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Posted By: AKHowler

AKHowler's Trapline Journal - 12/31/13 04:13 PM

Greetings trappers, off to a late start this season. Went outside to visit family and friends instead of trapping the first part of the season. Got across the river and set a bit of line out. Not much marten sign across the flats so didn't set but a dozen poles with no results. Saw a little cat sign at the start but that's what I normally have is a little cat sign. Put out some of my usual wolverine cubbies and pole sets.




Didn't have much snow to begin with but got about 4" when I left which was a welcome sight for the trail. Troopers stopped me on the trail with a Helicopter looking for a couple overdue moose hunters. Wrong area fellas.
Lots of trees down along the trail.





Saw lots of moose and caribou and even some bulls with their antlers still on. Didn't find any wolf kills but seen good wolf sign. Cut 3 different wolverine tracks. That makes me hopeful. Ended up picking up a beautiful 35# male wolverine in a cat cubby right behind the cabin during the daytime. Went by the set in the morn and came back by it at 5pm and had this guy. Didn't mess around just took the first shot he gave me and put him down. Good thing, I had him by his pinky toe in a #3 DLS. Glad I came back down that trail or he'd a been gone in the morn. Better lucky than good.
Left the truck it was +20 and when I got back 6 days later, it was -50. Never even got cold til I looked at the thermometer. Picked three bait stealing marten for my efforts and that big ol wolverine. Happy with the start even without any canines on the the boards. Spent Christmas day skinning marten even if it was only a couple.


When I got home, my Moyle's shipment came in. They did a great job as usual.
Well good luck to all, Happy holidays and may we all have a safe and successful season.
Posted By: mtbadger

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 04:18 PM

Beautiful pics AKHowler. Love that pile of fur......
Posted By: AKLarry

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 04:28 PM

Saw your truck sitting there Christmas eve coming back from town and kept wondering when you were gonna post! Always enjoy your pics! Hope you have a good, safe season!
Posted By: trapmando

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 04:34 PM

Been wondering where you been Howler. Good to see all is well.I really enjoy the pics and the stories that go along with you season.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 05:13 PM

As always cool pic thanks for sharing
Posted By: rosscoak

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 06:49 PM

Good stuff howler! looks like fun...i am jealous...you actually have winter....in southeast we have freeze thaw and dumps of snow..then 35 and rain the next day.

Keep at it.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 06:53 PM

Sweet critters! Good to see you back on the board and look forward to reading about your adventures this year!
Posted By: takotna

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 07:04 PM

Wow that a pig of a wolverine! As usual, nice pic!
Posted By: Trapalaska

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 07:13 PM

Love your posts. Glad you are back.
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 07:26 PM

Love reading your journal and I see your off to a good start. Where is all the snow, it must be a pain and hard on the sleds with out much snow? Congrats on the gulo always nice to get a pig for the first one.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 08:41 PM

Great stuff. I love those canyon shots.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 09:36 PM

Great pics and looks like you are off to a good start!

What hitch setup are you using on your sleds to haul doubles?
Posted By: piperniner

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 10:09 PM

BF: A.H. can answer your question, as he is handy welder.

For those who are not , a pintle hitch would be in order and a close up can be seen at northernsledworks.com - under customization.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/31/13 11:06 PM

Originally Posted By: piperniner
BF: A.H. can answer your question, as he is handy welder.

For those who are not , a pintle hitch would be in order and a close up can be seen at northernsledworks.com - under customization.


I have looked at Northernsledworks site and the setup they use but it looked like AKhowler had something slightly different on his cargo sleds.
Posted By: Darwin

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 03:31 AM

Originally Posted By: takotna
Wow that a pig of a wolverine!


That is what I thought when I saw it. But then again what do I know, don't see to many of them in Central Ohio! grin
Would that be considered a big one?

Great pics and thanks for the post!
Posted By: hatchetjack1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 03:43 AM

Great pics!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/02/14 03:51 AM

I'll get some pics of my hitch setup for ya. Don't know if it's the best hitch but it's what I learned with and along with some of my running mates have used for 20+ years.
Darwin.. They get bigger, I caught a 38 pounder with a full belly and seen a giant wolverine while I was guiding in Unit 17 one fall but wouldn't let the hunter shoot it because the hair wasn't prime. It would have been a waste of a awesome animal.
Originally Posted By: broncoformudv
Great pics and looks like you are off to a good start!

What hitch setup are you using on your sleds to haul doubles?
Posted By: Birchcreekkid

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 04:02 AM

I noticed you have a snow deflector on the front of your siglin, how well does it work for keeping snow out of your sled? My only complaint about my siglin is that it fills up with snow pretty quickly if it's soft powdery snow which it always is till spring.........
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 04:19 AM

beautiful scenics , thanks for sharing. Looks like a nice mature male in it's prime,
Posted By: spotter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 04:30 PM

It's about time Howler. Hope everything goes well with you this season. White, what's your opinion on the Robinson rotor?
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 04:41 PM

Well it's a recip and that in itself is a reliability issue. But just in my personal experience, I never experienced an engine failure unless it was caused by an external source..i.e bullets. I'd much rather see a turbine in there but the up front costs would be a lot higher.

Apparently the state has a good maintenance program and has been happy with the R44 & R22. The size is also nice for tight work in the mountains during sheep season. Also handy for darting critters. It surprises me that they don't use the Hughes 500 but maybe it's a cost issue. The next step up would be the Jet Ranger or the A-Star and that would be a big step in cost and size so maybe it's just the best compromise.

I don't know if you knew or knew of the late Bud Woods. Owned Woods Air out of Palmer. Back in the old days he did most of the high altitude rescues on Denali with an old bell 47. Most of those were supercharged so that really helped when the air got thin but they were still reciprocal engines.
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/14 05:27 PM

Thank you for sharing all the great pictures AK. Nice office you have there. Three tier bunk for power naps smile
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/14 01:21 AM

thanks for the great pics,nice wolverine .Did you work down at greeley you look like a guy i worked with.
Posted By: 160user

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/14 02:26 AM

Originally Posted By: white17
Well it's a recip and that in itself is a reliability issue. But just in my personal experience, I never experienced an engine failure unless it was caused by an external source..i.e bullets. I'd much rather see a turbine in there but the up front costs would be a lot higher.
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I have a rule to never trust anything that flies and is driven by a fan belt! The price on the 500's and Death Rangers has really come down. The R22's and 44's are great for on-field crashes but I would be scared o operate in the bush with one. The Robby's and Scweitzers scare the heck out of me!
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/14 03:11 AM

The Robinsons have had a few issues with fires after crashes. The aluminum fuel tanks crack and leak after impact. The fact that the fuel is gasoline rather than jet A or B compounds the problem especially if the master is still on at impact. Hot exhaust is another obvious problem that we can't get away from.

Robinson has ordered all aluminum tanks replaced with bladders by the end of 2014 in an attempt to improve safety after a crash or hard auto-rotation.


I think I'd prefer to put one down into vegetation rather than an open field, depending on the size of the vegetation. But I'd prefer not to do it at all.
Posted By: northway

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/04/14 03:29 AM

Very nice Howler! Glad you are back at it!
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/06/14 04:33 AM

Awesome pics like always. Good job on the wolverine. Be careful on the rivers, sometimes you can't get out if ya break through, trust me, I know.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 08:13 AM

Hey guys, came in early to attend the monthly ATA meeting. Great showing. Started out pretty slow on the line. Saw quite a bit of wolf sign and they didn't like something about my Pee post sets. Back to the drawing boards. Ran 50 miles of line without a single piece of fur in a trap so to the cabin to pout and get a fire going. Unloaded the sled, fire going safe and off down the line. Wolf tracks everywhere and something is amuck with my Pee posts. They milled around on the creek way to much. Gotta be a kill. I find a totally eaten caribou. Hang a few snares on it for next trip through and place some #9's on their pee posts. Down the trail I go and low and behold in the four snares I hung on my first trip out wait two wolves. The snares were placed on a trail where they came to investigate an old fall moose kill.

79# black female
73# gray female

So the black was caught by a front foot in a snare. She chewed her foot a little, ended up skinning her out that night. Brought the gray out frozen. Feeling a little better now being on the board so continued on up the trail and ended up with a lynx in a root cubby towards the end of the line

Found a nice bull caribou kill from earlier. Must have drove by this rack 20 times 20 feet away. Wolves showed me the way.
Saw quite a few moose and caribou along the way. Still a few bulls with antlers on.



Broke into some new country and got to witness some spectacular country. One man shouldn't get to have this much fun. Didn't see much fur sign but lots of food for them.






Had a wolverine hanging around a buddys cabin so I left him a gift.
Came across the Tanana this afternoon and overflow froze plum across the river. Nice to see. Bank to bank.


Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 08:18 AM

Someone was asking for my hitch set up.



Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 08:24 AM

Yes Louie, I worked in Greely for about 8 years as a Union Ironworker.

Larry, That's what I was thinking.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 09:09 AM

Congrats on the wolves! That black one is a dandy!! Hope you connect with a few more!
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 11:15 AM

Great pics again, that black wolf is a heart stopper. Congrats and good luck on the Gulo.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 03:31 PM

Great pic!!! Congrats on the wolf's, I like your sled box
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 04:20 PM

I thought that was you.I was a carpenter there for four years.Actually went four wheeling with you and some friends.Congrats on some nice wolves and the lynx.That is some good looking country your in.
Posted By: DW@North Lake

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/14 09:22 PM

The Black Wolf is stunning!!!
Posted By: hatchetjack1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/09/14 06:13 AM

Nice job and beautiful country
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/09/14 06:30 AM

Nice pics howler, some great country you are in. That is a very nicely colored black. Is there much for cat sign out your way?
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/09/14 07:04 AM

Thanks for the pics of your hitch setup thats an interesting twist on the normal setups.

Congrats on the wolves and lynx that black is something else!
Posted By: wytail144

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/09/14 03:57 PM

Awesome post once again...truly enjoy the pics and all the posts. Keep it up and good luck to you.
Posted By: yukonjeff

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/09/14 04:57 PM

Man looks like you get to trap God's line.... awesome looking country!

I once held a black by a paw in a snare wasn't as pretty as yours though.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 03:04 AM

Came in this afternoon, had a heck of a trip with lots of HIGHS and LOWS. Picked a couple marten and a beautiful wolf on the ride across the flats(HIGH).

Dropped down on the creek and was auger'n along thru the over flow and the Skidoo went left and I went straight. Right on my face sliding along the ice. That was definitely LOW. Had a hard time righting the Skidoo as the sled was jacked under her. Once everything was back on their skags, up the trail we went to the cabin.

+46 degrees. Unloaded, got a fire goin and took a couple asprin and washed it down with a good snort or two of E&J brandy and on up the line. My bait station had a couple coyotes working it and snagged one, that chewed out and only made it 30 feet. Nice big 35# male
Hung a few more snares and picked up a lynx on the next cubby
Went venturing around cleaning off traps for a couple days. Finally gave up with the warm windy weather and just went exploring.



Skun the wolf. 80# gray female caught in a #9 pee post
Built a new fleshing beam and mounted it in the fur shed/shop. Worked good, never used a horizontal beam and kinda like it. Built an ear turning attachment for it.


Ended up getting a shot on a beautiful 35# fat coyote and connecting
On the way back to the cabin the trail went away. Great trip over all even with a few bumps and bruises.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 03:23 AM

Those are some good pics ,congrats on some nice animals,this weather is been pretty tough be careful out there .It is getting pretty sloppy down here.
Posted By: weld'n'fella

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 03:40 AM

Sometimes the machines are like a horse, they just throw ya! What did ya shoot the 'yote with? Great work!
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 03:56 AM

Beauty looking wolf and not so beauty of a nose. Take care out there, that looks like it hurt.
Posted By: Tikchik Gulo

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 03:58 AM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
I seen a giant wolverine while I was guiding in Unit 17

Ive heard about these here and dont doubt it, but have yet to come across one 45+. I still have many years to put into this park. Thanks for sharing. Its nice to look into similar lifestyles for once. I dont feel like such a hermit when I read the Alaskan journals.
Posted By: Sleepycreek4.5

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 04:14 AM

Great pics, beauty wolf. Thanks for posting.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 04:25 AM

Beauty wolf and coyotes! Congratulations! Great pics!
To bad about the crash, glad you are ok.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 04:35 AM

Nice looking wolf, you are getting good ones this year! Were there more traveling with her? That snared coyote looks nice too, pretty cool that he laid down and died after chewing out.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 07:46 AM

Looks like you managed to do pretty good despite the sled crash and slide you did. You have some real nice looking country to explore out there!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 08:02 AM

That wolf is a beauty. So is that nose!! A great post as always.
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 08:35 AM

Enjoyed the photos !
Posted By: Mainiac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 01:21 PM

The color on the coyote that chewed out looks exceptional. Was it as pretty as it looks?
Posted By: Akmike84

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 01:32 PM

That wolf is a stunner and if that coyote is as pale as it looks you need to send that one to NAFA. Well at least you should have last year. LOL. That thing looks like a MT Pale. Great story and pics as always.
Mike
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 03:44 PM

Congrats on the critters! Bites that you wiped out, better a nose then a dang leg or arm though! Hope conditions get better for you!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 04:58 PM

Your photo really shows the huge feet on a lynx. Thanks for the stories and pics.
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 05:31 PM

With that much glare ice on your line, is your track studded or have screws? That wolf is a beauty!!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 06:09 PM

Weldnfella, I carry a Savage Predator .204Ruger
Smalltime, looked like pack of 6 or 7 and caught the 1st one and they went back.
Kusko, got a couple hundred screws in the track but in dire need of new ones. 4k on them and they are a little dull.
Posted By: fishermann222

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 09:25 PM

akhowler get these, i have 5K on them and they are still as good as new.

http://carbidetractionproducts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=53
Posted By: fishermann222

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/23/14 09:26 PM

O and your face twin is here in Bethel, guy I know did the same thing on the ice this week, and his nose looks similar but he also needed 10 stitches on his head
Posted By: nooksack

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/24/14 05:24 PM

Thanks for the journal Howler, I appreciate and enjoy all the photos and the time to put this up. You have a great thing going thanks for sharing.

Hope the nose heals fast. I did the same a few years ago on Ice crust snow and peeled my upper lip back below my nose for 26 stitches.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 04:50 AM

Came home a little early this week, not much snow and hard on the machine and rider. Healed up good after last trips misadventure. Kept the WT on it's skis the whole trip. The trail was so hard that the skags didn't even leave a mark. I cannot believe how much snow we lost, looked like May out there. Didn't have a single work wise #9 on the line. They were all either under 3" of overflow or sitting on top of the ground. I had wolf snares that were 2 1/2 feet to bottom of the loop. Didn't even know I had that much snow to begin with. Picked a couple marten, ermine and one mad ol tom cat. Pretty much tripped most of the line til things get better out there.


Saw a few moose, couple dozen caribou and 3 dall sheep. They were liking the lack of snow. Didn't see any wolf sign this trip but probably couldn't see it anyway on the frozen trail. Nice day for a walk so went up in the mountains to try to call some wolves. First howl had a response but it was coyotes instead of wolves. Gotta love the mating season. That ol male wasn't giving any ground to no trespassers. I gave him a couple challenge howls and off on a walk I was. Bout a mile and half later I was 217 yards below him and 2 other yotes sleeping on a knoll. Took careful aim with the .204, let out a woof and as he jumped to his feet, I touched the trigger on the Savage. Right in the forehead and it was over. Didn't compensate for the steep uphill angle, but it worked. Talk about a long walk back to the sled carrying that stinking dog thru ice crusted snow. Found out I ain't in very good shape for this walking BS.

Had to do a little trail clearing and maintenance on the way out today. Kinda nice when the snow's gone, makes it easier to cut down to the dirt. The Tanana crossing was great with a slight breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay.




Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 05:43 AM

Parts of that looks like my mountaiin line. I banged over so many rocks yesterday my arms are sore. Snow dropped a couple feet and what's left is super hard, hero snow, you can go anywhere. Nice pics and story AK hope those mosquitos stay away
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 05:52 AM

Great pics again, can't believe how the snow has melted. It has been quite the winter.
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 07:00 AM

It's always nice to read about your adventures. The snow is like concrete around here as well. I'm not looking forward to this weekends check as the snow seems to get worse (harder) every week. Pretty hard on the liquid cooled machines and the hyfax. Will it ever snow again...
Posted By: glandman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 11:57 AM

Awesomes Pics! Envy Envy Envy smile
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 05:06 PM

Thanks for sharing your line with us ! The pictures of your area must be a real kick to trap and snare in with both the brush and open areas . Our snow has been different here to it settles in a little then the wind picks up and it's gone or drifted off into the coulees .
Keep up the good work !
Allan
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 05:17 PM

Thanks again for sharing your pictures and story AK. Always enjoy your postings. smile
Posted By: northway

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 05:59 PM

Always love your pictures and adventures! Yeah, we didn't lose that much snow, but everything is as hard as a rock now. All wolf traps were encased with a rock hard cover of ice.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/14 09:14 PM

Nice!! Thanks for sharing that!
Nice shot on the yote! Congrats!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/05/14 10:57 PM

Envy is right! Thanks for sharing! Kinda bites about the weather and snow conditions. Next trip out you need to toss out a few haysets!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 03:41 AM

Came home this afternoon with 2 inches of powder on a groomed trail with fur in the sled and no new scuffs. Does life get any better? Had a pretty good trip this week. Started off with the very first snare I set this season at the beginning of the line, holding a pretty little male cross fox. Crossed the Tanana, hooked up to the groomer and off down the line. Bout 16 miles in came on wolf tracks coming at me, looked like good sized pack. Of course speed picked up knowing there was gear up the trail. Rounding the corner to my Pee post and.... NO Wolf. MB 750 froze in good and hard. 3 more times this happened and then BAM.. 90# male Gray in a #9 Pee post. Bout time.

Every corner was now getting exciting til I got to the river. They cut a corner and missed my party. Wolf sign everywhere and I pulled most of my gear out of the river last week. Ended up hooking up on a wolf in a #3 coil cat cubby. Surprisingly it held for quite awhile before the jaws pulled out of the frame.
Got to the cabin, got a fire going and on up the line. Wolves came to an old kill I had set up and didn't like something and went upriver. I followed them up river getting closer to the bait again my speed ever increasing til I came up to the bait. Seeing the tracks all over the river is a tell tale sign I'm holding something. As I approach the bait site counting snares as I go I see I have had something. I caught a wolf in a snare and it separated the moose stop below the lock. Was always nervous with those and finally lost a wolf. Had another wolf open one of my Thompson locks that I cut and pinched. Ok, 5 wolves caught and only have one in the sled. Getting PO'd. The next day picked up a 22# female lynx in a cubby behind the cabin. She'd visited the set many times this year and finally caught her.
That evening found myself checking a kill site up Caribou Cr noticing the overflow was greatly increased from last week. It's kind of a adventure in itself just climbing up this creek. And this what I find...
You've got to be kidding me. Back to the cabin for some rest in preparation for the battle to come. 6 hours with about every tool I had at the cabin and the wolf was free from it's icy tomb. It had a bobbed tail and missing a paw or should I say it has. Little careless with the chainsaw. Used a sledge to knock the block ice free once it was out of the water.



Ate like a king, drank like a sailor and slept like a baby that night. Got the lynx and fox put up and went back up river only to find a bit more overflow, enough to stop me. Pulled out the rope a long again and Ice screw and yarded the whole outfit back up and on the ice.

Tools of the Trade



Put a lot of wolf gear back out paying careful attention to where the overflow can get. Have a few #9's in danger but not worried about a live wolf in a trap vs a dead wolf in a snare. Live and learn. Howled from the cabin at night cause of the full moon or maybe I do it all the time but anyway, in the morn there was wolf tracks 75 yards in front of the cabin. 2 wolves came up to see who's on the river making all that noise. Left them some gifts, hope to see them upon my return. On the way out today, got outfoxed by a fox.
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 04:03 AM

The good, the bad, and the ugly, sounds like you had it all that trip! grin
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 04:18 AM

That wolf had the last laugh! laugh

That right there is something i will keep in mind when setting on creeks.
Nice pic of the other one in the #9. Great post.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 04:28 AM

"Ate like a king, drank like a sailor and slept like a baby " That's good writing.

AK I loved the story of your wolf. You can come ride with me anytime.
Posted By: kratt

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 04:52 AM

Does it get any better?
Posted By: That Fool

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 05:25 AM

awesome pics and story. Sure is exciting to see other trappers and their catches.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 06:26 AM

Adventurous trip you had there, congrats on the critters. You earned that wolf. Nice to have snow to play in again.
Posted By: martenpine

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 06:43 AM

good read howler and congrats on the fur, one thing I have wondered is are you taking all these pics of yourself or are you toting some chick or someone around with you? seems like a lot of work to stage the pics but I never see any other sled or anything around, just curious.
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 06:48 AM

as usual good stuff man!

did you get the 2x2 out to the cabin?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 06:50 AM

WOW! You have some serious adventures!!!!!!!! Bites that you had to dig that one out, and that the jaws popped on the one trap, but the one you did get looks good! Congrats on the critters and thanks for sharing!
Posted By: otterman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 07:07 AM

as always looks like a good time stillninternet trapping out here for lack of snow and ice Ive had a few critters hit overflow over the years but never a wolf and never anything like that what a fun mess that was
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 07:49 AM

Wow. Crazy trip. Frozen fur is better than no fur I guess but you earned every dollar that wolf puts in your pocket. Thanks for bringing us along. Quite the adventure.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 10:32 AM

WOW thanks for sharing Howler, as always good read
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/14 02:41 PM

Great writing and pics of your trapline!
Posted By: Starvalleytrappe

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 03:39 AM

Awesome photo journal!
Congrats
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 03:45 AM

Awesome posting as usual.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 05:18 AM

That is a trip and a half!! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!
Posted By: vegasjim

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 06:32 AM

A great post!
Posted By: Alaskan

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 06:52 AM

I'd have loved to have read your mind when you first saw that wolf!!! hahahahahahahaha
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 07:33 AM

Howler, those wolves on your line are special. First one is cross eyed, no wonder why he didn't see the trap. The second one is half beaver.....

BTW, the one in the over flow is epic......OMG, that had to suck!!!

Great story, great pics
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 07:44 AM

Thanks everyone, pleasure is all mine being able to do what I love and able to share the adventure and experiences (Good and Bad) with everyone. Got the big gray male boarded tonight and the 225# ice wolf is hanging in the shop and loosing weight fast. Guessing it'll be ready to skin in a couple days.
Martenpine, I rarely have the opportunity to take someone on the line with me and never been able to find a woman that likes me and the outdoors as much as I do or would go out and do this with me willingly. Always enjoy having someone out there with me just to share the experiences and adventures. It's not always a picnic of a trip and don't really like to take just anyone out there for safety reasons. Sometimes you get to experience or see things that others just would not believe and nice to have a witness. This is why I take bunches of pictures and these new little digital cameras are awesome and most are expendable now. I usually shoot around 100 pics every trip out and erase the ones I don't like. A lot of pics were not near as neat as they looked when I took them. I carry a little light weight tripod in the box with me at all times and set the camera on timer and snap the self portraits and action shots.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 07:48 AM

Hey Kusko I never claimed to me a good trapper nor a wolfer but be damned if you are gonna take these wolves from me. I'll cull the retards just the same. Just happy putting iron in the field and some fur on the board.
Posted By: yukonjeff

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 08:08 AM

God said he wants his trapline back.
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 08:17 AM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Hey Kusko I never claimed to me a good trapper nor a wolfer but be damned if you are gonna take these wolves from me. I'll cull the retards just the same. Just happy putting iron in the field and some fur on the board.


LOL!!! The good, the bad and the stupid. Good for you!!! Come on now, am I the only one that noticed the cross eyed wolf??? smile
Posted By: SE.Current

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 08:27 AM

First thing I noticed was the crossed eyes. I thought it would make the wolf twice as vigilant with the extra ocular angle. But I can't go cross eyed so I really can't say
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 10:07 AM

Noticed that his left eye, eye on our right when looking at it was looking outward. Not cross eyed.
A condition that I looked up and found to be called. Strabismus The opposite of cross eyed where the eyes look outward from one another.
Interesting enough it is associated with in breeding. Good one to cull out. ;0)
Still a beauty.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/14 11:12 PM

I see some nice guns on the wall behind you and the Wolf. What you using for rifles there? One looks like a Savage in a .17 HMR or a .22 Mag. in Savage. I say that because I just bought a Savage in a .22 Mag scope combo that looks like one on your wall. Just curious.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/22/14 02:04 AM

Really enjoyed this one! Great pictures and crossed eyed, frozen in or not I'd be happy with every one of those wolves especially that first black one ( I'd have some big mitts made out of that one!) Looking forward to following your adventures! I've got caribou heart and potatoes cooking then I'm off to my short line, not expecting much if anything though because snow's been drifting since my last check! Take Care!
Posted By: hatchetjack1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/24/14 04:34 AM

Wow...good times
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/24/14 04:35 AM

howler congrats on some really nice animals,thanks for the great photos ,i wish i could have seen the look on your face when you realized what you had caught.
Posted By: martenpine

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/24/14 11:27 PM

Howler where did you get the ice screws?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/24/14 11:34 PM

I usually used sheet metal stitch screws and removed the rubber washer on my polaris WT's. For the Skidoo, I used some "special screws" from the Polaris dealer in Fairbanks. Bigger heads and sharper, but they didn't last long and were 3 times the price. I believe if I reversed the track on the Skidoo, the screws would bite better due to the flex in the 1 & 1/2" track lug. She will have full blown studs next season.
Posted By: Alaskan

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/25/14 12:13 AM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
I usually used sheet metal stitch screws and removed the rubber washer on my polaris WT's. For the Skidoo, I used some "special screws" from the Polaris dealer in Fairbanks. Bigger heads and sharper, but they didn't last long and were 3 times the price. I believe if I reversed the track on the Skidoo, the screws would bite better due to the flex in the 1 & 1/2" track lug. She will have full blown studs next season.


If you reverse it, you won't need screw as it will levitate...
Posted By: martenpine

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/25/14 12:27 AM

My bad, I meant that you use with the rope along. I've been using the screws in my track that they have at Compeaus. They've lasted along time but full blown studs would be awesome!
Posted By: bairdi

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/25/14 01:17 AM

I think Beaver Sports has those here in town.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/25/14 04:46 PM

Martenpine.. I'm reading ya now, the Ice Anchors are Black Dimonds and you can get them at Beaver Sports as Bairdi said but they are a lot cheaper through Amazon. I use 9 or 10" anchors. Not sure if ya need them that big but that's what I've always used. Very handy tool in the bag of tricks. Caution.. always put a coat or log over the middle of your rope to stop the snap-back if the screw pulls out. Common sense just like with tow straps and winch lines. I have pulled the anchors out a time or two in Overflow ice.
Skeeter.. That is a Savage 93 in .17 HMR. Awesome little rifle. Others I carry are a .204 Ruger, .300 win mag and occasionally my .22-250 Rem or 6.5-06. Never have enough fire power. Rifles depend on where I am goin, what time of year and what I'm after. Kind of an oppurtunist and wanna be prepared. Seems like I always have 3 guns onboard at all times including the .22 pistol on my person.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/25/14 05:04 PM

I thought it was a Savage .17HMR or .22 MAG. I have the Savage 93 in a .22Mag, just bought a month ago. Yours looked like mine, so figured it was one or the other. Nice guns. Enjoy the stories, keep it up. Thanks. And of course becareful , looks like it can get a person in trouble in a hurry out there. Especially alone.
Good luck.
Posted By: northway

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/25/14 05:57 PM

Thanks for the adventure AKHOWLER! Always enjoy the pictures!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/27/14 05:36 AM

So I finally got the overflow wolf put up. 5 days hanging in my shop at 60 degrees and still froze around the neck and front shoulders. Little bit of green belly but think he's saveable. Lost one front foot and the tail and a few little rips. I put him on the board and rubbed salt into it good with a fan on it and turned it the next eve and left the fan on. Here he is next to the cross eyed dark gray.
Couple more pics from last week.

Here's my Pee Posts on Pee Post Pass. #9
MB 750
So I tried some commercial wolf urine this year and it was expensive and my wolves didn't like it one bit. They wouldn't come within 10 feet of the pee post with this urine on it. They would pee on the next thing on both sides of it be it 15 feet or 20 yards. Kinda strange, really potent stuff but there is something about it they don't like.
Heading out on the line. Hoping to have a few wolves {not in Overflow} waiting for me. Have fun and be safe.
Posted By: Dragger

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/27/14 05:49 AM

Your journal is one of the best. Thanks for taking the time to post.
Posted By: wolfnwolverine

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/27/14 06:22 AM

Nice work as always. Looks like the fuselage project you hauled out last year is coming along nicely.
Posted By: SK-Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/14 06:24 AM

Awesome thread AK, miss the mountains every time I look at your pics.
I just started using traps for wolves this year and got 2 on pee posts but I used fox urine on top of the natural post. Seems they don't like a smaller k nine using their spot.
Posted By: Osky

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/02/14 02:30 PM

I'm curious, did you then find the perfect pee post location,set blindly there, and use the commercial urine very close to that perfect spot knowing they would avoid the commercial and use the visually better blind set location? Or does it not work that way up there with wolves?
Posted By: LeverAlone

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/02/14 03:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Kusko
Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Hey Kusko I never claimed to me a good trapper nor a wolfer but be damned if you are gonna take these wolves from me. I'll cull the retards just the same. Just happy putting iron in the field and some fur on the board.


LOL!!! The good, the bad and the stupid. Good for you!!! Come on now, am I the only one that noticed the cross eyed wolf??? smile


I noticed it to. Still a beautiful wolf!

I work with a guy that has eyes like that....we call him grader eyes. One eye on the blade, one eye on the road hahaha
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/02/14 09:06 PM

Those wolves turned out nice! Nice lynx. I tried the store bought urine last year also. I didn't have much luck. My best luck so far was with female german shepard dog in heat. Fresh from home. LOL. But I don't have enough experience with any of it really to say for sure. smile Good luck out there!!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 02:22 AM

Came home a little early from the trapline this week. Got some home projects to do and monthly ATA meeting tomorrow. Had a pretty good trip out this week. Took my neighbor out with me and had some beautiful weather. Lots of overflow this week, some froze and some not so frozen. Found a spot where the ravens were washing up in the snow along the trail and the wolves were doin the same. Just so happens I happen to have a bag of new snares that HFT sent up to me and took them out for a walk. Found a moose calf the wolves had killed a couple days before about 1/3 of a mile back up into the woods. Huh, might as well lighten my load, I hung all 18 snares around the kill and walked back to the river. Found 7 beds on the cut bank overlooking the trail. On up the trail they pee'd on the stump 15 feet from my pee post. Dropped a few more 9's and on up the trail to the cabin. +32 degrees. Got a fire goin, unloaded the sleds and off to check the line.
The wolves hadn't been back by the cabin so we continued on up to Pee Post Pass. Low and behold Pee Post Pass strikes again. Had this pretty little 62# gray female. Guessing she's this years pup. Posted the set pic in last weeks posting. #9 does it again.


Took her back to the cabin and when on up the river. Wolves had been in and out of the river between my set until we came up on this pee post with this big gray female in it. She was fighting the trap pretty hard so I look at her through the binos to make sure of the catch before proceeding the last couple hundred yards. Full paw in the #9, just like we like it. She was a feisty 82# female.

Continue in on up the river following the rest of the pack, they missed a couple sets and then came to this set. Evidently they didn't like something about it but both the coyote and the wolf left me a present after scratching off the wax paper.
Pretty happy with the day's catch and returned back to the cabin for the night. Next day went and pulled most everything but the wolf gear. Overflow had come into the trees and down my trail from a spring in the hill. Made my trail a little difficult. This is one of my cat cubbys under 10 inches of ice.
Went out exploring and in this beautiful weather, it was amazing. Saw a few moose, three dall sheep and these three caribou. Not much game but lots of sign.



Ran into a couple guys up Caribou Cr, lost, nice guys but along way off from where they thought they were. Took them to the cabin, showed them where they were on the map, had coffee and sent them back to the truck. Come to find out one of them is my neighbor. Small world. Unprepared 40 miles from the truck even in the springtime can be dangerous. On the way out today Brooke slowed down when he should have sped up. Stay on the trail men.
Posted By: takotna

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 02:31 AM

Always enjoy your pic! grin nice looking wolves!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 04:20 AM

Great Trip. Nice fur on those wolves.
Posted By: wlftrppr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 04:25 AM

Nice trip and pics! Did you end up gettin those last two wolves on that commercial wolf urine, or use something else? I was gonna try some last year, but didn't. PPP sure produces for ya!
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 04:35 AM

Nice! Tnx again for the ride-a-long. Boy that little female sure has
some nice fur.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 06:22 AM

Sweet! Congrats on the wolves! Glad to hear you found some "hot" sign and hope you connect with a couple! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 07:33 AM

Great trip, howler, congrats! So on those exposed pee posts do you have a stake driven in that you are anchored to? Seems too open to be using drags.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 08:23 AM

Thanks guys, Wlftrppr..I pick up their urine off existing pee posts and move it. Haven't used the commercial urine since the refusals.
Smalltime... I drive stakes in the summer and sometimes in the winter. Not big fan of drags myself, work for some just not me.
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 11:19 AM

Man your deadly on those wolves, how many is that for the year? Great looking fur on the young one and congrats on a awesome year.
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 08:12 PM

Howler, when you pick up the wolf P do you just scoop up the snow and all and put in a baggie or what?
Thanks again for the ride along
Posted By: wlftrppr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/14 10:56 PM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Haven't used the commercial urine since the refusals.

