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The Muskrat looks like a very large rat which is very well adapted to aquatic life, similar to the beaver it can hold its breath up to fifteen minutes while under water. There size varies between 18 and 25 inches once fully grown and is sexually mature at about 1 year.

The muskrat is considered to be one the most widely distributed furbearing animal in North-America and their fur makes them very popular with trappers.  In my illustration the muskrat is sitting on a log to feed, there is also cattail nearby which it uses to build its lodge which is one of three types of shelter that it uses. The Floating Set trap is one of the best methods to trapping muskrat, the water needs to be deep enough for the trap and a #120 Conibear works very well.

My painting of a muskrat

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In Quebec during the trapping season, a licensed trapper may damage the dam of a beaver. The trapper may also damage the dam thirty days preceding the beaver trapping season to check for its presence. The Spillway is a good place to set your trap during the beaver trapping season.

Beaver Dam Spillway

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