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Trapping the Mackenzie Delta

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/04/15 04:41 PM



My son is busy researching new gear this morning. I have eight sets going so far and have caught five fox so far. Missed a couple easy shots at lynx too. Like so close Ray Charles could've hit them. Looking forward to another good season and hoping everyone enjoys the journal this year...

More to come...
Posted By: lorne

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/15 09:28 PM

looks like hes saying that one dad ..that's the gun I want LoL
Posted By: saskamusher

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/15 10:05 PM

what a happy guy that's the best pic ever .....hows ur weather ryan any sign of long fur getting prime ...waiting for cold weather here is driving me nuts im thinking early fur is going to sell poor at best this year but that's jus my guess .keep the journal comin ..good luck this year
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/15 03:08 AM

One things for sure Ryan, he looks like one happy little fella who can be a hand full. I agree it looks like he is telling you which gun he wants. I also am looking forward to your journal.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/15/15 09:23 PM


Foxes are piling up again. Picked up one lynx in a fox set and to secure some quality bait I set a couple beaver traps.

My kids watching me skin my first under ice beaver last night. I usually try to shoot some before freeze up but I didn't get the chance this fall. I'll be running the beaver traps until I get enough bait then it's long line time which I can't wait for. My trap order is on it's way too. Mostly Martin and wolf gear and little stuff like aluminum tacks and some bulk havalon blades. Stay safe and good luck on the line.
Posted By: saskamusher

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 12:04 AM

that black fox is really nice one
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 03:11 AM

Long fur is looking good saskamusher. It's really improved noticeably this past week. First cold spell hit last night so the fox should be looking great before long. A question for you beaver guys, do conibear traps always leave a visible mark on the beaver hides? Almost looks freeze dried where the trap struck. Just heading out to tend the town traps, hoping for the best!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 03:15 AM

Hey isn't family trapper the leading authority on rotating pictures?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 04:50 AM

Congrats on the fox! That is a pretty silver! As for the mark, was it fully submerged? I've had critters with that mark when it is really cold and they are exposed.
Posted By: white dog

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 07:08 AM

It's fairly common to get a conibear mark, seems to be more prevalent with magnum traps IMHO.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 08:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Hey isn't family trapper the leading authority on rotating pictures?

Not sure about that but I was able to geturdone!! And threw in a little adjustment to the fox as well.
Cool to see all three color phases there. Is that common? Almost like Kodiak.
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Posted By: saskamusher

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 01:00 PM

hope it stays cold for u ryan and fur gets heavy . as others said the big magnum traps leave a mark it seams to squeeze all blood and fluids out of the spot where trap hit leaveing just white leather and see as the heart is no longer pumping it isn't replaced when trap is taken off so it stays white . I never heard of it being a down grade unless buyers are looking for excuse to down grade ur fur to buy it cheep .
Posted By: Hiline Bob

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/16/15 05:30 PM

Nice! Good luck with the rest of your season.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 01:21 AM

congrats ryan looks like a good start.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 01:48 AM

They look well furred allright,great start.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 04:37 AM

I got that triple to start the season as well, silver,red and cross! Here's to good omens!
Posted By: Bushman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 05:02 AM

Nice - A grand slam of fox
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 05:05 AM

Ryan what type of set up you use to catch that beaver?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 09:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Bushman
Nice - A grand slam of fox


Nope. Missing a Samson fox. smile

The first fox I ever caught was a Samson. I've not caught one since, and it's been 35+ years.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 03:43 PM

I've caught Samson fox before. Are they worth anything? Muskrat- I caught it in a 330 about 2-3 feet from the lodge entrance with sticks placed to funnel him into the trap. The silver and the red in the picture were a double. The cross was first to be picked up that night.
Running out of room on my trailer...
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 03:45 PM

Family trapper- yes the three color phases are common up here. Throw in the little white arctic fox too for a nice occasional surprise.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 03:52 PM

HFT- the beav was fully submerged. I cleaned skinned it and the castors are drying in my furnace room. Tiny house so I'm thinking there isn't a whole lot of beavers in there. I found another house about five minutes drive from my house that looks like it might hold lots of beavers. The new house is about 7-8 feet high. The only way I found the first house is by finding the air vent with the feed pile out front.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 04:07 PM

Been thinking about that after reading what graydog and saskamusher wrote, makes more sense to me now. Sounds like that new house will produce for you! Hope you connect with a few more!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 04:17 PM

I got a Samson a few years ago, felt sorry for the dang thing and let it go. In hind sight I should have taken it out of the gene pool. I wouldn't think you'd get much for one if you could find a buyer.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 04:19 PM

Beaver always have those marks on them from conibear the smaller beaver really have them. There is no fat where the trap hits.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 04:56 PM


Here is a hat I made for my daughter out of a Sampson red,quite a few years ago.
I caught 3 sampsons that year.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 06:01 PM

The two Samson foxes I caught in the past had zero (0) guard hair on them. Looked exactly like a fox in fleece one piece underwear. Looked more like a cat than a dog and if I remember correctly they had slightly thicker leather. They went to auction so I can probably look up what they went for.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 06:15 PM

My Lowest price for fox at the auction the Sampson fox was at was $46. Someone must've thought it looked nice
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/17/15 08:49 PM

Because they have no guard hair,they are soft like a sheared beaver.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 02:35 AM

I sold the Samson red for $25 in '78 or '79 when a typical Alaskan red was selling for $100+, if I remember correctly. One of the coolest fox furs I've ever seen was a Samson cross. It was a uniform cream color except for a distinct chocolate colored cross about an inch to two inches wide running from elbow to elbow, and from between the ears to about mid-tail.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 06:44 AM


Second beaver from the same trap. Picked up a lynx too but the picture is blurry. I missed two lynx and two fox but I'm happy with a beaver and lynx. Lynx looks pretty good compared to the first one I got.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 06:44 AM

Don't know why all my pictures are getting posted sideways.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 10:05 AM

Turn your camera 90 degrees. That should do it.
Posted By: newhouse114

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 03:44 PM

The one sampson I caught in western AK looked more like a fox colored poodle than anything else. Got $10 for that one from Goldberg in '81
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 06:05 PM

Akroper- if it was that easy I'd have done it already.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 08:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Akroper- if it was that easy I'd have done it already.

Just giving you a hard time. Actually I'm jealous. I haven't figured out how to post pictures, sideways or other ways.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/18/15 10:03 PM

Sounds like the hard time I usually give people! I've never had the sideways picture problem before. Got to start using my camera instead of I phone.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/19/15 01:54 AM

That was a nice dark beaver. Your nearly caught up to me on beaver. I better get the rag out.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/24/15 03:45 AM


Nice picture taken at Aklaviks community char harvest in October.


I took the kids out this past weekend and decided my Nephew has to start watching less and doing more. Here he is with my daughter setting a trail set.
Later on Morgan got cold and Rylan and I finished the day with this nice cross fox from the very last trap.



Here is some pictures I took during the community char harvest of an unusually colored wolverine shot by muskrat411's son Samuel. Very nice white feet and chest markings on this one.


Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/24/15 06:06 AM

In have start taking stills. My golu is only on video, maybe I will take some pics of the hide.
Congrats to your family on a hard fought victory tonight. The young feller made a race out of it.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/24/15 04:08 PM

thanks for the great pics,good to see you getting the kids involved.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/24/15 04:09 PM

Cool gulo!
Posted By: Kusko

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/24/15 07:03 PM

Awesome wolverine!!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/25/15 02:11 AM

Nice!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/27/15 05:19 PM

Finally made my trails out to the cabin on Tuesday. The mighty Mackenzie river had two open holes and a lot more piled up ice than most years. The good news is that the wolves and lynx are around. I set two 330s for the wolverine that looks to be living around the cabin. One of those pole between two trees with hanging bait in the middle deals. I'm at home with my two juniors watching cartoons. Within the next 3-4 hours I'll most likely be fully loaded and on my way out for the weekend. Lots of snares, 330s and a couple dozen #3s and 750s. The bad news is the rivers have overflow now. Hopefully all goes well and my line produces this year. With the distance I will be be travelling and the work involved i would say now is a fitting time to say here we go again, no more of this cushy town/road trapping in a warm truck for me! (Well less town trapping anyway)
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/27/15 10:28 PM

Good luck and be safe this season Ryan. Looking forward to following your season
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/27/15 11:28 PM

Good luck be safe out there Ryan
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/28/15 12:37 AM

Yep be SAFE! But more importantly, have a dang good time!
Posted By: white17

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/28/15 12:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Foxes are piling up again. Picked up one lynx in a fox set and to secure some quality bait I set a couple beaver traps.

My kids watching me skin my first under ice beaver last night. I usually try to shoot some before freeze up but I didn't get the chance this fall. I'll be running the beaver traps until I get enough bait then it's long line time which I can't wait for. My trap order is on it's way too. Mostly Martin and wolf gear and little stuff like aluminum tacks and some bulk havalon blades. Stay safe and good luck on the line.



You can't get a better quality bait than lynx meat !! Even beaver takes a back seat. I have had foxes waiting in line to get caught at a whole lynx carcass.....minus the back straps for me.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/30/15 07:54 AM

Had a good weekend at the camp. Didn't set as many traps as I would've liked to but the ones I did set are on good sign in sheltered spots. I had one set of fresh wolverine tracks running on my trail yesterday so it's good to know they are out there. Shoveled the roof on my cabin and banked the bottom logs. Can't wait to get back out there to check on my sets and get more traps out. Oh yeah I found a buried log and put a hole in my boggan. Got stuck in overflow too but that's expected from time to time. Luckily the water was shallow.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/30/15 08:07 AM

I'll start taking some pictures next trip out!!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/30/15 12:47 PM

Good to hear it was a productive trip! You going to be able to repair the boggun?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/30/15 05:45 PM

I got a fox an mink over the weekend. Mink from lynx trap end of the MR and Fox from snare at the Moose guts. Margo and Sam checked them I'm still stuck in Inuvik with my finger.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/30/15 09:45 PM

HFT- the boggan can be repaired fairly easily. It belonged to my dad so telling him was probably harder than it will be to fix it. Luckily he bought it at a gov surplus sale for $20. Sure got $20 use out of it. I used that sled all last season but it was the first trip out for the sled this year.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/01/15 12:37 AM



Merry Christmas Ryan
From the Gwich'in harvesters assistance program!
I scored 4 12 inch and 4 8 inch savageaus plus 16 Martin stretchers last week Too by being at the right place at the right time.
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/15 05:26 PM

How do you set up your fox setups?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/15 10:19 PM

Sonny- I just set regular cubby sets similar to a lynx cubby but smaller. Bait and stepping sticks crossed in front of and behind the trap. Blind traps in high traffic spots do well too with a small amount of blocking to guide them in.

I finally caught a lynx from a family group last night. They were hanging around where I had beaver traps since the season started and finally one got caught. I put snares and blind traps out for the rest who are probably milling around the area. Been getting ready all day to check my traps at the camp and set more. Feeling excited to have a look and get more sets out. Pretty cold out though.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/03/15 05:59 PM

I woke up this morning expecting to be forced to drink instant coffee. I got to the cupboard and lo and behold my girlfriend bought McCafe for the keurig. Hallelujah! Just waiting for fiona to get home from work and then I'm off to the trapline. I think my 14 month old future partner is getting tired of me asking "think daddy has a wolverine today?" Hopefully I do have one waiting. I know not to get your hopes to high otherwise it will be more of a let down if you get there and see an empty trap. My goal for this trip is to get about forty more snares and #3s out. Good luck this weekend young fellers!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/03/15 08:47 PM

Good luck Ryan be safe out there.
Posted By: pgk

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/15 06:18 AM

He failed to mention it was -37 straight up yesterday afternoon. Hard as nails this guy ah? Hope your gear didnt freeze up pal. I got two LED bars for my skandic, if it warms up next week you should let me follow you around!
km
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/06/15 05:18 AM



Got back before. I don't have internet at home right now so I can't put up all the pictures until tomorrow. This is the end result though. Got a big lynx too.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/06/15 05:24 AM

Sweet! Can't wait to hear the story and see the pic's! Congrats!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 01:04 AM

Be carefull skinning lots of power in wolverine blood.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 02:18 AM

All this week I couldn't wait to go check my few traps I had set out by my camp. I didn't have very many to check but with the wolverine sign from last weekend I knew I had a decent chance of snagging one.
I was all set to leave this past Thursday at 1 pm but on my way out the door my furnace quit. 4 hours later I was on my way knowing the family would be warm while I was away. The 65 miles I traveled was pretty cold and instead of checking traps I went directly to my cabin, made a fire and then went to see my traps.

This is the first trap I looked at. I figured I would go to the furthest trap and look at them on my way back to my warm cabin. Pulling away I was thinking "Right on I got him" Well either that or a porcupine!
Seeing that my line usually produces 1 or none on wolverine I didn't expect much more that dark night besides maybe a couple fox or lynx.
A lot of fresh snow erased all recent animal track. Walking up the steep bank to my very next trap I heard a faint jingle of trap chain and a low growl. I first seen the glowing eyes and knew it was another gulo! This big male left a typical wolverine bomb crater and wasn't very happy to see me at all. I could see I had him by one toe so I didn't waste any time and quickly put him down.

Running the rest of my short line I managed to pick up one jumbo lynx too.

I went back to my first trap and had a better look at the nice female that was frozen solid.


Back at camp I took a few pictures and couldn't wait to start skinning the thawed male.

I like the color on this one.

Mouse damage that most would be mad about but since they will both be used for sewing I couldn't care less.

First time my cabin seen two wolverines at the same time since I inherited it.

I seen big fresh tracks the next day so I can;t wait to see if I pick him up next trip out. I put out 15 more sets in that area.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 02:55 AM

Good job Ryan. Nice run and a beautiful light diamond on the female. Those firsts at the cabin are always memorable
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 03:06 AM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 03:58 AM

Wow - nice run on the trap line!
Posted By: takotna

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 05:07 AM

Nice catches!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 05:34 AM

Nice job ryan nice looking gulos be safe out there.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 05:54 AM

Awesome!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 06:00 AM

EXCELLENT! That male looks large! And as for that tiny nick on the ear, that wouldn't ding you on a taxi sale, IMHO. Keep the luck rolling! Sure wish plastic would work, here. No takers for me, or others I know in these parts, ever. Gave up after 5 years, or so.
Posted By: otterman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 06:49 AM

nice catch Ryan, That female has a beauty of a diamond on it
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 08:51 AM

Nice haul! Nothing like a two-fur! And nice lynx.
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 06:33 PM

Nice! I love the smell of wolverine. Good job. I like your OSB cubbie boxes.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 09:09 PM

Inupiaq- that's 3/4 inch plywood that someone threw away. They are super heavy but when they get set they stay. Usually haul them up above high water line and leave from year to year. I've used osb before with success but like it's been said on here the animals like chewing on that stuff.

Alaska Viking- same.
I haven't caught anything in a milk crate either.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 11:14 PM

If you can find a piece of old lexan its good to screw it to the back of the cubby box that way the wolverine can see through. Plus your bait is lit better.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/15 11:27 PM

Muskrat- i froze my bait into the box. Since wolverine arch their back when they pull at stuff I set my triggers high and wide facing the back of the box. That's the result with the catch behind the front arms. I'm going to keep setting my triggers like that for now and see if it's consistent. Never tried lexan before.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/08/15 07:42 AM

You saw my box at John Martin it had a lexan back. Caught a wolverine in it. Your trigger set up sounds well thought out. I just leave mine as they are.
But come to think of it those wolves you shot looked through there and moved on, so maybe it is poor trigger placement.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/10/15 04:27 PM

Frustrating day on the trapline yesterday! I started out early and set three 750s on thick wolf sign, that will be nice to see what happens there. I was expecting about 4-5 lynx but instead I had tracks at 21 traps and one lynx caught. HWGA! I think some checks will be great but still frustrating to see so much tracks and so few catches. It seems like the rabbits are plentiful so I think the animals would rather eat a warm bunny than a frozen chunk of meat. Next trip out makes sense to set snares and trail sets so I can catch whether the animals are hungry or not. Coming home I seen tracks where a big wolverine came down off the bank and started following my trail. I sped up, the tracks started running hard. I came around a corner and see where he left the trail and ran straight across the big river. I unhooked my sled and shined my lights out into the piled ice. I could see the sunuvagun running about 400 yards out!! The far 1/4 of the river was smooth so I figured this might work out. I made my way through the rough ice way slower than I would've liked and got to the smooth ice where I pinned it towards the monster gulo who had snow flying behind his big snowshoes. I closed the gap to about 120 yards but ran out of shooting time. He was hitting the willows as I pulled my gun off!! What could I do? If I had daylight I would've got him, if the ice froze smooth I would've got him, something as simple as leaving my camp 1/2 minute earlier could've made the difference!! Oh well, had a smoke and started home again. That's when my rear shock froze and I had to low ride all the rest of the way. Couldn't budge it. I pull up outside my house cold, damp and hungry. I Park my skidoo and while I'm still sitting on it..... Donk!!!! The shock frees and I'm sitting high again.

I can't wait to go again!!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/10/15 04:47 PM

Haha! I know exactly what your talking about with all the walk by's! Yep very frustrating but there will be that day when everything clicks! Hopefully you'll connect with that wolverine later this season. That's for sharing the story!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/10/15 04:50 PM

I thought about the possibility of seeing an animal in rough ice so I was going to carry my 270 and have my22 mag for backup. Next time I will have my rifle. I'm sure I would've got him with one of my scoped rifles.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/15 01:33 AM

One lynx you're in the big time. I got three traps and one snare on mountain road, If I can get 1 anything I'm doing real good. Might haul a load of wood to John Martin on the weekend for you.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/15 02:41 AM

Load of wood for wolf hunting would be awesome.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/15 04:49 AM

Went for a late load of wood for my house got 1 mink on the way.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/14/15 06:46 PM

Checked traps yesterday. Came home with 3 lynx and one beauty of a cross fox. Best sign of the trip? I have wolves on my line. Put out a couple surprises for them. One small set of wolverine tracks. Hmmm, got slapped by a 330 luckily the safeties were on but still got a pretty nice slap. My son is going out for ear surgery today so it's just me and my girl at home this week. Good time to have a fur skinning marathon.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/14/15 09:53 PM

I got a wolverine at my moose guts on Saturday and one black wolf got away. Might start trapping lynx on the weekend, Sam brought some caribou home so lots of fur for bait with a drop of Hot (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) should be sucking them in for miles.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/16/15 03:43 AM

I was going to put up some new pictures but my memory stick is corrupted. Just came home with the 6th, 7th and 8th lynx out of a family bunch that's been around my town traps. Caught another yesterday but it was eaten. Cant wait to see my camp traps.

Good on the wolverine but bad on the wolf muskrat. That's one more that I might see when I get out to my happy wolf hunting grounds.
You shot the wolverine or trapped it?
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/16/15 04:48 AM

Fantastic journal, Ryan. I feel like I'm right there with you. Here in Pennsylvania we are allowed one bobcat and one fisher, in very short seasons, plus unlimited fox, coyote, raccoon etc. I'm heading to our family cabin to get the traps ready for the fishers and bobcats. We have no snow up north, very strange this time of year. Wondering what it'll do to our trapping. Stay warm and stay safe.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 06:02 AM

Lynx activity has been picking up this week. Its really great to be catching and it sure makes me want to set more and give it more effort. Had a marathon skinning session these past couple days. I did 19 lynx, 6 fox and a wolf. 8 more lynx going on stretchers tonight, flip tomorrow and off to my camp for a couple days of setting and wood hauling.
A couple pictures that I recovered from my corrupted memory stick.




Remember that snare my nephew and daughter set?
Got 3 lynx out of it so far!


I really like this picture. The good old trap/snare combo.


My style of a bucket set that I've been using for a few years now. The 330 is sitting on a flat piece of driftwood and the bucket has two forked sticks on opposite sides and then buried to keep the set rock solid. Brushed in so much that the trap is barely visible. Its been working well on foxes but just one wolverine with this set so far.


These are a couple picture of me this fall doing what I have to to pay the bills. Super hard unenjoyable work. Awful scenery to boot.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 11:35 AM

Your doing awesome! Congrats on the fur and thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Silver Fox

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 12:26 PM

those Char or dollies?
Posted By: Silver Fox

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 12:27 PM

nice pics!
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 02:59 PM

well done ,you are living the life Ryan.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 06:27 PM

Thanks fellers. The fish are dolly varden char from the rat river. Yes the same rat river made famous by one Albert Johnson.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 07:32 PM

Great pics and awesome lynx catches.
Show us a pic of your fur when put up,love to see it.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 07:58 PM

I didn't take any pics of the first batch that I sold yesterday. Eight lynx and a wolf. I'll take a picture later of the next eight. I'm sure you can all guess that I have eight stretchers to use right now. I should've took a shot of me and the biggest lynx so far this year. Probably top 10 for size that I've ever caught. And no bugs!! Promaxx makes a wicked effective flea killer.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/15 11:04 PM


Every time I do fur they end up looking over my shoulder. Morgan does some skinning this year.


How I do my lynx. The leg veins are easily pulled off and I will scrape that remaining fat with a spoon knife ulu whatever I feel like using.

His big sister used to fall asleep watching me work with fur too.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/21/15 03:39 AM

Awesome, Ryan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/15 05:58 AM




Sold another batch today. Forgot to take a picture with the whole works but I did get this pucture of a big lynx. It's the one I picked on the two wolverine check. Eight days of skinning and two hours to spend it all. Merry Christmas !!!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/15 03:24 PM

Thank you Ryan for giving us a glimpse into your life on your line as well as the chance to watch your kids grow up. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
Allan
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/15 06:47 PM

Good deal! Thanks for sharing, and have a safe and happy Xmas!
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/15 07:28 PM

Merry Christmas to yourself and family.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/31/15 12:56 AM

Trapping luck is still holding out for lynx. Got some new wolf packs peeing on everything they can. Seems like two packs are competing for territory with my home river as a boundary. Set out 5 boiled traps on pee posts and moved some frozen pee to a area where a loner has been hanging around. Got a broken cross member on the rear suspension to fix tonight. Still loving trapping and not feeling one bit lazy out on the line. I dropped 19 pounds since trapping started with all the climbing steep banks and walking. Broke through thin ice in a creek the other day but luckily I had some speed going and stayed on top, loaded sled and all. My friend Patrick picked up two wolves on his last check. One in a 750 and the other in a 1.5 coil spring. Don't know how he does it but last year he held one in a1.5 long spring better known in the delta as a rat trap! His 5 year old son goes everywhere with him now and he was there to see wolves caught in one spot too. Checking traps in -51 was fun the other day. I was told to stay home but trap checking is a responsibility that comes with trapping. I'm not one of those guys that can sit and wait for weather to improve. Animals are caught, I'm going to go no matter the weather.

Patricks catch that lucky day. One of the fluffiest delta wolves I've ever seen.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/31/15 04:21 AM

My order came in a box of #5 Budgets some #3 Onieda and a bunch of snares. Along with some 330s and 280s.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/31/15 05:04 AM

Good job Ryan, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have fun and be safe.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/31/15 09:58 PM

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all!

I've never seen my son so interested in something. He would rather play with a small ratchet and an old idler wheel than all his new toys. Proud dad to see that today.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/31/15 10:01 PM

Light bulb burnt out right before we finished if you were wondering about the headlight in the dark porch mechanics.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/31/15 10:04 PM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
Good job Ryan, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have fun and be safe.

Same to you buddy. I asked Santa for a couple #9s but I guess Im not on the list. I'll get a hold of you once I start work in the new year.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/06/16 08:01 PM

Howdy. Trap checking day has finally come. Soon as Fiona's home from work I'll be on my way. I've got a new line set that caught 3 lynx out of six traps last trip. Now that line has about 20 traps to look at. 2016 has been great so far and I've managed to pick up 13 lynx so far. Hopefully get some good pictures today and post them in the next couple days.
Posted By: Tuckerbone

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/06/16 10:17 PM

Good luck!
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/16 04:28 AM

Ryan when do the wolves in your area begin mating and do you see an increase in catches when that starts ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/16 06:54 PM

I think wolves start mating soon. Usually get some big males in traps around end of February. It does seem to pick up during mating I guess because the wolves are scent marking their intentions and getting caught more often. I missed one wolf yesterday. It snapped a pee post trap. Picked up one lynx in the first 3/4 of my line. Wasn't looking too good but the last four traps on a row made my trip each holding a fluffy cat. Got a mink too. The old 700 Polaris ran fine after a rebuild and sitting for three years.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 04:53 AM


Busy skinning lately. Last trip to traps was eventful. Seen a wolverine and two wolves but it's hard to get them in the delta unless you catch them in the middle of a big lake or river. No chance for a shot so I say at least I got to see them.

Brought this batch in before to keep me busy this weekend. The wolves I seen last trip freshened their scent posts without stepping on the traps so hopefully they are more comfortable and one or a couple make a mistake and step in the right spot.

Took my son on his first trap checking trip during some recent warm weather. Didn't catch anything but he was smiling the whole time.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 04:55 AM

Morgan led the way on our walk with her 4 years of trapping experience. It's going to be fun watching these two kids as they get older and have some friendly competition snaring lynx on snowshoes. That's what I look forward to.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 05:02 AM

The kids will be on snowshoes, not the lynx.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 05:52 AM

Ryan awesome. So cool to see you getting those kids out.
It was a priority as a father to always take my kids if possible.
Here is a few tips.
You can not find a little kids pair of boots that will keep them warm in really cold temps. Start putting those furs to work for you.
Make some kids mukluks. Good first project. A lot easier than a hat. I came up with a very simple pattern for the most part. Nothing fancy but very very functionals.

Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 06:37 AM

What are you using for bottoms? I sent my beaver out today now I will have to trap a few kits. You mentioned a pattern? Looks like those could keep the grandsons feet warm. You have beaver liners inside as well?
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 06:38 AM

Wow! Those are cool, F.T.! cool
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 06:47 AM

Ryan: Edward checked my traps in John Martin today on his way back from Head of Willow. One wolverine ripped the back off my plywood box and took my bait. I think I'm going to pull out of there. More fur in 1st Creek. Plus I'm trying to run a line along that Husky cut line. I'm as far as Black Mountain Creek. Hopefully eventually make it as far as Lobstick Creek and run into son tutu or vidziaa for that side I suppose.

Almost forgot Edward said he saw tracks of a wolf pack otherwise of JM canyon. He said there tracks spelled out kneck shot. Just kidding about that last part.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 07:32 AM

Quote:
What are you using for bottoms?

There was a product called Sole Saver. Used to be at Black Elk in Anch. An old guy on the east coast made it. Fantastic stuff. Went on like cake frosting. But he died and you can't get it anymore that I know of.
I have a gallon that I saved. Some day I will make my own custom otter mukluks. I have everything I need except the time. All my own tanned otter etc.
My first pair I put otter fur on the bottoms. I then put some rivets in them with the numbs out for traction. They worked okay but slippery still on snow.

The second one was better. I made the sole out of otter and turned fur inside. Then coated the leather with sole saver. I made a 1 inch strip vertical around the outside perimeter of mukluk. Coated this too. My mistake was I ended the sole saver at the joint. And that is where they failed after a few years of hard use. I would now shave the leather up past the joint now and coat that too. They take a lot of abuse. I used chrome tanned leather and it held up well. But the seam is too important not to keep guarded.
I used a full felt insole as the pattern out of material. Then inserted the full felt insole inside to give additional insulation and some stiffness. They don't have to be exact as kids are growing. Make them bigger.
I just left an opening in the back big enough to accommodate getting the foot in and then closed up with ties. I think this one thing was responsible for taking my kids out in the cold more than anything. Just hard little insulate feet with new plastic boots. I put a flat felt insole on the bottom. Then a full felt insole in side.

My son and I are talking about making two pair as a project together when life slow down a little bit. I have some nearly knee high felt insoles waiting.

Ayakulik turned me on to another cool option for soles he found that I want to try. Using 3M 5200 chalking for the bottom. Anyone that has been around the marine boats knows this stuff.
Really pursuing mukluks is something that is really hampered due to "What to do with for soles?" problem.
This could be the new answer. Who is going to be the first to try it?
https://lostcreekadventures.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/repairing-steger-and-other-mukluk-soles/
Posted By: KenaiKid

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 08:01 AM

Another fantastic use for 5200 FT. Looks like it works well too. I wonder if anyone has tried a rubber traction coating, like Rhino Lining? It seems like doing a seal coat with 5200, like he did, then a grip coat with Rhino Lining (or equivalent) would be very durable with great traction.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 05:15 PM

I have used 5200 to patch hip boots and Extratuffs. Works great.
Posted By: Thurman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 07:50 PM

Ive always wanted a pair with hardend seal skin soles. The girls in our village sew them for the little ones and there beautiful.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/15/16 11:31 PM

Nice pile of lynx! Does your family make anything with the fur? Or do you just sell them dried? Good luck with the wolf sets.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/16/16 07:58 AM

I mostly sell them dried but I've been selling them with feet and skull left in to a buddy of mine these past couple years. He mostly buys in January. Haven't really sewed anything but I have some nice lynx bellies that I salvaged from lynx that were eaten in snares. It's the back legs that mostly get damaged. Me and Fiona have quite a few furs that we put aside for sewing, just haven't started yet.

Fiona's into beading but I know she's got fur projects in mind.


On another note... Got this and five lynx today. Clubbed a weasel in my Grandparents smokehouse when I was grabbing bait this morning too.

Posted By: trappertom52

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/16/16 03:12 PM

Wow! Beautiful work there. I showed the pics to my wife, and she said she would only be able to wear those beauties to church.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/16/16 03:26 PM

Is that wolverine sporting a bluish diamond, or just the picture?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/16/16 09:24 PM

Av- the wolverine has some silver color in the fur. Not so much blue but with the lighting it shows up like bluish.
Trapper tom- sounds like yer wife needs a pair of church shoes. I'll bet there isn't many if any of these beaded slippers in Pennsylvania.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/16/16 11:05 PM




Here's the slippers she made for me and the ones she made for herself and Morgan. The first ones I posted were for a customer.
Everything all set to start skinning the ten lynx I brought in and the five fresh ones from yesterday. Pepsi and coffee are stocked, and season seven of sons of anarchy is ready to play as I skin.

Len- the kids mukluks you posted are awesome. Look very warm. I have two beaver hides from this fall that could end up looking like that.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/17/16 12:31 AM

Incredibly beautiful
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/16 06:47 AM

How many Golu is that now? I got as manny weasels as you this weekend but only two lync,the golu took another one for himself. Edward got a nice sheep up Semple Creek. Man did the willows ever grow up in that creek.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/16 09:57 PM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
How many Golu is that now? I got as manny weasels as you this weekend but only two lync,the golu took another one for himself. Edward got a nice sheep up Semple Creek. Man did the willows ever grow up in that creek.


We're tied again in the gulo department. You still like lexan back on your coni boxes after the wolverine ripped them off. Try putting a box with no trap until he's confortable going in to grab bait. Just be sure to write Acme Wolverine box on the side. Then rub your hands together and say " Ian McLeod...Suuuuper genious" Just like wiley coyote.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/16 10:35 PM

It was a different box all lumber that one. If I weren't going to pull those up I would use a bucket in its place. Cover it with snow. But Im giving up on john Martin for this year I might try Canoe lake for fishing. 1st creek more animals and closer less rough.
Posted By: Silver Fox

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/20/16 01:13 AM

very nice beadwork.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:03 AM

My journal is pretty poor in the picture department since I can't upload at my house. I'm over at my Mom's right now so here's a few pictures from my recent travels.














Too tired to describe every picture but this is one of the bigger lynx this year. He's missing the entire cartilage in one ear and check out his cool scarred eye!
Was cool to borrow my Grandpa's DLS traps, the original 7 I started my trapping adventures with.

Size 11 for scale.





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This wolverine came down off the high bank and went directly to the trap without taking one step to either side. Just B-lined'r for the old beaver skull with 4 " of backbone attached. Most wolverines I catch mess with me for a bit but this year so far none have. Also a few pictures of backlogged fur that I have been busy skinning and some finished furs. Now to check town traps and start skinning the 10 lynx and 4 mink in my porch at home. Hope you all enjoy the pictures and since I didn't do much of a write up feel free to ask anything.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:07 AM


Here's the one that didn't upload the first time.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:08 AM

Nice haul Ryan and nice looking pelts.
You must have a good population of cats and fox too.Do you snare rabbits too?
Any marten?
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:27 AM

Thanks again for sharing your trap line with us, those slippers look nice and warm, and the bead work is some of the nicest I've seen in ages.
Do you get many cross fox and those lynx and wolverine and quite a sight something that isn't around this part of Montana.
I can't wait to see how well your kids do when they are old enough to start their own trap lines.
Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:30 AM

Seems to be more cats around this year Boco. I usually set snares when family or friends ask for bunnies to eat. More of a "Choot'em" kind of guy when it comes to putting rabbits on the plate.
There are some areas with high marten populations but where I trap there are some but not a lot. I'll be looking at starting to set for marten next year. The thing with me is that I really like trapping lynx and often don't set for other animals that can really increase my fur hauls like mink, otters, etc. I'm still developing my line too so once I get all the lynx travels routes figured out then I'll start setting for other animals. I have 48 new 120's so trapping marten is pretty high on my list of new things to do.

Mainly trap fox around town until ice is thick enough to get after lynx, wolverine and wolf.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:33 AM

Allen- Thanks buddy always good to hear from you. Cross fox are pretty common in these parts and I'm already planning on starting my kids out with 6- 1 1/2 LS each and a dozen snares each.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:35 AM

I love catching the cats too,but we don't have the numbers you have.Most I got on one line was 12.
One guy near me traps several traplines,he gets between 30 and 50 when the pops are good.
We used to have a lot more fox but they have been very scarce for a few years now.Marten is the staple fur here.
I like snaring wolves too.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 03:56 AM

Is Inuvik doing that muskrat sampling program again this year? You going to sell mink and fox carcasses again? I had none this year, did not trap mink at all this year just two accidental catches that I gave to Samuel.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 05:14 AM

WOW! That is a real good haul of critters! Looks like you got a lot of shed time ahead of you! Congrats!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 05:29 AM

Awesome pile of fur
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/16 05:41 AM

Did you get any Golu golu this trip or am I one ahead?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/16 05:05 PM

Muskrat- I sold them 4 fox carcasses and it looks like you're ahead again. Big fresh tracks though about a mile from one line so maybe we're tied and I just don't know it. Your latest wolverine looks good, seen it on youtube. Must be one of them milk crates I grabbed for you when you started to take 2 and I grabbed an armfull.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/16 05:12 PM

Muskrat- Besides trapper243 you're the only guy I know who catches fairly often with milk crates.
Should change your sign in name to milkcrate411. Talking 'bout that milkcrate information.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/28/16 02:21 AM

Here is some milk crate information. Wolverine don't like 280 in a milk crate I think they see the top and don't like it, they walk past. One wolverine went through the back of a lynx pen and are a goose. I Evil Keneevilled down the bank at Carnigorski's did not check before I went over. The tundra has BMX handel bars now. Wolves clipped my bait below Shi Boy Semple's. There trained to snif out traps those wolves. Tough day on the line today.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/31/16 08:25 PM



Had a good trip yesterday. Will post more when I get a chance.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/01/16 02:30 AM

Mŗaannnn tough trying to stay ahead of you. Now I have to find another one. I'll have to make one of those big bait pen sets like TheWildNorth.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/18/16 11:25 PM

Quick Update:
Been pretty busy these past couple weeks. I made a trip south to pick up my truck after the engine blew and got repaired, had my warehouse moved from my parents yard to my yard, started work again, skinned and dried 21 more lynx and still managed to run my traps and raise my kids. I love being busy though and I wouldn't have it any other way. I caught a wolf a couple days ago but unfortunately the pack ate it. The wolverines around my cabin have disappeared for now and I'll most likely be pulling my wolverine traps soon because the sun quickly takes it's toll on wolverine fur, hopefully they come back around one more time. Lynx trapping has been up and down lately with catches ranging from 1 to 6 per trip. I've found some martin and set a couple traps for them, saving my efforts on martin for next year when I have all season to trap them. Pulled 18 traps at the farthest end of my line to save time and explore some new areas. I finally have all the parts to fix my 550 so once that's done I'll think long and hard about switching from trapping to tracking so I can get my yearly wolf hunting in (I haven't set out specifically to hunt something all winter) Just mostly been trapping.

I'm still trying to take pictures but my camera was submerged in water during the fall char tagging program and has slowly been deteriorating in photo quality since then. Most picture during daylight turn out straight white. I'm looking forward to spring hunting and stocked up on ammunition when I picked up my truck. I've got shells for rats, geese, wolves, and my 1 spring grizzly. Lots of adventures to come yet before that awful season known as summer.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/16 06:37 AM

How many qavvik so far for the season?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/16 04:12 PM

I caught 4 which is the most I've ever caught out of the lines I was running. Before this year it was 2 qavviks in 5 years out in that area. Good to know there's still a couple out there but haven't seen the tracks since they tried chewing into my plywood house and scratching up my door on the loghouse. The gulo fur will be starting to go downhill next couple weeks with the longer sunshine. First they lose the shine then they thin out on the legs and base of the tail.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/16 06:08 PM

cool, got three, had one caught in a duke #4 but it wasn't on very good just took some fur off of it. Most i got was five in a season. Just got one last year, hardly any snow. A little more snow this year. I had a giant one pulled out of one of my 280s, I think it swiped the coni with its paw and got caught on the leg with the coni. I may need to invest in some belisles. Maybe sell off the dukes a little at a time and buy some at a time.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/16 11:18 PM

Yessir that fool! I need to get rid of some traps that I don't use and get more of the ones I like. I don't have any belisle 330's but if they're as effective as the 120 super x then they must be a pretty good trap. Well designed and built. I was regretting getting 48 120's instead of more 330 and #3 but now that I have found some decent martin habitat I'm pretty excited to hit them hard next year. Pretty awful feeling to see where you had a good catch and he got out/away or in my most recent trapline heartbreak....eaten.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/16 11:33 PM

man, is a heart breaker to find eaten animals, just had a fox and a lynx eaten on my line so far. Hopefully don't find an other animals eaten. Will be heading out after work again to fix up some beaver traps and hopefully set a few more sets.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/16 11:44 PM

Yeah I'm heading out tomorrow morning too. I'll set a new line and try finish the season strong. Got more 120 boxes cut out, just need to put them together tonight. I'm up to 6 lynx eaten and a wolf this year. Hopefully I never pull up on an eaten wolverine, That's probably enough to cut my season short if that ever happens, but after a couple days I'd get bored and keep on trapping. Good luck to everybody this weekend.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/02/16 04:54 PM

Went to traps on Monday and ,right before the first trap, a set of wolverine tracks came down off the river bank down to the river. He dug up all the chopped pieces of bait on the trail and then tunneled into my cubby to steal the bait. The next 11 traps were also snapped and robbed of bait, even the big 330 was snapped. Instead of resetting and rebaiting everything for him I chose instead to set up one spot with a 330, a stinger snare, and 5 blind traps. It was pretty obvious this bugger knew exactly how to disable a set and now my goal for the remaining season is to pick this guy up. I would hate to start out next year with a trap savvy wolverine running my line that knows all my set locations. Ridiculous amount of track in the area so it's pretty likely he isn't too far away. One more set of wolverine tracks in a different part of the line but he just crossed the river, Why? you ask, did the wolverine cross the river?
Well it's likely he crossed the river to get to the other side. grin

I also did a 200 km day in the mountains with one wolverine track found, but the tracks disappeared into some timber and we ended up losing the tracks in a wind blown creek. Spotted some sheep too but a busted jerry can ruined our sled for hauling meat home.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/02/16 11:18 PM

I am really upset about the affordable care act, Oboma is bum. OOOps sorry wrong thread, party on!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 04:03 AM

Ryan I had one of those my first year long lining for marten. The canopener I called him. Many will remember. Never did get him. But he never came back to my line either. So there is hope. Sure hope you get it.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 05:12 AM

Good luck catching him! My buddy and I had a wolverine eating up foxes from buckets a few winters back. We ended up catching him 3 feet from a tom, both in leg holds on a caribou kill.
I'm going to give my sets a couple more weeks. By then I'll have a lot of day light to do some long distance traveling.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 03:54 PM

FT- After about 6-7 snapped traps I was pulling up on a 33o box and could see the snow knocked off the driftwood. I said out loud "And then he met a box" but was sure surprised to see the trap snapped and the 1/4 beaver carcass gone.

Nunamiut- I'm about ready to pull up my lines and do some wolf hunting too. This season has worn me out.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 04:20 PM



This is how I set up the "Hail Mary" spot for the trickster

Any guesses which one will catch? (Don't say none of them....even though it's very possible)

I'm thinking a double front foot catch in the 750 for some reason but I'd love to see him in the snare set where he comes off the bank to the river.

The 750 is set squarely in front of the baited bucket.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 04:35 PM

Most times that I've used this type of set up I wind up catching him in more than one trap. Just last week I caught a lynx in a #3 and he swung around just right and hit the snare set beside the cubby, good neck shot.
Posted By: LeverAlone

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 04:42 PM

haha Ryan, I think you will catch him for sure. Theres no way he can dance through that mine field.

Are all your leg holds anchored or are they on drags? And is this all in a cubby of some sort of is it on the edge of a trail? Where is he likely to approach from? Trying to get more info so I can make a good guess lol...
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 04:49 PM

This set is done in a small pile of drift wood about 30 feet from the rivers edge. He will most likely approach from the left of the bucket. There is a couple good solid drift woods running behind the box and bucket and that is what I am anchored to although I should've used drags to avoid multiple catches on one critter. His main trail comes off the bank to the left of this set and I would be approaching from directly behind the set.
Posted By: saskamusher

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 05:00 PM

my money is on the snare before he gets there get him tied up before he even knows it .
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 05:00 PM



This is roughly what it looks like out there. Keep in mind I said roughly. 2 minute drawing just to get the main layout clarified for guessing. Maybe I'll have a vicious growling birthday present tomorrow...Wrapped in frost resistant fur!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/03/16 05:04 PM

Saskamusher- I was hoping I'd snare/conibear him to avoid broken claws, etc. but mainly I just want to get him off my line. I haven't snared a gulo in 4 years. My daughter was only one when I last snared one.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/07/16 10:42 PM

The wolverine was reeking havoc on a different part of my line and showed me clearly that he knows traps. A black wolf didn't know traps and caught a ride home in my boggan though.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/08/16 06:58 AM

Congrats on the wolf I had one step right on my trap. Crust was too solid and trap did not spring. No more running over traps Too cold up here the snow sets up too hard. I should have st two traps on that log.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/09/16 09:46 PM

Well, I logged into my FHA trappers account expecting millions of dollars but instread I almost threw up my lunch when I seen the pitiful clearances and prices. This is easily the lowest prices I've seen since I started trapping and I'm already thinking that next year I might buy skates and play hockey instead of trapping. Better yet, since I know I will trap next year, I may just run a strictly "W" line. Wolves and wolverines only. I was planning to sell the wolf I got but instead, to remind me of the positive side to the season and not concentrate on a negative fur sale, I will go home at 5 pm and cut the wolf up for some new mitts. In all honesty though, the trapping experience is the same regardless of price and I cannot measure the success of a season based strictly on fur prices. I had fun, stayed active and enjoyed my self on the land doing what I love doing.
BUT based on the sale I can now take my family out for a pizza instead of going on a trip to Cabela's town....I mean Edmonton.

