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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7010814
10/06/20 10:18 PM
10/06/20 10:18 PM
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Wasilla AK
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Fishdog One, yeah it aint easy on judging the smaller moose, this one gave us plenty of time to look at many different angles.

Well pulled everything today. Pretty grateful for the beautiful weather, sunny and a little chill in the air smile

The water dropped pretty good, never a good thing when running a prop! A little grinding and filing and it will be good for next season when I make that run again.

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Of course there always has to be that one thing that happens that puts a damper on the day. I stopped at the mouth of the river to the launch and downloaded all my gear, humped it up to the truck. Walked down the river looking and hoping I could make that 500 yds run to the launch. Hopped into the boat pulled and snap! It started but the dang pull cord broke frown Made it about a hundred yds before I started hitting rock and called it, Ended up walking the boat up to the trailer.

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Picked up 5 more today smile

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Got what I needed to get the marten boxes and bait stations up and running when trapping season opens next month.

Be safe out there!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7010824
10/06/20 10:40 PM
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Thats a great haul of beaver HFT out of 12 sets in a couple checks.


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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7025439
10/23/20 08:18 PM
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The longsprings nbr 44 Blake and Lambs ???


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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7027734
10/26/20 01:17 AM
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Thanks for the compliments guys! smile

RdFx they were Bridgers #4.

Spent the weekend up in TOK with Ted, akntrpr, went over gear and boiled and waxed traps. Mine were a mess, ended up putting them in a concrete mixer and getting all the full metal jacket stuff off before dying and waxing them. I think I am done trying new stuff for a spell and will just stick to the tried and true smile
His shop is getting pretty dang full with lure and has a pretty good selection of gear!

Been going over the sleds, got the Polaris up and running, Ted came down and did a little welding on the Bravo, just waiting on front suspension springs and she will be ready to roll! All the gear is ready to go and I am going to spend this last week before season to knock out a bunch of snares.

Hoping this storm front brings us some snow that sticks around for a while.

Be safe!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7028173
10/26/20 03:02 PM
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Sounds like it is getting real! Have a little snow here, but hope it gets nice and cold for a week first and then a foot would be good. Would be pretty rough to go very far right now.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7028364
10/26/20 06:40 PM
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Northern Manitoba
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Loving the journal again, I hope you have a safe and successful season!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7033373
10/31/20 08:41 AM
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Looks like you live a busy but enjoyable life. Like all the pictures, keep them coming.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7044096
11/09/20 08:47 PM
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I know the guys in the interior got hammered with some fresh powder, we on the other hand got a good rain followed by a little snow. With the opening of the season tomorrow I went out today to break my main trail and see what the conditions were like.

Still waiting on springs for the bravo so I took the polaris out, she is a beater with hand warmers smile Was doing pretty good until I hear a crunch under the hood, then the belt started smoking, then it just stopped.

Looked under the cowling and I had hit something that opened a nice hole in the belly which in turn allowed a bunch of slush and snow up in there. Hoping it was just the belt being wet I switched it out with a new one, No go frown

At least it was only a 5 mile walk out to the HWY were I had the wife come to my rescue smile

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The conditions are good and with the freeze up we had prior it is easy and good running right now!

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Cut some yote tracks that was moving during the storm.

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Cut a bunch of fox track,

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And a whole bunch of ermine track!
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Got home and got the bravo and gear loaded for the first run tomorrow!

Be safe out there!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7044130
11/09/20 09:07 PM
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Glad you made it out OK! Five miles is far enough to walk. From the looks of it you have a skiff of snow more than us. We are supposed to get some more tonight and tomorrow. I hope so because we have an each of ice cover by two inches of snow. Pretty rough going through portages. Have fun tomorrow!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7044259
11/09/20 10:25 PM
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good luck be safe

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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7044370
11/09/20 11:16 PM
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Are you going to tow the broke down snowmachine back on your next run HFT?


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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7044395
11/09/20 11:30 PM
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Boco I will probably just spin it around and through a tarp on it for now. I have 2 buddies that we help each other out, one is laid up for foot surgery the other is in the lower 48 until towards the end of the month. Always seems that I am the one asking for a pull smile but when he gets back up here we will recover it. The sled ain't going anywhere, ain't nothing to steal off of it, and getting gear out will be the priority for the rest of the week smile

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7044400
11/09/20 11:33 PM
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Sounds like the typical start of a season for me smile

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7045164
11/10/20 04:59 PM
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You sure took that breakdown in stride. Hopefully things go smoother with your Bravo on the line.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7045499
11/10/20 09:39 PM
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Well things didn't go to smooth with the bravo today. Didnt have to walk out smile Started backfiring and I raw smelled fuel, looks like either a line is cracked or something is wrong with the carb. Got a few good sets in today before I turned backed. Tear into to it tomorrow and see what the deal is.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7045573
11/10/20 10:28 PM
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Man! Hope you don't have to do too much work on it. What kind of sets?

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7045635
11/10/20 11:08 PM
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A few marten, 1 kitty, 3 bait stations, a jackpot, a otter and mink set, and a few blind snare sets. Pretty surprised at the lack of yote and fox sign, but it is a deep snow and normally don't see much sign till it sets, about three days.

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7048051
11/12/20 10:57 PM
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Got the bravo up and running, sure enough the fuel line had cracked right were it connects to the carb. Easy fix. smile Broke the rest of my trail in and got some more gear out. Not alot of sign but I think things are hunkered down, deep wet snow aint to good for the yotes and fox to travel in.
I did find I had visitors at two of my bait stations from last year, one was a marten the other a fox. Both had dug up pieces of old moose hide. I also found were a marten had nabbed a bunny.
Pretty much done putting out marten and mink gear, time to change gears and get the kitty and k9 gear up and running smile

First catch of the year smile I always love the orange color on these things smile

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Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7048147
11/12/20 11:51 PM
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Nicely done!

Re: HFT_AK Journal 2020 -21 [Re: HFT AK] #7049129
11/13/20 10:24 PM
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Way to go HFT.


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