well to put it frankly, how would i preserv the castor from the beaver i catch, thanks
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Dry castor glands by suspending on a line or stick, seperating bags. Perhaps get a fan going nearby at low speed. When dry,if you what to make yourself a catch bait for mink, otters and beavers cut glands up in small bits and immerse in glycerin, set aside to cure a few weeks.
Use a castor gland from a colony, different, than the one being trapped for better success..if after beaver...
Hope this help, glycerin is available at pharmacies...good luck...
Castor should be removed from the muscle surrounding it, dried for a few days, and then put in a freezer. If you just leave it out, it will get too dry to be any good after awhile.
What they said. The Glycerine helps too...prevents from freezing on the 'set' when trap is baited.
George is right. The way I do it. I take and remove the castor, and the oil glands. I let them dry for about 5 to 6 days, depending how the humitity is. Until they feel a little leathery. Then I freeze them until I'm ready to use them.
I have that same problem...turning like leather in the freezing temperatures...but when I need to use 'em...werks okay.
I gotta make one thing clear... George, you can't ever get beaver castor "too dry", and it ain't gonna go bad!
I prefer using green castor for most of my lures. But I have my own line of beaver lures called "Green Magic" and "Black Magic."
Obviously the green magic is formulated using fresh ground "green" castor glands. The black magic is formulated using aged and super dried castors. Some about two plus years old. (Properly aged) This is then ground into a fine powder and then incorporated into the lure.
The green and the aged castors will have a completely different odor.
Always remove the red membrane from the outer "shells", this is very important. I'd say just air dry them as long as it takes for them to become slightly "tacky" then freeze, grind or dehydrate.
Glycerin will help with preserving the green castor. Jar it up and watch the lid , not too tight for the first couple days. then place in a cool dry dark place.
If aging the glands, beware of mold. This isn't critical but it's avoidable, so allow good air circulation. (no plastic bags etc.) Keep away from any harsh odors which could contaminate during the drying.