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Its lookin like Im going to have to learn how to coyote trap. Been scouting for beaver since the first of the month and there just isnt enough beaver aound to make it worth while. It seems this drought we are in is really taking its toll on our ponds most are dry as a bone. Places I trapped last year and needed waders are nothing but frozen mud now. I would think the rivers and lakes should be loaded beings they are the only places with water. I do have acouple places close to roads that have beavs Im thinking when I get them couple spots trapped out Im going to hangup the beaver traps for the season and hope we get abunch of snow and a rainy spring and start the recovery from this drought.

Done some 2 track running today and saw plenty of coyote sign to keep a coyote trapper happy, so that looks like what Im going to tackle now and see if I can catch one or two of these wary old michigan yotes. I have never skin a coyote before and hear there not fun but ill cross that bridge when I get there hopfuly. Dont want to get the wagon in front of the horses.


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Beaver and everythin else

Coyotes and bobcats are the only 2 things I'm really finding any sign of. I do a lot of scouting, riding and trapping in the Pigeon river forest area northeast to Rogers City. Areas I used to trap 2-3 mink are showing no sign at all - I haven't found one mink trail in the snow to date. I got out about 15 coon sets this afternoon and hope to get another 15 out tomorrow - it looks like the temps are going to stay in the low 40's all week!

I need to get a good 4 wheel drive vehicle and head up near Raco in the UP - thats where I was born and I know tons of good Beaver spots in the area - I haven't been finding many dens down here at all.

Good Luck on the Yotes - K-9 trapping is addictive - if you saved your muskrat carcasses you are in business. Tainted muskrat with Lenon's or any other good lure is a deadly combo!
 
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