The water exploded at my feet as a large blanket beaver came to the surface of the pond.

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Chuck Smick with his first day’s catch of tree eaters.

After a short “tug of war,” I managed to put two or three well-placed shots in the big beaver’s cranium and pull it out of the water. Thus began my 2015 trapping season.

I had not trapped since the 2011-2012 trapping season due to working out of town in several other states on large construction projects in Arizona, Texas and Tennessee over the course of the last three years.

It was great to be back on the ‘line again, and back home full-time, and sleeping in my own bed after three long years working away from home.

A Facebook message and phone call brought a trapping opportunity that I had not expected.

My friend, Brett Wilson, contacted me to inquire if I still trapped. I said yes, but my time was limited to the Thanksgiving weekend due to my work schedule and a desire to put several does in the freezer this year.

He was happy that I could trap a few nuisance beaver out of the small lake in back of his house. Brett and his wife, Sharon, run a great deer hunting operation, Deer Haven Trophy Bucks. I had hunted the farm before, and this “nuisance problem” would allow me access to a great hunting opportunity again.

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