BRING ON THE GEESE.....I"M GETTING HUNGRY HERE!!!!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/09/16 10:01 PM

awesome, I am going to keep my beavers and sew some stuff with them. I will probably make a couple pairs of hunting mitts and some fur hats. I need to make some ruffs with my wolverines and make parkas. Have lots of cloth material at home I bought many years ago. Maybe a spring project for me. Just ordered some bearings for my ace, going to change them out when they come, was hopeing by Friday, but will have to wait until next week. Will help my dad put together my old polaris and maybe head out this weekend.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/09/16 10:23 PM

Hey Ryan congratulations on catching the wolf. That's an empty feeling when a guy gets the news on how there fur did at the auction after all the hard work.
I for one would like to see the final products made from the wolf and those wolverine pelts.
Down here our winter weather has went to parts unknown, with temperatures in the 50's + during the day and in the 20's at night. How is your daughter doing with her new rifle is she ready for spring muskrat season yet ?
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/09/16 10:31 PM

Not sure when the products will be finished but I'll post some pics when they are done Allen. Morgan is actually going out tonight for some gun lessons. Probably be ready to try some shots at bunnies soon.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/10/16 12:52 AM

That's a great idea just remember that women can and will out shoot us guys if given a chance, I've got two daughters who were pretty good shots one kicked butt at a local turkey shoot against some tough competition.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/10/16 04:30 AM




My girl stringing lynx when we still thought we would get a few bucks for them
The old 700 rides again.
The last wolverine I caught.



Wolverine tracks on the porch.
I don't catch them like this too often.
Look on a map of Mackenzie river. This is the Horseshoe Bend.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/10/16 04:32 AM





Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/10/16 04:37 AM


Where the first wolf got hung up before getting eaten.

First hanging martin on my experimental marten line.

The first time I seen the big buggers tracks.

He taunts me for fun....




More wolverine havoc and my first or second wolf of the year depending on how you look at it.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/11/16 02:23 AM

Those are some great pictures again Ryan as for the wolverines messing with you I'm sure you'll catch them before you know it. I had a huge bobcat mess with my mind one one of my snare lines long story short I ran out of time as the season closed before I could get a snare around it's neck. Keep up the good work with you helpers there at home, both my kids used to be good help for me now next are grandkids to help grandpa ?
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/11/16 04:06 PM

I ran into 3 wolves on Wednesday night in the dark skidoo portages. I managed to get all 3, a white one with mange will be handed in whole for sampling and 2 healthy blacks. I had to use a come along to lift one of the black ones for skinning. It's roughly the size of a cow caribou and easily 100+ pounds. Lots of fat on the two black ones that I skinned so I'm guessing this is the pack that's been terrorizing the moose out that way. I've even seen moose beds in the middle of rivers right on the ice so you know something in the willows was scaring them pretty good. Another pack upriver was also just ahead of me and they ripped up an old caribou hide before running hard for the river banks. I think I almost ran into two packs in one dark night!! I'll put up some picture later on tonight.
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/12/16 03:51 AM

Way to go on the wolves Ryan. Looking forward to the pictures.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:51 AM


Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:55 AM

Had a pretty good story written on my other computer but when I tried posting it the laptop says incompatible programs.
I'll try tomorrow and put up the rest of my pictures too. Need to sleep now, took me 3 hours to do 21 km with a broken rear shock.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:58 AM


One more.
Posted By: Dale Torma

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 11:39 AM

Good job on those wolves!
That big one one is a brute!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 07:17 PM

Last Wednesday started out like any other day. I had no idea that it would end up turning into a dark night that will always be remembered as a stand out memory in my wolf hunting adventures.

All during the work day I was thinking about the traps that I had to check that night and shortly before quitting time I asked my supervisor for Thursday off so I could camp out at the cabin and wake up early the next morning to set and run 10-15 rat traps for the day. I hurried home at five bells and got my stuff ready while caribou meat and potatoes sizzled in the frying pan. I decided that since I would be camping there wouldn't be much sense in rushing to get out of town, and I even waited around long enough to help put my kids to bed.
After that I sat around some more and watched a movie with Fiona and then when she went to lay down I started getting dressed for the trip before I was tempted to wait for morning to travel. It was now about midnight and dark but I've never minded travelling at night if I have a good trail to follow (sometimes with no trail too), so I grabbed my gun and bag and then went to gas up my skidoo tank and 15 gallons extra. While gassing up I noticed that I had forgotten my extra cigarettes in my truck, so back I drove, all the way across town to get them.
Finally I was on my way, for real this time.

The trails were dark that night as I travelled through familiar lakes and portages with no stars or moonlight to be seen. About half way to my cabin was when I first seen the fresh wolf tracks.
I quickly checked them and continued on judging them to only be a few hours old by the amount that the snow had hardened inside of the prints. I wondered if waiting so long to leave town was such a good idea as I followed the tracks across a wide open stretch of the Mackenzie River where seeing them earlier would have been the ideal spot to get a few delta dogs. The tracks followed the main trail back into the lakes and portages and before long I pulled up to the first pee post which was marked with blood streaked urine, a sure sign of the females coming into heat. I quickly shovelled the frozen pee into a plastic bag that I had in my pocket then smoked a cigarette in anticipation of the possibility of seeing a wolf at the 2 month old moose kill that was coming up in the next chain of lakes. This is when the exciting stuff started happening.

A couple lakes later.......

I hit the lake and grabbed the throttle thinking if the wolves spent a couple hours at the kill site then I can either catch one in the headlights or stop and try howling to see where they were.
Pulling up fast I could already see the moose was dug up and there was some tracks bounding up into the willows and some more tracks running down the skidoo trail. I figured my best bet would be to keep'er pinned down the lake in case some were still on the ice. Sure enough I spotted a black wolf running into the start of the next portage. It's funny that this log stands beside the trail and every time I pass by in the dark, the shadow from the log passes the portage left to right. This time the shadow went left to right and straight? It took my brain a quick second to sort out the sight and tell me "YES that was a wolf you just seen Ryan!"

The wolf got through the willows and hit the next lake way faster than I could. The speed he was going on the hard packed trail could've put a grey hound to shame and before the next portage he was so far ahead that he took advantage and jumped off the trail into the powder, up the bank and into the timber where I could never follow. More tracks running though so on I went knowing that I was less than a minute or two from the Mackenzie River, and more importantly, a smooth stretch of the Mackenzie River. The last willowed area before the big river is a long slough covered with 3 foot high red willows leading to a narrow channel with cut banks on both sides as it hits the Mighty Mackenzie.
EYES!
Pinned. Can't see them. Then a blurry spot at the furthest reach of my lights. Wolf Breath steaming, and snow flying behind them, I catch up as they hit the cut banks. I can smell them now and the deadly looking white wolf running in the lead has all my attention as they leave the slough and the willows for the last time. The white splits to the left with me behind as the 2 blacks stay on the main trail across the Mackenzie. I get close enough then with the wolf running broadside I first see the mangy side view. I decide to take it out of the population and hand it in whole to the GOV for sampling so I let my first shot go. It drops the wolf but as I slow down and turn back I can see he's gotten up and doesn't look much slower. Get him back in the headlight, broadside....Click! Click! Rookie mistake. The one time I forget to fill the magazine before leaving!! Was probably swearing at myself as I stuffed 4 shots in and took off again. Now the 3 tracks hit some rough ice and about half way through it, two sets of tracks leave the trail and go right, Heading back towards the smooth area with some deeper snow. I quickly think it's the black ones when they had a big lead so I follow the single set going straight on the trail. I caught up at the far (west) bank of the river and made no mistake this time dropping my first wolf of the night. I filled the magazine right up and got back across to the smooth spot, quickly turning down river hoping the wolves were headed back to the east bank. I was speeding along with only my headlights and a prayer. I said out loud a couple times "Come on tracks...Come on tracks..." THERE! TRACKS! Couple minutes later at the far edge of my lights I see a blurry shadow and catch him as he hits the bank. I jump off my skidoo and let er' go dropping the biggest one with a clean headshot just before I would've lost him. 1 more set of tracks! Letís go! Spotting the last wolf was a repeat of the first black. I get him broadside and down he goes!
I went back to where it all began and picked up my sled and wolf mitts which both got dropped when the action started. A quick look back at the first lake showed 6 wolves had gotten away. I looked for them for a while but they stayed in the timber. But man was I happy with my 3 wolves, and the chance to have a smoke! I followed my trail and retrieved the 3 wolves. I grabbed the white one first and was sure to fill my sled with snow before placing the wolf on top. I brought it over to the east bank and buried it then dumped the snow from my sled. I knew I wasn't going to skin it so I would leave it until I was on my way home when I could bring a tarp from my camp to wrap it up and avoid handling it too much. Travelling on I seen a different pack had been around about 15 miles upriver and they were bounding into the willows and trees as well. I stayed up all night skinning the two black ones, and kept thinking, how much more luck could I have asked for? A lot of things could've prevented this but everything worked out. A night to remember for sure! The next morning I pulled some winter traps and picked up a really nice pale cross fox in a snare.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 07:29 PM


The first black

Fresh cut on the hind quarter. didn't look like a bite mark though.

Headlights and a prayer

Tracks leading to wolf #3

First black is in the sled

Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:05 PM

Thanks Ryan for the great story and pictures I felt as if I were riding along with you on my sled. Years ago I also had a black wolf run out in front of me on the interstate going home from work late one night but never got a second look at it no matter how hard I tried.
So what did you find wrong with the hip on the one black wolf ?
Those are sure a nice color and size.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:20 PM

Thanks Allen. The hip had a small tear and I'm guessing it was from ice, or another wolf. With the female around close by the 3 big males might've been fighting. Maybe it was slowing down another faster wolf in the narrow portages and got a few nips to tell him to speed up. Hard to say what happened. No damage to the muscle underneath though and nothing a few stiches won't take care of. I gave the last black wolf of the night to Fiona to tan and sew whatever she wants to. The trapped one from a few days earlier is still intact and will be sent to auction.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:41 PM


My new theory is that he got cut by the log in the picture.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 08:53 PM

Great play by play Ryan.Nice job on the Wolves.
Posted By: Taiga men

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 09:25 PM

Ryan McLeod, Excellent story
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 10:13 PM

I enjoyed writing the story so much that I've decided to get back into writing after a 3-4 year loss of interest. I've even picked the title for my first book:

"A bear ate my oranges: A collection of short stories by Ryan McLeod"

HAHA! Just an idea I had, thinking out loud more than anything at this point.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/14/16 10:48 PM

Sounds good Ryan I want a signed copy LOL
Allan
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/16 06:03 AM

Thanks for the ride a long Ryan. Great story
Posted By: Chickenminer

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/16/16 12:57 AM

Ryan,
That white wolf is cool! Too bad the hide is no good.
Sounds like quite the rush for a few minutes.
Posted By: Oakswamper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/16/16 01:59 AM

Thanks for the story
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/16/16 04:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Chickenminer
Ryan,
That white wolf is cool! Too bad the hide is no good.
Sounds like quite the rush for a few minutes.


Yeah when I seen the 3 running I had my chance to choose one. I picked the white because from behind he looked like a good wolf. Once I seen the mange I was thinking darn it I should've chose a black. I thought the two blacks were long gone but luckily they took a long route through snow and I was able to get them too. I looked for the others yesterday but only found tracks from one wolf. Probably the first one I seen. It is a rush but I've learned to save the shaky nerves for afterwards, dry eyes and cold shaky hands after it was all done. I tried a wolf hunt in the mountains on Saturday too but a busted shock on the way home ruined the day. Still feeling it in my neck and shoulders today.
Posted By: francois

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/16/16 01:51 PM

wow great picture
the wolves are beautiful
and what a journey we are living
thanks to you and your writing
Posted By: Osky

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/17/16 02:01 AM

Great read Ryan, thank you.

Osky
Posted By: AK HUNTER

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/17/16 02:38 AM

What a rush! The few times I've seen wolves it's been almost as stressful as it was fun because you know the odds of them getting away are pretty good.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/17/16 04:02 AM

Great gunning ! Maybe some of that initiative and knowledge of yours will rub off on me Sept 15 2016( Wolf opening ) our season closed yesterday and I only saw one (I was too slow ) .Keep up the writing otherwise pilgrims like me will be discouraged ! smith
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/18/16 10:07 PM

I'm heading out to the cabin tonight with a passenger.....My baby girl Morgan Sophia (5 years old) will ride along and learn about muskrat trapping, wolf trapping, rabbit snaring, and possibly moose hunting. She's on spring break all next week so I took some time off to bring her out and teach her some valuable lessons. I'll be taking some luxuries along that I don't normally bring such as a generator and playstation for some late night movies. It's going to be fun. Maybe she'll be my lucky charm and old Mr. Wolverine will be hanging mid air from the elevated set beside my cabin.

Not too sure how effectively I could get wolves with her riding as passenger but when I asked her " What're we going to do if we see wolves?" she said " Ummmm.....Shoot them?"
That's my girl!!

First thing after work we're going shopping for grub and then hook up to my Dad's trailer and load his wide track then take off. I'll have my camera and should be putting up some pictures next week sometime. It's also the first time I'll be checking a trail camera so hopefully we get some pictures of the pack out there. I imagine she won't like being left at home after this trip.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/19/16 02:04 AM

That sounds like a great time for dad and daughter Ryan, I can't wait to see pictures from your trip. Will Morgan be bringing her rifle along just in case ?
Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/20/16 01:03 AM

What did you shoot them with? I don't see a drop of blood, (other than the hip on the first black)?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/26/16 11:43 PM

Morgan brought her gun but didnt shoot it.

Av- i was carrying my 22 magthat night
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/26/16 11:45 PM

Had a good time out with morgan even though the lakes were mostly flooded. Was pretty hard to find productive push ups so we didnt catch many rats. Sure had fun though and when i feel like it ill put up a couple pictures. Expensive trip but well worth it in my opinion.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/27/16 02:28 AM

Pulled most of my traps today. Got two lynx to put me over 20. The smarty little gulo sprung the milk crate again just for one last kick. Be putting in a deadfall in Simple Creek next fal. You never get that wolverine can I start wearing my special ordered king of da swamp sweatshirt now?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/11/16 09:25 AM

Tried breaking trail to my spring hunting grounds in the mountains but had to turn back after getting stuck 9 times in deep snow. Didn't have the right skidoo for that kind of snow. Seen some sheep but nothing else in the mountains. I came back to town by way of my cabin and was happy to see that my trail camera had over 1200 pictures on it. I knew not to get my hopes up because twice I have seen a high number of tracks around but couldn't seem to get the wolves or wolverines on camera. Lots of mink, crow and whiskey jack pictures though. BUT today was different and I found these 7 pictures out of 1246...






looks like the same wolf in all these 5 but there were a lot more tracks and you could see where the others were laying around off camera and dining on lynx carcass or caribou hides.


Pretty sure this is a bigger darker one.



Dates are all wrong. This wolf is hanging in my warehouse waiting to be skinned tomorrow. The tracks left the camera site and 15 miles upriver I found him running on the trail, in daylight this time. Also seen couple days old large grizzly tracks near my cabin so might just have to go find him tomorrow evening....or at least try.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/11/16 12:02 PM

Congratulations on getting the wolf and the successful trip out with Morgan it won't be long before you will have a very good trapping and hunting partner.
I hope you get a shot at the grizzly and the story and pictures to fallow. Our fish and game dept are changing some rules for when folks are fishing on some of the rivers and lakes because there numbers are on the rise. We haven't had a hunting season in quite some time so you will have many folks in your corner.
Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/12/16 08:52 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evvnrJsRqiM

A slide show I made for youtube with pictures from "The Trapperman Years"

Watch it, subscribe, tell yer' friends! Then watch it again!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/13/16 04:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evvnrJsRqiM

A slide show I made for youtube with pictures from "The Trapperman Years"

Watch it, subscribe, tell yer' friends! Then watch it again!


Don't forget to tell them to click on the adds. Then go and watch your buddy Muskrat411.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/13/16 06:23 AM

Muskrat do you benefit from youtube adds at all? Never pursued it at all.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/13/16 02:29 PM

Very minimally, if I made videos about Star Wars or Game of Thrones or putting on make up it would be a different story. But $400.00 every couple years is a nice surprise for doing stuff you would do anyways.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/25/16 05:38 PM

Seen 5 mallards yesterday while building my 12x16 tent floor. Then while making a trip to haul gear from my cabin to my new tent floor I ran into 3 wolves. They were running in a river with deep wet snow so they wouldn't leave the trail. Was easy to pull just ahead of them and I managed to drop all three from one spot. Wolves are sure stink now! Looking forward to geese hunting with my family.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/26/16 06:03 AM

That works for your moose and caribou population Ryan how many wolves did you get this winter ?
The resident geese are back in the creek behind the house again I miss listening to them, I used to really enjoy hunting them they make some great jerky.
Allan
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 07:06 PM

Right on Ryan! The birds started showing up last weekend. I'm stuck at home with a bum calf muscle, I got a Charlie horse a week ago, walked on it for a bit, now I can't even put weight on it. Hopefully it gets better before the birds are gone.
I also picked up 3 nice greys last week before the season closed! No rubbing on any of them. I heard a big pack howling and intercepted 3 that I did see. Be safe this spring!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 07:56 PM

I ended up with 8 Mr. Minear. 4 blacks two greys and 2 whites. Most had some level of mange ranging from dandruff to full on baldness.

Birds showed up early here this year too Nunamiut. Lucky to get nice wolves with no rubs. I got all mine in the delta so mange was common. The mountains didn't give me any fur this season. Not even a bear. I spent the past weekend looking for one particular grizzly that I seen in 2013. Let 3 little ones go and then on the last day I seen the big bugger I was looking for but unfortunately I couldn't climb out right close to him. I sped back to where I could climb and just when I had that "I'll be shooting in the next couple minutes" feeling, My belt ripped. My spare belt and my phone were about ten miles away in my boggan so I sat and watched my 8 and a half foot silvertip walk over the mountain...heart breaker. I'm pretty sure I could've made the long shot but if I made a bad hit I would beat myself up until I found him. Good judgement ruled and I can live with knowing he'll be growing some more before I have my day with him. Crawled back to my spare belt, hit a rock on the way. Bowlegged skis were still travelling then my steering broke. I repaired it with a small axe and a couple feet of rope then splashed the whole mess with water for more strength. It's funny that I made it all the way home (120+miles) and right outside my Moms the little axe got hung up on a willow and I got stuck!! Flying out to geese camp with my family on Monday. My Boy has a little white parka cover for his first geese hunt and my nephew is excited to use his 20 gauge. hopefully your leg heals up so you can get after the birds too.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 08:10 PM

Went up Bug hunter yesterday, Winter up there. That caribou huge rack just over the climb was that yours? Not even squirrels out up there. Seen one pile of sheep marbles and 3 ptarmigan. Went as far as head of Semple Creek then the fog and snow came down so we went home. Still looks foggy on the peaks so good call I suppose. Did you make it to Bear Crk?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 08:12 PM

Still have not got my crane yet. You know they are the rib eye of the sky?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 08:19 PM

Bear Creek is running waist deep in the middle and knee deep on the sides where I got stuck for 3 hours while water was rising. Almost got me thinking I should start taking a partner!

I thought cranes were the jackfish of the sky....

Too busy right now, I haven't even shot a goose yet. Can't wait for Monday!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 08:31 PM

Nope lots of guys on TheWildNorth said they were the "rib eye of the sky"
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 08:36 PM

I have not shot anything yet. I might go trap a beaver just to say I'm doing something, plus I have one lynx in my back porch that needs some partners to go to Lloyd with this summer. Go to West Channel on Friday and trap some rats and shoot some birds I hope. Crane hunting this weekend some time.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 09:11 PM

I will call the bear MOBY. You can call me Cap'n Ahab!

I'll chase him to the ends of the earth to get him.....And Bobby can hunt his offspring when he's older.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 09:14 PM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
I have not shot anything yet. I might go trap a beaver just to say I'm doing something, plus I have one lynx in my back porch that needs some partners to go to Lloyd with this summer. Go to West Channel on Friday and trap some rats and shoot some birds I hope. Crane hunting this weekend some time.


I'm skinning all night again tonight. Lots of furs yet. They're staying frozen solid under my house in a boat. I did 10 fox 4 mink 3 lynx and a wolf hide last night. Might be the longest wolf to go on my wolf stretcher so far.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 09:57 PM

I think I'm going to save up for a chopper out to my new camp this fall and hunt bear on foot. Up the creek, might have to invest in a mechanical wheel barrow to haul stuff home. I don't think a bear will pay for the flight though but get most of it back in income tax. Make some dead falls and tip-up snares while I'm out there. Should be some good videos also. When can we expect the great bear hunt video on Youtube?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 10:05 PM

Too much swearing for youtube. My videos are usually rated G
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/16 11:34 PM

Well Ryan it sounds like your bear hunt was one of my checks on one of my coyote snare lines on my old snowmobile but then that keeps life interesting.
I'll bet many on here like I was hoping to see a picture of you and your grizzly but I agree with your choice to hold off on the long shot.
We have some geese that are hanging around the creek south of the house however I've not seen any large flocks heading north.
Allan
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/05/16 12:59 AM

You need to start an extra channel for tough trips, TheWildDelta. For a more mature audience.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/05/16 01:43 AM

You should sign up for that show Alone. You can do it in Willow Creek and challenge Bam, Butter and the boys who can survive the longest Alone.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/24/16 03:56 AM

46 Lynx on the FHA auction block. Hoping they all sell for a decent price.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/24/16 03:55 PM

Good luck to you with the cats.You got any other fur on the auction Ryan?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/24/16 07:31 PM

Just a couple red fox and an otter BOCO. Still have a lot of fur skinned and frozen too. My last wolf and another 8 fox are going on stretcher tonight. I have high hopes but based on the year so far I know they might go for a low price even though they are all mostly select goods.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/26/16 10:24 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4kfbNxIEoI

More work bringing the family out but also very rewarding to see the kids learning and enjoying themselves without the technology that distracts and ruins young minds making them unable to entertain themselves like iphones and ipads. I wonder who's bored enough today to notice we flew out in a chopper, a fine piece of technology indeed...
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/26/16 10:45 PM

Without technology?You took a chopper ride to go hunting,lol.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/26/16 10:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Boco
Without technology?You took a chopper ride to go hunting,lol.


Once we got there Boco...Once we got there. There is no other way to get to that spot at that time of year.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/28/16 02:50 AM

I watched your video last night while I was trying to warm up from my little dip in the Mackenzie I liked. Hardly even noticed the hunting. So much else going on. Good to see you back on YouTube. Is there going to be a wheel barrow full of muskrats video?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/16 07:30 PM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
I watched your video last night while I was trying to warm up from my little dip in the Mackenzie I liked. Hardly even noticed the hunting. So much else going on. Good to see you back on YouTube. Is there going to be a wheel barrow full of muskrats video?


I would love to go hunt rats one more time and fill up a wheelbarrow but I'm guessing waters too low to get into my best lake. They hardly ever chew each other up in that lake so they would still be good but I doubt it if I could even get in there.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/16 08:07 PM

What a fun goose hunting camp Ryan, while we were fishing over on Fort Peck a flock of 30 flew over and I thought of you getting to hunt them. Thanks for bringing us along .
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/12/16 10:24 PM




Well I bit the bullet and picked up a four stroke last month. Looking forward to putting in some serious mileage this winter. More than the 4-500 miles a week I was doing this past season. Had it narrowed down to the expedition 550 ( last year for those), bearcat xt, Scandik wt with the 900 ace and the expedition le which of course is the one I went with. Got a full length skid plate added and a wrap around bumper. Would love to go hunt caribou this weekend but I have been battling the flu and I am starting to feel better so no use to push it yet besides its still early in the year and September caribou is the best imo. The flu I have been fighting is not the little 1-2 day type either, it's the real deal that used to kill people back in the day. Lost 13 pounds this week alone. Hope everyone is looking forward to another season of hunting and trapping because I sure am.
Posted By: nube

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/12/16 10:50 PM

I got the SKandic 600 ACE last year. I love that machine. What a great ride. You will enjoy your new machine. I was going to go with the Expedition but we get a lot of real deep snow here and got talked out of it for a wider track. I think I am happy with my choice. I think a 16 inch track would be fine most of the time but I am glad with what I got. Good luck on your new machine. You will like it a lot
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/12/16 11:04 PM

I also bought my dad an 870 wingmaster, Something he's always wanted but since he has a hard time spending money on himself I took the opportunity to start attempting to repay him for the years he payed my way through life. I told him he can retire his '82 sportsman 12 gauge to the cabin wall at goose camp or use it for a paddle. Maybe when he's retired I'll get him an 850 etec in the expedition extreme. Can't go wrong with 165 (published)horse power (actually 173 on the dyno, or so I'm told)
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/13/16 04:28 AM

Nice rig Ryan! I think my next rig will be a wide track for sure.
No replacement for displacement!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/18/16 07:58 PM

A couple nights ago I was busy around the yard and as I picked up my wolf stretcher to move it I was surprised to see that one side was covered with mold. I had it covered with a tarp but all the rain we've had found it's way in somehow. My first reaction was "F@#% sakes" but then I figured "hey this stretcher that I made for myself has lasted long enough and served it's purpose" So yesterday after work I picked up enough 1 x 4 to make TWO new wolf stretchers. They just need to be sanded now. Instead of measuring the stretchers tapered end I just took the clean side of my old stretcher and traced it on. I'm also up to 39 120 boxes and 1 330 box built this past week. Some are made from scrap plywood and some are made from a couple sheets that I bought new, some are even made from a desk and shelf that I got tired of looking at in my warehouse. My old stretcher has stretched 90% or so of the wolves that I have harvested in my life, 1 at a time, now I can stretch 2 at a time! Anybody paint or seal their stretchers? I'm thinking it might not be a good idea.

My new 900 should be ready to ship by next week and I plan on making my first hunting trip soon. After that first trip I will be officially started another August to June harvesting season. I think this year I'll just continue on with this journal, something I should have done since joining like Bushman and his Mountain Journal. Start getting your gear ready fellas 'cause trapping will be back before you know it. Wish you all good luck in the upcoming hunting and trapping season. Shoot straight, set properly, and most importantly be safe. Hmmm....better put my 550 back together too I suppose, and clean out my freezers, and mount my Dad's new scope for him, and find some parts for the old 380, make some snares, get my net ready for egg fish, find a pup for the kids, etc and etc. Feels great to be getting some energy back! Oh and I found the weight I lost when I was sick...It was in the fridge.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/18/16 10:55 PM

awesome ride, I got the 600 ace renegade, almost got the expedition, but it was a couple thousand more. Them four strokes are nice rides.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/24/16 06:13 PM

Took a ride up the Dempster highway last weekend looking for some caribou but the only ones around were way back and only a couple guys harvested caribou with the help of a quad. Seen 4 bears including one monster grizzly and a really nice old black bear. The other two were smaller, 1 griz and 1 black. So now I've taken some time off next week to do some real hunting back in my hometown of Aklavik. Looking forward to seeing some old haunts for sure.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/25/16 12:45 AM

Good evening Ryan, I sand down my stretchers and give them a lite coat of turtle wax paste letting it dry wiping off any excess. I think it helps with put up and removal of the furs.
I'm sure your kids have grown a great deal this summer my grandsons have.
That's one nice looking sled !
Allan
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/25/16 08:28 AM

Just got back from down below 2 Bulls and an ugaruk. Also saw a Sow with three Cubs. Picked half a pale of ukpiks.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/04/16 03:57 AM

Fall hunting has been awesome so far this year. First me and My Hunting Partner and Daughter Morgan harvested 4 fat bull caribou and then I did a solo sheep hunt in the high country. No pictures but I do have a bunch of video that I will be uploading to youtube when I get back to my own computer in Inuvik. I've had many chances to harvest sheep in my life but until 2 days ago I've never followed through on my urge to hunt a big ram. I ended up putting the sneak on a bachelor group of roughly 20 rams and I harvested a 41'' x 41" 8 year old beauty. He did the classic roll down the wrong side of the mountain deal but luckily it was a reasonable few hundred feet pack back to the top. I'd rank that day as one of my top 5 days spent on the land in my whole life and one of the most rewarding as well. Was pretty tough finding my way across the willow flats and back to the boat in the dark but I made it home at 3am tired, wet and hungry but also very happy!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/04/16 05:49 AM

Wow Ryan sounds like an awesome time. Those tough are always the mostly lasting memories. Excited to see the video. Shame on you for no camera. ;0) Click a few stills from the video to give a a sneak peak.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/04/16 05:48 PM

I tried uploading a 17 second clip and also a couple pics from an iPhone but no luck. I'm using a mac and it is still unfamiliar for me. Once my Aunt gets back from the airport I can use her adapter and try to post a still picture sneak peek.
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/04/16 09:53 PM

Original iphone photos, at least, are too large to use the uploader. I find the best way to get a photo on Tman from a mac is to export to the desktop, or my preference, a junk folder on the desktop. During this process select medium for both quality and size. This will give you the perfect photo for the web. Uploads very easy and is sized right. Will be less than a hundred Kilobytes vs 4-50000 k.
For using going straight from your phone I can give you another option that works. If you need any help don't hesitate to ask. I can give you a lot of insight to using a mac.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 01:09 AM

Is that Spanish? I don't hablo.........Lots of pics I could share, but even photobucket wont work, for me anymore.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 05:03 AM

I'm home now so I can take a pic with my camera and upload easily. No field pictures, so in my house will have to do. Give me about ten minutes or so...
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 05:42 AM



Here's my first ram. I couldn't ask for any better and I think the bar is set high for any future rams. The next one I want is an old heavy broomed one.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 05:51 AM



Me and my caribou hunting partner.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 02:22 PM

Very nice ram Ryan I totally agree with you the bar is set very high !
Allan
Posted By: decoy

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 02:28 PM

That is a game changer Ryan. WOW :-)
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 02:59 PM

Monster ram!
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/05/16 04:51 PM

Nice trophy Ryan.
Posted By: bobsheedy

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/07/16 12:58 AM


Pretty impressive.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/08/16 05:27 AM

Nice one!
Posted By: watarrat

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/08/16 05:43 PM

Congratulations Ryan,,that's a ram of a lifetime!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/08/16 08:45 PM

Thanks Guys.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/09/16 05:22 PM

Went through some old pics and came up with these. I don't have the measurements any more but they were some beauties. [img:left][/img]
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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/09/16 09:25 PM

Muskrat you should go take a picture of the sheep picture at the Band Office that Roger took. That one would rank pretty high all time I'm thinking. One of the biggest I've ever seen in person, books or magazines.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/10/16 03:39 AM

JM says the big Rams hang out in that Canyon the other side of Big Fish River fish Hole. I followed him up there one time rough country my GPS is still up there someplace.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/12/16 08:31 PM

Awesome ram Ryan! What did it measure tip to tip? 42",43"? I've gotten a couple nice broomed ones in the past, but nothing like this guy. I just started work a few weeks back so my sheep hunting season is limited to weekends. We're finally getting tuttu coming down our valley this fall, so I gots to try to fill up the freezers before they disappear.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/13/16 06:22 AM

Nunamiut- tip to tip is 32". Length is 41 on both sides. That day made top 5 all time for days spent on the land in my life. When you're in good sheep country the only thing above you is the sky, everything else is below. They sure are fat.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/13/16 11:23 PM

Here's a pic of a ram my sister shot. It had the biggest body ever that I have seen for a Imniaq(dahl sheep). By far the biggest set of headgear I have seen on a ram, girth was 13.75 and the longer side horn was 40 inches from tip to tip.


Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/14/16 04:56 AM

Ed and Sam just got back from Mount Lang. No sheep up there.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/14/16 03:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Nunamiut
Here's a pic of a ram my sister shot. It had the biggest body ever that I have seen for a Imniaq(dahl sheep). By far the biggest set of headgear I have seen on a ram, girth was 13.75 and the longer side horn was 40 inches from tip to tip.





Now that is a nice old sheep! Really good mass, something I'll be looking for next sheep hunt.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/05/16 05:51 PM

Being sick sucks! Lots of things to get done and I'm stuck in bed with whatever this sickness is. Feels like pneumonia so I'm gonna head to emerg later. Grabbed 4 bags of insulation and started the warehouse, also put in a new stove. Count down is on fellas. 10 days til beaver and muskrats open and 26 until fox etc opens. We're having cold weather so fur should be nice right off the get go. Can't wait to set the few 330s that I have in town on some beaver houses close by.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/05/16 05:53 PM

Probably Mononucleusis! Any of you trappers want to lay a wager on what Ryan has?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/05/16 05:56 PM

Spent some time in the water in freezing conditions the other day when I got stuck with a loaded boat so that has everything to do with this sickness.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/16 01:39 AM

Loaded with what?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/16 01:52 AM

My hunting gear, gas and everything from my parents tent frame on the coast. Not really over loaded but more than heavy enough for one guy with a bum shoulder.now my shoulder is really bad after having to put 100% effort into getting out. I wish I took pictures but that was the last thing on my mind at the time.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/16 02:03 AM

Thunder jet Luxor OB dry weight 1800 lbs plus the 115 Yamaha and gear. Once I got water between the hull and the mud I was able to move it inch by inch. I also had 2 blocks of wood and a 6 foot length of 2x4 which helped as a pry bar. Any animals within 3 miles must've learned some new words for sure. That feeling you have when you know nobody will be travelling by and you just have to get out by yourself is all too familiar to me these days.
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/16 02:31 AM

I've been stuck like that before Ryan. My trapping partner just got stuck with his jet boat two weeks ago had to go help him. He literally wasn't even ankle deep water took use 3 hours with 6 people. Was about 30 feet or more to deep water.

Also know what it feels like traveling alone most of the time. People these days just don't want to go hunting. They are too stuck on Facebook and Xbox.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/16 03:00 AM

Sonny you ever try digging under the intake on the bottom of the jet boat with a shovel and using the jet to clear a trench? We used to do that when my dad had his eagle jet boat. When it's done right you can clear a 4 foot deep trench 20-30 feet long which is usually enough to get back to deep water.
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/16 04:46 AM

Nobody brought a shovel so we couldn't do much digging. Never thought of doin that but now it'll help when he gets stuck again.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/13/16 10:30 PM

I have plans to wake up early on Saturday and set the only 4 330s I have in town for beavers in ponds around the edge of town. I would've set more but all my 330s are hauled out to the line already so I'll probably try some snares too. Can't wait! There's caribou on the highway now so I might head up there at some point but no rush as I'm sure there is a small army of shooters out already. Should be lots of gut piles to check for wolves and wolverines next month. With big bulls in the rut I will be after 2 year old young bulls or old cows that are past reproduction age. There also ought to be some grizzlies gorging on gut piles too. No rest for the wicked my Grandpa always says.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/13/16 10:57 PM

Well 5 bells grin

Scouting time!!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/13/16 11:00 PM

Where are the caribou Ryan?
Posted By: Osky

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 12:25 AM

Beautiful ram Ryan, congratulations.

Osky
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 05:23 PM

River frozen this morning fuse I am going to have to trap beaver in Pump Lake.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 07:15 PM

I found a spot with 3 beaver houses all within 60 feet of each other so I will set everything I can in this spot. Looks like there are a few beavers living there. Ice is thick enough for walking on, it took 3-4 hits with a chisel before hitting water. I seen 2 rats swimming through the clear ice but couldn't get my video camera out fast enough. Also someone offered me 2g for 2 moose so I will see what I can do. Looking like it will be a busy weekend as always.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 10:04 PM

No bridge so I cant get up and trap mountain beaver. S I might have a boring weekend.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 10:13 PM

Pull a boat on a trailer like I used to do.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 10:21 PM

we will be freezing up soon, some ice forming up the river. Probably within the next week we will have ice covering the river and most ponds. Will need to pull out some mannaq sticks and hooks. Try getting some trout and smelt. Hopefully caribou shows up soon around here.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 10:27 PM

Hey Musky,

East Branch is wide open so maybe it's easier for me to go shoot a boatload of beavers. Seems they all disappear though when the 15th rolls around.

TF- I'm looking forward to fishing too once beaver trapping and moose hunting wraps up. Cooked a char yesterday.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 10:41 PM

awesome
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/16 10:49 PM

My old Crestliner is already up there maybe I will throw it in the creek.
The Peel likes to freeze up early and break up early, must have to do with the mountain water source. Have fun shooting beaver. Mention me in the video.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/16 05:19 PM

Set 3 beaver traps on Saturday morning and had 1 beaver by evening. Had a snapped trap yesterday and otter tracks near the house as well. While setting and not paying attention, a lynx walked out and sat about 20 feet from my buddy. I spotted it and it scared a year off my life. Glad it stopped when it did because I didn't want to have to shoot it with my 270. Very big lynx! Surprisingly white for this early in the year too. I also spotted 5 fox while doing some scouting near my regular trap spots so it's looking good.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/16 08:10 PM

Your one ahead already for the title King of Da Swamp. You never trap any muskrats?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/16 05:30 PM

Picked up my first beaver in a snare last night! After experimenting with beaver trapping for a couple years I think yesterday was a major breakthrough in deciding what works for me and my beaver chasing through ice adventures. I like setting 330s but I can fit a lot more snares in a backpack than I can with conibears and I think the snares are much harder to see than the traps. My new method that I will use until I find a better way will be to set 10-15 snare poles with two snares per pole. This beaver is bigger and much heavier than the first one, yeah that's right, I've only caught two so far. I'm a self proclaimed amateur when it comes to beaver trapping but give me a few years and that should improve. Lots of rabbits and rodents around so lots of fur running around this year. Can't wait to start trapping familiar animals like fox for starters, I know I can catch them.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/16 06:58 PM

Congrats Ryan on catching the beaver in a snare ! I've tried it quite a few times but prefer the 330's granted they take up a lot more space . How's the fur looking on them so far ?
Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/16 07:07 PM

Our beaver don't get really dark, they are usually reddish. I've heard this is because we are at the northern edge of their range. The fur is really thick though, rich and glossy. Hopefully pick up more this week. I'm thinking about going to set more snares later. Two adults out of the house so far. Thinking back I believe ive only seen 2-3 beavers in my life that were really dark including a black one that my friend George shot one year.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/16 09:14 PM

Way to go Ryan. I have not started beaver trapping yet. I have never had any luck starring beaver good on you that you figured it out.
Ing around with fish this weekend. The bridges are really crappy right now got to wait for some snow.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/16 10:06 PM

That interesting to hear about the color of them around here they are a reddish color also and some are called a silver dollar because they stretch around 60" and are very silver colored. Back in the day they brought as much sometimes more than a well cured xml blanket beaver. I hope you catch a bunch I'd enjoy seeing what they end up being turned into as a finished product.
Allan
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/16 03:51 AM

Once in a while we get a beaver with rich red guard hair,like a dark cherry red fox,but with black underfur.I really like the looks of those beaver.Most of our beaver are dk brown to dk.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/31/16 04:40 PM

Trapping season starts tonight at midnight. Its been cold for well over two weeks so I'll be setting a couple fox traps. The foxes I've been seeing are looking good despite the low snow we have. Its going to be another 2 weeks before I even start thinking about getting out to my main line so its town trapping for the next little while.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/01/16 01:23 AM

Toby, Kevin and Lloyd got to be smiling to hear the good news!
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/01/16 03:44 AM

Cold has nothing to do with good fur. That said, good luck. We here have another month to go for most critters.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/01/16 04:00 PM

It must be a bit different where you are AV. If we had warm weather all fall the foxes would still be very thin but the ones I have been seeing are nice and bushy. Better already than most places will get all winter. As Bushman once said "Ryan's is about the last stop before Santa's place!"
Besides, this is town fox removal which I have had permission to do from the wildlife department (They even gave me traps some years back)and the town office for 5-6 years now since a little girl got bit by a fox outside the school here. I'll be out to the delta trapline later on to target other, primer furs but these town foxes are pests, nuisance animals that need to be thinned out during November while I'm mostly around town. I took out 37 last November and there seems to be more this year. I also found another beaver house that I wish I knew about when the ice was thinner, I'll probably still set it even though the ice is thick enough to support a truck.
Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/01/16 04:42 PM

I hear you, on the nuisance critters. I occasionally get permitted for beaver removal, and that generally occurs in the summer. Hate tossing those pelts, and on occasion, I've sent one or two to Moyles for the land owner. They didn't care about prime. Just thought having a pelt was cool. And I score easy bait.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/01/16 04:48 PM

Town fox give me a chance to get in the groove for the main season on the line. I used to set traps around midnight-2am in heavily populated areas of town then check and pull them around 7am before work and before traffic picks up. 5 fox was my best morning. Usually by December a good part of the population is either trapped or dispersed into the delta away from town.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/16 11:16 PM

my son Bobby is going to be a big brother!
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/16 11:50 PM

Congrats Ryan.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/16 01:09 AM

The King of the Swamp is a fertile sovereign.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/16 02:50 AM

A Blessing for sure,Congrats
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/16 10:30 PM

my guess is that it will be another boy.
Posted By: bobsheedy

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/16 11:39 PM


Congratulations.
Posted By: caldwellite

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/06/16 03:59 PM

How about posting a few pics of your trapper helpers. Us old codgers enjoy seeing the young ones.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/13/16 02:19 AM

Home from the fish harvest. Was up to the Big Fish River Fish Hole in the mountains for a few days of tent camping. We only had to do one sweep with the seine so it was an easy harvest with about 600 caught and 150 kept for distribution to the community of Aklavik.
Only wildlife seen was 2 moose, a fox and some muskox plus Ravens, whiskey jacks, mice, ptarmigan and snow shoe hare. I had some traps out but snapped them all before leaving town. It's been slow, not a single fox yet. 2 Lynx were caught in fox sets though so I'm started okay but it seems the animals prefer a warm bunny yet over bait. I have a trip to Edmonton tomorrow for some chiropractor appointment so full speed trapping has to wait even longer before I get going. I do have some snares to check later on though...
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/19/16 04:20 PM

Coffee is on then I'm off to the main line until tomorrow evening to get my line started. Hoping for the best.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/21/16 04:11 PM

I had a good weekend of setting up the trapline. Didn't sink my machine and got about 45 sets out. Seems to be a good number of fur bearers running around in my country so it should be a good year. Few wolves around, one set of wolverine tracks and plenty of everything else.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/21/16 06:39 PM

Same wolverine you could not catch last year? Any marten?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/21/16 06:44 PM

Smaller wolverine so not the one from last year. There's a few marten, still have to make my trails through Pokiak Lakes behind my Grandpa's though because those creeks stay thin for a long time.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/26/16 01:44 AM

Just finished some chili, fresh buns and lemon pie over at my Moms. Now I'm off to the trapping cabin.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/26/16 04:05 AM

If you pass through AK stop by and pick up some caribou hides for golu bait.
Posted By: Hiline Bob

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/28/16 09:41 PM

Good luck, hope it's a good season for you.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/16 05:52 PM

Got home this morning after a 600 km trap checking/caribou hunting trip. Harvested 7 caribou, an otter and a nice coastal wolverine. Sure was hard to leave the hunting grounds to return to town!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/16 06:45 PM

Way to go Ryan!
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/16 09:16 PM

yoi got any pictures to share? What did you get the wolverine in?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/16 10:49 PM

My time off to go hunting was approved at about ten to five the day I left so I didn't have any charged cameras ready for the trip. I'll take some pictures later on though. I shot the wolverine Sonny. Fresh tracks at a caribou gut pile and a ten minute tracking job, 1 shot with the lucky 22 magnum. Same with the otter. Seen a grey wolf later in the day but I almost broke my right wrist due to the front heavy 900 and the dangerous nose diving it creates. 900 ACE is great for flat country but pretty bad in the mountains, maybe better when the snow hardens.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/16 10:59 PM

awesome, still waiting on snow here, been itching to butcher some caribou for fresh meat.
Posted By: lab Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/06/16 09:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
My time off to go hunting was approved at about ten to five the day I left so I didn't have any charged cameras ready for the trip. I'll take some pictures later on though. I shot the wolverine Sonny. Fresh tracks at a caribou gut pile and a ten minute tracking job, 1 shot with the lucky 22 magnum. Same with the otter. Seen a grey wolf later in the day but I almost broke my right wrist due to the front heavy 900 and the dangerous nose diving it creates. 900 ACE is great for flat country but pretty bad in the mountains, maybe better when the snow hardens.


