Beaver in pond at back part of 40 acres- good or bad

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by rocknreel2, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. Stickman8474

    Stickman8474

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    My camp has extensive beaver flooding and as others have pointed out, it can be a real positive or negative. Personally, I like the environment they create, though I wish it was on a slightly smaller scale in my case. Should you let them stay, anticipate awesome wildlife experiences that you'd be hard pressed to encounter without beaver habitat. Plus, I can attest the flooding makes a phenomenal fence and may just provide you with an excellent deterrent to trespassers. On the negative side, in addition to obvious potential for excessive flooding and tree loss, be prepared to surrender that "master of your own domain", thing. At least as it pertains to that specific area. For example, I timbered an area of mature poplar pretty close to the existing pond that regenerated almost over night into young, super thick sapling growth. The deer herd fell in love with it. And because of that, I became real fond of it as well. Unfortunately, a few years later the beaver moved on it and completely devoured it all. 100% gone. Now, that area has become a couple acres of new growth balsam and pine. For my property, that's not necessarily bad, it's just that it was a decision made without my consent. Unsolicited land management so to speak.
     
  2. Dantana

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    We have three beaver ponds on our property so I have extensive experience with them. On one hand, they are amazing little creatures and I love the habitat they create, especially funnels and natural fences created by the water. On the other hand.......:mad::mad::mad:. They are destructive SOB's! If left unchecked they would literally flood about 80% of our property.

    Several years back, after a couple years of not trapping them, we noticed they were starting to dam up our fields. That being the final straw, we had a trapper come in. He took 13 off that fall and another 12 in the spring.

    Doesn't matter how many are taken they always come back!
     
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  3. rocknreel2

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    Wow that's a lot of Beaver! how many acres? Is there any Beaver professionals out there that can help inspect/offer advise vs let it play out? (I may have just opened this up for jokes lol)
     
  4. Martin Looker

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    They used to dam up my culvert in the county drain . Then the county dug out the road ditch and took out their water supply. We are very flat and when they plugged the culvert it flooded part of my place, half of the neighbors and the road. No problem now days.
     
  5. Dantana

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    We have 200 acres total. Beaver ponds make up about 8-10 acres. The trapper had them all gone by this past spring but during deer season I noticed more activity in the big pond. The locals call them highland beavers as they seem to show up out of nowhere over night. They just travel from pond to pond.
     
  6. Martin Looker

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    Most of the beaver moving in now are young that have been kicked out of their home and are setting up a new home. Trap them out and a new pair will show up next year.
     
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