Pennsylvania Game News - March 2020 - 21

BY TOM VENESKY
nearby for a quick retreat and thaw-out.

MARCH SEASON
For as much as I loved beaver trapping,
it sometimes was a challenge to set a 'line
during a cold winter.
But that changed in 1998 when
the Pennsylvania Game Commission
extended the beaver trapping season into
mid-March, and it got even better in 2000
when the season remained open until the
end of the month.
At last, I was able to trap prime beavers
in the comfort of milder temperatures and
with ease in water that was clear of ice.
Yet those aren't the only benefits to
late-season beaver trapping.
Barry Warner, public relations director
of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association,

said he prefers trapping beavers in March,
not only because of the open water, but
also to take advantage of a spike in beaver
activity.
"When the water opens up, beavers
get more active after being under ice for
months," Warner explained. "They want
to get out, move around and find fresh
feed."
So, it's not hard to find beaver sign in
March. Warner looks for trails in the mud,
freshly chewed branches and girdled trees,
and scat at the water's edge.
Beavers also make shoreline castor
mounds of mud, leaves and other debris to
use as territorial markers, and these can be
found in March, as well. But Warner said
he avoids setting on them because beavers
often shy away from such locations after

Jacob Dingel

AVERS
MARCH 2020	

OPEN WATER BUOYS
ACTIVITY & TRAPPERS
REAP THE REWARDS
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