I wonder if it would keep the moose out of your vegetable garden?....says on the jug, "used by Gardeners" ha ha.
Posted By: rosscoak

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/14 04:23 PM

Way to go dude!! do you gang set or just single traps per post? i think pet dog pee and poo is better than the commercial stuff...imo...and cheaper too. the ole timer says pee from a female inheat is pretty hard for any dog to resist this time of year....hope you pinch a few more and awesome journal....i nominate you for tman journal of the year:)
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/14 04:38 AM

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: yukonjeff

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/07/14 05:34 AM

It sure is a beautiful place.

Next year when you go back to trap I am going to be living in your cabin smile
Posted By: AKbeardog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/09/14 04:47 AM

Really enjoy reading your journal. Are your #9's painted white?
Posted By: glandman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/09/14 04:03 PM

Good idea to collect your own frozen Wolf Pee and move it, that way you know exactly where it came from. Fresh frozen with zero additives is as real as it gets!

Great journal as usual smile Hopefully the weather will corporate and you wont have to do the ballet on water again like last spring smile (although I really liked the video haha)
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/09/14 04:32 PM

Then what happened .....?

Great stuff JR !
Posted By: hatchetjack1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/11/14 03:08 AM

great pics!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 03:02 AM

Short trip out on the line this week. Thought spring was upon us and then it cooled back off. 40 above when I got to the cabin and minus 10 when I left. Lots of overflow on the creeks. Passed an ol timer and his son on a pair of Bravos pulling a 4-wheeler out to their cabin. No studs and hardly a skag on their Sig sled. Told them I come back for them if they had troubles. Got to the cabin, got a fire goin and on up checking line. Caught a caribou in a MB 750 pee post and held for awhile before finally pulling out. The overflow followed my trail down from the creek and covered the trap. Will go get it in the spring.

Continued on up checking the south line and didnt connect with anything. Ran up caribou creek to pull gear up there. Lots of overflow. Amazing how much it can build in a week.

Get up to my wolf snares and this is what I find.

On the way back, ran into the Bravo jockeys. They had a rope between them and tag teaming the overflow together. Where there's a will there's a way. That 4-wheeler was tailing those Bravos around pretty good. Continue on up the upper line and stopped where I saw the sheep tracks last week. Spotted 10 dall rams 500 yards above the river. To late to go up for pics so I shot some video and pics from the trail. Sat there for about a half hour. Pretty neat. Wolves must be up high driving them down.


Followed a couple wolves up the river and seemed to miss my sets. Close but not connecting until this set.

85# gray male in #9 pee post. Had another head for the trees and open one of my cut Thompson locks and get away. 3rd wolf I lost this season to them. Won't happen again.
Didn't get much fur for the stretcher but opened up into some new country for next year.




Time to get the grey on the board and get ready for the Fling. Got some carvings to get done.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 03:09 AM

Those sheep make me hungry !

That glaciering looks like a pain.

Very nice hair on that wolf !
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 03:10 AM

Good snag on the caribou antler! Those things must be getting pretty loose this time of year I would suppose. Congrats on another big dog, you are knocking them down this year. Great pics as usual!
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 03:17 AM

Love the country you run, congrats on another fine wolf. Do you get to hunt dall's every year or is it on a draw system?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 03:29 AM

Congrats on the wolf! That is a pretty looking one! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 03:56 AM

Nice wolf. Yeah those caribou can sure be a pain when a bunch come through.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 07:30 AM

That wolf is a dandy. That caribou had is antlers late seems like. Cool catch. ;0)
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/14 07:54 AM

Nice catches! Managed to get a moose like that a couple weeks ago but he was nice enough to drop both antlers.
Posted By: kratt

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/18/14 06:52 PM

killer wolf very nice.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/14 04:40 AM

Got a nice gift in the mail today from a friend. Cannot wait to put these little jewels to work next year. I've never used Sterlings before and the 800 has 3 swivels in 1 foot of chain. Looks like the perfect wolf trap for a track set. We'll have to see.
Figured I better take a couple pics of the seasons catch before the auction and fling on Saturday. Happy with catch on the wolves this year but slow on everything else. Hoping the weather is good, seems like we sell a lot better when it's warm than cold. Hope to see a few of you out there.
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/14 04:54 AM

That's a fine bunch of fur - nice.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/14 05:34 AM

Score on the traps! Good luck on the sale.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/14 06:29 AM

That is a good looking batch of fur! Some solid looking traps to!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/14 07:29 AM

Nice looking fur there! Nice job on the wolves.

I've got one of those 600s, only complaint is the heavy pan system with light tension makes for some dicey setting. No good way to increase tension that I see, but haven't messed with it too much. Are the 800s the same way?
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/14 09:20 PM

Congrats on some nice looking furs,hope the auction treats you well .
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/24/14 10:36 PM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Came in this afternoon, had a heck of a trip with lots of HIGHS and LOWS. Picked a couple marten and a beautiful wolf on the ride across the flats(HIGH).

Dropped down on the creek and was auger'n along thru the over flow and the Skidoo went left and I went straight. Right on my face sliding along the ice. That was definitely LOW. Had a hard time righting the Skidoo as the sled was jacked under her. Once everything was back on their skags, up the trail we went to the cabin.


Great pics except the one with your ugly mug all beat up! Some of these pictures you have sent me already but it is cool to see all of the other ones. You are a lucky man to be able to see all that country

+46 degrees. Unloaded, got a fire goin and took a couple asprin and washed it down with a good snort or two of E&J brandy and on up the line. My bait station had a couple coyotes working it and snagged one, that chewed out and only made it 30 feet. Nice big 35# male
Hung a few more snares and picked up a lynx on the next cubby
Went venturing around cleaning off traps for a couple days. Finally gave up with the warm windy weather and just went exploring.



Skun the wolf. 80# gray female caught in a #9 pee post
Built a new fleshing beam and mounted it in the fur shed/shop. Worked good, never used a horizontal beam and kinda like it. Built an ear turning attachment for it.


Ended up getting a shot on a beautiful 35# fat coyote and connecting
On the way back to the cabin the trail went away. Great trip over all even with a few bumps and bruises.
Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Came in this afternoon, had a heck of a trip with lots of HIGHS and LOWS. Picked a couple marten and a beautiful wolf on the ride across the flats(HIGH).

Dropped down on the creek and was auger'n along thru the over flow and the Skidoo went left and I went straight. Right on my face sliding along the ice. That was definitely LOW. Had a hard time righting the Skidoo as the sled was jacked under her. Once everything was back on their skags, up the trail we went to the cabin.

+46 degrees. Unloaded, got a fire goin and took a couple asprin and washed it down with a good snort or two of E&J brandy and on up the line. My bait station had a couple coyotes working it and snagged one, that chewed out and only made it 30 feet. Nice big 35# male [img:gal:2003652e0801f9eb3d]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193870-trapping_2013_14_049.jpg[/img]
Hung a few more snares and picked up a lynx on the next cubby [img:gal:2003652e0807fd02c0]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193872-trapping_2013_14_030.jpg[/img]
Went venturing around cleaning off traps for a couple days. Finally gave up with the warm windy weather and just went exploring. [img:gal:2003652e0815c0f85a]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193873-trapping_2013_14_027.jpg[/img]
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Skun the wolf. 80# gray female caught in a #9 pee post [img:gal:2003652e08459596e7]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193880-trapping_2013_14_029.jpg[/img]
Built a new fleshing beam and mounted it in the fur shed/shop. Worked good, never used a horizontal beam and kinda like it. Built an ear turning attachment for it. [img:gal:2003652e0852c0f182]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193883-trapping_2013_14_075.jpg[/img]
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Ended up getting a shot on a beautiful 35# fat coyote and connecting [img:gal:2003652e085e24b490]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193886-trapping_2013_14_081.jpg[/img]
On the way back to the cabin the trail went away. Great trip over all even with a few bumps and bruises. [img:gal:2003652e0863b26890]http://www.trapperman.com/forum/attachments/usergals/2014/01/full-20036-193887-trapping_2013_14_083.jpg[/img]
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/25/14 12:57 AM

Great looking fur AK
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/25/14 01:55 AM

Good to talk to you today. Got caught up on your posts. All I can say is Awesome. Hope the face healed up. You look like Tigner when he left your shop after the E and J evening. Stay safe and we will see you in a month
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/25/14 06:21 AM

Looks like you had a good season there Howler. Thank you for sharing your adventures, enjoyed all the pictures. Oh and next time you slide on the ice try not to use your nose for a rudder. smile
Posted By: northway

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/25/14 04:38 PM

Very nice JR. Love your pictures. You are sure in some beautiful country! Wish I was trapping in the mountains!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/31/14 07:16 PM

Well sad day for the Howler, line is all pulled. Had a pretty good season even with the scarceness of fur for the stretchers. Few new bumps, bruises and scars but very little break-downs this year. Took a buddy out with me to go exploring and had a fine time. Weather was awesome and got into some neat country. Hauled in the metal for the roof of the fur shed to be installed this summer.


My buddies Arctic Cat went tits up so the Super Bravo came off the bench. Ol Hank could really ride that Bravo


Here's an ol guide cabin built in the late 1920's. Lots of history up here in this valley.
Didn't see much game this trip, few dall rams and one cow calf pair of moose. Picked up this little moose shed, the only shed of the year for me.
Another buddy and his son came out for a ride a long and we had a blast.





This is another cabin built in the early 20's by Hugo Stromberger, the famed market hunter from Jim Rearden's book Sam O. White, Alaskan.
Pretty neat to find out some history in the area we spend so much time in.
Hope you all have a safe and productive spring summer and fall. Cannot wait til next season.
Until next season... AKHowler out.
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/01/14 01:55 AM

Those cabins are pretty cool. Good season again.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/01/14 02:49 AM

Thanks JR. Fantastic recording of your year. Fun time we all had through your journal.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/01/14 05:42 AM

Those old cabins are really cool. Looks like the newer one is still in use, does someone hunt out of there? Really nice country you are in.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/01/14 06:01 AM

Thanks for taking us along on your adventures! That is some awesome country! Look forward to making the trip with you next year!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 05:11 AM

Well, I couldn't take it and had to make one more trip out to the cabin on the sled. I took a buddy of mine with a Tundra LT 550. Wanted to see how it handled. Will be buying one for next year with the 600 Ace. Didn't like the 550 due to the fact I'd have to rejet in the mountains and warm weather. Ran pretty good even a little rich. So, had an awesome trip into some wild beautiful country. Snow got a little rotten at 50 degrees but still a heck of a lot of fun.



Saw this ptarmigan in a spruce tree which I'd never saw before.
Saw a few Sharptails that evidently could read the game regs and pretty sure I could too. Next year they should probably not be so photogenic
Climbed and topped out a whole bunch of passes looking into uncharted territory. So much country, so little time

Dang Skandic thinks it's a mountain goat

sometimes didn't quite make the summit.

Ended up finding a few traps from the old trapper I got the line from. Funny how you can drive by so many times before you finally spot some things.

Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 05:57 AM

No bears out yet that we could find and didn't see a single moose or caribou.






And finally crossed the Tanana safe and sound. Last trip across on the WT this spring...
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 06:09 AM

Great pics as always, looks like tons of fun. Nice shed you got there. Did the old trapper leave any Newhouses around for you to find? What's up with the whirlybird?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 06:30 AM

No Newhouses, just some odd dls, few coils and #9's and I like 9's better than Newhouse myself. I have a heck of a collection of NH at the house, to scared to have them in the field. Trooper out for a flight on a nice day and seen us at the cabin and stopped by.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 01:04 PM

Great pics as usual smile
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 01:53 PM

Ak - your photo's are outstanding and the countryside very dramatic, some real winner photos there. What are you using. One of the problems with an I-phone is you start to use it for all your photos, but they have limits. I shoot a Nikon D-90 when I'm trying to get serious photos, but that means you have to pack it!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 03:38 PM

I was hunting bear last weekend to. No bear up here either near the Rat river. There are odd ones out but not where I went. Going back up in the mountains today but for work so no hunting.
Posted By: otterman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 04:06 PM

AK Howler, great photos as always. I take it you want the 4 stroke and so are going with the LT vs the Tundra Extreme? Have a buddy here who has the extreem trapping the Tickchiks and he loves it
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/15/14 11:02 PM

Howler thanks for more great pics you certainly have a paradise there.I bought a 6oo Ace four stroke a couple years ago have app 2000 miles on it no troubles at all ,with the narrow ski stance they are very tippy,gotta be about time to go after some bears .
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/16/14 03:08 AM

Yea, bears. Maybe it will cool off and you can get one more trip out for a bear!
Cool places you have to travel in!
mt
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/16/14 08:38 PM

Thanks everyone...
Bushman... I don't even carry my good camera anymore. I use a couple small digital pocket cameras, Fujifilm (FinePix XP60) water-proof and pretty durable, and the second is a Nikon Coolpix (not quite as durable but great pics). I am not a great photographer but carry a good, smart camera into so great places and they do the work, I am just the mule that packs them. My good camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T1i with a 50-500mm lens and is pretty heavy and not quite as durable.

Otterman... I ordered a Tundra LT 600Ace this morn. Thought about the Extreme but heard of too many issues with the 600 etec from friends with them. Some love them others have big problems.

Well I couldn't take it and had to do one more ride. Went out to the cabin in Minto Flats to haul in some firewood. Not much snow left and leaving fast. Needing a new deck and a handicap ramp on the cabin so went down to take some measurement and get a material list. Instead of going to town and buying the lumber to haul back in with the boat, we went upriver to a friend's and milled the lumber our self. Never messed with a bandsaw mill myself and wasn't really interested until yesterday. I can see one of these in my future. Bruce has been milling lumber for himself and others for a few years and really had it figured out. Will milled 46 2x6x8', 10 2x6x16' and 8 2x4x16' board in 2 & 1/2 hours start to loaded. I couldn't have drove to town and bought the lumber in that time. Hauled everything down to the cabin and will build the deck this spring with the boat.

Bruce had his operation set up very well and is a very work-wise,efficient and organized woodsman. Would have done it faster if we weren't in his way and him having to teach us how to mill. Here I go..

The deck in the sled.
Heading across the flats to the cabin
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/16/14 09:31 PM

Why didn't you load that toboggan up? That's a bit of weight, I'm thinking you weren't pulling that load up over those rocky passes. The coolpix is my go to camera when I'm buying one for a gift for someone. Lots of my kids have received one over the years and now grandkids. I have a couple. Fit in a pocket nice and you can do underwater. i have some cool bulltrout spawning under water footage.

You keep saying it's your last trip! LOL I know the feeling
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/16/14 10:00 PM

Last trip is usually when you leave town and have to turn back somewhere along the way? I too am a glutton for punishment!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/17/14 01:35 AM

That was the last trip on the sled! Bushman, that trip was all flat lands through the Minto Flats. No hills, barely any snow on the trail, mostly ice with surface water. The lumber was pretty dry spruce and looks a lot heavier that it was. Hardly knew it was behind me and with the spray guard on the front of the sled made it to the cabin with a dry load. Cannot say the same for the other 2 guys loads of firewood. There firewood would have floated right out of their sleds if it wasn't bungee chorded in. Here's a few more pic for you guys to enjoy in preparation for the coming hunting season.








Posted By: TrappinAlaska

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/17/14 01:44 AM

That is a nice sheep! Look how full that coat is, wow!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/17/14 04:05 AM

I want that full curl dall!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/17/14 04:48 AM

That is a nice sheep. Pretty weird moose, he would be a nice one with two full antlers!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/17/14 05:13 AM

Nice wood operation Jr. Some nice photos. I really like that one of the ram standing behind the three.

Great adventure you have on a regular basis. ;0) Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Barryf

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/19/14 06:23 PM

Really good pictures
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/21/14 04:41 PM

Nice pictures, when I first saw that you were driving across the tundra, I was thinking.....When did he come to Nome? But then I noticed you have alot more trees then we do smile
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/21/14 09:07 PM

Spent quite a bit of time over there in Nome. Never in the winter. Looked like some good wolverine country and actually seen my first wolverine on the road to Teller. Almost moved to Nome, really liked it. There's not place like Nome.
Posted By: LeverAlone

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/21/14 10:46 PM

Those are some unreal pictures. You sure are living the dream up there!

Is that a ptarmigan sitting on top of the spruce tree? I really like that one for some reason lol
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/22/14 03:13 AM

The white bird in the green spruce is a ptarmigan and the other in the snow covered spruce at sundown is a sharp-tailed grouse.
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/23/14 02:35 AM

Great pics JR. Hope you got the ramp built heard the old guy is doing great. We have a ton of stuff for the banquet. Mathews donated a new creed decked out today. Should be a blast. See you in a couple days.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/23/14 05:21 AM

Thanks guys.. Labby Working on the last of the carvings and got some great donations from Alaska that should go well down there. See ya Thursday
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/13/14 03:06 AM

U alive And well JR
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/08/14 07:24 AM

Thought I'd check in and give a couple updates of this spring and summers activities. Been a pretty busy year this year. My best friend and hunting partner of 20 years fell out of a tree deer hunting in Minn in December and severed his spine. That was pretty hard to deal with. I flew down for a benefit on his behalf and we raised over $50,000 in about 6 hours. Great support for a great man. Sadly Jake passed away the following morning of complications. That was one of the toughest things I've had to deal with in my life. He was loved by many and never will be forgotten. I spent 3 weeks down there with family and friends before bringing part of him back up here with me. Flew out to my trapping cabin to wind down and leave Jake there to watch over the place.

Spent a couple days out there. Little griz activity but nothing damaging. Headed north to the Brooks Range for a little spring griz hunting but it was still a little early.


Only saw one small sow and lots of caribou


Lots of rain up here in Fairbanks this year so most of the rivers are high which is good on my props. Went down to Minto Flats to work on the cabin. Milled all the lumber this spring and hauled it out on sleds. Spent one day cleaning up around the cabin and tearing off the old deck.




Beautiful weather on the 4 days I was in the flats. Could even see Mt. Mckinley from the flats. Caught a couple fish but nothing special.

Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/08/14 07:36 AM

Change of plans so back to town for more supplies. Decided to put a roof over the new deck. Water came up several more feet with lots of debris in the river.




Hunting season is upon us and hope everyone has a safe and productive season. Appreciate your hunting partners and hunt safe. Rest in peace brother and we'll meet again in the happy hunting grounds.

Duane "Jake" Jacobsen
October 6, 1947-April 27, 2014
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/08/14 10:35 AM

man JR that royally sucks about Jake, sorry to hear it man! great pics as usual!

That cabin 4 pics up is crazy...we drove past it this winter and could hardly see the thing. Everything's up after last nights tstorm!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/08/14 02:32 PM

Once again, great pics and narrative. My prayers to you and Jake.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/08/14 06:44 PM

Thanks for sharing JR! Be safe out there!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/12/14 11:32 PM

Sorry to hear about your friend. That is a reminder how quickly life can change. God bless his family and friends. Lost a few friends over the years, life changer for sure. Good luck up there and look forward to more pics to live life thru you fellas up there in God's country. Thanks for sharing. Reminder for everyone to wear your safety harnesses.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/13/14 03:19 AM

usual sweet photos. Sorry about your partner
Posted By: gray dog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/15/14 08:47 PM


I saved it all until just now and it was great. Thanks

Sorry to hear about your friend, but oh the memories you two got to share.
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/15/14 11:25 PM

Great pics as always, that's a beauty of a moose. Sorry about the loss of your friend, I currently have a good friend battling cancer and pray everyday that he beats it.
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/21/14 09:30 PM

Great pics. Jake is going to be missed by many. Every time I hear that drink a beer song I think of Jake. One heck of a good guy.

Lab
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/06/14 01:24 AM

So I've been luck enough to spend the only 8 sunny days this summer out at the flats. Took my 4 year old god-son Tristan out to the cabin on his first trip overnight away from his mom and first trip to the woods. I was nervous to say the least but not near as much as his ma. Little man done good and loved the Rhino but didn't care for the boat.


No cartoons, video games or toys. Just tools and exercise. Little fella did great. Kind of a picky eater but just wasn't hungry enough.



My old running partner has passed and a new one is in the making. Had a blast with the little man. So I took some buddies out again this week to run around in the high water. My new deck is soon becoming a dock instead. Highest I've ever seen the water in the flats.

Took my buddies Go Devil out on a test drive. Man, that thing is awesome. 35hp on a 24'X48" flat bottom. I did manage to stick it though. I think it was operator error. Think I can see one of these in my future

It wasn't quite my airboat but only burnt 2.5 gallons an hour.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/06/14 05:27 AM

Is that the 24x48 that's been on Craigslist? Ever time I see it I send the link to my wife and say "With this, we could hall our crap for a comfy camp, and still have room for bringing home the harvest!" It gets tight in my 18x48.

You won't regret having a surface drive for flats running if you get it.

Be safe out there!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/06/14 05:57 AM

That's the same one. He was running up the river with his family at 22 mph. Pretty neat unit.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/06/14 06:08 AM

22! I'd about kill for 22! Empty I'd make about 20. The surface drives are a completely different animal from the longtails like I got.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/06/14 07:42 AM

Great pics as usual, and looks like good memories in the making for a young lad smile
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/22/14 05:34 AM


Took AKnatitve and his family along with a couple more friends down to Minto Flats for some fishing and fun. Great time but the fishing was slow. Water is continuing to rise. My cabin on the great peninsula now sits on a little tiny island.


Had to show Temple what those surface drive motors are for. Went places in the high water I had never even been with the airboat.


Caught a few northerns but all little ones, fun just the same.

Brooke landed her first pike and Jerod even managed to land a few.

Temple's little man didn't land any pike but it sure wasn't from lack of trying.
Sunset from atop the cabin
Play time is all but over, got one moose hunt and then be building 400 #9's. Good luck to all and be safe this hunting season. May your meat poles hang heavy and you and yours return home safely.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/22/14 05:38 AM

Thanks for having us out!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/22/14 05:59 AM

Flew out to the Trapline cabin to check on things. All looked good except we lost the big strip upriver. Second time in 7 years, this time I don't think they be fixing it without some serious heavy equipment.

That was a beautiful grass strip.
Coming in on final approach below my place
Even got to see a few critters


Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/22/14 06:14 AM

Looks like you built on the right side of the river
Posted By: trappertom52

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/22/14 01:41 PM

Great pics as usual. Thanks
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/23/14 05:51 AM

Looks like you have been having a blast! Thanks for sharing the adventures!
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/25/14 04:48 AM

Making me jealous. Awesome. Pics looks like brook an jerod had a good time. Be safe
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/25/14 05:34 AM

OH MY You make me jealous! Great writeup JR
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/04/14 04:58 AM

First moose season opener in 20 years without my ol hunting partner Jake at my side. Went at it solo this trip but Jake was with me all the way. Got the Mothership up and running, took her north to the south side of the Brooks Range. Go a couple brothers coming up next week to go moose hunting. Kind of poor weather but better than sitting in the house.

Found a neat little bluff with some beaver ponds below and looked pretty moosey to me. River was high and expect to be a little more challenging when the water drops and it cools off.


Spotted a few moose and a bear from the bluff and called that good enough for a camp. Bought a new 12x12 Arctic Oven with a vestibule, sure liked that. Put my wood stove and cots in and called it home.

Posted By: AKscott

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/04/14 05:09 AM

Nice. Looks like a fun trip howler!!
Posted By: newhouse114

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/04/14 05:24 AM

What is the battery life on your bear zapper?
Posted By: Alex the dog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/04/14 01:38 PM

Awesome pictures, greatly enjoy following this thread. I can only hope to make it up to Alaska sometime in my lifetime.

Thanks for sharing!

Dave
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/04/14 06:32 PM

Nice Airboat. We have a 300 hp Lycoming in ours.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/05/14 12:02 AM

Your gear is always top notch AK.

Is that a can of sardines hanging on the back wire of that bear fence? Make sure you pee on the other side of the wire so the ground is nice and damp in front of the can. I love that big vista shot, nice composition. It looks like you have it all there, good view-point, old burn, winding river with open banks, beaver ponds, and Jake looking out for you.

Good hunting
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/05/14 02:26 AM

Great pics as always. The old guy is smiling down on you. Best of luck in a week or so with the brothers. Stay safe
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/05/14 03:12 PM

That looks like a great spot for glassing, I see you are running an airboat, ever run a jet boat for a comparision? I have had an intrest in airboats but they are rare in this part of the country, everything is jet or prop.
I'm headed out to do some scouting soon, got a hard frost this morning.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/05/14 11:30 PM

Thanks guys, good times. NH.. The batteries in the electric fence seem to last quite awhile. Should have changed them this trip. Could touch it without peeing my pants, new batteries will give you quite a wake up.
Usually change them every season, cheap insurance.
Bushman... I spend quite a bit on gear and usually buy the best I can afford or a little more. Ya git what ya pay for. The ground is pretty wet around the whole area so grounding the fence won't be a problem.
Tundra300.. I've run most of the interior boats and have quite a few myself. The airboat has it's place and will go where no others will and where most people shouldn't even attempt to go. They are fast, loud and very expensive to run but couldn't be without one. I know guys who could easily run a jet boat up this river to where I am camped now but in a week they will have wrecked them in the shallow rocky river.
Posted By: AKoutdoors907

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/06/14 01:12 AM

Great pics and great memories. Keep them coming!
Posted By: grisseldog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/07/14 11:32 PM

nice country
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 12:47 AM

Made it back from moose camp with a moose in the boat. Little slow hunting but the country was beautiful. Real happy to come around the last bend in the river and see my camp still intact. We only saw 2 bulls and one cow in 7 days.
First load was pretty heavy and the river had dropped quite a bit. The old Mothership did well and got us up through the shallows.


Did lots of calling,hiking and fishing. The Grayling fishing was unbelievable.
Ended up calling a 56" bull from about 3 miles away and knocking him down 1/2 mile from camp. Happy bunch of hunters.

Ate like kings, fresh organic moose and cold water Arctic Grayling. Life is good.




The new Arctic Oven was awesome and slept 4 comfortably on cots. Great trip overall and almost glad to only get one moose due to the river dropping.

Made it in and out safely with no major mishaps. Sent my brother and Ross back to North Dakota with the moose in a pickup and little brother and I went down to the Chatanika for a little walk about. Ended up calling in a little 44" bull and my brother harvested his first moose. Great season with good people, filled a few freezers for several families and now we get ready for trapping season.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 01:44 AM

Congrats on the Moose. Sounded like it, but not sure. Do you guys split the meat up between all of you when someone kills a Moose, or any other game? Just curious, that is how we do it in our hunting party when we get Whitetail deer, or Bear. Nice looking Moose. So very jealous. Good luck on more.
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 02:47 AM

Nice work on the moose. Got back Wednesday from New Mexico. Called in a stud bull to Lon. He killed it at 7 yds. In wyoming with the kid now. Called in 3 bulls the first day. All small five by fives. Had a good one in tonight screaming 40 yds but not shot I am to opportunity. I am to dumb to post a picture or I would send you one of Lonnie's bull. In the wall tent having a cocktail before we are at it again in am.
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 03:01 AM

I saw u called earlier. No phone reception but I can get internet. Texts come thru when we r hiking up hills
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 12:42 PM

Moose & grayling ... Alaska surf & turf. Looks like a great hunt. What's the size of the oven tent, four guys take up a bit of room
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 03:37 PM

Yes we share our harvest with the hunting party. Being single, I cannot eat a whole moose in a year so I end up sharing with a couple older neighbors and friends with most of my bounty. I usually shoot little bulls and when ya get a big one like this, there is about 2/3 more meat than on a little spike fork bull. We are lucky enough to live in a country where our hooved animals will feed a couple families or maybe unlucky if you have to pack it far.

Brian, that is the 12'X 12' Arctic Oven with vestibule. It's huge, you're not going to have a barn dance in it with 4 guys but send me 4 women and I'd try. There is plenty of room even with 4 military cots and the wood stove.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/22/14 03:59 PM

Nice looking season there JR! Great looking camp and company from the looks of it. I'll have to call you this week now that you're back.
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/25/14 07:40 AM

saw you guys headed south packed to the gills and that big bull on the roof rack on the 2nd rig (you were in the lead, good stuff and great pics as usual!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/26/14 09:08 PM

12" x 12' is a nice size. I think I need to check the AO out.

I need a good setup for some researchers and our film crew this winter and have been pondering how best to keep folks warm. As my location would remain the same all winter maybe a wood floor and AO would do the trick. Worth looking into

I'm off Sunday with the Kifaru tipi for a week long wilderness elk hunt. Not an AO but it does have that trick little wood stove, and their is Birch!
Posted By: Hupurest

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/26/14 09:47 PM

Bass Pro shops is the only authorized retailer of the arctic oven. they have stores there in Canadia too....
Posted By: newhouse114

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/26/14 11:48 PM

JR, you must not eat much! I knew one guy that between him and his dog, they ate 4 bulls one winter.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/27/14 04:21 AM

Hup - Got one in Red Deer here in Alberta, I will check it out
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 01:13 AM

Just a quick check in an update. The river isn't close to froze so I haven't been out on the line. Picked up a new sled this year for the mountains. 2015 Tundra LT with the 600 Ace. Got a few mods to do to her to get her ready for the trapline but will be fun. She is definately as tippy as people say they are. Got my shipment of wolves back from Moyle's this week too. Been a expensive week.



Hopefully be able to get out and lay down some steel pretty quick, kinda going crazy here. I guy can only build so many #9's before he's got to take some in the field and put them to work. Be safe and have fun this season.
Posted By: Rugger

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 02:20 AM

I love the color on that black wolf and also the second one over to left of the black one! Do you sell these?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 02:54 AM

Man I like that seat cover. I bought a Polaris Voyager red hood would not look cool like that.
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 05:02 AM

A lot of trappers here in BC using the 2014 Tundra ACE 600 LT and really like them. Good luck out there AK.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 05:45 AM

Rugger.. Everything is for sale. Only got the one black last year. The light colored one is the female I caught minutes before I busted up my face on the ice. She is beautiful.

Muskrat.. Team V on here covered my seat for me with some ballistic material I had on hand. Just did it to protect the seat a little more and does look good too. I have a bad habit of tearing my seats climbing over them with my boots and gaiters ripping my seat covers. Cannot wait to see how your Voyager preforms. I'm hoping this Tundra is a Skidoo and not a Skidon't like my other Scandic Skidid.
Posted By: Recondo

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 07:10 AM

Think if you had skidoo front ski skins (like those on the SWT's) it might allievate some of that tippyness-- just put them on my LT last week
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 09:44 AM

It's not the floatation, the bow is usually high and dry with the new skis with skins, the long keel seems to catch edges on lightly frozen overflow and ice. When you catch and edge on an all ready top-heavy machine, it gets a bit sketchy. On the trail and in the powder, they are awesome and double tough. The skins are on back order from Delta. I just happen to have a extra pair here for the WT that will go on the Tundra tonight.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 04:04 PM

Great pix JR. Looks like some skinny water up that way.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 04:13 PM

AK - it's always fun when you're sliding sideways on glare ice waiting to catch an edge. I love that seat cover, I can't seem to help ripping them. For years I wore the seats out on all my sleds kneeling on them but these new style of machines have a way better sitting stance. One more week and I will be laying some #9's.
Posted By: TrapperTy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 04:25 PM

I have wide ski skins on mine. They provide good floatation but don't expect them to make the machine any less tippy. It is a capable machine but it gives a full body workout trying to keep it upright when breaking trail grin My machine has been reliable and the worst problem I have had is breaking off the cheap plastic reverse lever twice. Pulling heavy loads like you sometimes do the machine will need a clutch rebuild at about 5000 miles. In 7000-8000 mile range the front pogos will break off the tube that holds them together. It will happen sooner if you ride it hard. Some extra welding and bracing at the points where the pogos attach to the tube that connects them would cure this. Mine haven't broken yet but I am expecting it this season. These machines do not take a side load on the frame or front skis well. Don't let it slide down a hill sideways and impact anything it will fold the front aluminum frame pieces. The tundra LT is the worst side hill machine there is. It won't side hill it just slowly descends and will roll if you aren't completely hanging to the uphill side of the machine and have at least 200lbs of counter weight in your shorts laugh I like my Tundra LT with the ACE and would get another but these are some things I have noticed. Thanks for sharing all the great pics and good luck trapping this year.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/16/14 05:28 PM

Dang man! You got me scared to come on a ride along with you now! Hope my little Polaris can keep up! Hope it does you right and that is a nice batch of fur!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/17/14 06:08 AM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Rugger.. Everything is for sale. Only got the one black last year. The light colored one is the female I caught minutes before I busted up my face on the ice. She is beautiful.

Muskrat.. Team V on here covered my seat for me with some ballistic material I had on hand. Just did it to protect the seat a little more and does look good too. I have a bad habit of tearing my seats climbing over them with my boots and gaiters ripping my seat covers. Cannot wait to see how your Voyager preforms. I'm hoping this Tundra is a Skidoo and not a Skidon't like my other Scandic Skidid.


