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  1. #71
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    Thanks guys!

    Slept in this morning (6:30) to a cool house. Damn outdoor furnace didn’t stay burning with the very low quality wood I placed in it. I now know I need to mix a healthy dose of oak with the junk.

    Registered the doe, then went to check traps.

    One beaver and a muskrat.

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    Leave my rifle, my fishing pole, my traps, and leave me be.

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    Two beavers and one muskrat on stretchers drying as I type. This week, or weekend, I have a marsh to set for a landowner who invited me in. It’s always nice to have property owners that want wildlife managed on their land.


    On a humorous note, had a wheel barrow handle break this morning as I was moving wood for the furnace. I immediately recalled having stashed a used handle in my basement from a wheel barrow some one was throwing away. A little searching and I found it!

    Some penetrating oil, elbow grease, and never seize had the handle swapped out this evening and the unit back in action. Damn thing is about 23 years old.
    Last edited by outdoorsman; 11-16-2017 at 10:20 AM.
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    Just read through this, great job on the projects and filling the freezer. That plow came out really nice.

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    Thank you.

    I have caught 3 beaver and a muskrat from the newest set property. Setting in the dark so I have zero set up pictures.

    Second check:


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    Making a few European mounts:

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    What is that your soaking them in?

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    It is regular tap water. Soaking them a few days seems to help loosen flesh. The water color is from liquid leaching out of the tissues. I’ll boil them an hour in a water/super washing soda mix this weekend then peel the flesh off.

    I could have let insects do the work next spring had I froze them for long term storage.
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    Caught a small trap shy beaver on the newest property. It had figured out the trap location, more so the body gripping trap, leading me to switch out a bodygripper to a foothold.

    The first night it walked over the foothold and took off with the poplar bait I had out. Last night I wired the bait to a nearby alder bush. This caused the beaver to have to work the set which leads to a lot more movement and foot steps.

    Success:

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    Cleaned up the deer heads the other morning and got around to putting a bleaching agent on them today.

    Based on tooth wear, for aging, they go from left to right: 3.5 (VT buck), 2.5 (NH buck), 1.5 (NH buck). The NH 2.5 year old has a smaller rack than I would have expected and the 1.5 has a larger rack than I’d expect.

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    Great stuff - they look great. I had an 8 pointer about 13 years ago that I tried boiling. Put the pot on my grill. After an hour I close the lid to the extent it would to get the water warmer, It dried the antlers right out and they broke just like icicles.

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    That sucks your antlers shattered.

    I’m always concerned about the effects to antlers knowing boiling is a harsh method.

    I have found the trick to the boiling method is to add about a half cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda to about 4 gallons of water. Then bring the water to a slow boil, sometimes just under a boil, for about 50 minutes. My heat source is a two coil electric hot plate. The detergent turns membranes and other tissue to a jelly like state, peels right off.

    I often wait until spring and let bugs do the work but I grew impatient this fall.
    Last edited by outdoorsman; 11-28-2017 at 09:10 PM.
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