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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodieSC View Post
    Is the pelt and smell similar to a beaver's... the four-legged variety?
    Its good you specified which type of beav. Smell is worse, pelt is much sleeker and nicer... than the four legged variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodieSC View Post
    Is the pelt and smell similar to a beaver's... the four-legged variety?
    they have a diet that includes fish...ive trapped some out of a few ponds that had an overwhelming fish smell...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catdaddy View Post
    They are too cool to harm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scswamprat View Post
    that smell though....they certainly have a muskiness about them.....a few times a year ill have whole families come pretty close, they're fun to watch..i have trapped any in years.

    Good pic RH.
    Well the smell should be expected. Otters are Mustelidae the same family as weasels, mink, skunks, stoats, badgers and martens. The largest of that family is a wolverines. There's some bad ass dudes in that bunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBiz View Post
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    I have always given otters a pass. I also give beavers a pass unless they are backing water up into pine timber.

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    I caught one on a rod and reel once- fishing at the navy yard during Christmas shut down- caught on a fake shrimp body on a jig head- crazy fight on 20 lb spinning gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Habit View Post
    I caught one on a rod and reel once- fishing at the navy yard during Christmas shut down- caught on a fake shrimp body on a jig head- crazy fight on 20 lb spinning gear
    They let military members hunt those ponds and I seent a few out there whilst duck hunting. Seems like I'll bumping into them more often in the Midlands too. Had one swim up on me in the swamp last Saturday and they're in my in law's beaver swamp as well.

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    We have been picking duck bands out of otter shit in our blinds for nigh on 40 years...

    Nice shot RH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mergie Master View Post
    Well the smell should be expected. Otters are Mustelidae the same family as weasels, mink, skunks, stoats, badgers and martens. The largest of that family is a wolverines. There's some bad ass dudes in that bunch.
    Not sure about some of the others you mention, but a badger is a stankin sob. Hit one in the truck while deer hunting in Kansas several years ago and just HAD to check it out. Stinkinest thing I've ever touched. The upside was that it made a hell of a cover scent that afternoon.

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    Cool pictures. Years ago while in a deer stand I witnessed two otters work down Rabon creek with a grey heron in tow. The heron would stand at pool side as the otters worked cut banks and pick off fish that were driven out. I watched that heron catch, walk to sand bars to reorient head first and eat 3 10-12" catfish. The otters would occasionally disappear into muddied water and reappear 20 yards up or downstream. The heron would then immediately run and fly to catch back up. I've run up on them turkey hunting more often than anything and they seem to be very curious creatures, far from spooky.
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    Cool shots

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    This is the culprit behind 90% of black panther sightings. They look crazy crossing a road.

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    Last Saturday, two on the ice. Couldn't get closer for a better shot.
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    Guess it's just coincidence or luck but I saw two more in the creek below the house yesterday morning working cut banks as I was wading across. Fumbled the camera out and got a couple pictures but were blurry, low light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spur hunter View Post
    Guess it's just coincidence or luck but I saw two more in the creek below the house yesterday morning working cut banks as I was wading across. Fumbled the camera out and got a couple pictures but were blurry, low light.
    I've been seeing a lot more than usual lately, even before the freeze. Also seem to be seeing a lot of bobcats too.
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    I had one barking at me from some willows during the freeze. I was jump shooting and surprised him when I drifted by. I reckon we were both hunting ducks.

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