Myself and fellow trapper Bill Ambercrombie participated in the writing of this document which refutes some commonly held beliefs about wolverines onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jwmg.21137/full To my knowledge this is the few times trappers had input into a peer reviewed research paper. A big salute to Alberta Conservation Association for seeking out trappers as partners on this project
Thanks FT I took off after that elk, right after getting back from the eats coast. I've flown about 5,000 miles in the last 10 days.
I went back to the point on Tuesday evening where I had spotted the elk on and worked my way along the shore, upstream. The wind followed the river current, and that mountain river is noisy so I got in undetected. Not much sign coming down to the point, just one heavy beaten game trail. I walked in 50 yards and could see the bush was a jungle of wild rose bushes and thorns, standing 5' high. The game had one trail only pounded down and it was way too thick for a bow shot so I backed out. I went back onto the point and started my way along the upriver portion. As I rounded the point I started to see a few more trails coming in. It was starting to get dark so I cut straight west back to my vehicle. As I cut across the center of the point I hit several heavy game trails running north / south. But little for tracks or other sign. But to me it looked like all the action was heading south so I decided to return in the morning.
Got back in early and worked my way along one of the trails. Nice and easy going on the path and I took my time. It started to look real elky to me and sure enough I hit fresh elk scat. Some calf and adult. I had seen a couple calves with the herd the other day so figured it was same bunch. I spotted a fresh rub through the trees and worked my way over to check it out.
It was freshly done. sap was clear and still flowing down the tree and shavings curled up along the base of the trunk. I was in old growth pine and spruce forest with mossy floor and pretty open view. Just the kind of place the solo bulls like. I scanned around looking for more sign and sat quiet for a while. I pulled my phone out to take a picture when I heard an elk bark off to my south about 30-50 yards away. The wind was blowing to me so I knew the elk hadn't scented me.
But I played this game before so I didn't waste my time calling but rather backed off and circled downwind hoping to setup and intercept a bull circling around me. I hit the edge of the river way quicker than I suspected so I waited in ambush for a while but no action. I walked down onto the shore and hid for a while by a heavy game crossing thinking a bull might try and sneak across the river. While hid there I heard four cow calls on the other side of the river over about a 45 minute span. No way to cross so I went back into the bush and stalked into the area the call came from.
I was in the bulls bedroom. There were half a dozen trails intersecting at the spot. Funneled there by the river and steep ridges it was a thoroughfare for game moving around. The flat itself didn't show much daily elk occupation except for the bull. And he is strategically placed next to a river for escape, multiple trails to intercept travelling cows, and tons of food as he is the only guy around.
In one spot I could see where he took off, a tree he knocked over, and a fresh rub.
I'll leave this bull until late October or November assuming I haven't harvested a bull. I cleared a game trail out so I can sneak back in at some point once the leaves drop and it's gun season. A tree stand would be deadly right now during bow season but I have other spots to check out as well. We're bringing horses out next week which opens up a whole lot of area I avoid as I'm not up for packing an elk out of there on my back, horses however are a game changer.
The hunt goes on. We played with the big bull for two days, but he wins for now. We actually had him located within a 1/4 mile section of a point but he chose it well. Impossible to penetrate silently, and he wouldn't come out. Swampy area surrounded by overgrowth so thick you had to force your way through it. But we found an old overgrown road that leads to a point overlooking his honey hole so we cleaned it up on the way out. I might return quietly and sit and wait and see what happens. Steep mountainside trail leading down into the flat
found some massive trees down on the flat
The entire Smoky river narrows down to 25 yards across with a strong flow, would be an interesting ride in the boat
I'm now hunting further down river. Seen a couple bull moose, couple cows, and several deer. Going out for a week so we'll see how we make out. Then out for dads moose hunt
Boco that tree is the most massive white spruce I've ever seen. I contacted forestry and they're choppering out some staff to measure the circumference. They feel based on the photo it may be an Alberta record. They would steal some of it's cones for cross breeding as it shows unusual characteristics for a tree in Alberta. The younger spruce in proximity to it are also larger than average, probably descended from this monster. it'll be interesting to find out the rest of the story.
I did score a major find though. As I was hunting an island sandbar along the river I saw a skull sticking out of the sand. When I first saw it I thought bear based on the size but when I dug the jaws out I saw it was a cougar, and a big one. F & W gave me a found wildlife certificate so I've got it home.
Too thin to sew? balony. You may have to use some patch material however depending on the whole. You can make that silnet material if you want to get serious.
Not sure how Kif does it. Call they will be more than helpful I am sure. Or go to the Kif forum and ask away. Some great folks there. http://www.kifaruforums.net
I have thought about hanging the tent for sure. With the stove installed however I don't find it in the way. I use it as a hanging anchor point. I usually have multiple wires hanging off the pole to dry gloves etc. I also hang my lantern off it. xxx
I personally sewed the attachments loops on the outside to produce a higher anchor point in order to pull out the tent at head level. And it is something I would really encourage.
Can't find a photo of it on the outside. But you can see what it does for me on the inside. To the rear of my head you can see the pucker where it is pulled out. I have not taken my liner out since I installed it so I sewed it right to the tent at these spots as well. Otherwise the liner is drooping and I didn't want that either. Just a regular sewing machine I got at a garage sale. Hmm you can see the hole I had fixed too. ;0)
I used to use material clamps like shown in the second photo but got tired of them coming off. You can see them in use here. Now their are loops at these spots at each seam if I choose to use them. Placed a little higher however. Love them.