The only fix for the nose diving is wider skins and revel springs in the pogo's. Stock springs are 60lb and revel are 90. By far the best upgrade to any new brp wt or swt.
https://revelsuspension.com/contact-info/
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/06/16 09:44 PM

If mine had pogo shocks I'd be all over that. Might try wider skis but no getting around the dead weight of that big engine after a lifetime of riding 2 strokes.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/16 04:51 AM

Ryan, do you use the 40 Gr Winchester jacketed hollow point in the 22 Mag ?
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/16 05:27 AM

Good job Ryan! My Yamaha triple 4 stroke feels the same way. Get the Skidoo 10 wide ski skins that fit over the stock skis, they help out a lot.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/16 06:34 AM

I'll have to try the wide skis Ben. I said before I bought this machine that I won't be chasing any wolves so it could last longer. Looks like I won't have a choice. I don't mind though, it's an awesome machine for trapping, caribou hunting and whatever else doesn't require going fast. I'll get my nephew to follow with my 550 and when wolves are spotted we'll do the old switcheroo. Just under 600 km on a tank and 9 gallons with a load of wood going one way and a load of caribou coming home though so I can't complain. Pros and cons just like everything in life. Overall I like the machine, and I'm lucky to learn my lesson without snapping my arm.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/07/16 06:36 AM

Originally Posted By: g smith
Ryan, do you use the 40 Gr Winchester jacketed hollow point in the 22 Mag ?


Mostly 40 gr fmj. Tried some other rounds but always come back to these ones.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/08/16 08:09 PM

Well the trapline was drifted over again last night. Of course you know about 7-8 wolves did a few dances on the buried traps as did a few lynx and martin. Seen a very large set of wolverine tracks too. The last short line to be checked was in a sheltered creek and with functioning traps I picked up a cross fox, a mink and 3 martin so it was a good night of trapping. I got home this morning just in time to have coffee and warm up my truck to go to work. Heading back out tomorrow night for a couple days of setting then I have to be home early enough on Sunday for my Great Grandmother Sarah's 94th birthday.
Posted By: TurkeyTime

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/09/16 03:59 AM

Drifted over traps do you simply just dig them out?(I know it isn't simple but is that the solution?)
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/09/16 04:08 PM

Yeah I'll dig them out and reset them but if drifting snow gets to be common for a set then that set will get moved. When a blizzard comes up though everything will get buried. Very important to hang some colored ribbon so you aren't digging blindly and you can have a better idea where the set is. I've had as much as 6 feet of snow cover a set, that wasn't fun digging that out.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/09/16 10:47 PM

John Martin Creek when your traps get covered over up there it is like digging through cement. You need a jack hammer to get them back. Not as bad as overflow in Semple creek though.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/09/16 11:32 PM

We had a big blizzard in 2012. This one trap I mentioned earlier was covered with over 6 feet of snow. I dug and dug and dug and finally I hit a piece of fish that I was using for bait. Once I got my trap out I realized that I was standing in a hole a couple inches over my head. I couldn't get out easily so I had to shovel some steps and then I climbed out. Best story about buried traps is a guy I know here in town had a bunch of traps buried really deep so he waited until the season ended and with warm weather he went and dug them up. Under about 4-5 feet of snow he picked up 2 prime winter wolverine in 330 boxes. Same guy that got 512 marten one year.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/09/16 11:58 PM

Didn't you pick up a prime winter wolverine in a trap you thought you lost last spring?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/16 11:33 PM

No, I caught a wolverine in a box that was completely buried the night before. 2-3 feet of hardened snow and I thought I would dig it out the next morning.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/16 11:43 PM



The meat before giving some out to family.


1st wooly of 16-17 thawing out.



Short bushy horns is how I was taught to ID old dry cows. Once they stop having calves the energy is put towards to horn growth and fattening up.


My pup.




My girl when she was 1 year old living in the bush. She emptied the cupboard everyday.





Now she's one of my main partners.






Some older ones.



Never give up!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/16 03:49 AM

At least you did not have 5 45 drums like your Uncle Stephen.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/16 03:56 AM

That pic was the last load in 2011. About 3 or 4 days later the river was dried right up. We just rocked the boat until water went underneath and inched it to deeper water about 4 feet to the right.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/16 05:12 AM

I tried hunting yesterday but they were too far back for me. Got MO and Tuesday off might head out to the new camp try and set up that seismic up the hill towards Bear Creek. Start going hard for King of the Swamp.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/16 06:32 AM

Nice pis! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: caldwellite

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/16 06:55 PM

Thanks for the pictures. Always enjoy posts of your trapping and hunting.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/16 06:34 PM

Picked up a couple martin and a couple lynx last night. The same wolf trap was snapped again and on closer inspection I found that the trigger was bent and wasn't working properly!! Missed 3 good chance because of that so I set a couple more at that spot, hopefully I didn't educate the pack of mostly pups. Not much so far for wolverine sign, only seen 2 different sized tracks all season and the bigger of the two was not on my line. On the way home I seen fresh tracks on my fresh trails, less than 4 hours old, so I sped up and followed until I spotted 3 wolves running up into the trees in the moonlight! Too bad I didn't catch them in the open but I'll get my chances yet this season. There is one 330 box out of commission from over flow, should've moved last trip when I thought to do so. Town traps with Morgan and Bobby tonight.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/20/16 10:01 PM

I can sure understand why some guys enjoy martin trapping so much. I found an area with some martin and have been picking up 2-3 every trip this year. I pulled up to a spot where last week I interrupted a martin just starting to eat another frozen martin in a trap so I reset the box and moved another box directly across the creek for 2 in one spot. Pulling up to the spot last trip out I could immediately see a bushy martin tail sticking out of the first box and the second trap was missing. The missing trap ended up being behind the box with the second half of my first martin double covered in a fresh skiff of snow! I'm hooked! Now to try my hand at some otters! The lynx on my line can breath a sigh of relief for now because my mind is focusing on learning some new critters habits. I would love to have more martin in my trapping area, and I can't wait to explore my new trails I made in September. I also set a new line with 10 #3, 5 120s and 2 330 boxes. If any of those 120s hold martin then that area will be set up with more martin sets. It took awhile but my motivation has finally kicked in, and I still have 3 solid months of season left.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/20/16 10:08 PM

Hard to beat marten trapping Ryan,easy to catch,easy and quick to skin,no fleshing,easy to carry can pile up quite a few in a small area, and bring good money.Just have to be careful not to overharvest.Keep an eye on the adult female to juvenile ratio.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/21/16 12:18 AM

Just before the marten crash here there was abundant numbers of marten. We had a good pull and had 5 eaten. I have never had that many in 1 trip. The next year was the crash! I think that the food source that winter contributed to the crash.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/21/16 12:53 AM

Happened here too around 2006.When you start to see marten all over the place even after catching big numbers,that is a bad sign.Over 80% adults.This is marten abandoning home ranges due to a small mammal crash.The refugia method of management doesn't work in those years.
Trapping hard during the home range abandonment can cause the recovery to be prolonged,but if you don't trap at all,much of the resource is wasted.Maintaining bait piles on my trapline well into april that year helped the marten recovery. The next year I was one of the few trappers that had a harvestable number of juveniles on my line.
Posted By: spotter

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/21/16 05:19 PM

I agree with you Boco that large bait piles placed in the spring really helped the marten population for the next season as well as provided opportunities for other furbearers used to frequent said bait piles.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/16 06:58 PM

I skinned 9 martin the other night with my Daughter and they were all pretty fat so they are eating good. There were 5 large adult males, and 2 each male/female juvies. No adult females so I'm not sure what that says about the population in the martin crick. My time off starts today so I'll be busy trapping for a couple weeks. I'll be sure to take some good pictures. Hoping to make some time for a caribou/fur hunting trip on the coast. Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/16 11:27 PM

I went out to set a line yesterday. Crazy Beaver same Red Mountain Creek and flooded my trail. Spent all day cutting willows across the trail.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/30/16 12:44 PM

Hello fellers! How goes the battle? I've been busy during my time off and have had some decent luck in trapping with the usual highlights and lowlights, with lowlights being no worst than missing animals because traps were snowed over, none of that stuck in overflow for 3 hours BS. Just today I set 6 #3 and 14 120s in a new creek that I accessed by one of the portages I cut in September.

Some pictures:



I've been having fun trapping martin lately and I have some good little helpers that are eager to learn. Ive skinned martin a couple times with my grandpa and caught a bunch in lynx traps but Ive never really had a good population to work with. This year I'm into a new chain lake with lots of thick timber and there seems to be a few more martin than there is around my camp. Addictive stuff...



Heres a set Ive caught lots of lynx from in the past few years. The first lynx was picked up on the way to my cabin for an overnight stay and the second lynx was picked up on the way home next day.I don't mind having to reset every time I catch something here because it doesn't really take that long and there is a lot of lynx activity here.






Classic trapping when tracks get you all exciting and hoping for...



This otter was 1 of 3 that I seen one day whilst breaking trail through a creek I leave until around Christmas due to thin ice. I shot this big fella with my first shot and the second shot went "thlick" not "click" but "thlick" and right away I knew something wasn't right with my gun while 2 otters sat and watched there buddy use his last kicks to go under the ice and disappear. I took my gun apart and seen that my trigger assembly was cracked. Simple fix with new parts (2-4 weeks) but still disappointing to put my 22 magnum on the injured list.
I ended up smashing the ice immediately downstream of the hole the otter went down in and couldn't find anything for about 45 minutes or so. I almost gave up but decided just for the heck of it to check upstream in the slow moving creek and with a final push of my awesome ice smasher/mover, which was really just a stout chunk of spruce, up popped the otter and the fish and muskrats of the lake breathed a collective sigh of relief as this big bugger is the biggest Ive ever killed and surely had an appetite to match.





Lucky night two night ago when I picked up this young male wolverine in a cubby set #3 baited with a loche head and ukruk on a stick. Seen him from quite aways across the lake in my headlights and being just recently caught he was pretty lively. 3 years ago I bent the magazine on my trusted 22 Remington 572 and it sat until Christmas day when I replaced the magazine with a new one that acquired in a trade with a fellow member a couple months ago (Thanks Buddy!). Believe it or not my 22's comeback first shot was a wolverine kill shot further elevating that, older than me, 22 to super natural status. It's been around since before I was born and what I've shot more animals with than all my other guns combined. Happy to have it back anyways. I skinned the wolverine for parka trim and as soon as I got to town I gave it to Fiona's Grandmother, who just that morning mentioned that she wanted to make a parka. She asked how much I would charge for a wolverine and I told her I wouldn't expect her to pay and that I would rather give them away to family to keep the luck going. That very night I caught this prime gulo! Coincidence??



Finally a shot of the start of my new line where I finally made it to the creek after a couple years of scouting and cutting trail.
I'll be sure to have all the animal travel routes figured out by the time my Daughter Morgan pictured here is old enough to run her own lines. Lots of exploring options is the reward for hand cutting trails through thick brush. That and untouched animal populations. Can't wait to check all my traps again real soon.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/30/16 01:41 PM

Nice, thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/30/16 03:20 PM

Nice catches,Ryan,nice looking fur.
Posted By: Tundra 300

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/30/16 03:33 PM

Nice catch on the wolverine!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/30/16 04:40 PM

Thanks for sharing! Looks like your having FUN!!!! I like the before and after shot of the kitty set with tracks smile I only wish it panned out like that every time smile
Posted By: rss

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/30/16 05:44 PM

That looks like a great area! Nice work.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/04/17 08:26 PM

So out of the 14 120s that I set in the new creek I picked up 9 mink and a martin. Every box that had a catch also had both mink and martin tracks that were made after the catch. Looks like I will be liking this new line. Couple wolverines hanging around the line and the wolves came back but haven't investigated any sets yet. I'll keep trapping mink as long as the carcasses are worth $25 for research purposes. The lynx continue to have zero interest in bait.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/04/17 08:38 PM

Awesome!
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/04/17 08:52 PM

Nice pics Ryan. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/09/17 10:38 PM

Seems my new line is overrun with mink! Picked up 7 plus 3 martin again out of 14 traps. Also picked up a fluffy pale lynx. After the short blizzard we had it was sure nice to dig out some frozen catches in the 120s. Going to do a bit of skinning tonight. LOTS of overflow now in the delta, deep too!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/09/17 11:34 PM

The creeks up Husky are like glaciers so much overflow. Two otter now maybe get a second hoodie for King of the creeks?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/09/17 11:53 PM

Couple spots around my camp had water from shore to shore. 550 would've gotten stuck, luckily I bought a new skidoo last summer. I guess we're tied for king of the cricks then musky. Lots of wide open holes too. I seen where a lone wolf was walking on crusty snow then fell through into the water, looks like he got soaked. There's a monster lynx hanging around this one lake, he's a mink eater. There's also a lot of knocked over trees, luckily none fell across my trails.
Posted By: otterman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/10/17 12:25 AM

Ryan he is a mink eater use a skinned out mink for bait I know you need them for research but 1 mink spent might save you three or four eaten plus you will have the lynx to sell. Make sure and cut the glands so the lynx knows he is there but not till you set and deffinatley not in the house laugh
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/11/17 06:03 PM

The mink eater ran away when I was pulling up last trip and left a half eaten mink so I used that along with a small piece of rabbit fur for bait. I'll post a picture if I catch him. He sure leaves some massive tracks.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/17/17 06:07 PM



Got one of these coming in the mail for backup to my mtsl which has to be sent to the Gravel agency for repairs. Picked up 3 martin, 2 mink, a lynx, and a fox last trip.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/17/17 06:31 PM

awesome!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 06:09 PM

A few years back I was out for a ride with my cousin Butterhead to John Martin Creek. We were going to look for rabbits and maybe see some fur to shoot. Things were going good and the weather was nice so we took our time and enjoyed the day. As we pulled up to a good patch of willows I looked back and seen Butters taking his gun out to shoot some ptarmigan, I had no interest in birds that day so I took the opportunity to stop and pour some gas into my machine. Just before I stopped I noticed a quick flash of dark fur in the willows and just figured it was a moose, which were plentiful at the time. I could hear some shots as I emptied the jerry can and kept looking for the moose that I thought I had seen. As I raised my head again I nearly jumped out of my boots as a black wolf slowly walked out of the willow patch. I quickly put the can down, started the 550 and sped off to "position" myself for a shot. As I pulled up almost close enough to shoot I grabbed my gun which was in a case between my left leg and my seat, as I grabbed the gun, my 550 shut off. I could still hear shooting and I started yelling at the top of my lungs "FREDDY, WOLF! WOLF!" I heard his machine start and I knew he heard me well because he started up and pinned it to where I stood, cursing my machine for shutting off for no obvious reason. As Fred was getting closer I just pointed at the tracks and waved my arm for him to keep going after the wolf, which was now just cresting the hill. I continued cursing my machine as I started inspecting for what caused me to lose the wolf, but I was happy that my apprentice was hot on the tracks. The 550 could turn over, but still no life. I figured I would be getting towed home so I started getting things ready starting with putting my gun back in the case. The bottom of the gun case was sitting on the ground and as I lifted it, I seen something that made my heart start racing...the stupid key!! I guessed it fell out when I pulled my gun off! Within a minute I was back in the cha...er.."positioning process" and could see my young cousin right behind the wolf which didn't look right for some reason. I wanted that wolf too but since Freddy was already there I watched and decided if he missed once, the wolf was fair game. He missed an inch or two below the wolf as it ran down hill into a deep creek, I was young with less foresight so I took a chance and followed, finding a way down the steep creek. I pulled up and shot the big black with my 223 and waited for Butterhead to make his way down to me. Once he got there we looked the wolf over and it had some of the thickest hair I've ever seen, aaaaaaand a swollen face full of porcupine quills! Man did that ever look painful. His lips were swollen to at least 4 times what they should be and when skinning it out I ended up with a pretty big pile of quills. Another time I was heading home after a long day of looking for wolves and decided to follow a familiar ridge where I've seen wolves many times. At last light I noticed something out of place in the willow flat below me and even from a distance I could make out the big ears of a wolf, also a black. This one too looked out of the ordinary. I was still about 200 yards away from him and he took about 2-3 big leaps and then layed down. He did this a couple more times as I slowly pulled up and shot him with my 223. I was very happy to get him and as I checked him over I could see that all 4 feet were covered in a ball of ice! Skinning him out I found a few quills in the lips and face but what surprised me was the amount of quills in his ribs! They were starting to poke into his lungs and had a lot of blood jelly like a bloodshot animal would have. I just wanted to share that to show that animals have a lot worse ways to die than being shot or trapped and I felt like both were put out of their misery before they froze or starved to death. I'm positive the second wolf was going to die that night. I've got a lot of wolf stories and just wanted to give some reading material for your morning coffee.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 06:26 PM

Good read! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 06:44 PM

awesome read!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 07:02 PM

Thanks Ryan, things like this happen every day and some of us are just lucky enough to be out there in the wilds to enjoy it. Good luck and be safe.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 08:08 PM

Well said Jr
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 08:20 PM

Thanks guys, and you hit the nail on the head JR. We are lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy the land and see lots of cool and unusual things that we wouldn't see if we were sitting on the couch.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 08:35 PM

Another cool thing I seen one time:

Freddy and I were hauling abandoned fuel drums and ran into 7 wolves, which were all grey and all came home with us. There were 4 more sets of tracks ahead of the 7 but we were short on gas and had to return the next day to look for them. We seen that after we left the area the 4 wolves came back and left one side of a caribou antler on our trail. We followed the wolves and the tracks led us right to a single caribou. I shot the caribou from a distance and when we went to butcher it we were in shock wondering how could this poor thing still be alive! Its hooves were worn right down and had very little black left on them, it had teeth punctures everywhere, its marrow was like red water, I don't know why the wolves didn't just finish it. I always wonder why the wolves came back to leave an antler for us. Maybe they thought we would leave them alone if they showed us where their prey was. Hard to say. We didn't get the remaining 4 that day, but I did get 3 about a month later within 2 miles of where we got the caribou. The 3 were so preoccupied with some muskox backed up to a cliff that I shot 2 before they even knew I was there. The 3rd only made it 1/2 mile before I got him too. All this wolf talk has me itching to go tracking!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/17 09:23 PM

Ryan, I was guiding a big game hunter over here in AK a few years ago, sitting on a ridge line watching a average black bear vigorously feeding on blue berries. I was looking through my hunter's new binos when out of the corner of my eye, I catch movement. Over the top of the ridge came a pack of 14 wolves at a full run downwind of the unsuspecting black bear. The lead dog was a huge black wolf and everyone else followed behind in a V-formation kinda like a flock of geese. The Black bear didn't have a clue until the lead wolf was about ten feet away but it was too late. The big black wolf put his shoulder into the bear and sent him rolling down the blue berry bush covered hillside. As the bear regained his footing, he found himself surrounded by the entire pack of black and gray wolves. I am going crazy wishing I had a video camera but not wanting to miss the show. The wolves picked at the bear from every angle while he sat on his haunches and spun round and round trying to get a piece of the wolves. This went on for a couple minutes before the bear realized his dire situation and charged over the wolves and made a bolt down the hill for an alder choked draw directly below my hunter and I. We watched as the black bear sped into the alders and rolled into a defensive position with his back to the wall. The alder thicket was about 15 yards wide and ran down into the creek valley below. A few of wolves charged into the alders in pursuit of their former combatant while the others just milled around the outside seemingly playing awaiting the out come. The bear had a far better defensive position now and seemed to have the upper hand now. Some of the wolves ran in and would literally come flying out sideways from a swat from the 150# bears paw. Let me put this into perspective, We are sitting 400 yards above this whole show now at about a 30 degree angle above them in late September with no leaves on the trees or brush. This is like a big movie screen to us looking thru our binoculars. Back to the story, the battle continues for about 5 minutes before the wolves realized they were getting the worse end of this deal. They slowly pulled back and the whole pack of 13 came together licking and playing around like a bunch of punks who just beat up a homeless person. The bear just sat there in the alder patch holed up awaiting the second volley. The wolves rallied and howled. It was awesome. I was shaking with excitement as I watched the ragged black bear sneak down the alder draw to the valley below and to safety for now. Meanwhile the wolves seemingly happy with the bullying they'd just given to the bear, single filed back up the hill to the ridgeline above and continued on their way. That is when the spectators became participants and we took off after the wolves. Needless to say, we didn't connect on any wolves but the experience was well worth it. Now, I am going crazy at what we just witnessed and my hunter, a young rich man about the same age as me, has a look of confusion at my excitement. He would rather be out chasing moose or something. I explained to him that "This event is something happens every day in the wild and we were blessed and lucky enough to witness such a wild moment. Now if you were paying attention, there were 14 wolves that attacked the black bear initially and 13 single filed away after the fact. So the very next day we are sitting on the very same ridge watching the same now scruffy black bear eating on the same blue berry patch when a big black wolf charges out of the alders in ambush of the bear. The big wolf put his shoulder into the bear and sent it rolling again. This time he just rolled the bear and looked back at him as to say he got the last lick in and trotted up the ridge in the same directions as his pack the day before. He had a bit of a limp and looked back several times before going out of sight. Near as I could figure was the wolves were not hungry and just were worrying the black bear for sport.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/17 12:53 AM

Great stories guys. wish I could ride along to witness your adventures. Awesome reading your posts. Has to be awesome trapping the Wolves in the snow and snaring them also.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/17 05:05 AM

That sounds like quite the show you witnessed Jr. The wolf that body checked the bear must've had some weight to him. I'm always hoping to see things like that every time I go out. Thanks for the story.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/17 07:07 PM

awesome story jr!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/17 11:07 PM

Well my new gun came in today at lunch time! The last 22 magnum from my Grandparents was 5 and 11 days old when I got the first wolverine and then wolf with it. I'm going to pull an all nighter and check the whole line tonight and see if I can get something within 12 hours of getting the new gun (Not too important but would be cool). Its pretty nice, I thought it was the plain Jane model but I opened the box and seen that it had the fancy checkering on the stock. It was so cute watching my kids get excited to see Daddy's new gun and I told Morgan that she can either have it when she turns 14 or pick her own. Its going to be so much fun watching my kids learn to follow me around. Morgan already can't wait for geese hunt and has been looking at Cabelas every day asking "Think this is good for geese hunting?" Now to send out the stainless 22 mag and then look into getting the Henry pump action fixed too. I wiped out my skidoo with the Henry slung across my chest. Broke the piece that holds the barrel straight and broke my tooth at the same time.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/20/17 02:11 AM

Ouch! I try not to wear a long gun on a machine for those reasons, I've been lucky to not break equipment or my face when I've been thrown with them before.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/23/17 03:38 AM

I have a twin to your new Marlin,it is a accurate rifle .That is some sharp checkering they do. Thanks for the wolf story !
Posted By: Jurassic Park

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/23/17 03:54 AM

Lol I was riding my sled going 30 mph through the field about a month ago. I had my left knee on the seat and partially standing on my right foot (so sled was right side heavy) and I hit a dip with the right ski. I went flying off the sled and spun in the air landing on my back. My left elbow hit a chunk of frozen mud. I'm more careful now lol!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/24/17 07:19 PM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Same wolverine you could not catch last year? Any marten?


He's back. I noticed one foot leaves a different shaped track, maybe it knows traps so well because it was the one that was caught and busted the snare a couple years back. Sure would be nice to get him this year, left a few blind traps out for him.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/26/17 04:24 PM

http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4343913/A_picture_is_worth_a_thousand_

Hyperlinking so all my posts could be in one spot.

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/26/17 04:26 PM

http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/5165836/1

2014-2015. I think that's all the journals I've had on here...

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/26/17 09:31 PM

I had a message to call Butterhead today. I was excited because he has phoned before to tell me about a catch in 1 of my traps that he passes on his rounds. He called to say that the wolverine has wrecked a good part of my line. Heading out to see this evening. I'm going to try 5-6 blind traps in a narrow point of the creek he's been hanging around in. Time to think outside the box I think.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/26/17 10:04 PM

Hope you get it!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/26/17 10:16 PM

Id sure like to see it caught one of these days. I'm curious to see why one of his rear feet is deformed. He leaves a track similar to the rounded bottom of a grizzly pad instead of the regular track. I'm bringing a friend for a ride along so with the extra help I may try a deadfall amongst the log jam. If I'm lucky maybe he got caught since last night when Butterhead was through my trail.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/17 04:55 PM

I finally connected last night! Not on the wolverine but further along the trail I followed wolf tracks right to my set and from a distance I spotted eyes!
Big male wolf was caught in 2 traps. Thick fur but has a rub on its back, I think from a log that the traps were anchored to. Doesn't look like mange or lice. I'll post some pictures later.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/17 06:44 PM

awesome, hope ya get the qapvik soon.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/28/17 07:13 AM


over night catch was still warm



the otter. how much bigger do they get? I think this is one of the biggest ive ever got. The mink emptied out the 330 box before the wolverine checked it out.


finally got a wolf this year!

Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/28/17 07:44 AM

Woo hoo!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/06/17 11:05 AM

i left Inuvik after work on Friday in a blizzard and travelled to Aklavik through drifting snow and poor visibility before jumping on my skidoo and checking traps all night. With all the snow and wind we've had lately I was digging out and resetting traps as I went making for slow travelling not to mention the steady sting of powder snow in the face as I freshened up my trails and sets. There wasn't much activity through the first part of my line but I had high hopes for the remaining 3 sections to come even though it was now around 2 am. Second section was also uneventful but there was some animal tracks since last trip.

As I drove across the small lake to the first trap of my 3rd section, and what I consider the main part of my trapline, I spotted a set of eyes right where my trap is, right on! Pulling closer I spotted another set of eyes right where the Martin box is, I figures another Lynx stuck a paw in the box, right on! Then as I was close enough to see the two Lynx caught I spotted two more sets of eyes behind in the willows where there is no trap. I stopped and shut off my skidoo and headlight then took off my parka preparing for the cat and mouse game I've played a few times before. It took about 10 minutes of playing peek a boo in the trees before I turned my headlight back on and shot one of the Lynx at around thirty feet. The other one took off but I was sure happy as I sorted out the area before continuing down the line. I then picked up a mink, a nice winter prime red fox, 3 wizzles, and 3 Martin. I was pretty tired and soaked from all the trail breaking so I sped for my cabin and got a fire blazing. I sat beside the fire and slowly got my frozen clothes off being sure not to catch a chill. It was so nice beside the stove that I decided to check the remaining traps in the morni....zzzzzz....
A few hours later I jumped up with a cramped leg and foot, threw on some dry winter clothes I keep at the camp and took off to the last few traps ending up with an awesome looking pale Lynx Lynx with 4 white sox. I then broke a new trail through a long creek, ski jumping three beaver dams along the way before turning back and setting a single wolf trap where the creek starts. Soaking wet again I headed back to the cabin and changed my clothes then hauled some wood and did camp chores, chopped bait, and hauled wood some more. I kept a strong fire going all day to dry the house and all my clothes up. I finished the evening with some radio, boiled caribou ribs with beans and some progress on my puzzle.
Sunday was spent rechecking and rebating the whole line on the way back to Aklavik which added another Lynx and Martin, then switching skidoo for truck and then driving back to inuvik, and putting everything away ready for work in the morning. Can't wait to check traps again! Now if only I could sleep....
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/06/17 11:12 AM

I'm gonna have some cereal now.
Posted By: gibb

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/06/17 11:51 AM

Nice story Ryan, for your leg and foot cramps, try to eat more bananas and drink more water. Potassium from the bananas helps and drinking water.
Dehydration is one of the main causes of muscle cramps. Along with a lack of potassium in your diet.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/06/17 06:41 PM

awesome story, nice catches too. Otters around here can get about four and a half to five feet long. These are the older ones though. Most will be about three and a half to four feet long. was that one a male?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/06/17 08:17 PM

Gibb- It was definitely dehydration plus being damp for a few hours. I usually carry lots of Gatorade and that helps but didn't take any this trip. I sweat a lot tracking down 1 martin that ran away with a trap.

That fool- the otter was a male. top 3 big ones ive gotten.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 12:54 AM

Very nice run Ryan that's quite a collection of fur. That wolf wasn't going anywhere, it will be a great looking ruff for someone I'll bet. If you get a chance to take a picture of it on a stretcher I'd like to see it.
Stay Safe out there.
Allan
Posted By: trapper ron

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 03:01 AM

Great story on your trap check Ryan.

Be very careful with Gatorade. You need to drink about 4 water to 1 of Gatorade. Some of the new Gatorade bottles are already diluted now. It adds electrolytes but is not a total re hydration such as water.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 03:13 AM

You need a texas mickey of rye whiskey at camp for medicinal purposes.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 03:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Boco
You need a texas mickey of rye whiskey at camp for medicinal purposes.


Hot 100 helps sooth my sore muscles sometimes. Mix some with hot tea and it's like buckleys, tastes awful but it works.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 09:12 PM

Not a whole lot of time left in the trapping season...
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 11:41 PM

Yup the clock is ticking for King of Da Swamp. Hopefully some lynx start moving
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/07/17 11:51 PM

First time coming home with 5 lynx the last trip.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/08/17 07:15 PM

awesome! we will be getting more lynx next year, lots of rabbit signs appeared this year. Will probably start setting traps for lynx next season
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/13/17 05:47 PM

No martin this weekend. Picked up 4 lynx and 4 mink though and crossed 3 fresh wolverine tracks over my day old trail on the way home. 2 big ones and a smaller one. I reset everything and I am looking forward to checking traps again mid week.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/13/17 05:51 PM

Had a bunch of last years foxes go for over $50 so I'm kicking myself for not trapping fox this year. Usually have 50-60 by this time of year.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/21/17 11:24 PM

4 lynx, 4 mink and a martin last trip. Made a new trail to set up next weekend. I gave my nephew his early Birthday gift yesterday, a case of federal waterfowl 20 gauge shells for May geese hunt.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/22/17 02:04 AM

Ryan are you required to use steel shot on waterfowl ?
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/22/17 03:00 AM

Good price on those fox Ryan! How far are you from Old Crow ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/22/17 04:03 AM

Yeah smith we are supposed to use steel. I actually don't mind steel though. I've been using the same loads for ten year or more so I have them figured out pretty good.

Y254- not the greatest price yet but more than enough to add up nicely. I had a good deal going on for a few years when prices were high selling rough skinned undried foxes for 125. I have gotten more from auction but 125 straight across was pretty nice. Not sure the distance from old crow but it's about a 45 minutes plane ride I believe. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger and my great grandmother was living. Its west of us over the mountains and you can make it there with skidoo, haven't made the trip yet but I have an inherited cabin roughly half way.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/22/17 05:02 AM

Thats nice country up there. I flew into Old Crow years ago on my way to Fairbanks for the Quest. Steve Frost was sitting there at the airport so had a good chat with him. Sure wish I had the muskrats those guys do!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/22/17 05:10 AM

Nice country for sure! I've fished king salmon and hunted caribou there but haven't trapped with the old crow family. My grandmother grew up there, she flew to aklavik for a skiing event and met my grandpa at the old Cafe. The rest is history. She always says the rats in the delta are lower quality then she was used to growing up. I'd sure like to hunt one of the big Salmon fed bears over there some day.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/10/17 04:33 PM

Well they say time flies and I sure believe it. I cant believe winter trapping is almost over already. Today will be the start of the last weekend check and then everything will be getting snapped on Wednesday with next weekend for cleaning up the line and putting the 330s, 120s and #3s away for next season. I plan on trapping rats and wolves though so its not like I'm going cold turkey! I'm actually looking forward to pulling the traps and having some time to do other things such as tracking some wolves and doing a caribou hunt. I'm busy with planning and getting stuff ready for the whole spring including rat hunting, bear hunting and of course my favorite, the good ole' geese hunt! My Dad has some time off this month and we plan on finishing the geese hunting tent frame, hauling wood for the geese camp and getting a few things such as the freezer and generator hauled out. Shells are all packed and I'll start cleaning my shotguns over the next month or so. Looking forward to seeing my Dad use his new shotgun that I bought for him last fall too. Last year he came out to the geese camp for 1 day and shot once, knocking down a speckle belly with my nephews 20 gauge. Hes been reminding me that he shot 100% on geese last spring so I'm looking forward to seeing him miss a few times, I doubt he will though because he's one of the better shots I've seen so far in my life. Really hoping to get more family involved on this annual hunting event. Mostly for help with plucking! grin
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/10/17 05:55 PM

awesome, I haven't had much luck this year with trapping, no snow for half the winter. Wasn't able to head all around the country until the end of february. Hopefully we get snow next season. we usually start getting birds about the middle or end of april. can't wait for spring bird hunting. hope to see picture of wolves. I am going to head out this weekend to track some wolves this weekend. would of had last weekend but it got white out and windy, had to turn around to the lower parts of the valley.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/22/17 02:25 AM

Pulled my back on Friday and waited until today to go to the ER. Turns out I have some muscles stuck in spasm mode and they are swelling. Ouch! It sure slowed me down this weekend on the trapline and instead of setting a new lynx and wolf line I pulled traps and started shutting things down on the season. I might still set a couple wolf traps and for sure some rat traps at some point but I think I'm done with lynx and I have been done with martin for close to a week I think. I took a few pictures of my last real check for the year.

I think I get 1 lynx a year like this and always in the same area.

I spent most of this season exploring and finding new spots. This will be a favorite spot in the coming years I think. Nice big lynx.


Further down the same trail. One of the darker ones this year.

Couple traps later...

I look across the trail to the second box and I can see the springs aren't sticking out the sides.

Double!!

3 martin, a mink and 2 lynx out of this new country. I'll be back in there next Fall.

COMING UP ON 6000KM from that seat, I don't feel like I have even been buying much gas!

1st line...

2nd line, and 2 lines came up empty.



Hangem' then skinnem'


My camera doesn't work so well in the daylight these days so I had to take a creative selfie while checking my 5 rat traps that produced 4 rats. Shutting down winter trapping is the end of that great time of year but it's also the start of Spring. SPRING. SPRING I TELL YOU!! Cleaned my shotgun yesterday and my 150 grain core lokts are waiting patiently in the storage room... but I won't need those until I get some muskrat and wolf harvesting done. If only my back can heal up quickly.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/22/17 02:53 AM

Hope you heal up quick!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/22/17 05:46 PM

awesome catches, hope you get better soon
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/02/17 01:30 AM

Ryan, your field journal is an awful lot of fun. I've read the whole thing. Here in PA, we are very limited in what we can catch. Watching you interact with all these cool critters is like National Geo x 100. Good luck hunting, have a complete recovery.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/05/17 04:05 PM

I seen the first set of bear tracks of the spring this past Saturday, small female so no use in following. I'll be leaving for geese hunt in exactly one month so now's the time to get things done. My Dad and I are planning to finish the tent frame, set the tent and stove, haul wood and a few supplies out this Saturday while the travelling is good. I would imagine the same grizzly from last spring is back out around the trapping cabin or will be soon. I did 320 km in the mountains last Sunday, and about 560km total over the weekend. I've seen 6 eagles in the past week but still no sik-siks out in the mountains.
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/05/17 04:55 PM

Bears are coming out farther north. Not so much along the coast here yet but its warming up fast.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/18/17 09:06 AM

we left aklavik on Friday morning and travelled through a patch of wind ,and stinging snow in the face, reaching John Martin cabin for a lunch break and a good strong fire. we covered a lot of country tracking a large pack of wolves For the rest of the day and then camped, woke up and continued on eventually running into the pack in a place where we couldn't reach them with skidoos thanks to thick dense brush and a cut bank. We sat and watched as some climbed the mountain in plain view but out of gun range and listened to more howling and barking in the creek but out of sight. After the last of the staggered pack disappeared over the ridge we could tell they had regrouped by the loud and concentrated but out of view howling. Freddy and I continued glasisng for any sign of the pack or stragglers and then he spotted a black wolf nearly the size of a cow caribou on the most rugged rocky outcrop on the mountain. I watched through my scope as four more followed the lead wolf, then six more, 11 wolves in a single file line walking up the mountain!
What a sight. Then three more hit the skyline, then 15,16,17, 18.......19......we waited for twenty to show but it did not. 19 wolves walking up the mountain! We spent the rest of the day playing hide and seek with these wolves spread over two valleys and a very high steep ridge line that we somehow climbed in a couple different places. All in all we had at least 50 individual sighting over the day, a couple times we almost got in range, a couple chances where we could've got a bunch if they weren't hidden by a ridge and in range but out of sight, and every other heart breaking situation of trying to hunt wolves where they are most comfortable and at the greatest advantage. I went in some places that I had no business going but found a way to make it work with out hitting any rocks or wrecking and I still can't believe the climbing power of my wide track. My best chance was when I climbed a long drifted knife blade ridge just wide enough for a skidoo that led to the rocky outcrop where the pack had given us the finger from earlier. I flushed three in to the huge open bowl on the other side that unfortunately had a steep creek through the middle that required me to go travel further up the valley to get to the other side. It ended with two blacks and a huge grey wolf beating me to the edge and into the steep timbered valley below. I think if I had been able to gain a hundred more yards I would've had enough time to get all three but I just ran out of level ground a bit too short. I've run into 2-3 wolves and gotten them all many times, 7 one time, 3 in the dark another time, but this time we ran into 19 and didn't get a single one....still one of the best wolf hunting days yet!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/18/17 10:21 AM

That's awesome Ryan. A pack of that size is very territorial and should be easily called in with challenge howls. Probably wouldn't respond after being pushed for a few days though. 19 wolves take a lot of ungulates and beaver to feed.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/18/17 05:08 PM

awesome story. too bad ya didn't get any. fun and exciting day though.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/18/17 10:48 PM

Originally Posted By: AKHowler
That's awesome Ryan. A pack of that size is very territorial and should be easily called in with challenge howls. Probably wouldn't respond after being pushed for a few days though. 19 wolves take a lot of ungulates and beaver to feed.


We tried calling but they knew something was up. I wonder if they are smart enough to think "Hmmm...warm weather today. Be on the lookout guys, that McLeod guy usually shows up around this time of year!" I doubt it but I was thinking maybe someone had hunted them earlier this winter and they were educated to know that a skidoo means trouble. I can imagine this large pack is one of the reasons we don't see 40-50 moose a day up there like we used to in the not too distant past. MAAAAAN, there were some giants in the pack. I have taken wolves from this pack in the past few years so Im sure the older ones know that humans mean trouble. Nothing like the sound of a pack howling and knowing you cant reach them without risking injury or damage to equipment.
Gives me a whole new appreciation for the land and animals we hunt knowing we're on their turf.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/19/17 04:54 PM

Thanks Ryan, I enjoyed the trip,almost like I was there. smith
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/19/17 08:23 PM

The other McLeod guy hunted them this winter. Must have been Edward when he got three in the dark this winter. He said there was twelve in that pack but maybe he missed a few in the dark. Must have been one of that pack that I trapped this winter and it got away from me.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/20/17 02:53 PM

Freddy said one black was limping, maybe that's your wolf. Could be the same pack Edward seen but I was thinking the one he seen is the one from around my camp. The disappeared for awhile around the time he got three. The ones he got looked like the kind I get around my camp.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/20/17 09:05 PM

Could be I think the one I lost went past town and headed down below though. Seen a grey wolf just past Hudson Bay at that next creek yesterday. No gun but it would have been a long shot from the ice road anyways.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/24/17 03:57 PM

Well fellers we caught up to that pack again in a better place. Seen 12 of the 19 and got 8, 5 blacks, 1 grey and 2 whites.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/24/17 08:54 PM

You should have made a good long post again I would have screen shot it and sent it to Wanda McLeod and her dog. That way she can say "here on Northwind we like listening to Stories" and you can tell your story on radio. Really be good, best Northwind in months. Make sure you send out hugs and goonics all around.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/25/17 06:07 AM








I will write something up when I have some time. Wouldn't mind to share the story right now but I still have a couple more lynx to skin right now. I was carrying my Dads 270 this day because he was carrying mine on his day out with the family at a different spot.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/25/17 01:38 PM

Congrats, nice job culling the over population. Many animals will be saved for sure.
Posted By: waggler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/25/17 02:30 PM

Smoke a "pack" a day. Fantastic!
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/26/17 02:46 PM

Way to go Ryan!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/26/17 04:56 PM

awesome! nice catches
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/26/17 11:11 PM

Nice job Ryan
Posted By: LeverAlone

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/27/17 12:39 AM

Wow thats awesome. Nice country up there.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/27/17 01:37 AM

April is always a very busy month for me. Iím done winter trapping for the season so I have traps to put away, extra bait to haul away from my camp and any skinning of animals that I didnít get around to during the winter months.† Iím also busy with getting my spring hunting gear ready for my favorite time of year which is wolf hunting, grizzly hunting and my favorite, spring geese hunt.† As busy as it gets, I always make time in my schedule to head out and do the spring hunts but with a lack of available tags it was looking like I might not have the opportunity to hunt grizzly this spring.† I was busy skinning some lynx last Thursday when the phone rangÖ.It was my cousin Butterhead on the line and he said something that made me reconsider my weekend plans.† I was supposed to bring more lynx in the house to thaw out as well as haul some lumber to my geese camp, pick some martin boxes up from one of my traplines, set up my bear fence and get some spring cleaning done outside of my house and in my warehouse but Butterhead was holding the 1 available bear tag for the Aklavik band and I wanted to go!† I told him I would be over on Friday and a plan was made for a grizzly hunt in the Richardson Mountains.
Fiona, our son Bobby and I drove over to Aklavik on the ice road but our daughter Morgan decided she wanted to stay in Inuvik with her grandparents for the weekend.†
Our plan was to leave Aklavik Saturday at 9am sharp to get the most out of our planned day trip.† I was tired and ended up sleeping in for an extra 2 hours but eventually we were on our way.
From Aklavik we travelled to the Husky River and from there we climbed Red Mountain before making our way south to Black mountain then west up Willow River.† As we travelled along I thought of our last trip together the weekend prior and the heartbreak we felt from seeing 19 wolves and not getting any chance at them because of the steep terrain in the spot we seen the large pack, but hey we were here for a bear and thatís what we needed to concentrate on.† The day continued and we found some bear tracks but it looked like a young bear and we didnít waste much time with it because we were after a big male grizzly only.† As we travelled along I started getting a nicotine craving so I waved to Freddy to stop but he just pointed to a distant ridge and kept travelling.† Weíve hunted together a lot and I knew he was planning to make it to the ridge before stopping for our smoke break.† Hereís where the fun startedÖ.
We stopped and hadnít even shut our machines off when Freddyís hand shot up and he said ďWOLFĒ
Sure enough I spotted the big grey wolf down in the valley below us. Freddy said ďGIVERĒ and I didnít argue with him since he would be the bear shooter it was only right for me to go after the first wolf.
I found my way down to the creek, keeping my eyes on the lone grey wolf the whole time.† As I pulled up close enough to shoot the wolf something caught my eye off to the right.† 2 more wolves, black wolves to be exact and they were headed up the valley too.† I dropped the big grey with my first shot then shifted my attention to the closer of the 2 black wolves and I tried a couple shots as he started climbing a steep mountain.† Unfortunately I missed but since there was another black wolf around I left this one alone and started off to find another one.† Travelling up the left side of the narrow valley I spotted a nice pale white wolf leave the creek bottom and start up the right side of the valley.† I looked back to where I last seen Freddy and he wasnít there so I hoped he was hot on the heels of his own wolf.† I was getting closer to the pale wolf when Freddy came flying out of the creek below me right behind the pale wolf.† I watched as he stopped, pulled his gun and dropped the pale wolf.† There was a short pause at this point as my mind started playing back what just happened in the last 5 minutes.† I remembered seeing a couple more wolves climbing a spot a little ways back and then suddenly there they were running along the top of the steep mountain directly across from me.† I sped off to see if they could be caught and as I gained some ground I spotted another pale wolf following behind the others.† I climbed out and picked up their tracks heading out onto a large flat but couldnít spot any.† Then a black wolf came running out from behind a small hill and into the flat.† Anybody thatís hunted wolves like this knows that seeing a wolf running into a large flat is the best sight as they can be caught up to easier. Right before shooting the black I spotted the pale wolf heading back towards where we started all this action earlier.† I quickly shot the black and smiled to myself knowing that I was bringing 2 wolves home for sure and Freddy had at least 1 of his own as well (he had actually shot one of the blacks wolves too that I spotted earlier before shooting the pale one).† With the black down I sped off to catch up to the pale wolf and as I crested the next ridge I spotted him along with 3 more crossing the big flat.† I was sure happy to see that but was hoping Freddy was close enough to get in on this opportunity.† Just like before, here comes Freddy flying out of the creek above the wolves, perfect timing and he was in position to keep all 4 of them away from the rocks and escape terrain.† I focused on the 2 wolves closest to me while Freddy was getting close to the 2 further ones.† I pulled up to a black wolf and dropped it in one shot before speeding after the pale one. I glanced over towards Freddy just in time to see his wolf fall, and then I shot the pale one, then looked over to Freddy and see his other wolf drop.† I looked around and didnít spot any more so I took the opportunity to light a cigarette which I wanted to do since before all this took place.
I back tracked and hauled three of my wolves to one spot but still hadnít talked to my hunting partner.
Once we finally met up I could see he had 2 wolves in his sled and was in the process of hauling them to where I left my 3.† I told him weíll meet up at the spot I left the 3 once we finished picking up our wolves and that it would be worth it to skin them to avoid hauling a heavy load home and to keep the fur cleaner instead of throwing them all in the sled and have them bounce around for a couple hours.
We pieced together our chase and filled each other in on numbers we seen, and what we did right and what we couldíve done better.† We confirmed that we had seen 12, and a quick look at their tracks told us that they had come from the direction we lost the 19 a week earlier. There was also a bunch of tracks heading off in a different direction which we decided had to be the other 7 from the pack of 19.†

We skinned all 8 right there in the flat and wouldíve kept looking for a bear but ran out of daylight.† We made it home at 430 in the morning with 4 wolves each, a couple tired but happy wolf hunters.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/27/17 02:50 AM

What an adventure. You will never forget that hunt.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/03/17 09:38 PM

2 days to go boys! My Dad and I finished up at geese camp on Monday, I will haul a last load tomorrow then we are off on Friday for 8 days of geese hunting fun. I seen 10 mallards while hauling a load out on Monday and, after leaving geese camp to my trapping camp for a load from there, my Dad saw a big bunch of yellowlegs and they flew right over my blind. I'm excited, cant wait to head out.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/17 12:11 AM

Shoot straight Ryan and have some fun I can't wait to see the pictures.
Allan
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/04/17 05:30 AM

Wow, quite a haul, nice shooting!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 12:44 AM

Hello fellers,

Two things to share this evening. I dropped my HD camera in a foot of water yesterday while shooting rats. I recovered it but we'll have to see if it works.

