I have a friend who wants a few beaver pelts to make a rather small 'sofa' blanket. He likes hunting and would prefer to shoot the beaver rather than have to buy traps and learn how to operate them, or for that matter buy the pelts... something special about having something you did yourself.
Anyhow, he has purchased a trapping license and we have made ourselves aware of the units where shooting beaver is legal and the regulations pertaining thereto. I have my jon-boat and a "dip net" so we will be able to paddle along downriver to retrieve them, however I am concerned about a few things... First of all, I am not sure if a head shot beaver will float, if I am risking losing a killed beaver because they sink, I will rethink my plan... Any comments or suggestions would be immensely appreciated, we are hoping to bag 5 average to large size beavers for this project. We have done a good bit of reading and viewed many videos on how to skin them out and are, in general, fairly confident that once we get them to the boat, all will be fine and we are prepared to deal with them... its just that time between pulling the trigger and getting them in the boat that I am concerned about.
My last curiosity is would you reccomend saving the meat for food. I am inclined to keep it since I don't like shooting things for the hide, but large rodents could go either way with me.