Excellent job TeamV. I thought my Tundra seat was dry but it froze again today when I used it. Might have to order a Boss Seat. Check out my latest video on the Almighty Video thread; lots of Voyager in action on the Yukon North Slope. Good luck with the Tundra I had to change the clutch on mine put a Power Block 80 on there night and day improvement. Butter smooth shifting compared to to the bang and jerk, belt eating OEM clutch.
Trapper Ty you have me getting off the computer and going out to check the KMs on my Tundra to see if I should expect my pogos to break. Really glad i bought the Voyager after reading that. But Ak Howlers Tundra with the snow camo seat really looks cool.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 11/17/14 08:11 PM

The Tundra will serve you well, a very agile machine in tight forest. I would like to get the Scandik for the heavy hauling, and my tundra for trapping, best of both worlds.
Nice camo seat on the tunda.

Good luck on the season.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 02:31 AM

Still haven't put any gear in the field. Busy building 9's and going crazy. Flew out to the trapping cabin to check on trails, sign, and the river. THE RIVER isn't even close. Was thinking about taking the airboat over with the sled in it but snow conditions didn't look that promising anyhow.

Lots of overflow on the creek and some major falling out ice. Everything looked good at the cabin. Had lots of ermine and coyote tracks on the river. Had a lynx walk through the yard 5 feet from the cabin. Saw some griz tracks by the cabin from before this last little snow.

Saw 4 wolves on Crystal Ridge, a ridge I've always wanted to put some gear, and they didn't hang around long. I did manage to get one pic of the last one heading off the ridge for the canyon. Saw lots of moose which really suprised us. The big bulls already shedding antlers. The moose were yarded up in pretty big numbers which was kind of odd to me with such little snow. Well maybe get a little colder weather and the river will freeze next week, quite a bit of ice flowing down her.





Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 02:55 AM

Cool pic's! We finally got a good dump of snow the other day, about a foot out on the line. The overflow right now is ridiculous and back breaking! I normally see a bunch of moose, between 20-40 in the early part of the season, this year I have only seen a group of 5 bulls. Funny how the snow drives the train like that!. Hopefully you'll get cold and snow and be able to hit it! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 02:55 AM

These are some great pictures JR, from the sounds of things it's a great time to hunt moose sheds. While setting out your trap lines. I hope you catch the wolves and coyotes .
Allan
Posted By: Birchcreekkid

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 03:10 AM

The Yukon river isn't looking much better, still lots of open water up this way....... frown
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 03:19 AM

Thanks for some great pics hope you are able to get some gear out soon had my sled out the other day those tundras sure do give you a good work out.Be safe out there good luck
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 04:16 AM

Great pix JR. Nice bird !
Posted By: spotter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 05:18 AM

Originally Posted By: white17
Great pix JR. Nice bird !

X2. Missed ya at the meeting.
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 05:30 AM

Hang in there. Them wolves will be waiting for you smile
Posted By: Alaska Man

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/05/14 06:14 PM

Enjoying the pics.......
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/06/14 09:35 PM

Put my Christmas tree up this afternoon.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/14 01:13 AM

That is awesome!
Posted By: glandman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/14 11:21 PM

Nice display Howler smile I cant wait for things freeze up hard and you get some snow to start chasing them again.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 03:46 AM

The river hasn't froze up at my usual crossing so changed things up a bit. Left from the house on my sled and crossed the river by town. 106 miles from my shop to the cabin door on my new Tundra. Not much snow but a good trip just the same. Covered a lot of new country, seen some moose and a whole lot of wolf sign. Our wet summer in the interior really changed up the rivers. I lost a few #9's and couple snare pens. Didn't set out any gear. The new Tundra did well and the studded track is a great addition. Fur sign was scarce seeing only a half dozen marten and very little cat sign. Wolves were running amuck and only a few coyotes. Next week I'll head back out and lay some iron (all my wolf gear) and set some snares. Kind of strange to cover 235 miles with all that wolf sign and not find a single kill. Merry Christmas everyone.

Finished the box on the Tundra

Had some good groceries while out at the cabin. Canned snowshoe hare and moose steaks
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 05:43 AM

Send some wolves my way, I need a few more to make it interesting!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 07:51 AM

Been itching for a JR post! Gonna have to replicate that axe attachment. Glad you got out!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 08:00 AM

Man that is one heck of a trip! Looking forward to getting gear out there and connecting!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 02:12 PM

Merry Christmas JR, that is a fine trapping box and set up. I've never tried canned snowshoe hare but it sounds good.
Our weather turned to snow so we have a white Christmas after all, not enough to ride a sled on yet but soon if the wind doesn't pick up.
Allan
Posted By: OneHandSetters

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 02:23 PM

Merry Christmas JR.
Be Safe and Happy Holidays to all.
One Hand Setters
Dave
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 03:44 PM

Great looking set up on the sled and beautiful country. How long does it take you too get to your line?
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/14 05:55 PM

Great pictures JR! You could market those ski-doo boxes!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/26/14 06:00 AM

AK we all like the Boxes. But more importantly lets make a commitment to share a bottle of Crown Royal Black some where in the bush before too long
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/26/14 07:05 AM

Man your new Tundra looks good. My Tundra gave my a big stinky lump of coal for Christmas: The crappy Chinese sealed jackshaft bearing went again. 5370KM and this is the second bearing it has blown. Looks like it will be the Voyager for the next month or so while I try and get the jackshaft sent out and a new bearing pressed on. Well there goes any hope of making any money this year, it did not look good before that any-ways.
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/26/14 09:34 AM

I was skeptical with the studs, mine came with it for free even, but have come to like them greatly! They did forget to put in the UHMW runners, a quick trip to delta fixed that. We ripped it apart put them in. I do need to get my shocks rebuilt, but don't have much intent of riding. At this point I'm surprised I still have it.

How much does that box weigh JR? Did you bump up your suspension?
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/06/15 05:12 AM

Happy new year JR. Did you get any steel out yet. Stay safe
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/06/15 05:24 AM

AK don't forget to put Crown Royal on your next grocery list. Looks like that bottle is sucking a lot of air. smile
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 04:09 AM

Not much going on this season with me. Kind of got a lack of drive this year. Finally got out and set out some wolf gear last week. Really liking the new Tundra. 79.5 miles home on 4.3 gallons of fuel, breaking trail on 6"s of new snow. The belt chirped on me a few times on the ride home. May have to seal up some holes to keep the snow out of the cowl. The Tundra really throws the snow around when breaking trail. I was soaked when I got home. Picked up my first shed of the year.
Flew out to look at the river and cover some country. The Tanana is wide open and seemed to have no intentions of freezing up at my crossing. It was actually scary to see the amount of overflow.


Ended up going out the long way leaving from the house again. Set up a camp half way so I could spend some time putting out wolf gear.

Didn't take many pics this trip, was just covering as much country and setting as much gear as I could. It snowed every day I was out there, not accumulating snow but just enough to make it flat light and interesting breaking trail. Saw quite a few moose and lots of wolf sign.



Had a visitor invite himself into the cabin for breakfast. Cute little destructive fella really wanted my moose sausage.


Heading back out on Sunday to lay down some more gear and hopefully get something for the stretcher.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 04:26 AM

Dang man, that would bite! Hope you connect on some critters!
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 04:51 AM

Good luck and hope this weather breaks by the weekend.
It's been down to -59 here in Eastern Interior.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 05:02 AM

Glad to see you got out Jr. Interesting how changes in weather patterns can throw a guy for a loop with regards following through with regular events he is used to. Shouldn't be hard to put that weasel on the stretcher. ;0) Or is he going to be a regular?
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 05:03 AM

What tent is that JR?

Watch the pogos. I don't know whats up with my 550, but I managed to crack the tub on the side the pogo went flat in the cold.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 05:13 AM

Thanks guys.
HFT... Are you going to make it up this year for a ride a long?

FT.. The ermine will be a regular til he messes up. He's worth more around the cabin than his little pj's are worth on a stretcher. Heck, entertainment value is priceless.

Tradbow1... AO Pipeline.

Bushman... Definately can make time for sharing a bottle

Trapper Ron... Thanks for the reminder on the grocery list. List is filled and will be hauled out this week.
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 05:17 AM

What'd they charge for the stove jack and stove? Pretty slick looking winter set up. But man at 1300 that's in the kifi range of Lens set up!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 05:18 AM

That is my plan! Just need hard dates when your available.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 06:09 AM

Tradbow1... $1526.00 tent,stove, pipe and jack
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 07:41 AM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Tradbow1... $1526.00 tent,stove, pipe and jack


That sounds like a good deal until I start converting my $0.79 dollar. Fort MacPherson tent and canvass for me I suppose.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 08:02 AM

That looks like a nice setup Jr. A little short at 4.3 ft peak but nice to see an AO at 20 lbs. Interesting.
http://alaskatent.com/oven/aopipeline.html
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 02:07 PM

I thought similar Len, it looks sweet...but for that kind of money I wonder if the 8man kifaru, liner and stove wouldn't be a better trail option. It sure opens up a lot of hooch idears!

It does look much easier to set up than the kifaru however that comes with limited experience (buddies 6man no liner only ran a few times in it).
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 06:09 PM

Great stuff so far! Enjoying all your posts. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your new pet.
Posted By: Brian Donaghy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 07:32 PM

Care to share the method of canning for snowshoe hare? Great idea!!
Posted By: Brian Donaghy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/30/15 07:34 PM

How do you like the arctic oven pipeline? Thinking about picking one up...
Posted By: TCID

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/15 01:34 AM

Wow very impressive JR!
Can't believe the temps you guys up there have to endure...
I appreciate your advise on the traps. I will let you know how they end up smelling after the coat job.
70 miles just to get to your cabin in hard to imagine.
Thanks again and cant wait to see what you end up with after your next catch.
Posted By: hum

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/15 03:52 AM

now that is so cool
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/15 06:28 AM

Ak - That's the kind of country keeps a man young and feeling alive

I used my Kifaru for base camp while building my cabin last winter. Only problem was I ripped the base when I had a heavy snow fall and melt while I was gone for a few days. The ice tore my tent. They also don't hold heat so you have to keep the fire going steady
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/15 06:21 PM

Good to see you are getting some steel out ,Kinda nice to have some company around the cabin good luck be safe.
Posted By: WST

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/01/15 07:19 AM

I bet you don't have much of a mouse problem with that bloodthirsty little hooligan hanging around your cabin.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 03:25 PM

Had a pretty good trip on the line this past week. Picked up some fur for the stretchers, found 3 moose sheds, got some more wolf gear lain and make it home safe. Picked up this 102# black male in a #9 pee post. Expected to pick a few more in the area but the wind seemed to cover most of the trail and traps in a foot and a half rock hard drift.

Hauled out a pretty heavy load this trip and the Tundra did well.
The wolves came right up to the cabin snooping around. They sure are belligerent this year.
Caught a 24# male lynx in the Catch-all set. Here's the catch and the remake.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 03:52 PM

Picked two more wolves up river and missed a few more. 86# gray male and 76# gray female

Picked up a couple more moose antlers which will help pay for the new windshield the Tundra needs.



Pee Post Pass didn't produce this trip but narrowly missing.
Squirrels and porkys didn't like my sign I guess


Here's the 102# black male next to the 198# trapper Picked up this 40# male wolverine on the way home in a #9 Pee Post. Well furred with a busted up leg from that 9. Nothing that cannot be fixed.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 04:31 PM

Thats a nice haul, and great pics. That mountain country is just beautiful and a triple on wolves! Still have the Skandic, and is that
the stock tundra windshield?
Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 05:12 PM

Congrats on the critters, and nice haul. That country is beautiful. You are a lucky fella to be there. Nothing comes easy for sure. That is a awesome way to catch them Wolves. We haven't had much snow here where I live all winter. We are getting quite a bit now. Been trying to set a few foot sets out and it is a pain cleaning them off all the time. Cannot imagine trying to do that on all you set . Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics from your neck of the woods. Good luck.
Posted By: gray dog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 05:14 PM


Nice........... as usual. Thanks for posting.
Posted By: takotna

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 05:20 PM

Wow, that's a big ole wolverine and blk wolf! Are these wolves in packs or just here and there? Love your pic!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 05:28 PM

Congrats on some nice critters ,nice looking black wolf.Have you had any issues with the tippyness on the tundra.Good Luck out there.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 05:38 PM

Way to go! That is a beauty of a wolf! Congrats on the awesome run and thank you for sharing!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 07:40 PM

Nice haul! Thanks for sharing pics.
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 08:29 PM

Congrats on a great trip out, always look forward to your posts!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 09:02 PM

Geez! The wolf whisperer is back at it. And the wolverine, that's the cherry on top! Way to go JR always look forward to your posts.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 09:16 PM

Thanks guys, Enjoyed participating as much as sharing with ya.

Tundra300... That is not the stock windshield. It is the tallest one I could get from BRP and the same one I put on my Scandic WT. Great windshield, got a little brittle at -20 and I was going places I probably shouldn't have. I wouldn't mind replacing one every year but that's about it.

Takotna... The wolves were all in packs. The black male is from a new pack I'm playing with this winter with 11 blacks and 2 grays, now 10 blacks, in a new area.

AK TRAPR... The Tundra is tippy as people say it is buy very manageable compared to my WT in the mountains. I can high side the Tundra in the hills where the WT kinda goes where it wants too. I'm not a very fast traveler for the most part and that's where I think you can get in trouble with the tippyness. They are notorious for darting or catching an edge and dumping you on your face when not expecting it. That's when ya end up on the ice with your nose as a rudder, kinda like I did last year on the overflow. I do hang on a little tighter to this machine. I'm sure I'll relax or get complacent nand end up upside down sooner or later. The thing I like about this one is I can manhandle it where the WT was a heavy beast in the mountains.
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 09:45 PM

Nice ! Thanks for taking us along. Always like seeing the big canids
get tangled up!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/07/15 10:02 PM

Is that black caught at a beaver house? Now I know why there are no wolves where I am, they are all in your playground!
Posted By: backroadsarcher

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/08/15 12:35 AM

I have looked at all your pictures. Man you are living the dream. Congratulations!!
Posted By: glandman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/08/15 04:54 PM

Great photos JR! Looks like the critters have ben on the move on your line smile Glad your having fun!
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/09/15 04:52 AM

Very cool trip!! Nice big black and wolverine! Congratulations! Keep it coming!
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/09/15 05:41 PM

Looks like you have the ski skins on your rig? You might want try the summit ski's. They are a little bit wider than the stock and the keel is deeper than regular ski's. With the deeper keel your not stuck in someone else's ski track making a straight path when riding. I found them easier to use around here anyway.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/12/15 09:12 AM

JR, the grey wolf picture needs to be framed, thanks again for allowing us to ride along with you on your line. Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: Hiline Bob

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/15/15 06:39 PM

Very cool! Thank you for sharing your travels and trapping adventures.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/18/15 04:30 PM

Safe trip home off the trapline with no fur for the stretchers. My chainsaw gas tipped over in my sled and leaked. My Pelican trunk with all my wolf gear has a hole in the bottom of it. These two little tidbits of information together equal no wolves in wolf gear.
I had 5 pee posts dug up. Warm and good traveling but the overflow was ridiculous. The studs on the Tundra are awesome but I can see some little mods to her in the near future.


Spent a day up looking for antlers and only found one but found a few moose.


Broke out SMG with lots of overflow and the log jams were crazy. Finally gave up and went through the trees.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/18/15 04:50 PM

Bought some new cabin protection and entertainment. This little thing is pretty fun for shooting flies off the ceiling. Shot 4 in one night, not sure what the limit is on them.
Set some more clean wolf gear hoping the warm weather doesn't expose them. Woke up yesterday morn at 5 am to 42 degrees ABOVEzero. I set 5 9's with grapples hooked to them. Dang that was hard for me to walk away from. 1st time using them and it was extra brushy around the sets.

The wolves have been peeing on that 55gal drum everytime the walked by it so I planted a 9 beside it.




Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/18/15 04:53 PM

Man that would bite about the gas! Glad to hear you had a safe trip!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/18/15 04:59 PM

Oh the humanity! What a gut wrench about the contaminated traps.
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/18/15 06:01 PM

JR... bummer on the sets!
Curious on what your wolf grapples look like.
Good luck with that, don't think I could do it!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/18/15 09:28 PM

Man they are some awesome pics. You are in a beautiful area. Unreal to live there to enjoy that. You can have some of our snow. I live in Central New York. Country. We had close to 3' of snow in the last 2 and a half weeks. That is close to our total for a winter. We only had 14" of snow that had stayed all of January. Unusual though. When I think of Alaska, I think of snow in Feet, not what I see on your line. Look forward to your pics and stories. Thanks for sharing. The Yotes are strange in my area this year. Not seeing them come through much at all. Only killed two all winter so far. Had 6-8 by this time last year. I have had a couple #3's at a pee post for a month. Visited it once. Okay, good luck next time out.
Posted By: wlftrppr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/15 05:17 AM

Great pics! I know the feeling on those grapples...especially after a good snow & blow. Better luck this time!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/15 06:37 AM

Too bad about the tainted gear, looks like you would have had one or two.

I got something in a wolf trap with a grapple on it in mid November that disappeared. Because of the circumstances couldn't tell if it was a wolf or coyote. The place was fairly torn up, but trap and drag missing. It is along a road, could have been theft. Spent a long time looking over several days, no luck. I still use some grapples, but try to limit to good entanglement areas. Got one in a grapple a couple years ago, only made it about 20 feet to the first spruce tree and was there waiting.
Posted By: nooksack

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/15 01:43 AM

JR, what made you decide to use grapples? It seems like the system you have staking or solid anchoring was working well. How much chain and cable between the trap and grapple?
Good luck.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/15 06:03 AM

Thanks fellas, the grapples are just a quick way of setting wolf gear when there is no trees around to tie off and I'm not on ice. I just used them in places where I don't plan on re-setting in the future like odd pee posts along the trail or odd blind trail sets. They are from Alaska Range Trapping Supply out of Eagle River. These are made by a local blacksmith down there and are the best grapple I've ever seen. I have 6 and was pretty impressed when they hooked up just pulling them across my sno go trail and it about pulled me off my feet. I still only set them where there was extreme narrow trail with lots of brush. Most of them I threw the grapple into the brush to start. I kind of got tired of making and driving stakes all over. Lots of guys use them with great results. They will not be my main anchor by any means but will certainly be a nice addition to the gear box. Hope to post some pics next week showing how they work or don't work. Meanwhile, here's a few more pics from last week.





I bought a 12 volt jump kit and tried it on my Polaris 4-wheeler. Battery totally dead, 15 below and hasn't been started for over a year. This thing cranked it over better than the new battery did. This is another great addition to the pack on the trapline, boat, hunting camp or even the truck. Can charge cameras, phones and about anything you can think of. If you run a 4-stroke sled, I'd say they are a must.



Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/15 09:18 AM

Awesome!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/15 01:47 PM

I am running the normal 10' of chain off the trap and 2' on each grapple with a quick link to connect them.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/15 11:03 PM

Man! you are lucky to see caribou. Almost finished the 6 from this fall. I wish Fort Yukon would send the Porcupine herd back. My boys went to Herschel Island so I hope they get some caribou down there. Stuck going to training all next week in the capital. So go to traps on Saturday and that will be it for my on the land experiences for the next week.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/23/15 08:05 PM

Nice stuff AkHowler! Very beautiful pics and mules.
Posted By: trapmando

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/24/15 01:35 AM

Excelent job Howler. Keep it coming. You live the good life. If you get tired of trapping you could become a photographer.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/03/15 06:03 AM

Had a good trip out on the line and a rough one back in to the house. It was just as I expected out on the line. Lots of exposed gear, frozen snares, snares to high, overflow and not much fur for the stretchers. Spent a good deal of time chipping 9's out of the overflow. Pulled a lot of gear due to weather and not seeing much sign.

On the way out, ran 76 miles without a piece of fur until I get to the cabin. Picked up a 23# male coyote in a snare. Just so happens to be the same coyote I snared last season 5 miles above the cabin and chewed out of a wolf snare. He was still wearing the snare when he walked into a 1/16" snare with a Senneker Kill spring and trigger. That put him down quick. The Wolf snare he chewed out of had a Amberg lock with moose stop.

Covered a lot of beautiful country again. Picked up one more moose shed and topped out a couple more passes.



Did some mods to the Tundra and she preformed well. I put a pair of Polaris Profloat skis on it. They are 9 1/2" wide and bolted right on. That took the darting out in the overflow and crusted ice. Then I put plastic under the running boards to stop the spray and drag in the overflow and powder snow. Worked out well also.

Probably 80 miles of my line looked like this.
Picked up a marten in a lynx cubby behind the house. Nice male in a #4 dls. Found a NH 1 1/2 hanging in a tree above my Catch-all set. Interesting to know how long it had been hanging there and who it belonged too.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/03/15 06:11 AM

Had a buddy fly out for coffee. Stip was a little icy.


This has got to be the biggest moose rub tree I've came across.

Had a fine dinner of Mashed potatoes, moose steak and candied parsnips.
On the way home, I belly flopped the Tundra 1 1/2 miles from the house. Sled came out alright but it's Norwegian rider took spanking. May have sprained my ankle, hopefully that's all I did.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/03/15 06:13 AM

Glad to see your able to get out JR. Been a lean winter for activity here.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/03/15 06:04 PM

Thanks for the update. Dinner looks awesome right now! That trap is strange eh? Must be just one of those good trapping spots.
Take care of that ankle. Good thing you're Norwegian or it may have been worse! LOL.
Take care of yourself. All the best!
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 01:31 AM

Glad to see you got the crown bottle re filled. Stay safe your not getting any younger! Takes us longer to heal up
Posted By: saskamusher

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 01:45 AM

great pics u live in some incredible country no wonder everyone is moving to Alaska .pretty cool finding that trap my uncle found a trap one time grown into a tree could hardly see the jaws the tree had grown around it , I always wanted it as a keepsake but who knows where it is now . nice to see things of days gone by and think of the hardships and good times those early trappers had . great posts thanks
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 06:41 AM

Sweet photos and great update on your latest expedition. From the looks of that whiskey and book I'm thinking you might be one of those brother's from a different mother. Thanks for the great posts all winter JR
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 07:15 AM

Thanks for the update. It was nice of that yote to be sitting up waiting to welcome you. Are you going to keep trying for more wolves or call it a season? Hope that ankle heals up quickly!

Was talking to B. Smith yesterday and you came up. It was all good stuff, tho!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 01:33 PM

Bushman and AKhowler, when do you guys sleep? you guys always seem to be on here in the middle of the night. lol. Just curious. Nice pics from both of you guys. Lucky men. Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences.
Posted By: nube

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 03:56 PM

Awesome pics thanks for sharing
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/15 10:53 PM

Thanks guys. Went to the doc, nothing broke, just bad sprain. They say most accidents happen close to the house and it sure did. Probably gonna pull my gear next week when I go out. Got the ATA auction and banquet on March 21st and 22nd. I personally don't have much fur for the auction this year but got some antlers and skulls to go along with my catch. Got some projects around the house I should be catching up on before spring bear season. Putting up some fur and going back to work tonight.

We had a great monthly ATA meeting this month with Jim Masek as our speaker. As many of you know he is a wealth of knowledge and very woods wise. He spoke on different traps, snares and placement for all species of furbearers. It's amazing how you can pick up some little simple tricks from someone else. If you are not a member of the Alaska Trappers Association, I'd suggest joining. Our new editor Justin is putting out a great magazine with lots of pics and great material.

Smalltimetrapper... Haven't talked to Mr. Smith in a while. Don't think he'll be heading over this spring with the Tanana the way it is. He's one good ol'timer. Lots of respect for that man. Thanks for the note on the box the other day. It's going back though, wrong windshields. Delta
Powersports is making it right. Good people to work with.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/15 02:17 AM

Thanks for sharing the great pics.Good to hear you did not break your ankle, how do you like the senneker springs .Good luck and be safe out there.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 04:01 AM

ATA auction and Fling is over and was a great success. What a busy weekend and glad it's over. Didn't get any pic posted from last trip out so here goes. 36 below when I left for the cabin pulling gear along the way. Had more snow on this trip than all winter long but the overflow was solid for a change. The new pack of wolves was at the bait but didn't lay any 9's due to the warm weather to come and it wasn't conducive to snaring. Next year I'll change that up a bit.
Picked up this beautiful 27# male coyote in a lynx cubby that the ermine ate all the bait out of the last week, in an uncovered #3 DLS. Unreal how you can be clean and careful and not catch one and then something like this happens.
Spent alot of time pulling gear and not seeing any wolf sign upriver. Covered a lot of country just exploring new passes and valleys.


This used to be a nice tight little valley til the flood of 2007 and last year opened it up. This valley has been good for wolves for many years and they'd only been down it once this entire season.


Put the Tundra to the test and did well. Found out it's hard to ride with one good ankle though. Tipped her over in some dumb spots. Put 1680 miles on it this season even with the late start. Really happy with it. It was -30 on Saturday morn and she didn't start though. Wasn't in a hurry so waited til 11am and -10 and she fired right up.
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 04:12 AM

Next year we are going to need a class on dirt hole trapping!
What do you have auto pilot on that sled? Straight trail.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 04:14 AM

Spent alot of time cleaning up around the cabin and relaxing. Hate to see the season over but a poor year for fur and weather anyway.


Saw quite a few ptarmigan and Sharptailed Grouse this year. Didn't harvest a single bird this season due to meat in the cooler and didn't need wings and bait since I wasn't trapping lynx or marten. Nice to see their numbers on the increase. On the way home, I saw a otter on top of the overflow on the new portion of the line. He wasn't very photogenic and wouldn't resurface for a photo op.
Got some paperwork to tally up from the auction and get the furs that didn't sell back to the trappers. Heading back out to the cabin for one last ride out exploring and taking a buddy with a Scandic Expedition 900. This will be fun. See ya in a week.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 04:19 AM

Nice Pics as always JR
Posted By: takotna

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 04:58 AM

Always look forward to your pic of your trips!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 05:23 AM

I thought maybe you got that yote on a marten pole! Looks like you found another shed?
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/26/15 02:34 PM

That arrow straight trail must be the polaris skis. grin That windshield looks like the skandic model?
How do you like the tundra compared to the skandic.
Thanks for the great photography.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/28/15 05:32 PM

Every time I see a picture of your adventures I want to jump on my sled and head up there. I hope you're keeping a journal.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 01:45 AM

Thanks guys. The straight trail comes when you pay 10 thousand for a new sled and has GPS auto pilot. Those who've followed my journal can tell I'm not a very good driver and prone to make poor decisions. This should help, had to widen out my trails and keep the GPS hooked up to 12volt. The Polaris Profloat Skis help greatly.

Came home off the line today. Took a few extra riders with me this trip. 5 of us started out and 3 finished the ride. Took my neighbor and his wife along to show them the trail to their moose camp where my tent camp was at. A buddy of mine Kevin,also came with and we brought The ATA mascot Woody with who evidently has been in solitary confinement for many years. Not sure how to take this fella yet. So we started are trip in the morn with blue bird skies and +45 degrees. Around 12 miles into our journey, approaching McDonald creek, where I saw the otter last week, from a distance it looked to be covered in overflow. I was rapidly gaining speed when realizing that what I thought was overflow was actually the river wide open and flowing. Hard on the brakes and sliding out of control, the sled containing Woody, groceries and 8 wolf carcasses overran the Studded up Tundra and spun me backwards, dragging the sled off the ledge into the flowing creek where we came to a stop. This was very exciting. Kevin was wondering why I was speeding up when I saw it. May need to get my eyes checked. The wolf carcasses all floated away and we hooked a strap up and yarded it back onto the ice. Sorry about that Woody, first trip out and almost killed him.

What a knucklehead move. Thank you for studs. If I didn't have those picks in the track, I would have surely been in the drink. We went up and down the creek looking for a ice bridge worthy of crossing and found one upriver about a half mile. After saying goodbyes to the other two riders we continued on up the trail. They had enough excitement for one trip, heck their shorts weren't even soiled.
About a mile up the trail we found this young moose stuck in the creek exhausted and scared. There was nothing we could do safely and let mother nature take her course.

45 miles up the trail, all forward momentum came to a screeching halt. I lost a wheel off the back of the track tensioner and the axle shoot out. Lucky to find all the parts and were able to throw it up on a drum I picked up on the river and put her back together. What can go wrong next. Both episodes were operator error though.


Made it to the cabin got unloaded and pulled Woody out. He was a little reluctant to come out after the ride he got. A little wet but no worse for wear. Got a fire goin and gave him something to ease his nerves.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 02:08 AM

That night we sat around the fire drinking with Woody and howling with 2 different packs of wolves. The next morn, Kevin, Woody and I went out looking for those wolves. Couldn't find them so we just went exploring. Picked up a couple old moose sheds and found a couple old trapper's cabins.





Saw this neat tree growing by the one old cabin. This tree has a will to live, growing right around the deadfall.




Snow was leaving fast so thought we'd better skidattle.
Kevin got to find out why I didn't like the DS2 Pilot skis on the WT. He came across some overflow and on it's side his WT went sliding on it's side. Kevin and Woody got a little wet but unhurt. Don't think ol Woody will wanna come back out on another adventure with me.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 02:26 AM

Is that an old dryer drum, or washer? I've used a few of those for fire-pits. They work excellent!
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 02:31 AM

Really Great !! Thanks !
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 04:35 AM

Woody does look happier with that bottle in hand grin

You guys are running out of snow in a hurry!
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 05:34 AM

JR
You should let Woody be your cinematographer. You could make a small fortune from your antics being on film smile
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 06:10 AM

Great pics and adventure.Better get woody some depends for the next trip.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 01:14 PM

Looks like the open water isn't the issue, it would be hitting the ice on the other side. That calf was alone I assume. Cow wouldn't leave that calf while still alive. I wonder if it got swept down river a bit away from cow. That woody would be darn handy if a fellow ran out of kindling...just saying.
Posted By: trappertom52

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 01:35 PM

Wow! High adventures, beautiful scenery, found treasures and someone like Woody to listen to all your stories without interrupting. Priceless!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 07:19 PM

That could have turned dad in a hurry,Thanks for more great pics nice to see you have a new partner on the line.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/15 08:31 PM

Thanks for the pics, looks like it will be the last sno go trip for the season!
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/31/15 04:18 AM

Great pics JR! Great stories too! Always an adventure!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/31/15 05:32 AM

Awesome pic's JR!
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/31/15 03:46 PM

Once again great pictures and stories, thank you for sharing. A fictional character along for the ride, doesn't get any better than that. smile
Posted By: Ronaround

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/31/15 03:50 PM

I cant think of a better place to be in those pictures,than right there and soak it all up.Thanks!
Posted By: Hiline Bob

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/01/15 03:48 PM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing your adventures!
Posted By: Nick Muche

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/03/15 06:12 PM

Awesome! Incredible thread. Congrats on all your success.

Nick
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/26/15 08:51 PM

Greeting fellow trappers and adventurers. Been a busy spring and looking forward to summer. We've had the mildest spring I can remember here in the interior. Been busy hauling cabin building materials out for a buddy building a remote cabin. Good times.

15,000# of materials hauled in with the Caravan. What an impressive bird. Good bunch of help unloading and many years of great fishing to come.
Saw lots of game on our flights to and fro.



Been wanting to do a little remodel in the house with some Knotty Pine T&G. Finally stopped talking about it and did it. Not much of a carpenter but the hides covered it up well.



Flew out to the trapping cabin and finally got the tin on the roof of the fur shed/shop.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/26/15 09:42 PM



It was 85 Degrees and hot and dusty for the first few days in the mountains. It finally cooled off and we got some much needed rain. Not much but every bit helps. It was a dry tinder box out there and the river was lower than I've ever seen it. Once the roof was completed, it was time to play. Went out looking for bears and found lots of tracks and sign but no bears spotted. On to something else, antler hunting was good. Picked up a dozen moose sheds and a one caribou shed.




Covered a lot of country, didn't see much for critters, probably hiding from the heat. Saw a few sheep which made me happy since I didn't see any this past winter.







Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/27/15 03:41 AM

Very nice !!
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/27/15 05:23 AM

Always enjoy your picture show. Enjoy your summer!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/27/15 01:29 PM

The pine looks good in your home. I like the shadows your black bear triple are throwing on the ground. Have a great summer
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/30/15 03:04 AM

Very cool pictures JR I hope you keep the great pictures coming.
Allan
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 05/30/15 06:12 AM

Looks like good times!
Posted By: Hatchetman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/01/15 01:19 AM

Thanks for taking us along! living the dream you are!
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/07/15 07:57 PM

Good job on the moose sheds! Have you ever fall moose hunt at your cabin?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 01:40 AM

Hi, this is AKHowler's sister Kami (kamray23@yahoo.com) AKHowler is down in the lower 48 for the next few months. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left cheek/sinus cavity. He is currently at Mayo Hospital Saint Mary's in Rochester,MN. He had surgery on June 10th and I have started a Caring Bridge Site to follow his progress and leave him words of encouragement. The site address is caringbridge.org/visit/jrpederson You have to register your email account to log in, the site name is: jrpederson

Please let know if you have trouble getting on or any questions. Thanks. Kami
Posted By: Dragger

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 02:00 AM

Wow, Sorry to hear that! Wish him the best.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 03:47 AM

Hey Kami, tell JR he really doesn't have to go to such lengths to get a little attention, I hope he has a complete and speedy recovery.
Allan
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 04:12 AM

Goodness sorry to hear. Hoping for a speedy recovery for JR.
Posted By: AKscott

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 08:13 AM

So sorry to hear that! But from what I've heard you can't ask for a better facility. Hoping for a quick recovery!!
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 02:36 PM

Pretty cheeky of JR. Tell him to get with the program and get well.

