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Welcome to howtotrapbeavers.com, the ultimate resource for learning how to trap beavers.

Throughout this site there is information detailing how to set different kinds of traps, in different situations, to catch beavers, as well as a page about the natural history and biology of beavers.  There are sections on the three main traps used for catching beavers- conibear traps, foothold traps, and snares.  There will also be detailed articles and videos showing different types of sets used to trap beavers and trapline video showing that these sets do actually work.  I hope you enjoy this site and it provides all the information you need to effectively pursue beavers.  If there is something missing or you have a question that the site doesn’t answer please shoot us an email at questions@howtotrapbeavers.com and we will get it answered.

Some may be asking, “why trap beavers, aren’t they endangered or protected?”  Actually no, in fact, in many regions of the country beaver populations are so high that they are a nuisance and cause property damage.  So there are some people that trap beavers solely from a management standpoint, trying to reduce or prevent damage.  Believe it or not, there is still a market for beaver pelts, so some people trap beavers for their hides.  Most of these people would fall into the category of conservationists, people who have a passion for wild things and wild places.  They want to take part in the active management of wildlife populations, to participate in a legal, ethical harvest of game, in a manner that is regulated to ensure that wildlife populations continue to flourish.

As conservationists, we appreciate what the beaver offers to the ecosystem.  Beaver ponds teem with wildlife of all kinds, and that wetland habitat is ever so precious.  We don’t seek to eliminate beavers, much to the contrary, we want to ensure that beavers are around for all the generations to see what incredible engineers they are.

Lets not forget that this country was discovered by beaver trappers, rugged mountain men who wandered the wilderness in the pursuit of game, and probably just as much in pursuit of the unknown.  I think that ideal resonates with anyone who traps beavers.  It takes a special breed of person to continually pursue beaver trapping.  The trapping itself is hard work, and that doesn’t take into account what has to go on after the catch to prepare your pelts for the market.  But there is truly a great deal of satisfaction that occurs when one runs his hands through a well put up beaver pelt.  To know the work that went into that fur and the beautiful specimen that it produced, you know Jim Bridger had the same thoughts as he trapped beavers in the Rocky Mountains 200 years ago dodging Indians and grizzly bears. What an incredible experience that must have been, and I for one think we need to keep that spirit alive, and how else can we do that other than to walk as closely in those footsteps as possible.

I hope this site can give you all the tools and information you need to learn how to trap beavers, and thus connect with those great pioneers that went before us, and the land that we are so blessed to enjoy.  Happy Trapping!

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