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#5852530 - 03/21/17 01:06 AM Cabin locations
lots of mink Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/03/10
Posts: 1017
Loc: saskatchewan/canada
In sub arctic forest where are trappers cabins usually located? Near water would be a guess but what other criteria did the old trappers use when picking locations to build?

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#5852535 - 03/21/17 01:29 AM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 12437
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
I like a cabin on a medium size river.

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#5852558 - 03/21/17 05:34 AM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
Sonny N Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/25/15
Posts: 191
Loc: Nuiqsut alaska
Mine is going to be built by a medium sized river. near a lake with fish and good Caribou hunting grounds. Has a batch of willows near with lots of ptarmigan year round. Sometimes has rabbit when the numbers are high.

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#5852722 - 03/21/17 09:13 AM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
bhugo Offline
trapper

Registered: 05/08/07
Posts: 931
Loc: Flint, Michigan
Close to good firewood. Open to south sun. High enough not to flood in spring.
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#5854770 - 03/23/17 01:20 PM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
Northof50 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 1456
Loc: Manitoba
Fall caribou migration route.
Esker close to deep water, because, harvested animals would be sunk in the fall and pulled out when needed.

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#5858143 - 03/26/17 05:52 PM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 12437
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Near a spring is great if you can manage.One of my cabins is by a spring.Two are not.

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#5858177 - 03/26/17 06:22 PM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
Northof50 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 1456
Loc: Manitoba
Lotsof mink go to your provincial museum and look at some old maps from the surveyors from when they did the boundarys of Saskatchewan, they placed all the cabin locations on those maps and many other features. The southern maps had buffalo kill sites marked down, but the bones were picked, but many projectile points are around there.

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#5858378 - 03/26/17 08:33 PM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
star flakes Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 30
Loc: MN, USA
Wind, water, fire and sun. Those are the basis for any homestead.
In camps, it is water, wind and fuel for the fire.

If you have willows that hold game, they also hold predators, as in grizzly to not appreciate you eating their prey.

You are looking for a spot which will not flood, will not be burned down, or covered with piles of snow. You do not want a tree falling on your cabin some night when it is 60 below and a blizzard is blowing.
You do not want to be hauling wood five miles for fuel, no more than water.

Build on a slight rise, on the leeward side of shelter of ground and trees. In most cases door to the south and make certain your door opens interior, so that you do not have a 5 foot snow pile locking you in behind your door.
The slight rise helps in snow levels, run off of water and cold. Cold settles and the last place you want to be is in a pocket of cold air all winter, or a pocket where mosquitoes swarm all summer.

Lastly you want to be on a natural game travel route. If you have been on your ground in summer and winter, think of where the snow was, the game was, the areas you naturally avoided. As a final rule, if you pick a location that you think can never flood, to ten feet higher and you might avoid all but the 1000 years floods.

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#5858584 - 03/27/17 12:06 AM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 22930
Loc: McGrath, AK
Make sure your door opens OUTWARD so no grizzly can lean on it and push it open
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#5858586 - 03/27/17 12:14 AM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
357xp Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/31/12
Posts: 26
Loc: northern Alberta
Forest fire threat is also something to consider. Although u can't completely eliminate the threat, u could put some thought into it. like build in new growth timber and not in old growth.

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#5859023 - 03/27/17 01:21 PM Re: Cabin locations [Re: lots of mink]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 22930
Loc: McGrath, AK
You can significantly reduce fire danger by building in a birch grove rather than in conifers.
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#5859111 - 03/27/17 03:33 PM Re: Cabin locations [Re: white17]
spotter Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 256
Loc: alaska
Originally Posted By: white17
Make sure your door opens OUTWARD so no grizzly can lean on it and push it open

Yeah, you just ain't kidding Ken!

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