We also want to know how we can help. Kami, feel free to PM any of us with needs or some way we can help.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/15/15 06:33 PM

Clickable
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jrpederson

You will have to sign up. Lets give JR our support. He has given us a lot to enjoy!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/16/15 03:46 AM

Thanks, Len. Makes it a bit easier for us "challenged" non-computer guys. On my way.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 06/16/15 04:16 AM

Not the news I wanted to hear but I'm thinking good thoughts for him.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 04:10 AM

Well it looks like we are having a couple days of winter this season. -27 this morn at the house. I'm healing up fine, just trying to put on some weight and muscle. 198# to 150# is a pretty big jump. I'm now at 160 and holding. It is really hard to go from being so strong to so weak is such a short time. It's hard to eat with no sense of smell or taste. It becomes more like work then pleasure. Been spending a lot of time in the shop reloading and building #9's. Took the tundra on a ride and did well. Got some mods to do on the Scandic WT yet and a little maintenance to do on the Tundra.

Just a quick note of thanks for all the prayers, support and donations this year when I was down in Mayo Clinic. The place is amazing. I've been independent most of my life and I learned a lot on this adventure. YOU CAN NOT FIGHT CANCER BY YOURSELF AND NO ONE IS INVINCIBLE. Heading back down to Rochester for check ups in a couple weeks. Good luck to everyone and be safe this season. Thanks again.
Posted By: Gator Jr.

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 04:21 AM

GREAT to hear you're working your way back JR, you definitely have my utmost admiration. You're one STRONG man, I wish you a speedy recovery. I bet it was bliss for you to get back on your machine and get some wind in your face. I hope your checkup trip goes well, safe travels!

Ted
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 04:38 AM

sounds to me like someone's going deer hunting wink! hope all is well man! I'm rotating shifts this week, was hoping to stop by with Adam but it sounds like he beat me to the punch at the meetin.
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 04:41 AM

JR

It's good your gaining and its sticking. Have a good trip home and load up on your Mom's cooking!
Snap
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 05:28 AM

Jr, i was glad i was able to run into you at last months meeting .Glad to see things are getting better ,i cant imagine what you have gone through this year.You are one tough son of a (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) .Hope things get back to normal.take care you are an inspiration to many thank you for your many posts.
Matt
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 06:07 PM

I better check with Santa about a couple of those traps. I think this year I have a chance of making the nice list for the first time since I was 6-7.
Posted By: jaggersr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/07/15 09:12 PM

Glad to hear you are on the on the mend. Always look forward to living your adventures through your pics.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/08/15 12:49 AM

Glad to see you back on the mend , that one picture looks familiar
Posted By: EurekaTrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/08/15 03:55 AM

Glad to see you are back in action and healing up. Your loss of smell and taste do have one advantage... if you get stranded out on the line and have to eat a wolf, it would taste the same as prime rib to you. grin
Posted By: OneHandSetters

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/08/15 09:47 PM

So Glad to see you are getting better JR.
Missed chatting with you.
Dave
Posted By: glandman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/09/15 11:27 AM

Great news JR! Very happy to hear that you are on the mend and gaining on it. Take care.
Posted By: frog4334

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/10/15 02:15 PM

Good to see you back posting, always enjoy them. Keep on keeping on!
Posted By: TeamRedneck

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/12/15 04:33 AM

All the best wishs , heres to a speedy recovery.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/12/15 04:24 PM

Good news JR. Good attitude too !

Try a bit of Italian salad dressing on things you're eating. The vinegar seems to put back some of the original taste of food. At least it helps me. Chew some sugarless gum. It really helps with the dry mouth thing !


Did the radiation make your hair fall out ? LOL !!

Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/13/15 07:39 PM

Good to see you in the shop working on gear. Let me know when you are coming if I still have my bobcat line out you can run it with me
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 06:38 AM

Hey guys, I'm back with a clean bill of health. Speed trip down to Mayo Clinic went well. They said I looked great, if fact my surgeon said I looked tremendous. Hated to burst his bubble but I told him I didn't even look great before this whole ordeal. They want to see me in 4 to 6 months for more check ups and some new teeth. Crazy weather down there and look at the green grass in front of St. Mary's Hospital.
Got home from Mayo, stoked the stove and flew out to the cabin for some real healing. Spent 3 days out there just living. Something about those mountains, the snow, the wildlife, that really helps the body and soul. Only had about 6" of snow out there. Spent a lot of time on the cross country skis predator calling and covering some country. Unbelievable how strong I felt while out there. Unbelievable how sore I was in the morning. Argued with a few coyotes on the mountain but they wouldn't come out of the sheep country. They talked tough but wouldn't come down and do anything. Saw pretty good fur sign on the river with lots of hares and grouse.



Temps were great from 15 above to 10 below and dropping. My buddy came out and picked me up as the temp was suppose to be dropping to -30 or-40. Hope everyone has a safe and productive season this year. Thanks again for the support guys. Seasons Greetings.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 06:44 AM

Good to hear that you got a clean bill of health from the Doc! Better yet to see you out in the big country catching up and living life!
Posted By: Jacks

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 07:10 AM

Good for you ak howler. I hope you have many trips to you cabin
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 07:10 AM

Get after it, JR!
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 07:15 AM

What a relief for you JR. Thank Goodness for what they can do to make cancer survivors. You won now go for it!
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 07:39 AM

Best new's I've heard in a while JR! Wish you weren't so far away, I'd help you slap some of them trap's together. Thank's for the update.
Posted By: spotter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 08:04 AM

Happy for you J.R., great to see you've been out to the cabin. Best Christmas present you could get was the news from Mayo. Hope you have a great holiday!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 10:05 AM

2016 her you come!!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 02:12 PM

Nice to see you are doing great, and can get back into camp again, and certainly not disappointing with the beautiful pics you provide us with. Look forward to reading your Journal again and seeing all your beautiful country up there. Thanks for sharing and hope all goes well for you.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 02:36 PM

Sure good to see you back JR. Best wishes in the new year.
Posted By: otterman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 03:25 PM

Good news to hear JR I needed some of that this morning
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 04:20 PM

Great news! Now we get to follow your talented eye for those great pictures, and your skill with a key board to take us along.
Merry Christmas!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 05:02 PM

Great news Jr,good to see you got good news from the doctors,it is great to see you back to doing what you love to do.If you ever need anything let me know.Happy Holidays .
Matt
Posted By: Machias

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 06:56 PM

Glad you are on the mend.
Posted By: Gator Jr.

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/15 10:09 PM

GREAT to see you get back out in the woods again JR, I'm sure it did your heart good! Again, I admire your strength and perseverance in kicking cancers arse. Merry Christmas!!
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/23/15 02:55 AM

Great pics Glad to hear your doing good. Keep it up brother

Lab
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/23/15 04:21 AM

Merry CHRISTmas JR and prayers were answered.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/23/15 06:35 AM

Great news good to hear your ok.
Posted By: Whopper Stopper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/15 01:06 PM

Congratulations and Merry Christmas Sir!

WS
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/16 06:47 PM

Happy New Year all. My HP pc went down so I was without a computer for awhile. Picked up a MacBook Pro last night and will have everything uploaded from one to the other tomorrow. Been out on the line messing around on the rocks, ice and overflow. Not much fur out there this year and mainly just out there loving life. My left eye must have been the eye for photography cause I haven't been taking many pics this season. Picking up some shed antlers and a little fur for the stretchers. Had a wolf hunter suppose to come out with me last week but never made it. Glad of it, didn't like taking a greenhorn out on the line with the deepest overflow I think I've ever traveled in out there. Got plum scary for a bit. Hopefully get everything transferred over to the MacBook and put some pics on to update the journal. Got some other trappers journals to get caught up on reading myself. Good luck and be safe.
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/16 07:43 PM

JR
Glad that your out going. That's the best thing you can be doing!
Hope your able to get the great pictures coming again.
Snap
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/16 08:33 PM

Good to hear you have been out .Yeah it has been an interesting winter alright.Cant wait to see some pics.Be safe out there.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/21/16 08:37 PM

Mac Book Pro. Good choice. If you need any assistance let me know. I can walk you through it with my eyes closed. ;0)
Give me a call anytime. If your new to the mac it will take a little getting used to. Some work flow that will really help you to know.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/22/16 03:36 AM

Glad you're getting out JR!
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/22/16 07:36 AM

Hey there JR great to see you on here again and best of all that you are getting back on the land. Looking forward to more of your posts. smile
Posted By: wilsonjr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/22/16 12:32 PM

Good to see you getting out and about. I'll be up there for the fling weekend. See you then.
Posted By: BFP

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/22/16 08:24 PM

I have really enjoyed your journal. You boys are some tough dudes up there. I went through the cancer deal in 07 [stem cell transplant]. The people at Mayo are amazing, they saved my life. I ate many meals across the street from St.Marys at the Honker. Good luck and keep your knife sharp.
Posted By: madcotrappwr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/22/16 09:42 PM

Love the ride along.
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/29/16 02:27 AM

Some of us are patiently waiting for the trap line pics and updates......

Take care smile
Posted By: GUK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/29/16 02:44 AM

Talked to JR on the trail yesterday, pretty sure some amazing picture will be posted soon.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 05:01 AM

Hello guys and gals, got my Macbook up and running. What a pain in the rear, but here goes. Went out in January and set a little line. Took my buddy Kevin with me just too babysit me and make sure all went well with my scrawny rearend. Spent a little time cutting trail and felt good over all just a little weak.

Been seeing a lot of caribou and moose along the trail.

Picked up a few sheds and Kevin picked up his first caribou shed




Lots of overflow this year and very little snow.

Pretty good wolf sign but not seeing much coyote sign this year. Snowshoe hare population seems to be on the rise.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 05:02 AM

It was just great to be out there and very healing in it's self. Ended up picking a 88# gray male wolf in a #9 pee post at the end of the line

picked 3 red fox on the first check, which is what I usually catch all season. One was in a #9 on Pee Post Pass due to setting the pan tension light to deal with this freezing and thawing BS that we've been getting. The other was in a cat cubby in a covered #3 DLS


Thanks you Mr. Allan Minear for the Chokecherry syrup, went well with some beer pancakes and bacon
Pee Post Pass #1 #9
Pee Post Pass #2 #9

This is where I caught and lost a black wolf in #2 #9 on Pee Post Pass on the first check
Lots of overflow this year. This is good overflow when I take pictures of it. The bad stuff, I usually don't take pics of and am running for my life from it.






Pretty big pressure ridge out on the creek below the cabin
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 05:08 AM

As always JR these are some great pictures and congratulations on the wolf at least you have a little snow, it was 72 here today with dust flying behind even our little dog.
Keep up the good work !
Allan
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 05:56 AM

Really glad you are able to get out JR! thanks for the pics!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 06:10 AM






The second check went quite a bit better than the 1st. #2 wolf waiting for me on Pee Post Pass in the same spot I caught the red fox.

94# gray male
On up the line to the bait. I'm pulling gear as I go due to the warm weather. The wolves had hit the bait the first week and hadn't been back till now.
That is #3, 4, and 5. 93# black male
86# gray female 98# gray male. Was feeling pretty strong even with the pack down the hill.
On up to wolverine creek and lucky enough to pick up #6. 82# gray male in snare. All looked to be quick efficient kills. Thanks to HFT for the snares last year that he sent up. 2 of the wolves were hung in HFT's snares.



17# scrawny

Coyote in MB750 catch all set
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 06:25 AM

Your welcome JR if we get a good crop of chokecherry this year we may make some home made syrup.
It's good to see wolf catch pictures those two on the ridge need to be framed.
Allan
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 07:24 AM

Pretty impressive JR, you've made a strong comeback, thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 07:35 AM

Wow pulled off a great Check under poor conditions too! Nice Had to feel awesome.
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 08:07 AM

Sweet! Great to see you posting again and what a great trip over the line too!
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 02:27 PM

Your an animal brother. Most would of took the winter off to heal up from the battle you have been on. Great work. We will catch up soon I want to hear all details. Stay Safe

Lab
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 02:45 PM

Great pics and catches,congrats on your recovery.
Posted By: wlftrppr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 04:14 PM

Nice work! Enjoyed the amazing pics once again!
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 05:31 PM

You did well, Jr. Pretty thin for snow out there.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/06/16 11:52 PM

Glad to see you getting out and about..... Keep nailing the wolves the moose thank you
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/07/16 02:25 AM

Looks like you had a blast out there! Congrats on the wolves!! Look forward to kicking one back with you up at the fling!!!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/07/16 04:53 AM

Congrats Jr looks like your are getting back on stride thanks for the pics be safe out there.
Posted By: Moses

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/07/16 07:08 AM

Congrats. What size snare and locks u using on the wolves?
Posted By: saskamusher

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/07/16 01:46 PM

good stuff ak what ever you use for a camera it takes great pics
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/07/16 04:27 PM

Nice to see you are getting well enough to get out and take some great pics as usual, and take care of the Wolves up there. You take some awesome pictures of that great landscape. Hope you can get back to your normal health. Good luck you have been through a lot. Take care.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/08/16 03:07 AM

Good to see your out taking care of business Jr! Scare some caribou and wolves up north please!
Posted By: Wolf Pee

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/08/16 03:42 PM

Good job on the wolves! I'm surprised the fox are walking out in the wide open like that.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/09/16 08:30 PM

Nice catches on the wolves dude!!

That's why I call you the wolf whisperer...and that steak looks good too.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/11/16 12:25 AM

Nice to see you back where you belong.

You hauling your own dirt into those pee post locations?
Posted By: francois

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/11/16 10:43 PM

glad to see your health okay
beautiful wolf photo
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/12/16 03:58 AM

Good job on the wolves JR. Really enjoyed the pictures. Great to see you in recovery mode and back on the land. smile
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/12/16 06:28 AM

Thanks guys, the pleasure is all mine to just be able to be out doing what we love and sharing with you all. Here's a few more pics. I'm all loaded up to head back out to the cabin in the morn. I've never done a cabin pic with the year's furs on it. That is fixing to change. Thought I'd spend a couple days out there playing.








Moses... my wolf snares are 1x19, 3/32 cable with cam locks, berkshires, thompson or Amberg. Leaning mostly on toothed cam locks.
Bushman... I get the gravel from on site on the pass.

The annual Fling is coming up on March 19th. Hope to see some of ya there.
Posted By: otterman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/12/16 03:59 PM

AK Howler you trap some pretty rugged looking country glad to see you are back out and enjoying yourself out there
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/15/16 03:47 AM

Made a trip back out to the cabin hauling supplies and messing around. The main reason was to haul my furs out for an end of the season pic on the shed.

Spent a few days just messing around, covering country and looking for antlers. Didn't find a single shed.




Spent some time playing on a serious glaciering little creek. Can usually find a few sheds back in there but not this trip.



Hard to leave the cabin with a view like this.

Had a visitor this morn but she wasn't as friendly or near as photogenic as the one last year.

This is a waterproof bag John aka Team V made for me. It is awesome and hauled all the fur out in it. Works great.
0 degrees this morn and snowing. What the heck is going on. Nice to be able to see tracks in the snow though.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/15/16 04:35 AM

Beautiful country there JR! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/15/16 06:14 AM

Hey JR thanks for allowing us along again out on your line, your cabin picture with your furs showed a nice variety of colors and a great job on some well handled fur.
That creek is really something, on a snare line years ago I had a spring along one part that did the same thing just not as thick of ice that's just wild looking.
We had a quick horizontal snow storm blow through this morning sadly it didn't last very long. I agree with you on the view from the cabin that would be tough to leave.
Allan
Posted By: Osky

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/15/16 12:23 PM

Terrific, congrats on your health situation.
As others have said, thanks for putting forth the extra effort to take us along with you.

Osky
Posted By: spotter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/15/16 05:52 PM

Hope you were studded up J.R. That creek looks slippery!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/16/16 04:43 AM

I like the black hanging on the shed. Good to see you out and about. Sometimes it more fun to say forget the traps and let's go exploring right?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/16/16 05:34 PM

You have some increadable country looks a lot like Rat River but with bigger trees and less snow.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/17/16 12:08 AM

Some awesome pictures up there. Nice pic of the Fur on the shed. Congrats on the luck. And thanx for taking us along on your journeys. Good luck.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/19/16 08:29 PM

JR glad to see you out enjoying what you love to do .Thanks for all the great pics .Be safe and enjoy,
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/16 01:42 PM

Good to see you are out in the back country again. Thanks for the ride.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 04:24 PM

Well brother and sister Trappers, here we are again, another year. Me and this Apple still aren't really getting along very well but here goes. Started out this spring doing a little bear baiting out around the trapline where we thinned out some of the population but not the right bear. We had a very rude cabin raiding bear in the valley this year that did unbelievable damage to many cabins. I will deal with him this spring personally.

Covered a lot of country picking up some caribou sheds and looking for moose sheds

Game Cameras sure were fun this year. Lot of pics but still have a learning curve.






I got lucky and had very little damage. Did loose a little skin off the back of the cabin, the screen out of the big window and one Coors light.
Spent a lot of time making Alaskan #9's and some stretchers since we didn't have any snow and the river took a while to freeze.

Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 05:02 PM

I finally made it out on the line. The Tanana crossing was the best I've ever seen. The rest wasn't optimum running conditions. Only had to pull the chainsaw out 4 times in 40 miles to the cabin so that was nice. There is about 2 inches of snow at best and made for some rough travels on machine and rider. Lots of overflow this year. Put a couple hundred miles on the Tundra without any problems other than tipping it over more times than I care to count.
Found this caribou kill from this fall. Pretty cool find but a lot of work to get it out.

The heavy rains this summer left the trails with some speed bumps.


Did get some gear out. Put a few lynx cubbies out for good measure, a few coyote sets, hung a couple dozen wolf snares and couple dozen #9 pee post set. Good wolf sign, cut a few wolverine tracks and very little marten and lynx sign.




Saw lots of groceries along the way so that was good. Didn't take many pics of them but seen some good numbers of moose and caribou.



I was lucky enough to pick up a 22# female wolverine on a 2 day soak in a MB 750 catch-all set. Good thing I came by when I did. I was going to take a few pics of her but looked at her in the binos from about 60 yards and could not see any foot under the jaw of the trap. I took her from there with the .22 mag. When she fell out of the tree, there was just part of her pad caught in the corner of the jaws just out of the off-set. She must have just got caught. Changed out the trap and re-set . This is only the second female wolverine I've taken out there. They sure are small compared to 35-40# males.

Put some new bags a scabbards on the Tundra which worked out well.



Well good luck and be safe to all of you.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 06:08 PM

Nice to see you out and about JR , looking forward to more pictures and a picture of that bears hide nailed to a wall.
Posted By: piperniner

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 06:15 PM

Glad to see you are back in the saddle.

The bear problem/damage seems to be increasing state wide. Many of us are making the jump to solar bear fences. Bear boards used to work well, but these determined bears are boring through siding and jumping through windows on a regular basis. Time to change tactics.

Stay safe and Merry Christmas.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 07:39 PM

Good to see you back at it! Thanks for taking the time to post a bunch of pics.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 08:55 PM

Great pics as usual Jr,looks likes things are going well.The tundra,s are nice but if you look at them they will tip on you.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year be safe out there
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/16 10:32 PM

Great pics,love the trail cam pics at the camp.How do you navigate the washouts on your trail-make a quick log crossing or find a better place to cross?
Posted By: jeepsyco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/16 12:00 AM

Love the posts. Best of luck to you. Bears sure do look thick around you.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/16 04:39 AM

Yippee AK is back. Some great pics here, thanks
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/16 05:25 AM

Good to see you back in action smile Nice wolverine! Hope you hung some of those snares I sent you!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/16 05:25 AM

Good to see you back in action smile Nice wolverine! Hope you hung some of those snares I sent you!
Posted By: dawsontrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/16 06:15 AM

Yes great photos what a treat and thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/25/16 03:17 PM

Good to see you posting again!
Have fun chasing after those wolves smile
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/26/16 05:49 PM

Awesome trailcam pics! I hope to see some wolf pics soon!
Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/26/16 07:28 PM

Love to read your journal.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/26/16 08:38 PM

You're on top of it Howler !! Great to see!

You need some serious bear remediation out there
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/30/16 10:26 AM

Great pics as usual! Waiting patiently for some wolf action.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/30/16 04:08 PM

Lots of action around the cabin, your trails always put up a good challenge!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 07:34 AM

Hey guys, I did a quick trip to the cabin on Thursday morn after working night shift. Heard we had a bad winter storm coming in Thursday night so I decided to spend it at the cabin verses the house. Power outage out there is as simple as fueling the little Honda generator. Pretty nice ride out in the calm before the storm. I actually got a couple inches of snow out there last week. Lots of groceries in the flats.


Made it to the cabin without incident, got a fire going, unloaded the sled, grabbed the water jugs and on up the line. We must have had some pretty good winds out there. Many of my traps were under drifts. I didn't even bother working them over with the on coming storm. I caught and lost a wolverine in a cubby with a Duke #3 cs. Held him pretty well until his toe gave way.
On up the trail, I knew I held something judging by the pacing coyote tracks in the trail. Sure enough, 1st wolf of the season waiting in a #9 pee post. Beautiful 112# gray male.


Quickly dispatched him and went on up to Pee Post Pass. Missed a few wolves on the way and found one of the #9's tripped. Ran into these 13 bull moose who were thankful for the trapper and allowed me a few pics.



Posted By: otterman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 07:46 AM

Nice job on the wolf JR is it the picture or do I see a collar on that big boy
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 08:02 AM

Back at the cabin, I hung the big gray to skin but somehow have caught my second wind even after being up for 28 hours. Still ahead of the storm, I figured I'd better get back out and finish checking the line. Stoked the fire, put the water in the cabin and on up the line

Behind the cabin I have 5 cubbies in a little over a mile. These held 2 marten and a 33# male coyote. Pretty stoked as I come up to the 750 Catch-All set where I caught the wolverine last week. Low and behold another 28# male coyote. I feeling good, traveling upriver to the bait with a wolverine working the trail ahead of me. He some how tripped my 330 cubby without getting pinched. He's made it thru a fence of snares and as I round the corner, I see eyes in the headlight. What a beautiful 28# male wolverine waiting for me in a Duke #3 CS, just like the one 7 miles downstream where he left his middle toe. Now with a wolverine, 2 coyotes and 2 marten in the sled, I head back for the cabin. Up late but get the wolf and wolverine skun out and turn in at 2 am.


The wind picked up around 10pm and steadily got worse over night. Friday morn, I fired up the stove in the shed and skin the coyotes, marten and boarded everything but the wolf.
Made a call to town on the sat phone and was told I was needed to plow snow in town. Aw crap... the wind was dying down so I figured I better go. We didn't get the snow out there that they got in town or if we did it all blew away.



This morn I decided to run back up river real quick to have a look and came on this beautiful female wolf in another #9 pee post.

Good run and headed back down river.

Some wicked drifts to contend with on the way home and lots of trees across the trail. Made it to the truck one tired trapper.

Got some plowing to do for the next couple of days. Happy New Year all..
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 08:04 AM

Great trip, Thanks for sharing!

Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 08:42 AM

Does your Tundra do good pulling your sled? I have a Tundra and have been thinking about getting a sled for it. Is that sled the cross fox?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 12:55 PM

That is a awesome looking wolf! Congrats on the critters and thank you for sharing!!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 01:10 PM

Happy New Year JR great pictures as always and thanks for bringing us along for the ride.
Did you weight the second wolf be any chance ? I'd guess that it's about the same as the first grey one.
Allan
Posted By: WST

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 05:15 PM

I love seeing you pictures and the country and critters.
Posted By: spotter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 07:54 PM

Happy New Year J.R.! those moose and caribou are going to start liking you.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 08:05 PM

Excellent Catches! Nice furs JR
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 08:52 PM

Thanks JR. Great looking gulo !! And that wolf is a hog !!
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/01/17 09:00 PM

Great catches and great way to spend the new year.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/17 02:28 AM

Thanks guys... The second wolf was a female and weighed in at 82#. Just got her skun out an threw here outside to cool off before I start fleshing and boarding. Otterman... There wasn't a collar on that first big male wolf.
FL cracker in AK.... the Tundra pulls the sled just fine and I built the sled and is pretty close to the same thing as a Cross Fox.
HFT.. I have all the snares you sent me out in the field just waiting for a wolf to stick it's head in them
Boco... I usually just cut trail around the wash outs but have built a few bridges. Need to take the time to build a few more good bridges.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/17 03:15 AM

Awesome run! That's some nice country you're in!
Posted By: Jurassic Park

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/17 04:00 AM

Good job! Very nice Wolves you got!
Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/17 05:28 AM

Thanks for the info. I love the country you trap.
Posted By: Starvalleytrappe

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/17 08:04 PM

Awesome! Good job
Posted By: Scanner

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/02/17 08:41 PM

Love your post and pictures, please keep them coming.
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/17 01:40 AM

JR, I saw one of your pee post pics. How do you secure them in the ground and what do you use for the pee? I'd like to see a diagram of how you do those. Is the trap in the picture under the gray gravel? And if so, how far is the trap from the scent? What do you use to cover the trap? Wax paper?
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/17 01:54 AM

Great job JR looks like things are going well.Thanks for taking us along.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/17 04:06 PM

Inupiaq... The #9 at Pee Post Pass is anchored with a 18" #5 Rebar stake. I usually use those stakes on my ridge tops and occasionally on the trail where I use the same pee post year after year. I ice in a lot of traps too since I run so much river and also tie off to trees. For urine, i prefer to use wolf pee that I've picked up from wolves natural pee post that I collect but I've used dog urine, store bought wolf urine and even pee on the set myself. My wolves seem to shy away from the 2 different store bought urines though. The #9 on Pee Post Pass is under the pee gravel. An arctic ground squirrel dug a den right in the middle of my trap bed this year so I had to fill in his den to bed the trap. I put a piece of wax paper under the trap and one over the pan but under the jaws. Truthfully I don't have a set measurement for placing the trap away from the post or scent. I've set the pan 10" to 18" from the post or scent kind of depending on the size of the post. Smaller posts like the flat rock on Pee Post Pass, I set close. It seems like they step over and walk all over the shorter posts. I found that I will catch a lot more females when the trap is set close and I'm assuming that it is because they walk over the post and kind of squat on the post.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/17 04:46 PM

Great job JR ! Nice to see you have good moose numbers, your wolf trapping is paying off!
Posted By: Gator Jr.

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/17 07:41 PM

Great pics as usual JR! Good run right there!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/03/17 10:38 PM

I am glad to see some posts up. Thanks for sharing. Good luck on them Wolves.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/04/17 09:12 PM

Beautiful stuff AkHowler. Thanks for sharing! Keep it coming for sure!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/17 07:49 PM

Good morning fellas. Came back a little early trying to beat the cold front moving in to the interior. I was a little slow on my forecast. -30 degrees
at the cabin yesterday morn when I got up and -46 degrees at Tanana crossing. Had a good trip out pulling the groomer in some fresh snow. Overflow wasn't to bad this trip on the way in but on the way out was a different story. Picked up a 65# gray male in a AK #9 pee post on the way in to the cabin.

Pulled the groomer over some across a new line that was pretty cool. Made for a really nice ride when I was done.
Lots of fallouts in the ice again this week. I've seen that over the years even with low snow years after big wind storms. It's like the harmonics of the wind drop the ice like the weight of heavy snow does.

Picked up another beautiful gray male in a AK#9 pee post with a grapple. Drove right past it on the way out not even 20 yards off the trail. Maybe my eyesight is even worse than I thought. Caught his eyes in the headlight when I was grooming the trail.
Temps started dropping and snow was building which made for busy trap tending.

The view out front of the cabin Ended up getting a bit of frostbite under my left eye. I have no feeling in the left side of my face so guess
I'll have to pay attention to that in the future. Seen lots of groceries on the way in and out. Didn't take many pics as the temps were uncomfortable to my photogenic side.


Lots of twin moose calves this year. Picked up my first moose shed of the season.
Well got a couple hides to flesh and stretch today out in the shop. Stay warm all and safe trapping.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/17 08:13 PM

Good stuff as always buddy. I once tracked a trapped wolf up a river bank and didn't see anything. After running the line, I was coming back down the trail and I seen where he came down the bank right over my walking trail. Once I caught up and dispatched him I went back to see how I missed him. Seen that he was laying behind a 4 foot snowdrift the whole time no more than 25-30 feet in front of me.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/17 09:07 PM

Congrats on the wolves! Last year the moose where dropping their antlers by the end of Nov, this year they still have them. Saw a fork yesterday.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/17 09:26 PM

Thanks John, I still have some 40 inches still carrying antlers and seen fork horned and little bulls still carrying antlers into April.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/19/17 12:40 AM

See the Skandic is back on the job, getting up in Kms? Thinking a guy needs a Skandic and a lighter machine for just running around.
Nice job on pinching toes.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/19/17 05:05 AM

Nice work as usual JR. You've got your on little slice of heaven right there. When I ran dogs there was this cream we used to use to prevent frostbite, or at least help.....dont remember the name of the stuff but it might work good for you. Think Cold Spot Feeds used to sell it.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/29/17 01:45 AM

Made a quick trip out on the trapline. Pretty slow for fur but did pick up a #85 gray female in a snare and found my missing trail groomer. A moose had got tangled up with it and carried it 20 feet off the trail. 3" of fresh snow had hid it from me previously.


Lots of overflow after that cold snap. 30 degrees above this time though but it cooled down a little.


Picked up another small moose antler. The wolves had played with it a bit.
Lots of groceries running around this trip too.


The female wolf had a beautiful hide on her.

Heading back out to put a new bait out on Monday in a different area. Only spent 2 nights out at the cabin this trip. The wolves were around just missing my gear or not interested in the sets they did come by. Ordered a metal detector to help locate a few #9's that got swallowed up by the overflow.

Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/29/17 02:01 AM

Great pics,nice shot of the camp at night.The fur looks nice and heavy on the wolf pelt.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/29/17 02:55 AM

Good looking amaguqs JR! I would get frostbite in the same area before I started doubling up my NO-FOG masks. I just cut 1 up so it fits inside the other, however I pull the inside one up so you have better coverage underneath the goggle area. Plus I dont even feel the cold down to -45 below. Best mod I ever did for my face. Im just curious what kind of camera you use on the line? it takes really good pictures!
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/03/17 09:00 PM

Very nice AK! Thanks for sharing your checks with us!
Posted By: isnarewolves

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/03/17 09:51 PM

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What kind of fur handling is this?
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/03/17 10:17 PM

Great pictures and captions to go with them AK. smile
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/03/17 11:44 PM

Kicking butt JR! Good job! I hope to have some good pics like yours soon! Keep it up!
Posted By: takotna

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/03/17 11:50 PM

Nice fm, I like snares on hills if there traveling down it, it's like they can't avoid getting caught! Lol
Posted By: coalminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 01:40 AM

Great pics n story, love to read all journals on this site, thanks for sharing.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 04:22 AM

Thanks guys, the pleasure is mine being able to be out doing it and sharing with those who appreciate the outdoors as much as I. Kinda funny, the other day someone asked me if I wished I was in Hawaii when it was so cold up here in the interior. My answer to them was, I am right where I want to be, the fact is, there's no place in the world that I'd rather be than right out on my trapline. No Place. Here's a few more pics from last week.


This is one of my catch-all sets dusted off. Picked up the female wolverine and a coyote in so far this season.
This is a typical wolf snare in the trail. I don't put these snares where the caribou tend to wander. Moose push them right out of the way. There is usually a pee post not to far from these sets.
The stove is full of stainless pots. Hot dish water in the stock pot, coffee in the percolator and hot water in the tea pot.
This is where a herd of caribou came through the other night and I didn't see a single bou that day.
Posted By: AKbeardog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 04:31 AM

Really enjoy your journal JR. Funny how the caribou are always on the move, there one day and gone the next. We have a couple of the AK #9's out of that dozen we got from you a couple years ago set and hope the wolves come thru. Will be setting a few more in a week or so. Thanks again for journal.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 04:47 AM

Yes i agree, always look forward to next post, and there is no place i would rather spend winter! That wolf snare set up has me intrigued. I want to get into foot holds for wolves yet, we have a 48 check law makes it tuff. Sharing pics makes us all better trappers.
Posted By: Jurassic Park

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 07:53 PM

When you set snares on your trail, do you drive over them as you come back on your next check then reset off the back of the sled? I'm trying to figure a way how to do it without getting off the sled and leaving tracks all over.
Posted By: scootermac

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 08:28 PM

Thoroughly enjoying your journal again.
Posted By: isnarewolves

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 08:34 PM



who's fur handling is this?


Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 09:57 PM

I guess that would me mine. Maybe I should have taken that last fur handling class huh... So I let my last wolf get a little too dry when I tried to turn it fur side out and pretty much ripped it in half. My temper got the best of me and it will cost me dearly when I get the bill back from Al.. I'm not much of a seamstress either so I brought it to Al. When you handle fur like him, you better know how to sew....
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 10:04 PM

I just walk back on my sled and reset the snare and replace the guide sticks. I should say I crawl over my sled usually falling off and leaving tracks or a body imprint along the trail before the re-make of the snare. This was just good photography here and you don't see all the tracks. This set doesn't work all the time but what it will do is show you where they will go when they go around it when they're spooked. If that is the case just leave this up as a decoy and set their trails on the go arounds.
Posted By: isnarewolves

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/17 10:42 PM

yep I am a good sewer. thanks to my friends.

I usually just walk in the ski tack of the snow-go. or get off the snow-go and make a horse shoe loop back to the snare. Or just drive pass it,just enough to put the NO# 9 wire back in the right place never getting off snow-go. I never use guide sticks, so this works the best. Also don't catch many wolves with this set, but i usually have other snares off the trail.so when the wolves jump off the trail, i am skining and sewing. laugh as JR pointed out.
Posted By: Jurassic Park

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/05/17 01:36 AM

Lol I can picture you reaching off your sled getting the snare perfectly in place then rolling off and leaving the prints you didn't want to leave behind lol. Thanks!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/05/17 01:55 AM

If you had a pair of snowshoes with easy binders to put on you could walk back on the snowmobile trail and reset the snare.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/05/17 02:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Elitebowman
If you had a pair of snowshoes with easy binders to put on you could walk back on the snowmobile trail and reset the snare.



Most canines here freak out at snowshoe tracks
Posted By: KenaiKid

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/05/17 11:53 AM

I'm glad you mentioned that White because I'd been thinking of trying it. Guess setting from the sled is the best bet then?
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/05/17 10:19 PM

Originally Posted By: white17
Originally Posted By: Elitebowman
If you had a pair of snowshoes with easy binders to put on you could walk back on the snowmobile trail and reset the snare.



Most canines here freak out at snowshoe tracks


They must not want to meet the critter that makes tracks that big, lol.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/06/17 03:00 AM

IF you go by the set, then you walk on your snowmobile trail back to the set, it doesn't look out of the ordinary. If it was just a snowshoe track I would see where that would be a problem. Just a suggestion.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 01:41 AM

Just came back from an awesome trip out to the trapline. Little cool when I went out but doable. Late start getting going but made up for it on the groomed trail and lack of overflow. Got the fire going in the cabin, grabbed the water jugs, unloaded the sled and on up the line. Was seeing a lot of wolf sign on the creek so had high hopes but low expectations. We had snow, cold weather, warm weather and now cold again. That combination puts traps out of order. As I come up the trail I notice a pee post that I thought about putting on #9 on but never did covered in fresh pee. Dang it, I stop and place a #9 on it and as I'm doing it I hear a chain rattle and walk up in front of the WT and see a gray wolf in a #9 20 yards up the trail in another pee post I made.

Cool. Dispatched her and on up the trail missed 3 more on frozen traps and a couple walk by's.
As I top out Pee Post Pass, which you are in the blind until you are on crest the ridge, I pretty excited. Low and behold a double. Both AK #9's held gray males. Definitely one of my highlights of my trapping memories.


Put them in the sled and headed back towards the cabin. Back at the cabin, got some dinner and went to work pulling the pajamas off the Slide Creek trio. Long night but got those 3 peeled.
Big breakfast in the morn and on up the line. -25 when I left and dropping.
Hard to believe how beautiful it can be even when it's chilly.

Proceeded up to RMC and noticed quite a bit of new sign around it. Picked up a big ol gray male in a snare on the way to the bait. Still pretty soft, probably a day old. Seneker kill spring and toothed cam lock snare did the job quick.

He was 111 pounder in really good shape really long claws. Always amazes me how long their claws are if we have a good snow year.

Posted By: gray dog

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 01:52 AM

Had to feel good. Congrats and nice pics as always.
Posted By: Jasonj

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 01:52 AM

Awesome country excellent catches!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/14/17 02:06 AM

So Sunday morn I wake up to -34 degrees and didn't put the WT in the shop and also my extension cords are definitely not arctic cords. Round 1pm she finally started and I went on out another leg of the line. Not much fur sign but lots of moose.







Got an infection in my left index finger where I stabbed it a few weeks ago while skinning a wolf. Took some antibiotics and it went away but came back. Was a little worried when it woke me up. Nothing a little whiskey can't fix. The swelling seemed to go down the next day so I stayed out there. Ran cross country to the new line. Missed a few on pee posts and a couple trail snares.





Pretty happy to come on to wolf #10 in a trail snare. 76 pound gray female

Had some good eats while out there on the line.



Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 02:49 AM

Wow awesome run! Now I know why I'm not seeing any wolves, they're all over at your place!
Posted By: Jacks

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 02:52 AM

Awesome Jr. Love your post, you and bushman (Brian) are my hero
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 02:58 AM

Nice job Jr looks like you have those guys dialed in thanks for taking us along.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 04:07 AM

Great journal,beauty wolves.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:07 AM

How long did it take you to skin 3 wolves? You must have a strong set of mitts on you to do them all in one night. Do you have a puller of some kind set up?
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:27 AM

Originally Posted By: smalltimetrapper
How long did it take you to skin 3 wolves? You must have a strong set of mitts on you to do them all in one night. Do you have a puller of some kind set up?

No kidding, I skinned out two the other night, peeled them out of skulls,feet, and tails, and man did my hands hurt!
Beautiful country and wolves. Thanks for the ride JR.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:33 AM

I started at 7pm and went to bed at 1:30am. Had dinner in there some time. Just peeled them and left the feet in 2 of them. Skun out the feet on the other two the next morn before breakfast. I don't have a puller but will have a winch set up out there next trip. I broke my rope-ratchet that I've used for years. Good thing as it wasn't the smart way by any means but it worked. Just got done putting one wolf on the stretcher. Will do the rest tomorrow. I love trapping and putting up wolves but dang they are a lot of work compared to doing marten.
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:35 AM

I hear ya on the work that those big dogs take.
After turning my last two I was wishing I had four more to do. Such is wolf trapping.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:48 AM

It just so happens I have 4 more to do tomorrow if you need something to do..... Can always use the help. Gave a fleshing and boarding demonstration tonight for a new trapper so that was fun.
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:49 AM

Is your WT a 600 ACE?
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:56 AM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
It just so happens I have 4 more to do tomorrow if you need something to do..... Can always use the help. Gave a fleshing and boarding demonstration tonight for a new trapper so that was fun.


Appreciate the offer but I want four of mine. Tight chains JR.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 07:00 AM

Both the WT and the Tundra are 600 Ace. Was talking with your partner about his Expedition 900 Ace. He said he really likes it and it will walk on water pulling a sled.
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 07:35 AM

For whatever reason, the 600's won't start as easy as the 900's in cold weather. Mine started at -38.6 below. It was ugly, but it started...
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 07:57 AM

WOW! A double! Congrats! Your putting the smack down on them that is for sure! Thanks for sharing!!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 04:07 PM

That double looks awesome man!!
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:18 PM

Very nice stuff! Congratulations AK
Posted By: Gator Jr.

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/14/17 06:18 PM

Great pictures as always Jr! Thanks for taking the time to take them and post your journal, I look forward to it each week!
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/15/17 06:25 AM

That double was a great pix as all your pix are. Always enjoy Jr, thanks
Posted By: mttrapperguy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/16/17 01:40 PM

awesome journal and thanks for sharing. You are living my dream.
Posted By: Taximan

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/16/17 04:03 PM

JR,what do you use for staking in that wide open country?Great stuff.Nice triple.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/16/17 09:16 PM

Awesome! Those doubles are nice to pull up to for sure! I love driving up to the top of passes and seeing mountain tops, nothing like it.
Keep it up Bud!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/17 05:41 AM

I use a 12" cabin spike with a 1/2' nut welded to the head for a test stake. If the spot provides catches then I use a 18" piece of #5 rebar with a nut welded on the top of it for permanent stakes. I put a short piece of chain and swivel on each stake so all I have to do is use a quick link to attach the trap. I have these drove in all over the country out there.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/17 05:54 AM

I use several different cameras on the line. Here is 3 of them. The little yellow one gets the most use and is a Fuji XP, fits in my pocket and is with me at all times. The giant heavy one is a Canon EOS with a 50-500mm lens, this camera has been with me on a lot of adventures and used mainly for wildlife pics, some scenery and close ups. The last one is a new camera and just getting used to it. It is a Nikon Coolpix P900. It has got more zoom than my Canon and weighs less than half the weight. This Nikon may replace the Canon very soon.
Posted By: Taximan

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/17 08:49 PM

Thanks a lot JR.I never see much on how AK trappers stake,when they need to.I have to do a good bit of staking here,due to open country.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/17 09:28 PM

Great stuff JR. Is that stove pipe single wall stainless ??
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/19/17 11:59 PM

Yes sir that is single wall stainless up to Metalbestos going through the ceiling. The stainless is amazing and never had to replace it on any of the cabins once installed. Costly but well worth it. I usually fire the pipe pretty hard once a week just to burn out the creosote which builds pretty quickly since I only idle my stove most of the time.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/17 01:58 AM

I agree. It's the only way to go ! Never have to worry about it. I run it all the way out from my stove.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/20/17 06:48 AM

I used to run mine all the way out to but the creosote build up above the roof line was pretty bad because of the cold pipe. I put Metalbestos in last spring and seems to be working well. My stove just idles once the cabin is up to temp and I let it rage about once a week to clean out the pipe. I've seen some pretty wicked stack fires over the years in cabins that could have went terribly wrong if we weren't there to take care of it. After a couple pretty good scares, the extra cash for stainless pipe seems petty in comparison to building a new cabin.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 06:08 AM

Came back from the cabin to plow some snow. Got a bit of snow out there and crazy winds. Pulled the groomer out to the creek and proceeded up to the cabin. Didn't see much for sign probably due to snow and wind. First trip out without seeing any caribou. Got the fire going and on up the trail. Had one wolf walking up the trail but missed my all the gear until Pee Post Pass. Not only did I get my first double on it last trip but I picked up another one in the remake with a MB 750. I've never caught a wolf in the same spot twice in one season until now. The trap bed was worn down from the last catch so I bedded the thinner MB 750 rather than the AK#9. It worked.
86# gray male
Had about 20 minutes of nice calm weather so I took this pic.
Wolves made a kill just off the river. Young moose, looked like 3 wolves left in this pack. Left some snares above the kill. Not really good snaring area but should pick at least one off it.
Picked up a matched set of antlers about a half mile apart

Thawing 76# gray female from last week in the shop
Turning the ears on this week's gray male in the fur shed

Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 06:42 AM

You've had a good year, JR! Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 03:35 PM

Awesome season JR !! Those #9s get it done!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 04:17 PM

Nice wolf Howler! I'd love to catch a NICE looking wolf instead of the mangy, lousy, or Mohawk wolves I have been lately. After taking out 20 or so from my line in the past 3 years I do notice an improvement in the fur quality though. Less competition usually means more resources to the surviving wolves, less stress should improve the fur.
Posted By: frozen okie

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 04:24 PM

Man glad to see you putting a hurting on the wolves, do you pick any up in the valley where the cabins are?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 05:21 PM

5 of 11 are out of Slide Creek
Posted By: That Fool

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/28/17 06:42 PM

awesome catches! hope to see more pics
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/01/17 12:34 AM

Way to go JR! Pretty cool you found a matching set! I have yet to even see a shed yet!
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/01/17 01:34 AM

Greenies are gonna want to extend the buffer zone over the top of you!
mt
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/01/17 04:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Nice wolf Howler! I'd love to catch a NICE looking wolf instead of the mangy, lousy, or Mohawk wolves I have been lately. After taking out 20 or so from my line in the past 3 years I do notice an improvement in the fur quality though. Less competition usually means more resources to the surviving wolves, less stress should improve the fur.

I bet the top of Alstom Creek would be almost like Pee Post Creek. Jonas hot a huge 135# wolf near Fish Hole the other day.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/01/17 07:48 PM

Another nice one Jr thanks for sharing
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/17 05:38 AM

Pulled the short line and man was that a long day. 75 mile round trip and was stuck more times that day than the rest of the entire season. Some rough conditions for towing a sled.

Figured I'd take a pic of this years catch before they go to their new homes. Got a few of them sold. 3 in snares, 7 in AK#9's and 1 in a MB750.

Hope to see some of ya at the ATA auction and Fling on the 18th and 19th. Good times guaranteed...
Posted By: drasselt

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/17 05:43 AM

Very nice.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/17 05:47 AM

It looks like that thing breaks a nice trail for the way back. That's a good looking door too!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/17 06:02 AM

Amazing how uniform the colors are!
So glad to see you back in form. You are indeed as tough as your sister said.
I followed your progress through her site. Good job winning the battle, J.R. cool
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/17 06:10 AM

That photo illustrates a lot of skill and hard work - good job!
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/04/17 10:10 PM

Great end of season pic as always!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/17 12:00 AM

Thanks guys. Probably pull the line next week. Got some frieght to haul out for an outfitter, ice fishing and adventuring to due yet this spring after the Fling..
Temple.. most sleds will level the trail behind you if you have the tongue mounted close to the bottom of the sled. The sleds that mount the tongue high in front or on the sides will actually dig your whoops deeper pushing the snow out of the low spots. Come pick the Tundra up tonight and take her for a ride..
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/17 12:22 AM

Nice string of wolves! Surprised not a single black in the bunch.
Posted By: takotna

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/17 12:30 AM

Cool pic!
Posted By: kratt

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/05/17 01:00 AM

Very cool catch.
Posted By: johnsd16

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/09/17 05:41 AM

Great pics!! Looks like the muscle is going back on. You are one amazing dude.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/13/17 05:19 AM

Came home tonight way earlier than I'd have liked too. Lost a wheel on the back of the WT and figured I'd better head for the truck before I had to walk further than I'd like.
The weather was unreal today and wolves came out of the wood work. I'll start at the beginning.. Pulled the groomer in to prepare for hauling a bunch of hay and fuel for a outfitter. He wasn't ready and backed out.
Got to the cabin and headed up to Pee Post Pass. Guess what.. Wolf #12 in AK#9 and the 4th wolf in the pass this season. Unreal. Downfall of it was, the SMG pack came up and dispatched it for me.

Big male and haven't got it on the scale yet. Reset both traps and we'll see what happens. Spent most of the time pulling gear. Pulled 3 dozen #9's from their snowy or icy tombs. Left the snares at the bait and the moose kill. The 3 wolves that made the kill stomped all over the big rock where I caught the female earlier but didn't fire the #9 with 10 inches of snow over it. They weren't falling for the snares on their trails into the kill either.
The Iowa Ridge pack made an assault on Dry Creek this week. Haven't seen them come down that chute for many years. Yesterday they came down above the cabin. Looked to be 10 strong. Went up on the ridge to see if I could find them. I found a bit of sign.



Pulled those traps one day to soon.


Good times and weather just didn't have another wheel to replace the one I broke.


Got the ATA Fur Auction and Fling this weekend. Hope to see some of you there.



Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/13/17 05:49 AM

Bummer on the dead wolf, hope they didn't tear it up too much for you. Have to get Al on the sewing machine again. It looks like you will have plenty of wolves left to mess around with next year! Glad you didn't get stranded out there.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/13/17 10:05 PM

Congrats on #12! When you pull gear, it always happens that way! Hopefully they come play next season.
At least the pack didn't eat up the wolf for you! I remember one of the biggest dogs my Dad ever trapped, got eaten up by the same pack it came from! It was completely eaten up on one side of its body.
On some big wide open country like that it might be worth it to follow the tracks a few miles.
Man I usually throw in some extra wheels and bolts into my action packer full of gear, my load is usually heavier then I want. When you travel by yourself, all the stuff you got, is what you got. Its better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/14/17 12:55 PM

What a great series of posts AK. Your photos really set the scene. That wolf looks like it took a beating. I just finished up a book by a guy who was a bio for the Yukon government who headed up their wolf control program. Their research showed number one mortality of Yukon wolves was death by other wolves. Followed by Dave ( Yukon 254 )
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/14/17 07:03 PM

Way to go JR! Thanks for sharing! I hope you connect with the gear you still got out!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/14/17 07:14 PM

Nice looking country there howler! Some big tracks amongst the wolves there. I agree with Nunamiut, In some of that big open terrain I would bet you could get a few by tracking them.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/15/17 05:36 AM

I suspect that Iowa Bunch might have a surprise waiting there for them next year!! laugh
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/21/17 12:42 AM

I see my syrup I sent you went well with some pancakes
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/28/17 10:46 PM

Came home this morn a sad trapper. Closed up the line for the season. Followed the SMG pack for 3 miles right up to the Pass from the top. Talk about some anticipation and excitement as I followed their tracks. Missed the entire pack in both traps by inches but didn't seem educate them. Next season and they showed me several more posts to set.

Pulled 90 gallons of gas, some propane, a Bravo and the groomer out on the first trip.


Trail was awesome. Hauled out 36 55 pound bales of hay.
Once the work was done, it was time to cover some country and look for some wolves and antler. Didn't find either but did manage to see some pretty nice country and a few Dall rams.








Got one #9 left to chop out of about a foot and a half of overflow next week and then the work is done. Play time. Going to get out and do some exploring for next season and get ready for spring bear season. Been a great season, learned a lot and we had a real Alaskan winter like we used to.


Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/28/17 10:51 PM

Great pics as always!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/28/17 10:59 PM

You put a hurting on them this year JR! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/29/17 02:12 AM

Thanks JR for taking us along,you need to put on a demo on wolf trapping i have tried for the last 4 years to take the class the ATA puts on but it always gets cancelled.
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/29/17 02:18 AM

Always hate to come to the end of your thread. Love your pictures
Posted By: fishermann222

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/29/17 03:20 AM

Thanks JR for letting us follow along, always a pleasure to read and see your photos. I REALLY have to get better about taking photos!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/29/17 03:25 AM

Nice stuff as always, love seeing those rams. One idea for your overflow traps, get a bucket of ash from your stove, or some dirt from an exposed bank. Spread a blanket of it over your buried trap and the sun will start rotting it out pretty quick this time of year. Come back next week you won't have to chop so much.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/29/17 03:26 AM

Originally Posted By: fishermann222
Thanks JR for letting us follow along, always a pleasure to read and see your photos. I REALLY have to get better about taking photos!


You've been holding out on us this year, fish! Understandable tho...
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/29/17 04:03 AM

You're living the life AK and an example of what one determined man can accomplish. Your journal has been my go to for adventure and great photos. Enjoy your spring
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 03/30/17 05:32 AM

Good stuff, JR. Fingers crossed that the snow holds out so you can do some exploring this spring.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/11/17 06:01 PM

Made a trip out to the cabin this weekend. Took my neighbor with and let him ride the Tundra. Left early in the morn while the temps were cool and the trail still firm. Some other prick didn't and tried to go out with a big UTV side by side on tracks during the heat of the day. Left the first 15 miles of the trail a mess before he turned around. I wished I'd had caught up to him or maybe not, he probably wasn't worth the time or trouble.

Hoping karma will catch up to him. Built some stout bear shutters for the cabin windows out of steel. Got them installed and they worked great.



This was the reason for the shutters. Tracks all over the windows but never broke them.
DIdn't see any fresh wolf sign but lots of coyote and wolverine tracks. Seen a few Dall rams at a distance
Spent most of the trip just covering some country exploring.









Had a little trouble with this little water crossing. Snow flap got caught up on the studs of the track and wouldn't let me back up.
Time to tear down the sleds and inspect and service for next season. Thanks for following the journal this year and have a safe and productive summer. Lets kill some bears and catch some fish. AKhowler out.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/11/17 10:46 PM

Great way to end the season JR but don't leave us hanging until next winter. You'll get back out there one way or the other so keep us posted.

Thanks for the awesome photos and stories, first thing I looked for when coming on.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/12/17 04:37 AM

Thanks for the ride along, man. Looking forward to next year already. Have a great summer!
Posted By: drasselt

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/12/17 05:26 AM

Awesome and it's kind of surprising there was no wolf sign with all the action you had out there. I feel your pain re the trail some guys make it tough to share!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/12/17 01:22 PM

Thanks for sharing your Journal and photos of such a beautiful Country. I always look forward to seeing them. Awesome pics and stories. Thanks to all of you guys that take the time to have these Journals. I live in New York State . Look forward to seeing more either this spring or next winter.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/12/17 09:37 PM

I forgot to post the pics of #12 on the board. That other pack really worked him over good. Next season the SMG pack with pay dearly for what they did to poor old #12.



Here's a few of my little tricks for stretching wolves on the boards. May be a bit different from what most do but seems to work well for me. I skin most all my wolves for taxidermy. My stretchers are a bit wider in the nose than most specs. They work better for me when stretching and drying the lips. The forms are made of heavy cardboard and last for a couple years and easy to stick pins in and remove. Just an idea for any newbie's looking to put some wolves on the boards.





Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/12/17 10:25 PM

JR - When you're doing your wolves do you skin the head from the jaw side? I find it easier to get the thin sections of the gums by doing it that way. I also had my taxidermist tell me to leave the cartilage in the ear as they like it stiffer. I try to clean skin wolves which takes longer but the taxidermist seem to love it.
Posted By: Team V

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/12/17 11:55 PM

My last wolf of the year was work over by other wolves pretty bad . Felt bad for him but reassured him I would take care of it for him . We use poster board for front legs pretty cheap and last for years .
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/13/17 03:52 PM

What size lumber do you use to make wolf stretchers? I find 1X4 to thin and if you use 1X6 there is more to pin to and you don't have to mess around with extra wood except for the tail and front legs.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/24/17 04:55 AM

Brian.. I don't skin the wolves faces through the mouth. I have but mostly hang them by the back legs and skin them down to the front shoulders and then I flip them over and hang them by the hide and let the weight of the carcass pull itself out the rest of the way.

Muskrat411... I use 1"x 4" wide cottonwood milled lumber for my wolf boards. I may try 1 x 6 on the next batch I make. I usually put a piece of plywood between the boards to pin the tail to.

So against my better judgement, I decided to make one last trip out to my cabin to haul out my new solar panel and aluminum corner flash AKA bear proof corners. The river looked great when I crossed and the flats were losing snow fast but very doable.
Dry Creek and the mountains were still in full winter mode and the riding was awesome.


Got the work done around the cabin and went out looking for some shed antlers. Snow was still a bit to deep to find any but made for some great riding. Seen lots of mating ptarmigan.



Got up yesterday morn and left pretty early to beat the heat of the sun. I had noticed we lost a lot of snow over one day with 50 degrees and 30 mph winds. The flats got bear fast but the 4-stoke Tundra did well and never got hot once.



Go to the Tanana River a little sore and beat up from the ride but happy and in one piece. Dropped down on the river and smiling finishing up the last and latest trip I've done and this is what I see when I get to the far side of the river.


Oh (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman).... One day and the river went out... Wow.. I traveled down river a bit knowing better but just hoping there'd be a bridge. Nope. Here's my conundrum, one of my rules is never to haul fuel out from the cabin. If I have enough fuel to get to the truck then don't top off with fuel. Well.... If I'd had topped off at the cabin, I could have turned around and went back 40 miles to the cabin and left the sled and gear there safe and sound and called for a plane to come get me. I didn't and didn't want to risk running out of fuel somewhere in between where I could't get a plane in. So time to call in a favor. I hate to ask for help but sometimes it's time to man up and admit you need help. I had cell reception and was only 2 1/2 miles from my truck and the highway. Quick call to my buddy Doug and he said he was just changing the oil in his Cub and would be out there in a few hours. I marked out a landing zone on the overflow in the middle of the gravel bar and ran my sled up and down it a few times, dumped my gear that I didn't want to leave and then took my Tundra and sled over and stowed it over in Stan the Mule Man's abandoned old hay barn. Should keep the bears off it till I can get over there with the Airboat. Walked back out to the river and got a big ol fire going.

Took a nap and woke up without my shirt and in a fricking huge sombrero. What the heck is going on and how long have I been sleeping. Anyway, Doug shows up and we had a good laugh.
Short flight across the river to a lake where I walked back down the highway and got my truck. Good friends will drop what they are doing to help a friend in need. There wasn't any him'n or hawing, he just asked if I needed anything and said I'll see ya when I see ya. Learned a little bit on this trip like maybe ought to pack my Pack Raft with on these late spring rides..
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/24/17 05:15 AM

JR
As I went around the bend past Harding heading to Delta this afternoon I was sure you weren't on your line, "breakup is here". When I passed the state camp and your rig wasn't there I was sure you weren't.

Little did I know. Glad you made it out safe JR.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/24/17 05:50 AM

Would you have skipped it on the old Polaris side track? Thanks for sharing, always a good time!
Posted By: AKscott

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/24/17 06:31 AM

That made it an adventure hu? Lol
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 04/29/17 02:06 AM

One thing's for sure JR your journal and stories are never boring ! Thanks again for allowing us to tag along and showing off some great looking country along your trap and snare line.
The wolf put up is very interesting I for one hope to get to stretch my first wolf sooner than later and will be back looking at your pictures repeatedly when that time comes.
Have a great bear and fishing season and keep posting pictures.
Allan
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/16/17 05:11 AM

Greeting fellas. Hope all is well this summer. It's seeming to be flying by. Been busy this spring and summer with bear baiting and lots of relatives coming up to visit from the lower 48. I'll start out with some pics from the spring baits. Lots of bears but I didn't harvest one myself. Had a few buddies take a couple Black bears and one griz.









Had a blast with those trail cameras and they sure are addicting. Left a few in the field just to see what is going on. Here's a few of the overflow on the creek that is a pain in the winter but sure makes for smooth fast running in the early summer and also keeps my groceries cold up into July.



Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/16/17 05:21 AM

Little sis Kami came up and spent 10 days with me so we flew out to the cabin and did a little work and play.









Dug in a few trap beds and drove stakes for new ridge top pee posts. Have a couple new packs to play with this winter.



My folks came up and we did the tourist thing during rainy weather.




Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/16/17 05:32 AM

The little man and I have been doing a few little trips. He's doing well and getting pretty tough but still a picky eater. He got in his first wreck and I was lucky enough to be the driver. He was pretty excited and made sure I got a picture of his 1st crash. I guess there was no getting this by his ma. I hit a stump under the water which launched us out of the water. Amazing how much scarier it is when you are responsible for someone so little and fragile. I almost puked I was so scared for his safety after we hit the bank. All went well and his mom said that it would be the first of many.




Here is a marshmallow stealing squirrel at my bear bait. I warned him twice before letting a arrow fly. Shot 3 on the bait and left them. The bears nor the wolf touched them. I shot 17 red squirrels at the cabin in two weeks
Still have to go pick up my Tundra across the river before winter. Water is raging so I think I'll wait for a couple weeks and hope for the best. Well men, have a great rest of the summer and a safe fall hunting season. Trapping season is coming fast.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/16/17 03:00 PM

Great pix JR ! Lots of places to land in that country without those pesky trees in the way !!!

Thanks !!
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/17/17 12:59 AM

Great pics,nice country.That reminds me I gotta take care of a squirrel problem at the camp on the new trapline.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/18/17 04:53 PM

Looks like you've been getting in some good family time, and I know yours is close. Best feeling in the world to be loved by those who know you best, and a bad sign when your own family can't stand you! Believe it or not I was just presented with my first great grandson on Father day, and I'm 57! To me family is the most important thing in the world, with bush a close second.


Those hills look a lot more timbered by your cabin, now that most of the snow has burnt off. Like that shot with the caribou shed and the big vista in the background! Keep on living the life AK
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/19/17 05:47 AM

JR thanks again for bringing us along that's some great looking country out there .
I'm glad your folks and Kami made it up there for a visit even if it rained while they were there.
The picture of the two grizzly bears is way cool it needs to be framed and hung on the wall.
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: Hiline Bob

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/19/17 08:30 PM

Very cool! Thanks for sharing those incredible pictures. cool
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/20/17 03:21 AM

Very cool pic's. Ak.howler awesome country up there. I like the Chevy p-u I'm fixxing up a 69' (my favorite body style) thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/22/17 05:20 PM

Cool pics man! That's some good prep work for the wolves. I'm looking forward to fall hunting soon then getting a bit of trail cutting in before the trapping season starts.
Posted By: AKscott

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/27/17 07:14 AM

Awesome pics and write up jr! Btw those megabears I got off you this spring where the cats meow on beaver, a little scary to set but worked great!. hope to see a pic of a wolf in one this winter.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/29/17 10:43 PM

Good weather upon us so took a buddy over across the Tanana with the airboat "Mothership" and retrieved my Tundra and sled that I left this spring. River was still high but doable.


The new machines are so dang big even the Tundra was a load in the Mothership. I'm not much of a big water guy and that bow heavy load was sketchy crossing the main channel of the river.


Once on the other side in the slough, I began to relax a bit. Had a couple little glitches with the boat but thankfully they were when we were empty and in good channels. I wasn't feeling good about taking it 10 miles down the river so we just took it across and unloaded it on the back below a friend's place close to the river. The 4-stroke Tundra drives like an atv along the trail except it doesn't wanna turn. Kinda like the Wide tracks do any time.
Once the sled was unloaded we walked up to my friends house to wait out he oncoming thunderstorm. I really hate being out on the water in that tall airboat during a lightning storm. After an hour thunder storm passed over, we walked down to the boat and headed downstream in the sun. 4 minutes into our journey running about 35 mph, the boat just looses all power and dies. That'll liven up a trip in a hurry. The rain had pooled up on my gauge panel and shorted out my main fuse killing all electronics. Ol Leroy watched downstream for sweepers and kept me up informed of the river. I had a new fuse in the box and quickly replace the fuse and fired up the big block and we were back up and running. Nothing like a little excitement to keep ya young.


Took the boy up this morn and loaded the Tundra and sled on the truck. She's back home now with her big brother the WT in the shop.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/30/17 12:57 AM

Those last 4 pics look a lot like the country around here.Pretty cool boat.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/30/17 01:32 AM

Always wanted to try an airboat on my rivers. How is yours on fuel JR ?
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/30/17 05:02 AM

JR, what are the pods on the hull? They look similar in design to additional floatation I have seen added to floats on aircraft. Love the airboat pics. I run one, and am building a second one.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/31/17 04:25 AM

Thanks guys.

Yukon254... fuel economy all depends upon who is buying the fuel. She's 20' powered by a 502 Chevy big block. If you are buying the fuel, she's pretty thirsty and will burn 15 to 25 gallons an hour. If I am buying the fuel, she's pretty good and burns about 8 to 12. I run pretty light most of the time and don't spend time trying to impress anyone. She's a tool and needs to get me back home too. Used to be pretty rough on her but not any more.

Mad mike... I'm not sure what pods you are talking about but I assume you are looking at the 4" aluminum channel welded along the sides. This was a reinforcement to the hull we did 25 years ago for preventing the sides being pushed in coming off log and or ice jams in the springtime. I'd like to put a new hull under this one. She has so much memory in the bottom, it's hard to keep the bottom straight after hitting the rocks. We've built a steel jig that works really good for pushing the bottom out after these rough trips but it is time consuming. The boat is a 1984 Panther hull and rigging that has been through a number of power plants and this set up has been the best by far. What do you run and what is the new one you are building?


Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 07/31/17 04:41 AM

JR, I currently run a 16' Alaska Aiboat hull with a small block and 2:1 belt drive. The new one is a 14' Alumatech with a 0540 Lycoming.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/01/17 06:02 AM

Cool Mike. My first boat was a 11' fiberglass hull with a 160 hp lycoming. Great 2 man fishing, exploring boat. She didn't like to pack much weight though and her own wake would sink her. Dang did I have some good times in it til the hull just gave up. I really like the big hulls for my applications though. Good luck and have fun. I'd like to see some pics of your boats some time.
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/04/17 02:59 AM

Stay safe out there brother. Let's talk soon about winter trip.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/15/17 04:44 AM

Got my traps that I'd had at the house all inspected, fixes and mods done and dyed for the up coming season. Had a few chains that were in poor shape from someone with a bad axe eye. Chopping them out of the overflow has it's hazards. I'm sure some of them wouldn't have held a wolf.

Took my god-son Tristan out to the flats fishing this weekend and had a blast. He's coming around. Even had him driving the boat. Not for long though, his attention span is just a little bit shorter than mine.



The water had went down in the flats so we had a great time fishing. He learned how to use the kayak and did really well.

We kayaked up to the neighbors cabin and had a long legged beaver fall a tree on their shed.

Good to have all the kids home for a reunion in the shop. They missed their little sister the Tundra. Hunting season is upon us, hunt hard, hunt safe and see ya this winter
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/15/17 03:01 PM

Great pics, as usual. Those are some nice pike!
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/15/17 03:32 PM

Good to see your wolf gear ready to go. I dye mine white as well. Those flats look like some great moose country JR. Good luck this season!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 08/16/17 01:23 PM

Nice size jack fish! What are you using to dye the traps white?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/16/17 05:34 PM

Thanks guys. I use white oil-based paint mixed with AV100 (av gas) for my dye. Mixed around 50%. I just keep adding the gas until it thins down to where I like it. I put it in a plastic bucket and just dip the traps and shake them around when I pull them up to hang them. I thin the mixture down till it doesn't leave big paint drips on the gear. Avgas mixture seems to evaporate a lot quicker and scent free, very different from Unleaded gas which seems to hold the scent for quite a bit longer. I used to use Coleman fuel but it got so dang expensive although I just bought 5 cases of Coleman fuel for $7 per can of Craigslist. That was a good score.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/16/17 10:21 PM

Flew out to the trapping cabin to work on a trail and look for some lost gear. Nice trip and 16 mile hike down the canyon and back.



