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Running a long line this year #7693249
10/16/22 02:59 AM
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Gonna be running a long line this year. Will be staying out in my line in my -40 sleeping bag, bivy and fur clothes. Plan on making small shelters along the way to take shelter in if need be.

I would be lying if I said I wasnít nervous about it, but itís something I gotta do. Gotta bring home fur to support my family


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693422
10/16/22 11:04 AM
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Praying for your safety. Carry lots of body, hand and foot warmer packets to throw in your sleeping bag at night, can make it a lot warmer.


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693465
10/16/22 12:41 PM
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"Support my family " really, the math doesn't add up .get a job to supplement and your family has a chance, good luck, be safe

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693483
10/16/22 01:16 PM
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What mode of transportation are you using?

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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: otter3006] #7693510
10/16/22 02:01 PM
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Otter- We tan all of our own hides, make them into hats and mittens and also sell full pelts.

Trapping literally is my job, so thank you but no thank you

Funny enough our sons name is otter


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693521
10/16/22 02:11 PM
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Great plan finishing furs, hopefully your pile will keep you busy in the off season

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: Rusty Newhouse] #7693543
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Rusty- I am using my Polaris 550 Indy snow machine


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: FL cracker in AK] #7693544
10/16/22 03:05 PM
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FL cracker in AK- that is a pretty good idea Iíll definitely be throwing some of those in with me


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693605
10/16/22 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by GrayWolfandPack
Rusty- I am using my Polaris 550 Indy snow machine


I'm sure it will all workout for you.
It should be a real learning experience.
It's good to have a plan but if it doesn't quite work out as planned you can always adjust.
"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape."

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693654
10/16/22 05:31 PM
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I mostly lurk here. Hardly ever post much, but I canít help but chime in here. Iíve seen your Instagram and I really hope you have more of plan than what Iíve seen. Youíre talking to people who live and thrive in alaska here (not me, but those guys). They know what theyíre talking about. You just made it to alaska from the lower 48 and from what I can tell live in a wall tent. Iíve spent many cold nights in those tents my self. Please be smart and have a shelter thatís capable for a family to live in. You have a small child. Trapping these days is not the way to support your family. The prices and the market hardly allow that now. Iím not sure how much experience you have but you need to take the advice these people give you.

good luck

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693679
10/16/22 05:58 PM
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If we get one of those winters that the bottom drops out to -50f or-60f for a couple weeks and your nervous now make sure you have an InReach and make sure the troopers know where you are!
Big river systems can be even colder. Good Luck.


I love the smell of burning spruce---I love the sound of a spring time goose---I love the feel of 40 below---from my trapline I will never go!
Re: Running a long line this year [Re: MeatBaggie] #7693717
10/16/22 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by MeatBaggie
I mostly lurk here. Hardly ever post much, but I canít help but chime in here. Iíve seen your Instagram and I really hope you have more of plan than what Iíve seen. Youíre talking to people who live and thrive in alaska here (not me, but those guys). They know what theyíre talking about. You just made it to alaska from the lower 48 and from what I can tell live in a wall tent. Iíve spent many cold nights in those tents my self. Please be smart and have a shelter thatís capable for a family to live in. You have a small child. Trapping these days is not the way to support your family. The prices and the market hardly allow that now. Iím not sure how much experience you have but you need to take the advice these people give you.

good luck



Yessir, we used to live in a wall tent but recently moved into a cabin for winter.

I may be young but I have a lot of experience in wilderness situations. We tan, and make things out of our fur and sell them privately. I donít sell to the fur auctions. I know it may be tough my first season here but I have all the necessary equipment. Iím not dogging the others here, and I am definitely listening to their advice. I have lived in extreme cold conditions for many years in my wall tent in the northern cascades of Washington at 5500 feet by myself for many winters. I appreciate your concern though. We donít post everything that we do on instagram and the conditions and experiences that we have lived through are much more extreme than what we portray on instagram.


