Wilderness Trapping and Living


No Profanity *** No Flaming *** No Advertising *** No Anti Trappers *** No Politics
No Non-Target Catches *** No Links to Anti-trapping Sites *** No Avoiding Profanity Filter


Home~Trap Talk~ADC Forum~Trap Shed~Wilderness Trapping~International Trappers~Fur Handling

Auction Forum~Trapper Tips~Links~Gallery~Basic Sets~Convention Calendar~Chat~ Trap Collecting Forum

Trapper's Humor~Strictly Trapping~Fur Buyers Directory~Mugshots~Fur Sale Directory~Wildcrafting

Trapper's Tales~Words From The Past~Legends~Archives~Kids Forum~Lure Formulators Forum


~Dobbins' Catalog~

ATS
(Please support Ted's Fur Shed, our sponsor for the Wilderness Page)


Alaska Trappers Association

Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 98 1 2 3 97 98
Mountain Journal #4225020
01/06/14 02:42 AM
01/06/14 02:42 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
B
Bushman Offline OP
trapper
Bushman  Offline OP
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
I've just returned from my first trip into my mountain trapline since November. It's a late season line because of the water hazards, it can be a dangerous line. I'm going to be spending a lot of time there over the next three months - trapping - continuing a research project - and filming wolverines. I thought I'd fire up a mountain journal and share some of the pictures and stories with you all.




As mentioned water hazards are a real challenge. Breaking through as you cross is bad enough… but knowing you have to return the same way makes it even more special.


My mission today was to haul four beavers way upriver and put some trail cams up. I'm setting up at two locations I've had a lot of luck at. My machine looks like a hillbilly machine!



Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225027
01/06/14 02:51 AM
01/06/14 02:51 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
B
Bushman Offline OP
trapper
Bushman  Offline OP
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
The creek I follow is famous for open water all winter. Another challenge is hollow ice, you're cruising along and all of a sudden the ground falls out beneath you. You get to know how solid the ice is by the sound of it as you cruise along.

I get a lot of these, ice bridges that allow you to keep threading your way upriver. I hate it when they break out behind you, and then you know you have to deal with it when you return, this one stayed tight.



I had to break a lot of overland trail first which took most of the day. Lots of blow down and trees bowed over by snow. Love those dumps down the back of your neck. By days end though I got to where I wanted to get and got my baits and cameras placed. Even set a few traps on the way out with my fancy headlamp. Saw marten, lynx, and wolf tracks today plus four moose.




This is where the magic happens




But there's a lot more valley calling me upriver

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225029
01/06/14 02:57 AM
01/06/14 02:57 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
B
Bushman Offline OP
trapper
Bushman  Offline OP
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta



And of course now that hunting season is over a couple elk decided to spar in front of my trail cams

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225043
01/06/14 03:24 AM
01/06/14 03:24 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,317
Montana
mtbadger Offline
trapper
mtbadger  Offline
trapper

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,317
Montana
Great adventure Bushy.

Thanks for sharing with us.....


Ordinary men can do extrodinary things....

Always looking for Bridger #3OS and 1.65OS
Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225044
01/06/14 03:28 AM
01/06/14 03:28 AM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 385
Anchorage, Alaska
broncoformudv Offline
trapper
broncoformudv  Offline
trapper

Joined: May 2011
Posts: 385
Anchorage, Alaska
That's a great looking river valley! Those hollow spots under the ice and the bridges that collapse as you go across them suck. Sure would be nice if there was a light weight portable bridge you could carry along with you.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225046
01/06/14 03:30 AM
01/06/14 03:30 AM
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 47
Fairbanks, AK
AK HUNTER Offline
trapper
AK HUNTER  Offline
trapper

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 47
Fairbanks, AK
This will be an enjoyable thread to keep tabs on - thanks.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225055
01/06/14 03:42 AM
01/06/14 03:42 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 396
Fairbanks AK
Aknative Offline
trapper
Aknative  Offline
trapper

Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 396
Fairbanks AK
Thanks for sharing, be safe out there!


Rumors of my assimilation have been greatly exaggerated.
Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225062
01/06/14 04:20 AM
01/06/14 04:20 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,521
Wasilla AK
HFT AK Offline
trapper
HFT AK  Offline
trapper

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,521
Wasilla AK
Absolutely be safe!!!!! Those ice conditions scare the bejesus out of me! Hope you get the pic's your after and you connect with some critters!