Most importantly though, Morgan and Bobby have a new baby sister named Charlotte Kathryn Rose McLeod! Happy healthy baby girl born last Thursday. Mom and baby are doing great and I look forward to having another little helper.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 02:07 AM

Congratulations! Hope your camera will dry out okay
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 04:47 AM

You got to get one of those JVC quad cams best zoom and you can drop them in water all you want and you can't freeze them. Tough to get in Canada though. I have been trying to get one for a while.i
Posted By: bobsheedy

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 02:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Most importantly though, Morgan and Bobby have a new baby sister named Charlotte Kathryn Rose McLeod! Happy healthy baby girl born last Thursday. Mom and baby are doing great and I look forward to having another little helper.


Congratulations.
Posted By: francois

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 02:52 PM

Congratulations
Posted By: caldwellite

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 04:11 PM

Congratulations. No rest for you for a while now.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/30/17 06:03 PM

Congratulations!
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 06/01/17 11:42 PM

Another blessing to help you out when you are old and gray .When you hear her say "let me help you with that Dad " smith
Posted By: Rick Otts

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 06/19/17 01:18 AM

Man I just started reading this and couldn't stop man yall put a hurtin on them wolfs looking forward to more be safe out there!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/02/17 06:45 AM

I put two wolves and ten lynx on stretchers last night and just got finished turning them all fur out about an hour ago. I put off drying all my furs for a record amount of time this year due to being distracted by other hunting/travelling opportunities and the birth of my daughter but now I've been full bore for the past 2 weeks or so with my limited amount of stretchers. I have every last fur from last season except for the martin and wolverine I sold as well as the 10-12 fox I gave away. I didn't put in more than a week of effort on foxes last year. I plan to send the whole thing to FHA even if it sits until next years sales. I'll need the room in my warehouse because I have some plans for next season brewing in my head. Looking at google earth, and getting my trap/supplies order drafted up has the gears in my noggin turning.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/02/17 06:47 AM

Now to stretch the 4 lynx I brought in before and bring in the grey wolf for first thing tomorrow morning, after coffee of course.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/02/17 08:41 AM

Good rapping you missed at music festival. Larry Greenland did the worm and a couple head spins.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/03/17 07:32 AM







Getting a few lynx dried lately. Had pictures of the two black wolves but my computer wont let me upload them. Ill put them up next time I guess.

My Dad gave me my Grandpa Bobby's Rifle.


Couple nice caribou in the last picture. Couple year old picture.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/03/17 07:50 AM

My Grandpa Bobby grew up at a bush camp on the Pokiak River. Big family. When my Uncle Arthur was alive he told me that this gun killed a lot of bears. There is still a lot of bears out in that country. Arthur kept the gun after Bobby passed away and still used it until he gave it to my Dad some 20 years ago. My Dad and I went to pick it up and Arthur had a brand new in the box 270 Remington pump with a nice wood stock. He gave my Dad a choice and since you don't see a 270 pump you can only guess which gun my Dad picked.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/09/17 01:23 AM

Ryan ,is it the 303 British Jungle Carbine ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/09/17 02:16 AM

Not sure. I was hoping some of the gun experts would let me know. It says mk1 on the barrel. It is a 303.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/09/17 05:05 AM

Hey Ryan I shot my first deer with an old .303 British rifle my dad had complete with a pep sight and a 10 round clip. After he passed away it disappeared but I still have the dies, clips and a bunch of brass and a box of bullets for it.
If your wondering I've really been missing winter this past couple of weeks since our day time temps have been in the 90's.
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/09/17 06:18 AM

Originally Posted By: g smith
Ryan ,is it the 303 British Jungle Carbine ?


I just checked it out and yes it is a jungle carbine.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/09/17 06:45 AM

Weird that I've never bothered to do research on grandpa Bobby's gun. Apparently quite a story to the gun. A couple minutes of looking online has my interest. It was cool before just for being his gun but now it's even cooler. I'll be checking into this more but not now since I have a headache. Got to find out more now. I wonder if the gun was used in combat? I wonder if the gun has killed a person? I carried it once for grizzly when I was in my early twenties and once for fall caribou around the same time. Didn't see any bears and couldn't hit the two Bulls we seen at 600 yards or so.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/11/17 03:18 AM

Those jungle carbines are good bush guns. i'm looking for one for a buddy. However you can keep your noisy 270 remington pump. I hate it when someone shows up in camp with one as the pumps rattle when you walk.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/11/17 03:33 AM

I have a pump 270 in my gun case. I never use it anymore because I lost the clip. I never noticed it being noise now I want to fix it and complain about it being noisy.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/11/17 03:46 AM

The 303 british was a gun that was used all over in the Canadian bush 40-50 years ago.They were a great calibre,much better than a 30 30,and the guns and shells were available everywhere cheap.
Not so today,those guns are very collectable now and some varietys are valuable.
I remember back in the 70's the MNR would have auctions of stuff seized from poachers.There were tables full of 303 british army surplus rifles.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/11/17 04:15 AM

Muskrat - I suspect a jokester like you would have to stop talking long enough to hear the rattle. We'd have fun on a hunt i bet Pull it out of the gun case and shake it without the clip and see what you hear !

Boco I'm one of those guys, not the poacher though. I'm thinking the 303 were way more common in Canada as part of "the empire" then in Alaska.

My first big gun was a 303 British and my old man would give me all the military hard point ammo as it was cheap. Shot my first moose at 14 with it. Put so many holes through it my dad said it was like swiss cheese, but he was pretty proud. He reminded me the other day ( he's 87 ) that one of my shots was through the back knee which slowed it done enough for me to perforate it.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/12/17 02:54 AM

Seems like I saw a story about a Swede up in Sask that shot a record moose with a 303 recently. He was hunting for the pot and it got in the way .
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/13/17 01:39 AM

MOV_9725.mov

Took Rylan, Morgan and Bobby out shooting yesterday. Morgan went 3 for 10, Rylan is becoming a great shot with his 22 and my 22 magnum. Bobby went 1 for 15 or so and I'm sure the balloon he popped was a luck shot but darn it if I wasn't proud of all three of them! The older kids thought Bobby's shot was the funniest thing and then Rylan sends me this video today.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/13/17 01:49 AM

Not working I'll try again later
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/22/17 05:15 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei88ncXU1zY

Should work this time.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/28/17 08:14 PM



My Aga Sarah (in the red cover) passed away at the age of 94 on August 23rd. Tough women with a heart of gold. I remember one year I had 456 muskrats to skin, I might've been about 14-15 years old. With her help and the help of my Grandma Bella we skinned them all in one sitting. When it came time to stretch them they both said "BYE!" The funeral is tomorrow.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/29/17 04:31 AM

I'm betting that picture pretty much captured her personality... R.I.P.


Aklavik - rat capital of the world.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/30/17 06:57 AM

Dam. The changes she must have seen. Thoughts and prayers.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/30/17 02:42 PM

Ryan that's a cute video those kids will keep you on your toes. I'm sorry to hear about Sarah's passing away from the picture along with the short story she was a special person to many and will be missed by all who knew her. Talk about a great life 94 impressive years.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/30/17 09:36 PM

I caught a big bull moose swimming across the river last week but decided to let him go. I was having alternator trouble with my sisters boat and after paddling hard to cut the big bull off I decided to let it walk and avoid adding all that weight to a boat that was already dead in the water. I managed to swap boats and did a caribou hunt that ended with 4 nice fall caribou. Planning to hunt for the rest of the family this coming weekend. Caribou for sure but maybe a moose and sheep too. I will be trapping full time this winter!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/30/17 09:38 PM



December 11, 1922- August 23, 2017
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/30/17 11:25 PM

Rest in peace, great picture.....
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/31/17 02:48 AM

Sorrowful but sweet. A new beginning for her.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/31/17 06:44 AM

Ryan was totally old school hauling his Polaris in plywood scow. Best thing I ever seen him do was the time him an Bo Boy hauled a 3 bull caribou across Canoe Lake in a kids plastic boat.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/01/17 06:15 AM

I had pictures of that but can't find them. Those little boats can sure take a load!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/01/17 05:56 PM

Caribou hunting with my Dad! I think its been 3 years?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/01/17 08:22 PM

I bought him a stock from a gun show and a leupold rifleman for his ol' trusty 25-06 so it'll be nice to see him out on the hills this weekend. One of the rare times where I'm okay with not shooting, just going along as a butcher/camera guy. Hopefully put some pictures up after the hunt. Might have time to squeeze in a sheep hunt. If I get a sheep over 170 then its going to be sent out for a shoulder mount. Ive said it before that the world record lives at BLACK MOUNTAIN.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/07/17 05:27 PM

My Dad and I got 3 young bull caribou on Saturday. We seen about 30 caribou but no big bulls. The next day my brother in law Ray and I tried another hunt but his machine only made it 2-3 hills back before blowing a piston due to water in the gas. I was able to easily tow him back to the lake just in time to see my cousin Butterhead getting ready to head up so I topped off the 550 tank and went off hunting. We seen about 250 caribou all together including a single big bull with no velvet. I shot this guy right away as the boys checked over the next hill for more big bulls. No more big bulls to be seen but Freddie shot a good young bull. As it started getting dark we spotted a bunch of 7-8 with 4 fat young bulls so we went over and I shot 1, Butterhead shot one and our third partner Kyle who didn't have any up to this point got his sled load of 2 caribou. That's 8 caribou put away for me this fall. Some of my Aunt's have room in their freezers though and my Moms willing to buy another freezer, so if they help with gas I will hunt for them now and also look for a bull moose before we get too far into September. I felt bad for Ray not making it to the caribou so I gave him and my sister the young bull for which Kim gave me a couple bags of cranberries she picked that day. Good trade as I like cranberry muffins.
Posted By: Oakswamper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/08/17 02:06 AM

Great stuff
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/09/17 02:04 AM

Ryan do you have plenty of snow for the sled now ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/17 04:25 PM

Some snow in the mountains but for the most part no snow yet.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/17 07:23 PM

I heard you had some big adventure this weekend, tracks busting, Renagades running in reverse only, people lost in pea soup fog! Really Rescue Ryan to the rescue. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/17 07:34 PM

My wiring harness starting burning, Renegade was stuck in reverse, Freddy's track ripped right off crossing a small swamp. We weren't lost though. Got the Beaver House Trail 3D mapped in my head now. Devon drove right by us in the fog though and Freddy had to go and chase him down.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/17 07:50 PM

Whoaw, no end to the adventure. Me I went up John Cross Creek with boat from Uviavialuk Nellie and Dez followed in there boat. We made it way up but just when we started seeing caribou on top the creek got too narrow and willows went right across. The creek was going the opposite way of the caribou anyways. Fun turning around with Kingfisher in that narrow creek with the mountain current.
Jonas never made it down below we went as far as Beaver House with him by Moose River but sand bar all the way across.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/17 08:06 PM

If anybody is heading to Beaver House again tell them to grab my thick white rope beside the boat landing trail.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/17 08:38 PM

Yup will do that. Took tomorrow and Wednesday off going to pick cranberries.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/13/17 03:20 AM





Ive been wishing I took more pictures this fall but, despite carrying a gopro, I have no fall hunting pictures or video of this years hunting. I thought Id put up a couple from when I was busy with fur this off season though. Most of the furs are not brushed out in the pictures.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/13/17 05:55 AM

Not many berries but did see two moose. Perfect hunting situation. I was above them had a noise creek to cover sound good wind and called them right into range with the berry picker. Young bull and a cow. But not much of a moose eater so took some video and eventually the sun flashed off my phone and they bolted.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/19/17 03:25 AM

Morgan sophia mcleod turned 7 yesterday and Bobby Ryan mcleod turned 3 today. I'm away on field work so it's the first time I've ever missed my kids birthdays. Missing my 3 babies right now.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/19/17 05:54 PM

Yup tough times, your missing out on rabbit and mallard hunting also.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/19/17 11:58 PM

Come on muskrat! You know I'll catch up to you in one trip.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/20/17 02:24 AM

Since my total stands at zero that's a reasonable assumption.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/20/17 03:30 AM

I heard the tuktus all buggered off to Alaska so I guess it's just moose, sheep, grizzly, rabbits and waterfowl from now til freeze up. Oh yeah plus black bear, and wolf. Lots of wood to haul and some new trails to cut for the trapping season too. Always something to keep busy. Less than a month to go for beaver and rat season to open too right muskrat? I haven't been this motivated and excited to trap in a few years. Can't wait.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/20/17 05:11 PM

26 days until beaver season counting today. I hope the Pineapple express blows in again so we can get some beaver hunting in. Its weird that the beaver season opens in the NORTwest territories later than it does in Ontario and Minnesota (not totally sure about that but I think Oct 1 in MN?) (I think Tom Orr started trapping Oct 1 in Montana also).
Posted By: caldwellite

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/20/17 08:23 PM

Southeast Idaho usually gets an October beaver open also. The season opens November 1 for everyone else.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/21/17 02:18 AM

October 5th here Muskrat.I wait until the 20th-much better fur just waiting those couple weeks.
Posted By: MnMan

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/26/17 02:46 PM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Its weird that the beaver season opens in the NORTwest territories later than it does in Ontario and Minnesota (not totally sure about that but I think Oct 1 in MN?)


MN is Oct 28th this year in both the North and South zones.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/26/17 03:30 PM

Well my snare order came in yesterday. Enough supplies to make another 200 lynx snares for the coming season plus a few other goodies. I finally know what GUSTO smells like. Pretty potent smelling stuff.
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/26/17 11:47 PM

Gusto has a whole other meaning here lol

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/17 03:34 PM

I guess all it took was my lucky charm. Morgan wanted to come moose hunting with me last night so I gladly took her along. She is the best company I know and her sense of humour is much better than most adults I know. We left town after supper and with only 3-3 1/2 hours of day light we didn't waste very much time getting to the moosey areas. I kept the 150 Suzuki almost wide open for about 25 minutes before reaching a grassy, swampy area that is a known moose producing area. Its the same general area where I seen the 2 young bulls and cow a couple weeks back and I figured with limited day light our best bet would be to go and call while we drift. I eased up on the throttle and started looking into beaver ponds and hidden bays as we travelled along slowly. Well low and behold there stood a moose! As we passed a beaver pond with a very active house I spotted a moose. We drove just passed the opening to the pond, quietly tied up the boat and slowly walked back to get a shot at the big cow. We spotted the moose plus another cow standing in moose knee deep water and as soon as I let out a small grunt they both bolted for the far side. Well I wasn't going to let these ones get away so I held my gun ahead of the running moose, waited until it just hit solid ground (just barely hit solid ground) and squeezed off a 150 grain core lokt which hit home with a loud CRACK as it nearly popped the top of the skull off! The first thought I had was "Did that moose just die in the water?" I lifted the outboard and started pushing through the shallow, grassy pond towards our moose as I told Morgan a hundred times how happy I was that we 1. Got a Moose and 2. WE got a moose together! I gave Morgan a big hug, told her I love her and thanked her for coming along and bringing her good luck too. As I poled across the pond I spotted a cow with 2 calves and told morgan that with all these girls around there has to be a bull too. Turns out our moose died with only the very end of the rump in the 4" water near the shore. The front half was high and dry and after a few minutes work with a tow strap and one strategic flip of the beast so was the back half. Geese calls filled the cold fall air as I quickly got to skinning and quartering the fat cow. The ground was muddy and just a little bit soft so I took extra care to keep our moose meat clean. Couldn't be happier with the meat on this moose. Fat and healthy and very clean as the pack to the boat was maybe 2 feet! Morgan kept me entertained the whole time with questions and stories. As I finished the first side of butchering I heard the unmistakable sound of a bulls grunt and spotted the bull across the pond. We kept a close eye on him for the rest of the meat cutting and I was glad he didn't come check us out. As I finished loading the last pieces another bull and dry cow joined the original bull and it was fun watching them. I pushed/paddled us back out of the beaver pond and we sped for home as the sun disappeared and darkness set in. I think we left at 630pm and I finished hanging the last pieces at 11pm so Id say that was one of the fastest moose hunts yet for me. Morgan can now add September moose hunter to her growing hunting resume! I plan to hang the moose for a few nights since the temps are dropping and the puddles were iced over this morning. No risk of spoiling anymore. Just wondering if I should go get another of the 8 this evening. If I do I will definitely be carrying my bow and come along.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/17 03:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Well my snare order came in yesterday. Enough supplies to make another 200 lynx snares for the coming season plus a few other goodies. I finally know what GUSTO smells like. Pretty potent smelling stuff.


Angus Tartif is not doing much, you should take him as an apprentice. You can call him Gusto!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/17 03:40 PM

No thanks Muskrat. I'll be better off without.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/28/17 03:24 AM

Congratulations Ryan on getting winter meat with your hunting partner ! It's extra special when you have such a good helper along !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/28/17 11:15 PM

Shot a young bull with my uncle Steve last night. He speaks their language he does.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/28/17 11:36 PM

Steve grew up in the southern yukon so he knows a lot about moose and is my go to guy for any moose related questions. My question yesterday afternoon was "what age do bull moose start Rutting?" He answered, "why? You know where there's a moose?" I replied, "I know where there's 8"
He gave me a quick lesson over the phone about antler development and stuff and then said he would be done work at 8pm and on his way to the spot I described at no later than 802pm.

I went ahead and started calling at my moose spot but no moose were in the mood for conversation or anything else so I checked another spot and called for half an hour again with no answer so I returned to my favorite spot and resumed calling.
(Uncle Dan is here for moose meat...to be continued)
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/29/17 12:26 AM

Now where was I? Oh yeah!

At this point I realized I hadn't slept in 42 hours and was on my Skidoo for the last 29 hours but I was determined to...oops! Wrong story.

I let out a series of calls and then there she was, the cow with 2 calves! I figured the rest were close so I started bull calling and almost immediately heard the answer. I spotted the bull walking along the beach and I quickly idled out to the main river to wait for Steve to show up in his 16 foot Jon boat. Once he showed up I got him up to date on the moose situation and told him to jump in my boat so we could idle back to the moose. We could see the cow and Calves right away but the bull mustve heard Steve was on his way and split for safer pastures. Steve did some calling and got the bull to start back out of the willows but it hung up just out of view. Shortly after that a 2 year old bull showed up and stood there staring. With the daylight starting to fade we decided that the big bull might be too far into the Rut and that the 2 year old was looking too good to pass. A 150 grain core lokt to the neckbone dropped him in his tracks and reminded me of a line from my old favorite hunting magazine "Big Game Adventures" in which the author described an animal dropping "as if struck by the hammer of THOR" I know, pretty dramatic but that's what popped into my head in that exact moment of time. Our "celebration" was pretty simple. I just said "right on, better get to work" Steve replied " yup. Nice shot Ryan Jay!"

Between the two of us we had the meat in the boat in no time. During the cutting we heard moose calls in the dark from around the lake and some of those cow calls were down right scary sounding. I'd describe it as very aggressive cow in heat come find me right now calling. Fiona was busy hanging dry meat during the hunt and I came home to 3 full racks of meat. Once we get enough meat dried I'll be back out looking for a giant dry cow. Might be trapping camp bound tomorrow for a weekend of preparing for the season. Lots of moose out that way...
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/29/17 05:02 AM

Right on, good job on the moose!
I plugged a couple moose with my .270 Corelock 150 gr this year. One neck shot on a 33" and 1 heart shot at about 200 yards on a 58". A lot of people got moose meat this year
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/29/17 02:54 PM

That's really good Nunamiut! I really like the 270 for moose. I had chances at a couple big moose in the early fall but wasn't the best situation to be adding all that meat at the time. I gave away a few pieces and we will be drying the rest.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/29/17 03:47 PM

Nunamuit: That's really good to hear that you guys on the North Slope are getting moose. I thought Sue on Life Below Zero said moose were closed never to reopen on the North Slope. Do the porcupine Caribou herd go as far west as to you? If so they must be all over now they pushed back into Alaska early this year. I hope they circle back again.

What you use for bait in your wolverine bucket sets. That is the only set I have not caught a wolverine in so far. Not that I have set a lot of them mind you and the milk crate set is more or less the dame thing. Snow on the ground today, deep snow on the mountains my boy said when he was up there. Unfortunately he had my Tundra and the track busted on him, so my Tundra is still up there in the deep snow. Order a track and pick it up once it freezes I suppose.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/30/17 01:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
That's really good Nunamiut! I really like the 270 for moose. I had chances at a couple big moose in the early fall but wasn't the best situation to be adding all that meat at the time. I gave away a few pieces and we will be drying the rest.


I have a .300 that is open sight also, but my Weatherby Vanguard .270 is my go to gun nowadays. Super accurate and most importantly, I shoot it enough to know how it shoots.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/30/17 01:32 AM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Nunamuit: That's really good to hear that you guys on the North Slope are getting moose. I thought Sue on Life Below Zero said moose were closed never to reopen on the North Slope. Do the porcupine Caribou herd go as far west as to you? If so they must be all over now they pushed back into Alaska early this year. I hope they circle back again.

What you use for bait in your wolverine bucket sets. That is the only set I have not caught a wolverine in so far. Not that I have set a lot of them mind you and the milk crate set is more or less the dame thing. Snow on the ground today, deep snow on the mountains my boy said when he was up there. Unfortunately he had my Tundra and the track busted on him, so my Tundra is still up there in the deep snow. Order a track and pick it up once it freezes I suppose.


I don't know where Sue is at, but she's not from unit 26 or unit 24, lol. The porcupine caribou stay more towards the Alaska/Canada border to the east, so we don't get them this far. We usually get some of the Western Arctic Herd early fall for a few weeks before they move back towards the West side of Alaska. Then the Teshukpuk herd comes down late fall/early winter and pass on by migrating south of the Brooks Range. Last year the TH came through October 10, and we got to hunt them for a few weeks before they moved on. We have not had a wintering herd in our valley for many years now. They are usually found 60-100 miles outside of the village nowadays.

Tainted squirrel is a good bait, caribou/bear/moose innards and inedible parts of the animals. I usually use tainted bear fat too, in bucket sets and leg hold sets alike. Wolves and wolverine go right up to the sets and lick the fat right off the rocks. We have some up on the mountains and some here in the valleys. Sheep are coming down to the bottom of the mountains now, I harvested a couple of them last week and we just had to drag them 300 yards to the Argo. My uncle and I are going out this weekend to look for more sheep, since we do not have caribou around yet.

You might as well buy a seat too for the skidoo, a bear might find that before hibernation.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/30/17 03:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Nunamiut
Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
That's really good Nunamiut! I really like the 270 for moose. I had chances at a couple big moose in the early fall but wasn't the best situation to be adding all that meat at the time. I gave away a few pieces and we will be drying the rest.


I have a .300 that is open sight also, but my Weatherby Vanguard .270 is my go to gun nowadays. Super accurate and most importantly, I shoot it enough to know how it shoots.


I usually have both my 270s when hunting moose in the boat. My 700 bdl with open sight for close shots and my stainless sps with scope for the longer shots. I almost bought a mossberg patriot in 300 win mag with a vortex 3-9 when I went to Whitehorse but changed my mind. I carry the sps when caribou hunting on windy days. Can't bring myself to leave the bdl at home when bear hunting. I shot both moose with the sps.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/30/17 05:54 AM



Only picture of Morgan with our moose.
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/30/17 08:25 AM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Nunamuit: That's really good to hear that you guys on the North Slope are getting moose. I thought Sue on Life Below Zero said moose were closed never to reopen on the North Slope. Do the porcupine Caribou herd go as far west as to you? If so they must be all over now they pushed back into Alaska early this year. I hope they circle back again.

What you use for bait in your wolverine bucket sets. That is the only set I have not caught a wolverine in so far. Not that I have set a lot of them mind you and the milk crate set is more or less the dame thing. Snow on the ground today, deep snow on the mountains my boy said when he was up there. Unfortunately he had my Tundra and the track busted on him, so my Tundra is still up there in the deep snow. Order a track and pick it up once it freezes I suppose.


Sue Aiken is a fraud. She frequently lies about stuff she knows nothing about on life below zero

Btw ryan congrats on the moose.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/02/17 04:50 AM

I had a good day out at the geese camp with my Dad. Seen a moose on the way out but I'll wait a couple more days before pulling the trigger again. Cut some trails and did some cleaning. Pretty nice fall weather. Probably head to the trapping camp tomorrow, going to grind the last of the moose meat and go to bed.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/02/17 03:52 PM

Lucky guy must be really going to pick cranberries. Seems like they grew best in that Esua River area. I shot a swan yesterday when I went for wood. Just barely beat an eagle to it, no shot gun had to head shot it with 270. Want to fish but the creeks just wont clear up. Looks like a good fox year, saw one in Pokiak other day and saw three around town yesterday.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/17 01:07 AM

Water is really dropping there muskrat so should be good for fishing now. My dog cost me a moose this morning. Couldn't keep quiet and the big cow took off. Really shallow out by the trapline but managed to cut a couple new trails and fix some eroded river banks. I would've liked to see more rabbits as the lynx numbers follow the rabbits. Not many at all. Lots of mink though. Other than the lost moose I would say my dog was good company. She watched me clearing brush and started dragging willows off the trail on her own. The way she would grow really low at the rabbit snare trail each night made me wonder if the grizzly was close. Then I noticed a tarp was moved and knew for sure the bear was around. I made it out of the camp river in time today. The way water was dropping I'm sure I wouldn't have made by tomorrow. Rivers were just too shallow to get everything done but I'll be back out there as soon as it freezes.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/17 02:30 AM

What breed (or part breeds is ) is your new dog ? They can sure be of help if we help them to help us ! Obedience says it all.What species of fish are you after Muskrat ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/17 03:30 AM

She's not exactly new at 13 months old but she is husky, Shepherd, wolf mix. The owner of the parents called the litter "heinz 57" because there is a little bit of everything in there.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/17 03:31 AM

I think the wolf blood in her keeps her wild and ornery.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/06/17 04:45 PM

Originally Posted By: g smith
What breed (or part breeds is ) is your new dog ? They can sure be of help if we help them to help us ! Obedience says it all.What species of fish are you after Muskrat ?

I want to catch some conni, also known as sheefish and a few other names. Margo make really good fish patties out of them.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/07/17 03:20 AM

Muskrat I have read of them .Saw a picture in Frank Glaser's book with some big ones that the locals gave him .Does the eating quality of them decline as they get too big ? Set the hook for me !
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/07/17 06:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
I think the wolf blood in her keeps her wild and ornery.



Dumb question Ryan: how does wolf blood get in their? Just leaving a edit: female dog in heat out and a wolf takes care of her?

Do people purposely try to have dogs bred with wolves up there?
Posted By: luvcanids

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/07/17 06:59 PM

Tough to do as wolves [I believe] like coyotes are mono esterous [female] and mono ??? [male]. Not saying it cant be done but would require having female dog come in esterous during the single period that a male wolf is able once a year.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/07/17 08:09 PM

A couple of the old timers leave a female in heat in wolf country. A male finds her and gets her pregnant. A female finds her and you just find the dogs head. Never tried it myself but some of the older guys do it from time to time. We had a female when I was a kid that was 50 percent wolf, her dad was a pure blooded wild wolf. Her pups were quarter breed which is the ideal percentage. Some of her pups were occasionally wild though. One ripped my grandpa's chihuahua in half, we found it after a grocery trip to town. Another of her pups lived for 18 years, I got it when I was 3 and put it down when I was 21.
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/07/17 09:06 PM

Whoa whoa whoa whoa.....what in the world is a Chihuahua doing in the North!?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/07/17 09:10 PM

They had a few chihuahuas over the years for bear warning. The dogs were easy on grub and easy to haul around.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/08/17 12:28 AM

Originally Posted By: g smith
Muskrat I have read of them .Saw a picture in Frank Glaser's book with some big ones that the locals gave him .Does the eating quality of them decline as they get too big ? Set the hook for me !

No the big ones taste the best we don't eat the small ones. Bait or dog food. Went today did not get any, one small northern pike. Nearly froze in open boat.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/08/17 02:25 AM

Muskrat ,Some days are diamonds ,some days are coal ,set the hook for me, too much slack between NWT and MT.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/08/17 03:48 AM

After a couple days of being sick I decided to get off the couch and check for moose around 5 o'clock. That gave me about 4 hours of daylight. Called in a few different places but no moose listening I guess. In the last grassy lake of the day I seen moose 19,20,and21 of the fall. It was a cow with 2 calves. This year's twins so they got their pardon. Called to see if a bull was close but again no answer. Lots of rabbits, a gigantic lynx, and a bird I've never seen here before. It looked like the sand hill cranes we see all the time but it was white. What a time to not have a camera. I'll check it out on Google later but I think it was either a whooping crane or an egret? Maybe some kind of heron?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/08/17 04:19 AM

We seen 9 swans today a flock of mallard and a flock of widgeon, no shot gun.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/08/17 04:23 AM

It didn't have the face marking like a whooping crane so that's out. According to Google it is either a great egret or a white phase blue heron. Didn't get a good enough look at the color of its legs to get a better answer. It looked like a younger bird. I should've took a better look but I was more concerned with finding moose than the bird. Cool to see something different though.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/09/17 02:40 AM

A shotgun is a great friend,I am almost never without one,they are so good for my ego ,I see a ruff sitting in the road ,out comes shrapnel shooter and poof . My wife (sweet lady of 49 years )says "you gottum good shot "I love that Lady and I love to eat those Ruffs.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/10/17 09:01 AM

Seen a monster bull moose tonight! Me and my uncle troy were idling through a narrow grassy Creek no more than 20 feet wide, came around a corner and it was just standing there.right in front of us! I was halfway through saying there has to be a cow close by when I spotted the big old cow. Put a shell in the barrel and was about to draw a bead when troy said it " calves!" Okay you're all safe. The small bull we seen was ideal though so it came home with us. Got him hanging up. Glad to get meat again but man what I would've given to shoot the big guy! Easily 60+ with a massive body but he was still after the cow. I prefer leaving the big Rutters alone after mid September. Hopefully see him again next year. Seems to be a lot of moose this year.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/10/17 02:57 PM

Did the cow put up a fight when you shot the little Bull? I did not know Troy was your Uncle? When did he go to Inuvik?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/17 01:00 AM

Took a long day of looking but found a cow and young bull moose last night. Shot the big fat cow and then the empty bullet got stuck in the barrel when I tried to reload for the young bull. He left before I could tell Freddy to shoot with the open sight. Best moose this fall! Big and fat! The meat that is hanging is starting to freeze so I might add another moose before the river freezes. It was a great hunting day. Cousin butterhead was in town waiting to go out to work on the highway so he came along. We checked our last hope lake and didn't see anything but at the very last minute I decided to idle into a side lake with a channel just wide enough for my boat to fit and just deep enough to push through. We spotted the moose stand up and luckily she gave me a shot at around 150 yards. 150 grain core lokt did the trick and she dropped in her tracks, on nice dry ground for a change.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/14/17 01:06 AM

Skinned the moose with a brand new havalon forge. I'll never go without. It works great on moose and bear as well as all the furbearers that I trap for. I use the 60 A blades mostly but I did buy 100 of the XT blades recently to use this winter. Makes skinning so easy.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/15/17 08:36 PM

Lakes are frozen.
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/16/17 02:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Lakes are frozen.

Nice!
Our rivers got 1 1/2 in of ice. Lakes are all frozen, got about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Winter is coming.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/16/17 06:09 AM

Set 1 330 and 1 snare pole with 2 snares before for beaver. Thin ice on the lakes but the main rivers are wide open. I'm not a die hard beaver trapper but it's always fun to trap a few and get back into the trapping routine before the winter. The meat hanging outside in my shack is all frozen now too. Winter is coming.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/16/17 06:34 AM

It's funny how a guy waits all year for certain seasons then they just come and go so quickly. July always drags by as I wait for mid August to start hunting bull caribou and now its almost trapping season! Just like that. I had a good fall. We're in the last days of our boating season right now. Next will be some down time waiting for safe ice then regular trips to the trapline will be the new routine. Well not exactly down time I suppose as there is stuff to keep me busy. Maintenance, some close to town hunting/trapping, and trapping preparations will keep me busy. Got a bunch of scrap wood to make more conibear boxes. I also have a bunch of chain and 1/8 cable to refurbish some traps. Like always I have snares to be made too.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/16/17 06:38 AM

Worth mentioning that I seen 3 fox before during a quick scouting trip before setting the couple beaver sets.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/16/17 04:19 PM

I set two traps when I went for wood got one super blanket. That beaver lure works pretty good.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/17 05:43 PM


Kids are growing! Must be all that caribou and moose meat.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/17 05:54 PM



Some picture I stole from the old lady's Facebook. My boy posing with a batch of fur last year.



My oldest with her new 410 this past august.



Bobby hanging out with my Grandpa this past caribou season. I was out hunting when the pic was taken.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/17 06:17 PM



This was my geese hunting crew for a couple days this spring plus my mom the photographer. They left by skidoo and me, Morgan and rylan stayed until we had to chopper home.



I teach my kids about this stuff all the time.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/17 08:15 PM

Cool when the beaver pics going to start popping up on here?
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/17/17 11:25 PM

Nice pics of your kids and grandpa Ryan. Kids are cute. I bet Grandpa is a great man also.
Posted By: TrapperChrisME

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 12:23 AM

Awesome pictures!! Tons of memories there!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 01:26 AM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Cool when the beaver pics going to start popping up on here?


Hopefully soon.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 01:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Elitebowman
Nice pics of your kids and grandpa Ryan. Kids are cute. I bet Grandpa is a great man also.


Thanks. Grandpa is a great guy for sure. Seen him drop 2 caribou with one shot many times, he taught me to play poker, and brought me up listening to Cash, Jennings and good old Hank Sr. Just to name a few things.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 01:29 AM

Originally Posted By: TrapperChrisME
Awesome pictures!! Tons of memories there!


Thanks. Always good to have memories on the land.more special now that I have kids to share the memories with.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 05:33 AM





Few more pictures I found while looking at Fiona's Facebook pictures.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 05:41 AM


Moose


Caribou


Skinned geese


Whole geese



Both dried caribou

We love working on (and eating) the animals I hunt for.
Posted By: Osky

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 04:08 PM

Looks like a pretty precious helper there..
Good on you.

Osky
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 04:28 PM

Ryan the meat hanging on racks is it to be jerky and do you just let dry like that? Thanks
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/18/17 04:55 PM

Thanks osky. Morgan has a big heart so helping out has always been natural for her. She has the same love of the outdoors as I do.
Rdfx- we hang the meat for a day then flip them all over. Hang for another day. Next we take them down and put them all in a bed sheet or fur bag and step on the pieces to crack them up and insure the inside is drying properly. After stepping we rehang for another day or two until completely dried. My kids would live on dry meat if we let them.
Posted By: 316

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/19/17 11:02 AM

Love the pictures of your kids and your country. You are doing a great job raising the next generation, keep up the the good work. Thanks for sharing your life with the rest of us.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/22/17 04:51 AM

Pulled the beaver traps from the place I caught the two little ones. It looks like there is a flooded section of land at the other end of the lake so Iíll go check that out another day. After pulling that place I went and checked the other house. Picked up one average size beaver in a snare. Walked further out and set a lot more traps and snares between the house and the feed pile so will be fun checking those. Iím seeing good fur sign now and really looking forward to some winter trapping. Nice set of wolf tracks down by one of the beaver houses. Going to try get his attention and see if I can set a couple traps for it. I threw a couple scraps out on the lake for the ravens to find. Once they start squawking Iím pretty sure the wolf will check it out. Fun fun! Moving stuff around this evening before the snow really comes and Iíll skin the beaver later too.
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/22/17 08:55 PM

Ryan, thanks for jerky info.
Posted By: Jurassic Park

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/22/17 11:34 PM

Thatís a lot of meat! Nicely packaged, good job! So no need to cook that meat at all? Would I get sick if I ate it since Iím not use to it?
It looks really good!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 12:23 AM

No need to cook the meat jurassic. You won't get sick eating this stuff but keep in mind most people can't stop eating once they start, it's that good. I eat mine with a little becel margarine and seasoning salt but have no problem eating it plain too. We make grease from boiled caribou leg bones too which is the traditional topping for dry meat.
Posted By: Bushman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 12:42 AM

Ryan my memory of dry meat is the poem goes " Dry meat with lard on gives dene men a h#@& ON"
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 12:53 AM

Well the Dene have a little help when its so cold out....LOL....
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 07:00 AM

Sounds like what my grandfather would do.

His daughters thought he was being unhealthy and barbaric.

One of his favorite snacks was jerky and country crock. He'd use the jerky like chips and the crock like a dip.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 05:45 PM

That's a good one bushman, never heard that before.
Tweed- eating drymeat is like eating chips and dip. The meat is very lean unless you purposely leave fat on it. I don't care for fat on dry meat so we usually remove it.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 10:41 PM

Dry meat and Lard, Dene Viagra
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/23/17 11:30 PM

Do you make drymeat out of bear Ryan?
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 03:13 AM

Is it safe to make dry meat from bear ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 04:05 AM

Have never made bear dry meat. I've always heard bear needs to be cooked.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 04:24 AM

That's why I asked,I always cook bearmeat very well.I do a roast and let it cool then cut in thin slices with salt.It is like roast beef and good trail food.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 05:39 AM





Pulled another beaver before. The 330 was set in a run between the house and feed pile. Same house I snared the last Beav from. As you can see the crows found my scraps and the wolves followed the noisy crows right to my beaver traps. I'm going to get after the wolves now too. Looks to be about 4 or 5. You can also see lynx tracks in the pictures.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 05:41 AM


Here's the actual spot I left the moose bones.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 05:57 AM

Dang that is a lot of good sign!!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 05:57 PM

Man your a good trapper no beaver in my trap this morning. I did throw a beaver carcass on the lake behind Bickish and the wolf cleaned it up to. Be good to lay some wolf traps out and here. Me Iím still stuck at 1 beaver going to have to start going hard to catch up to you.
Posted By: Elitebowman

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 10:07 PM

Ice and snow in Alaska already, hard to believe as warm as it has been here in N.Y. State this year. It is another world up there. Good luck.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/24/17 11:25 PM

NWT Canada. I missed a shot at a grey wolf before. Feeling lower than a worms belly button right now.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 12:16 AM

Yup $700.00 running away is a sad sight
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 01:31 AM

Ryan, we are waiting to see JR's new wolf traps in action. No pressure, but hurry it up! grin
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 02:01 AM

Are they new style traps or Ak #9ís?
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 02:16 AM

Originally Posted By: mad_mike
Are they new style traps or Ak #9ís?

They are the Alaskan #9s. Made by JR Pederson now. But I shouldn't hijack Ryan's log here. I'm just super excited
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 02:30 AM

I didnít mean to hijack the thread either.

Ryan, love all that you share on here. You are a fortunate and blessed man.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 11:37 PM

The wolf I missed yesterday was caught in a trap today! Big grey male.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/25/17 11:58 PM

You caught it? Way to go! Albert Frosts son in law be real happy he can let his dogs outside now.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 01:39 AM



Not the best pic but it's the only one I have. I had a good write up about the day and the way I had the trap set but once again I hit the back button by mistake and lost it! Too tired to rewrite so when I feel like it I'll try again. Main highlights included walking the lake edge towards the trap and seeing the edge of the catch circle slowly pop into view. Also the set itself was all on the lake ice. Anchored the trap with a 10 inch piece of thick willow pushed lengthwise through a barely big enough hole in the ice. Once through I pulled the chain which was attached to the center of the willow and the willow centered itself under the ice. First night catch of my life with a brand new trap. Should've taken Fiona's phone for more pictures from the lake.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 01:48 AM

Dispatch shot nicked the jugular. Shucks but it'll clean up nicely.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 02:09 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod


Not the best pic but it's the only one I have. I had a good write up about the day and the way I had the trap set but once again I hit the back button by mistake and lost it! Too tired to rewrite so when I feel like it I'll try again. Main highlights included walking the lake edge towards the trap and seeing the edge of the catch circle slowly pop into view. Also the set itself was all on the lake ice. Anchored the trap with a 10 inch piece of thick willow pushed lengthwise through a barely big enough hole in the ice. Once through I pulled the chain which was attached to the center of the willow and the willow centered itself under the ice. First night catch of my life with a brand new trap. Should've taken Fiona's phone for more pictures from the lake.

So just a little stick under the ice is the anchor?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 04:14 AM

Nice fur ev n the hounches are well furred it must have had a good summer eating dog food. Better than those mangy dogs you had from MacKenzie last year though. Good catch
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 04:55 AM

Originally Posted By: PAlltheway
Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod


Not the best pic but it's the only one I have. I had a good write up about the day and the way I had the trap set but once again I hit the back button by mistake and lost it! Too tired to rewrite so when I feel like it I'll try again. Main highlights included walking the lake edge towards the trap and seeing the edge of the catch circle slowly pop into view. Also the set itself was all on the lake ice. Anchored the trap with a 10 inch piece of thick willow pushed lengthwise through a barely big enough hole in the ice. Once through I pulled the chain which was attached to the center of the willow and the willow centered itself under the ice. First night catch of my life with a brand new trap. Should've taken Fiona's phone for more pictures from the lake.

