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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Fe Man, Apr 26, 2012.
Whatever happened to the exploding beavers?
I believe that Chuck will be busy with some family business for a while.
It's still on the agenda!
Detonation made easy
Hey, I may actually make this if you do it next summer. It looks like I'm now semi-retired. Took a nasty fall last year and wanged the nog pretty bad. After the dust settled, we're selling the house, buying a Class A diesel pusher and hitting the road. Want me to bring anything from The Great Northwet?
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Continuing off topic but along the lines of the video is this story from my school days
Back when I was in college in the early 70s, I had a friend (the statute of limitations is long past but lets just call him Pete) who like myself was an engineering student. His dad was an engineer and builder and they had decided that rather than pay for room and board in the dormitory, it would be cost effective to build a house that Pete could live in while in school and then they would sell it. The land they bought was a little rocky, being on the lower slope of Pats Peak in Henniker, so as was common then, they got some dynamite to make the excavation go a little easier. The house was built and all was well for a while.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
There were some characters around town back in those days, among them one known as Winnebago, I never knew if he was actually a student there but he got the name because virtually everything he owned traveled with him in and on a huge backpack. As it got on into fall, Winnebago apparently decided that he needed a more substantial home than his back pack so he set out to build himself a cabin in the woods. As it turned out, the woods he chose was on the back side of Petes land. It didnt take long for it to be noticed and Pete went and had a talk with Winnebago, he thought that it went OK but when he checked back later, construction was still in progress. This went on over a period of time, Pete even offered to help dismantle the cabin and said that he would provide a truck to move it to whatever new location Winnebago found but he made it clear that the cabin was not going to stay on his land. Ignoring the friendly advice to find a new location, Winnebago had moved into his home to the point that he no longer carried all his belongings with him.<o></o>
Pete having run short of patience and knowing that he had just seen Winnebago in town, decided that it was time for the cabin to go. He gathered up the remaining dynamite from the excavation work and set it all in and around the cabin. It really made quite a boom, poor old Lester got shaken right off his chair in the fire lookout tower on top of the mountain (big hill really), we were a popular school for returning veterans and more than one apparently took cover in the library (not the first time but thats another story for another occasion). There was nothing above ground level at the cabin site except a large number of toothpicks and an occasional pot or pan.<o></o>
Pete didnt think a lot more about it, problem solved to his way of thinking and he calmly gave us the detailed rundown of the event in class the next day as explanation for the boom that everyone had experienced. A few days passed and the story spread around town, if Winnebago had had any doubts as to what had occurred he was now sure so he decided that he would enlist the aid of the law to get his cabin replaced. Pete was at the house a couple of days later when the police cruiser (I think that we only had one) drove in with Chief Hassler and Winnebago inside. The Chief proceeded to tell Pete that it had been reported that Pete had blown up Winnebagos cabin with 51 sticks of dynamite.<o></o>
Pete listened quietly and then proceeded to explain that a) the cabin had been built, without his permission but upon his land, b) that he had offered to help dismantle and move the cabin to a suitable location and that c) he had used 52 sticks of dynamite not 51. Chief Hassler looked at him and back into the car at Winnebago then said something to the effect of come on, lets see if we can find whats left of your stuff and get it off of his property.
If i may make a suggestion, Id:
1. clear a shooting lane so you have a clear path for a bullet to travel.
2. set a paint can or four of tannerite toward the bottom of the upstream side of the dam, set into it a bit if possible.
3. a bit of gasoline to help ignite the cans of smokeless that you set around the tannerite, because when tannerite blows, its reletivaly flameless, and the gas may help create a fireball to ignite the smokeless powder.
4. back up 200 yards, ignite via .308.
5. quickly reload and take out any survivng beavers in the vicinity, secure the area, call in the helo, and go home.
I have something interesting...
I lit one last weekend and pitched it off the cabin onto a seriously hard parked dirt road (think log truck traffic) and it blew a hole in the ground
The problem I have discovered is that the culvert has totally collapsed so blowing up the beaver damn is pointless. I'm thinking I will just bore a hole into culvert, fill it with explosive, blow the whole frickin' road up then regrade it and replace the culvert...
I did find the beaver lodge so the first explosion is going to in their POS mud hut!
Believe we can arrange a long weekend event out of your...plan. And so the ADV Exploding Beaver Rally was born
The beavers have occupied an undercut bank on the edge of my lake. I'm going to open a small hole in the roof of their lodge and drop one of these little beauties into their midst! Anything that swims out is going to be fired upon with a few evil black rifles, one very evil OD green one and an 870 with 00 buck.
So when you take out the beavers, do you expect the coyotes to keep your cattails (and other nuisance plants) down?
I am in.
Please send directions ASAP.
find a trapper to take those beavers out!
they will usually do it for the beaver pelt
We don't have nuisance plants; and what does it matter if we can't get to the cabin because the road is underwater or washed away?
We had a guy come up and trap a few but he hasn't been back and the beavers have been busy!
Interstate 75 south of Chattanooga to the Red Bud Rd exit in Calhoun, classified from there.
We will have our people meet you!
If no one has mentioned it, I would explore whether removing the beavers is legal; there are a number of people who have done what you are planning and got in big time trouble with the feds because it was considered protected wetlands.
Not a wetland; used to be my driveway and parking area until the engineer rats showed up...