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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5929408
06/16/17 11:46 AM
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That is indeed a gift. Thanks for sharing the awesome photos.

Good luck reworking your bridges.

We're pretty dry south of you over the border - feel free to send a little of that rain down our way!

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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5929541
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I do like construction so I guess I'll be busy. But the water is heading for the McKenzie River. And come to think of it so am I.

I'm heading to the North Nahanni River next week for a jet boat expedition with my buddy. Also doing the Root River up into the McKenzie Mountains and hopefully into little doctor lake. My wife is coming so I'm excited to show her this piece of paradise. Bringing a gold pan to pay for the trip.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5929601
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So I can expect lots of logs coming down the Mackenzie next spring? Maybe a cart? I nearly had a job in Fort Res. too bad all your stuff would probably have gone right past and I could have salvaged it.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5929752
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Muskrat my first serious girlfriend was from Ft. Res. Many pleasant memories of her but not that crazy town. You're probably too young to remember when Res had the highest murder rate in Canada for several years running. Anyways you're not getting my gear. I'll be on the Mckenzie River by this weekend keeping my eyes open!

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5929804
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My buddy Brad probably has your stuff sitting in his yard by now.

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I don't remember Fort Res being the murder capital but the 70s were crazy. I remember hiding by the stove because somebody got drunk and shot the Roman Catholic priest and a RCMP Officer. Aklavik was in the headlines for a while after that.

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it's time to get excited. I'm packing up my gear for another trip up to my buddies territory in the NWT. I'll do a 750 mile trip one way before putting my boat into the McKenzie River. We'll head up river for a few hours and then head up the North Nahanni.

We hope to make it into Little Dr. Lake if the water is high enough.


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That looks like a nice spot.

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It is Boco, and excellent fishing

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5933548
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Just realized I pretty much only come on trapperman these days to check in on your life haha thx for keeping this rockin

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5933595
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Keep the pictures coming! Wish I was somewhere in the bush right now...


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5934046
06/23/17 12:01 AM
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Geez that nwt looks like an awesome place!!

If I remember correctly it took my dad and i less than 24 hours from providence to aklavik when he bought a boat from kingland.
Throw a message in a bottle and maybe muskrat411 will find it. He will make a good YouTube video about it! Little Doctor lake looks like a great spot.


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Ryan McLeod] #5934542
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I bet it is nice but the family that lives there probably can't stop telling jokes about trusting them because they are a doctor

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5942771
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I've just returned from 3,000 km / 1800 mile trip by road and at least 500 miles by jet boat. Went way deeper into the McKenzie mountains then we had planned as I brought a lot of gas and water conditions were high.

The high water was a blessing and a curse. Much of the river we traveled on is shallow and braided with channels, sometimes a dozen or more. Read the wrong channel and you're high and dry on the gravel bars. Even my highly skilled local buddy made a wrong turn a time or two, and we had to wrestle boats off gravel bars. It's called the Root river due to all the big trees that float down from the high country and hang up on the flood plains.

When we finally turned around we were only 8 miles from the headquarters of Nahanni Outfitters and deep in Dall Sheep country. In one of our camps we glassed bands of ewes and lambs just across from us. Very easy sheep hunting compared to hunting Alberta bighorns from what i can see.

Our first day we camped at Engish Chief River after doing about 120 miles by boat. I just purchased a new firearm for bears and packed it along on the trip. We were pitching our tent and my wife heard a noise so I grabbed the gun. Sure enough a medium sized black bear peaked over the river bank and checked us out. It backed off when I gave it a tongue lashing but returned once again. I drove it off by yelling then let a round go right behind it's butt. Took off in high gear and never returned which was a good thing as three strikes you're out.

Next day we spent wrestling the boats off gravel bars and working our way to the real high country. When we made camp we set up on a narrow bench with barely room for two tents, but high and dry and out of the wind. The Root river was chocolate brown but a crystal clear mountain stream flowed into it. The river has formed into one channel as the mountains came right down to the river on each side. This is where we glassed Dall sheep.

Next day we continued up river using only one shallow draft workhorse boat that my new friend Bob owned. But I noticed he let my old buddy Floyd take the wheel for our trip as it was challenging to say the least. Our plan was to day trip out of the camp and hit some narrow tributaries flowing into the Root.

Our first stop was this magic canyon river with an incredible back story. If you look on a map you'll see the root river penetrates deep into the mountains and immediately north of it another system called the Redstone also goes deep into the big hills. Both are world class mountain caribou and dall sheep range. My buddy Floyd's uncle was a guide and wrangler for McKenzie Mountain outfitters years ago. One of his jobs was to trail horses from Wrigley on the McKenzie River up into the Redstone drainage. He told Floyd about a narrow little canyon river that ended with the water pouring out of the base of the mountain. His Uncle would cut right around the water pouring out and was able to make his way across from one range to the other with 20+ horses. You can really see on google earth the route he took. I have a ton of pictures and video and more to the story including a two days float down the river to rescue my boat. I'll get it posted tonight.

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Looking forward to the pics.
Went out to the new trapline today by 4 wheeler to check the trail to the cabin.Only was out there in winter.Trail is good with only a few bad muckholes,considering all the rain we have had.

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Stopped only 8 miles from outfitters camp. $25,000 hunt.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5942825
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Sounds like an awesome adventure Bushman, really looking forward to the pictures. Sounds like some great country out there.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #5942984
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Let me start by introducing one of the most knowledgable bushmen I know. And one of my best friends. I've known Floyd since we were in our late teens. We did a lot of partying and hunting together back in the day but always were aligned by our love of the bush. Lost contact for 35 years and reunited four years ago. Both of us have the hard partying out of our systems, but retired champions.

Floyd's story is one that probably cannot be repeated today. He was raised by grandparents in Wrigley, along the Mckenzie river. His grandfather was a man of power and respected by his community. He died at 97 in his own cabin in control of all his facilities being looked over by floyd. He taught Floyd everything he knows and I can't even begin to fathom the depth of knowledge that Floyd holds. When we see something unrolling before our eyes while in the bush he's so far ahead of me of knowing what's going on that it's humbling.

An example would be that we come around a corner of the river and a pair of geese are freaking out and hustling goslings into the tall grass...I think its our boat but Floyd says no, predator must be around. Around the next corner we spot an eagle in a tree, eating a gosling.

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As mentioned those channels are shallow and getting hung up is part of the adventure

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