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Since I've registered for the giveaway, I felt obligated to post.  So here goes.

I'm predominately a trapper for six months of the year who enjoys hunting in my down time. I've hunted the same family farm in Otsego County for over 40 yrs, or since I was old enough. I used to hunt the state land some,  before that became a thing to do. Now it's mostly to crowded for my liking.

I enjoy the banter and  between you guys and may join in occasionally now that I took the time to figure out how to post.

Lastly I can't recall who posted about some Beaver near Garrattesville that needed trapped but I'm in the area all season so....

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47 minutes ago, riverrat said:

Since I've registered for the giveaway, I felt obligated to post.  So here goes.

I'm predominately a trapper for six months of the year who enjoys hunting in my down time. I've hunted the same family farm in Otsego County for over 40 yrs, or since I was old enough. I used to hunt the state land some,  before that became a thing to do. Now it's mostly to crowded for my liking.

I enjoy the banter and  between you guys and may join in occasionally now that I took the time to figure out how to post.

Lastly I can't recall who posted about some Beaver near Garrattesville that needed trapped but I'm in the area all season so....

Welcome, riverrat!  That was me on the beavers.  In fact, I will be up late Thursday through Sunday with the landowner (my best friend of the last 54 years).  I know we'd like to see the "herd thinned some".  It is a beaver's paradise, so no chance of trapping too many.  I'll reach out with my cell via PM here.  We are in Garrattsville/New Lisbon area off route 16.    

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22 minutes ago, virgil said:

Welcome RiverRat.  My place is near Garratsville and i have definitely noticed an increase in beaver activity.  There are beaver dams all over Rt. 51 that weren't there just two years ago. 

That's our fault on some level.  The buddy of mine that bought a 247 acre farm that has Butternut Creek flowing through it was once a beaver wetland creation complex candidate by the local NRCS field office.  That one property is cranking beaver like no others.  The NRCS planted at least 3 types of willow and at least 2 types of alders which are all beaver candy that propagates as fast as the beavers can cut them down.  The state no longer stocks trout by us because the stream gets too warm in summer due to all the backed up sections the beavers dam.  And those beavers are continuously being pushed to new habitats based on their numbers, and some of what you are seeing may be from our property.  By "our", I mean my buddy's.  

"A sinking fly is closer to Hell" - Anonymous 

 

https://www.troutscapes.com

https://nativefishcoalition.org/national-board

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1 hour ago, nywaw said:

Awesome!  Welcome aboard @riverrat and glad you're posting!  Any trapping pics to share?  We always enjoy those!  If you need any help along the way figuring out how to post anything, just let us know! :up:

I would post a couple if you could tell me how. I'm using android.

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20 minutes ago, riverrat said:

I would post a couple if you could tell me how. I'm using android.

Simple.  Go to the paperclip on the bottom and look for the "choose files" which is underlined.  Click that and select the image or images you want off your phone and they will post up like shown....

Agust in front of US flag for FB.jpg

"A sinking fly is closer to Hell" - Anonymous 

 

https://www.troutscapes.com

https://nativefishcoalition.org/national-board

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2 hours ago, Bucksnbows said:

That's our fault on some level.  The buddy of mine that bought a 247 acre farm that has Butternut Creek flowing through it was once a beaver wetland creation complex candidate by the local NRCS field office.  That one property is cranking beaver like no others.  The NRCS planted at least 3 types of willow and at least 2 types of alders which are all beaver candy that propagates as fast as the beavers can cut them down.  The state no longer stocks trout by us because the stream gets too warm in summer due to all the backed up sections the beavers dam.  And those beavers are continuously being pushed to new habitats based on their numbers, and some of what you are seeing may be from our property.  By "our", I mean my buddy's.  

There was a small pond on Holdridge Road that we used to duck/goose hunt.  It's tripled in size over the past few years- unhuntable now.  I did see a guy trapping beavers in there a few years ago.  They've made a mess of that spot.  Along 51, there are small creeks/puddles that never existed before- i actually see ducks and geese in them just a few yards off the road.

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3 hours ago, virgil said:

Welcome RiverRat.  My place is near Garratsville and i have definitely noticed an increase in beaver activity.  There are beaver dams all over Rt. 51 that weren't there just two years ago.

Virgil , the problem is access, when one farmer buys all the land and doesn't allow access for trapping it becomes a problem. And while your here, Why was 51 closed above Garrattsville last week? Do you know?

The small pond on Sam Holdridge road your talking about was the first place I Goose hunted....in 1981. :)

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45 minutes ago, riverrat said:

Virgil , the problem is access, when one farmer buys all the land and doesn't allow access for trapping it becomes a problem. And while your here, Why was 51 closed above Garrattsville last week? Do you know?

The small pond on Sam Holdridge road your talking about was the first place I Goose hunted....in 1981. :)

Wow, that's awesome.  It was the first spot we got permission on- i only got my place a few years ago.  We don't hunt there anymore.

Sorry, i have no idea about the road closure- haven't been up there in a few weeks.

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