So just a little stick under the ice is the anchor?


Initially yes just the stick but keep in mind the small hole freezes quickly and adds the extra holding power. I'm pretty sure the stick under the ice would hold though. I always use an old snare to cam lock the chain in place. If the wolf was to somehow get that stick out before it freezes in I think the stick would be enough to get him tangled with ten feet of chain. I'm thinking about getting a new camera to take more pictures again.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 05:02 AM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Nice fur ev n the hounches are well furred it must have had a good summer eating dog food. Better than those mangy dogs you had from MacKenzie last year though. Good catch


Someone mentioned trapping them early before they start scratching all their fur out. Wolf dug up one trap and flipped it over without snapping, then ate all the bait, then got caught at the trap that was set better. He was caught with an full belly so pretty bloated. I skinned up to the belly before to let it cool off with no green belly. Finishing up now.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 07:04 AM

Way to go! Congrats!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 01:56 PM

Great pictures and stories again Ryan your kids are sure growing into some great helpers.
We had 5 trumpeter swans on a small lake outside of town something I've not seen often .
Congrats on the beaver and the wolf I'm sure you will have another great season and thank you for sharing it with us. Oh yes and your dry meat pictures made me hungry ha ha
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/26/17 09:44 PM

I caught a beaver today in a 330 on a metal H stand. Easy way to trap but for shallow water I should order the longer stands try them out.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/27/17 02:02 AM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
I caught a beaver today in a 330 on a metal H stand. Easy way to trap but for shallow water I should order the longer stands try them out.

muskrat, i'll be trying H stands for the first time this season. they sure look helpful. good luck
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/17 04:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod









That right there is one of the most amazingly adorable pictures I have ever seen.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/17 06:10 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Little update this fine morning.
Beaver trapping was slow so I pulled everything and started setting on a new lake last night. Set a couple fox traps but weather came up and covered everything with snow. I reset these last night and added my own lure so I expect some fox and lynx catches soon. No luck in finding moose this past week. Freeze up was going well until we got a warm spell and freeze up went into reverse. Temps are supposed to start dropping this week though. I caught a red fox in a Martin set yesterday. I was walking down the trail and seen something hanging from the tree. First thought was maaaan that is the new world record Marten! The big heavy fox climbed the running pole and ended up sticking a paw into the belisle 120. He was hanging there! Nice looking fur on the back but the belly is just a little dark yet. Did some fur this week. I did the wolf I caught plus a few skins from last season. Hmm what else? Most likely a couple more weeks until I get to my camp and get serious with trapping but thatís fine as it will give the fur more time to get fluffy. Trapping close to town will be enough for now. I have been using havalon knives for a few years and finally slipped a little and took the very tip of my thumb off. Mostly dead skin but the blade caught some living tissue and hurt pretty good. Still kind of touchy. Stay safe guys, ice is still dangerous here.

Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/17 07:07 PM

Better go to walk in clinic and get a shot that's how I got infected finger. Could not work or trap for a month.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/17 08:29 PM

Ryan & Muskrat how is the most of the caribou and moose cooked --- Boiled ,roasted or fried ?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/17 11:07 PM

All of the above the best is caribou dry meat but stew is great, fried meat is great, if I knew to chicken fry caribou meat probably be great also.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/17 07:09 PM

Picked up 3 lynx out of 4 traps last night. Surprisingly white already. Just waiting for my bacon and eggs then drop Morgan off to school and check the 8 martintraps I set a couple days ago. Fun to be getting into the fur. I also got a phone call from a relative yesterday letting me know that he seen a Wolverine about ten minutes out of town.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/17 07:13 PM

Smith- we eat caribou all kinds of ways. Dried, fried, boiled, roasted, slow cooked, open fire, ground, stir fried, occasionally frozen, etc. I fry caribou using the stomach lace fat for grease rather than bottled grease.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/13/17 06:43 AM





Remington core lokt 150 grain. Smashed a moose neck and was recovered in the far side half sticking out through the skin. Beaver trapping with my friend Greg, whos in town for just a few days, turned into moose hunting pretty quick today when 4 were spotted on a beaver pond. I'll give the gut Pile a couple nights and go have a look. Seen marten and lynx tracks in the area. I'm betting a wolverine will find it shortly. No breaks on the bullet, it's all there. That's why I like them so much.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/13/17 06:57 AM

Remington should sponsor me a gun, some ammo, couple caps and stickers and maybe an insulated coffee mug for all the free advertising I do for them and their ammunition. laugh
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/13/17 01:08 PM

Also Ryan yr pic on the boxes of shells.....LOL.... good pics
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/13/17 06:38 PM

Good going on the Moose. Sam and Jordan were down at Shingle, no caribou but they figure you could still hunt Beuhead whale as there is zero ice anywhere other then the harbour.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/19/17 08:38 PM



Smart young hunters and trapper Paxton Gordon. My buddy Patrick's son is already an accomplished hunter at the age 7. This is one of the wolves that have been hanging around town. Heard a guy got attacked last night so should be more people trying to kill them today.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/20/17 02:58 AM

Well Ryan you folks don't need that happening around town ! Paxton looks very natural skinning the wolf ! I'm proud of him for wearing gloves when he's skinning and very cool knife green is one of my favorite colors too .
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/27/17 04:13 PM

Finally made it to my cabin on Saturday. I see some good fur sign for the year and I managed to get about 12 spots set up with multiple traps. Just enough to make the next setting trip worth it. Still lots of thin spots or even open spots once you get off the main rivers and into the lakes of the delta. Looking forward to getting back out to set more.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/27/17 05:50 PM

Did you use the ARGO? I have 10 days off and have done very little trapping back to work Wednesday. Try John Marten on the weekend hopefully. Any wolverine sign? You got to get that king of the swamp goodies back
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/27/17 08:38 PM

Used the bearcat. Broke an a arm bolt on the ace night before I planned to leave. I seen a couple wolverine tracks. One hanging out right behind the cabin again.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/17 12:53 AM

Donald "Buster" McLeod
November 17 1928- November 26 2017

We just finished laying my great uncle Buster to rest this afternoon. He was a trapper and hunter and he was dam good at it.

I just wanted to share a couple passages from the eulogy:

Buster left home on snowshoes when he was 18 years old and that's when he discovered his love for the land. He trapped with his dog team until Skidoos came along allowing him to expand his trapline.

Over the years Buster took and taught many young men how to hunt, trap and prepare the catch to bring home. He was tough on them and made sure they learned how to work hard out on the land.

Buster always helped many people during the hard times. He would provide them with native food with no hesitation and especially made sure he provided for single mothers and elders.

Buster is one of the last true "Ole timers", he was a great man and that is how we will remember him. A provider for many.

RIP Buster.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/17 01:16 AM

Ryan,thanks for Busters story . Those guys had some tales I would have liked to hear. What was his most targeted species ? a picture of him would be great . Muskrat did you get to stink up the skillet with some of those good whitefish ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/17 01:41 AM

As far as I know Buster was trapping everything. He was in my eyes the definition of a good hunter and trapper. Not just good at it but respectful and humble as well. He was part of the generation who seen the introduction of snowmobiles. That generation was deadly on snowshoes and tough as nails. He was my Grandpa Bobby's older brother.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/17 01:45 AM

RIP Buster.
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/17 02:25 PM

Was he originally from up there?

With that last name I'm imagining he came from down here.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/02/17 03:17 PM

His dad was Donald "dan" mcleod who came from Scotland. I'm up early this morning getting ready to go to my trapping cabin which we call the Buster camp. He gave it to me and my dad when he stopped going out. One of my favorite stories about Buster:

I guess there was a cop in aklavik back in the day that really thought he was a tough guy. Kind of went around act8ng tough to the locals from what I hear. Well one day Buster walked to town to have a couple drinks at the cafe. After awhile he got up peacefully and started walking home. The cop seen him and decided to be tough. He called for Buster to stop. Buster kept walking. The cop tried tackling him but Buster kept walking. Soon the cop had Buster in a bear hug and was trying to dig his heels into the snow but Buster just kept walking. After about 600 yards the cop stopped trying and turned around and walked back to town. The old guy who told me this story was imitating Busters walk and still thought it was hilarious all those years later. Tough as nails those Ole timers.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/03/17 01:46 AM

Great ! Thanks
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/04/17 09:35 AM

I waited until Saturday morning to head out to the camp. Didnít really want to travel on a funeral day out of respect. I was up after seven and after a big breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs I was on my way. I stopped at the first big lake, known as? Any guesses? BIG LAKE....you guessed it! Splashed a little anti freeze on my 22 magnum since it was so cold out and carried on. I seen three moose and stopped to take some video but my old trusty Everio HD seems to have kicked the bucket.

A quick cigarette and on I went.

I was travelling along the Mackenzie river When I spotted wolf tracks come off the bank and start following the trail. No mistaking these ones, they were fresh. I picked up a bit of speed hoping to catch up before we reached the rough ice. The hours worth of sunshine was just starting so there was a mirage effect as I looked up river in the direction I was heading. Seven stumps that I had never noticed before materialized about two and a half kilometres away. They werenít moving at all and I thought to myself that those stumps kind of remind me of a wolf pack. I kept a close watch on them and after a couple minutes I noticed that two stumps were moving away from each other. Turns out the seven ďstumpsĒ were indeed the makers of the tracks I was following. As is the case with wolf hunting, things start happening really fast and itís up to you to make sense of everything quickly and often times a split second decision could mean the difference between one wolf in the sled or 3-4 wolves in the sled. Anyways I see the two lead wolves on the far left and they have committed to crossing the river. Smart move on their part as they have a big lead on me. I quickly unhook my sled as I scan for more runners. The last four in line have turned back and I imagine they are yelling ďretreat! Retreat!!Ē The two Leading the retreat are long gone and Iíve got the Bearcat XT pinned. Luckily the big river has froze smooth here and Iím closing the distance fast! The second pair in retreat mode are in sight now and I can make out their colours. A big dark grey one and a monster white close behind. As nice as the two of them look I can tell Iím not going to make it. Maybe if I was carrying my 223 but not today. Two committed, four retreating...where the seventh stump you ask? Just standing there in the middle! I make the decision to take a sure thing and veer to the left. The big pale grey knows heís made a mistake and grabs a gear or two but itís too late. I close the distance and give him two quick shots and itís done. I know the other six are long gone but as I glance even further upriver I spot 5 more, all black! Again I try to catch up but these ones have way to much of a head start. Twelve wolves seen but no chance at any besides the one who waited too long to high tail it for safety. Iíll take that over none any day. Wasnít much animal activity afterward on my trapline but I still broke more trail and set out more traps. One track worth mentioning was the big Wolverine tracks that followed my trail for a while. I fished for a while for my neighbor, caught ten loche and cleaned them all right away before calling it a day. I spent today setting more traps and as I was heading back to the cabin towards evening I spotted two sets of fresh Wolverine tracks cross my hours old trail, both heading for the twenty kilometres of line I just set. I love that feeling! After fried caribou and a couple loads of wood I packed up and started for town and again I spotted the Wolverine tracks from the night before. They were still near where I seen them but had changed direction on my trail and were also headed for a seven kilometre line. the last place I seen them was one stretch from a 330 box and snare. The snare which Is the last set to look at had a nice big lynx freshly caught. I added some whale oil to the 330 box, replaced the snare then crossed my fingers and headed for town.
Posted By: trappertom52

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/04/17 03:38 PM

Man, oh man! You know how to get an old man's heart pumping! Great adventure, well told. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/17 01:32 AM

another bites the snow !
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/17 04:14 AM

Ryan, you make me feel like I'm riding along. Sorry about your grandfather. You are certainly carrying on in his way, which is a beautiful thing
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/17 05:18 AM

Thats quite a pack Ryan. Good write up, it was so good I put my parka on while reading!

Good Luck next trip.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/05/17 02:18 PM

Good call. I have made the call just seconds too late in the past. Then I had to watch amagut(3 or more wolves) run up the mountainside just out of range.
Sounds like a good trip! Sometimes you have to ditch the bunch for that, "for sure" catch.

cool<----then you feel like this
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/17 05:09 PM

I had a trip of highs and lows. Long story short I picked up some fur out of a limited number of sets, got more sets out and lost a wolverine in a snare. Chalk up another chew out in the 1/16. Great for lynx but it's the third wolverine that has chewed out or busted the snare over the years. Might be time to invest in snares that will hold the occasional incidental wolverine. Overall a good trip. I've got some pictures to put up later.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/17 08:20 PM


I didn't take a picture of the first lynx that was snared but this is the second lynx of the night. I caught it in a new place I found last year. I posted a picture somewhere saying that it would be a good spot in years to come and it looks good so far.



This was set in a rush at the end of the previous trip. Its set in a spot that has produced marten in the past, this year was pretty scarce for tracks but I threw the box out just to see and it paid off. Didn't spend much effort putting more sets in here just yet because the ice stays thin well into winter. I will eventually get another 25 or so elevated sets in here.



A lynx from another short line. Same line I had the wolverine break a snare. one of my best producers this set.



I had this 330 box set on wolverine tracks last trip. I was following fresher wolverine tracks heading right for the set and when I got close I could see the disturbance around the set and then a bushy tail popped into view. What I thought was a tail was actually the whole martin. Thought I connected but at least its a martin plugging the trap and not a mink. I'll take it!

Previous pics are all from Friday night. I spent Saturday breaking trails and marking spots during the short daylight then setting the trails up in the dark. The next morning Sunday I started out with setting more and doing a once over of everything set. I was checking the traps from the night before as I set more and spotted something dark at one the 120 boxes.




Overnight catch was still warm around the chest and hadn't even stiffened up yet. caught within 20 minutes or less ahead of me getting there. glad I spent 25-30 minutes setting 4 traps in one area just before this spot.





this wolverine isn't a giant but he crossed my trail heading into the middle of a horseshoe shaped line. Seen this on the way home.





Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/17 08:24 PM



Alaska Viking said to use enough trap!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/11/17 09:12 PM

LITTLE STIFF TODAY. Last glance at my odometer said 480km between Friday and Sunday. Its probably just over 500 total. Tried looking for moose near my camp but none around right now. Hopefully get one soon for drymeat. Gut pile on the trapline is always welcome too. The wolverine I snared was big and after getting out of the snare he went on as usual. Be nice to get him later and see the snare on him because I hate losing them like that for a few reasons. 3rd one lost over the years I've been trapping. Building more 330 boxes and stretching fur is this weeks objective here at home. It feels good when I'm in town knowing the traps are all fresh and ready. Then catching fur makes you want to keep the traps that way so the motivation Builds up and maintains leading to better productivity. That's when I feel good on the line. I HATE getting lazy out there! HATE losing wolverines too. Always end up tracking on foot for TOOOOO many miles. That's probably why Im stiff. Unfortunate for sure but what can you do except try harder and keep setting?
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 01:41 AM

Congrats on the fur!!!!! And thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 07:11 AM

I haven't really set any traps for fox this year (so far) but I still maintain a couple of really good lynx spots with 15 minutes of my house. Usually have short walking lines with 4-6 sets. Best part of this little trap line is getting to bring my kids even when its cold out. Today was warm. My nephew Rylan had some scheduled activities so he was out. Bobby my son was sleeping so he was out. The one little partner who never misses an opportunity to go was ready and raring to go. Morgan has quite the sense of humour so she's always lots of fun and she also loves hunting and trapping. The two of us headed out to the first spot with 3 snares and a baited #3 set over a few hundred yards. Its always such a good sight to see tracks heading down a trail and Morgan is getting good at recognizing and pointing out animal sign.

I had already spotted the tracks when we parked the truck and I waited for it as I grabbed my snare pole from the back of the truck.
Sure enough. "Look Dad, lynx tracks from before it snowed!"
5 minutes later down the trail.

Nice! Always like seeing the kids excitement when we make catches together.

I replaced the snare and Morgan got busy with the blocking. She did the left side and I did the right. I figure I do a pretty good job knowing a little bit of lynx behavior. Morgans learning and she doesn't take any chances. "How 'bout here Dad? Think a lynx could fit through this spot? Hmmmm, I'll put another stick I guess. Think a lynx would jump over the stick Dad?" "Only if you don't raise the stick when it snows Morgan" Smart questions.

The remaining snares and trap were empty So on we went to the other spot with 2 snares, a baited #3, and a walk through blind trap.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 07:41 AM


Tracks going down both trails here.

Snare stick should've been right to the right of Morgan. I thought I would give an easy tracking lesson but a quick look to the left and there were some big feet sticking out from the snow. Other lynx tracks were around and I thought it might be picked at but luckily it was fine.
from here there are two traps about 20 feet further and then a snare just out of view. Morgan led the way past the empty traps and the stopped suddenly and said excitedly "The stick is gone!" She turned around smiling and I said "Ispy...." I was already staring at the lynx below us on the edge of the lake also with tracks around it. I hoped it wasn't bothered and luckily again it was fine.

Second missing stick should've just above the right side of Morgans head.

I kept staring at it until she spotted it.


Top reset is where the second half of the double was caught and the bottom is where the first half was caught.


My partner.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 07:58 AM

Woo hoo! So happy when the kids get out.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 08:22 AM

Good deal!!!!! You are raising her right and making memories! Congrats on the kitties!
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 01:20 PM

Good stuff Ryan,great that you can take and teach the kids.Nice cats too.
Posted By: drasselt

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 04:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod





I have caught and held wolverine with 3/32 1x19 cable set up with a dispatch spring and others I know have had success with it too. The key is a good anchor and to not get a front leg in there. As well blocked as this set is, I would be pretty confident about getting a good neck catch on a wolverine and holding onto it. Of course my first choice for grappling with a wolverine is a 330!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 05:01 PM

Originally Posted By: drasselt
Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod





I have caught and held wolverine with 3/32 1x19 cable set up with a dispatch spring and others I know have had success with it too. The key is a good anchor and to not get a front leg in there. As well blocked as this set is, I would be pretty confident about getting a good neck catch on a wolverine and holding onto it. Of course my first choice for grappling with a wolverine is a 330!


I've only ever snared and held wolverine with 1/8 cable. I'd like to use the kill snares and I actually have a few sennekers right now. My plan was to use them in areas where the wolverine starts messing with my sets as they did last year. Only thing with running kill snares is the cost. I made 200 lynx snares this year, all 1/16 with cam lock like I've always used for lynx. Costed about 160 bucks for the parts.I'm thinking about going up in cable size just for the higher breaking strength. This way I can still make and set a whole bunch that will hold wolverine and keep my cost low. Always try to set my snares high enough to get the loop right under a bigger lynx chin so it doesn't make sense to me that I'm not getting good neck shots on wolverine too. I figure I am either catching them by a paw somehow or the snare is going too far up the neck and tightening on the bigger neck muscles. 3 educated wolverines out there unless there's one big monster with 3snares and a face scar that all the others are scared of! I agree the 330 is the way to go. Usually have more 330 boxes set along the line for the wandering wolverine but a bear found some and now I have to make more!
Posted By: drasselt

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 06:29 PM

You probably are getting them by the neck but they roll roll roll and wad-up and break the cable and with 1/16 or 5/64 it doesn't take long!. Given a good neck catch, stronger cable and dispatch springs should do the trick. 3/32 1x19 works, 7/64 or 1/8 should work even better but all in all I think 3/32 should be good for both your cats and wolverines.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 06:44 PM

Thanks drasselt. I'll look into getting some supplies and get some snares made. I really like the 1/16 for lynx, it puts the biggest ones down with no trouble but if I switch up my snares then an occasional wolverine will be caught too. Unless I'm lucky and the next one finds a #3 or 330 box before a snare.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/12/17 11:39 PM

Wait for the trapping course before you invest Mark Taylor has a really good system.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 12:48 AM

Ryan, I have snared a pile of wolverines. The only one I ever lost was caught in a wolf snare, back when I was using 1/8th cable. The kill springs are great and work well, but costly. I've caught most of mine in regular cam-locks. Like you I like the ability to use the same snare for different animals. I switched to 5/64th and really like it, IMO it kills faster than 3/32nd. My favourite wolverine set is a snare pole set, but I have caught a lot of them on the ground too. I set my wolverine snares a lot lower than I do my lynx snares though. Here is a wolverine I snared...it fought more than normal.

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 01:15 AM

Thanks Yukon, Iíd like to stick with regular cam locks if possible so your idea sounds good.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 01:27 AM

Y254- is that 5/64 1x19 or 7x7?
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 01:52 AM

5/64th 1x19 I've been using those cam locks with teeth. Sometimes Yukon Trappers store has them. I use the same snares for everything...wolves, lynx and wolverine. Keeps it simple
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 03:07 AM

Way to get the little ones involved awesome
Posted By: drasselt

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 04:52 PM

$12 for 100 dispatch springs.

http://www.minntrapprod.com/50-Dispatch-Springs/productinfo/DS50-12/100/
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/13/17 05:17 PM

Ok. I was checking those out yesterday drasselt. I figured that was the springs you were talking about.
Posted By: drasselt

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/14/17 04:42 AM

Overkill for cats but cheap insurance for wolverine. Nothing is 100% but they they help.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/14/17 03:18 PM

I really like the Alberta Powersnares. Expensive to put together a bunch of snares but they do work well.
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 03:12 AM

Awesome pictures and catches.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 05:34 AM

Quite the evening! Took Morgan, Rylan and his cousin Cody to snares before. We had a lynx in both the remakes from the double on Monday. Both ripped up and eaten by a pack in the range of 8+ wolves, about five km from my front yard. We were just leaving the road when I spotted a familiar line coming down the bank and into our trail. I looked and listened for a second and spotted a bloody wolf track, literally bloody. Took a few steps and I didnít like the feeling so I walked back to the truck grabbed my 22 magnum and told the kids to stay inside and wait for me. ďSomething fishy is going on hereĒ I said. Back in the trail I walked and watched for anything, listened for anything. I started seeing a big mess up ahead and before long I started making out little shreds of fur and then blood everywhere. I walked to the further snare and same thing there. Looks like the pack crossed the road and made a snack out of two dead lynx. Quite the crime scene! I heard there was wolves around town but didnít expect it to be a big pack and sure as Adam ate that apple I didnít expect to see wolves eat my catch so close to town. Might have to haul a couple 750s to town for some evening wolf trapping!
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 06:20 AM

Ouch. That is a bummer. But you have a new game to play near home now!!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 07:18 AM

That's crazy!
Posted By: caldwellite

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 06:11 PM

This is going to get fun now.
Posted By: newfox1

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 06:59 PM

get them robbers.really enjoy your journal ryan.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/15/17 09:23 PM

I'm going to bring 3 or 4 750s in from my camp and set up in daylight on Monday. Weekends are for my camp but since Fiona starts her Christmas holidays on Monday I can do some exploring during the week. Ideal time to get 2 moose I think. Dry meat for Christmas!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/17 06:53 PM

Journal is going to be full of pictures this years.



A place where the wolverine ate some bait but the 2 traps were drifted over. its all reset now. See the big tracks he leaves?

Snared lynx. Note the 1/16 isn't even kinked.


Now that is a bunny trail!

Walking up behind the big tree and I could see the spring wasn't sticking out of the box...

I knocked all the spruce gum off the side where the martin would be hanging ( when I first set the trap) didn't like it so I rew2ired it to hang further out.

another beauty.

Favorite marten of the trip because I could see it in my headlights blowing in the wind from quite aways down the stretch.

that one lynx is really as bushy and white as it looks. the one marten has silver or grey in the tail, something ive noticed on a couple other pale ones.


Had another at the big tree on the way home plus another and 2 more mink that I didn't take pictures of. I got really sick out there and didn't expand my line. glad I was able to at least open all my trails and maintain what was already set. My Dad and I are planning to open trails through the main line tomorrow and im taking the family out for Christmas. Still cant access a good part of my trapline due to thin ice.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/19/17 06:57 PM

Last pic shows the second box on the tree in the background. Good spot so I put in another box.
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/20/17 04:45 AM

Good call on multiple boxes at good catch sites. Some places are marten rich, others nearby are marten poor in my neck of the woods.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/20/17 06:16 AM

You are doing awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/20/17 06:25 AM

I like seeing guys' pics Ryan so post away! Good stuff.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/21/17 05:42 PM

Thanks guys. So the plan this year is to take my whole family out to the camp for Christmas. The last time we were all out there I had a much smaller crew, just he three of us (4 if you count the dog) now we're the 6 of us including the mutt. Went ahead yesterday and opened my trail by aklavik to cut off about 75 km of Skidoo travel making it that much easier for the kids. I'm still feeling sick so it was very lucky for me that my lifelong pal Blue came and gave me a hand. With his help it was reasonably easy and went smoothly. Now today is packing up day. I've been up since 7am but I'm still the only one up. My son is usually up with the birds too but when he sleeps in I never bother to wake him up. Kids need their rest. Once we trailer everything to aklavik I'll most likely run a load out tonight, maybe a load in the morning too so I can have the house nice and toasty when we all pull in. First order of business will be to find a half decent Christmas tree for the cabin then what will be one of the highlights of the whole trip for me, show my two older kids a few parts of my trapline. Morgan can't wait, she's been checking traps with me in the truck since she was 2. Bobby is more excited because i told him he could drive his skidoo from the time he wakes up until he goes to sleep. He needs all the practice he can get so wolf hunting will come natural. Im going to build them a little track but no larry enticer style jumps just yet. I'd choose now for my first wolverine of the year or how about a big wolf? They would love to see that! It's going to be fun and we're all looking forward to our trip. Good coffee this morning, got to get back to packing.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/21/17 06:13 PM

Speaking of your life long friend Blue. This would be a great spot to stick in your video of his sled flying down the mountain where we missed McDougal Pass going to Summit Lake.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/17 09:23 PM

Wish me luck boys and gals. Just leaving town with the whole family for Christmas at the camp. Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/17 09:51 PM

Merry Christmas Ryan to you and yours.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/23/17 10:13 PM

Really enjoy your posts Ryan. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Posted By: bobsheedy

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/24/17 02:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod
Wish me luck boys and gals. Just leaving town with the whole family for Christmas at the camp. Merry Christmas everyone!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/24/17 03:54 AM

Nice catches Ryan, good luck and Merry Christmas. Be safe out there with the family.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 12/25/17 02:08 AM

Good luck ryan merry christmas be safe out there
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/01/18 11:39 PM

Happy new year everyone! I was hauling a load in from the camp last night, in the dark, of course. As I crossed a lake I wondered who in their right mind would put all those blue Christmas llights on that big tree? As I got closer two of them jumped and my dogs barking sent the remaining five back up the tree. Long story short I picked off 5 lynx with my 22 magnum, not small ones either. Just going to the family supper then I'll put up a few pictures from our Christmas in the bush.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/01/18 11:52 PM

Wow Ryan thats pretty cool. You must have a lot of lynx up there this year. Hows the marten numbers looking??
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 12:10 AM

Wow, pretty cool!
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 01:58 AM

Can't wait to see your photos, Ryan. Where we trap here in PA it's considered pretty remote and wild, but it ain't a thing like your experience. We live vicariously through your adventures. Be safe
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 04:07 AM

Originally Posted By: yukon254
Wow Ryan thats pretty cool. You must have a lot of lynx up there this year. Hows the marten numbers looking??


Seems to be a lot of lynx and especially a lot of families so the peak of the cycle should be in the next couple years. Forest fires further south seems to have pushed Marten and Wolverine north into the delta. My trapline doesnít usually have high Marten populations but there does seem to be more this year so far and from what I have been hearing the trappers that get high numbers of Marten are really doing well.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 08:44 AM

Tough on the west side got zero today, not even tracks. Did catch a wolf but in a milk crate. Took it no time to bust the hay wire to get and eat the beaver meat and buggered off. Lost its track after it hit Husky.that was an old trap caught lots of beaver. It probably tore it to prices by now. It's tracks look pretty good. Might have to be like Marty Moriato and pull my line to try and save my season.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 04:55 PM





Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 04:59 PM

Looks like the kids are having a great time. Love the tree decoration!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 05:16 PM


Bobby still up at 5am


Another late night for the two of us

I call this set "The Big Tree" even though its not that huge of a tree. Best spot so far this year. I think this was the 4th marten and its never in the second box, always the same one even though they are only set about 15 feet apart.



Last one is the 5th at the big tree.
We made a plan over a month ago and stuck to it. Me and my family spent a week out at our cabin for Christmas this year. I hauled a sled load and then the double sled load and camped out on the 22nd then travelled to town and hauled the family out on the 23rd. We made another trip in for Christmas dinner then stayed out until the 30th. It would've been nice to have a little warmer weather but the cold will make my kids tough. We had a lot of good eating, laughs and a few short adventures on the trapline never getting the kids too far away from the big wood stove. It was -42c with the wind chill when we went in on Christmas Day and nobody got too cold but that was with a sled set up with a foam mattress and a couple goose down blankets. My daughter Morgan sat in front of me on the skidoo the whole time.
we ended up with 10 lynx, 4 marten, a mink and a weasel while out there. I can find more pictures later on when I have Fionas phone.

*11 lynx. Just forgot I hung one up in my Grandparents smokehouse. 16 if you count the 5 I picked up on the 22nd.*
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 05:43 PM



This is the only picture I took of the treed lynx. I know for sure the 3 blue spots in the tree are some of the lynx. I couldve gotten some better pics but if they all started jumping Id be kicking myself. My 22 magnum was frozen but I always carry gas line antifreeze when its cold. Almost started shooting with morgans single shot but was happy my favorite thawed out quickly. 3 dropped on the high bank almost on top of each other, one fell right to the lake ice and one fell behind the tree. Waited and watched for the two that jumped but they left and never showed again. I caught a triple on lynx on my far line but one was eaten. I pulled that whole line and started a new one.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 06:24 PM

Cool picture Ryan. What kind of 22 magnum do you have? I need one.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 07:32 PM





Some visitors we had. MOM,Dad, Rylan and my younger sister Janesta.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 07:33 PM


Sure going to be quiet without the kids out there.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 09:25 PM

Originally Posted By: yukon254
Cool picture Ryan. What kind of 22 magnum do you have? I need one.

I'm using a marlin 22mtw right now. Holds 13 in the tube magazine. I have a stainless laminated marlin too, a Remington 597 and a Henry octagon barrel pump.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/02/18 10:16 PM

Great pics, good times! Looks like you should get a blade for your little snogo if you are going to use it for trail clearing... smile
Posted By: tucker13

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/18 12:11 AM

Great pics I see one of the young guys drives the skidoo similar to me
always seem to end up off the trail. No pics of the 5 lynx together.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/18 12:24 AM

My son drives a bit reckless. I'm sure the girls will both be more cautious. I thought of taking a picture of the dead pile of cats but 3 were pretty bloody. Walking around the tree looking for shooting lanes had some pretty picture worthy views. I wasn't going to risk it and tried not to waste any time though.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/18 02:48 AM

Great pic's!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the critters! That is wild about all those lynx! And I love the Xmas tree decoration ! smile !
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/18 04:42 AM

Holy Cow. Way to go Dad. That will be a Christmas they will remember. Nice!!
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/08/18 03:19 AM

Looks like you guys had a good time! This spring my girl will be big enough to spend time at the cabin with us. I can't wait, we're planning on building a fort down their for the kids.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/18 01:33 AM



The lynx checked the wood pile...




Then the canoe and eaten lynx...




Sniffed the skinning shack then walked down to the lake and stepped in a #3.




Big lynx family all over the creek and none walked through the snares.



This lynx did the front yard tour before getting caught just like the other one. Richardson mountains in the far background.



I broke trail into this spot last week but I only had 2 120 boxes. You can see the other martens head sticking out from the tree in the background. I set 8 more boxes and a whole bunch of #3s and snares.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/18 02:14 AM

Thanks for the the ride Ryan
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/18/18 06:58 AM

Happy New year Ryan. Glad to see you catching some lynx. That means they are moving West and we'll have them pretty soon. Great family pics. Be safe.
Posted By: bobsheedy

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/19/18 05:55 PM


Great family photos.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/22/18 05:40 PM

The place with 2 snares above^ caught a lynx double but both were eaten. We had a big snow fall and wind last week so the trapline was pretty messy. Spent the majority of the weekend just breaking trails and resetting a few of the #3s. I made a priority of getting more 120s out on Saturday though in a new area that I had 11 120s set. When I went to check the 11 I picked up 7 marten and couldn't find one set. The land is completely different looking, some willows and branches with flagging tape were fallen, and there's as much as 4-5 feet of new powder in some places. I was thinking hard of the spot I was missing as I prebaited 10 more boxes at the cabin. When I returned to set them I seen a broken willow where I was figuring the set was and sure enough it was there with a big marten hanging. My traps are set a short walk up the banks from the lakes and creeks so the boxes are not always easily visible from the trail. I also had another monster size male freshly caught. Got a few lynx mink and Fox too. Lots of drifts now so no more hundred miles an hour between sets. Stepped off my Skidoo into powder snow to my armpits in one long skinny lake. Fought with slush, wet clothes, and willows hanging in the Portages all weekend. Got hung up once in slush but luckily not too bad, other than that my Skidoo is a beast for the nasty conditions out there. I had it completely buried at least twice but she just kept pulling. I'm hoping the new line and the handful of reset traps make my next trip!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/22/18 05:47 PM

Wide open throttle over new snow and smelling lake water was common. The place I got hung up was in a narrow section of a lake. I spotted water soaking through the snow a few hundred yards ahead and way too much water behind that so i slowed down in time where the water was just a couple inches deep and turned my Boggan around by hand. Then I had my adrenaline fix turning around at the far end of the lake just to bust up the snow and water so it could freeze quicker. Next trip is all about getting everything reset and freshened up.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/22/18 08:01 PM

Sounds like you're having a good winter Ryan. We finally got some snow too. I've been stuck at home since Christmas trying to get a bunch of marketing stuff done. Back to the bush soon though. We have lots of lynx this year too. Hope everything freezes up good for you! I hate that water smell!!
Posted By: Overkill375

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/24/18 03:20 AM

Great pics !
Posted By: Overkill375

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/24/18 03:21 AM

Great poctures
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/18 06:41 PM

my Grandma Esther Florence McLeod passed away last weekend. Its been a tough couple days for the family. She was a hunter, trapper, fisher and a home run hitter in the inuvik womenís fastball league of days gone by. She loved watching my YouTube videos and one of the last things she ever told me was that she was proud of everything I do on the land and that I should always keep it up. I told her that Iíll keep it up as long as my body allows me to. When Morgan was born we were looking for a name and my grandma was suggesting Esther Florence every chance she got. Same with Charlotte. Grandma wanted her to be named Esther Florence. If I didnít name my son after grandmas late husband, my grandpa bobby, then Iím sure she wouldíve suggested Esther Florence for my boy too.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/18 06:42 PM

One of a kind my Grandma.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/18 07:41 PM



Auntie lulu, Grandma, Aga Sarah and auntie Rhoda are all gone now. Lulu, Granddma and Aga have all passed in the last year. Rhoda passed a few years back. This picture was taken at Morgan's first birthday party. I'd imagine the 4 of them could've put up 200 rats in just under an hour.
Posted By: trappertom52

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/25/18 11:29 PM

Sorry that your Grandma has passed away, Ryan. Sure sounds like a life well lived!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/26/18 11:29 PM




this is how the skidoo looked after opening one section of my line.







Anybody like seeing marten hanging?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/18 02:17 AM


Took a picture earlier today before handing in a decent batch.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/18 02:23 AM

Nice haul,looks like you got just as many cats as marten.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/18 02:43 AM

Good eye Boco. 16 of each right there. I skin and dry all marten right away and thaw lynx for skinning in manageable numbers. I'd sure like to save it all for a year end picture but I'm not trapping for fun and bills won't wait. Got about 40 more lynx before I'm caught up. There is a lot more lynx than marten in my neck of the woods.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/18 05:16 AM

Wow, you are getting lots of cats! Hope you do well with them.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/18 05:42 AM

Way to go Ryan you're killing it !
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/27/18 05:45 AM

Hows your lynx for scraping,Ryan,our lynx here this year are all fat pigs.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/28/18 03:23 AM

All my lynx so far have been average condition. No obese or skinny ones.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/30/18 06:22 AM

Thanks trappertom52
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/01/18 03:24 AM

ďReinvestedĒ some fur money. Bought a stainless BLR in 223.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/01/18 07:05 PM

Awesome! Switched my smith and wesson ar sport 2 to a free floating hand guard. Going to order a 18" or 20" 223 wylde barrel sometime and swop out the barrel. Starting to see lots of rabbit tracks and lynx tracks, caught a rabbit with an axe this weekend.
Posted By: Oakswamper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/02/18 02:38 AM

I really enjoy the pictures and this thread. Thanks for sharing
Posted By: Ronaround

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/02/18 03:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod


Auntie lulu, Grandma, Aga Sarah and auntie Rhoda are all gone now. Lulu, Granddma and Aga have all passed in the last year. Rhoda passed a few years back. This picture was taken at Morgan's first birthday party. I'd imagine the 4 of them could've put up 200 rats in just under an hour.


I bet them ladies sure could tells some good stories of the past!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/05/18 10:18 AM

They had some good stories for sure!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/05/18 10:53 AM





Marten haven't been moving around much lately. 5 from last week and just one this weekend. I also picked up a couple of lynx and a moose yesterday but no pictures. the moose was killed in a creek that I was just opening a trail through. thin ice, kept breaking through but I had a chance and it worked out.


marten mustve tripped.


I almost headed back to camp earlier on Saturday but I decided to make one more trail. That's when I got the moose. I was already wet, tired and hungry even before dropping the big bull. Once I got home I stoked the fire, put on dry clothes, popped season 2 disc two of SOA in the playstation and made this gourmet meal. Well not exactly gourmet but after a long day is there anything that doesn't taste 5 star?
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/05/18 04:28 PM

Has it been cold up there Ryan? Been -45-50 here for almost a week. Congrats on the fresh moose. Wonder what that marten was thinking about when he stuck his head in that leg hold!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/05/18 04:56 PM

It's been cold but not nothing too extreme. Seems the Marten don't care for the cold. Don't know what that marten was thinking. The bait at the trap he was caught in had a piece of lynx tied to a tree. Maybe it fell? Maybe a couple got into a little scrap and they rolled into the trap? Hard to say what happened there. Glad to get a moose though. Not a lot of trapping season left but enough time to try for a few animals at the moose kill.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/18 07:11 AM

Marten trapping has sure slowed down. I realized how many more lynx i have than marten in my trapping area. Decided last trip to concentrate on cats for the remaining season and picked up 9 yesterday. I think ill go back to being a lynx trapper next year. Marten are addictive though. Wolverine finally visited a #3 too. Stepped on the trap jaw missing the trigger by inches which is pretty typical of this years wolverine luck. Seen 2 moose before. 270 was left at camp because i didnt want to be tempted to drop a moose while pulling a sled load of frozen lynx. Of course they let me drive within 120 feet or so. They werent scared at all so maybe they will still be there next week. No animals have found the moose guts yet. 2 wolverine tracks around so hopefully next trip is a ggod one.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/19/18 02:07 PM

Wow sounds like you are in good lynx country for sure. They must be near the peak because Im seeing more than usual down here too, but nothing like what you're getting. My son got a wolverine the other day that was eating his lynx. He lost two before he got him in a MB750. Just got his toes...lucky it held him.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/26/18 08:38 AM

Disappointing trip to camp right off the bat on friday. About half way out i seen snowed over wolf tracks poking around a wolf set i had out all winter despite the lack of wolf activity. Of course the set was drifted over so i reset it and carried on. The tracks were headed in the same direction as i was and i had another set ahead if the pack made it that far. The tracks were getting fresher as i travelled up river. I started making out the individual toes and then claws and knew the wolves were there recently so i sped up hoping for a chance in the dark. Smoking fresh tracks at this point. I rounded a long corner and thats where some of the wolves ditched the packed trail and i could tell by the bounding tracks that they were in a big hurry to get to safety. Two galloping sets of tracks followed the trail. Giddy up bearcat! Time to go fast!

Then at the far reach of my headlights two wolves running down my trail in the moonless night! The one running in second place is white and as i pull to its right it cuts hard to the left. Snow flies and stings the face as i leave the trail and hit the powder. I positon myself to shoot and the wolf cuts hard left again getting out of my dim light and making a shot near impossible. Literally a shot in the dark. The next couple minutes were spent keeping the wolf off the banks while fighting the deep snow and overflow. This is usually much easier for me but i was pulling a load of gas and because my hitch broke earlier i was tied up and a quick disconnect wsnt an option. After a couple close circles around the wolf i see the thin hair on the flanks and decide to catch up to the other wolf if hes still following the trail. Couple minutes later i see snow flying and breath steaming. This one is black and i switch my stategy to suit my not so agile ride. I lead it right to a cut bank where i would have time to get a good shot, well usually it works, but not this time. I was no more than twenty feet behind the wolf when he hit the steep bank, climbed half way up and stopped to look back i guess when he realized the bank couldnt be climbed. Pulled my gun and put a shell in and click, worked the bolt and click. The wolf ran along the bank until he found a way up about 60 feet further along. I worked the bolt and clicked about 8 times during this but no shot and then just as quickly as this all started...no more wolf. Mad is not the word to describe how i felt and thoughts of smashing my gun over the nearest tree crossed my mind. After yelling all the curse words from A to F i took a look at my gun and seen that the tube magazine had shifted forward, which caused the loading ramp to drop down which blocked the bullets from being loaded!! Shucks...still get all worked up thinking about it. I fixed it so it wont happen again. I dont like losing wolves. Cool thing to see i guess but still a tough one to swallow especially when it usually works out so much better. Oh well, im sure ill get another chance eventually. The crazy thing is i had a dream on tuesday where i was chasing a white wolf and couldnt pull the trigger no matter how hard i squeezed. One heck of a deja vu on friday.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/26/18 08:47 AM

Past four trips for lynx:0,0,9,0
Past four weeks for marten:14,1,1,2

About time to hang up my trapping hat and put on my hunting hat. Its actually the same hat but ive about had enough of resetting and then getting snowed over. Time to wrap up trapping season and start tracking some wolves i think.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 02/26/18 03:03 PM

Nice work on the lynx Ryan, been seeing a few on my line but not many. Good luck with the wolves
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/01/18 04:42 AM

Ryan ,was it your 22 mag Marlin ? I put some tape on mine as it holds 13 shells and when I carried it with sling it was muzzle down so i figured if it ever slipped over the notch the tube would be out.Taped around the tube housing and the knurled cap.
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/01/18 08:11 AM

LMAO! I've had my bolt freeze up on me a couple of times! One trip I was on a pack just before it got dark on a big rolling hill! Click! Click click! I took my bolt and stuck it to my exhaust for a couple of minutes before it shot. By then the pack scattered and I ended up intercepting 2 out of the pack! Its all part of the game. I just laugh and say, "Ill see you when I see you!"

I had a dream of my barrel breaking when I was shooting at tuttu(caribou) the night before I went on a hunt. The next day I was shooting at caribou and my gun blew up on me! Shrapnel to the face and all! I didn't shoot a gun for a while after that.

The time to track is upon us Ryan. Ill be doing a few camping trips within this next month to hopefully put a dent in the wolf population! Ill put out a few traps to have something to check, but Ill be going through quite a bit of fuel here shortly! Keep that gun covered up!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/01/18 08:20 AM

Originally Posted By: g smith
Ryan ,was it your 22 mag Marlin ? I put some tape on mine as it holds 13 shells and when I carried it with sling it was muzzle down so i figured if it ever slipped over the notch the tube would be out.Taped around the tube housing and the knurled cap.


