It has been cold indeed. It was 4 degrees here this morning. We got a nice snow night before last. Enjoyed the warm pics fellas. I like a little winter weather, but does make you crazy after a while for sure.
I used to trap them to but down here we don't have to worry much about ice. In normal years we hardly have any, this year there has been more than normal.
When I was in my late 20's I set a trap line at a place where I could drive out a logging road to the top of a bluff overlooking a local river. I had to walk from there and would walk off the right side/end of the bluff to get down to the river, and would set traps all around that bluff to the other end, the walk back up to my vehicle. I got out 15 sets.
I was mostly trapping for coon, but put out a few beaver sets to0 (had some #4 jump traps) and the first night caught 3 nice coons, and a big old beaver.
It was a long steep uphill walk back to my vehicle from the river, so I decided to skin them out at the river, and just carry the pelts back up. I only had one night to trap so I had pulled my traps too and had all that to tote back up the hill to my vehicle. A real load.
So I rolled those hides up and put them down inside my shirt. I had on long johns, a sweat shirt and a coat... and I just put those hides down in my shirt (which was tucked in) for a place to carry them, to free up my hands for carrying traps and other gear.
When I got up to my truck, I started feeling my skin crawling... and realized that a few hundred fleas had abandoned the beaver pelt and decided they liked me better (I was much warmer at that point).
So I guess the lesson learned is you need a good trapping basket or some other way to tote skinned out pelts other than stuffing them down your shirt.
I was a little surprised that beavers would have fleas, but that one sure did, and a lot of em.
That was one of my learning experiences from my early days of trapping - probably around 1979 or so.