Amazing part of an evening on the lake!

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  1. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    It's awesome having a lake right out my back door, pretty much :) I have my Mountainsmith lumbar pack set up with fishing and shooting gear - they just seem to go together! My target range is beside the lake, so often I go straight from one to the other.

    The paddleboat was full of water and filthy - even after I scrubbed it with grass.

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    It was also full of these :eek:

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    I started fishing (finally getting the hang of casting a handline!!), and then I heard chewing. There's been a pile of corn stalks in the water for a bit, but we had assumed it was raccoons. Nope. It was a beaver. He swam all around me the whole time I was out there! The pic is fuzzy, but you can see his head in the upper/center part. I've never been able to see them like that!

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    Here's where he swam into the bank, in those roots to the left. He swam out farther to the right and fished for a long time.

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    I'm glad I finally dragged the paddleboat out. As soon as I got out on the water it was like all the pressure from everyday life/work/etc. just floated off :)

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    This picture doesn't do the sunset justice.

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    A heron circled down to land on a tiny pond connected to the lake.

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    I went in right as the bugs and frogs were starting up their night sounds - the mosquitos were eating me alive!

    It was way cool seeing that beaver. I wish I could leave him be, but every day his dam is there, it endangers the lake. The lake is manmade and has a dam across one whole end. One spot is reinforced with rock, and there's a spillway there (the lake is spring-fed). He's built his dam on the spillway, so any water that spills out is going over non-reinforced dirt. Eventually that could give away, and that would be a mess. I'm going to have to start whittling away at the beaver dam and try to trap/shoot the beaver. I don't like shooting stuff that's alive :( Maybe I can set a trap where he goes back and forth to the corn field.
     
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    Looks great to me. Sorry you had to set your paddle boat on fire.

     
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    It had to be done :D
     
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    I've seen a way to defeat a beaver by using perforated pipe. Connect a couple/three sections together and lay it through his dam with the entry at least 10 -15 feet into the high side of the lake.

    He won't be able to fill enough holes in the pipe to block it. That way the beaver can enjoy "his" pond, and you can enjoy the company of Mr. Beaver without compromising the integrity of the dam.
     
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    I like that idea! The little dude's cute, but he's absolutely destroying the trees here. He may have to go anyway, even if I just catch him and relocate him.
     
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    I wonder if it would be a bad thing to spritz some habeƱero juice on the tree bases with a bug sprayer or spray bottle.....:33:
     
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    Sounds like a nice way to spend the evening, except for the SPIDERS!!
     
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    It was fun! There's just something about being out on the water that disconnects me from everyday worries :) I had a spider-smooshing party!!
     
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    How cool! I would be awesome to live on a lake AND be able to target practice just steps away!

    So jealous:D
     
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    I'm pretty lucky all right!
     
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    I'd say so! I have a small creek running through the property with fish in it, but not big enough for any kind of watercraft. And technically, I COULD shoot guns, but there really isn't a safe direction or good backstop to do so. I can shoot my bow though, and I'm grateful for that!

    Looking forward to seeing what kind of fish you pull out of that lake!
     
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    Most of the fish in there are bass or bluegill, though there used to be catfish years ago. Now we have more turtles than fish it seems! :D
     
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    That's too bad, catfish is one of my favorites!
     
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    You know you could target practice from the boat too? :) How cool that would be.

    Nice pics. Glad to hear you are recharging.

    Be pretty hard to relocate a beaver. Best thing to do, realistically, is to headshoot it and get the pelt tanned and hang it on the wall or make something from it. Do you do any kind of pouch work or leather work? ;) A beaver can do a lot of damage and it takes many years for a beavered area to recover. He is just doing his job though, not being mean. :) Better to be proactive about it rather than wait until too much damage has been done.

    Thanks for sharing your day. Too bad you had to burn your boat. ;)
     
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    Are there alligators in that lake or area?
     
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    I'd love to tan a beaver pelt and make something with it :) I dunno - I think I have some needles and thread around here somewhere :D

    I wouldn't be out there if there were lol! I'm a big chicken :D
     
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