When the guys came to pick me up, we went for a few hour sight seeing flight up to the glacier. This was just out of my trapline and some country we've never been. We must have done something right in life for Mother Nature herself let us in to some spectacular vistas in the middle of the day. Been blessed in my life to do and see some really amazing things and places but today was humbling to say the least. The air was smooth and let us fly right on the glacier. I'm not sure I believe in heaven but if there is one, this is the stair steps to the gate. My buddy and pilot had to tell me to take pics because I was just in awe looking. It was pretty funny. We landed and had a snack and a leak, when we took off we went left in one Cub and our buddy went right to look for some wolves. When we saw the glacier, we tried calling him on the radio to get over here. No answer and we tried and tried. I had to laugh and told Dave there is no reception in heaven. We laughed and the saying for the rest of the day was "We took a left to Heaven and Mike went right to (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman)"....These are the pics with my little camera. I'll try to post some pics off the good camera later.





Moose season is upon us and haven't been able to put one on the ground yet. Back to work for a week and regroup. Seen a few bulls last week but were further than I was willing to pack by a long shot. Try it again when they are a little more willing to come to a call.



You guys be safe out there and good luck hunting.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/16/17 11:53 PM

Prime looking moose country.Old Burn?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/17/17 01:09 AM

Yes, she burnt in 2009. Pretty rough hunting. They appear and disappear just as fast. Should be able to call one of the smaller bulls away from the rest but was a bit early. Almost impossible to walk in for a short legged guy like me.
Posted By: g smith

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/17/17 01:13 AM

Thanks for pics. Nice looking country !
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/17/17 01:43 AM

Man you are one lucky man JR. Very envious of your lifestyle. Beautiful pics of the country you are in. Thanks for sharing. Good luck hunting, and glad to see you are in good health to be able to enjoy it.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/17/17 03:52 AM

Impressive !!! Those are some amazing moraines on that glacier !!
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/17/17 04:11 AM

Gorgeous, breathtaking country....
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/17/17 05:26 AM

Nice pics. Looking forward to trying the ak#9 this winter.
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/18/17 01:44 AM

Very cool pics. Thanks for sharing a piece of heaven. Awesome , some day iM going to Alaska for a visit.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/18/17 04:53 AM

Here's a few more pics of Heaven from the good camera.

The pics just do not do this justice or even begin to explain how big this country really is.






Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/18/17 06:13 AM

Incredible scenery JR thank you for sharing with us ! I'm sure a moose with be hanging from your meat pole in no time at all .
Allan
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/19/17 01:37 AM

Beautiful! Hope you connect with your moose!
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/19/17 05:45 AM

Wow look at that, so cool.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/19/17 05:52 PM

Very nice !!!
Posted By: 4TATER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/20/17 01:26 AM

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures with us. Keep em coming. I can't wait to get back and visit your great state.
Posted By: Dewey NY

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 09/21/17 02:23 PM

I'm really digging the pictures.. Thank you fro sharing and keep em coming..
Posted By: Fishinak

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/12/17 01:49 AM

Quick questions regarding white dying your traps...
Will any ol oil based paint work? Do you have yo rust/degrease them first? No worry about the paint smell?
Thank you.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/12/17 02:47 AM

Fantastic photos, and the text is better than National Geo.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/13/17 05:43 AM

I just use a cheap oil-based brand, nothing particular just something Lowes carries. I usually pressure wash my traps and sometimes boil them. I do worry about the smell and that is why I do them early before season and hang them outside to ventilate. I dip mine about every 5 years or so. Not something I do on a yearly basis.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/14/17 03:55 AM

Finally made it out to the trapline last week. Not like I'd like but got out there with an quick flight in the Citabria. Pretty good snow but no base and the ol spare Polaris was riding right on the rocks. Saw lots of moose and caribou around the cabin and even more from the plane. Lots of wolf sign and not much else for fur sign. Put out a dozen #9's and a few snares out within 5 miles of the cabin. Placed 4 catch-all sets behind the cabin for cats, coyote and wolverine.

This is my back-up sled that I left at the cabin. Nice ride but not set up work-wise like the Scandics and sure missed the 4-strokes and pogo-stick front ends.
She's sitting on Pee Post Pass while I'm setting 3 pee posts. I've always had 2 sets but put a new trap bed and stake in last spring while my sister was out here with me. There was sheep tracks all over the pass and there were 9 ewes and lambs watching me while I was placing the traps.


The Polaris didn't like the ice at all so I took it back to the cabin, put her in the shop and put 200 screws in the track. That really helped a lot. The river had froze at it's normal levels so there isn't much ice to work with and traveling up the river on the rocks wasn't good for the machine at all. About 3 miles above the cabin, I decided to turn around and head below the cabin instead since the snow was getting slim. Thought about dropping the Fold-a-Sled at the cabin and breaking trail bobtailed to save the head aches. 50 yards from the cabin, I come to a complete halt wrapping the lower control arm around a rock.

Starting to love that pogo-stick front end being so durable. Not near as comfortable but I'll give that up for durability. Didn't take many moose pictures as the camera wasn't as handy in an Rubbermaid action packer under bungee cords. I did manage to shoot a few pics though.




Flying back out tomorrow and fix the sled and put some wolves on the stretchers? Hot weather up here right now so I don't think I'll have much snow left out there. High hopes for putting some fur up and getting some more gear out. Bringing the rifle and doing some calling if travel isn't good.

Good luck, be safe and Happy Holidays fellow Trappers.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/14/17 04:13 AM

Nice pictures as always JR. Glad to see you finally were able to get out and make some sets! I bet you were chomping at the bit for awhile there. We have that warm spell out here as well. I could have sworn I saw rain today...
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/15/17 02:10 AM

AK that is some real God Is Great country, thanks for posting
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/15/17 03:11 AM

Awesome pictures and catches.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/15/17 07:19 AM

Looking forward to your catch pics, you always have good ones!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/15/17 10:00 AM

Good to hear you got some gear out! Hope you connect and thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Top Jimmy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/15/17 05:39 PM

On your flight over, how does the river look to being frozen? Seems like it is later and later every year to be able to cross the Tanana. I like the lower fuel bill with global warming, but not so much the later and worse ice conditions for traveling.

-TJ
Posted By: AKscott

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/15/17 06:15 PM

Great stuff as always jr. Did you buy a citabria or one of the neighbors fly ya out?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/17 08:03 AM

Not much happening with me this week. The ol river was still in a liquid state so had to get flown back out to the cabin again this week. Got a fire going in the cabin and put the Polaris back together. Grabbed the water jugs and ran on up to Pee Post Pass. Guess I was over confident as I didn't see a single fresh wolf track up to the Pass. Six empty #9's, filled the water jugs and went back to the cabin with a hint of displeasure. Proceeded on up to the other end and picked up a beautiful tom lynx in the Catch-All set on the creek. Pulled the pjs off the lynx when I got home and had some dinner.That check didn't go anything like I thought it would. Saturday it warmed up to +30 degrees and the winds picked up. Put some more gear out and covered some country just loving life and taking a few pics.



Chopped up the lynx and baited a few cubbies behind the cabin. Wasn't gonna trap marten since I haven't seen much sign this year but I have a bait stealing marten. That may change my way of thinking.


Hung a 12 volt winch in the cabin for skinning and cannot wait to hang some wolves on it.

Speaking of wolves, went for a walk on Sunday looking for a moose kill across the river and saw 4 wolves up on the ridge about a mile away. They didn't wanna play. 2 grays and 2 blacks. Spent the better part of the day looking for that kill. Put a lot of miles on and still couldn't find it. The next day I walked up river a mile from the cabin and just sat on the bank waiting for the ravens to feed. 100 yards off the trail in plain sight. I was just looking to hard on the other side of the trail. Year and a half old bull calf mostly eaten but I hung a few snares around. Can't catch wolves with gear in the sled... Did see a lot of moose and caribou again this trip.



I still only have around 10 miles of line partially put in. Missing the durability of those Scandics. Didn't dare break out the canyon on that Polaris Trail Touring. Hopefully next week I'll be able to ride in and get some trail broke and gear lain.

Merry Christmas everyone and see ya next year
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/17 09:23 AM

Awesome views! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: DTabor

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/17 02:41 PM

Just got thru this whole thread. A great read. I dont know how you do it, I know its a labor of love for you but wow. Cant wait to follow this season!
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/17 05:04 PM

Awesome pictures.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/22/17 09:19 PM

Good luck! Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/23/17 04:52 AM

Thanks for sharing, JR. Merry Christmas and keep us posted!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/23/17 09:17 AM

Thanks for the update Jr. Merry Christmas to you. Hope your efforts pay off next trip.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/17 01:29 AM

Hope the weather cooperates and you can get your river crossing established. Good luck!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 12/24/17 03:21 AM

Merry Christmas thanks for the ride along
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 03:50 AM

Happy New year fellow trappers. Finally got to ride the ol Scandic out to the cabin. I was even luck enough to have a few locals cut the trail out for me to get to their cabin above me. Talk about a bonus as I went out pretty heavy carrying 50 gallons of gas, 18 #9's, food and gear in one sled and 600 pounds of bait in the other. Saw lots of marten sign across the flats but not much else.
The canyon was still a little on the rough side but after a couple trips, I think I found most of the holes to go around. This one took a little work and some rigging.

Put 300 miles on the WT and couldn't even cut a wolf track. I howled every night with no response. I did manage to find a couple old kills to hang a few snares. The warm weather and wind really took a lot of the snow I'd had left.

The overflow was really picking up and had some current keeping me pretty close to the cabin.




Ended up picking up another beautiful lynx behind the cabin in a catch-all set and that was it for fur. Just covered some country looking for fur and adventure.
Headed for town early on Wednesday as I had to work Thursday morn. I decided to set a few marten poles on the way to the truck. Guess I hung around 20 or 25 poles between the cabin and the Tanana river. When I got to the Tanana, this is what I find.

Here we go again. This was knee deep the first step off the bank and it's not the main channel. Wasn't worth the troubles and I turned around. This river is really pushing me to get my own plane. Quick call to work saying I won't be making it in for my shift and a call to friend to fly out and get me weather permitting. This time I had enough gas to get back to the cabin. On the way back I picked up 4 marten in the poles I just set on a 2 to 3 hour soak. 3 juveniles and one large adult pale male that I let go and not on purpose mind you. What better place to spend an extra day then at the cabin. Called Andy early and he flew in at 11am to get me.

Nice flight out till we got to town and spent 20 minutes flying circles in this
Hopefully next week the wolves will make an appearance and cooperate. I imagine I'll have some marten to put on the board. Happy New Year, good luck and be safe.
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 04:37 AM

You have some crazy tough conditions with the creeks, rivers, overflow, open water, sucker holes, glare ice, and no snow - you da man! I hope the wolves show up for the party and conditions improve.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 04:51 AM

Wow tough conditions for sure.Hope things tighten up for you soon.
Posted By: Jurassic Park

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 05:14 AM

Iím just curious, can you snowshoe in overflow?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 05:30 AM

It depends upon the overflow. Slushy overflow with lots of snow when it's cold can be tamped and walked on to build a bridge to get your sled out to dry ground. It will freeze to you shoes though and get really heavy. If it is warm out then you will just walk on the bottom and will not set up. I used military magnesium shoes with rubber slip on bindings and they work well for me. I can get them on and off and bang them against a tree to get rid of the ice. I don't put my snow shoes on very often though.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 06:55 AM

Wow, tough going for you, hope you catch a break soon with the river. Stay safe in that overflow!
Posted By: Tradbow1

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/07/18 01:31 PM

jeepers man. Last Monday had open water!!!! More nads than i! Enjoy the pics. Hope alls well!
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/18 12:38 AM

Trapping up in that neck of the woods looks like a recipe for a disaster to happen at any time. Dangerous. Good luck and safe traveling. Beautiful country and pics.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/08/18 02:46 AM

Weird creek conditions up here also, too warm nowadays for a solid freeze up. Travel safe
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/09/18 07:17 PM

Dang and I thought I was lacking snow!!! Be safe out there and hope the wolves return smile
Posted By: Top Jimmy

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 01:54 AM

Getting cold this week, but then was told it will get above freezing by next week here. Not good for getting over the river. Uggg..

-TJ
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 02:39 AM

If this keeps up, I'm gonna have my entire fleet of sleds over at the cabin. My buddy came out and across 2 days after I flew out and said the Tanana was alright but Dry creek was a handful on the lower end. Said I had some marten hanging so that was good.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 05:52 AM

So I thought I'd post a picture of my Extraction or Retrieval bag for you guys see and maybe you can get some new ideas on your gear. This is a cheap back pack and I carry one on each machine. This one weighs 25#'s. I don't move this from machine to machine and about the only time it comes out is when I'm using it to get me or someone else out of a bind.

I did a presentation at our monthly ATA meeting a couple months back on this bag and my survival bags. Here is the low down on the contents. Name brands aren't as important as availability and durability.

1. Rope-a-long with 100 to 150' of 1/2" hard wound nylon rope.( I make a removable handle for easier packing. Have the rope already loaded in the rope-a-long)

2. A couple pieces of 1/2" rope 20' to 30' (this is used most of the time for pulling out a sled or securing to a tree or rock to use as the deadman to pull from or too.

3. A few shackles and caribeaners (Make sure these are rated for what you are using them for)

4. A couple of shivs or pulleys ( used to change direction of pull and increase power by parting the rigging)

5. A couple hundred feet of Mule tape ( Light weight, doesn't take up much room, cheap and used to extend pull to longer reaches)

6. A couple Ice screws ( For anchoring in the Ice when stuck)

7. Rope ratchet or ratchet strap ( can be used for extension, very useful when working on machine suspension, many uses)

8. Couple flares to start a quick fire when the extraction is gonna take a while or you got wet.

There's about $300 in that pack depending on where you shop and name brands. This is one of those priceless tools on the sled that ya hope you never need but always prepared and have it.
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 06:19 AM

Thanks for sharing. I also carry most all of that gear every time I go out.
Posted By: KenaiKid

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 08:43 AM

Reminds me, I need to get some flares. And making the rope-along handle removable is a great idea. Thanks for that post.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 01:47 PM

As always JR that's a great collection of tools to get a person out of a tight place when out in the hills no matter if your in Alaska or Montana or beyond.
Where does a person get mule tape, I've not seen that before.
If your wondering where some of your snow is ? It's found its way down here, we have a white out at the moment.
Stay Safe out there and keep up the good work !
Allan
Posted By: Austin O

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 05:22 PM

You should be able to find the Mule tape at a good electrical supply store...it's used to pull wire through conduit. Very strong and lightweight.

JR - I like the removable handle idea...do you feel it is as strong as the factory handle?
Posted By: kestump

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/10/18 07:52 PM

Intrigued by the removable handle idea as well. Do you have any closer pictures of how you made it up? Thanks!
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/11/18 05:02 AM

Just curious. How'd you get that Skandic out? Did you anchor off a boulder or put an ice screw in and rope-a-long out?
Posted By: 316

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/11/18 09:29 PM

You can find Mule Tape on Amazon...
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 07:11 AM

Here's a close up of my removable handle. It is a piece of 1 3/8" of chainlink fence top rail with a swaged end welded on the rope-a-long frame. Works for me an is stronger than the original.
I put a keyway in to make alignment a little easier.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 07:42 AM

Back from the line with a few marten for my efforts last week. That was a good call setting them marten poles. I've let the marten rest for the past couple years and it really shows. Lots of juveniles this year. Picked 16 marten on the way in and missed a few more.
Using Salmon heads for bait with a dab of Gusto. Seems to be working well.

The weather was ridiculous this week. Coldest temp I saw was 15 degrees above and the warmest was 43 degrees above and rain last night. Crazy overflow with current.

Finally found some fresh wolf sign.

They killed a young bull moose and ate about 1/2 of it. Got some gear out for them.
Opened up another spur of the line and placed a few set.



Had a buddy come out and run with me for a couple days just exploring and looking for antlers. Got in a little trouble.

Put out a few wolverine set but the marten have been cleaning me out of bait.
Saw lots of moose and caribou this trip and they were overly photogenic posing for pics.




Woke up this morn, went outside to relieve myself and heard the river flowing overflow from the cabin. This isn't good I thought. Could be a wet ride out this morn. As I stood there thinking about which way to go, the wolves opened up on the ridge across from the cabin. Nice to hear you I said and I'll see ya next week. The trip out was as wet as I thought it would be but made it safely to the truck picking up 5 more marten along the way in. I ended up putting 26 marten on the boards this week. I'm no marten trapper but they sure are easy to catch and put up compared to wolves.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 07:48 AM






Hopefully next week I'll connect with a few wolves. They haven't returned to any kills, leaving them half eaten. Breeding season is upon them and they should be covering some territory now. Good luck and be safe .
Posted By: Guy Johnson

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 12:04 PM

Really enjoy your Journal, thanks for posting!
Posted By: Jasonj

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 01:59 PM

Wow breathtaking scenery and incredible animal populations!! Your gonna make hay on them wolf kills man I canít wait to see results.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 09:14 PM

Looks like those wolves were having a party there, beat down like a dog yard! Good luck on them, seems like they will be back to those kill sites.

I'm surprised those bigger bulls still have the headgear.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/18/18 09:44 PM

Way to go, nice marten haul. Easy winter as bulls still have their horns. Usually dropped around here by now.

Thanks for sharing those pics.


* just saw your post on your extraction bag. That post could save some poor trapper a lot of grief or save their life, if they pay attention. Never thought about packing flares.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/19/18 03:37 AM

Great pics,nice run on the marten.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/19/18 04:54 AM

Way to go on the marten!!! Thanks for sharing the scenery and the critters and hope you connect with those big boys!
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/19/18 05:01 AM

You sure it was just the fact you didn't trap marten the last 2 years that brought them back? Must be a lot of voles, marten feed around if there's a lot of marten.
Quite the variety of color in those marten. They look nice and prime!
mt
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/19/18 05:48 AM

Nice to see you you out and catching fur with all the crazy weather and ice issues that you have been having! Looking to finally start setting here maybe in another week for a short line.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/31/18 07:07 AM

Came home a little early for a board meeting and to pick up the new track and parts for the WT. Pretty much had to reset the entire line. Re-baited and knocked the ice of the marten traps. Picked up 7 more for the efforts. Using Salmon heads for bait and working well and really quick.

The cooler temps had the river and overflow in it's solid state and that's how I like it. Two packs of wolves had been back on the line and I was lucky enough to snare two of them on that first moose kill I looked so hard for a few weeks ago.
95# gray male and 90# gray male
Both quick kills. They evaded my snares at the top of the bluff and came down to the river 150 yards upstream. I'm no mountain goat.

Missed them on over a dozen sets froze up with a 1/2" of ice over them from that rain a couple weeks ago. Pee Post Pass was froze up solid too. Had to use an axe to chop them out of the gravel.

Pulled the groomer 80 miles with the Tundra and she did well.

Picked up a nice lynx and red fox too but didn't snap any pics for some reason.

Had all three of the girls out at the cabin for a nice family reunion
This old burn is really productive this year for juvenile marten.

Little afternoon lunch break along the trail. Coffee, grizzly bear sausage and mom's ginger snaps. Fuel for the trapper.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/18 03:35 PM

Good stuff JR !!


Beautiful bunch of marten !!
Posted By: 3 Fingers

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/18 03:54 PM

Always great pictures, Thanks. Question-how old is that burn?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/18 05:07 PM

Good to see you got a little snow! smile Way to go on the wolves! Bites to hear everything got froze down though, hopefully things will stay cold for you the rest of the season! Thank you for sharing your adventures!!
Posted By: Cubpilot

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/18 05:12 PM

What a great week on the trapline! Thanks for the pictures and update, I needed the motivation. Caribou and overflow have been killing me lately.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/18 10:17 PM

Glad to see you getting some of those big dogs. Should have a few good weeks left for getting after them!
Posted By: rosscoak

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 01/31/18 10:18 PM

Great job! Beats water skippin!
Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/01/18 03:52 AM

Nice job on the martin and the wolves hope all is well thanks for the ride along
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/01/18 06:04 AM

Good stuff!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's 2013-14 Journal - 02/04/18 07:30 PM

Never a dull moment JR it's always a pleasure following along with you.
Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/15/18 08:18 PM

Good trip to the cabin even without any wolves waiting for me. Marten are still fighting to get to the salmon heads and had a good check on them. The warm weather that plagues wolf traps really seems to get the marten moving.

Ended up with 2 juvenile females this trip making 7 total females so far out of 55 marten caught. That seems really off to me but had a old timer tell me one time that the females are more hesitant to climb the poles and when food is plenty they don't need too climb. Sure amazes me to how small they are.
I'd been working on a bypass trail to get around a bunch of overflow and it seems like this overflow and I have some sort of connection. It followed me into the trees and down the trail. This was not how I wanted to start my trip but such is life with a full bunny boot of water

The overflow really came down the trail behind the cabin also
Reset a bunch of wolf gear in preparation of their return. Ran 300 miles and didn't cut a single wolf track. Set two pee posts out front of my cabin that they marked a couple weeks ago when they passed by. These will probably be covered in overflow next week but had to try.


Covered a lot of country this week just looking for antlers, tracks, critters and loving this life we live.



Found a couple places I shouldn't have been


That last pic looks harmless but trust me you do not wanna be in there with your sled.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/15/18 08:26 PM

Saw lots of moose and a few bulls still carrying their antlers. The moose are really high on the mountain this year and I didn't find a single shed antler.



Put up a load of fire wood just to feel like I'd done something and burned a log jam at the same time

35 degrees the last two days and then wind and snow. Pretty sure most of the gear will be out of commission again. The snow sure was soft coming out though. The groomer was on the wrong side of the creek with some overflow preventing me from dragging in out so I came out with a light sled. That was sure nice.


Good luck, be safe and hope to see some of ya the Fur Rondy next weekend.
Posted By: Kusko

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/15/18 10:01 PM

Great pics JR. It's hard to pass up a pee post no matter the conditions.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/16/18 03:01 AM

Nice looking marten.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/16/18 03:14 AM

I agree that ratio on the marten seems wrong !! Great pix !! Thank you !!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/16/18 04:56 AM

Nice going on the marten, that should bring a decent payday!
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/16/18 04:59 AM

Very nice looking marten JR. I canít wait for you to get the wolves again.
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/16/18 07:05 PM

Nice pics, JR. Really warm temps up here in the Arctic as well. Lots of overflow. I got into some last week. Lucky I had my new Polaris Titan XC. Anything else would've been uncivilized. A couple questions: I see your pee post for wolves. So you just put your chain in that hole, put snow with some water, making a slush, huh? Keep packing it down? Then you put your trap over that and some wax paper over your trap? Just curious.

Also, that last pic. What's under that snow? Water? Air pockets? Great job on the marten by the way. Gotta make lemons, huh?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/17/18 03:00 AM

Your doing great on the marten! I feel for you and the overflow and warm weather. Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/17/18 04:26 AM

Thanks guys, really enjoying trapping these marten. Been a rough season for wolves but lucky enough to still be out doing what we love. Complaining about the weather, snow and critters doesn't help put fur on the stretchers but to me it not all about the fur anyway. I just love being out there enjoying the country, seeing game, reading sign catching some fur and knowing that WE are to thank for being the conservationists that make this all possible. I'm really tired of all the negativity towards trappers and hunters on the social net these days. These worthless bunny hugging fruit loops don't do anything but complain about what we do while not helping with the problems at all. Sorry for the rant, woke up on the wrong side of the bearskin this morn.

Inupiaq... I usually just chop a hole under the trap bed about 4 inches deep, drop around 4 or 5 inches of the end of the chain in, pour some hot water out of the thermos and pack it with snow. The chain anchor would be about the size of a Spam can in the ice under the trap bed. Coil the chain in the bottom of the bed, lay a piece of wax paper over the chain, place the trap and another piece of wax paper over the pan under the jaws. I like the top of the pan to be about level with the ice. Cover with light covering of snow, blend and chop it out of the overflow next week and do it all over again. That's how it's been this year. One thing you wanna make sure of is that the ice is solid. Some of the overflow will drain the water out of your anchor pocket you chopped and you know right away that this is not a solid anchor. You should be able to pour you hot water in to the hole just like it was a coffee cup. If the level goes down, you'll need to chop a different hole. Speaking of Thermos', I need to get a new one. Mine hasn't faired to well this year and not keeping my water hot.
How are you liking that Titan? My buddy has one and I haven't got to ride it yet.

The last pic was a field of niggerheads AKA Tussocks that are about 3 feet tall blown over with snow. It was fun getting out of there. Felt like a pin ball...
Posted By: bfisch

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/20/18 06:36 PM

Only 4-5 inches? They can't pull that out? I guess I have been working to hard going down 12 inches!
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/20/18 11:06 PM

I used to walk beside my elan in the niggerheads back in the day.Now I wait for more snow.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/24/18 09:56 AM

Quick trip out to the trapline on Thursday morn when I got off work. Took one of my pilots with me to show him what it looks like on the ground and test out his new sled. Weather was pretty nasty, snowing and blowing. Marten activity was pretty light this trip only picking one on the way in and seeing another one eating the bait over a tripped trap. Took a few pics of her as she watched at us.

Most of the wolf gear was out of commission as I suspected, froze and covered in new snow. DIdn't see much sign on the first leg of the journey but things were picking up as I neared the cabin. Missed this one that I'd set last week. Didn't look as it spooked him judging from the tracks leaving.
I've seen this happen on numerous occasions with tracks and a tripped trap still in it's bed. Most of the time I believe the wolf tripped the pan but the trap was froze in. As the temps warm up the trap fires and jumps out of it's bed not scaring or educating the wolf. Got a fire going in the cabin, unloaded the sled, grabbed the water jugs and headed on up the line. Looked to be a couple single wolves running around on the line. Got up to Pee Post Pass and this little 72# male was dug in tight getting out of the weather. Must have been blowing 30 to 40 MPH over that pass. It was ridiculous.
Put him in the sled and carried on back to get water for the cabin. Hung him in the cabin, stoked the fire and headed upriver picking up another lynx behind the cabin.

Put her in the sled and on up the line about a mile and a half and find this little gal waiting for me in a #9 along the trail.
72# female in a pee post
Put her in the sled and made a run up the river. Starting to get a little hungry and a whole lot tired. Back to the cabin at 6pm and had put on 85 miles. Got something to eat and pulled the four critters out of their pajamas. Caught my second wind and had enough left to play a couple games of cribbage and watch a movie with Ben. Turned in at midnight.
Got up early and headed for the truck. Had plans of driving down to Anchorage today for Fur Rondy and SCI banquet. Ol mother nature had different plans. Lots of fresh snow, deep soft drifts and an airplane pilot not a Skandic WT operator at the controls. Not quite as much lift in the ol WT as in Ben's Citabria left him stuck many times. Trees down in the wind really slowed travels. Picked one more marten on the way out.


Decided to fly down to Anchorage this evening and save some time. Down here till Monday. Feel like this is going to be a very expensive weekend.
Posted By: rosscoak

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/24/18 05:51 PM

As usual, great stuff, Howler!!
Thanks for sharing, have fun at the Fur Rondy!
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/25/18 07:15 PM

Nice you got some dogs!
Posted By: drasselt

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/26/18 01:24 AM

Thanks for coming down to the Rondy, good to chat with you a while.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/26/18 03:59 AM

Good stuff, JR. Took me a minute to see that wolf at p post, pretty cool picture. Is that a 114 on the lynx?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/26/18 03:22 PM

Drasselt.... Was nice to finally get down and see you guy's fur sale. Wished I could have spent more time but you know how it is. Seems like the same thing goes on up at our fur auction and Fling in Fairbanks. Busy, busy, busy and this is the only time we get to see a lot of the trappers and visit. Hope you are coming up for the Fling

Smalltime... The lynx is in a #4 Victor DLS

couple pics from the Fur auction in Anchorage

We put on a little trapping seminar for the SCI banquet on Saturday afternoon and our own ATA President won the Conservationist of the Year Award at the Alaska Chapter of the SCI on Saturday night. Well deserved award for Randy and Congrats. That was a good time and hope to attend again in the future.
Here's a little closer pic of the gray wolf dug in on Pee Post Pass.

Flying back to Fairbanks this morn and head back out on the line. Gotta trip my marten gear, re-set some wolf gear and haul in the WT.
Posted By: drasselt

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/26/18 05:13 PM

I'm glad to see the strong appreciation from SCI because they are a determined ally against the antis and put their money where their mouths are.
Posted By: RdFx

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/27/18 02:50 AM

Congrats Randy, your a long way from Wisc and the place you had out on Landing Road.... You deserve the award with all your dedication
Posted By: Fergustrap 2

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/01/18 02:06 PM

AK I look you pin you marten leg on tail side, i do it like this too even in FHA book recommand to put on belly side, i find look better on tail side give an extention of the back, anyway they buy marten for the back. I also put my lynx back leg on belly side or the same reason they want lynx for belly,white leg pin on belly side give more lenght and better look to lynx skin.Most of time i get select or 1* in grading with legs pinned like this.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/02/18 05:18 PM

Did another quick trip out to the cabin to put the marten season to bed and bring out the WT. Some goofy weather we are having up here. Winds out of the west are new to me out there and really hit the cabin hard. Tripped all the marten sets on the way in. Still a few marten running around that I could see. Turned out to be a beautiful day for the return trip to the truck.



Pulled the WT's track out last night and got some issues with the suspension. Will be calling Delta Powersports this morning and placing an order. Them rocks were a little hard on her early this winter. Just under 8000 miles on the WT and she's held up pretty well for the abuse she's been through.


Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/03/18 04:34 PM

Those Alaskan sleds are great for hauling machines on!

Loved your journal and pictures this season. Thanks for bringing us along on your adventures.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/04/18 06:41 AM

Hope you catch up with a few more big dogs, good going on the marten.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/16/18 04:07 AM

Greetings and Happy Spring Trappers. Put $600 worth of suspension parts and a new track under the 2012 WT and a ski widening kit on the Tundra and headed for the mountains. I cannot believe I've waited that long to put that kit on the Tundra. It makes it a whole new machine. Had a buddy from Minnesota come up and go for a ride-a-long and see how we trap up here. Lots of moose and caribou along the way.


Got a fire going in the cabin grabbed the water jugs and headed up to Pee Post Pass. Picked up a 95# gray male in the new post up there. Really beautiful gray with a full foot in the AK #9. This is the new post my sister and I set up this past spring. Caught and lost one in the other set.



Had to chip out a few #9's out of the overflow and dig a few out of the drifts. Pulled most of the gear this week but had to leave a little working.

Couldn't of asked for better weather to be up covering country. Missed on both posts on Iowa Ridge but that is the learning curve with new sets. next year the traps will be bedded on the other side.
Picked up another nice 88# gray male in a snare on the first kill from earlier this season. Taken 3 off that kill, 2 off Pee Post Pass and one a mile and a half upriver from the cabin. All my fur except the marten have been caught within 5 miles of the cabin. I'm running a lot of wasted miles.
Got into some new country but the ice bridges weren't cooperating

Some of that water was deeper than I was willing to mess with so we headed back out to more familiar territory. The sights were beautiful and Derek was having a tough time keeping the Tundra on it's track. Sight seeing and driving don't mix in that country. Now I don't feel so bad, it's not just me that does that.



It was nice to just cover country and share the experiences with someone new to the adventure. Ya do get pretty used to running alone though, that whole looking back thing is for the birds.


This is one of the most beautiful well furred wolves I've ever caught.
Working tonight and getting set up for the ATA Fur Auction and Fling this weekend. Hope to see some of ya out and about. Bring your checkbooks to the fling,, it's gonna be an expensive night.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/16/18 04:22 AM

Wow, that is a nice looking wolf! Thanks for sharing, great stuff as always. Great time of year to be out and about.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/16/18 12:29 PM

Thanks JR for the ride along again, tell Derek I understand having problems keeping the sled on its track & skis. That last wolf picture is incredible and deserves to be framed and added to your photo album. Stay Safe out there and have a great time at the Fling don't let the ivory trap go to easily into the night ha ha !
Allan
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/16/18 01:28 PM

Gee........you're letting your clothes touch the snow !!! Haven't you read all those articles on scent control ??? Where is your kneeling pad ???? laugh
Posted By: RdFx

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/16/18 02:04 PM

White, Howler is making a scent post.... as he has already scented up the place........
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/16/18 03:23 PM

Oh ! Of course !!
Posted By: Labby

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/17/18 12:48 PM

First off thank you JR for taking me on a great adventure. It is some unbelievable beautiful country you have and you are correct about keeping my eyes in the trail. Lots of rubber necking off into the distance but who could blame me. Definitely a trip I will never forget. Thanks again I really needed some time away from the day to day BS. Kind of sucked coming back to cell service and emails. Good luck at the fling this weekend hope there is a great turnout.
Posted By: EurekaTrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/19/18 03:59 AM

Where did you get the ski widening kit?
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 12:12 AM

So many people post fabulous photos here, and these wolf pictures are what I am talking about. Is there any way a T-Man calendar could be made with them, and sold as a fund raiser?
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 12:26 AM

I sure don't want to be in those photos even though it would boost sales considerably !! I'm just too humble to do something like that !! Sorry
Posted By: imissed

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 12:28 AM

Originally Posted By: PAlltheway
So many people post fabulous photos here, and these wolf pictures are what I am talking about. Is there any way a T-Man calendar could be made with them, and sold as a fund raiser?


