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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7276793
05/31/21 07:16 PM
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Ryan if you can get some T22 or target loads, they are much more accurate and do not blow them apart. 300m/sec and 40 grains, they should cycle in any clean 22 semi and there is not any head space jump when the lead is chambered so the barrels last longer..

Is it not fork lore that the muskrat dove down and brought up the land to start life over again after a flood.

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7277214
06/01/21 12:47 PM
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Good looking rats! How do you prepare them?

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7277284
06/01/21 02:57 PM
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For eating we skin and gut ASAP. Remove the glands. I think thereís 6. Then the tails are cut so two can be attached together. They are hung outside for two days or smoked. Then they mostly cook them by roasting or boiling.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Northof50] #7277285
06/01/21 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Northof50
Ryan if you can get some T22 or target loads, they are much more accurate and do not blow them apart. 300m/sec and 40 grains, they should cycle in any clean 22 semi and there is not any head space jump when the lead is chambered so the barrels last longer..

Is it not fork lore that the muskrat dove down and brought up the land to start life over again after a flood.


22 short is pretty good. Maybe Iíll try the ones you mention sometime. Iíve heard the legend you mentioned before


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7277378
06/01/21 05:18 PM
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Yeah I stayed in Ak! didn't get a pile of Rats like Ryan though. Wanted to go hunting but it is -2 and snowing today. Nearly got stuck in Mackenzie ice the other day.

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7278492
06/03/21 01:50 AM
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Moved to Fbks, Ak.
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Years ago, 1980 to be exact, me and 2 other guys spent spring break up on the Selawik river in NW Alaska. We hauled in, by dog team, wood slats, canvas, and paint. Before things started to thaw too much we each made a canvas canoe and painted it. This area was flatland with lots of pothole type lakes. Once the thaw began we started paddling around, shooting rats and beaver. Maybe an otter or 2 as well. Also popped a few caribou for meat when they ran right through our camp.
Don't remember how many rats we got. I had mine tanned and they actually ended up as a fur jacket for my mom. Some years later the bellies became a Parkie for my daughter.
Memorable time in my life.

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7278889
06/03/21 05:20 PM
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I know a few guys that prefer longs. Rats are tough little critters. I like the short hollow points myself


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7279110
06/03/21 11:11 PM
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Took the kids out last night through a short little chain of lakes. Bobby was pretty sure he could stay up all night. He fell asleep when we had three and woke up when we had 12.

After the first rat bobby said ď1 down 1800 to goĒ
I like that he sets his sights high.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7279370
06/04/21 01:02 PM
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Great pic Ryan.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7279530
06/04/21 07:23 PM
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Geese for supper. My hunting partner is servicing the boat and motor and then weíll be on our way out ratting. Planning to put some miles in this weekend.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7288143
06/17/21 05:01 AM
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Piled ice on Mackenzie when Me and the two Jays (James and Jayden) did the last weekend rat hunt out by my camp couple week ago. This pile was about 70 feet high just above the big jam that held up delta travel for a week to ten days. Took way longer to get there due to ice jams that made us backtrack so we pretty much lost out on Friday night and just managed one good hunt Saturday night.
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I skinned the ones with dry fur right away when we got to town and let the rest dry for a day until after work on Monday. I sure love that rat hunting. Lots of work after the hunt is over but itís all good. Iíll save my time off for rat hunting one of these years and see how many I can trap, shoot and skin when I put my mind to it.
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My dads house was knocked off the blocking by moving ice and high water.
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It would be a lot worst if the spring camps were insulated. This way Itís just a matter of cleaning up. My house was all good and so was the boat.
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Iíve been busy thawing the skins and stretching. Keeping the fire and fans going around the clock. Canít wait until my boy is ready for the endurance hunts like serious ratting and bear hunting but for now heís good company on shorter hunts and in the warehouses. He should be ready next year. Makes me laugh all the time and thatís the best medicine. Now to wait for mid august, dark nights and fat bulls.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7288244
06/17/21 09:34 AM
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Thank you for the pictures and the story to go with them ! I'm glad that the ice and high water wasn't any worse than it was .
That's a darn not certain collection of muskrats and it's as always heart warming to see how quickly your kids are growing up and out enjoying your hunting and trapping adventures for what it's worth keep up the good job !

By the way how's that big bear hide coming along & what's your plans for it ?
Enjoy your day and Stay Safe out there even if you don't want to ha ha !
Allan


Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7288443
06/17/21 03:50 PM
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Ryan its good to see the flooding didn't hit you all too badly. Darn rivers always making life a challenge. Nice work on the muskrats!

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Allan Minear] #7289342
06/18/21 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Allan Minear
Thank you for the pictures and the story to go with them ! I'm glad that the ice and high water wasn't any worse than it was .
That's a darn not certain collection of muskrats and it's as always heart warming to see how quickly your kids are growing up and out enjoying your hunting and trapping adventures for what it's worth keep up the good job !

By the way how's that big bear hide coming along & what's your plans for it ?
Enjoy your day and Stay Safe out there even if you don't want to ha ha !
Allan


Bear hide is getting shipped out tomorrow. Getting a rug made and the skull bleached.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7291308
06/21/21 10:35 PM
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Thanks for the ride Ryan ! What is your favorite ratting 22 ?That boy is sure sprouting up .
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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7291381
06/22/21 02:47 AM
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Either My old Remington 572 or Rossi stainless steel pump. I carry both


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7296509
06/30/21 01:44 AM
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Finished up the rats and the last wolf. Didnít get any pictures of skinning the feet or fleshing but itís sure nice to work on fur at a relaxed pace. I did the wolf hide this past Saturday. Nice relaxing evening with my son. Now heís out at husky lake with my parents and I just turned the big dog over.

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Now there isnít much to do so Iíll make a parts list for my machines and start getting ready for fall activities. Rest up and fatten up for winter. Lol.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7296510
06/30/21 01:48 AM
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Bobby and Charlotte both went out to the lake until Friday. Just Morgan is home with us and man is it quiet in the house.


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7297113
07/01/21 12:36 AM
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Ryan my 572 has forearm problems ,metal sleeves inside the wood has disappeared .discontinued ,I might have to put something completely over the top to hold it up .It is my fav because of the weight (more like a centerfire weight ) Any glitches with yours ?


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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta [Re: Ryan McLeod] #7297167
07/01/21 07:12 AM
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Nice work on that dog Ryan. I expect to be able to take a few in the next 10 years, if they open it up here. About the time I'll want to quit, lol.


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