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#3254387 - 10/10/20 08:34 PM Beavers
Borkborknomnom Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/04/20
Posts: 47
Loc: Central mississippi
I have been out beaver hunting several times and I have learned a couple things 1 they are very active at night 2 they are very hard to shoot with a thermal scope in the water while swimming 3 17 HMR is not enough bullet to kill one 4 you better shoot him on the bank and get them fast or you'll never see their body again....
Anyone have any other tips?
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#3254396 - 10/11/20 05:18 AM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
Kenlguy Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 946
Loc: central WA
Around here they are considered a fur bearing animal and shooting one is a big no-no. You even need a special permit if they are causing damage. Or call in a licensed trapper.
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#3254413 - 10/11/20 01:09 PM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
KjBeachy Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/15/16
Posts: 238
Loc: VA - Virginia
1. Night vision works better than thermals. 2. 6.5 creedmore is overkill, but gets the job done

#3254612 - 10/13/20 07:07 PM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
vahunter Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 2093
Loc: Virginia
I have killed many using a .22 mag and winchester 40 gr hp's
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#3254644 - 10/14/20 07:46 AM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
Rhett Steele Online
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/20/15
Posts: 522
Loc: Southern Indiana
I've waged war with the vermin. They've wrecked my corn field and out foxed me on my limited trapping knowledge. Now that I've got the traps set right I can't catch them. Thinking my rifle will be a better way of getting them, that is if I can find out what time to wait. The first night I walked up on them and was gunless bank trash looking at them with a light. Ever since I've gone with intent to blast them and can't find'em.

#3255519 - 10/23/20 06:37 PM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
muskrat30 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 3033
Loc: Wisconsin
I’ve shot a few problem beavers, traps work 24/7 though.

#3255846 - 10/27/20 04:24 PM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
mnblaster Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 380
Loc: Minnesota
I have shot dozens of them doing property damage with a suppressed .22 /CCI standard velocity 40 gr hollows
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#3264934 - 01/06/21 10:19 PM Re: Beavers [Re: Borkborknomnom]
Gman757 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 10/15/09
Posts: 1652
Loc: FL
I occasionally hunt them on nuisance permits for landowners with farm ponds. The beavers clog the spillways and tunnel into the dams sometimes.

I hunt them at night with my thermal hog rigs.....6.8 SPC or 6.5 Creedmoor. It's normally warm weather when I hunt them and there are usually plenty of big fat water moccasins around so I hunt from my truck bed.

I back my truck down to the edge of the pond and get up in the bed with a tripod and sit on my tool box to shoot. It keeps me off the ground and also provides a little elevation to angle the shot into the water some. I just turn on a dim red light and leave it on. They seem to be fairly curious and eventually will work their way over to check it out.