This picture was provided by Dan Dockham Jr of Gilmanton NH. It shows the mixed bag catch of fifteen fox, two coon, and a skunk taken from a trapline run November 1st thru 8th of 1918 by his grandfather Charles Leland Dockham and two sons. The sons who were Dan's uncles would be Victor Dockham age nine seated in the middle, and Charlie Dockham age sixteen on the right. Their younger brother who was about 2years old at the time was Dan's father. Dan Dockham Sr, his two older brothers, and their father are all deceased now. The picture was taken at the Old Dockham Homestead in Gilford, NH. Leland Dockham was well known locally as a fox and mink trapper, a deer hunting guide in the fall, and also as a Lake Winnipesaukee fishing guide.
Hall of Fame Trappers
The members were proud to have four of the five surviving NHTA Hall of Fame Trappers in attendance for the 2001 Rendezvous. They are left to right Armand Morneau, Harry Thompson, Harris Ilsley, and Alex Troy. Francis Burnham who was in declining health was unable to attend. Since this picture was take two of these fine and valued members of this very special group of honor have passed away. Gone but never to be forgotten are Alex Troy and Francis Burnham.
New Hampshire NWCO Catches 93LB Beaver
When Dan Siudut got a call from a neighbour about an animal that kept chewing through her electric fence, he didn't know he was going after one of the largest beavers ever trapped in the country.
The average beaver weighs about 45 pounds. When Siudut, a licensed wildlife control operator, went to check the traps he'd set in his neighbour's backyard pond, he was astonished by the size of his catch - two beavers, one weighing a whopping 93 pounds, the second at a hefty 60 pounds.
"It's just obnoxious how funny and huge this thing is," Siudut said yesterday, holding the beaver's tail from where it hung in his backyard.
The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game doesn't keep statistics on the largest beavers caught in the state, but retired biologist Eric Orff said it's easily one of the biggest beavers ever caught here. "That's far bigger than anything I've ever heard of," said Orff, who oversaw the state's hunting and trapping department for 30 years before retiring in June.
Trapping season for beavers doesn't open until Nov. 1, but because Siudut is a wildlife control operator for Rockingham County, he can trap nuisance animals year-round. If it's out of season, which lasts until April 10 for beavers, he usually releases the animal in a state-managed wildlife area. But he's holding on to this catch because of its size
Two for One You've gotta hear this one! A true MB-750 foothold story.
My 14 year old son and I were asked to remove some nuisance beaver by a friend. After checking out the area, we decided to trap the spillway on the dam and set up a 330 conibear, letting a little water trickle over the dam to attract the beavers.
When we checked the trap the following morning, we found the 330 conibear slammed into the dam and packed with mud!!! This went on for two weeks - two weeks of frustration. So I called my good friend, Trapper Jeff for some advice.
My son and I have been trapping for 5 years and had never had this experience before. We got ribbed a bit about being outsmarted by a trap-shy beaver, and Trapper Jeff told us it was about time we set our first foothold set using a slide wire.
So the very next day, we headed back to the spillway and with a new MB750 Foothold Trap, a cement block and 11 ga. wire, we made our first foothold set. When checking the trap the next morning (1/9/2006) I noticed the trap was gone! I picked up the slidewire and started pulling. As I pulled and tugged, I realized we had caught something. We were very pleased with ourselves that we had a catch the very first time we used that foothold set. But soon I realized that we had not caught one beaver but had caught TWO, both by the rear toes in the same trap!!!
I couldn't believe it! One beaver weighed 30 lbs and the other 35 lbs. The pelt sizes were 55" and 61". You bet we called Trapper Jeff to let him know. He had never heard of anything like that in over 25 years of trapping. I told another friend, Harris, the skinner and he too had never heard of anyone catching two beavers by the toes in the same foothold trap. Harris has been in the trapping & skinning business for 60 years!
What luck! This is by far the best 2 for 1 deal we ever got and sure is a great way to start the new year. Of course we didn't have a camera at the catch site, but I will never go on the trap line without a camera again!
Mike also sent along this picture of a large beaver scent mound from their trapline. Beavers build and tend these mounds to mark their territory and warn off any other beavers that might be inclined to encroach. It is very much like drawing a line in the sand. It tells other beaver that from this point on the habitat is taken by a family group, so keep out.
Mike and Dillon Brady Proud trappers from Goffstown, NH.
Jack Yazinski the Trapping Judge
Winter Coyote focused on a mouse in an open pasture.
Photo taken by Jean Cole of Lebanon NH at her home.