22 mag yup. I put some gorilla tape for now too.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/01/18 08:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Nunamiut
LMAO! I've had my bolt freeze up on me a couple of times! One trip I was on a pack just before it got dark on a big rolling hill! Click! Click click! I took my bolt and stuck it to my exhaust for a couple of minutes before it shot. By then the pack scattered and I ended up intercepting 2 out of the pack! Its all part of the game. I just laugh and say, "Ill see you when I see you!"

I had a dream of my barrel breaking when I was shooting at tuttu(caribou) the night before I went on a hunt. The next day I was shooting at caribou and my gun blew up on me! Shrapnel to the face and all! I didn't shoot a gun for a while after that.

The time to track is upon us Ryan. Ill be doing a few camping trips within this next month to hopefully put a dent in the wolf population! Ill put out a few traps to have something to check, but Ill be going through quite a bit of fuel here shortly! Keep that gun covered up!


I tracked a wolverine one year for most of the day. Caught up to it in some scattered trees with really deep snow and had a frozen bolton my 223. I splashed anti freeze on the bolt and kept aiming, working the bolt enough to set the firing pin and pulling the trigger until it fired luckily nailing the kavvik first shot. Long day light now, good for seeing tracks and animals at long distance. I was planning to go wolf hunting but my secondary clutch spring broke on my expedition. I started fixing the 550 but keep running into more stuff to fix. Might be time to think of plan C if im going to make the trip happen.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/01/18 08:36 AM

I think plan c is to borrow a clutch from one of my buddies. Plan D would be to borrow a whole machine which id rather not do. Im pretty determined to go look for wolves so plan E would be to borrow my sons 120. Be a long day but i could probably catch up to a wolverine if it had a full belly and a sore leg.
Posted By: Fergustrap 2

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/01/18 02:00 PM

nice pic Ryan,some year too seem have more lynx than marten in some areas, i think marten move in highlander when too much pressure with lynx,lynx are more visible when matting time and male travel a lot.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/06/18 09:11 PM

I ended up borrowing my grandpas 550 to look for wolves this past weekend. seen some sign but the snow is just too sparce and solid to track effectively. hopefully we get some powder soon.



A few pics from my last marten check. I caught five total when snapping traps for the season. my camera has been taking blurry pics in daylight but I think it makes the last picture above look even better.



Didn't take much picture of wolf hunting but heres a couple. One showing the little moose shed I was going to make a crib board with but it actually flew out of my sled somewhere along the trail. It was just recently shed and looked like it was clear coated that's how polished it was. The other is just typical scenery along one of my wolf routes taken on my birthday this past Sunday .
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/09/18 01:38 PM

Ryan thanks again for bringing us along on your trap line it's always great reading and something I look forward to with each update I'm sure you kids are growing like weeds and are keeping you on your toes ! Happy Belated Birthday I hope it was a great day for you !
Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 07:54 AM

Speaking of the kids. I took the whole family to pull some snares before. Just a short walking line with 5 snares. Yup. Its already that time of year.





Last weekend i was picking up marten boxes and the first 26 had marten tracks all around. Too bad it wasnt like that when the traps were set but its promising for next season.
Posted By: 316

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 01:42 PM

Great pictures of the kids and you. Looks like you will have some competition in a few years. Keep up the good work it will pay off, I was going to say in the future but it is paying off now. Love reading your posts and the pictures are a bonus. THANKS
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 02:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod



Well I bit the bullet and picked up a four stroke last month. Looking forward to putting in some serious mileage this winter. More than the 4-500 miles a week I was doing this past season. Had it narrowed down to the expedition 550 ( last year for those), bearcat xt, Scandik wt with the 900 ace and the expedition le which of course is the one I went with. Got a full length skid plate added and a wrap around bumper. Would love to go hunt caribou this weekend but I have been battling the flu and I am starting to feel better so no use to push it yet besides its still early in the year and September caribou is the best imo. The flu I have been fighting is not the little 1-2 day type either, it's the real deal that used to kill people back in the day. Lost 13 pounds this week alone. Hope everyone is looking forward to another season of hunting and trapping because I sure am.


How do you like that ace so far Ryan? I just started my payments on an expedition SE yesterday and will be getting the machine in November. Mines also a 900 ace but itís the 2019 model
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 04:00 PM

Overall I like the expedition. Easy on gas, you can crawl through deep snow and stay right on top, comfortable for long rides, quiet. The only thing I donít like about it is the weight. I find it to be front heavy. Wouldnít be my first choice for ďpositioningĒ for wolves in the rougher areas of the mountains. Excellent for trapping, hunting bear and wolverine but wolves can gallop and the extra weight of the ace doesnít help. Maybe if I tooled around with the shocks it would be better. Mine was meant to be used for trapping in the delta so it serves its purpose well.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 04:05 PM

It works for wolves. Itís just different I guess after driving two strokes my whole life.
Posted By: Sonny N

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 05:55 PM

Awesome I think I made a good choice than. Always hesitant because Iím a 2 strike guy and I love all the power but I need reliability. Havenít even set a trap this year because my (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) 2 stroke blew up early this season
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/15/18 08:15 PM

Cousin Butterhead is a good trapper. He was working earlier this winter on the inuvik to tuk highway
Once he finished he set a couple snares and i kept giving him a few more snares whenever i had some in my pocket. I gave him some of my whale oil castor bait too. He just called to tell me hes got a big heavy wolverine to skin. Nailed it in a conibear and picked it up yesterday. We use the same trail up to a lake where he goes straight across and i go right. Weve been piling carcasses there and just last week i considered moving a 330 box right to the spot. I changed my mind though because crows would likely ruin a nice wolverine if it was to get caught. He said there is another one hanging around there too. Seasons done today though. Already looking forward to next year. Maybe ill sponsor him a couple hundred snares just to see what he catches.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/23/18 09:49 AM

I made a quick round trip to my goose camp this evening. Had a good bbq at my parents with 4 different pies to choose from before i left. I chose lemon pie with whipped cream. It was great.

All i wantedd to accomplish on this trip was getting a trail made and checking the tent out for damage. I knew the bear ripped the front last fall and luckily the winter winds didnt make the damage any worse. Im going to get some lumber and raise the walls a couple feet on my next trip out that way. I made it low for staaying hidden but its not like 2 more feet will scare all the geese away.
Fresh wolf tracks coming home but no luck in the dark today. Looking forward to geese hunting again.
17 lynx in the house right now. Some on boards both fur in and out and 6 that will be thawed for skinning tomorrow. Most likely bring in 6 more tomorrow to be thawed and ready by sunday. Busy time of the year but its the best time of year!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 01:08 AM



Doesnthelp tohave this wolverine beside a monstermink but thats freddy's last night of the season giant.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 02:56 AM

Freddy's wolverine was an older one. Very heavy. The width of the neck and the front arm show the size pretty good. This one below was caught by my buddy Patrick, we used to hunt mice together with bb guns and my Grandparents still call him "Mousehunter" when they see him. His is a big male too. Big but more in its prime than Butterhead's.

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 02:57 AM

Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 03:01 AM



Future trapping legend Paxton Gordon. Seven years old and already knows what hes doing out there. 1st caribou at five years old and first wolf at 6. Maybe patrick will get him to shoot a bear this spring at 7 years old?
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 03:09 AM

Go ketchum Patrick !
Posted By: Family Trapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 04:19 AM

Awesome. Love seeing those little guys out there on the line! Great work!!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 05:14 AM

Man I thought I had King of the swamp rapped up, when I got #4 today. Patrick and Butterhead might come out of nowhere and seize the crown. When you play the game of thrones for the swamp you win or you go back to the mud.a
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 05:29 AM

Originally Posted By: muskrat411
Man I thought I had King of the swamp rapped up, when I got #4 today. Patrick and Butterhead might come out of nowhere and seize the crown. When you play the game of thrones for the swamp you win or you go back to the mud.a


Elevation rule. Section two line 6. Sorry 411 but your just outside the KOTS boundary. Buy Georgies cabin and you can be king of the island, undisputed. I pulled everything about 2 weeks ago. Might be tempted to shoot a biggun if i see one in the mountains though. Me and jordan seen a grizz on march 25th one year. First tracks out by my place has been april 2nd and 5th in the past two springs.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 06:24 AM

I went to arbitration and President Jordan and President Bobi Joe ruled in my favour since I took them hunting to Canoe Lake and sang ear ache my eye to them so they can sleep.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 06:55 AM

Okay. Well whenever you win KOTS we will put an astertisk beside your name. Just like barry bonds being the homerun king.

KOTS 2018- Muskrat411*
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 06:56 AM

Good job though Ian*
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/29/18 03:43 PM

I don't have a really big head. Well OK maybe I do have a big head but....I can't hit a fast ball and I not fast or a Doctor of Thuganomics.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/30/18 12:15 AM



Sold the last 5 marten and a few more lynx today. Still a few lynx to sell but ill put those away to pay for my spring geese hunt. Ive been saving a few wolves to pay for the hunt since i started taking everybody along but i havent got much this year, grand total of two (so far)
Morgan has probably seen over 450 lynx skins since she was born. The two older kids took out the tacks and brushed out this bunch of fur all by theirselves.
Posted By: Guy Johnson

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/30/18 04:24 PM

Ryan have really enjoyed your posts this year! Looks like you have a Great Life and Family going on! Good Luck up there!
Posted By: Jonnytrapper

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/31/18 12:25 PM

Ryan I love the way you tell your stories. You should compile these into a ebook. Bet you'd sell a few. It's not often I sit down and read though 39 pages of a post! Your pictures are the cherry on top.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/31/18 09:55 PM

Thanks for the comments. I enjoy sharing what i can. Johnnytrapper- i will eventually write a book of short stories. Im going to call it "a bear ate my oranges" after staying up for 40 something hours, 20 + of those hours on skidoo lookimg for a bear all i wanted was to make it back to camp and eat my frozen mandarin oranges. Turns out a smaller bear ate them and chewed on my sled.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 03/31/18 10:49 PM

Probably Albert Johnson ate them oranges and turned your sled around too.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/11/18 03:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Jonnytrapper
Ryan I love the way you tell your stories. You should compile these into a ebook. Bet you'd sell a few. It's not often I sit down and read though 39 pages of a post! Your pictures are the cherry on top.

I second this. happy to help edit.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/13/18 12:29 AM

Go pro battery died last weekend mid trip. I was cleaning up the camp and set a few rat traps too. I wanted to do a step by step picture story of rat trapping in the delta. Weird houses again this year. They are more snow and ice than vegetation with thin walls. Lots of rebuilding when the pushups are like that. First step is always soaking the whole thing so it could freeze solider over night. Any dead houses need to be taken for the building material too. The few rats I caught were big and healthy. I was wondering where the big weasel disappeared to. It was feeding on some bait in my camp yard the previous trip but there wasnít even tracks around. Found the weasel frozen solid hung up in a deep fork of a skinny willow. Poor bugger was caught by the hips. Hopefully Iíll get a picture next trip if itís still there.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/13/18 04:16 PM

Your such a good trapper fur gets caught for you even when you are not trapping. Your going to have to replace that weasel or the voles will take over.

You better get a patent on that willow, maybe it can pass AIHTS. RJM ermine traps LTD.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/25/18 10:08 PM

Its gone from -30c to +8c in a week. Bears are waking up and geese are on my mind. Good luck and be safe this spring guys. No room for getting complacent out there.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/26/18 05:55 AM

I saw a bunch of big Canada geese today in Fort Smith.
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 04/26/18 06:01 PM

I went out yesterday, saw 25, couple passed by with out me knowing, too far by the time I got my shotgun up
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/14/18 08:17 AM





Sorting boxes and putting traps away then a couple from bear hunting.











A few from the annual geese hunt. I just got home this evening. It was a good hunt and we got what we needed. Hopefully my Dad flies out next weekend again because Ill be front and center at the hangar with my shotgun.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/14/18 11:57 AM

Great pics,love the shot of the cabin.
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/14/18 01:15 PM

Looks like a great time!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/14/18 03:36 PM

Love seeing the kids out!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/14/18 04:07 PM

Is your bear fence still shocking? Been having trouble with some of them.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/14/18 04:13 PM

The rangers shure did a good job on that trail from bear Creek to Mt. Lang. Going to talk to Gook about doing from my camp up to meet there trail next winter. Maybe let them use my camp in exchange for slapping in a couple bridges and widening trail to Lobstick. A bridge at Lobstick Creek would really make it a short trip. Saw a marten track in one of the creecks on the way when we came down from Bear creek by the front. I never did get that sidding eating grizzly bear. Next fall maybe, that one in Butters Facebook really had a guilty look on its face though.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 01:44 AM

Fantastic pics as usual, Ryan. Those happy kiddies say it all.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 04:52 AM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X4gNx6mquyU


A good bunch but nothing like the clouds of geese we see when the mudbar is booming. I already had about ten to pluck so I just took a video for you fellas and the youtubers
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 05:17 AM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OLwawuR5nsQ&feature=youtu.be


Another nice bunch. My mom took this video right from camp
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 01:46 PM

Thanks Ryan for allowing us a ride along view it's great to see your kids out with you and seeing how big there getting. That's one nice cabin and the videos are a treat to watch also .
Stay Safe and enjoy your day !
Allan
Posted By: Tweed

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Ryan McLeod





What's the story with the cabin? How old is it?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 05:02 PM

That cabin was built by a well respected elder in our region. He has passed away and the cabin still stands at the mouth of the bear creek where it meets the rat river. Not sure the exact age but it was still being used when I was a teenager. There is a new cabin just across from the old cabin. It was most likely built as a resting spot for caribou hunters although there is lots of other animals running around that neck of the woods.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/15/18 11:05 PM

That cabin was built old style with no floor the first guy there in the fall would be responsible for cutting spruce bows for the floor. After that people would have to refresh the floor as needed. Its surprising the floor is not much higher up the walls by now. Maybe the last guy there had to throw the branches back out before he left.

The cabin on the other side has squared logs with an Alaska mill. they look cool but the logs really shrink as they dry and there are some big cracks between the logs. Last time I was there with Ryan he put too much wood in the stove and I apprettiated those air holes.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/18/18 09:17 PM

39 Marten and 67 lynx at the FHA may sale. Not getting my hopes up but the possibility for a decent payday is there.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/18/18 10:34 PM

Should net you about 10g cdn if everything sells.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/22/18 07:07 PM

Another 8 marten were added so Ive now got 47 there. I had a great hunt with the family and a good trip to Edmonton. Me and my son flew home on the 19th and I immediately got ready to fly out for one last geese hunt with my buddy Greg (We went through college together) We brought home about 80 cleaned birds after catching the tail end of the main run. It going to be a long wait for that again but I will be heading out tonight for rats and beaver.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 05/23/18 01:52 PM

Wish we were on the flyway. We get a few spring birds but not very many. My youngest daughter and her husband were just up in your country Ryan. They saw a lot of cranes up there. We see them flying over by the thousands every fall, but not in the spring so they must take a different route going north. Never have seen one on the ground either. We are heading out to the lodge soon, have a good summer!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/10/18 08:54 PM

I made a few more martin boxes, dried some frozen pelts and bought a second hand bench swager for making snares. Other than that its been pretty quiet. Cant wait for the nights to get dark again. That's when the caribou start tasting normal again imo. Then comes moose hunting and so on and so forth...
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/11/18 04:17 PM

I got a deal to helicopter up to my camp for a couple days. Go on Saturday, fix around, clean-up, explore up the creek a little ways. Check if there is any grayling fishing up there. Should be a good time. Too bad it is not September I could have got a bear and made my money back on the charter.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/18/18 07:15 AM

A picture is worth a thousand words and my 2014-2015 journals were lost to the recent site clean up. Little disappointing as there was some stories and a bunch of good pictures but itís alright. Still have the pictures around somewhere. Main story I wish I had saved was the one about my nephew getting his first caribou at the age of seven.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/18/18 11:09 AM

I'm sure you will find the pictures from the caribou hunt with your nephew and will write down the story about it. My oldest grandson and I are planning a elk hunting trip this fall he's 9 now and really likes hanging out.
Stay Safe out there !!!
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/18/18 04:24 PM

Good luck Allen. Iím sure at some point Iíll look through my old pictures and post them all again. Some trapping pictures were erased from my camera because I thought I could always see them on here. Iíll have a few bear, wolf, caribou, Wolverine, etc pictures to post though.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 07/18/18 11:34 PM

That would be great Ryan I don't know of anyone who doesn't enjoy your pictures and journal.
Taking young kids out just makes it even better, watching them discover and learn is about as good as it gets !
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/14/18 10:21 PM

I am 3 for 3 with the 270BDL so far this fall. I hunted alone first trip and shot 2 big bulls at 10am as they fed in a clean gravel and grass creek. I took my time and enjoyed the day taking 5 hours total to get both back to my truck. shot them both square in the neck and got everything out in 4 loads. Excellent walking/packing on the very level gravel and tundra.

Second trip wasn't as easy. Very few bou around besides little ones so we walked to a far ridge where about 25 caribou with 7-8 big bulls were hanging out. Again we snuck in perfectly and took the first bull to offer a safe angle with a clean head shot as several more walked by in easy bow range. Having my buddy Greg to share the weight made it easier and we made a load each BUT over very awful uneven swampy tundra for a total of about 7 km. We were both very thankful I didn't shoot any more that trip.
Now to get ready for some serious caribou hunting in my hometown. Thinking about going boating this evening too. Hopefully find a bull moose standing on the river bank somewhere. Very cool weather today.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/14/18 10:33 PM

Find a nice dry log up on the bank put up an awning, make a quick blind out of sticks. Put Ernest Monias, Standing buy the River on loop. Have some tea and drymeat with "I Cant believe Its not butter". Moose will come right out to you. Nothing can resist Ernest Monias. If that fails try your cousin Fagen's CD.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/14/18 10:43 PM

That sounds like a good way to hunt moose but the trick is to say your hunting something else. Moose on every corner then.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 08/14/18 11:02 PM

Yeah I like to say I'm picking berries. I'm sure shacking the debris out of my picker attacks moose.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/06/18 05:51 PM

Well fellas here we are in September already. Hunting has been slow due to work and bad timing (AND BAD SHELLS) but we still have a way to go. I managed to trade in my f150 for an f350 while keeping monthly payments around the same. Leaves are at the peak of their fall colors and should start falling soon. My son Bobby has started junior kindergarten and he likes it so far, wants me to call him school boy at home now. My oldest Morgan has started grade 3 and my youngest is growing and keeping us busy. Hopefully a herd of caribou shows up again before the rut starts because I haven't put much away up to this point.
I could use another 10-12 big bulls for the family. If not then there are plenty of moose to hunt and I only have to go 10 minutes from home by boat or truck before I start watching out for the swamp donkeys. Once my freezers are full I can think about some fall camping and family hunting trips. Im sure the 2 older kids will be along on a boat hunt soon. I really see a lot of myself in Bobby as he learns about hunting and trapping. Just yesterday he was trying to make a goose caller out of an empty bottle of cranberry juice.
Posted By: waggler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/08/18 02:22 PM

Are you allowed to shoot cow caribou, I noticed you referred to shooting bulls? How is the caribou herd doing in your area?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/18 03:06 PM

Waggler- The porcupine herd is around 200,000 right now. In the Gwichin language we have words for every age and sex of caribou. When I say cows Im not saying any random cows from a herd. Im talking about old dry cows that have past reproduction age. Once they stop having calves they don't have to share their energy anymore and that makes them fatten up better. You can tell these cows from the others by their antlers which also grow a bit more massive and "bushy" thanks to the extra energy at their disposal.
Posted By: waggler

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/11/18 07:41 PM

^^^^^
I've hunted the Porcupine herd a few times in the far NE corner of Alaska in recent years; usually during the first half of September. What time of year are they in your area? Do the migrate through your area, or do they spend the winter of summer there?

One of the coolest things I've ever experienced was being in the mild of their fall migration a couple years ago. It was estimated about 40,000 of them walked through the valley our camp was in, all in about four days. I was very particular about where I got my drinking water after they went through.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/13/18 05:15 PM

The herd passes in the fall from early august to late September on their southbound migration. Usually see them heading north from end of april through to ice out in late may/ early june. Wandering bunches can be found with some luck at any time of year. We used to have herds spend the winter but it seems they just pass through these days. Ive seen the main herd a couple times in my life, a scene that Ill never forget. Like a giant brown carpet covering the land for as far as you can see. If you look at a map of the Yukon coast you will see a spit off the mainland west of blow river called Shingle Point, I was able to get 9 healthy caribou there this past Saturday and sunday. 3 went to my grandparents, 2 to my hunting partner, 1 to my parents and 3 for me to be shared with my aunts. The bad part is that I came down with pneumonia during the trip. Ive been suffering through the sickness and it couldn't have happened at a worst time of year. I should be out hunting and being busy but instead Im stuck in town bundled up to stay warm. Awful sickness, sure takes a lot out of a guy.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/13/18 07:42 PM

Hope you get over it Ryan.Pneumonia can scar your lungs bad in some cases and you wont be the same after.A buddy of mine got a bad case a couple years ago,he is in his mid 60's and it hit him hard,he is now on a wait list for a lung transplant.
I had a mild case when I was younger and recovered OK.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/14/18 03:35 AM

Prayers,keep on keeping on!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/24/18 05:50 PM

Good morning fellers. Im alive. the past 2 weeks have been pretty rough but im on the way to recovery. Sure gets boring when youre stuck at home for 2 weeks during prime fall hunting. Im slowly getting back to myself though and look forward to getting some hunting done and getting things ready for trapping. Woke up to about 5 inches of snow this morning.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/24/18 05:53 PM

Im not going to rush out just yet though. Some short walks and a boat ride or two to get back in the game.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/24/18 08:41 PM

I think I heard a moose calling your name last night. No rush to get going no word on beaver program yet.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/18 09:35 PM

I dreamed about hunting everyday during my 2 weeks of staying inside with pneumonia and like a kid who misses school and doesnt get to play out afterwards I felt pretty bummed out. I knew I was sick though and for once in my life I listened to what the doctor had to say.

My first day back to work was this past Monday and you all know that means I was free to go and look for moose finally. I was pretty excited as I left town even though I knew the big bulls were off limits. I went to an old trusty lake with several arms and grassy bays that have always been good to me over the years. Spotted smoking fresh moose tracks at a spot I call beaver crick and followed them up into the timber. We tracked the moose to a different arm of the lake so we returned to the boat and intentionally drove a mile or so past where we last seen the tracks in an attempt to get ahead of the lone moose. The next spot we left the boat to look around was promising as the tracks hadn't passed by yet. Back to the boat we went then started back to a midway point between the two spots we checked. Again no moose tracks. Theres an excellent narrow grassy lake here though and you all know how the swamp donkeys like them kind of lakes. We kind of figured the moose mustve headed far inland though and we decided to go and check a different spot with our remaining daylight. I started driving back out of the lake and I guess the way I looked at an open spot on the shore made Greg read my mind, "Looks pretty open up there" he said. That's all I needed to hear and immediately headed for shore. We walked up and after about 20 minutes of walking there were the tracks, 3 sets now. We followed quietly, constantly scanning for a patch of hide, the flicker of an ear or the sound of willows breaking but no luck. After a while we could see the point where we first spotted the tracks and just ahead of us was the end of the grassy lake. I whispered that they have to be right here in front of us. On we went slowly but surely until I spotted a young bull feeding. I spotted a nice tree that would give a solid rest and open shooting lane but just as I reached the spot the bull ran. Little disappointing but hey what can you do but come up with your next move. We waited and called, the bull would grunt and we could hear willows breaking from time to time as the day light kept fading. Then Greg said he could hear water and we knew the moose had made it to the far side of the lake on the other side of the land we were standing on. LETS GO LETS GO! back to the boat we hustled and then sped off until we figured it was time to idle. We slowly idled around the corner and there stood 3 moose across the lake, well 2 stood and one was laying down but you get my drift. Greg ranged them at a little over 400 yards and I said we can get closer as they aren't showing any signs of running....yet. We were doing just fine until the water started getting shallow. I raised the kicker a bit and the noise made the moose look our way but still they stood there and watched us.
"250" greg said but I still wanted to get a little closer. With the motor trimmed up we were doing fine again and slowly closing the gap. Then the water got too shallow even for that option. The moose were kind of on alert now and I knew if Greg went up front to grab a paddle the moose would bolt so I told him to quietly grab my pack board and push from the back of the boat. Heeheehee...we were still getting closer as greg pushed us along. Then one of the moose walked into the bush and disappeared for a minute or so before coming back out. That moose was the one I was looking at the whole time and we thought it was a big cow. "220 yards" said Greg. Hmmmm....now or never I thought. I had a rock solid rest and decided I had better do this before they either run or daylight fades. I aimed, exhaled and squeezed. The other 2 ran out into the lake as we made our way to the fallen moose.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/18 09:53 PM

I knew chances like that don't come along too often as the remaining moose just stood there in the lake and let us get with 60 feet or so. I told greg that the moose we got is only 15 feet up from the water and would be a piece of cake as far as moose packing goes. Still though we just watched them. I told Greg that a lot of people are waiting on their moose meat from me and how could we tell when we would get another chance like this? Still we just watched them. Then the 2 weeks of built up hunting frustration/motivation kicked in and I made the call. "Soon as that bull hits solid ground Im shooting" I said. "Mmmm-Hmmm" said Greg.

BANG!!

"Did I just shoot a second moose with 45 minutes of daylight left?" was my first thought. No problem doing 1 or 2 alone with daylight and lungs functioning at 100% but I knew we couldn't let such an opportunity pass even though I felt like my body wasn't firing on all cylinders. First thing I did was run my hand over the young bulls hide, no worries about this guy rolling in his whiz yet. "Probably doesn't even know what its for besides peeing" I thought.
We knew there was no use in rushing as daylight was nearly gone at that point. We considered gutting them and covering them up to be retrieved the next day but I didn't like that option in case the lake froze overnight or the water dropped enough to prevent us from even reaching them. I told Greg we're both fairly handy with knives so lets just get in there and get them both done, loaded and hauled home tonight. "Mmmm-Hmmmm" said Greg.
Out came the headlights and knives and we got to work. We took our time and enjoyed the work. Once the young bull was loaded we idled over to the big cow which to my surprise turned out to be another young bull with no antlers!! Both were fat and healthy and will be hung until Saturday I think just to drain the blood and get some air. First moose hit the ground at 935pm and we had the boat put away and meat covered with clean plywood by 230am. We hung it all yesterday but also gave a few pieces out to elders and aunties. I knew I missed hunting during the worst of my sickness and several times during the work I commented on how much fun this is even though it is work. "Man I love this life" was also said many times as we worked away in the bright moonlight.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/18 10:00 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwHbgNtop1U

First moose.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_wnbk_P-wQ

Second Moose.
Posted By: BORGY

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 09/27/18 11:15 PM

Sure do enjoy your journal Ryan. Nice job on the moose! Hard to believe a .270 dropped em so hard.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/03/18 02:21 AM

Ryan, your journal is like psychotherapy for a guy like me, stuck way down in the Lower 48. Thanks. Please keep writing and posting. Dig the videos. BTW I have started using GoPro Hero4 Silver cameras, kind of dated nowadays but perfectly functional for non-professional users. Pretty inexpensive on eee bayyy.
Posted By: Hiline Bob

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 10/19/18 09:49 PM

Congrats on your sucessful moose hunts.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/18 08:28 PM

Here we are at the start of another season. I figure i can make it to my camp now but I donít mind giving another week of freezing to get the ice a bit safer. I set 25 Marten boxes yesterday east of town towards where the high number Marten trappers start their lines. Still a long ways to go before I come close to the catch totals of some of the guys (1200 Marten is the most Iíve heard of anybody catching) but itís a start. One of my buddies set up the first 25 km of his line and coming home he already had a couple beauties hanging. Itíll be fun exploring this new to me area. I talked to the neighboring trapper and already mentioned that once I hit his trail Iíll turn back and work with the space nobody is using. The previous trapper has passed and his son is now running his lines. He wished me luck trapping this line. I wish I had more 120s in town.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/04/18 08:31 PM

Best part is that between the truck and skidoo Iím burning no more than 50 bucks in fuel and gas to run my 25. I figure Iíll check them Tuesday and take one or both of the older kids.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/18 04:02 AM

Have fun and be safe, Ryan, we are all rootin' for ya
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/18 09:11 AM

Thanks man.

Tonight Iím repairing my old 550 Polaris. The Bolts on the rear bumper loosened off and stretched out the bolt holes pretty bad and ripped the tunnel a bit. That happened September 2017. My repair wonít win any awards for its looks but I think itís a lot more solid than it was brand new. Just need to put the bumper on now, then the rear suspension and skis and sheíll look like a skidoo again instead of a coat rack. Then put all the plastic back on the front. I serviced everything under the hood this summer. Itíll get me by until the parts for my other skidoo get here.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/18 03:52 PM

What's wrong with the ACE?
Can you trap into Miner River Ryan? Samuel use to get a few from there.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/05/18 08:31 PM

Ace is getting new gear box seals and a cross shaft for the rear suspension. Not sure about miner river. Far as I know people trap in there. Iíve got my eyes set on a small piece of land right now. Few long days of exploring should give me a good idea of whatís going on.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/18 06:46 PM

I checked my traps the day after setting and picked up 3 Marten. I actually just went out to haul wood and figured if I had any catches i could bring them home too. First time checking a short walking line for lynx and that w@s good too with 2 lynx out of three sets. Looking forward to checking for Marten again tomorrow after a reasonable wait. Might be time to get a few more sets out. Maybe target foxes for awhile. My first real success in trapping was with foxes, back in the day. I still think a well furred well handled fox pelt looks as good as any fur out there.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/18 08:10 PM

Sounds like you're off to a good start Ryan! How has your weather been, cold? During my guiding I saw more lynx sign than ever before so Im betting you do really well with them this year. My youngest daughter and her husband bought the line east of me and they flew out a few weeks back. They plan to spend the winter there. They have an Inreach so we can communicate and they are seeing a lot of marten sign. My son has been having fun with wolves, he snared two a couple days ago, so Im feeling left out! Gotta get out soon! Hope you have a good season, did you noggin shoot some caribou for the winter yet??
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/18 08:54 PM

We had cold weather early and freeze up was nice and clean. Then one night it started snowing and it stayed snowy warm and overcast for about ten days. Then about week to ten days ago it got down to the mid teens and itís been since. Pretty sure I could easily make it to the camp so I may go and set for Marten and wolf this weekend. Iím seeing lots of fur sign all fall. Lots of rabbit and mice tracks out there too. I got a few caribou in September but lost a couple weeks to being sick. We still have a few meals put away but not as much as usual. We ate the last tongue last night with fried meat. Iím getting a few sets out but no big rush on going full steam just yet.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/18 08:55 PM

And the caribou have moved on...
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 11/07/18 09:00 PM

Beaver kits are out now. AK kits coming on Northwright. $75.00 for whole beavers for skinning course up to 10. then $50.00 for samples.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/09/18 09:07 PM

One of my favourite sights

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/15/18 04:31 AM

So happy the kids came to lynx traps today. Amazing how fast a guy with a hyperextended arm can finish a moose when heís worried about kids getting cold. The town wolves should find the guts pretty quick.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/15/18 04:32 AM

Who knows how to rotate the pictures?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/15/18 06:54 AM

Went up to Mount Lang today to look for those Facebook caribou Could not find them but saw about 20 moose. Finally found a calf that was not running away. Tried to pump in a shell but gun was frozen. Getting dark so leave it until next time. Need a blizzard 9500 to cover up some of them willow back s so can make it to Bear Creek.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/16/18 10:01 AM

Marten with an undeveloped arm. Skinned picture shows little foot bones and two blunt claws. Poor picture I know but Iím using an iPad.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/16/18 10:02 AM

Stump is Completely covered with fur and the elbow bends the wrong way
Posted By: scalloper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/16/18 11:26 PM

Was the moose a bull? I was not sure if yours have dropped their horns yet. I was checking traps Wednesday morning at daylight and came right up on a nice bull still wearing his horns.
Posted By: newfox1

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/17/18 01:56 PM

love to read your journal ryan,good luck and stay safe.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/18/18 12:04 PM

Congrats on the moose Ryan meat in the freezer is a wonderful thing when your kids are along to help !
That's a interesting looking marten it certainly looks healthy even with a boogered up leg.
Thanks for sharing with us and stay safe up there !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/19/18 08:50 PM

Originally Posted by scalloper
Was the moose a bull? I was not sure if yours have dropped their horns yet. I was checking traps Wednesday morning at daylight and came right up on a nice bull still wearing his horns.


Dry cow. Very chubby one.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/19/18 08:55 PM

Trail to my camp is made! I spent Saturday and Sunday doing camp work that I would normally do in the fall with my boat. Since I didnít make it out this year thanks to pneumonia I had to play catch up. Hauled wood, shoveled cabin roofs, banked the log house and tried to fish for bait but the creek seems to be poor for hooking these past two years. Iím happy though and Iíll get my bait this week. Next trip is strictly for setting. Hoping to get at least 60 sets in next weekend. Maybe one of the three wolverine boxes will connect. Hopefully catch the one that chewed half the front wall off my house at goose camp.
Posted By: Malukchuk

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/19/18 10:36 PM

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Posted By: dapa

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/23/18 03:05 AM

I love reading you're post,thanks for sharing.
Posted By: star flakes

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/23/18 05:04 AM

I hate reality television, but I would love watching your life on an outdoor channel.You have a gift for story telling like Russell Annabel.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/23/18 06:10 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Much appreciated. Iím glad to share some of what I do with you.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/27/18 01:02 AM

Just got home riding as a passenger on my dads skidoo. A busted clutch ruined my weekend of setting but at least I opened a few new trails on Saturday before the clutch exploded and took out half my belly pan. Good promising sign all over my lines. Got the 570 wt for the next couple days and I'll fix my ace before the weekend.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/30/18 11:43 PM

Wolf tracks on my marten line yesterday. Iíll set a few for them next trip to that line. Iím just waiting on a few things including my buddyís inreach then Iíll be off for the camp. Few traps to look at but mostly a setting trip after last weekends set back. Iíll be carrying my camera so hopefully see a few pictures up after the weekend. Bobby is busy helping with fur this year and really likes going to the short lynx line. Morgan is in Edmonton with my parents. She got to watch the oilers beat the kings last night.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/30/18 11:47 PM

And Charlotte is glued to my hip. She watches me work on fur just like her brother and sister.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/01/18 02:56 AM

Bringing those kids up right Ryan! Keep your eyes out for bears, lots of guys seeing tracks down this way.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/05/18 06:35 AM

Got an early Christmas gift before from my moms sisters. They chipped in and got me an inreach.
I finally have a few traps out at my camp. Set 21 Marten boxes on saturday. Picked up two Marten next morning when I went to set more. Bad conditions in the delta right now. Lots of overflow with thin ice underneath. Itís preventing me from reaching some of the main parts of my line but better to be safe than sorry I guess. Set three mb 750s last night on my Marten line. Picked up 3 Marten there and then set a blind skidoo trail set and a baited set with a trap in front and behind. The trap behind usually catches since wolves and wolverine think they can steal the bait from behind. Itís not fool proof but itís worked before. Iím keeping busy and feeling healthy so Iíll jusy keep expanding my line as conditions allow.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/06/18 06:32 AM

You see there making Life Below Zero Canada. You and the old Lady be bettee than Chip and Agnes
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 04:25 AM

Took Morgan and Bobby to check three traps before and picked up two lynx. I sometimes ask them afterwards to tell me one thing they already knew and something they just learned today. Just a little game to see if theyíre really listening.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 04:30 AM

Caught both the kids mid blink
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 08:36 AM

Nice throat patch on this one.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 08:37 AM

Posted upside down for some reason.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 08:45 AM

Taking a break. Skinning a few marten and watching the equalizer. Good movie. Better get back at it.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 08:47 AM

Upside down picture again.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/12/18 05:58 PM

Upside down and sideways pictures are still good. Fascinating and admirable lifestyle. Hope your season is a good one, Ryan
Posted By: thebeaverguy

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/13/18 04:49 AM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Upside down picture again.


It looks great, all I do is stand on my head to look!

I see that you have quite the library.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/13/18 05:03 AM

Originally Posted by PAlltheway
Upside down and sideways pictures are still good. Fascinating and admirable lifestyle. Hope your season is a good one, Ryan


I hope my season is a good one too. Hopefully you make it to my camp someday
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/13/18 05:06 AM

Originally Posted by thebeaverguy
Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Upside down picture again.


It looks great, all I do is stand on my head to look!

I see that you have quite the library.


I havenít stopped reading since I first learned how. So much to be learned from books. So many ways of telling stories. Lots of biology, old big game adventures magazines and local publications in this shelf.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 03:37 AM

Way to go Ryan. Nice catches and getting the little ones out and involved. Did ya get the Ace up and running again. That cross bar on the rear suspension is a joke. I lost 2 of them and the last one punched a bunch of holes in my track. Didn't put it back in last year when I replaced the track. Keep it up.
Posted By: PAlltheway

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 03:58 AM

Iíll be up. My wife and I were discussing it. She says ďIíll bet you stay.Ē Itís nice country where you are, and a lifestyle I would like.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 05:00 AM

How is the marten sign looking up your way Ryan?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 07:30 PM

Originally Posted by AKHowler
Way to go Ryan. Nice catches and getting the little ones out and involved. Did ya get the Ace up and running again. That cross bar on the rear suspension is a joke. I lost 2 of them and the last one punched a bunch of holes in my track. Didn't put it back in last year when I replaced the track. Keep it up.

The ace is back on the trail. Cut my gas bill in half.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 07:38 PM

Originally Posted by yukon254
How is the marten sign looking up your way Ryan?

Marten sign is pretty good. Iíve got 14drying right now. A buddy of mine picked up 26 on one run Last week. Lynx sign is really thick. Weekly sightings in town. I pulled my back a little yesterday. Not as bad as it can be but itís slowing me down. Iíll be camp bound by mid evening. Probably slow down a bit to avoid hurting it any worst.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 07:56 PM

Ryan, glad to hear about good marten numbers. I havent gotten out yet...stuckat home until after Christmas it looks like. My youngest daughter and her husband bought a trapline that borders me to the east. They have been out since Oct. and are reporting fantastic numbers this year. I expect this will be the peak year for lynx so looking forward to catching a few. What was wrong with your Ace?? Take it easy on your back!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/18 08:02 PM

Cross shaft for the front shock in the rear suspension had both bolts snap last spring. Seems like a peak year for lynx lots of tracks and I see one almost everytime Iím out setting or checking. Iím just starting to go after them now. Had a few traps out but not many. Now Iím trying to set as many as I can but of course a couple bad disks in my back had to act up. Teach me to move my trailer by hand I shouldíve known better
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/15/18 03:45 PM

Have you tried one of those back braces like weightlifters wear? I know a few guys that use them and they say they help. You sound like me, Im always moving my trailer by hand! Moose quarters are what gets me. Each fall it takes me longer to heal after guiding season, and I swear moose are getting bigger! Have you had cold weather? Its crazy down here. Whitehorse area has been incredibly mild but Watson Lake country has had a normal winter. My son has an inreach and it is -37 down there this morning. -10 here in Tagish.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/24/18 06:28 AM

Wore a back brace all weekend Dave. Watched you pull Cody Robbins around in the boat when he arrowed the moose this morning while skinning this monster caught in my 2.0 snares. Monster. Easily one of those non existent 50 pounders.

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Posted By: takotna

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/24/18 04:43 PM

Wow! Very nice Ryan!!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/24/18 09:38 PM

Thanks. I made some snares like yours too. Havenít set them yet but I made some in 1/8 and 3/32.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/24/18 09:41 PM

Love seeing these thawing in my cabin. This is the one that hauled away 4 snared lynx last weekend.

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/18 01:56 AM

Pretty!!!! Glad you got that chow hound smile
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/26/18 09:55 AM

Those four lynx sure fattened him up going to get my moneys worth out of my fleshing knife
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/18 06:32 PM

Feeling healthier today. Round trip to the camp is the plan. Late start but at least Iíll be back this year.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/04/19 05:12 PM

Not the best picture but the break in cold weather finally has some Marten running around. Picked these four up while resetting and rebaiting a short line close to town.



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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/04/19 05:14 PM

Could hear wolves howling in the dark from somewhere in the hills that night. Hopefully they find my wolf sets. Wolves been pretty scarce on my lines this year.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/04/19 05:35 PM

Its good to see you still picking up some fur. Good luck on the wolves!
Posted By: PmbnaTrpr

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/05/19 05:39 AM

Hey ryan what kind of traps are those marten in? Those springs look awfully long.. I'm assuming sauvageau?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/07/19 08:10 PM

I think one was savageau and the other is a trap I donít really like but itís all Iíve got left to set on that line. Some kind with a kill bar welded on. Works well and the style has caught a bunch for me this year. But it takes some extra brushing to get the hair straightened out.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/07/19 09:32 PM

If only the moose knew what I had in mind. I was travelling home late last night from my cabin. For the first time in weeks I felt healthy enough to get more sets out and the 32 new sets were on my mind as I raced home at around 120 km/h. Wolf tracks came down the bank onto my trail and I couldnít believe I was actually seeing tracks since the wolves have been a bit scarce compared to other years. Looked fresh so I kept on going thinking maybe Iíd luck out and get a couple in the dark. Anyways a bit further on I hit a lake where a couple moose have been hanging out. Thatís when I started seeing the moose and wolf tracks all mixed together. Some hair and blood here nd there. In a small creek joining one end of the lake to the other I come around the corner and thereís the two moose blocking the path, wolf tracks bounding in every direction. The moose were looking pretty aggressive and just stood there. If only they knew my intentions huh? Finally I revved the skidoo and yelled just right I suppose and they got out of my way. I got to the north end of the lake and grabbed my throttle like my life depended on it. Then....5 wolves running. Too late though. I see them just as theyíre closing the last 50 feet to the cut banks and thick timber where I canít go. They beat me because the moose held me up too long. If only those moose knew my plan. Iím sure the wolves waited a few minutes before returning to finish preparing their supper. Too bad but what can you do? Cool thing to see but Iím not generally a sightseer. Iíd be back out there looking today but I have too many things to get done with a time limit. Oh it felt good to see the tracks, feel that old familiar feeling but no wolf smell on my Boggan today. If only those moose knew I wanted to kill those five wolves for them. Iím not sure it wouldíve helped though because the pack was about 3-4times bigger than what I seen. I always remind myself that if you donít get a shooting chance then you didnít really miss your chance right? Our paths crossed alright but not the way it needed to be. The moose calf looked to be in rough shape, had a limp going. The big cow looked violent as heck and had what looked like a decent cut on her nose. Iíll look for them some time. A fat well fed wolf doesnít run nearly as fast as a hungry wolf. Hopefully I have daylight on my side when we meet again and hopefully the moose donít hold up the guy who just wants some wolves.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/07/19 09:35 PM

Creek is about 12 feet wide with 4 foot cutbacks otherwise i wouldíve skijumped right past the moose.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 05:21 PM

That has to be a rush Ryan! Someday I hope to run into a similar situation. All I ever find are older wolf kills and no wolves around.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 06:31 PM

Iíve interrupted a few wolf hunts in my life. Mostly in the mountains where we have room to get the wolves. One year I could see some musk ox backed up to a cliff so I went around the long way and came at them from above. Turns out there was two black wolves and a grey keeping them at the cliff. Those wolves didnít even hear me coming over the wind and I shot the two blacks before they even realized what was going on. The grey was shot less than a 1/2mile away. Interrupted the wolves hunting caribou one year when we were hunting caribou too. We quickly became wolf hunters but thatís a long story spread over two days.
Posted By: otterman

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 08:05 PM

Ryan, That wolf hunting is certainly fun we had a moose hunt interrupted by a pack one day long story short I left the soon to be son in law with instructions to just follow my trail. Boy I caught (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) from the daughter when she heard but it was worth it we gave a few wolves rides home to my house that day smile
Posted By: Inupiaq

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 09:23 PM

Cool story, Ryan. Oh man, I would love that scenario. Would be out the next morning with everything I got, snares, traps, rifles, pistols, grenades...hehe. Look forward to seeing what happens with that bunch.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 09:26 PM

Awesome otterman. They make a great warm backrest on those lucky days. I brought 3 home many times on the skidoo with me. Didnít always pull a boggan and some days are just too cold to skin them right away. Now I always pull my boggan cause when you get the chance you have to get as many as you can.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 09:31 PM

Originally Posted by Inupiaq
Cool story, Ryan. Oh man, I would love that scenario. Would be out the next morning with everything I got, snares, traps, rifles, pistols, grenades...hehe. Look forward to seeing what happens with that bunch.


