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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6424832
01/10/19 09:30 PM
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Ok that was awful, definitely not easy to show detail but beautiful color phase anyway. Thanks for the thread enjoying read.

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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6427794
01/13/19 10:19 PM
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Saskatchewan Canada
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Nice elk and wolf rug Bushman. Best of luck this year


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6435508
01/20/19 11:55 PM
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Hope 2019 is treating everyone good.

I just got back from another trapline run and had a chance to try out one of my Xmas presents. The snowmobile stopped on us mid-stream and I wanted to move it before checking things out. I used another machine to put some tension on the bunjee-puller and all I had to do was lift up on one of the front skis and the snowmobile popped right out of the creek. I was getting a flashing DESS signal on my snowmobile gauge display and the machine would run but had no power. A little voice in the back of my head kept trying to remind me I had this problem before but I ignored it for half an hour before remembering that it had to do with a poor connection on the key fob. I pulled it out and reinserted the key fob and away we went.

We had a few grandkids out which always makes for a good time. These two were wearing some coyote face masks that Grandma made for them

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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6435515
01/21/19 12:04 AM
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I had the same problem a few weeks ago.Easy fix

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6435516
01/21/19 12:05 AM
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Getting some lynx and marten but I'm still mostly cabin bound. The creek has been freezing up very slowly this year. I'll get a few days of cold weather followed by a warm spell that thaws things back out. I pushed a little further upriver this week and hope to get further up next trip.



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At the wolf trapping course I just took, the instructor used a cordless drill to drill a pilot hole into a tree and then inserted a piece of #9 wire into the hole and used the wire as a snare support. That looked easier and used less wire than my method of twisting the support wire tight around a tree for support. I used a drill for one trip and soon discovered it is not for a guy like me. I need less equipment, not more. So I came up with an alternate method that worked pretty good when I tried it out. I just looped the #9 wire tight around the two roofing nails and pounded them flat into the trunk. The support wire stuck out a couple feet easily and supported the weight of a snare. I'm going to use fence staples next time.




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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6435521
01/21/19 12:12 AM
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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6435599
01/21/19 03:39 AM
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sure is fun having grandkids on the line I set a short little line up with the 8 yr old this year and he isnít catching much but having a blast took his twin cousins that flew infor the weekend today and set some special snares for them it was great in addition to the three of them helping skin a lynx yesterday


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6436486
01/22/19 05:55 AM
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Homer, Alaska
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Catching up Brian. Always great to see your journal. Your photo below reminded me of the only trapping I have done for a while. Darn mice were in the garage. Well I had traps similar to yours and was missing about 3 to one catch with the big pans. Educating them mice I was. I decided the wide pans were not allowing them to be committed enough to consistently stay in the kill zone. So I bought some victor mouse traps with the narrow food holder in the middle and the side holding mechanism. Well bingo. Three for three. I still got it!!! haha.

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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6446321
01/31/19 01:27 AM
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I can only imagine what type of sci-fi mouse traps you'd cook up Len.


Ever run across an albino? Here's a squirrel that hung around for a while

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I was also looking at this picture. Not hard to tell this is a juvenile marten I'm thinking

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And finally a shot of a collared wolverine on the gallop

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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6446323
01/31/19 01:28 AM
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https://youtu.be/nN-97dYYBVQ


Here's a clip of two wolverine fighting. Sounds like they're killing each other but a few minutes later they are eating together

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6446327
01/31/19 01:32 AM
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https://youtu.be/AY2T3fiLz_c




I get a lot of nicely colored cross fox on my trapline. Seems to me fox and wolves go together, coyotes not so much.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6446335
01/31/19 01:45 AM
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Fairbanks Alaska
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Those are some awesome videos Brian. What cameras do you have set up on the kill? My cameras just aren't preforming like I expect at night.


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6446768
01/31/19 12:27 PM
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That albino Red squirrel is unique but there are several museum specimens at the Manitoba Museum collection. So they do occur. Once they are in the population they keep on coming back up, in my instance even 25 years later. There will be totally black ones in the area as well.

Years back the old time squirrel grader from Dominion Sudac said there was 3-4 a year come in, but that was when 2-300,000 squirrels a year graded per auction.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6447290
01/31/19 10:42 PM
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Cool albino squirrel. When I seen the CBC news article I knew it was your picture right away.


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6452467
02/06/19 01:15 AM
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AK - Using mostly Bushnell HD cams, Reconyxx is the best though.

Wow did we get some winter in a hurry. I've been cabin bound all winter because of the mild weather and open water. We got nailed with a couple feet of snow followed by -40 to -46 for the last several days. It warmed up today too -30 so I headed out on the trapline. The Skandic wouldn't start so I hand cranked the 550 Tundra and got it started and hit the trail

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Just a bit of snow out there


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I had to pull on the cold weather gear for this trip


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6452469
02/06/19 01:17 AM
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This guy was buried under a couple feet of snow.



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This ram was on the road licking salt when I headed out this morning

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6452819
02/06/19 02:06 PM
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Great footage !!!! I can almost smell that moose !!


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Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6452858
02/06/19 02:48 PM
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I have one of those old bug eyed Tundra 550 for work. My knees are always sore from riding it as the slippery angled seat pushes you right up against the front all the time. But they are good in snow.

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Bushman] #6452899
02/06/19 03:48 PM
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Lovely clear pics !

Especially like the marten and the wolverine .

Re: Mountain Journal [Re: Sharon] #6453228
02/06/19 10:17 PM
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Great thread. Thank you all for sharing the pics.!

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