How many have ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day on the line with someone we have viewed here on Trapperman.Com ?
Perhaps a day on the beaver line in Carolin'...or a day in the Bayou country with Tony Howard? Maybe a day on the Pennsylvania fox line with Phil Brown or the windy ridges of Wyoming, with Cattrax.
Up in the great white north catching weasels with 2-poor or one of our many Alaskan or Canadian Trappers?
Out in Iowa, on the mink line with Nick C. or J.C. Conner on his Texas 'cat and coyote line?
Any who wouldn't want to run all over the country with Andy S. just once?
The point I'm trying to make is, most of us will never get that chance, so I hope for those of us that have wondered what it would be like to spend a day out on the line from start to finish, that some of you will take the time to share a typical day on your line with the many viewers of Trapperman.com.
( Photos are welcome, but not totally nessasary .)
LT OK, from todays line:
I awoke to the sound of wind howlin' outside the window.
After a few minutes laying there in the dark, I reached over and fumbled along the window seal, until I hit the button on the weather radio. "...and at the airport, it is 1 degree with a windchill of minus..."
I hit the button again...
It didn't matter at that point what the windchill was...
Below 0, it's all the same!
It was 6:13 am.
After a getting dressed in the two (of the three) layers I would be wearing, I downed some eggs and toast and went out to brush off the snow and start the truck.
We had had a 6" snowfall, yesterday and the temps had dropped overnight. Except for the drifting snow, things didn't seem too bad. Regardless, it makes for a slow day.
I pulled out at 7:30.
I receive many PMs from trappers wanting to know how I snare in winter conditions, so I've enclosed some pictures of the sets, both with catches and the snares set themselves.Snare sets at ambush points!
I had out about 119 snares, which may sound like a lot to some, but I set heavy and gang set a good many locations that I have baited over time.
This peticular line, I had taken quite a number of coyotes from it already, but still managed to take some more today and 1 raccoon in a cage trap set in a farmer's barn.
Except for the one mishap of nearly turning the truck over an embankment, in which I put it in reverse, held on tight, held my breath and gunned it backwards, I was able to run the line without much trouble.
A few shots from the line!
I did have to walk in on this peticular area because of heavy drifting snow, but the farmer and his daughter were out feeding cattle and were nice enough to give me and the 3 snared coyotes,(and a cage trap) I had back there a lift back to the pick-up. Sure bet dragging them, no doubt!
( Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!)
By the time I finished, it was about 5 PM and I had taken 8 coyotes and had traveled 91 miles round trip.
I spent $30. in fuel. The temps still made for a long day.
In a few weeks, I hope to be south chasin' stubbtails, but for now, it's cold weather and coyotes!Now to get a few of these animals thawed out.... Thanks for comin' along!