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    I'm with the last two on this one, the 17 will work great but I'm usually packing my 204 or 6.5 swede. They will flop and swirl but usually end up floating for a bit. Buckshot seems to sink them pretty quick but gives far more room for error.

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    I've shot them in the head with a .22. They are tough tho. Couple times they'll go back under for less than a minute and re surface. Take another shot to the head and they'll float back up. They are tough animals. I wouldn't chance on taking a lung shot.

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    So I assume this is for protection of property then? They are furbearers and there is no hunting season for them, trapping and protection of property only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    So I assume this is for protection of property then? They are furbearers and there is no hunting season for them, trapping and protection of property only.
    Quote Originally Posted by MihajloSimsic View Post
    My dad's planning on getting rid of some nuisance beavers with a firearm (as they don't want to go near any foot holds or conibears). I've heard that when shot in the head, most beavers will sink and only float up when they're essentially beyond consumption.

    However my dad did harvest one 60lb beaver last spring with his .17hmr. The first shot he took seemed to have wounded it but also compromised it's airway in some capacity. This prompted the beaver to go on land where he would eventually expire and he could retrieve him.

    We now have a .22wmr rifle that he plans on using instead. We're wondering if there is any way to get a lung shot on a beaver that is in the water? And if so would this prompt the beaver to go towards land because of it's compromised airway?
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    I thought shooting a Beaver is against the law (trapping only ...)( correct me if I am wrong !)

    Quote Originally Posted by MihajloSimsic View Post
    My dad's planning on getting rid of some nuisance beavers with a firearm (as they don't want to go near any foot holds or conibears). I've heard that when shot in the head, most beavers will sink and only float up when they're essentially beyond consumption.

    However my dad did harvest one 60lb beaver last spring with his .17hmr. The first shot he took seemed to have wounded it but also compromised it's airway in some capacity. This prompted the beaver to go on land where he would eventually expire and he could retrieve him.

    We now have a .22wmr rifle that he plans on using instead. We're wondering if there is any way to get a lung shot on a beaver that is in the water? And if so would this prompt the beaver to go towards land because of it's compromised airway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfoldivandor View Post
    I thought shooting a Beaver is against the law (trapping only ...)( correct me if I am wrong !)
    You missed the “nuisance” part. They can be shot in protection of property, like causing roads to wash out !
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_iles View Post
    You missed the “nuisance” part. They can be shot in protection of property, like causing roads to wash out !
    Yep....and either your own property or the property of a landowner as his agent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsfurfeathers View Post
    No need to assume stated in the opening line.
    Yep, totally missed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    Yep, totally missed that.
    My dad also has his trapping license. He's not tech savvy at all so I tend to ask all the questions on here for him lol. But yes they're nuisance so he does take them out of season as well. They've taken down over a dozen hardwoods and flooded a whole entire forest killing all the trees in it. Not to mention one tree they were chewing on was beside someone's house. It's crazy what damage just a few beavers can do.
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