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: Oh Snap] #7693722
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Originally Posted by Oh Snap
If we get one of those winters that the bottom drops out to -50f or-60f for a couple weeks and your nervous now make sure you have an InReach and make sure the troopers know where you are!
Big river systems can be even colder. Good Luck.



Yessir I recently bought an inreach for this purpose. I also know of some old abandoned cabins that I could hole up in if things got real rough.


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: Rusty Newhouse] #7693729
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Originally Posted by Rusty Newhouse
Originally Posted by GrayWolfandPack
Rusty- I am using my Polaris 550 Indy snow machine


I'm sure it will all workout for you.
It should be a real learning experience.
It's good to have a plan but if it doesn't quite work out as planned you can always adjust.
"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape."

Yessir always have back up plans. I am very much excited to run this line.








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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: MeatBaggie] #7693734
10/16/22 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by MeatBaggie
I mostly lurk here. Hardly ever post much, but I canít help but chime in here. Iíve seen your Instagram and I really hope you have more of plan than what Iíve seen. Youíre talking to people who live and thrive in alaska here (not me, but those guys). They know what theyíre talking about. You just made it to alaska from the lower 48 and from what I can tell live in a wall tent. Iíve spent many cold nights in those tents my self. Please be smart and have a shelter thatís capable for a family to live in. You have a small child. Trapping these days is not the way to support your family. The prices and the market hardly allow that now. Iím not sure how much experience you have but you need to take the advice these people give you.

good luck



And also my family will be in a warm cabin in town while I am running the line. Like I said, I have plenty experience to be doing something like this. I have essentially been working up in life experience to do something like this for the past 7 years. I know that I canít have my family sitting in our wall tent without insulation in the Alaskan bush, which is why I did a work trade all summer so that we have a place to stay for the winter.

Iím sorry if Iím coming off as rude, but I canít tell you how many times we have been told that we canít do something or arenít capable. My wife is from the Yukon and NWT , she is also more than capable at handling the cold.

We may be young but we are tough as (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman), and have more life experience in these things than we can portray on IG or than we look.
We have both been living outside for literal years off grid in the national forests.

And to be honest I would rather die on my trapline then try conform to working at ďregular jobĒ.


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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693763
10/16/22 07:37 PM
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I have ran my fair share of Indys on my line over the years. What year is yours?

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693766
10/16/22 07:40 PM
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Capable of working a regular job ... (conform ?) How bout perform, i and many others do like our regular job s , it's great to do what we love but expenses versus total income will be tough , math doesn't add up anymore for me to trap now, that's me and lot of others, not you I hope. Family first, they need you, be very safe,yes ,trappers are independent folks of the best,

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693768
10/16/22 07:41 PM
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"And to be honest I would rather die on my trapline then try conform to working at ďregular jobĒ."

You sir have balls and I respect that. seems to be the only way to be free now.
Good luck to you

Re: Running a long line this year [Re: GrayWolfandPack] #7693806
10/16/22 08:13 PM
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Hospital are full of people with bxxxs on government assistance then
Dying on a trap line is dumb and selfish to your family.
On a brighter idea ,fur slippers are a hot seller.just picked up a pair for the wife at around 250 and I know it was a fair price, considering excellent workmanship
Also with Xmas soon, I bet some leather sockings with fur trim sells. Our farmers market has them and are good gifts

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Re: Running a long line this year [Re: otter3006] #7693876
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Originally Posted by otter3006
Hospital are full of people with bxxxs on government assistance then
Dying on a trap line is dumb and selfish to your family.
On a brighter idea ,fur slippers are a hot seller.just picked up a pair for the wife at around 250 and I know it was a fair price, considering excellent workmanship
Also with Xmas soon, I bet some leather sockings with fur trim sells. Our farmers market has them and are good gifts


Yessir we plan to make slippers, mukluks, mittens, hats and baby stuff. My wife is pretty good at making clothing and other things. I attached some pictures of my trapline gloves ( bison exterior leather, beaver lining on inside, with lynx cuffs ) and another pair we have for sale ( bison leather exterior, Russian sable lining, with a fox cuff + traditional cree bead work )


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