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225068
01/06/14 04:46 AM
01/06/14 04:46 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,255
Homer, Alaska
Family Trapper Offline
trapper
Family Trapper  Offline
trapper

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,255
Homer, Alaska
This should be fun. Tough country to go it alone in. Be careful out there Brian. Some awesome looking country.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225111
01/06/14 07:11 AM
01/06/14 07:11 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 281
Northern Manitoba
scootermac Offline
trapper
scootermac  Offline
trapper

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 281
Northern Manitoba
Looking forward to your journal, beautiful country.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225141
01/06/14 08:12 AM
01/06/14 08:12 AM
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 925
Bemidji, MN
J
Jacks Offline
trapper
Jacks  Offline
trapper
J

Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 925
Bemidji, MN
Beautiful pics Brian, thank you for posting, can't wait to see more.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225240
01/06/14 09:25 AM
01/06/14 09:25 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 160
NY
E
Elitebowman Offline
trapper
Elitebowman  Offline
trapper
E

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 160
NY
Looks like some awesome country. And the game there is unbelievable . Makes you wonder with all the predators they can make it there. Tough area to be alone in, hope your adventure is a safe one, and good luck. Look forward to seeing the pics and reading the stories.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225248
01/06/14 09:28 AM
01/06/14 09:28 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 31,801
james bay frontierOnt.
B
Boco Online content
trapper
Boco  Online Content
trapper
B

Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 31,801
james bay frontierOnt.
That little bushy area looks like a nice sheltered spot for a line cabin.

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225252
01/06/14 09:31 AM
01/06/14 09:31 AM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 31,799
McGrath, AK
W
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"
white17  Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"
W

Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 31,799
McGrath, AK
Looks like fun for sure. I hate those conditions but that's what keeps heart firing on all cylinders. Looking forward to more!


Mean As Nails
Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225465
01/06/14 11:11 AM
01/06/14 11:11 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
B
Bushman Offline OP
trapper
Bushman  Offline OP
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta


Boco you have a good eye. A tent camp will do at first but I have plans to put a 16' x 12' small line cabin at this location up on the ridge. we'll see how that goes this winter as well.



These are the blinds we use to film out of but I've been know to build some bigger ones for longer shoots





A good location for filming wolverines as they have a central scent post here that is visited by any wolverine in the area

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225615
01/06/14 12:23 PM
01/06/14 12:23 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5,059
juneau, alaska
A
alaska viking Offline
"Made it two years not being censored"
alaska viking  Offline
"Made it two years not being censored"
A

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5,059
juneau, alaska
You have MUCH more disipline than I. I simply could not help putting in a set right there! wink


Made it almost 3 years without censor!

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225799
01/06/14 01:43 PM
01/06/14 01:43 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
B
Bushman Offline OP
trapper
Bushman  Offline OP
trapper
B

Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,017
Alberta
You could I suspect, if you were on quota, and you can turn that same $500 wolverine into a star worth much much more. Plus I look at it as research into wolverine behavior which I know has made me a much better wolverine trapper. I can pretty much take one when ever I need to. Plus I'm not saying I won't take one further upriver away from my camera locations.




This guy showed up at the scent post last year

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4225806
01/06/14 01:46 PM
01/06/14 01:46 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 989
Zoe, OK
frozen okie Offline
trapper
frozen okie  Offline
trapper

Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 989
Zoe, OK
WOW!!!!


I come a learning,not a knowing
Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4226299
01/06/14 04:58 PM
01/06/14 04:58 PM
Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 16
Dawson City Yukon Canada
D
dawsontrapper Offline
trapper
dawsontrapper  Offline
trapper
D

Joined: Jun 2013
Posts: 16
Dawson City Yukon Canada
Thanks for sharing - great photo's! I am familiar with the feeling of the ice dropping out and often have to worry about returning across iffy spots. But my river looks friendlier than yours!

Re: Mountain Journal 2014 [Re: Bushman] #4226746
01/06/14 07:42 PM
01/06/14 07:42 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 308
Central Maine
G
glandman Offline
trapper
glandman  Offline
trapper
G

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 308
Central Maine
I'm liking this journal a lot already, awesome back country you have there Bushman smile Looking forward to more of your adventures!



Life Member Maine Trappers Association since 1980

Page 1 of 98 1 2 3 97 98
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1