skin on the outside and he will pull that down and pin it stretch it let it dry Oh mink muskrat raccoons possums and skunk which them to animals I don't like to catch because they're not worth anything or more trouble than they're worth but they are all skinned and stretched first side in and then you take your Fox in coyote they are first side out so once these animals are skinned and fleshed and put on the stretchers they go into the drying room in in about two days they're cured and then he can take them out put them in in bags and get them ready to go to the fur market typically in Ohio trapping season comes in around November 10th and ends end of January depending what county you live in some of them go on even into March and beaver season does not come in till December 26 beaver fur Prime's up later than other fur so that's the reason it's later on and you can trap water animals up until the end of February to middle of March depending what county you live in all right New Year's Eve and got the first coyote of the year got him in a snare there was a hole in the fence right here that they were crossing so went ahead and stuck two snares here and we were successful last night okay so we're back at C and J furs and he's got some coyotes the skin here in Corby Anderson's gonna show you how to do that so again this skin and a coyote may not be suitable for all viewers so if you didn't like the beaver and I got back to watching this video you may not want to watch this so anyway so you don't need the legs when your skin - coyote so the legs are the first thing to come off in it's just as easy to cut them off in again this coyotes being skinned for the fur but all of it will be used for something now I'm personally not going to eat a coyote I don't think it would be very good I'd have to be starving or pretty damn hungry before I would do that I figure there's a reason on the Lewis and Clark expedition why of all the animals that they killed for food they have they only ate one coyote on that whole three-year journey and I'm sure they they did it because they had to and it didn't taste very good and one was enough that's just my guess so anyways he's again a sharp knife is crucial he's gonna cut around the back legs and then he cuts down this is totally opposite of how the beaver was skinned and again this is how every other animal is pretty much skinned other than the beaver so it cuts down from around two feet leg to leg and then you split the tail and then take that cut up to where he sliced from foot to foot and then he's gonna strip the tail here now he's gonna do this coyote probably in about five minutes maybe maybe not quite even that and there's some you can do a search here on YouTube and there's guys that have skin these things in a little over a minute they are pretty tough animal to skin but guys do have competition who can skin them the fastest but you got to be careful you don't tear it and whatnot so you gotta be a little cautious but it would personally for me I'd spend an hour skinning this that's why it's just as easy to bring them over here and let these guys do it so and then he's got a hoist here and you're gonna see which is gonna save a lot of tug and and stuff once he gets everything stripped down another problem I have when I skin animals is the tail he's gonna split the tail here and then they make a tool you can put around the tail and strip it pull the tail out of the bone off a lot of times especially on raccoons I've ripped the tail off about half way so he makes it look pretty easy here he's skinned a lot of coyotes in his day the coyote is pretty popular throughout the state of Ohio this animal is not native to the state of Ohio this coyote was mostly a Western animal or a desert animal back in the day and it's made its way eastward and this is a pretty pretty versatile animal and I can survive about anywhere they are throughout the entire United States live in rural and urban areas there's coyote spotted in Central Park in New York they can adapt and live about anywhere so a lot of people you might see them yeah they say stay pretty well hid but if you're looking they they definitely blend in we're where we live here in western Ohio with the crops and stuff in the winter if there's no snow they blend in real good really hard to spot but they do come out mostly at night and if you got cats and dogs running around your yard if they're hungry enough especially cats they'll take cats they like cats and small dogs in coyotes can also breed with domesticated dogs and McKoy dogs so coyotes are commonly this color you see here but I have saw a few black ones before I've never caught a black one but anyhow hey some of them are red or have a red tint to them so a little bit everything here but this color you see here is probably the most common coyotes for the most part avoid humans but there has been I think 160 coyote attacks in the United States since they've been keeping track and if some coyotes have even killed some people before so it's not very common but it can happen I know a couple years ago I went out to my and I had five coyotes running around me as I was climbing in the stand in in the morning and the dark in that's not a good feeling I'd be afraid of what five coyotes can do I know some people have seen a couple you know two coyotes chased down a deer these animals have a lot of stamina they can run a long ways and they can run a deer back and forth where that deer down and then tire it out and take it down this is also a very smart animal so when you're trapping these if you do not do everything just right you're not gonna catch a coyote they have a good sense of smell and everything you got a you know boil your traps wax your traps snares which I cut these with bacon or boil them in some baking soda you have to remove that human scent you set a steel trap and do what they call commonly a dirt hole set you have to boil that trap wax your trap and when you set that wear rubber gloves you know wear hip waders so your pants are not kneeling down on the ground leaving your scent these are a very smart animal and they're gonna come in and if there's any sign of human scent they're gonna take off and not get into the trap I've even had coyotes come up to my dirt hole sets and they will literally dig up a trap or dig right around it and expose that steel and take off never get caught so very very smart animal and like I said if you want to catch these you about have to do everything just right and you still don't get them all my first trappin video I didn't