Damn beavers

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  1. laughing mallard

    laughing mallard Elite Refuge Member

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    anyone got any tips for making their water control structures like the one pictured below, beaver proof? BBE62BC5-FBFC-455E-B443-ADAB0D2ABDC2.jpeg
     
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    Little Ruddy Elite Refuge Member

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    Number 4 buckshot, a gun and patience.
     
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    ctm New Member

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    A large beaver deceiver worked for my flashboard risers. I make them out of t-posts and either cattle panels or welded wire fencing. You will still have to clean debris off the wire every once in a while.

    Trapping the beavers works wonders as well, but, for me, they always seem to return.
     
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    Sweatliner Elite Refuge Member

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    LDC has the above set up east of lot 2 on the south side of the road. Could probably swing by and check it out. I’m sure Tim ( refuge manager ) could give tips as well.

    Looked like posts and cattle / horse panels
     
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    shell waster Senior Refuge Member

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    330 conibear. Don't stick your hand in it
     
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    Swampfoot Senior Refuge Member

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    Shooting is very effective. Pick a full moon night, punch a hole in the dam and pull a board. Sit and wait. The sound of rushing water must be hell to beavers.
     
  7. laughing mallard

    laughing mallard Elite Refuge Member

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    So far it is working pretty well. Thank you for the idea!
     
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  8. callinfowl

    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    Next time your up there tie wire the hell out of those hog panels they will destroy those zip ties in no time at all.
    At least they do down here in the delta.:yes

    Put a few 330 conibear's around that wire on the next full moon.:yes:tu
     
  9. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Elite Refuge Member

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    I don’t see how that will work long term. They will dam around that panel and then you will have a 500 pound mess that you can not dig out by hand. I intend to build some barriers that are just vertical rods with an angle welded across the top. No horizontals. Maybe make each panel 18” wide. Hoping that will allow me to pull them even if they dam around the panels.
     
  10. ctm

    ctm New Member

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    Looks good. And I would echo the above regarding zip ties. They tend to not last long term.

    Also, if possible I recommend extending the sides to at least six feet from the riser. No matter what you do, beavers will pile sticks and mud on the panel to dam the deceiver, forcing you to clean debris from time to time (unless you can completely eradicate them, which is not an option for me). Having a larger “trapezoid” deceiver around the riser inlet should prevent them from completely stopping the flow, at least that has been my experience. (That was a confusing paragraph so I hope it made sense)
     

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