Great idea!!
Posted By: vegasjim

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 02:48 AM

Thatís probably for the best White!
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 02:54 AM

Hey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????
Posted By: yukonjeff

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 04:39 AM

Originally Posted By: imissed
Originally Posted By: PAlltheway
So many people post fabulous photos here, and these wolf pictures are what I am talking about. Is there any way a T-Man calendar could be made with them, and sold as a fund raiser?


Great idea!!


Join the Alaska Trappers Association and get a free calendar with some of Howlers Pics in it. They do a good job.

Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 03:43 PM

I have that calendar, and that young man pictured above signed it!
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/21/18 10:15 PM

Originally Posted By: EurekaTrapper
Where did you get the ski widening kit?


Compeaus in Fairbanks has them for sale for the tundra
Posted By: EurekaTrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/22/18 03:13 AM

Thanks
Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/22/18 04:28 AM

Howler, Sonny, did y'all have to adjust the rear suspension any after you put the ski widening kit on your machines? Had a Tundra Extreme, getting a new Tundra LT Ace, hopefully Everts will be able to fly it out tomorrow. Learned a lot about traveling by snow machine and trapping in Alaska from reading your journal since I moved up here in 2012. Good stuff Howler.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/22/18 06:32 AM

I didn't adjust my suspension on my Tundra. Installed the widening kit, did a hot lap around the yard, loaded it on the trailer and headed for the cabin. My buddy rode it the whole time we were out there. Gave it really good ski pressure for turning on the ice and still seemed to float the skis in the deep snow. I'd put the ski skins and the widening kit right off the bat.

Take what you are reading in my journal with a grain of salt or maybe a shot of whiskey. Use your best judgement to choose which path to take when following me. I may push the envelope a bit more than I should occasionally but have learned a lot on what my machines and myself are capable of. One probably shouldn't push it all the time but it's best to know your limits too.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/24/18 02:22 PM

"I may push the envelope a bit more than I should occasionally"

Famous last words of many a bush pilot.


Its a fine line in the bush between a mistake and an adventure. But to sit a home just because you're afraid of a little mishap would sure limit life experiences. I balance the safety and adventure by preparing for the worst case scenario and then going for it. And like AK I'm usually alone so that adds another factor to the equation. What i'm starting to deal with now is the age factor. At 58 years old the odometer is getting up there and depending on being tough and stupid isn't quite enough anymore. I'm banking on technology and keeping in shape moving forward. Those new machines make bush travel a lot easier.

If you ever hear I bought in the bush, have a whiskey for me but don't be thinking there's any regrets on my part.


Best journal on the forum AK...thanks bud.
Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/24/18 09:36 PM

Yep. When I first moved up here, I had no clue as to how to be comfortable and prepared for bad weather and unexpected events. It's been a learning curve for sure. The fellers here on the wilderness forum, and native friends in the villages I have lived in have helped immensely with their knowledge. When I first moved up here just walking in snowshoes, keeping comfortable during the winter, and setting a trap in the snow and keeping it functioning was a challenge, now it is the norm to drive 200+ miles in one day on a snow machine to check traps. One thing you have to figure out on your own is how far you can push the envelope! No one can teach you that! Y'all have shown me techniques and gadgets to push it further though! laugh
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/15/18 04:37 AM

Well guys, my trapping season is officially over. Got all the gear pulled and put away. Got a lot of work to do on the Skidoo's before next season. Got some gear, fuel, hay and solar panels hauled out for an outfitter. Trails were great. The trail grooming is definitely worth all the work in the end. One of my buddies flew out and spent the night. He rode the Polaris Trail Touring and we covered some country. Finally got my solar system up and running and that sure is nice.



Limbed a few trees out front of the cabin to enhance my view of the hills. Dang am I gonna miss that view.

Hauled one of my Rhinos out to the mountains with my Tundra because it has studs in the track. Still haven't put the studs in the new track on the WT. Tundra did well only getting stuck a couple times.



The ATA Fling and Fur Auction went extremely well. We sold just shy of $70,000 in our little 2 day sale. I believe we set a new record. Special thanks for all the volunteers that helped this year. Couldn't do it without you. The Fling was very expensive for me this year, more than usual. Not only did I win the highest bid on the ivory trap but I talked with one of my neighbors and bought a couple pieces of remote property with cabins upstream from my trapping cabin. The ivory trap was great but the property has been a dream of mine for many years. I first hunted that country in 1991 when I moved to Alaska for caribou. I started trapping out there in the late 90's, 1998 I believe. I'd used Arctic Oven tents and borrowed a cabin from a friend. In 2009 I bought my present cabin and trapline while applying for the State Trapping cabin permit as they are non-transferable. The 1st piece of property is a little over a mile upstream above my current trapline cabin. The plan is to pick up the fur shed and cabin, put them on a skid and drag them upstream on the overflow with a couple studded up Widetracks. Not in a hurry as the permit doesn't run out till 2022. The second cabin (Sheep Cabin) is up stream about 8 miles. Both new cabins need some TLC but very workable.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/15/18 04:52 AM

This is the Sheep Cabin and will get most of my attention to start.

Spent most of last week out there working on it. Got metal sheeting hauled out there to cover the side walls. Got a bunch of work done in the interior of it. The bears had reeked havoc on this cabin over the years.




The view out the door is even better than the trapping cabin.



Be spending some time out there with this little man this spring and summer doing some improvements.
Been seeing this guys standing here all winter. Finally stopped and took his photo. Wasn't very talkative though.
Hope everyone has a great productive and safe spring and summer. Let's take some bears out of the population this spring. Heading down to the Western Regional NTA expo in Livingston MT in June. Hope to see a few of you there and put a handshake with the name.

Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/15/18 05:16 AM

JR, very nice cabins granted the expense may of been more but I'd say it's a great investment!
For the view alone and the adventure of scouting the new area's for wolves, lynx and coyotes.
As for Spring bear hunting, the delisting of the grizzlies is tied up in litigation because of the anti's . Yes the grizzlies are out of their dens down here I've not seen one around here yet however they aren't to far to the west from here at times.
Black bears are fair game I hope to finally get a chance to fill a tag this spring time will tell.
As for the western NTA Convention any of you folks are well come to stop by the camper I promise I'll have some ice tea ready and waiting it should be a great event !
I did some horse trading for a paddle track older Polaris 680 triple sled next year the coyotes and bobcats better be afraid ha ha ! I agree on the age thing the late 50's is kinda spooky !
Thanks again for bringing us along there's many of your pictures I still think are worthy of a frame and a place on a wall for everyone to enjoy !
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/15/18 04:01 PM

That's cool Jr that your coming down to Livingston, I'm looking forward to meeting you. Are you going to be vending and selling your wolf trap?
Posted By: mttrapperguy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/15/18 09:37 PM

JR, thanks for sharing. You are living a great life filled with adventures everyday
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/16/18 01:10 AM

Man I couldn't imagine being so blessed to be able to hunt and trap that area by yourself. What a beautiful area . Awesome pics. Glad you are able to live the dream, especially after the nightmare you endured a few years back. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/16/18 03:36 AM

Beartooth Trapr.... I'll be bringing a few #9's down. Wasn't planning on getting a table and vending. Just coming down to see the Big Show and meet and greet. Maybe some good food and a few drinks too.

Elitebowman.... I do not have that country to myself by any means. Lots of people hunt that area in the fall. There is several Big Game Guides in the area and lots of local hunters. I usually have it to myself in the dead of winter until it warms up in the spring. That's when all the yahoo's come out of the woodwork. There is a couple mining claims, some deeded property so there is people around. As the raven flys, I'm only 50 miles from the mighty metropolis of Fairbanks
Posted By: Fergustrap 2

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/16/18 05:19 PM

nice pics andd thank for share AKH, it's always a pinch on heart to leave the paradise on earth
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/16/18 05:57 PM

Make sure you get your clutches rebuilt after pulling all that weight. The spring should be changed out also you don't want that breaking on you next fall.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/17/18 05:15 AM

Nice stuff JR, sounds like you landed yourself a nice little piece of paradise. Hope your cabin hauling goes well!
Posted By: FullFreezer

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/20/18 05:12 AM

Congratulations JR. Thatís Awsome!
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/20/18 01:26 PM

Excellent Jr, food is always good at the western.
Posted By: Top Jimmy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/20/18 02:56 PM

Always nice to own your own slice of heaven instead of renting. Congrats JR!

-TJ
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 05/26/18 03:35 AM

Greetings and happy summer fellow outdoorsmen. Just came back from a couple week trip out to the cabins. No so much summertime out there. 28 degrees this morn with fresh snow on the peaks. Bear hunting didn't go as planned and antler hunting didn't go so well either but just being out there sure is fun.


Dumped the ol Rhino on her side right out front of the cabin. Operator error but with a little rigging and the winch, she was back on her wheels in short order. Like on my sleds, I carry recovery gear on the wheelers too atall times.


Had some nasty weather and took advantage of every reasonably nice day to go cover some country. That Rhino really worked well and I sure liked it over the 4-wheeler.






Seen a few critters and lots of breeding pairs of Ptarmigan both Willow and Rock Ptarmigan


This little red fox was standing guard over the entrance of her den. She let me get really close before diving into the den.


Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 05/26/18 03:52 AM

Got some new neighbors that moved into the country in search of gold and other treasures. Sure hoping they don't find anything. They are just drilling and exploring now and doing everything out of helicopters. Seemed like really good crew of hands with a sweet tent camp.

Heading back out in June with my Godson to look for more antlers. I saved the good spots for him. Did manage to find a few though.



Got some traps to build and finish up a few projects around the shop. Heading down to Livingston Montana for the NTA Western Regional Expo. Be down in MT for about a week. Oughta be a good time. Hope to meet a few of ya down there. Be safe and have fun.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 05/26/18 02:00 PM

All I can say is WOW ! As always great pictures and thanks for sharing your trip out with you to the cabin. Those are some nice looking horns your finding lots of knife and ulu handles there. Or business card holders or ???
I hope the rivers and creeks settle down a little by the western we have high water levels all over the state at the moment.
I'm looking forward to seeing you soon ! Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 05/27/18 04:30 AM

Those miners launched from my driveway around the end of March. I guess they found zinc out there, they are verifying there is enough to start a real mine. Had a cat train, a couple d6 and a couple big sleds and a couple connexs on skis. A guy I know used his nodwell to help get the stuff out there. Progress, I guess, but always a drag when there is more traffic over a guy's line. Had some chagga hunters running my trail at the end of the season, made for some rough riding.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/04/18 03:52 AM

Love that flipped Rhino. Usually the fat guy ends up crushing the driver when it flips on his side.

If I couldn't live my life I think I might pick yours. keep it up AK!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 12:46 AM

Hey guys. Made it back from the NTA Western Regional. What awesome time with some great people in some spectacular country. Really proud of the volunteer participation from the Montana Trappers Association during the expo. Awesome job guys and gals. Watched some well done trapping seminars and met a bunch of vendors. Even won a new rifle from Furbearer Unlimited. (6.5 Creedmore) That being said.. the best time I had was covering some new country and taking pics of some really cool country and critters. Guess that's just who I am.




Bighorn Sheep was my main goal and did really well with this monster ram. That 9000 foot elevation is a bit much for this lowlander though.




Lots of country and lots of wildlife



Spent a bit of time with this den of fox pups. 7 pups in the den but hard to get them all out at the same time. Watched them from a distance before going in to shoot pics.


Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 02:45 AM

Great pix JR !!!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 03:39 AM

As always great pictures and it was great to finally get to meet you in person. They're still talking about your demo on wolves and trapping your area.
I need to start buying lottery tickets so I can hopefully get up to Alaska for the fling some day.
Allan
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 08:43 AM

Excellent pics. J.r. glad you had a good time, we did. Was good to meet you, some day it's going to happen were coming to Alaska for a visit. Thinking in about two years we will just go.
Posted By: andy weiser

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 01:08 PM

You did a great wolf demo at the western. Very interesting. Thank you for that.
Posted By: Pete in Frbks

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 03:27 PM

You still like Montana? Even after meeting Allan Minear?!!!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/07/18 09:38 PM

Of course he is Pete, this year's chokecherry or buffalo berry crop isn't ready to pick yet. Ha ha
Posted By: Pete in Frbks

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/08/18 02:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Allan Minear
Of course he is Pete, this year's chokecherry or buffalo berry crop isn't ready to pick yet. Ha ha


So his dufflebag wasn't charged extra for "overweight" coming back up to AK....!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/08/18 08:38 PM

No not this time, I may send up chokecherry syrup for the fling I know between you fella's it may bring a good price not ivory trap prices but you never know ?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/09/18 02:09 AM

Thanks guys, the pleasure was definitely mine. I think we ought to have a Rendezvous up here like they do down south and not during trapping season. Just a great time all around.

I did have to mail some stuff home Pete and had an extra bag and gun case from when I went down. Bought a few new traps for the collection and a bunch of other stuff at the Expo. I'd a left all those traps in trade for some chokecherry syrup. Allan do not send that syrup to me if intended for the Fling. I am not to be trusted with such sweet goodness. Just being honest.. I got the traps in the mail that I mailed on Wednesday from Bozeman. Pretty fast. Back to putting together some #9's and heading out to work on the cabins next week.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/09/18 03:13 AM

JR I'll send you syrup before then I'll send Pete Chokecherry and some buffalo berries just because ha ha !
I'll have to stock more of the 1x19 snare cable so I can fit in with the Alaskan snare guys.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/09/18 05:45 AM

There ya go. I knew we could teach an old dog some new tricks.. Thanks for everything Allan.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/09/18 02:15 PM

Sure thing JR, I'm waiting for this year's crop before buying more syrup just in case it settles to much in the bottle. The high for today is in the mid 80's way to warm for this time of the year.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/29/18 03:49 PM

Happy summer fellow trappers. Just got back from a 10 day vacation in the mountains working on the new cabin. Got all I could do with the materials I had on hand. Weather was awesome and cooperated well. Got all the metal siding on minus the corner trim which I didn't have yet, new windows installed and interior painted. Need some new stove pipe and a oval shaped 6" 90 degree bend for the back of the new wood stove. There was a new 1979 Franklin "Scandia" 150 in the box at the other cabin. I hauled it up to replace the tent stove in this cabin.



The view out of the front of this place is pretty sweet.

Recycled a little wood from the old cabins for window trim and a shelf. Amazing how clear and straight the old wood is.
The river crossings were a bit of a pain at times and got washed downstream a time or two which gets a bit exciting. Got the belt wet in the Rhino and had to winch out. The warm weather melt off from high in the mountains really fluctuated the water levels. It would be fine early in the morn but by noon it would be almost impassible.



Found these under the cabin but haven't a clue what they'd be for. Any Ideas?

Got a little work to do on the sauna and she'll be work wise.
Found these aspirin under the bed.
Could have used them after this 5 minute face cramp I had going. Little dehydrated but one of my new normals in life
Be heading back out to finish up the Sheep cabin and work on the outfitters cabin. Not much of a carpenter but have the work ethic and enjoy the heck out of building and improving camps. Just takes me a little longer than most.
This is a picture of a griz that a friend of mine from South Dakota got just off of my trapline. A true giant of an interior griz and a lucky hunter. We'd never seen this bear or gotten him on a camera.

Posted By: Rusty Newhouse

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/29/18 05:43 PM

Thanks for sharing the photos.
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/30/18 02:32 AM

Cool pics. J.r. chains might have been to lift the cabin. Good find. Tell your friend good job on the bear too.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 06/30/18 08:31 PM

As always thank you for taking us along JR the views rival Montana. The wild ride down stream I don't think you need to do again for awhile.
Darn nice bear that's one worthy of the record books !
Stay Safe out there !!!!
Allan
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/01/18 11:37 PM

Nice place you got there JR, I'm more than a little jealous! Beautiful country. Nice bear, definitely a hog for interior. You get any numbers on him, hide or skull?
Posted By: RdFx

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/04/18 01:25 PM

That bear hide stretched out on wall reminds me of some the bear pics Frank Glazer had of bears. Interesting on the caliber of rifle he used on those bears also... thanks for posting
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/04/18 03:16 PM

Smalltime... The big boar squared just under 9 foot. 8'10" or 8'11" and the skull went B & C at bit shy of 26 inches. A great trophy for a great guy.

RdFx... just the reliable ol .338 Win mag. Them big bears die quick when that first bullet is placed in the right spot. It's those times when that first shot wasn't placed right when you want those big shoulder fired cannons to stop them.
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/05/18 05:31 AM

Thanks JR.
Posted By: caldwellite

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/05/18 06:11 AM

What do you like for a bullet in the 338? I have used Nosler 210 and 225 and did not get the expansion I expected.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/05/18 06:30 AM

I like the Barnes bullets and Swift A-frames myself as well as many others and personal do not own a .338. But like I said before "It's not the bullet or caliber as much as the placement of that 1st shot. I carry a .300 Win mag or .375 H&H mag when I'm guiding myself.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 07/10/18 04:50 AM

Wow that's a bear! I like the before and after shot of the cabin exterior. good to see new life breathed into the old buildings
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/29/18 04:29 AM

Hey guys, just checking in. Got a couple days off from the mountains to get cleaned up and so some laundry. Having a great season so far. Filling tags for clients and putting meat in my freezer. Found some pretty neat finds this fall out in the mountains. Found a creek that had an avalanche that killed 4 caribou last spring. Looked like the wolverine had a feast.


Watched a golden eagle kill two dall sheep lambs on the mineral lick across from my cabin. That didn't make me very happy but rare to witness I'd guess. I asked him politely to quit as it is illegal to kill ewes and lambs in my unit.
Did some more work on the cabin before the clients showed up. Still wanting to put a deck on and a lean off the side
First client was from Texas. Bowhunter for sheep and caribou and we harvested this monster on the way up to sheep camp. An absolute giant barren ground caribou.



He didn't get his sheep but he'll be back in September with his wife and we'll try again. We had 4 guys from South Dakota all harvest their Dall rams with in the 1st 4 days so that went well.



Got into some crazy water and grew a heck of head of hair over night.


Life is good, weather wasn't that good but still out in the mountains and loving it.




Heading back out through the end of September to get another sheep and couple moose. Hunt hard and be safe this fall guys. Trapping season is right around the corner..
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/29/18 04:37 AM

Thanks JR
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/29/18 12:44 PM

JR, thanks for the ride along with pictures the avalanche chute was really something, but shows mother nature gives and can take away.
Your cabin is coming along nicely I'm sure it's going to be ready for another trapping season.
Those are some once in a lifetime sheep and that caribou is exceptional.
Stay Safe out there!
Allan
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/29/18 03:15 PM

Pretty awesome set of caribou antlers JR! Massive beams, maybe a new Pope & Young record? Hard to tell from the picture, is the shovel and bez points combined into one unit, or whats going on there?

I need you to send me a pint of that water, getting a little thin on top! lol.
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/29/18 04:13 PM

Great pics and beautiful scenery.
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/30/18 12:07 AM

Enjoy it while you can JR. Your a lucky man!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/30/18 01:10 AM

He is indeed a lucky man. Good to see you taking advantage of it.
Way to go!
Your clients are fortunate, too.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/30/18 05:49 AM

Very nice!
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/30/18 08:06 PM

Thanks JR !! Beautiful country !

Incredible caribou !!
Posted By: tucker13

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 08/31/18 01:22 AM

Great pictures, beautiful caribou and sheep, the one ram has quit the flare.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/02/18 05:20 AM

That's a beast of a caribou and the velvet adds to it. Thanks for the usual great pics. Be careful about using any of that crazy water to bath in, hate to see what it would do to armpit hair.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/28/18 04:08 AM

Hey guys, just got in and finished my fall season. Good times, great country, awesome critters and some so so clients and weather. Filled a few tags, met some new friends and came out heathy and safe. Lots of little rodents out there this year. Killed 7 porcupines this summer and fall. That's more than all the years put together.



Spent some time up in the snow looking for sheep. Sheep hunting in September isn't the greatest but sometime it works.




Weather was hit and miss. When it was beautiful, man was it beautiful.






Wildlife was plentiful but legal moose were few and far between.


Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/28/18 04:17 AM

Harvested a lot of sheep this year but not many moose.



Picked up another #9 hanging in a tree off and old trail that washed out years ago. Happy every time I find a trap and really happy when it's a #9 or Newhouse.


Called in a pack of 12 wolves twice over the season and looks as if I have some blacks this year to play with. There was 5 black pups in the litter this year. Hung a few trail cams and got some pics but need to get some new cameras. These pics weren't really good.

Great season over all and excited for trapping season to start. Got a few clients to go on this winter's trapping adventures. Thinking of heading for Kodiak to try to get a few deer and goat before trapping season starts. Hope everyone had a safe and successful hunting season this fall.


Posted By: RdFx

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/28/18 12:22 PM

The picture of the hunting camp log cabin, where did they get the logs or were they all hauled in to build camp?
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/28/18 01:34 PM

Great pictures as always JR I'm sure you hated to leave camp I know I would of.
I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing about your adventures to Kodiak then on your trap line.
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/29/18 05:16 AM

Nice, looks like a great season! Great photos, thanks for sharing.

What do you do with the porcupines?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/29/18 11:22 PM

Looks like you had a awesome season JR! Look forward to seeing a few of those blackies later on in your shed smile
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 09/30/18 10:48 PM

Thanks guys. Sold all but two of my tanned wolf hides to hunter this year for a nice price. Moyle's called and last seasons fur is finished and in the mail.

RdFx... the logs were hauled in with dogsled from about 6 miles away down by my sheep cabin. The cabin was built in the late 20's by the late Hugo Stomberger. They were some tough men back then. There is also a really neat wood fired steam boiler just down from the cabin that was also hauled up by miners.

smalltimetrapper... I usually shoot the porcupines a couple times to make sure they are really dead and I haul them away from the cabin. I don't do anything with them as for salvage. If I'm heading out or close to the road, I'll haul them out and give one to a native friend of mine who really likes them.

HFT... I am also looking forward to putting a few blacks on the boards this winter. It's been a while....
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/01/18 04:11 AM

As always some great stories and excellent photos. That mountain scene, looks like a dawn shot, is outstanding.
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/03/18 05:33 AM

Always enjoy JR, thanks
Posted By: RdFx

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/03/18 12:09 PM

Thanks AK for the cabin info...
Posted By: Beaglador

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/04/18 02:28 PM

Your photos and stories never cease to amaze me. Thanks for bringing us all along!
Posted By: Klemke

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/04/18 04:10 PM

I always enjoy the stories and pictures in your journal. At risk of asking something so personal but how did you get to where you are? Did you grow up in the Alaska? What's the back story on you? I'm willing to bet it's as interesting as the stories we all look forward to now.
Posted By: backroadsarcher

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/05/18 02:00 AM

AK thanks for posting the pictures, that is some beautiful country.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/05/18 03:39 AM

The pleasure is all mine guys for being able to share my experiences with you all.

Klemke... I got from North Dakota to Fairbanks on an airplane in 1991 when I was 19 years old. In search of bears and adventure and been blessed to find many of both.

Here's a few more pics from the summer.



This is one of my buddy's new experimental SuperDuper Cub (Bipolar Betty) with me and my Rhino. She is a beast. Got to put a lot of miles on my Rhino that I hauled out last spring. They both are truly durable tools for out in this country. Bipolar Betty meet Big Blue my 72 Chevy Couple more bulls that survived the season to breed again

Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/06/18 12:56 AM

Pretty country! That last moose is a freaking toad! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/06/18 02:28 AM

Beautiful shots, those, JR ....yes, especially that last moose ! I also really like that huge caribou your client got . These would make amazing art portraits , someday.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/06/18 04:34 PM

Nice cub !!!!!!!!!

Are those caribou on the hill behind that last moose ???
Posted By: BORGY

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/06/18 06:20 PM

That first photo looks like it should be a painting and hung on a wall! Big Blue looks like quite the bad (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) truck. Thanks for sharing again. Can't wait til your out trapping again. I really enjoy these journals.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/10/18 03:25 AM

Sharon... I always have lots of pics for you to use. Just let me know when and what you are looking for.

white17... That's just snow on the hills behind the bull.

Got the fur back that I didn't sell from Moyle's Tannery. Excellent job again as always. The neighbor girls came over to help me unpack.
Posted By: g smith

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/14/18 03:05 AM

JR ,blessings and thank you for the pictures ,it was a great ride !
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/14/18 05:37 AM

Nice looking furs.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 10/19/18 02:30 PM

Thank you, JR , I appreciate your kindness. Ill keep an eye out and let you know, of course, when Id like to use one.

I enjoy your photos . They add so much to your adventures in walkabouts.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 05:20 AM

Greeting guys and gals. Been on a long road to putting meat in freezer. Took a drive down to Homer to get on the ferry bound for Kodiak. Lived up here 30 years and never been past Girdwood. What a beautiful drive. It took me a few days to get to Homer where I bunked at Len's place for a few days. He introduced me to winter King fishing and had a blast. Let me back up.. Before I headed south, I made one more trip out photographing moose as we were still shy of snow. [Linked Image]
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[Linked Image]Finally loaded the Jeep on the ferry and on to Kodiak. Spent a lot of time down there but always flew out remote and camped. This time I planned on bowhunting the road system for deer, Mountain goat and Brown bear. The ladder of the three on registration permits. Deer season closed so I concentrated on goats and bears. [Linked Image]
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Had a few issues closing the distance to within bow range of the goats and overestimated my sneaky sneakiness. This playing with your food is for the not so hungry. Got thousands of dollars in long range rifles and i'm trying to use a bow. Doesn't make a lot of sense anymore. Figured them out for next time and had a blast running around in the hills of the island. [Linked Image]
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Weather was hit and miss. I got invited out on a wild cow roundup on a little island and gladly accepted the challenge. 70 Navy seals attempted to herd these cattle to corral on the North end of the island to no avail. We gave it a shot and failed miserably also. We went back to Kodiak island to regroup with our tails tucked.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 05:31 AM

Another fun looking trip JR, I'm jealous! Glad to always see your pictures. How long does it take for the ferry ride each direction?
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 05:35 AM

The head guy of this adventure said if I wanted to go back and shoot one of those big old bulls that I could. Now this is exactly what I'm looking for...Meat. My buddy and I loaded back up in the boat and back over we went. Set up my new Arctic Oven Igloo and got comfortable. This was way harder than expected as I could have killed way more deer than cattle. I took me 5 days to track down a get a shot on this big old bull. [Linked Image]
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That was well worth all the trouble and work. What a bunch of meat. We called for a pick up and back to town. Got it all cut up, ground and stuffed at my buddies place. Just made up 128 pounds of sausage and will stuff it tomorrow. Took advantage of every nice day we had covering country and taking pics. The place is spectacular when the weather cooperates. [Linked Image]
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I spent a month down on Kodiak, made some new friends, seen some great wildlife and country and already planning next years trip. Now I hope to get a little cooler temps and snow so I can get out and plant some iron. [Linked Image]
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Good luck and be safe out there this season.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 08:20 AM

Awesome!!!! Thank you for sharing Howler!
Posted By: goatman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 03:02 PM

What a trip. And Kodiak is a place I love to visit often.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 04:22 PM

Lovely shots ! Really like the two moose, so close up, with the mountains in the backdrop . Thank you for sharing, JR cool
Posted By: decoy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/12/18 07:17 PM

[color:#3333FF][/color] Always impressive JR< Thanks
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 12:16 AM

You take amazing pictures JR! Thanks for sharing your adventures with the rest of us. I had no idea there were free range cows on any of the islands down there, thats an interesting hunt.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 12:46 AM

Looks like a good trip how did you like the new tent
Posted By: Cathouse Jim

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 02:00 AM

Breathtaking photos JR, all kinds of critters I have never seen in real life.
What is the rusty metal remnants of?
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 02:56 AM

Originally Posted by broncoformudv
You take amazing pictures JR! Thanks for sharing your adventures with the rest of us. I had no idea there were free range cows on any of the islands down there, thats an interesting hunt.



You know........there was a pretty extensive cattle operation on one of the near islands to Kodiak. In years gone by,,,but within recent memory..............when people were still free........... the ranchers there actually mounted machine guns on the top of the canopy of a Cub to protect their cattle from wolves and bears.

Maybe some of you Kodiakers have better information or ....at the very least, better memories
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 04:24 AM

Thanks all. Pleasure is mine in sharing.

CastorGitter.... The ferry took 12 to 14 hours

Broncomformudv...The cattle were put on this island in 1944 and free ranged. They are owned by a Kodiak rancher. The native cooperation that now owns the island wants the cattle removed to make it some sort of bird sanctuary. I was working with some ranchers off Kodiak in effort to round up the cattle to remove them. That didn't go very well but sure was fun. There has been a couple attempts at this round up to no avail. I was able to go back on the island to try to kill the big herd bulls to make them a bit easier to move. This whole trip was to fill my freezer and gladly accepted the challenge. I could have shot way more deer than cattle as they were very elusive. Now my freezer is full.

AK Trapper... The Igloo tent was great. Taking back to Tent and Tarp for a couple little modifications I'd like. Perfect 2 man tent but 3 could be done.

Cathouse Jim....This little island was the home of WWII's Fort Tidball. It consisted of several observation and defense batteries. The big rusty piece of steel is one of the protective hoods that used to be over one of the two 6 inch guns at that battery. There is a lot of old buildings and relics around but the salt water and rainy weather of Kodiak takes it's toll very quick. I was really taken back by the history on the island. Spent a lot of time looking through the bunkers and taking pics. [Linked Image]
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The steel doors and hinges have mostly rusted to nothing. The concrete is beautiful without a crack one. Those were some tough hands that built those bunkers and did a great job. Most of the wooden structures have collapsed.

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Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 04:39 AM

Stunning pics of the Emperor Geese.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 05:36 AM

One of my favorite journals.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 05:36 AM

Amazing shots, all those, JR....a time travel trip into history.

Thank you.
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 05:49 AM

Originally Posted by white17
Originally Posted by broncoformudv
You take amazing pictures JR! Thanks for sharing your adventures with the rest of us. I had no idea there were free range cows on any of the islands down there, thats an interesting hunt.



You know........there was a pretty extensive cattle operation on one of the near islands to Kodiak. In years gone by,,,but within recent memory..............when people were still free........... the ranchers there actually mounted machine guns on the top of the canopy of a Cub to protect their cattle from wolves and bears.

Maybe some of you Kodiakers have better information or ....at the very least, better memories


Ken, that was a rancher by the name of Joe Zentner that mounted the machine gun on his cub, and thinned the bears out around his place. I think that was in the late 50's, and early 60's.
There were no wolves there but all the ranchers were losing a lot of cattle to the bears. Zentner was a pretty tough old guy, he'd head out in the dark by himself with a 30-30 and a dim flashlight after any bear that came in to his corrals at night. If I remember right Alaska Sportsman magazine did a story story about him I think sometime in the early '60's.
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 05:54 AM

JR sounds like an awesome trip, not many get invited to hunt them wild cattle. You can hunt deer anytime, but the chance to take one of the wild cows is a rare experience.
Posted By: otter3006

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 07:30 AM

JR ,Beautiful pics there. i recognize some of your spots there. long island is really unspoiled with the WW2 bunkers. "Used" to go for rainbows in the lake there[ f & g will not stock it anymore with fingerlings] ,but a lot has changed here when lesnoi came in claiming a lot of property around town. as soon as they got claim in court they logged everything they could so a handful could get $$ . and trespassed the locals and they are so few of them and i hear don t even live here[AZ]. Blocked even access out at chiniak bunkers and beach. and a bunch of my old trapping spots. lots of friction been going on. got a chance a few year back and was able to buy 2 newhouse DLS #4 ,one with teeth that have Z stamped in them . Was told they were Zenters.Long Island was a super fund cleanup. Hope your meat doesn't glow. I am sure its fine with as much rain we get. Thanks for sharing those pics love those moose ones especially. Come on back and get some halibut next time.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 01:38 PM

Thanks Spek ! I knew someone had a better memory than I do !!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 03:42 PM

My wife's folks ran the mission in Kodiak for several years in the early 70's, and had a permit of some sort to kill a few cattle off the island every year.
They also hunted rabbits on Woody island.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 03:44 PM

Otter3006... you right about Lesnoi.. Had to deal with them a bit and have very little respect for them. They have totally destroyed the forest over around Chiniak. Bought a permit from them for access through their property to go goat hunting. Spent a lot of my time out around Chiniak as that is were my buddy lives. Lesnoi had security guards patrolling their land like it was Fort Knox. That rain forest sure doesn't look like it used too. [Linked Image]
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Their security goes out jack-lighting and shooting the Varying Hare cause they claim the hares are killing all the new growth trees. I told him to let people come out and hunt and trap and they'll hunt the hares and at least utilize them instead of leaving them. Their whole presence is kind of fishy. [Linked Image]
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It sure is a different place than the interior. Hard to get used to running around in rain gear and extra-tuffs all the time. I was learning to enjoy it because when the sun was shinning, it sure made up for it.