take the time to make videos of me setting the traps and like I said it's just one more thing in the mix and you're trying to not leave your scent in change gloves what not I didn't want to bring a camera into the mix and risk anything so he's about got this coyote skinned out here just getting down to the head and this will be put over on the table and scraped and put on the stretcher like I said coyotes skinned and when they're on the stretcher they are going to be first side out so the coyote and the Fox first side out everything else first side in I do not claim to be an expert trapper by any means I have get a couple coyotes every year though for the few traps I put out it's hard for me to run a big trapline when my job involves traveling out of town and stuff because traps have to be checked every 24 hours if I'm not home every day it's obviously I can't run a run a trapline mostly during Thanksgiving and Christmas break so you're gonna see a snare set coming up here on next coyote in just the hole in the fence here here's where I cut that one coyote head on the video and if you look close there you can see the loop there coyote runs through it and chokes it now I've never had a snare I've every coyote I've ever snared any animal I've ever snared has always been alive when I get there you can get locking snares but in Ohio them are illegal so you know a lot of times dogs are running through here self people let their dogs run and I have snared a few dogs and dogs usually just sit there and waiting you take them out of the snare in off they go so that's why people that let your dogs run loose they forget about it during trapping season and I have snared dogs and places where there should be no domesticated dogs here's another set I had on New Year's Eve here got this coyote there was a hole right here where they were crossing through the fence and he tore this up pretty good so when I reset this I had to get some sticks and stuff and camouflage it back up a lot of times coyotes are caught here they're gonna you know leave their scent urinate and stuff and another coyote is gonna come by and check it out so I'm not going to show you how me dispatching a coyote on film but use a 22 long rifle and here's the reset of the snare right there back at C&J furs and there's the beavers I told you there's you know how they're skinned and there they are stretched out there's the one I caught on the first day the big bigger one and there's the one from the second they just a little bit smaller there's a few coyotes and there's a couple more skinned out ok so now we are back a couple days later after no more beavers farmer is bringing tobacco in to dig out the beaver dam these beavers gnaw when they dammed up this Creek they stopped all the drain tile so yeah I know it's nice to see beavers reestablishing in the area and whatnot but they are very destructive and like I said they can flood out Auditors a lot formally and they've done a lot of trees whatnot they can do it although they are a fascinating animal they can do a lot of damage and you'll just see how tight this beaver dam is built it's amazing how a couple 40 to 60 pound rodents can come in here with their teeth and nerve feet in gather up sticks rocks and mud and just make a dam tight dam if you know what I mean so you don't just dig these out by hand very easily so you bring the backhoe in but unless you take out the whole dam if you if you didn't get all the Beavers they'll be back and they will builder right back up so the only thing is when it's cold like this beavers are staying they had the feed pile you know a little little farther down the creek there in her gets up the creek in this case the way the water was running but they had their feed pile so they just pretty much stayed under the ice and just go from their den to their feet pile under water and unless there's a you know they were still living in this massive hole here they'd probably down to check it out but for just a little hole like your typical dam break set that people do for beavers when it's more cooled like this they're probably not gonna come down for just a if there's just a little bit of water leaking by my dad has some good stories when he was a kid in you could legally buy dynamite and use it on the farm he said my grandpa used to dynamite everything and we had a creek to run through the home farm there and there was some beavers through there back in the day and he said my grandfather would but dynamite in these and blow them up and a lot of times that'll scare the beavers and they won't move on just digging them out with your typical backhoe or whatever unless you trap them out they'll be back and no filter right back up but dynamite shakes the ground seems to scare him away anyways see the water going down now the field farther down here we'll be able to drain and go from there but I guarantee you in the next this spring when be reserved beaver parents are kicking up their two-year-olds give it a year or two there'll be a dam here in the near future and hopefully I get to come back and trap it and as I mentioned a couple times in earlier in a video this video may not be suitable for all viewers but if you're still watching at this point it must have been suitable but everything I did in this video was legally done I have a hunting oh hi Oh hunting and trapping permit every year I have signed landowner permission you have to have your name tag on all your traps and for beavers 330 Connor bear traps have to be completely submerged underwater so everything was done by the book however due to vandalism and theft I will never say the exact location where I have traps I have till the end of February to trap beaver so I will come back here and double-check make sure no more have moved back in and that I did indeed get them all like I think I did I have another location where there's some beavers that have done some damage on some farmland just waiting to hear back on the landowner on that but I think I have like I said till the end of February so that works out we'll make another trapping video and again like always thanks for watching my videos and



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In this video I show setting and checking beaver traps then show you some coyotes I caught in snares. I also take the animals over to C&J Furs in Wayne Lakes Ohio and explain the process of skinning the animals and the fur process. Everything in this video was done in accordance to all Ohio trapping and hunting laws.
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