How to Make Beaver Lures

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Last Updated on September 17, 2022

If you’re new to beaver hunting and are wondering how to make a Beaver lure, then this article will help you. In this article we’ll talk about castor oil, Tonka bean extract, and Beaver castoreum. We’ll also touch on the commercial lures available. These are all highly effective and work in a wide range of conditions. You can easily make your own Beaver lure for a small investment.


Castor is the oldest animal attractant known to man. It is a heavy paste that can be used as a lure or castor mound. Castor is highly effective for attracting beavers, and the odor attracts both felines and canines. It has a unique chemical makeup that doesn’t dissipate even in rain. This is why it is the most popular beaver lure material.

Castor is most effective when used young-of-the-year beavers, which are ten pounds or less, are present. The odor of the castor attracts beavers from all parts of the country. It is best to place the mound in steep water banks for best results, or in deeper waters for better results. For best results, place the mound closer to the river than the castor mound itself.

Ground beaver castor is the primary calling agent, allowing for a wider dispersal of the scent and higher calling power. This substance is also highly durable. Birch Oil is often added to the bait to provide a food element to beavers. If the lure is successful, the beaver should be able to see it quickly. You can also make your own beaver lure with castor.

Glycerine is a good preservative. A little bit of glycerine will not overpower the scent of the castor. Once the castors are completely ground and ready to use, they can be stored for months at a time, or stored in a freezer for a few months. A jar of this mix can last for several months. Once they are dry, you can hang it or place it on a screen rack to dry.

Tonka bean extract

You can make your own beaver lure with tonka bean extract, which can increase the odor of your castor. Tonka bean extract is known to be highly appealing to martens, and it can also be effective for attracting muskrats. To make the best beaver lure, first cut the tails into small pieces, about two to four inches long. Next, place the pieces in a gallon jug in direct sunlight. After a month, the oil will be a black substance, which can be stored in a clean pint jar with a lid.

The sweet, musk-like odor of this substance is highly attractive to Raccoons and Muskrats. Its aroma can be used alone, or it can be combined with other scents to make a better lure. Muskrat and fox are also attracted to it, so adding it to a Beaver lure is a good idea. Muskrat and raccoon are also attracted to this scent, making it an excellent first-class ingredient.

Beaver castoreum

Beaver castoreum is a highly-prized ingredient used to produce perfumes. The sweet smell and leathery woody aroma of the castoreum lend a sensual and warm quality to perfume blends. Beaver castoreum is produced by beavers and consists of a combination of 24 molecules, some of which act as beaver pheromones. This ingredient is also used in the manufacturing of alcoholic drinks and in flavoring ice cream.

The resin-like substance is made from the dried castor of beavers. The substance has a distinct aroma reminiscent of vanilla. Beaver castoreum is produced by the beaver’s castor gland, which is located near the anal region. Beavers use the smell of castoreum to communicate, establish colonies, and deter predators. Castoreum is so pleasant that it was used by the Romans as a fragrance and even in lamps. Since the mid-1800s, trappers have used it as a natural flavoring in food. Some foods even use it as a substitute for vanilla.

While castoreum is often cited as a natural flavoring in ingredient lists, its production is a bit of an unusual process. To harvest the castoreum, foodies must anesthetize the animal and milk its nether regions. This process is grueling for beavers, and the result is a small quantity of the substance. But beavers aren’t generally bred for their butt mucus. Regardless, beavers aren’t a typical source of vanilla flavoring.

Commercial lures

The first step in trapping beavers is to prepare a homemade beaver lure. It must have some scent that attracts beavers. This can be achieved by using ground beaver castor as the primary calling agent. This will increase the calling power and dispersal of the scent, while adding durability. Add a bit of Birch Oil for an additional element that beavers will find appealing.

Another important component in commercial beaver lures is beaver castor. In South Dakota, for example, a beaver pelt costs an average of $8. This low price discourages trappers, as they make less castor than they need. However, the demand for beaver castor has increased, enticing trappers to pursue beaver. After drying, castor is sold by the pound.

Commercial lure makers have spent countless hours creating the best lures and baits. If you have any trouble with the lure, call the maker to find out how to use it effectively. They can advise you on the right time and location to use it. They have also developed a variety of products that cater to the ever-changing needs of trappers. For example, a custom beaver lure made of a natural rubber band may repel beavers in the same way a silicone or rubber ball lure will.


The first step is to prepare the trap site. Choose a castor mound that will allow you to set a trap with a body-grip trap. Prepare the trap site by placing stakes a few feet up the bank and waist deep water. Attach the lure to the stakes with 10 or 11-gauge wire and place a drowner lock on the trap chain so the beaver can only enter the deep water and not go back toward shore.

Place a body trap 30 cm (12 inches) away from the bait, but not too far. The trap should be half-submerged, and camouflage material should not be inserted in the jaws to avoid accidentally triggering the trap. Similarly, set a water edge trap along a beaver trail. You can also use a trap with a bait similar to a dam, but place it near the edges of the water.

The best way to create a trap that is effective is to place it in the right spot. While trapping can be very effective if the location is right, flies can ruin the lure’s ingredients. Use an old root cellar to age lures. You can also purchase fish oil from dealers. You can also prepare fish oil yourself. If you can’t find it at a store, make it yourself.

Using snares

One way to lure beavers is by making a snare. This type of trap works best when you are in a location where beavers are known to congregate. Put a small pole against a tree to form a triangle. Set your lure just above the snare. The beaver will likely swim around the triangle to find your lure.

To set the snare, use a length of wire with a diameter of 6 inches or greater. Attach the snare to a tree or large shrub for an effective beaver lure. A snare should close around the target animal. You will need to think carefully before setting the trap. If the beaver is unable to get out, they will likely escape the trap.

A body-grip trap is another method for trapping beavers. These traps close using 90 pounds of pressure. If a beaver falls into the trap, it may break bones in its leg, arm, or foot. It is important to carefully inspect the trap for damage before releasing the beaver. This method may not be the best choice for all areas. Alternatively, you could also trap a beaver using a snare with bait sticks.

The trigger on a body grip trap is a thin whisker-like piece of wire that hangs between the jaws of the trap. When the beaver walks through the trap, it will press on the trigger which releases it. This is also a great way to attract beavers. You can also lure a beaver by placing a stick in a castor mound.

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