I follow two other trappers lines to get to mine otherwise Iíd be setting everything I could. Both the other trappers donít mind me using their trails and also donít mind if I shoot stuff that I see but setting traps is off limits (my own rule) Iíll be piling lynx carcasses and anything else I have to try get this pack to head towards my lines. Hopefully everything works out and I can do my drive through during daylight for once. I used to shoot a wolf sometimes just going to check my net but for two years now the wolves avoid my trapline.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/19 09:48 PM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgxghgyOhyU

Watching some old videos while I flip lynx and came across this one. My nephew was just a little guy at the time. Now heís 12 and heíll be bigger than me within the next few months.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/09/19 04:11 AM

What a professional trapper do during an extreme cold warning. I been frost scrapping beaver and otter.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/09/19 06:07 AM

I seen your video when you were scraping that wolverine. How was it around the shoulders and rump where the tougher fleshing is? I just checked my short Marten line before the weather gets my colder. Nice and warm -36 ride for one little Marten.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/09/19 03:46 PM

Got everything really clean Bam got an almost tanned golu now
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/09/19 03:48 PM

I donít think it will work that good on cased fur though. My otter was tough to do between the arms an the end of the tail. I should have pushed them arms in
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/09/19 03:58 PM

For otter and beaver I trim the leg skins so they don't stick out before freezing.
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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/09/19 05:31 PM

Thanks BOCO the otter did not turn out to bad. still greasy but I think that is coming from the skin.

My last beaver did not freeze in time to finish it so I left it outside all night in the -40. this morning there was almost nothing to scrape. So either Margo did a really good job clean skinning or the cold sucked the fat right out of it. I wish I had more beaver I got nothing to do today they are all on boards drying. Gone to Edmonton next week so wont set up a new line until the last week of January.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/10/19 11:27 PM

Couple busy days of skinning.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/11/19 08:35 PM

Iíve already got sections of my line picked out for the kids. Just baby Charlotte needs a lake named after her. Canít wait to see them running their own lines. Iíll tell them what my grandma told me when I first brought a fox home ďwatch closely cause Iím not going to skin fur for you all the timeĒ she said that as she grabbed her knife

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/11/19 08:37 PM

And me in my lucky shirt

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Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/11/19 10:16 PM

Your kids look very happy, its good to see.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/11/19 10:49 PM

Originally Posted by broncoformudv
Your kids look very happy, its good to see.


I agree. Ryan is raising them right, and they will benefit from the things he is teaching them their entire lives, no matter where they end up or what they do.

Nice looking pile of lynx Ryan, I thought about you all fall while I was guiding. There were lynx everywhere I went. If you're ever down our way you got a place to stay.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/12/19 01:04 AM

Teaching the next generation of trappers! Way to go!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/12/19 05:56 AM

Nice pics Ryan!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/12/19 07:35 AM

Thanks guys. Might take you up on your offer one of these days Dave. Getting ready to head out in the morning for a couple days. Going to try get 40 more lynx sets out and look for a moose. My kids canít eat pork chops and spaghetti and stuff like that. Real carnivores Iím raising.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/16/19 04:09 AM

I always look forward to taking my kids to check traps. I keep a short line close to town where we can take the truck then walk to check a few sets. Today I took Morgan and bobby and seeing that I fixed up the 3 #3s and 1snare last time I knew we were bound to catch something. We swung by the store and grabbed a kitkat and some Gatorade then took off to see what we caught. Morgan pointed out some moose tracks and older lynx tracks on the short 5 minute drive. She led the way down the trail and as we were approaching the first set I heard her sayďwhoaĒ and stop in her tracks. Lynx number one was waiting in the #3. Fresher tracks passed by so things were looking good. A couple minutes later and I could already see the glowing eyes waiting at the next trap but didnít say anything so the kids could have their own little discovery. Morgan gasped and said she thinks she seen something like eyes glowing down the trail. My girl Morgan is a smart little bush kid. We took care of the second lynx and again more tracks heading down the trail. I told the kids we had a good chance of picking up one more in the last trap at the lake edge where I had half a lynx carcass for bait. A little side trail on the way held our third lynx in a snare. Onwards to the last set which turned up empty. A lynx had stepped on both sides of the pan but unfortunately, in this game of inches, missed getting caught. No complaints here though because I had my kids by my side as we went 3 for 4 within 5 minutes of our house. They both canít wait to go again in a couple days and I canít wait to take them.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/16/19 04:14 AM

Not the best pictures (iPad) but thereís the future trappers in action.

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/16/19 07:02 AM

Looks like they are having a blast!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/19/19 04:28 PM

That's awesome!
Posted By: wamp

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 03:15 AM

Ryan keep the stories and photos coming some of us can only dream of trapping the way you are.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:10 PM

Thanks wamp. I still carry my camera but Iíd have to set up the old desk top and printer to move the photos to where I can post them. One of these slow evenings Iíll do that. Iíve taken a few pics this year but not as much as I used to Looking into buying a new Sony action camera once I have the extra money. I miss making videos for YouTube.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:22 PM

Lucky wolverine. That chunk of fish caught those jaws just right.

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:24 PM

Why do you have a giant fertility signal beside your wolverine trap?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:25 PM

To keep the line healthy I think
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:31 PM

The tracks followed my trail where the gulo robbed one cubby then it ran into a set that works good for bait robbers. A regular cubby with the trap behind rather than in front. Strange set until it works. Useful set for the wolverine. I dispatched it in a hurry then noticed the snare wasnít in view.

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:32 PM

Bonus!

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/21/19 10:37 PM

The wolverines feet had some white toes. The other picture, also from the weekend, is of the whitest toes Iíve caught on a Marten. I see some guys getting all white feet sometimes but all my Marten have regular feet. This is only the second in my life with any sign of white on them.

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Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/22/19 03:21 AM

Wow, a double! That's a good day!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/22/19 04:53 AM

That was a very lucky guy with the 330! Awesome double and cool white toes!
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/22/19 07:17 PM

Keep it up Ryan! Nice stuff!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/28/19 07:46 PM

Thatís how many on the year now Ryan. You must be right up there for King of The Swamp?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/30/19 08:03 PM

3 woollies now musky.

Well it snowed and blew for about 13-14 hours (it snewed) Sunshine is back out now but my trapline and traps will all be buried. Not looking forward to being soaked all weekend breaking my trails all over again. Oh well. What can you do but get it done right? Itís usually during this windy month that I start looking forward to pulling the lines and looking for wolf tracks in the mountains. Speaking of wolf tracks......whereís Ben (Nunamiut) these days?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/31/19 02:06 AM

Samuel went to traps today in the wind and got a wolf really nice color. I wish i knew the definition of a blue wolf. That might be one.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/31/19 02:12 AM

Blue.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/31/19 03:21 AM

Might be then. Iíd have to have a bunch of people call it blue. Light can fool you when it comes to blue and black.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/31/19 04:11 AM

Show us a picture of the wolf
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/19 10:00 PM

Seen a giant set of wolverine tracks running around my line. He was on his way to a 330 box then the tracks show he turned sideways nd hightailed it for trees. No guarantees he wouldíve stuck his head in there but I know I scared it away in the dark. One of those big ones whose tracks are not really defined because of long hair. Similar to a polar bears track for those who have seen them. Hopefully he sticks around. I seen 3 sets of wolverine tracks this weekend but my trapline was out of order for the most part. I arrived at camp to a temperature of plus 3celcious. Heavy wet snow until late Saturday when the temps dropped to about -12c. Nice weather but not the best for keeping traps in working order. Picked up a few lynx and Marten and was reminded how well mink can climb trees. I had 4 hanging from box sets on trees. Last minute drive through of some Marten traps md o seen that most boxes with the opening facing down had thawed bait that fell off the screw holding it in place. Lots of snapped traps that I just ran out of time to reset. Made it home at 0530.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/19 10:04 PM

Continued from page 46.
Marten are still nice with full coverage on the guard hair and white leather but that wonít last too much longer. Lynx are nice and silver now. Wolverine going to start losing hair on their legs and rump soon. Trapping days are limited from now until seasons end.Then Iíll decide if my skidoo is up to some wolf hunting. Never fails that the animals visit and dance all over the buried traps.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 04:23 PM

Iíll have to get some pictures up soon. Just pics Iíve taken this season. Not a lot but still a few good ones. I had a very proud day as a trapping father this past Friday. I had taken my kids out earlier in the week and I got Morgan to set two snares. I checked them before leaving to camp on Friday and was pretty excited to see that she had snared her first lynx! I couldnít stop smiling all the way to camp where I picked up 10 lynx, 4 Marten, 14 mink, 5 weasels, 3 squirrels, and 2 whiskeyjacks. Missed a couple wolverine that didnít feel like sticking their head in a box. I felt a little tired yesterday but Fiona was home from work not feeling well and she mentioned that we could use a moose right about now. So I went out looking and shot the 5th moose I seen. Itís been a lucky few days. I have no problem with sitting inside today but who knows. I might just have to go and check for the wolves that have their own dead moose out towards mackenzie river.
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 05:50 PM

Love the wolverine excitement. Hope you get that one. How much more season do you have? I think we have till the end of February here to get one more!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 07:11 PM

I can trap wolverine until March 15. Marten is first to close on the last day of February
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 09:47 PM

Morgan was at her grandparents for movie night when I picked up her first Lynx. I made her a few snares of her own too. 1/16 for now. Holding a wolverine isn't much of a concern where I bring the kids so she won't need anything stronger yet. I think I'll take the two oldest out later on to set more snares.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 10:18 PM

I used an iPad to take pictures of my camera screen. Saves me an hour and a half of setting up my old desk top and saving them to a USB then setting up my old laptop to transfer them, etc.
Normally the fish would be chopped with an axe but I had just a few fish at the start of the season and sawing them spread the bait further. Pre baiting at night saves me precious daylight in dark winter.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 10:27 PM

Nice weather but no help to trapping conditions. The water in the pictures is over a foot deep. Just below a beaver dam. One narrow strip of the skidoo trail was fairly solid so I used the boggan to get to shore and grab a few arm loads of willow. Then I used the boggan to get to the right ski and jam some bigger sticks under. Then I tilted the machine towards the deeper water to the right and stuck the willows under the track to use leverage to Lift it out. The weather had cooled off a lot by this point and the trail was slowly freezing so I managed to inch the front end over. Lots of packing snow into the water and letting it freeze. Was I ever happy to get out and back onto a solid trail. Took long but I stayed dry. I probably wouldnít have gotten stuck in the first place but I stopped and just kind of fell off the trail to the right. Grabbing throttle at that point wouldíve just gotten me stuck worst. Shouldíve took before pictures but at the time it didnít look too likely that Iíd be taking an after picture anytime soon.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 10:35 PM

This was how I pulled into camp one cold day. I just had to lean a little to the right until I sewed it back up. Moose tracks in the cabin yard.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 10:36 PM

Same Marten. Just a beautiful sight even without the good scenery.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/19/19 10:38 PM

Most of this weekend catch. Iíd trade those mink for a couple more Martin but Iíll take what I get. And I just had to throw in a selfie.

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Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 12:11 AM

Great pics Ryan.Is that frost on your head or are you getting grey?lol.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 12:19 AM

Nice haul of fur! Getting sleds stuck in slush and water solo can be a bit tricky. I never manage to stay dry in those situations and have just come to accept that is how it will work out.
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 04:38 AM

Good haul of mink. What kind of sets you use for them?
mt
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 05:23 AM

Nice first for your daughter. Overflow is a drag for sure. Happy skinning!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 03:42 PM

I behave myself these days boco so those are the remains of my old horns that are shinking. Itís just frost.
Bronco- Iíll jump right in the water if I know it will get me out quickly but if Iím going to be there for awhile Iíll do anything to stay dry.
Marten trapper-2 of those mink were in 330s set for wolverine and the rest are from Marten boxes on trees
Smalltime- I couldnít stop smiling all day after Morgan connected. Overflow is even more of a drag when itís stink lake water. All the more reason to stay dry.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 03:54 PM

Iíve been catching the mink like this. Even in boxes with the trap facing upwards.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 03:56 PM

I picked up these two the morning after setting 21 boxes through an overland trail I made. I thought I mightíve hit the mother lode but I only caught about 10 more before pulling that line. Now itís my wood trail

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Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/20/19 04:22 PM

You have a cool and interesting life - and now I know what your mug looks like.

The shot of the marten hanging at last light is really cool. Someday I'm gonna get me one...
Posted By: newfox1

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/25/19 04:01 PM

Very nice Ryan,thank you!!! I can't wait for the wolf hunting stories.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/01/19 09:36 PM

Finished a batch today.

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Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/01/19 09:46 PM

That is cool. I am SO looking forward to them opening up the Lynx season down here on the KP.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/01/19 09:55 PM

Nice looking furs Ryan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 08:20 PM

A moose I got for my family last week.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 08:22 PM

Good size mink. I get bigger ones fairly common but this one is really fat and has very thick glossy fur. I like mink fur. I just donít like skinning them.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 08:25 PM

Ten lynx again this last trip. The big white one on the left is really heavy. One of the nicest ones Iíve ever caught for size and fur quality, I think it will go on my moms sewing room wall.

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 08:40 PM

My sled loaded with a moose this morning at around 3am. The school is having a chef come up to do some workshops and a community feast this week. Moose is on the menu. I was on my way out to set a Few wolf traps on some fresh sign yesterday evening and got the moose I needed for the school at the last minute. I passed out some other moose during the week until I found the right one I wanted. After I finished the moose I laid it out on the clean hard packed snow for a couple hours and let it bleed and cool off. I went and set a few wolf traps in the direction of the fresh wolf sign but didnít have the time or patience to travel the extra 40 km round trip to get right to the epic pee post I seen earlier in the day when I wasnít hauling any wolf traps around. Then I went back to the moose and loaded it up nice and neat for the 86 km pull to town. I set 4 1/8 snares with sure locks plus 2 750s on rebar drags at the fresh gut pile. One trap is located in the picture of the trail up the bank. I dragged the moose down the hill in 4 loads on a tarp. I saved the hide as well with no cuts. Itís in the blue wrapped up tarp. Little tired today but glad I got things done and picked up a load of fur

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Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 09:30 PM

Nice haul of meat and fur Ryan.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 10:35 PM

What do you do with the moose hide?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/04/19 10:48 PM

Smoke tan the moose hide.
Posted By: decoy

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 12:05 AM

That's what ole Tom on Mt. Man TV show does Ryan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 06:51 PM

No top lot for lynx this year. My highest is in the third lot and my highest Marten are in the second lot. Hope for a good sale. Iím not getting my hopes up though.
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 07:35 PM

Ten lynx in one trip? That is pretty amazing.

Mink are stinky buggers. My least favorite to skin because of that.

I always thought that if I was born a couple/three centuries ago - I would have been the guy in the settlement that provided meat to everybody. Cool to think there are still places where people do that.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 08:10 PM

I got 10 lynx two trips in a row. I wish it was like that all winter. I provide meat to a lot of people, mostly elders, widows, single moms and Families down on their luck. Had I been born 2-3 centuries ago my late great grandmother said I would be allowed 3 wives to keep up with cutting meat and handling fur. Imagine that. Iím always trying to get the most for my time and gas money so if I have freezer room for 4 caribou but I have room in my boat for 10 then a lot of people will get some meat when I get home. A simple ďmeat to give awayĒ message on Facebook reaches aLot of people who are craving country food. I was raised to give away half of our country food.elders get the best pieces.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 08:26 PM

Reminds me of a moose hunt a few years back. I was asked to hunt a moose for an elders 95th birthday celebration. The family had funds to give me $500 towards gas and supplies but since I was already planning a wolf hunt I said 20 gallons of gas would be enough. I picked up 10 more gallons on my own plus grub etc. I looked around the Richardsonís all day in areas known to hold 10-12 moose but not a moose to be found until a last hope creek was checked. I was lucky and there was a single old cow there. I got it and was happy to give it to the family who then offered me some cash. I didnít take it. The next two trips to the gut pile resulted in two big male wolverine shot right at the site, a near miss on a third wolverine I tracked away from the creek and a monster old female wolf tracked from the gut pile. Good deeds and generosity always come back to you in one way or the other.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 08:38 PM

I used to have deals set up with a lot of people. 1 guy used to give me 2 boxes of shells every spring for 20 geese and 3 swans. Some elders who have passed used to fund a whole trip and Iíd give them everything I got on the trip. Some would skin 100 rats in exchange for 2 whole beavers. I knew all the elders favorites and would try to make sure they had what they wanted most. Most of my elder friends have passed on but I still have a few here with us. Sharing like this has always been an honour for me and gives me a feeling of satisfaction and pride like nothing else. Iím teaching my kids the same way I was taught.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 08:46 PM

3 wives,lol.That just reminded me of the old movie "Little Big Man".Guess the history wasn't far off.
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/19 10:44 PM

Originally Posted by Wolverine Hunter
.I always thought that if I was born a couple/three centuries ago - I would have been the guy in the settlement that provided meat to everybody. Cool to think there are still places where people do that.


No reason you can't do that today, WH. Just have to be more successful.
mt
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/06/19 03:31 AM

Ryan - just love your three posts above. Very, very cool life you have. What I wouldn't give to come hang out with you for a stretch, and just help, and observe...

Martentrapper - in Homer, Alaska? Things are pretty restrictive around here. I can kill lots of bear to hand out, and that is about it! But I suppose I could go up north and get a couple moose and caribou and divvy it out. Yeah - I could do that.

I DO do this quite a bit with fish around here. Just not enough to really satisfy me.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/12/19 11:23 PM

I got to get all dressed up for one of my best friends wedding this past Saturday. Checked all traps the day before all for one mink. The morning after the wedding I headed back to the line and pulled some sets and set a few more. I ended up picking up wolverine #4 that day. Thought Iíd share a couple pics of me and Morgan

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/13/19 06:02 AM

MorgAn caught her second lynx. White toes to boot. Double snare pen that I set one side of and she did the other side. Her side caught.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/13/19 04:40 PM

Wolverine # 4 hey? I finally got wolverine #1 but the wolf beat me to it. Only the head left for $50.00. Tiny little feeler to boot.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/13/19 04:41 PM

No King of the swamp hoodie for the Big muskrat this year.
Posted By: Northof50

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/15/19 05:22 AM

Hey Muskrat 411 got to see you Crime scene clip on Wolverine and I was the 22 viewer. What kind of 22 gun did I win ?
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/15/19 06:21 AM

I have a couple oldsingle shots that General Store had on sale after a break in damaged them
Posted By: Northof50

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/15/19 01:49 PM

How long did you have to pretend you were filming when that dear lady was shovelling off the roof ?
Those single shot make for better shooters in kids learning....... the lead wall does not always get on the target with semi's
they are easy to drill out to shoot 22 mags as well....
That was annoying about the loss of a good saddle backed wolverine, looks like there is still some trim left on it for garments.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/15/19 09:14 PM

Hauling a load out to the camp today then all 5 of us will go out for a few days starting Monday. Looking forward to spending some family time at my camp. I plan to do some rat trapping maybe set a few beaver traps. Still have a few lynx traps out but Marten and wolverine are not targets anymore. Marten gear has been snapped since late February. Hopefully the wolves made their rounds or will make their rounds when out there.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/19 12:52 AM

I left town last night and got nearly half way to my camp when I heared a loud bang from the right side of my machine. Something in the gearbox. I found that I could crawl along but once I hit about 38 km/h the banging would start again. I left my loaded sled at a friends nearby cabin and made it home slowly but surely. Fresh wolverine tracks on my 3 hours old trail coming to town. Iím just about ready to try again, with the bearcat this time. A little louder and smokier but Iím not picky.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/19 12:53 AM

Family trip is still going to work too. Lots of picture to come.
Posted By: mad_mike

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/19 02:02 AM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
I left town last night and got nearly half way to my camp when I heared a loud bang from the right side of my machine. Something in the gearbox. I found that I could crawl along but once I hit about 38 km/h the banging would start again. I left my loaded sled at a friends nearby cabin and made it home slowly but surely. Fresh wolverine tracks on my 3 hours old trail coming to town. Iím just about ready to try again, with the bearcat this time. A little louder and smokier but Iím not picky.


Nice to have more than one machine, eh?
Posted By: Osky

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/19 12:26 PM

Terrific picture of you sitting with your daughter Ryan. Your next lesson for her can be to straighten daddy's tie those few times in life he wears one.
Can you tell I'm simply jealous that you have a daughter and I do not?

Osky
Posted By: bobsheedy

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/19 04:40 PM

Originally Posted by Osky
Terrific picture of you sitting with your daughter Ryan. Your next lesson for her can be to straighten daddy's tie those few times in life he wears one.
Can you tell I'm simply jealous that you have a daughter and I do not? Osky


Great picture.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/18/19 04:54 PM

North of 50 she liked it up there. I took over for a while then we went and had supper. Then it was dripping a bit so she went back up and finished it off by headlamp.

Ryan I had to pull most of my traps. The mountain creeks started flowing. Even had a report of bear tracks in the lakes between Polish and Hudson Bay.
I hated to because the wolves were really causing havoc ate another lynx on me. But the snow over the blind sets thawed then turned to ice. The wolves werrr stepping on them and taking my bait. One huge wolf track and a couple smaller ones. Did not want to snare as they would tear the poor snared bugger to bits. So next year is another year. I have about 5 traps that I still have to pull.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/18/19 04:56 PM

I really got stuck in water yo below my camp had to phone for Samuel to help me get out. After I phoned I got stuck in a drift on top the mountains. By the time I finally got out I could see Samuelson light coming up the seismic line.
Once there was two of us we just pulled my Tindra out by hand.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/25/19 08:10 PM

Originally Posted by mad_mike
Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
I left town last night and got nearly half way to my camp when I heared a loud bang from the right side of my machine. Something in the gearbox. I found that I could crawl along but once I hit about 38 km/h the banging would start again. I left my loaded sled at a friends nearby cabin and made it home slowly but surely. Fresh wolverine tracks on my 3 hours old trail coming to town. Iím just about ready to try again, with the bearcat this time. A little louder and smokier but Iím not picky.


Nice to have more than one machine, eh?
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It is when the backup machine stays healthy. I lost 2 wheels on the bearcat when we were out at camp Every rat house I checked was open but the muskies arenít coming up to feed. The few I caught were very healthy and plump though. Still picking up a few lynx too. Busy with catching up on skinning mostly. Iím going to clean my shotguns today after I stretch the 8 lynx on the floor. My one fox this year. Iím going to try get a few more next year. Already got my plans for next season. I learned a few good lessons this season and itís not done yet. I kept a few good spots set for lynx so I have something to look at during cleaning up trips. Depending on the weather Iíll think about carrying something bigger than a 22 magnum soon.

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/25/19 08:29 PM

I found a lake with 9 pushups on it when I went to cut wood yesterday. It was a beautiful site.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/25/19 08:40 PM

3 big ones. . I have to start skinning a few for taxidermy. Every trapping season produces a few exceptional lynx and I just donít like cutting the feet off of those ones. Anybody see a big difference in price for taxidermy skinned compared to being skinned for the trim market?
I havenít really noticed a huge difference.

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/25/19 10:10 PM

How about skinning them for taxidermy then selling to tourist in the summer? that time Edward sold my big lynx skinned for taxidermy to a doctor or something for $300.00.

I finally caught a lynx in a tree cubby but the wolf ate it on me.

Is that the lynx slayer on the bottom? should get it coated with lynx pelt like Troy Landries gun coated with alligator hide. Maybe some caribou antler in lay.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:04 PM

Few pics

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:09 PM

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:11 PM

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:14 PM

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:15 PM

Work hard and play hard

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:17 PM

Bobbyís been holding his gun left handed so far.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/26/19 07:20 PM

Night time movie time. I skinned 16 lynx out there. We all had a fun relaxing time and the kids learned a little more.

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Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/27/19 02:07 AM

Great to see the kids out and about!
Posted By: grisseldog

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/29/19 01:36 AM

Thatís what itís all abt right there
Spending time with your kids and them learning abt the outdoors.
Congratulations
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/05/19 05:53 AM

My familiar view. April to me means skin as many as you can each day so you can have time to hunt later on. I just have to hook up my ps4 and Iíll be watching Netflix while I skin. Nice big Tom in the picture is first up today. Itís the extra pale monster from a picture last month. 28 pounds. The year I weighed a bunch for a tech report seen the heaviest at 34 pounds. He was shot though so he was at full weight. Good thing I enjoy skinning fur or April would be a big chore.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/05/19 05:54 AM

Five to do today then skin feet and flesh a wolverine if I have time. Little update on Morganís luck, she picked up a hip rubbed red fox that the crows found just ahead of us when we pulled out the short line I run with my kids. I had seen the fox all winter on a grassy lake I walk to never thinking my daughter would catch it. Hip rubbed and crow pecked but darnit if itís not going to be a prized wallhanger in my fur shack. Iím going to let her set more next year and start her earlier in the season too. Sheís been out trapping since she was one year old. Iím sure all trapping dads know the feeling. Bobby is not far behind and next season will be a big learning year for him.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/05/19 06:27 AM

Morgan waiting for freeze up at the camp in 2011.

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/05/19 07:38 AM

Thanks for sharing your adventures this year! With the kitties I get mine tanned and sell them for $300, plenty of markets out there to make a little more money then what they brought at auction the past few years.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/07/19 08:55 PM

I enjoy sharing my adventures. I just did a lynx last night for taxidermy. Complete without making a single hole, cut or tear. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/07/19 08:59 PM

Iíve got lynx in all stages right now. The taxi skinned lynx is leaning against the door. Pic of the skinned out feet.

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Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/07/19 09:04 PM

Nice job on the foot.You can dry them fur out(lynx only not wolf) when you clean them like that by stuffing the foot full of saw dust or cob grit.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/24/19 01:28 AM

My favourite animal to skin. Canít ask for better weather or scenery while you work. I helped my cousin Freddy find this bear on Saturday.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/24/19 01:30 AM

I brought my boy to se the bear on Sunday.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/24/19 01:32 AM

Seen 5 lynx crossing the river on the way home last night.

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Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/24/19 01:48 AM

Nice! Your boy looks happy, too.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/24/19 03:49 AM

Bear looks fat.
Lots of people looking for bear fat here.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/29/19 08:36 PM

I made a trip out to the camps last night. Hauled a few things to geese camp then continued on to the trapping camp to pick up mattresses etc for geese camp. I was seeing some bear tracks here and there but it was the ones closest to my cabin that got my full attention. Not huge or anything but they were investigating every old set and trail as they got closer to my house. I rounded the last trail to my home away from home and could already see a few things scattered in the front yard. I pulled my gun and put one in the chamber. As I pulled into the yard I seen two things. The bottom wire of the bear fence was broken but the doors and windows were intact. I didnít even slowdown as I passed the cabin and hit the lake where I immediately spotted a bear at the far end. I tried to cut it off before it hit the trees but really had no chance otherwise I mightíve shot the young male as I figure heís the one getting a little bolder around my trapline these past two years. I quickly grabbed what I needed from the cabin and ran it downriver before heading to town. I stopped for coffee at a friends camp on the way out and they had seen a couple geese earlier in the day. I messaged a different buddy and he also seen a few further up the Mackenzie river while hauling gravel. Glad to say the last 4 lynx are thawed and ready to skin. I seen another set of tracks last night that I will go and look for when I get my next chance. I left him 15 lynx carcasses to keep him close. Spring is the best. Shhhhhhh! Donít tell September I said that.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/30/19 06:06 AM

Some pics from geese camp 2019

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/30/19 06:15 AM

More

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/30/19 06:19 AM

My beautiful daughter and then a couple from rat hunting and evening geese hunts towards the coast

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/30/19 06:23 AM

Couple more before I start stretching rats

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/30/19 06:33 AM

Couple more. Group shot of when camp was full. Mom and dad. Looking out the old window. That door was on my dads old camp that I grew up hunting geese at. I took it when I built my place.

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/30/19 04:37 PM

I had my dads old door on my camp too but the grizzly bear did not like it. Door still works but the glass is gone.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/31/19 03:40 AM

Ryan what a special time for the family to get together for a goose hunting trip ! A while ago I seen a flock of Canadian geese fly over as they were heading to a stubble field and I thought of you ha ha
I can't get over how your kids have grown so much I can tell that your one very proud Dad keep up the good work building memories for everyone. Have you got any banded birds ?
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/31/19 06:58 PM

Hi Allen. Our geese hunt really is a trip to look forward to each spring. I didnít get any banded birds this year but I have about 60 or so bands in the warehouses and cabins. Weíve shot banded swans before too. Snow geese and swans sometimes have big plastic bands on their neck too. The snow goose neck bands are black so Iím always watching when the snows are coming in for landing.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/01/19 05:23 AM

Great pics! That looks like a monster sheep on the wall there. Must be well over 40".
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/01/19 11:02 AM

41x41 smalltime trapper. Got it in 2016. Glad you like the pictures. Thanks.
Posted By: AK TRAPR

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/01/19 02:16 PM

Yes that is a dandy of a ram thanks for sharing the pics
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/01/19 09:21 PM

Great pics.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/07/19 07:55 AM

Iíve been looking at geese hunting pictures and videos steady this past week wishing I could go back to these conditions even for a day or two. I think that what makes certain times of year so special is that limited window where things are just perfect. At some point in February I know my trapping season is coming to an end and depending on how the year went I kind of look forward to hanging the traps and calling it a season. Thatís not the case with spring geese hunting. I wish I could do this every day. So anyways I found this picture on my sisters FB showing what I consider near perfection in my hunting year. Heading to the blinds for the day with me and Bobby pulling my brother in law Raymond along with Morgan Reese Rylan and Kullen.

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Posted By: trapper les

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/08/19 01:47 PM

I like the pic of the muskrats myself. That's a nice batch of rats, slightly different colored on the bellies than what we have here though.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/08/19 07:33 PM

Couple more for you les

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Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/08/19 09:56 PM

Thanks Ryan . Tell us about your 22.
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/09/19 12:24 AM

I think the bellies are paler, but not sure, lol. The rats are a lighter color for sure.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/09/19 01:56 AM

Les- The pic of 22 rats above was my first short evening hunt. Those were heavy skinned and only two had small bites. The next trip I got more but they were already fighting in the two days between those trips. Some are still wet in the pics but a good brushing and a sharp snap of the finished pelt gets them clean. They do have pale bellies. It seems different parts of the delta have variations on color. I was hunting clear wAter systems for all the rats in the pictures that might have something to do with the bellies. I was happy to get a couple hunts in but I wouldíve liked a few more all nighters to really get a pile of rats. Too bad spring turned to summer so quickly again.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/09/19 02:14 AM

My dad bought the 22 in 1982 as part of a deal at S.I.R long before Cabelaís bought them out. I was born the year later. Itís a Remington 572 field master and the other gun was a model 870 sportsman with 30Ē barrel. Iíve been shooting it all my life and without a doubt itís killed at least triple the number of animals of all my other guns combined mostly big number trips like rats and bunnies but itís also killed 35-40 wolves and half that number of wolverine. Iíve used it on everything here Up to caribou. Itís not going to win any awards for its looks but itíll pick off anything in range in the right hands. I grew up with unlimited 22 ammo so I shot it a lot. You have to tilt your right wrist just a little for the sights to line up just right.
Posted By: trapper les

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/09/19 03:43 AM

Interesting. In 1977 when I was 14 I bought a Ruger 10/22. I put thousands of rounds through it. It doesn't seem to be quite as accurate as it was when I was a kid, on the other hand, I might not be as steady either. I know I cant see as well, but it is scoped. I'm not gonna say I've shot a beaver or a rat with it, as that's not legal here, lol.

I've head shot a pile of hares and grouse with it though.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/11/19 02:14 AM

Good pictures thanks.I got a Mod 572 not long ago at a pawn place.Sure do like it and it looks like new but it does not have the Monte Carlo stock so it is a older one that was a "safe queen "Enjoy the youngins !
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/12/19 09:06 AM

Hereís old faithful. Thousands of squirrels, fox, geese, grouse, lynx , mice, flies, everything we have here. Not kidding about the flies.

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/12/19 04:19 PM

I have the same 22. But mine the back sight fell off. But for overall shape mine has spent way less time on the side of a snowmobile chasing wolfs. The lack of a back sight did not hinder the youngsters from nailing beavers in the head this spring. Got a black duck in flight with it last year also, the pump is so fast it can almost be used like a shot gun.
Posted By: Northof50

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/13/19 01:46 AM

Shot gun with a 22.....you mean you can put up a wall of lead with it.
Sure miss those SIR days. They moved a lot of fur in their time, buying and selling.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/17/19 04:00 AM

Not a safe queen ! If it could talk -------- thanks
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/26/19 05:42 AM

Couple pics from work

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/26/19 05:48 AM

Some beauties from a weekend caribou hunt to the coast. Nobody has
Been getting caribou since ice moved. My grandpa phoned one day and said he and my grandma were right out of meat so I have it a long shot and lucked out on 3 after a nine hour boat ride.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/26/19 05:51 AM

6 hour pack

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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/27/19 03:32 PM

Thanks again for the ride along Ryan it's been a long time since I've been far enough north to see ice on a lake or anywhere else for that matter. Those are some spectacular pictures and what a pile of drift wood, I've seen where people use it for lawn ornaments and for crafts where others use it for firewood.
Has the berry season started yet ? Our goose berries should be about ready to pick but our chokecherry and buffalo berries aren't going to be ready to pick for nearly a month or so.
I hope you and your's have a great summer and Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/28/19 06:47 AM

Cloud Berries and blueberries are usually ready by first week of August but it could be early this year. Cranberries are ready in September. The picture of the ice with two seals was taken in the very last of the ocean ice in shingle point harbour on the Arctic Ocean. There is drift wood piled up for miles in some places.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 06/28/19 12:15 PM

Thanks for clarification I though those were seals I just wasn't sure that's a good sized whale too.
I was at one of the local lakes there were two pairs of Canadian geese with a big bunch of gosslings out eating grass and what ever they can find. I thought of jerky later this season .
Posted By: Larry Baer

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/10/19 09:42 PM

Thanks for the pictures. I see a lot of work but a good life. Those rats were nice and fat.

Is the driftwood your firewood?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/11/19 03:17 AM

Hi Larry. We burn driftwood on the coast but our main firewood in the delta is dead standing spruce. Lots of work is right. If I didnít work hard I wouldnít really enjoy the odd bit of down time. Doesnít feel right relaxing unless my work is done.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/31/19 03:36 AM

One of Bobby Ryans last projects in junior kindergarten this spring was to draw something that he loves to do. Thatís me and him in a boat hunting geese at Mackenzie river. My boy sure makes me proud.

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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/31/19 04:19 AM

That's the sweetest thing I've seen in quite some time I'd say that young man needs his own short reed goose call so he can get practiced up in time for the next goose hunting trip !
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/05/19 01:14 AM

Couple from work last week.

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/05/19 01:17 AM

Couple more showing the start of fall weather. The last one was taken when the street light came on for the first time in about 3 months.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/10/19 04:29 PM

Been up since 7 am. Me and my son Bobby Ryan were supposed to head to the coast this morning but itís been raining all night. Cold weather. I let him go back to sleep for now. Weather check at noon. Make a call by early afternoon but forecast doesnít look great. coffee and cold fall air is pretty nice boys. Made in through July again white17. I share your dislike for summer but we made it.
Posted By: Northof50

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/12/19 10:21 PM

That ice break up does not look good especially when you see multi-year ice melting.
So are those Belugias on the edges of the flow ? my laptop cant enlarge features.
Any snow goose movement and how was the yearling hatch in your region and to the west in Alaska ?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/15/19 04:24 PM

No belugas in the pictures. Once we hit highly populated areas were stuck with our head through the bubble window so pretty hard to get pics. Some bowhead pictures wouldíve been nice. The snow geese nest in the far north so I wonít know much until they start south.
Thereís one beluga in this pic. Just left of the floating ice pan

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/15/19 04:26 PM

Me and sonny made it out hunting. Got enough caribou to give the family a few pieces each for now.

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Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/29/19 03:45 PM

My son at cranberry hill after our caribou hunt. His first caribou hunt with me and I can tell he loves it all. Heís really just like I was when I was his age. He asked about five times to try crossing the 4Ē deep creek where we skinned caribou before I finally let him. I warned him about getting wet every time he asked. After we changed him to some dry clothes he was right back at it. Just a little more carefully. I also took my oldest daughter Morgan to geese camp last weekend. We explored on foot, and picked up some gear we left last spring. Lots of nice scenery this time of year

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/29/19 03:49 PM

We found the shovel that sunk last spring.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/29/19 03:59 PM

Ammo to last me awhile.

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/29/19 08:17 PM

One time I sunk my chisel in Island Lake. This was before Yukon Men so I did not know to make my boys strip down and dive in after it so we can survive the winter.
After Island Lake cut out and drained into the Peel, Samuel went in and found it. Changed the stick and good as new. He still uses it.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/29/19 08:30 PM

I bought grey paint Cloud Berry Hill for my camp? Did not want to scare caribou so I went with grey.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/12/19 01:21 AM

First moose of the season. Shot him last night

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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/12/19 03:00 AM

Nice looking moose Ryan that should be some darn good eating !
Posted By: Bushman

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/18/19 03:46 AM

That moose is a beast
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/21/19 04:29 AM

Got this 3 year old bull on the 15th. Seen 2 bulls 2 cows and a calf earlier that evening but after calling to them and only getting two grunts out of the bigger bull they all turned and fled the country for some reason. We had some cold weather early and then close to two weeks of Indian summer so the timing of the rut is off. Seems like some bulls were ahead of others. Different for sure. We had seen tracks between 2 grassy lakes earlier in the afternoon and decided that our best bet was to start for home and hope the bull that made the tracks was still close by. Just before last daylight I spotted paddles in the bush. There ended up being two bulls there. Walking along the trail watching for a chance through the thick brush was fun. The bigger bull gave me a head on shooting chance but he looked too greasy/smelly and mean so I passed. Didnít see this guy until I spotted it making a break for the thick creek. Luckily there was a clearing and just before it disappeared I swung low and ahead and good old 270 took him cleanly just behind and below the ear at about 150 yards. A good clean shot that Hit with a loud SMACK and dropped him stone dead. Done with moose until the temperature gets to freezing unless someone needs a spotter/shooter/skinner/gutter/cutter/packer/loader/joker/helper who brings his own lunch and smokes.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/21/19 04:51 AM

A few more pictures from moose hunting. My youngest baby Charlotte is two and sheís the happiest little girl to tag along with the big kids now. Uncle Steve enjoying retirement in his Argo. My first trips out in it and man Iíve never seen anything like it for moose hunting. Sure can get into some remote places. Takes moose hunting to a different level for sure. Still love going out boating in the swamps though. Nothing wrong with a bicycle too for the dedicated mooser. I wouldíve hauled meat to the truck in one of those pull behind carts for kids if I got a moose with the bike.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/21/19 04:58 AM

The Pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow mightíve been moose or a pot oísoup instead. Morgan went berry picking with her class and outpicked the adults.

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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/21/19 12:56 PM

Awful nice pictures and story there's some good eating for sure there now ! Our berry crop was good this year to thanks for sharing with us !

Allan
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/23/19 02:50 AM

Thanks Ryan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/18/19 02:47 AM

Howdy. Looking forward to the upcoming trapping season. A few pictures to share from recent work and taking the kids out.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/18/19 02:59 AM

Couple more. One of the bigger dolly varden char Iíve ever held. The caribou and moose were both seen during work hours. Thereís hundreds of land slumps around like the one in the picture. The one shown is average size.

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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/18/19 12:07 PM

Ryan one thing's for sure you live and work in some great looking country we have sink holes and slump land also that keeps things interesting. Those kids are sure getting big thanks for sharing with us.
Allan
Posted By: 316

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/19/19 12:43 PM

I really like your posts and pictures especially those of your kids. But I sure hope you figure out how to straighten them out. My neck is getting sore trying to view them. Thanks for the insight on the North and those that live there.
Posted By: west river rogue

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/30/19 10:24 PM

Ryan ,
I really enjoy reading your post. What were you getting on wolves? Cute kids by the way...steve
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/05/19 08:58 PM

So thankful for fresh caribou!!

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/05/19 10:35 PM

Originally Posted by west river rogue
Ryan ,
I really enjoy reading your post. What were you getting on wolves? Cute kids by the way...steve


950 minimum when done properly. Thatís including the biological samples for the govt.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/06/19 02:39 AM

That is a awesome hull! Lots of good eats for the family!
Posted By: west river rogue

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/09/19 10:00 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Originally Posted by west river rogue
Ryan ,
I really enjoy reading your post. What were you getting on wolves? Cute kids by the way...steve


950 minimum when done properly. Thatís including the biological samples for the govt.

very nice!!!!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/19/19 06:38 PM

Hot sunny day here in the north. &#128521;

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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/19/19 07:19 PM

Be careful Ryan so you don't get a sun burn ha ha enjoy your time in the sun without any snow.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/24/19 12:57 AM

Long ways from the Arctic Ocean. Ten days of sunshine is coming to an end. I enjoyed myself but Iím sure looking forward to getting home. I felt like one ant amongst millions here. I could never live here but it was a nice visit for sure. Canít wait to get home now. Iím chomping at the bit to get started trapping.

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Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/24/19 01:30 AM

Get busy!
Posted By: Bushwhack Jack

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/24/19 03:09 AM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Howdy. Looking forward to the upcoming trapping season. A few pictures to share from recent work and taking the kids out.


Nice sea-run anadromous Dolly Varden.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/25/19 04:59 PM

Took the boy to cabelas yesterday. Now weíre sitting in the plane ready for the last flight of our journey. Thanks to my buddy James for watching the traps but Iím checking them myself today. Canít wait.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/25/19 05:00 PM

Beauty. One of many nice mounts at cabelas in Edmonton

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Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/25/19 07:21 PM

You think Ted Moon did that one? Probably come from Red Mountain?
Posted By: crosspatch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/26/19 12:21 AM

Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack
Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Howdy. Looking forward to the upcoming trapping season. A few pictures to share from recent work and taking the kids out.


Nice sea-run anadromous Dolly Varden.


