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Winter trap lines #7053762
11/17/20 10:53 PM
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ďAs seen on tvĒ takes this one to the bank. While watching shows like the last Alaskans, etc. They stay in cabins during the winter months to tend trap lines. How can they afford that? Do they get summer jobs doing random things? Or are they banking on fur sales for sole monetary stability?

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053768
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Many might be retired.

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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053770
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A combination of both. I know a few guys who work road construction all summer, then get laid off in the winter and trap bobcat. Keeping your expenses low is key. Donít get into debt, donít have a car payment and live frugally and you can pretty much live how you want to live.


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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Bob] #7053774
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Where do they stay in the summers though? This would be a dream for me in the future. I receive disability from the VA, but I donít think it would be enough to survive off of per month in a place like that with cost of living so high.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053802
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Most rural Alaskans have multiple, seasonal income streams. Trapping is one of them. Others might include firefighting, construction, commercial fishing, etc. Our economy is quite robust during the summer. It's easy to find jobs if you are not picky. Some come with room and board.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053821
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Every store I went into this weekend had a help wanted sign. My boss has two friends both looking for carpenters right now. But income diversity can be the key. Wife and I have jobs(we work together)and we have paying hobbies too. Biggest one for me while itís 25* and warmer is the sawmill.
Do you have a skill set you think would be useful? Curious what parts of Alaska interest you, its a pretty big state. Where weíre at our usual winter temp is -30 but has hit -50 for a few weeks before. We donít get piles of snow..think I had over 3í last year.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053824
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I can make more money in Alaska in 6 months than I could in NC or TN in a year. The cost of living is somewhat higher but it isn't twice as high and no state income tax doesn't hurt. The price for groceries is higher but very affordable unless you live off the road system.

You're married but for a single guy there are plenty of attractive women who are independent minded and like the same in a man. Thank you early pipe line workers.

I could make the same income in NY but I could never be as free.



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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053825
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I know a couple of guys up here now that do exactly what white dog just said.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7053896
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The few guys I know do as mentioned above. Firefighter, road crews, pipelines or canneries.

My grandfather was there in the early to mid 50s.He only trapped to stay busy in the winter. Wasn't his main source of income.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7054095
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Originally Posted by Mattty843
Where do they stay in the summers though? This would be a dream for me in the future. I receive disability from the VA, but I donít think it would be enough to survive off of per month in a place like that with cost of living so high.

A lot of them would stay on their traplines all year round.They guide in the summer and trap in the winter.
With the price of fur low and the covid restrictions on their tourists they are hurtin big time now.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7054140
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The trappers featured on the shows you mentioned make money on the shows and work summers. If they own an airplane some have a home here in the interior.

Now with the prices of fur they need a job doing something else!

Over the years I have trapped and worked construction here in Fairbanks I have met a lot of bush trappers who come to town and work the summer then head back out for the winter.

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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7054144
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Will be interesting to watch the shows and see how those guys adjust to the covid restrictions.

Down here we just have more people spending time at their cottages.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Twolines] #7057325
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I have a class A CDL but I donít really like driving trucks. Juneau and Fairbanks are the two places Iíve looked at in the past. When I was in the Army I was stationed in upstate NY and Iíve felt -40. It was cold, but I didnít hate it which baffled me because Iíve never even seen snow before I was stationed there. The trapping industry is more plentiful there than it is here. I was told today coons are going for .50 put up. What are marten, muskrat, and mink going for?

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Pike River] #7057361
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Originally Posted by Pike River
Will be interesting to watch the shows and see how those guys adjust to the covid restrictions.

Don't believe everything you see on TV. Most of it is scripted and/or down right lies.


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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7057405
11/21/20 03:02 AM
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Matty, there are lots of open CDL jobs in AK right now. PM me if you're serious and want me to send you some.
Don't go to Juneau no matter what... very little economy besides political jobs. And not much trucking with nowhere to drive!
Like others said, there is LOTS of seasonal summer work in AK, which works out well for trapping. Construction, fishing, firefighting, mining, tourism, etc. With a Class A I'm fairly confident you could find a summer job, assuming we don't get shut down by a "pandemic" again...

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7057409
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If you have a cdl a start at a life up here is almost guaranteed. Almost.. could come down to how long like mentioned above.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7057410
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An acquaintance of mine has a pretty good gig driving fuel delivery.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7057423
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Juneau and Fairbanks are quite different places, climate-wise, job-wise, and politically-wise.

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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7057465
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good read wish I was 40 years younger , frown

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7057501
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Kermit stearns told me around 1999 if he was young like me he would go to Alaska. I was 42 at the time,owned my place and had successful trapping business. Kermit had been there I believe 3 times and loved it. Rip Mr kermit.

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Twolines] #7058478
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Which part are you in?

Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7058487
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One big difference I have noticed about how Alaskans are much different that most people from the lower 48 is that Alaskans are much more mobile and know how to travel around.
It doesn't really seem to matter much about ethnicity, income, or social status. People in Alaska are always traveling around. It could as easily be frequent flights into Anchorage or Fairbanks, or Honolulu, Seattle and Cabo.

Flights down to watch a Seahawks game, or to the Muckleshoot's casino, or to Spokane and then on to to Dave Smith Motors in Kellogg Idaho are routine.

The world to most Alaskans is a much smaller place than for many lower 48 Americans who don't get very far from the farm (not slamming farmers, I like to eat too).
It's just that the perception of work and travel are much different in Alaska than elsewhere.


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Re: Winter trap lines [Re: Mattty843] #7058518
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Good point, Waggler. I'm usually flying somewhere a few times per year.

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I think the PFD and Alaska Airlines sales are big reasons why Alaskans can afford to travel more. Long nights, short days, frigid temperatures, and extra cash all encourage out of state travel.




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Plus you're isolated by Canada and most from Alaska from what I gather came from somewhere else in the low 48(that where their family and roots are).

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Originally Posted by white dog
I think the PFD and Alaska Airlines sales are big reasons why Alaskans can afford to travel more. Long nights, short days, frigid temperatures, and extra cash all encourage out of state travel.



That may be in some situations but I doubt that the PFD makes a difference in what MOST people can truly afford. They can't afford it most likely but they do it anyway.

Long nights, short days and frigid temperatures are all pluses in my book. I can't think of many reasons to travel out of state unless it involves shotguns !


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Matty who is your last question directed at? Iím somewheres in the interior. I travel to Fairbanks to work.

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I'd be happy if I never had to leave the farm.

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Don't move to Juneau. That's as un-alaskan of a place there is while still being in Alaska. If you like southeast AK check out some towns on Prince of Wales island or Sitka. Totally different feel to those places than the interior or even Anchorage though.

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