Spek... I was in such a hurry to head north for the house, I forgot to try to get a hold of ya when I was in Homer. Had breakfast with FamilyTrapper and hit the road. Next time for sure..
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 06:05 PM

Loving all the pictures and history lessons! I wonder how that iron bubble got seperated from the gun position, looks like it weighs a lot. Its amazing how good of condition the concrete is in.
Posted By: otter3006

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/13/18 07:59 PM

After the war those gun emplacements here and in dutch harbor were blown up during decommission. some of the guns came from ww1 battle ships. Those guys did an super job on concrete too. always been amazed how well they have held up and the pours ,no bubbles, bulges and straight and lots of cu.yards!!!!!
Posted By: Gulo

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/14/18 12:22 AM

Interesting JR. Thanks for continuing to post. In your photos (great job) I noticed a pretty severe lack of greenery in those logged-over places. Was intriguing to me that the company doing the work is Lesnoi. In the Russian language, "lesnoi" means "forest" or "lumber". What a name, huh?

Jack
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/14/18 06:14 AM

Great write up and pics, sounds like a good adventure! I've only been to Kodiak once, but if I ever get over there again this time of year I will take some trapping gear. At least some fox snares. We did a fly in hunt, while out deer hunting would see several beautiful fox every day. Those things are big and fluffy!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/14/18 06:21 AM

Spectacular photos and a great write up on your trek. Those goats look pretty low down. I've never seen those emperor geese before, cool looking.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/18/18 10:48 PM

Thanks guys.

Otter3006... I'll take you up on that halibut fishing next time. This trip was a recon mission and learned a lot more this time. You are right about that concrete in the bunkers. Amazing work and not a crack one. I cannot imagine building those structures so remote back then. Those gun hoods are 5 inches thick. How did they get there. Hard work and true craftsmen. I heard the same things about Lesnoi and that all the money from the logging went to the management and the shareholders never saw a penny. Didn't look like they replanted very well either.

Gulo... I noticed the same thing out in that logged area. Lack of greenery and it was clear cut around 4 or 5 years ago.

Bushman... Kodiak goats are pretty low as are the mountains. My buddy has seen them right down on the road and the beach. There are some higher more rugged mountains though. That is the first time I've ever seen those Emperor geese myself and yes they are beautiful. They have a season on them now and you can harvest one goose. I will be looking into that next season for sure. I would get one of those mounted for the house.

The river isn't frozen at my crossing so I guess I'll have to fly out to the cabin and get started trapping again this season. Good luck to all and be safe..
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/19/18 01:43 AM

Great pics Howler and interesting history.
Posted By: LeverAlone

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 12/23/18 08:00 AM

Awesome pics AKHowler, can't get over the beauty out there, you sure are living life to its fullest! What a wild place.

Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 05:30 AM

Hello Trappers, finally made it across the river. Ice was solid, snow was scarce but the trail clearing was a handful. Had to give in the first day after 6 miles. Came home for more gas for the saw and a much bigger saw. [Linked Image]
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Came back out and continued out towards the mountains setting marten gear as I went. Sign was few and far between but set out around 25 pole sets. Did see fair bit of wolf sign traveling across the flats though. [Linked Image]
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Was a bit late getting out to the creek so fired up the Crossover cabin as not to try to break out the canyon in the dark. Creek was pretty easy travel until I got into the canyon. Broke through in the exact same spot I did last year. Pulled out the Extraction bag and put it to work. [Linked Image]
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Early the next morn I made the attempt to break out the canyon to the cabin. Had to build a few ramps and ice bridges but made it safely. The ice really froze high this winter so there is lots of fall outs and shelf ice. [Linked Image]
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I had left 4 trail cameras out this fall and was really excited to see what was on the cards. I wasn't disappointed. Lots of wolves, a coyote, lynx, snowshoe hares, Griz, moose caribou and even got a wolverine. Switched out the cameras with some new Brownings in hopes of getting some better pics. [Linked Image]
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On the way home, my Scandic was starting a little rough and finally let me down smack dab in the middle of the line on the way home. Called in a favor, thinking I lost the starter. We couldn't figure it out and decided to tow it back to the truck. After about 2 miles my buddy asked if you can tow start the 4-stroke. We had tried to rope start it to no avail. I put the ol WT in high range and off we went. I hit the starter button while we were moving down the trail and she fired right up. I was pretty excited with this and turned around and went back for my sleds I'd left behind. [Linked Image]
Got the Scandic back into the shop and figured out that it wasn't the starter or the battery. It was my main ground strap to the frame had broke. Quick easy fix and back out on the trail. Got a couple inches of powder snow on the line but not near enough. Placed some wolf gear and some catch all sets out. Had a tourist come out with me for a 3 day adventure. Had a great time but not the place to learn to ride a sled under these conditions. Picked up 5 marten and 2 fox for my troubles. [Linked Image]
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Anxious to get back out after the Tuesday ATA meeting. Good luck and be safe out there.
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 07:22 AM

JR, where is that main ground strap connected? My '13 Expedition LE in 600 etec is still in the shop. No electronics. I press the start button, nothing. I jump the solenoid and the starter engages, still no start or electronics. I pull my rewind starter, nothing. Could it be my ground as well? I wonder if when you tipped your rig in the ice if that's what loosened your ground? Did you electronics just go out on you? I'm curious. I really want to get my Expedition going but for the life of me I cannot figure that thing out. I may have to ship it to Nome's Wilderness Ski-Doo to have them look at it.

Glad you're out on the 'line again. I always look forward to your pics and stories.
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 08:13 AM

JR... good luck with them wolves!
I've got a Moultrie MCG-12635 and a Browning BTC-5HD, much prefer the Browning.
Picture quality is far superior.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 12:26 PM

Dang dude! That creek looks like a pain in the butt! Glad you didn't get hurt when you punched through! Good to hear you got gear out and picked up a little fur! smile Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 04:24 PM

Man, my NO WAY voice yells NEGATIVE looking at that ice!
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 04:43 PM

Amazing that you can carefully maneuver around those huge ice ledges and drops like that.

Be careful , JR, and thank you for sharing what it takes to get places in those conditions.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 06:34 PM

Inupiaq.. Here is a pic of the location of the ground strap on my 2012 Scandic WT. It is a heavy gauge wire and bent in a bit of a horse shoe. With constant pressure I think it just broke the copper ferrule on the end where the bolt runs through. I couldn't figure it out. My buddy jumped a cable from the battery to the frame and she fired right up. Then we tracked down the ground strap. I will make another one a little longer and keep this one as a spare. I just crimped and soldered a new end on and headed back out the next day. [Linked Image]
Here's a few more from the trail cameras to help realize why I attempt to travers these ice conditions [Linked Image]
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DIdn't take many pics of the fur this trip, was cold and in a hurry I guess. I did manage to take one of this little cross though in a catch-all set.[Linked Image]
This is a new face mask- goggle combination that I tried and really like this year. Got it off some site off Facebook. I really like it. For those of you who were glasses, this worked really well at -20 to -35 below. The mask does cover up some of the ugly too. [Linked Image]
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/06/19 07:22 PM

Is that all one piece or two JR ??
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/07/19 12:57 AM

Two piece Ken, you can get them on E-bay for $20. Winter Snow Sport 2 piece googles. Wish they were a little longer but that can be fixed pretty easy.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/07/19 01:38 AM

Cool !! Thanks !!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/07/19 02:33 AM

I need that, as well! Running the line in a skiff in winter can be, well, cold. I have yet to find a good fabric facemask.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/08/19 05:26 AM

As always a great read.

I've had the same grounding issue on my skandic, last time was in November elk camp. I changed out the entire cable. I'm thinking your machine started because it was bouncing up and down and the ground made contact again? I loaded mine once when dead and it started again after 100 miles of bouncing on a trailer. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your winter.
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/08/19 09:11 AM

Thank you for sharing the problem...and the picture, JR. Really helps. I saw mine and nothing seemed to be wrong just by looking at it, but I probably should take it off and inspect it, huh?

So, if I'm getting it right, if I ground the battery to the frame and it starts, then it should be a bad ground at that place you showed huh?

Good luck on them amaguqs. They look healthy and well-furred.
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/14/19 02:12 AM

Thanks for sharing Howler! Stay safe.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/20/19 11:05 PM

Good afternoon trappers. Returned from the line yesterday with with fur for the stretchers. The river crossing was great but still no snow across the flats. Marten sign was really slow picking 4 on the trip into the cabin. My new little bypass trail didn't produce but one marten so far this season. It is really rough traveling so I closed up the traps on that line. [Linked Image]
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Overflow was it's usual self but didn't give me any out of the ordinary troubles. I've learned to hold on and not relax when traveling through it. [Linked Image]
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Ended up picking up a 78# gray female pup in a AK #9 pee post off the end of the airstrip below the cabin. Looked like the pack killed her. This is the second time that has happen on my line. She was froze down in the overflow so I had to chop her out but not too bad. [Linked Image]
Got a fire going in the cabin, unloaded the sled, grabbed the water jugs and headed up to check the line to Pee Post pass and get water. Low and behold, Pee Post Pass strikes again and wolf #2 is held fast in a AK #9 pee post. It was dark so didn't get any pics. Dispatched the 78# gray male, reset the trap and headed back for the cabin. Missed on a couple set between the cabin and the pass but just due to foot misplacement. [Linked Image]
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Peeled #2 and called it a night. The next day picked up a 25# big lynx tom in a catch-all set. [Linked Image]
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Not seeing much lynx sign on my line but picked up a couple on this trip. 400 yards up the river from the lynx, a #9 pee post held a 32.5 pound wolverine. He wasn't throwing a fit so I took a couple pics of him before dispatching. This is the first time I've ever done this, usually I just dispatch them quickly. [Linked Image]
I have a bait station 5 miles above the cabin and ended up picking up wolf #3 in a snare on it. He came in solo from the top. I just walked through the snares double checking and found him. Beautiful 92# gray male. We had a cold snap blow in and got 40 below out there. First time I'd seen true -40 at the cabin since I've been out there. Good time to catch up on some skinning. Really burnt some wood there for a couple days. [Linked Image]
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As the temps warmed up, I attempted to open up some more line. It was more than I could handle. Really hard on the sled and rider. [Linked Image]
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Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/20/19 11:28 PM

Four days into the trip, I picked up #4 in a AK #9 pee post that I've set for many years without catching a wolf. I'd placed it on a grapple and the 97# male made it about 30 yards before totally wrapping up. [Linked Image]
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After dispatching him, I place the same trap right back in the same bed and 4 days later picked up #5 on the same post. [Linked Image]
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Here is a prime example why we have a swivel right on the base of the trap. This big old male weighed in at 107 pounds and 8' nose to tip of tail. Ya know what, I dispatched that one and placed that same trap right back in the same bed. We'll see what happens. I headed up to Pee Post pass to check the rest of the line since the pack went in that direction. Bingo, trap and drag are gone on the post I missed on last week. After a 40 yard track job though some dense willow, my first black wolf waited. Wolf #6 was kind of a wizard on how he made it that far without getting hung up. A huge 92 pound pup of the year with a beautiful hide. [Linked Image]Decided to spend another day at the cabin and get everything peeled before heading to town. Not much fun carrying whole wolves through the overflow. Skin them when they are thawed is my motto. [Linked Image]
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The trip out yesterday produce 6 more marten and another big tom lynx. [Linked Image]
Got a lot more gear out this week and looking forward to heading back out in a couple days. Every once in a while even a blind squirrel finds a nut. Busy day putting up fur today and enjoying every minute of it. [Linked Image]
Be safe and productive out there.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/20/19 11:46 PM

JR as always thanks for the ride along those are some great pictures ! You still have more snow than we do down here I fired up my old Polaris for when we get enough to ride I'll be ready ? Your marten have some interesting color phases.
Keep up the good work and Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: rick brocious

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 12:44 AM

JR , thanks for taking us along on your adventures .
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 12:56 AM

Great run, you are whacking the wolves! Thanks for the pics. How do you know you have a pup? Seems like 92 is pretty big for a pup. Excuse my ignorance, lol.

Good info on resetting the dirty trap. Just smells like wolf I guess. Interesting that they would come right back to the catch circle.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 01:04 AM

WOW! That looks like a awesome trip and thank you for sharing! Good to see you connecting with the wolves! Shame about the wolverine, kinda looks like it was living in a barrow, still a nice catch though! Look forward to seeing the next update!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 01:31 AM

Nice job Jr
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 02:13 AM

You need a haircut.
laugh
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 02:15 AM

Great looking wolves Howler.
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 03:46 AM

That's a great trip JR! Glad to hear there were no sketchy parts on the trail this time. Shame about the wolverine.

We've been having "interesting" snow out this way this season. It took forever to show up and then it was storm after storm. Pretty rough ride over the tundra now.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 04:09 AM

You are definitely getting your field testing in on your #9's sir! With very impressive results. Keep it up
Posted By: otterman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 07:31 AM

looks like another great week out there
Posted By: EurekaTrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 05:23 PM

Who needs aerial wolf control when we have you around JR. That is an amazing haul. Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Those one hand setters sure make it easier to get those traps off. Did a wolf straighten out your drag or is it designed with one straight hook?
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 05:36 PM

Lovely wolves and marten, JR ....I too have been appreciating very much the amazing variety of marten colour tones .

Thank you for the share, JR .
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/21/19 09:12 PM

Awesome. Just awesome. My most recent wolverine has some missing hair on its head too but mine looks like an old wound.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 05:17 PM

Here's a couple videos I did while out on the line this past trip. This first one you'll hear the wolves answer me back after my second howl. You'll have to listen closely after my second howl. I ran back into the cabin and locked the door after that.


Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 05:19 PM

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Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 05:20 PM

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Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 05:21 PM

Posted By: trappin moose

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 06:06 PM

Thanks JR. I cant open the videos but it might be my settings here. Thanks for sharing your days. I'm still dreaming about getting some #9's from you one day soon.....
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 08:51 PM

Posted By: FullFreezer

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 11:14 PM

Good haul JR. I like the videos.
I sent you an email with a couple questions, I know youíre busy.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/22/19 11:43 PM

Thank you JR for your videos- very interesting !
Posted By: rick brocious

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/23/19 12:01 AM

Great job on the videos JR .
Posted By: stripe55

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/23/19 12:29 AM

Thank you very much for taking the time to chronicle some of your season, I love this stuff!
About the wolf that made it through that tangle on the drag; Is it possible he took the drag to mouth on first resistance and carried it a ways? Or do you think it was just a coincidence and it didn't hook up?
I don't claim to know a thing about wolves, so if thats a really stupid question I apologize
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/23/19 03:44 AM

Originally Posted by AKHowler



Is that your trapping partner's picture on the hinge side of the door ??
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/23/19 06:16 AM

Sure am enjoying watching your journal. Got addicted and binge read for a few nights to get all caught up! Sure am enjoying the video, and the recent wolf catches. Congrats...

Now if I can just get one...
Posted By: GEORGEB

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/23/19 04:55 PM

thanks 4 sharing
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/24/19 08:37 PM

Got the Scandic all tore apart. Front Pogo suspension was acting funny. I'd hit a stump on the way out and dented the upper tower not allowing the shock and spring to work properly. Be looking for one of these in town today. [Linked Image]
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Forgot to mention that I'd lost my starter on the Scandic last week out at the cabin. Luckily it was at the cabin. Used the Rhino to pull her into the shop and replaced it pretty easily in the heated fur shed. I'd bought a couple of them for spares and they came into play. A connection broke free on the positive lead. It felt funny when I checked it the week before looking for the problem that left me stranded. [Linked Image]
This is Wolf #1 that the pack killed in the trap. They tore her up pretty bad. I brought her in to Al at the Tannery for him to fix. That is way above my sewing skill level. He did a great job and she's on the stretcher now. [Linked Image]
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Got my new aluminum trapline signs done. Let's see how the porcupines and squirrels like these. Auto Trim Design in Fairbanks made these for me. $53 for 3 didn't seem to bad to me. [Linked Image]
Heading back out on Sunday. Suppose to be unseasonably warm.
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/25/19 06:02 AM

When was the last time that scale was calibrated!! Haha!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/25/19 10:42 AM

Love the videos JR! Thanks for sharing! Yeah if this warm weather pushes up your way you will be running in a T shirt like I was today smile +41 and rain.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/25/19 12:17 PM

Great videos JR the pack sure did a number on that wolf sewing it darn sure would've been a challenge how about a after picture. I hope you find the part you need for your sled.
I've noticed that we normally get the same weather you had up there about 10 days after you had it there .
Stay Safe out there and catch a bunch !
Allan
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 04:20 AM

better than corn with a p, much better, which is to say these are as good as it gets. thanks for taking the time to put these together
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 12:09 PM

Cool stuff , awesome pics. Jr.
Posted By: 160user

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 01:54 PM

I sure enjoy following these journals.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 03:40 PM

JR how many miles do you have on that Skandic now ? Im going to need a new sled next year and am considering going back to the 4 strokes. Whats the most common problem you've seen with the 600 ACE ?
Posted By: isnarewolves

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 05:36 PM

Update on the wolf that was brutally attract by a unsavory gang. The surgery was long, just about 2 hours. But i was able to put her back together.She won't have a full recovery. she'll have a few disabilities. She won't be able to be taxidermy, but she could be displayed as a nice wall hanging fur for the rest of time. [Linked Image]
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Posted By: isnarewolves

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 05:54 PM

I can only hope that the judge in that area will bring this horrific gang that attached this young female, to full trap line justice. mad
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 05:55 PM

Originally Posted by yukon254
JR how many miles do you have on that Skandic now ? Im going to need a new sled next year and am considering going back to the 4 strokes. Whats the most common problem you've seen with the 600 ACE ?


Do your self a favor and get the 900 ace. The 600 has the same if not less HP as an old fan cooled. You'll be much happier with a 900. The 600 will still pull your sled anywhere you need to go but come spring time or deep snow you will be glad you had the extra HP. If you run through any valley's with deep snow the snow 600 ace will struggle.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/29/19 11:24 PM

Originally Posted by isnarewolves
Update on the wolf that was brutally attract by a unsavory gang. The surgery was long, just about 2 hours. But i was able to put her back together.She won't have a full recovery. she'll have a few disabilities. She won't be able to be taxidermy, but she could be displayed as a nice wall hanging fur for the rest of time. [Linked Image]
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Nice sewing!

Love the commentary laugh
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 12:54 AM

Well done! I have a wolverine that needs your service.
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 02:55 AM

Nice work Al and JR. making as much as you can from what was left. JR, hope you put the hurting on that pack of thugs!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 09:35 AM

Thanks, nice work Al. I stopped by the shop this evening. I'll swing in a pick her up tomorrow and reintroduce her to her pack. I took out another one of those bullies that tore her up. Big 115 pound gray male in the same post I caught #4 and 5 in. This one made it a bit further than the rest. [Linked Image]
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Had a buddy with me so had him video the remake
Weather was warm and overflow was ever present and maybe a bit angry this week. [Linked Image]
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Picked up a couple fox along the way. One in a cubby and one in a coyote snare. I'll get some pics of the one when I get it on the board. [Linked Image]

Ended up getting a 1/4 inch of snow today. Just enough to see new tracks. Speaking of new tracks, the wolves came down to investigate who was howling in the valley again this morning but gave a wide birth around the pee post that I've been picking them off on. Missed on a few on pee posts this week but got some more gear lain. Here's some sign for ya. [Linked Image]
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Came out today and found some serious overflow on the Tanana. Got around it without to much trouble.


Dave, haven't had too many problems with the 2012 Scandic WT for having 8300 miles on it. Most of it besides the Ground strap breaking, Fuel pump and clutch were self induced problems that hard riding and rough country caused. I've replaced the track and most of the suspension parts at least once. I'd like to get a 900 ACE in the Expedition WT next. A buddy has one and I'm excited to try it out. Really getting tired of the pogo stick front end.
Posted By: FullFreezer

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 10:15 AM

Nice wolf. Thanks for the videos. Are those cross bars on your sled the original ones we made up? I still got mine from that build. How do you like that tough box?
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 05:34 PM

Good stuff, 3 wolves on the same post in less than a week! That's a big boy!
Posted By: badgerboy14

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 05:46 PM

Hey JR what are using to make your traps white? Are you painting or dyeing them? I need to do that to a few of mine. Thanks.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 06:33 PM

Congrats on that big boy!
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 06:55 PM

Thanks JR !! I had a member who bills himself as a "professional outdoorsman" tell me that no sane person would believe that wolves would scent mark a frozen hummock. I guess you didn't know that either . laugh
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 07:53 PM

White I think anybody who calls themselves a professional is usually the opposite. Jr here is the kind of guy who others call a professional.
Still my favorite thread JR. the tracks on your trail make me realize that I took the wolves on my line for granted. I sure miss seeing tracks like that.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 10:06 PM

Good job Jr you are putting a hurting on them congrats
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 10:28 PM

Originally Posted by white17
Thanks JR !! I had a member who bills himself as a "professional outdoorsman" tell me that no sane person would believe that wolves would scent mark a frozen hummock. I guess you didn't know that either . laugh


That's what a good number of my pee posts are, I guess the wolves in my area don't know that yet. Works good to chop one loose and put it where you need it...
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/30/19 10:45 PM

Thank you Jr for your updates...another nice wolf...and beautiful foxes .
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/31/19 12:37 AM

Very good jr, cool stuff on your line.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 01/31/19 05:24 AM

I gotta admit that chewed up wolf might not have made it back to town with me. Take the head and shoulder for head mount and the rest is bait. Nice repair job!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/08/19 01:56 AM

I see youíre a member of the million view club...
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/10/19 05:49 AM

Ryan McLeod..... The only reason I got a million views is because of all the pictures I post as most of us cannot read.

Got back from the cabin today with a little fur for the stretchers and a new lease on life. My coyote bait on the Tanana isn't producing coyotes but picked up my 3rd and 4th fox of it. A small pack of wolves came by this morn but didn't venture in. [Linked Image]Snared a cross also and the hips were already rubbed. On down the trail and caught this goofy looking little guy in a Bridger #3 protecting a cat cubby. 72 pound male pup. This is why we have leash laws in Alaska. Threw the collar in the woods and put this German Shepard on the stretcher. Pretty odd colored pup. [Linked Image]
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Had a wolverine working the trail pretty hard cleaning off salmon heads off the marten poles. I'd tripped most of the traps and left the heads hanging to feed the few marten that are left. Not thinking about the wolverine that is now trained to climb marten poles to steal the free meal. I'd already caught my one wolverine I allow myself per year but have now changed that to two wolverine per year limit and left him a surprise.
The overflow was ridiculous this week but didn't pose much of a problem. [Linked Image]
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Missed a few wolves on the posts this week. Lots of activity just not much getting pinched. Called the wolves from the cabin 3 nights in a row and couldn't get them to step on the traps. Swing and a miss. [Linked Image]
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Got a little bit of snow last night but todays wind will probably send it downstream. Travel is still pretty rough going [Linked Image]
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The caribou moved in now and are all over the trails. Just when ya think you can set some blind trail sets.
[Linked Image] Got some work to do on the Tundra and heading back out on Wednesday to try to catch a few more dogs
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/10/19 12:53 PM

Nice looking pup! Thanks for sharing JR!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/10/19 02:00 PM

Congratulations on the successful check and on the new lease on life thing's are sure challenging when some people don't give you all the information I've had a similar experience myself.
That pup is really something else and you sure have some great colored fox keep up the good work !
Stay Safe out there and enjoy your day !
Allan
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/10/19 04:11 PM

Thank you for sharing, JR....sure love the marten and fox .
Posted By: Whopper Stopper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/10/19 04:17 PM

Congratulations!

WS
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/10/19 05:30 PM

I read the post on another page that has to really take the wind out of your sails glad to hear all is well .Go out and enjoy every day because you don,t know what tomorrow will bring . Thanks for the ride along,
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/11/19 03:52 AM

Not sure what the new lease on life is about, but glad you are ok, whatever it was! Cool looking wolf! Those Bridgers 3s are pretty tough, especially if 4 coiled and lammed and base plated. Not too surprised that it held. I've heard of one holding a yearling alces alces... Too bad about the misses, but you'll probably catch up to them later.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 07:12 AM

Greeting Trappers, made it back from a productive week on the line. Got some fur for the stretchers and put a lot of wolf gear in the field. Got an inch of snow but it blew away and ended up in drift form on the trail to Pee Post Pass. [Linked Image]
Ended up catching my bait stealing wolverine in the MB750 I'd left for him last week. Real nice 27 pound male. [Linked Image]
Lots of caribou along the trail this trip. Santa boards his reindeer out on my line. As long as I'm on his good boy list, they are safe.
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Here's the South side of some North bound caribou. [Linked Image]
Picked up wolf #9 in a pee post with a grapple and he didn't make it very far. I'd set this post for quite a few years and finally paid off. [Linked Image]
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The same pack ate this lynx out of one of my traps. First time I'd had that happen in a trap. Had a few windy days and really scoured the hills and canyon both of what little snow we had. [Linked Image]
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Hadn't done a track and skag inspection for a while but I could have chosen a little better spot. [Linked Image]
Picked up a few lynx this trip. This is a pretty little female [Linked Image]
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Got this big ol male in a snare I'd set for a wolverine on the way out this morn. A huge 34 pound male. [Linked Image]
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Picked up wolf #10 in a snare that I'd set out the first week I was out. A pack of wolves had milled around and one wolf had walked through this spot. It was the only spot I could see to hang a snare and was still worried about the overflow. Well, it worked. 90 pound black female held fast but not choked out. [Linked Image]
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Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 07:19 AM

Had a full moon while I was out there and the views were spectacular. This is 10 pm. Gives a whole new meaning to moonlight
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Still getting pics on the trail cams. This wolf is stealing carcasses off the dead pile on the end of the runway. You wouldn't believe how many times I've missed him. Inches.... [Linked Image]
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Grooming the trail on the way out this afternoon
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 07:32 AM

Nice, congrats on the wolves and the bait stealing gulo. That's a big cat, my biggest ever was 34 lbs.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 07:45 AM

Dang you are tearing them up this year JR! That is a beauty of a blackie! A bunch of good looking fur! Bites about that one lynx though, those big boys must be really hungry to mess with a angry kitty!
Posted By: rosscoak

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 10:10 AM

Awesome, way to get after it JR!
Great job...i love those black beauties!
Posted By: Boco

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 03:01 PM

Great catches and pics Howler.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 03:52 PM

Nice catches JR. those caribou would not be safe on my trapline.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 03:53 PM

Nice job JR
Posted By: mttrapperguy

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 04:22 PM

Thanks for sharing JR, i really enjoy your pictures
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 09:33 PM

Congrats on a successful run!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/21/19 11:30 PM



Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Nice catches JR. those caribou would not be safe on my trapline.
. If those caribou were on your trapline you would have a parking lot for every snowmobile in the delta
Posted By: Castor Gitter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 02/22/19 02:37 AM

Looks like a good run JR. Glad to see you bringing in some good fur this year.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/03/19 02:44 AM

Congratulations on the successful run on your snare and trap line ! I'll bet you'll have at least one of the lynx eating wolves your next check .
Stay Safe out there and thanks for the ride along !
Allan
Posted By: K9man

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 03:17 AM

Well I must say, a week ago I started reading and itís the best 48 pages I have ever read. Thanks for posting
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 04:28 AM

Back off the line today. Got a little fur for the stretchers and pulled most of the gear. The freeze thaw thing going on and pretty frustrating. Put 350 miles on and didn't cut one fresh set of wolf tracks. Howled every day with no response until Saturday afternoon. Got the pack to howl off the top of Iowa ridge. Walked up there with the rifle in tow but they went silent. Not sure if they saw me coming or the airplane that circled up there scared them off. Nice day for a walk anyway. [Linked Image]

Last week the sleds kept wanting to lead the way on the ice and when I flipped it over this is what I found [Linked Image]
Pulled the stubs out and made a new pair of skags. These conditions are a bit hard on equipment [Linked Image]
Picked up an 87# gray female in a snare coming out of sheep country. Took her for a walk or maybe a slide down the creek. [Linked Image]
Picked up a few more lynx this trip. Guess I should have placed a little more gear out this year. Saw quite a bit of wolverine and lynx sign, seed for next season. [Linked Image]
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Lots of overflow but really not menacing [Linked Image]
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Trail conditions are not improving but I keep hitting it with the groomer. My groomer really needs some attention after the abuse I've put it through [Linked Image]
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Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 04:31 AM

Got the ATA Fur auction and Spring Fling coming up so gotta get some fur tagged and get ready. Here's the almost end of the season pic. [Linked Image]
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Spring is in the air so safe travels out there.
Posted By: white17

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 04:34 AM

GREAT picture of Gulo !! WOW !

Usually they prefer to keep their back to you !
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 04:49 AM

WOW! I didn't think snow conditions were that bad up your way! Some pretty country JR! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the fur!
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 05:00 AM

Nice shots again, and gorgeous gulo, indeed . I sure like those colour combos, in dark bronze halo , rich sable browns, with that orange necklace bling to top it off....lovely animal .
Posted By: rosscoak

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 05:46 AM

Awesome run, JR!
Hope ya get a dozen...its prime time!
Posted By: Sharon

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 04:02 PM

JR, If you dont mind, Im going to save that wolverine for future reference ....his stare ,the light highlighting those wispy orange necklace hairs against the deep red bronze halo in the backdrop is such a nice contrast . I always love how winter snow light reflects in the eyes of any living being .

It may be a while, but when I "borrow" this one , Ill be sure to inform you, of course ....thank you , for your share in life adventures.
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 05:16 PM

Laughed at the sliding video. Done that a time or two. Never done it with a wolf, though. Only a bear in a backpack down an avalanche chute. You can get some serious speed going, and yes you gotta be tough - it's hard on the bum! I ruined two pair of pants doing this.

Enjoyed the posts and photos as always.

Got a couple of your traps going out there now. Sure hoping they connect before I run out of time.
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/05/19 10:38 PM

Just turn the groomer around and pull it the other way. Crosspieces will straighten right out, eh? Did that wolf die in the snare? How was the belly? Little green?
mt
Posted By: Osky

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/06/19 12:37 AM

Beautiful. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

Osky
Posted By: Oh Snap

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/06/19 07:11 PM

JR
Good thing the chain is tight, LOL
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/06/19 08:39 PM

Nice pics! That lynx catch picture, that looks like your "catch all" set. That's been a good producer for you.

I like the sliding video, looks like you might get a free back adjustment as part of the deal!

Some great country you are in.
Posted By: beartooth trapr

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/06/19 09:15 PM

Awesome. Good run j.r. I enjoy your YouTube and poston here. Have fun at the sale.
Posted By: Antarctica

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/07/19 12:27 AM

Awesome pics. Love them all - the animals, the landscape, the shop, etc. Thanks for posting.
Posted By: Fergustrap 2

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/07/19 09:12 PM

good job AK seem your left black wolf still with bloode stain on it, use borax on it.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/11/19 05:39 AM

Sad day for this trapper. Finished closing up the line today. Great season with fur on the stretchers and no major mishaps. The wolves came back on to the lower end of the creek where I'd already pulled the gear. [Linked Image]
Lots of overflow with this warm weather. [Linked Image]
40 degrees and the wind blowing really depletes what little snow we had. Travel sure is nice with all this daylight though. The landscapes were worth pulling the camera out for.[Linked Image]
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[Linked Image] Found a wolf kill right by the cabin. Figured they must have killed this in December before I got out there and the warm sunshine thawed it out for the ravens.
Coming out today, I should have been riding an ATV though. The last couple miles were rough with no snow. [Linked Image]
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The mighty Tanana was still in a solid state so that was nice. I think I have one more trip on the sled. [Linked Image]
Got the Annual ATA fur auction and Spring Fling coming up on the 16th and 17th so hope to see some of ya there
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/11/19 01:49 PM

I think it's always a little bittersweet to pull the gear out - especially when there is fresh sign around! But with the changing of the seasons, there are other things to do, and next season to be excited about and planning for.

You have very beautiful country and a very interesting life.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/11/19 08:30 PM

I got a wolverine this weekend but the wolf beat me to it left nothing but the head.. Pulled it right out of the trap.
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/12/19 11:10 PM

You alaskans can always move to western alaska..........seasons open till apr. 15
mt
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/12/19 11:36 PM

You had a awesome season JR! Thank you for sharing your stories, pic's and video's!!
Posted By: SK-Trapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/26/19 02:38 PM

AK thanks for all you share.
One question, what kind of paint do you use on your wolf traps?
I'm going to do mine this spring.
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/26/19 05:00 PM

Originally Posted by martentrapper
You alaskans can always move to western alaska..........seasons open till apr. 15
mt


Bring your hip boots. Our snow is melting faster and earlier each year.
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 03/26/19 11:17 PM

Originally Posted by Malukchuk
Originally Posted by martentrapper
You alaskans can always move to western alaska..........seasons open till apr. 15
mt


Bring your hip boots. Our snow is melting faster and earlier each year.


When I lived in Nome we often trapped till the end of march. Even tho conditions would allow a little longer, like in to April, we quit by April 1. After that worried about catching a bear!
mt
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: AKHowler's Journal - 04/07/19 03:57 AM

Greetings trappers. Flew in from a few days out closing up the cabins for the summer. I have 7 trail cameras out and running along the line now. Got lots of pics of wolves, coyote and another wolverine. I'll share a few with ya [Linked Image]
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