We'd call that a char around here - Ryan what is it?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/26/19 11:27 AM

Youíre both right. Itís a Sea run anadromous dolly varden char. We just call them char. Nice big silver phase in the picture.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/26/19 08:36 PM

I'd just call it lunch.
Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/26/19 09:44 PM

Amen Boco.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/02/19 08:59 AM

It would be a great lunch.
It takes about 8.5-9 hours of jet and skidoo travel from LAX to my cabin. Temperature difference of 54 degrees. +34 there and -20 when I got back to the north. Sure enjoyed my peace and quiet setting a few traps, fishing and hauling wood at the cabin a couple days ago. Spent 2.5 days out there. Now Iím just home from a day trip caribou hunt down the Dempster. Seen about 1500 bou today. My buddy Greg finally got out hunting and got himself a couple caribou. I hunted for my grandparents and my parents. Just going to start skinning in the warehouse and have some nice clean meat ready for my grandpa to pick up tomorrow via the ice road from Aklavik. Still getting a few foxes but Iím about to start on lynx. Got my first 2 couple days back in traps just set the night before so itís looking good. Last thing before I get skinning (ahem, cough, cough...deep breath) on our way home before a single set of fresh wolf tracks hit the road. Smoking fresh because itís been snowing all day. Long story short I spotted the wolf step off the road and floored the 350 over there. Jumped out and grabbed the magnum then walked a couple steps off the road Greg shined his flashlight and the pale grey was right there. Maybe 75 feet away from me. I cycled the bolt and took careful aim and gently squeeeeezed and click. Nobullets. Afterwards I walked a ways out behind it through thin timber with 243 and spotted it briefly twice. No second chance on that wolf though. Through knee deep wet snow I did the walk of shame back to the truck. Wouldíve been a nice bonus but you know what? Iím pretty sure Iíll see another one sometime.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/21/19 07:00 AM

My slow so far season just got a boost today. I had a couple mb750 set at a carcass pile at the very end of my poor marten line and pulled up to this nice surprise. Reset this spot and added the one snare I had with me. Got a couple nice lines to look at out at my cabin so Iíll be expanding those over the coming weeks. I can keep yapping but Iíve got some salmon heads to sample while wolfs feet and face are thawing. I had him by one toe.

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/21/19 07:16 AM

That looks like a toad! Congrats! And I hope things pick up for you!
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/21/19 08:32 PM

Seen two moose on Napoik heading towards your country. They were clipping along. Did not see anything chasing them though.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/19 07:56 PM

One of my favourite gifts.

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/19 08:03 PM

That is awesome!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/19 10:43 PM

Darn right I'll agree with that ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/19 07:26 AM

Fox double this evening close to home.

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/19 08:29 AM

Sweet! That one has a big fluffy tail!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/19 09:40 AM

NIce and bushy right now HFT. I like these cross fox with red frosted hair. One year I caught one at my camp that was like a silver but with really cherry red tips on the hair. One I still wish I kept for myself. Luckily it sold well. That was 2011. I caught a marten before too. Surprised me to see one caught. Itís been slow with marten for me and I only keep the boxes set because itís on the way to the carcass pile where I keep a few wolf sets going. Iíll be heading to my camp to spend a couple days probably by Saturday. Work hard and finish the last section of the big loop and fill in the small loop. Once all my main places are set I will have time to look into some new places and have some fun. Got the marten thawing in my makeshift lab.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/07/20 05:49 AM

Morgan Sophia getting her own snares ready. Weíre finally going to have time to set up our favourite close to town spot after I check the camp tomorrow. Sheís making 1/16 1x19 with camlocks and we will add some haywire for attaching. Easy and quick set up

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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/07/20 07:24 AM

That is awesome to see! I hope she connects with a few!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/08/20 06:47 AM

Go get'em!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/11/20 06:01 AM

Nice couple days out.

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Posted By: waggler

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/11/20 03:29 PM

Ryan,
I love looking at your pictures, but I really don't like having to turn my computer on its's end to see them.
Is there anyway you can flip them right side up?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/12/20 01:29 AM

Thanks waggler. If anybody knows how I can post pictures right side up please share the directions. I know with my phone I can click on the picture and a small rotation button pops up to turn them for viewing.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/12/20 01:30 AM

But that just turns then fit a single viewing. Itís not a permanent fix
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/17/20 03:07 AM

I finished my official first day back at work today. Did snow depth and density surveys all day. Lots of lynx and fox sign out by the survey plots and we seen a fat young cow moose. Sweet and sour rubs for supper and now Iím relaxing with a cup of java. Next task is to take Morgan to check her lynx snares then I get to go check a few wolf sets out at my lynx and fox carcass pile. Wolves havenít been back lately but the giant wolverine has taken over the site again. Thereís about 8 snares, 2 blind 750s on well used trails and two 750s right close to the carcasses. Hoping to pick up a big fur bearer today but extra hoping my girl connects on a fluffy lynx or even a fox.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/27/20 10:00 PM

Picture from my buddy Jordan. Heís doing good with wolves by checking on the caribou herd. He got 4 on this day including the biggest heís gotten So far. Itís probably going to take awhile to get one bigger than this monster.

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Posted By: white dog

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/28/20 12:44 AM

Great posts as usual. Well done teaching your kids.
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/28/20 06:20 AM

Wow, that looks huge! did he weigh it?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/28/20 07:28 AM

I donít think he weighed it but I sure agree that itís huge. It was with a pack of 9-10 that my friend ran into. He was able to get 4.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/28/20 08:39 AM

That is a toad!
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/28/20 04:36 PM

Thats a big one!
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/30/20 04:59 AM

They will be replaced by their kin and you will be rewarded with a nice fur check .Life goes on ! Thanks for the ride .
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/01/20 07:17 AM

Sold a bunch today to cover rent. Just little Charlotte was home while the older kids were in school. She grabbed a brush and went to work on her own. [Linked Image]

Proud dad to have all the kids used to fur at a young age. Itíll be fun to head for the camp with partners in the future.
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Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/01/20 01:58 PM

Great pictures Ryan that's some well handled fur and priceless picture of Charlotte helping out !

How's Morgan's snare line treating her well I hope .
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/01/20 06:35 PM

Morganís snares have caught one bunny. Usually we pick up 2-3 lynx every two days from that little gold mine but so far no lynx. We will check them in an hour or so then Iíll get ready to head for the camp until tomorrow
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/02/20 08:49 PM

Good looking lot of fur there! Nice to see the involvement of your youngsters in all aspects of trapping! You are doing it right!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/05/20 07:10 AM

Awesome to see the kid brushing fur!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/20 03:08 AM

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Few pics from the past week
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/20 03:16 AM

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Remember this little man from page 1?

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Heís about ready to try for a goose this spring. Lost his first tooth last week.
Posted By: tucker13

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/20 04:13 AM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
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Remember this little man from page 1?

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He&#146;s about ready to try for a goose this spring. Lost his first tooth last week.


And still smiling your kids always seem so happy, its nice to see.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/20 04:31 AM

Took a second to see those lynx playing peek a boo smile
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/20 05:09 AM

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Thanks tucker. I try to keep my kids happy and learning every day. HFT- hereís another lynx picture.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/11/20 06:14 AM

I see it smile
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 02:38 AM

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Morgan checked her snares many times with no luck and not even tracks. She still fixed her trail and snare every time.
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Patience paid off for my daughter! big silky male!

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I managed to catch one on the same trail.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 02:59 AM

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Morganís write up for a part of her heritage fair project. Proud dad over here.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 03:02 AM

Good looking kitties! Congrats! You have every right to be proud of that girl! Good job at being a father!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 06:37 AM

Way to go Morgan!
Posted By: trappin moose

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 02:54 PM

Right on Ryan!! That is a very well written letter. You have lots to be proud of there! Thank you for sharing.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 05:24 PM

Great parenting Ryan, you have a lot to be proud of!
Posted By: tucker13

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 02/21/20 09:43 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
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Morgan&#146;s write up for a part of her heritage fair project. Proud dad over here.

I give it a A+ congrats to Morgan and you and family
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/03/20 02:28 AM

Thanks fellers. She took second place.

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Fluff ball.

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A proven location for me. Many lynx and a few wolverine from this place
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Beauties
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Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/03/20 04:50 AM

Not much scraping on that one-nice cats.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/03/20 05:18 AM

Was that first hanging lynx in a tip up?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/03/20 05:37 AM

No tip up. Hanging off my cabin.
Posted By: cjcocn

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/03/20 02:56 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
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Morganís write up for a part of her heritage fair project. Proud dad over here.


Great writing for 9 years old and also a great understanding and perspective shown as well.

It seems obvious that she has a good mind and great family circle.

It was a pleasure to read her letter and thanks for posting it up.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/03/20 05:45 PM

Good work Ryan and love the letter. Bringing them up right. Keep it up.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/05/20 04:58 PM

thanks guys. Good to hear encouraging words especially right now, it helps. Morgan caught her second lynx of the year yesterday. Another big male fluff ball in a snare. She almost had a double but her other snare was an inch or two too high. Ahhh shucks! We were happy though for her catch and nothing makes me more happy than seeing her big smile when she see the snare stick missing. Lynx activity has really picked up like it always does in march. Now Ill just be keeping an eye on the top of the lynx shoulders. Once the hair starts slipping there its time to call it a season. My son is also enjoying checking his sisters snares and hes looking forward to getting started too.

My kids are my world. The reason I get up and face the day each morning. Id do anything for them.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/06/20 08:26 PM

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My Grandpa Freddie at about 12 years old. Homemade clothes from head to toe. Him and his Dad always had matching clothes.

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I still trap the same lakes. My Grandpa had to put all his lessons to use shortly after at a young age when he had to take care of the family by hunting, trapping, fishing, hauling wood and everything else the man of the house has to do. He would paddle to the wood hauling place every morning in the fall at age 13 to stockpile for winter and load enough to last at home for the night then hunt rabbits as he paddled the several miles home. He had to follow dog team trails to find the caribou hunting grounds on his own at age 13-14 occasionally getting lost but "The dogs always knew where they were" and they brought him home more than once in whiteout conditions . Lots of tough lessons but he would go on to become one of the very best caribou hunters in Aklavik. The man who would go and find the caribou first and let the others know. Im lucky to have learned and continue to learn so much from him. Im thankful every day for the teaching style he used with me too. Tough but patient never answering my million questions with a simple "because" but rather taking the time to make sure I understood. One lesson ill share today happened when I was 11 years old. I shot a caribou in the back, paralyzing its back legs. He watched as I walked over to shoot it again and as I loaded my 30-30 he said "WAIT!" as he pulled his trusty old hickory, file sharpened knife from his belt. He took my gun, handed me his knife and told me what to do. I did what I was told and had the biggest shot of adrenaline ive ever had up to that point of my life. With shaking legs I asked why he made me finish the caribou off like that because that was pretty intense and a bit scary. His answer was "Then don't shoot them in the back anymore!!" Better go and have a visit soon.


Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/06/20 09:37 PM

Taking Morgan Sophia to the big line this weekend for the first time. She managed the 3 hours outside at -34c just fine yesterday so shes ready....and very excited. So am I.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/07/20 05:20 AM

Ryan wonderful pictures as always what a great paper Morgan did for school and I'm jealous of her catching lynx and then getting to go you're main trap line . You just can't make much better memories than that for your family .
Enjoy your weekend and Stay Safe out there !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/10/20 07:28 PM

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A lynx close to town

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Marten catch earlier this winter

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Morgans first heartbreak on the trapline this past weekend.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/10/20 10:37 PM

Nice catch for her! Love the story smile Sorry to hear about the loss, was it a kitty or a wolverine?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/10/20 10:59 PM

3rd wolverine that tore up a spot and pulled out this year!! Story of my season. That one was just behind my cabin down the trail to the lake.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/10/20 11:03 PM

OUCH! That would be heart breaking!
Posted By: Metis toboggan

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/10/20 11:19 PM

What kinda trap did it pull out of ?
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 12:02 AM

Was that one of those sanctioned legholds?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 02:52 AM

Originally Posted by Metis toboggan
What kinda trap did it pull out of ?


Two pulled out of #3 Oneida victor and one pulled out of mb750
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 02:53 AM

Originally Posted by smalltimetrapper
Was that one of those sanctioned legholds?


Yup. Approved for lynx. Thatís probably why the wolverine got out. On a technicality
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 03:01 AM

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One of the other times.
Posted By: Metis toboggan

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 04:05 AM

Maybe put a shock spring or 2 on your chain. i always pull those junky one's that come with the #3's off and add an inline JC Connor wolf spring. I find it helps lots.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 02:15 PM

Ryan are those #3s the 4 coil spring models or the lighter ones with 2 coils? My son had a wolverine pull out of one this year too and it had 4 springs.

That letter is awesome!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 03:07 PM

Metis- all my #3 traps have 1/8 cable but if I switch to chain ill give those springs a try.
Y254-I have the 2 spring model. Ive never had wolverine pull out of them before this year. Could be weakened or maybe just bad luck. I think warm weather helped him get out too. Normally the cold would help keep his foot in there. We've been getting lots of snow and drifting so its possible the traps were slow and didn't get a solid catch. Either way its like Morgan told me at the camp after she got tired of hearing me complaining about the loss. "Ahhhhhh you'll live without it"
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 03:30 PM

Ha ha thats true you will live without those gulo! Smart kids you got. I think down here we are not supposed to set those traps specifically for wolverine but they are certified for lynx so kinda hard to keep the gulos out of them! Im going to get a bunch of the 4 coil and give them a try. You sure got some nice light coloured lynx up there! Ours are usually darker.
Posted By: Metis toboggan

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 08:47 PM

I've used the Victor #3 soft catch for almost 20 years, here's what i know. In the beginning i bought the 2 spring models and they held everything for the most part for the first year or two and then the frames started bending and they woundn't hold wolverine at all and even the odd lynx would pull out.
For all the 2 spring models i installed this
https://canadiancoyotecompany.com/c...oducts/jc-conners-taos-lightning-springs
The springs are strong now and to correct the frame bending i weld on base plates with d rings.
I also install the Paws-I-Trip (PIT) Pan Tension Kits
https://www.fntpost.com/Products/Pan+Tension+Kits+Expanded+Pans/Paws-I-Trip+(PIT)+Pan+Tension+Kits
on all my #3's and change the dog to a steel rod
https://www.fntpost.com/Products/Universal+Coil+Spring+Trap+Parts/Paws-I-Trip+(PIT)+Stainless+Steel+Notched+Sloped+Rod+Replacement+Dogs
and add a wolf shock spring.
It's a bit of work but you have a good trap. I've starting to use the Bridger #3 double laminates with the PAWS-I-TRIP kits and i'm liking them but i have a couple of dozen of the Victor #3 with all the corrections that i am not afraid to set.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:03 PM

thanks for the advice MT. Ill look into some of this or maybe start replacing with stronger traps as often as my wallet allows me to.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:16 PM

Bridgers must have cost me 5 lynx this season. trigger is way to long and they would not spring had to really file them down. better now but the pans sit kind of high. Lost a wolf in a Bridger #5 also, no idea how he pulled out must have been only a partial foot catch. looked like a monster big wolf.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:23 PM

Originally Posted by yukon254
Ryan are those #3s the 4 coil spring models or the lighter ones with 2 coils? My son had a wolverine pull out of one this year too and it had 4 springs.

That letter is awesome!


Wolverines pull out of leg holds as they know 280 & 330 connibear are the preferred traps for wolverine. All winter I had a roll of wire that I meant to put up and make one of them wolverine fence pens for wolverine like that guy on Trapping Inc. Might try get it done next week finally if I get time to go to Cache Creek up in the Richardson Mountains. Snowmobile trouble all winter really slowed my experimentation process down. VK540 getting its second new warranty engine this winter, they figure they got it figured out this time though. Trying to get them to put a screen kit on the vents also so it don't steam me out every bit of powder I hit next winter.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:29 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Metis- all my #3 traps have 1/8 cable but if I switch to chain ill give those springs a try.
Y254-I have the 2 spring model. Ive never had wolverine pull out of them before this year. Could be weakened or maybe just bad luck. I think warm weather helped him get out too. Normally the cold would help keep his foot in there. We've been getting lots of snow and drifting so its possible the traps were slow and didn't get a solid catch. Either way its like Morgan told me at the camp after she got tired of hearing me complaining about the loss. "Ahhhhhh you'll live without it"


Ryan there is no sufficient amount of whining and complaining after you loose a wolverine. Your friends and family never get tired of hearing about the tribulations of the loss either. Even several years later when it pops to mind for no reason, a good hour of dwelling on it is completely acceptable.

You can slap a wolf spring on to cable just as easy as chain, extra swivels also. Now only if you had done that last month that wolverine would be hanging in your skinning shack right now!! ect, ect, ect.............................
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:34 PM

M411- Ill keep your advice in mind. Maybe ill just give up on trapping and pursue my dream of making the NHL. Probably too late for the NHL dream so yeah I guess ill stick with trapping.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:35 PM

I seen a marten at a box when I was pulling traps. Managed to get my phone out in time and take a video of it hitting the trigger.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/11/20 09:37 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
M411- Ill keep your advice in mind. Maybe ill just give up on trapping and pursue my dream of making the NHL. Probably too late for the NHL dream so yeah I guess ill stick with trapping.


You can still make it. Get a job as a zambonni driver you might beat the Leafs next year.
Posted By: yukon254

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/12/20 12:20 AM

Originally Posted by muskrat411
Originally Posted by yukon254
Ryan are those #3s the 4 coil spring models or the lighter ones with 2 coils? My son had a wolverine pull out of one this year too and it had 4 springs.

That letter is awesome!


Wolverines pull out of leg holds as they know 280 & 330 connibear are the preferred traps for wolverine. All winter I had a roll of wire that I meant to put up and make one of them wolverine fence pens for wolverine like that guy on Trapping Inc. Might try get it done next week finally if I get time to go to Cache Creek up in the Richardson Mountains. Snowmobile trouble all winter really slowed my experimentation process down. VK540 getting its second new warranty engine this winter, they figure they got it figured out this time though. Trying to get them to put a screen kit on the vents also so it don't steam me out every bit of powder I hit next winter.


Wolverines dont pull out of Sleepy Creek 4-1/2s!! To bad about your Vk540. Ive got the Arctic Cat version, and so doesn't my son. This was the 2nd winter with mine. Not much trouble other than fouled plugs in the beginning. My son used his all year with no troubles. I did get water in the transmission and had to drain it but that was my fault. Can you get screens for the vents? Do they know why your engines keep going?? I think I will trade mine off...I like everything about it except the handling. Never rode machine thats so hard to steer or as rough riding. They are discontinued now anyway as they wont pass the new emissions Trudeau gave us. Guess I will go back to a 4 stroke...
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/20 02:26 AM

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Morgan resetting after catching her third lynx of the year. All big lynx too!
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/20 02:41 AM

YOU GO Morgan !!!!! Very nice young lady I hope you take a end of the year picture or two with the products of your snare line !

Ryan that's a bad deal on the wolverine pulling out of your traps I'm sure you will figure it out before you know it.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/17/20 08:59 PM

Way to go Morgan!!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/20/20 05:42 AM

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One more for Morgan when we pulled her snares. Doubled up on her two last year.
Posted By: Trapper Dahlgren

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/20/20 02:24 PM

great read guys thanks for sharing
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 03/20/20 03:32 PM

Congratulations on a great year on the snare line Morgan you have had a good year for sure.
If I may suggest to you start a journal to share with friends and family with pictures it will help your memory later in life trust me ha ha
Ryan you and your better half I'm sure are proud as can be you have done a great job with your kids !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/26/20 01:01 AM

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My sons homemade parka. My mom made a couple different covers for it but he likes the white.

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Couple beautiful cross fox
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Iím going to miss my mornings at winter camp
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 04/26/20 01:10 AM

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This mightíve been 2013s grizzly? Climbed a mountain on foot to get above the den then waited him out. Lighting A cigarette got his attention.
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2014 bear
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7 years of history between me and this biggun
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Pretty soon fellers
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/02/20 02:37 AM

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Grizzly bear got 6-7 beavers between two houses on my little bear adventure close to town.
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Took a quick run east afterwards and tracked a big wolverine. Caught up to it in the trees and let it go. Only had my 270 an itís too late in the spring anyway.
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Right where he was running when I had a chance to shoot. Big ole faded yellow wolverine. Shouldíve been January.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/02/20 02:40 AM

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Sitidgi lake. Wolverine was running down the left edge of the lake when I took the picture. One of the Lake trout fishing spots.
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/02/20 04:02 AM

They are starting to pop out over here now to Ryan. Really like your son's parka. Good luck and be safe out there.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 05/02/20 10:05 PM

Wow that was one efficient bear at getting beaver!

Great looking cross foxes and some serious claws on your grizzly.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/23/20 01:18 AM



May 2020

We three crouched low watching the big flock of wavies get closer and closer. ďHmmm12 gauge range thereĒ I thought, but we needed them closer, much closer.

ďNow Dad?Ē

ďWait... wait... remember to aim... finger off the trigger until you stand up...NOW!!Ē

Proudest Dad as I watched her first ever come down.







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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/23/20 02:24 AM

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Fun times.

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This little man sure loves to hunt now.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/23/20 04:27 AM

Ryan please be sure to tell Morgan congratulations on a successful goose hunting trip I couldn't be any prouder of her if she was my own grandkid !!!!!
It doesn't hurt those kid's to be out enjoying the hunt and spending quality family time while hunting and teaching them important life lessons and skills !
Keep up the good work and I'm certain that you're enjoying those kid's and making life long memories for everyone !
Allan
Posted By: goatman

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/23/20 03:06 PM

Wish I had a like button. Congrats.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/23/20 03:51 PM

Your kids did great on the geese, love seeing their smiles in your adventures!
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 07/26/20 03:42 AM

Way to go Morgan!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/11/20 10:27 PM

Howdy. Ive been taking my two older kids out shooting this summer and it got me thinking that life is a never ending cycle of learning stuff until you eventually become the one doing the teaching. It wasn't really too long ago that I nearly knocked myself out cold learning to shoot grandpas 308 LOL. So proud of my kids and their love for all things outdoors. Anyways I made a video and thought id share it. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3lOIdB6Ao&t=4s
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/12/20 12:12 AM

Nice job on the video. Love seeing you and your family out and about. Looks like the kids are catching onto shooting thanks to your great teaching. That cardboard caribou is an excellent idea!
Posted By: fossil2

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/13/20 12:19 AM

ryan,,,most awesome video ive ever seen on here. youre a man whose truly blessed. thanks for sharing your family with us.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/14/20 03:14 PM

Thanks guys.

Got a great unexpected text message from my uncle steve the other day. Usually his text would be something like "Wanna look for moose after work?" I invited him out to our geese camp last spring and he had a great time out there. He noticed my old boat wasnít very good and it really is a piece of junk. His text said keep teaching the kids like youíve been doing and come pick up their boat.

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1648 Lund. Blew me away. Iíve been hoping to get my hands on a newer boat for the spring hunt but Just donít have the money these days to buy one. Still canít believe it. I told him weíve always got room at camp whenever he wants to come hunting. I wish I videoed the kids reaction when they came home, seen it in the driveway and found it that its ours for hunting geese. The kids love our spring goose hunt. Last year when Bobby was in kindergarten the teacher asked his class where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

"Sea World!"
"Disney Land!"
"Disney World!"
"Hollywood!"
"My camp at Mackenzie River!"
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/14/20 03:23 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIfPUmoGHvM

That's Uncle Steve doing the shooting. Bobby and Morgan walked and picked up the glider for him
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/26/20 07:14 PM

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Kids went on another adventure. Piling up the experience already. The plan was for the kids to do the shooting but when our chance came it was quick and at a long distance with fading daylight so Greg and I let er rip and nailed the bulls on our first shots at a little under 400 yards. The big bulls are just rolling with fat after the cool summer we had.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/26/20 10:24 PM

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My parents Argo has two radios.lol

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Hindquarter and ďlaceĒ fat from the stomach

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Rump

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Ribs

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Morgan. Hard working daughter. Sheís handling sharp knives like a pro Now. No more sawing away with a butter knife.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/26/20 10:57 PM

Once again Ryan thank you for sharing a glimpse into your daily routine .

Morgan is really doing great from the looks of things I'm sure you're proud as can be of you kid's .

That's some fine looking meat on the counter keep up the good work !

Allan
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/27/20 02:54 PM

Great looking harvest Ryan.Your raising your kids right.
Posted By: Aknative

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/28/20 03:40 PM

Woo hoo!
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/28/20 06:52 PM

Congrats on the harvest and new boat! What a nice uncle to set you all up for future success.
Posted By: RdFx

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 08/31/20 11:11 AM

Boy that is some fat on that meat, thanks for pictures , always look forward to viewing.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/03/20 10:49 PM

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Last weekends trip. Got a couple bulls by myself. Really fat after the cool summer. Shifting my attention to moose for the next week to ten days. Got to get a bull before they start smelling. Then caribou again before end of the month.
Posted By: crosspatch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/04/20 12:08 AM

Awful good looking tunuk on that tuktuvenik. The pangik ones are good like that late summer. Mamuttusuak!!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/04/20 01:20 AM

Mammaqtuq!!
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/04/20 05:04 AM

Good stuff Ryan!
Posted By: martentrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/04/20 03:31 PM

Got a fat bull a week ago. That far makes for better meat I think. Some other folks shot a bou that was the biggest bodied bou I've ever seen. Gonna be looking for moose in another couple weeks!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/04/20 09:20 PM

Martentrapper. When the caribou have more fat than is needed I put some away for mixing with ground moose or even to add in to lean caribou later in the winter. And your right, that fat makes the meat so much better especially when cold weather hits.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/04/20 09:30 PM

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My mom was putting some away for leaner days
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/06/20 09:15 PM

Ive seen 21 moose so far but not a single shooter. 19 cows and calves, a couple 2 year old bulls. My dad is out looking today and Iíll be heading in a different direction later on. Some nice bulls taken past couple days by some of the buddies though.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/06/20 10:25 PM

Sonny, his boy Arthur and their partner Darius called this one out with willow raking and a few calls. Good hunting!
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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/07/20 06:21 AM

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My cousin Doug got a good bull out by his camp. Black belt moose hunter.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/07/20 10:31 AM

Good Morning Ryan congratulations to the hunters on getting a great supply of winter meat !

Doug was fortunate with the distance he has to pack his bull ha ha
Allan
Posted By: crosspatch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/07/20 01:47 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
Martentrapper. When the caribou have more fat than is needed I put some away for mixing with ground moose or even to add in to lean caribou later in the winter. And your right, that fat makes the meat so much better especially when cold weather hits.


We do the same thing with both moose and caribou - not an ounce of fat is ever wasted. Winter times we take the fat around the guts. Just pull in off and throw on the snow and ready to put in your pocket (clean pocket lol) when you leave. People call it the "Deer's (caribou} apron" cause it is around the gut area where an apron would go. Good trail food any time you stop and want a quick bite just like it is. We eat a lot of the saved fat just raw too; same with good white marrow.

Read in a lot of books about people trimming fat off wild meat - they throwing away the best part. I don't think they know what they are missing.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/07/20 11:03 PM

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Posted By: alaska viking

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/08/20 01:31 AM

WOW! Nice bulls!
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/08/20 01:39 AM

Those are some horn toters.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/08/20 08:24 PM

I think Doug has moose hunting figured out!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/10/20 05:45 AM

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Went out and checked a route none of us had tried before. Lefts rights idling through shallow parts and every turn we took brought us right to this young bull.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/11/20 01:48 AM

Count your Blessings !That is a good picture .
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/15/20 08:41 PM

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Greg first moose. His trusty polar bear hunting 30-06 smashed the neck bone. I was calling and had this bull coming in slowly then I spotted a bigger one coming in. They held up so we walked and called through scattered timber and closed the gap to about 50 yards. The big boy was there but he was acting ten feet tall and bulletproof so we let him go and took the younger bull. The big boy started goring the dead bull and tossed it 3-4 feet with a flick of its neck. Amazing power in these animals. Made me feel small as we knelt behind a little 4Ē spruce tree.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/15/20 08:43 PM

Rut is picking up. This bull had a bit of scent on him but just starting. Bull moose season 2020 was great.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/15/20 09:10 PM

That would be something to watch, one bull tossing around a dead one like that.
Posted By: crosspatch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/15/20 11:53 PM

Someone was talking about bull buffalo doing the same thing to a dead buddy that a hunter had shot. Saw that just the other day somewhere I believe. Perhaps in connection to the story where a wounded buffalo killed a hunter in the Yukon very recently?
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/18/20 01:06 PM

Not to fake anything away from Ryan's thread but you may be referring to a post I made about when Pete and I were hunting buffalo year's ago .
Pete shot a very nice bull it ran a shot distance dropped and it's buddy picked him up and tossed it as if it was saying let's get out of here ! Before figuring it wasn't going to happen and the herd left him behind then the real work began for us.

Ryan it's always a pleasure to get a glimpse into your adventures and to see you keep you're kids involved so they aren't glued to a video screen . Keep up the good work !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/21/20 04:50 PM

The valley of the moose
Part one

It was September 13th 2020 and a little chilly as I settled in with my 10 by's to scan the familiar valley. There wasn't much to see at first but then ,at 8 pm, just like clockwork the Cows with calves and single ladies looking for a boyfriend started popping out of willow patches and from behind cut banks along the grassy lakes. Before long I had 7 antlerless moose in view but none of the bulls I was hoping for. I started wondering what to do with my last 2 hours of daylight. "Maybe I'll go back to the other lake where I was conversing with a slightly shy bull the night before" I thought as I put my binocs back in the case. I scanned the area once again with my naked eye and spotted a huge cow walking through waist high grass about 4 km away. Out came the glass. I watched as the big cow made its way to the far south shore of the lake and disappeared into a small patch of trees. Within a couple minutes a cow and calf came out of the trees and started feeding. Then out came the big lone cow. She was making her way to the next timber patch and I watched closely for signs that she had a admirer of the bull variety. At this point of the fall I had seen 29 moose with only one having antlers worth a second look (A whole other story) so as the newly spotted big dark mass started showing through the trees I got a little excited at the prospect of a bull showing itself. After all how could there be this many cows with calves and no bull? surely they didn't get pregnant last year by accident right? The last rays of sunshine worked in my favor and I could see the unmistakable glint of the bulls antlers as he stepped out of the trees and into the willow flats. A quick inreach message to Greg that I had a bull in sight and off I went. From up high everything looks easy but as I descended the one hill in the valley everything looked completely different. LANDMARKS PEOPLE!! First I would head for a lone tree I mentally triangulated in my older model but still reliable brain. From there I would turn northeast and stay in a straight line towards a lone birch with bright yellow leaves that looked to be on fire in the last few minutes of daylight. From there I would turn straight east and again stay in a straight line until a narrow row of trees could be followed right to the grassy lakes edge.

Before long I was getting close. I first spotted a medium sized bull in the middle of the grass feeding away without a care in the world. Hmmmm feeding eh? cant be rutting if hes still eating. I stopped the argo and let out a few calls which got his attention for a couple seconds but didn't get the willow crashing, eyes bulging response I was hoping for. I spotted another cow and calf bedded in the shade behind the young bull as I continued calling. Then the young bull turned his head like his schoolyard bully had just shown up followed by the unmistakable sound of a mature bulls grunt. I stood up just enough to have a look and here was the bull I had been looking for all fall. The big guy was coming in to the calls from across the lake but as soon as he hit the waters edge he stopped and stood there scanning for the source of the calls. I didn't have a lot of options but I did have a good wind in my face. I decided on a Hail Mary approach that would, like all things, either work or not. The decision to leave cover and try circling the downwind edge of the lake was made easier by the lengthening shadows of pre dusk.

A few minutes later and things were looking alright. I had the young bulls attention but he wasn't scared. He'd just watch then feed, watch then feed. All the moose were still in place as I rounded the far edge of the lake flushing a two year old bull and his sister in the process and also spotting another big bodied bull off in the distance. Once again I stopped and then continued on foot, making my way to the last spot I had seen the big bull. Slowly and quietly I made my way towards the lake. I got to the trees I was aiming for and slowly stood up. There at the edge of the water was a big, awe inspiring impressive mass of....NOTHING! Nothing at all. Dang 2 year old twins must've run them off. A few minutes of calling with no answer and I accepted the days outcome. The 2 hour ride back to town in the dark was uneventful but I felt good knowing there were 3 bulls in the valley of the moose now.

* The next morning at the research institutes coffee room*

"Hey Greg, Whatchu' doing after work today?"
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/23/20 02:50 AM

I think it was your old line "If it was easy everyone would be doing it " Good Story !
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 09/23/20 02:39 PM

That's a good line smith but it wasn't mine. Mightve been akhowlers line?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/09/20 03:08 PM

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Few pictures. I took the kids out for a few nights. We got a lot of stuff done around both my cabins and even checked out our old geese camp that was destroyed by a bear and a big storm. Beaver season in 6 days.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/10/20 12:48 AM

Is that Rivets Ch?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/10/20 01:06 AM

First and last weíre taken in Rivets. That fixed up cutbank is about 5 minutes from busters
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/12/20 07:49 PM

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I was looking for one like this all fall. Finally see one after heís already skinny and rutted out.
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/12/20 11:53 PM

I should have did my banks to. Freezing up now.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 10/13/20 01:15 AM

That's a good horned bull moose to bad it was all rutted out .
We had snow just outside of town Sunday afternoon it didn't stick around very long but we're getting some rain showers and dropping temps so maybe snow down here by morning ?

I'm really glad to see you're kids getting out and enjoying what nature has to offer it's amazing how much they are growing !
Keep up the good work with your kids !
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your's !
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/02/20 10:52 PM

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Come on Gulo Gulo!
Posted By: Northof50

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/03/20 02:58 PM

Things are look good as this season progresses. Thanks for getting us along.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/18/20 07:19 AM

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Wolverine set picked up a marten

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Little bit of every colour on this one

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I took the kids out fishing a couple weeks ago. Water was still high in the creeks so fishing was slow. The kids got a few good strong bites but I was the only one who caught some jackfish for marten bait.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/18/20 02:12 PM

Great pictures as always Ryan I was starting to get the notion to go check ice conditions then the Chinook winds hit as did 45+ temps so much for that ha ha

I'm sure they'll bring there A game and show you how to catch a bunch next time thanks for sharing with us .
Enjoy your day and Stay Safe out there even if you don't want to ha ha !
Allan
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/18/20 04:53 PM

Do you have a problem with hares getting in the spruce bow cubbies. I used to. Maybe no hares there?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/18/20 06:04 PM

Lots of hares up here. Less this year as we are at the low part of the cycle but Iíve never had trouble with catching the in cubbyís made with spruce and dead wood. Itís when I use live willows that the bunnies start plugging up my traps.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 11/18/20 06:51 PM

Love seeing the youngsters out and fishing smile Wish you all would have caught a bunch of fish! Nice on the marten! I use milk crates and a 330's for wolverine sets, the last marten that visited, right after a fresh snow, I could see the track headed towards the set and the little joker climbed up in there fired the trap and got flung through the air like superman about 10 feet smile hit the snow then went back and ate the bait smile I hope you connect with a gulo!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/07/20 04:03 PM

I did a caribou hunt for distribution to community members and I lucked out on my first wolf of the year. Shot a nice black one on the way to the hunting grounds. Just dropped the kids off to school then Iíll unload the meat and head to check my traps. First time checking the main line with any expectations.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/07/20 07:00 PM

Good Luck and be safe!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 10:20 AM

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Drive a long way for one catch. No complaints though. Lynx have no interest in bait.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 01:29 PM

Congratulations on catching the wolf that made the trip worthwhile any idea what it weights ?
How many are in that pack ? Hopefully this is just the beginning of many more wolves caught !
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 03:50 PM

Awesome!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 03:51 PM

Id guess it weighs about 75 pounds Allen. Young wolf. Thereís about 9-10 in the pack by the looks of it. Iíve got more traps set for them along their route so yeah hopefully I catch more
Posted By: muskrat411

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 05:06 PM

What kind of trap Ryan?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 05:19 PM

mb 750
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/08/20 06:01 PM

Ryan I'm sure you will catch a bunch of them before the winter is over the Moose and Caribou all thank you each time you catch one of those Moose Munchers !
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/09/20 12:05 AM

Nice start to the season with those two wolves.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/09/20 06:48 AM

Nice wolf Ryan.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/10/20 06:39 AM

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Few furs on the go.
Posted By: Slick Pan

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/10/20 06:11 PM

Lone Wolf picture is cool.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/20 07:36 PM

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Good run. Shot one more coming home last night.
Posted By: bfisch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/20 09:12 PM

Way to go! Snared?
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/14/20 11:42 PM

Very nice Ryan that's one check to be proud of keep up the good work !

That's quite a collection of marten boxes you have when the market improves.
Allan
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/15/20 01:17 AM

Originally Posted by bfisch
Way to go! Snared?


3 in #3, 1 in mb750, 2 snared, 1 in a 330 plus the one I shot with 22 mag while it crossed the river in the dark
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/15/20 05:00 PM

Nice haul of lynx!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/16/20 03:45 PM

I took Morgan and bobby out setting snares last night in -32c (-25.6f). I got them to set 2 each for now while I set two #3s. Itís all on a trail about 5 minutes from home. That little trail has produced a lot of lynx over the years. Pulled 28 out of there on my best year. Thereís a lot of lynx sign so itís just a matter of time before the kids connect. Morgan said she hopes her brother catches first because sheís already caught some lynx in her life. I forgot my phone so no pictures but Iíll be sure to bring it when we go to check them.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/16/20 03:48 PM

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I donít catch them in 330 very often but with no rabbits around this one just couldnít resist a free meal. 4 white feet on him
Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/17/20 08:45 AM

Looking good Ryan!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/17/20 04:13 PM

Originally Posted by Nunamiut
Looking good Ryan!


Thanks Ben. Good to hear from you. I miss your journal and pictures. Kids get to check their snares today.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/18/20 01:17 AM

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Posted By: Nunamiut

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/18/20 11:34 PM

Been busy lately. I was thinking about a journal, I got a few stories and pics to share from this season.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/19/20 12:16 AM

That would be a good thing for us southerners ! I do appreciate to read and see your adventures there in the north country . Be well and Tally Ho
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/19/20 07:09 AM

Good deal! I love those white feet! smile
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 12:25 AM

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So anyways. This happened. Thankful for good friends
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 12:35 AM

wow, that will slow you down! Glad you are ok.
Posted By: Allan Minear

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 12:58 AM

I'm glad you're alright too ! Merry Christmas !
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 02:23 AM

Ouch!!! Been there, glad your ok and that you have those buddies that can help you out when you need it the most! Looks like you got a project ahead of you!
Posted By: crosspatch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 02:54 AM

Been there done that - feel your pain lol.
Posted By: Boco

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 03:17 AM

You're lucky the water looks shallow there?
If you go thru river ice here you would be in 20-30 feet of water in most places.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 04:07 AM

Thatís just overflow. It was -55 with the wind that night. Iím very lucky it wasnít 10-12 feet deep and Iím lucky it was a short 45 minute walk to my cabin which I had already made a big fire in earlier
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 04:09 AM

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Posted By: FL cracker in AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/25/20 05:16 AM

Scary. Lots of overflow here on the Lower Yukon and sloughs too. Glad you're alright.
Posted By: g smith

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/26/20 05:34 AM

Thank the Good Lord it ended well !
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/26/20 04:33 PM

Glad you were close to your cabin when that incident happened. The recovery doesn't look like it was too hard either. Be safe out there.
Posted By: bfisch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 03:57 AM

Looks like you made it quite a ways before it decided it had enough. Glad you made it out ok!
Posted By: scootermac

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 05:42 AM

Ouch, be safe out there.
Posted By: Northof50

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 06:01 AM

Was it a tri-angle pole lift out Ryan ?
Glad you made it out safely.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 10:10 PM

Bfisch- I made it about 300 yards while breaking ice. Tried my best to turn right but couldnít. Belt got wet and that was it

N50- we lifted the back end out than used the leverage of pushing down on the back end while lifting the front.

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Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 10:21 PM

I pulled the motor and split it at the bottom of the cylinders. Drained the water out then used oil to displace the remaining moisture. Carbs and fuel pump were taken apart and cleaned. Oil tank drained and flushed. Gear box drained and flushed. Every grease point got grease. Muffler and brake rotor got a light coat of oil before the rust started. A bit time consuming but when itís done right it should eliminate all water and Iíll be back on my line tomorrow. Seeing that I had the skidoo in pieces I did a once over of everything. Secondary clutch had a couple issues but I got a second hand one from my old 570 thatís in good shape. I Havenít really had to pull wrenches for a couple years. Forgot how much I enjoy being a mechanic. Bearcat will be better than before I sunk once Iím done.
Posted By: bfisch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 10:42 PM

Sounds like you've been busy.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/27/20 11:46 PM

That is good to hear Ryan! Hope she runs like a champ for you once you got it all put back together!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/28/20 01:13 AM

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My young cousin kayden McLeod got his first wolf and wolverine recently. Deadly to see the young boys starting out with big furs
Posted By: trappingthomas

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/29/20 01:03 AM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
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My young cousin kayden McLeod got his first wolf and wolverine recently. Deadly to see the young boys starting out with big furs


Awesome! My family really enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/29/20 01:27 AM

Awesome!!! Very nice pictures
Posted By: bfisch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/29/20 02:16 AM

Good for him! Beautiful wolverine!
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/29/20 06:36 AM

Sweet! Someone must have taught him well!
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/29/20 05:48 PM

Glad your sled recovery is going well and your family members are out getting some fur!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 06:29 AM

I used my truck to get to the start of my trapline again yesterday. After the skidoo incident I was pretty sure I wouldnít have problems but having my truck closer was a bit more reassuring I think. I still put about 55 km on the 570 and it didnít skip a beat.
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Finally picked up one of these. Freshly caught by a toe. Wouldnít have held much longer
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2 of the 5 lynx. Not bad considering Iíve only got about a quarter of the line set this year.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 07:20 AM

Good deal on the wolverine! Looks like that one kitty was in the holiday spirit looking for a present under that tinsel smile
Posted By: smalltimetrapper

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 07:25 AM

Good to hear that your machine is running again. Congrats to the young fella getting started, those are some nice first catches.
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 05:09 PM

Looks like luck is shining on you again. Nice toe hold!
Posted By: That Fool

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 07:06 PM

Awesome catches! We finally have a little more snow so will try head out tomorrow and see what the conditions are out the country. Will try checking for tuttu first then look for fur.
Posted By: bfisch

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 08:54 PM

Good to hear the bearcat is running! I like the picture of the lynx looking down at you. Just like a cat to do that.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 12/31/20 09:40 PM

Thanks fellers. HFT- there was a present directly under that tinsel with sticks crossed in front and behind it. Walk through set
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/02/21 11:13 AM

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Wolverine is on the board and yea Iíll finish my ceiling one of these days.
Posted By: white17

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/02/21 04:47 PM

Good stuff Ryan!! Thanks!!
Posted By: AKHowler

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/03/21 02:46 AM

Glad everything went well and ya got the sled out of the overflow. All learning experiences, some good looking fur too. Keep it up...
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/03/21 05:12 AM

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Ready to turn over

While this one thaws for fleshing and boarding
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Then off to traps tomorrow sometime
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/03/21 08:35 AM

Itís straight on the board I even double checked. Lopsided colours on the diamond.
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Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/03/21 08:50 AM

Looking good! What are you using for bait and lure to get your wolverines Ryan?
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/03/21 08:56 AM

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Cousin Doug shot this beauty.
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Trapping the Mackenzie Delta - 01/03/21 08:58 AM

I caught my wolverine with a chunk of sheefish/coney with a shot of uksuk. Whale oil
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/21 06:12 PM

Nice catches.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/21 07:39 PM

Thanks Ryan smile That is a beauty!
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/03/21 10:16 PM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
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Cousin Doug shot this beauty.

Nice wolverine
Posted By: broncoformudv

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/21 12:31 AM

Originally Posted by Ryan McLeod
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Cousin Doug shot this beauty.

That is a gorgeous one!
Posted By: Ryan McLeod

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/21 07:39 AM

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Morgan was sleeping early today so it was just me and my boy. We went and checked the kids little snare line but no activity. Coming back to town we seen a big set of eyes in the willows and I had time to pull out my 22 mag.
Posted By: HFT AK

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/21 07:44 AM

Nice looking kitty!
Posted By: bearcat2

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/21 12:07 PM

Nicw tom!
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/07/21 06:23 PM

Nice lynx
Posted By: Wolverine Hunter

Re: Here we go again... Delta trapping 15-16 - 01/09/21 07:00 PM

I always love to see your catches and always making it a family affair. You're living the dream. Well done.
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