Well the weather has not been cooperating. A week ago I went out to check my adjust my wolf snares and pull my wolverine sets after getting dumped on. The forecast said it was supposed to clear up so I went out not wanting to procrastinate. Well I should have waited a day. It was still snowing I was quite blind in the whiteout. Had a hard time staying on the trail when I could see it. Got the wolverine geared pulled which was the goal, but wanted to dig out my wolf snares as well. I headed down a drainage where some of them are that is known for overflow. I was able to see my trail with was wide and well packed. Key word here being "was." I soon realized the overflow had taken over my trail so I booked it for the bank. The banks of the drainage are kind of steep but not too bad. Well I made it out of the over flow and into 5-6 feet of powder amongst small willows. Instantly, I was stuck. I grabbed my shovel and stepped off. Instantly, I was up to my chest. I dug out just to get stuck repeated for the next 300 feet as I slowly turned around and made it back to solid trail.
The beaver have been evading me. The one house with the trap that was constantly having the bait taken has gone inactive even though they never even set off the trap. The house with the conibear where I caught the one was set off without a catch and has been avoided since then. So I decided to put in another house. This one in not in the flats and I found a place where the ice was open under the snow. The hardest part was shoveling off the 5 ft of snow to get down to the ice. Here I put in another conibear with a piece of birch. I liked Inupiaq's suggestions and used zip ties for the bait and bent the trigger differently. I also pulled most all my wolf stuff.
Today I went out again even though we got yet another snowstorm the past two days. At least today was sunny and I could see the trail. . . well. . . most of it. In the flats the snow and wind has covered about a 1/4 mile section of my trail including my trail markers. I didn't plan on that but we have a lot of snow! Still no action at the first two houses, but connected at the most recent set up with a nice 51lber!
Boiled up some of the last beaver and added a curry sauce and ate it with curry rice. The whole family enjoyed it! Also asked my wife to substitute rendered bear fat for the crisco last time she made bread (both in the recipe as well as greasing the pan). It turned out normally but with a slightly different flavor. I might say it actually had less flavor than a normal bread loaf. My daughters noticed the difference as well, but no one was opposed to it. I bet most people wouldn't know the difference if they didn't know it was substituted.