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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: OrangeOkie] #13471236 01/19/19
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Wow that's some nice looking chain saw lumber! I just finished a bunk bed in the guest cabin but it's a bit more "rustic" than your table. Nice job!

I like to set the bottom of my loop between 10 and 12 inches high if setting on a hard packed trail. Loop size is probably around 8 inches.

Only downside to snareing lynx is their tendency to eat one another. Such was the scene when I checked the snare set in the previous post yesterday...

I'm heading out early tomorrow to check more traps.and cut some trail. I'll just be spending one night out so not takeing the wall tent. I'll post pics of how I set up a light winter camp when I get back. Take care all.

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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13476001 01/21/19
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I've been following this interesting thread and thought it seemed kinda familiar.....
I think I met your Dad at Bergren's Cabin last year.

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13482352 01/22/19
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Hello all.

Back from the Barney lake trail. I think that's all the cutting I'm going to be able to get done on that trail this winter. The snow is almost to my waist in the pass and the cutting is heavy. It will be a lot easier to cut when I'm not fighting the snow. Caught 7 marten on this run which makes it 12 for that trail. Definitely worth my time cutting. If I can extend the trail out to where I want it it should produce 30-50 marten a year.
Conditions kind of sucked where I was camping, it was windy and snowing all night but the temperatures were warm at -15 the downside to camping in a burn is the lack of spruce boughs for a comfortable bed.

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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: VernAK] #13482358 01/22/19
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Hello Vern. That would be correct, I know Bergren very well. It's a small North lol.

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13482436 01/22/19
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The first picture here is a fake kill site i use for wolves. It doesn't take much bait as you can use the same antlers every year. The small chunks of meat attract Ravens and make it seem more natural. I make a hard packed skidoo trail across a lake that the wolves travel. Then I put this fake kill in the middle with a leghold on each side. I keep my traps back from the bait about 5 yards as the wolves will get more cautious as they get close.

Second photo is a urine post set on the side of my trail. Wolves mark that spot every time they come down my trail. I dig out the track and set a sleepy Creek 4 1/2 in it. I use white garbage bags, or waxed paper under and over the trap to keep it from freezing down. I cover the set with about a 1/4 inch of snow.for.camoflage.

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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13482500 01/22/19
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Originally Posted by YukonBushrat
Hello all.

Back from the Barney lake trail. I think that's all the cutting I'm going to be able to get done on that trail this winter. The snow is almost to my waist in the pass and the cutting is heavy. It will be a lot easier to cut when I'm not fighting the snow. Caught 7 marten on this run which makes it 12 for that trail. Definitely worth my time cutting. If I can extend the trail out to where I want it it should produce 30-50 marten a year.
Conditions kind of sucked where I was camping, it was windy and snowing all night but the temperatures were warm at -15 the downside to camping in a burn is the lack of spruce boughs for a comfortable bed.


Camp looks cozy,not sure about -15*,couple marten in there. We need some pics of the woofs.
Keep rollin,looks like fun.

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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: rong] #13482561 01/22/19
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Hopefully more wolf pics to follow. I wiped out the one pack of six that uses the area. I'm patterning another pack, looks like 6-8 but they only come through every couple weeks. As the snow gets deeper their movements and routes get easier to predict, so hope to have more soon.

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13483464 01/23/19
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I love your post, Thanks for taking the time to share with us all.


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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: MontanaCreekHunter] #13484462 01/23/19
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I have two of those same sleeping bags and they've worked out well. Too bad they
discontinued em.

I hope to see you this summer when in YT.

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13484678 01/23/19
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The 4 1/2 Sleepy Creek trap. Is that a 7 1/2" open? I would think so for wolves, but not sure. How do you anchor the traps on the lake? I'm guessing drags or some kind of disposable anchor.

Great thread!


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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13487332 01/24/19
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Good stuff!

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: Oldman3] #13491772 01/25/19
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Yup, the 4 1/2 is 7.5 open spread. My preferred wolf trap is the Koro no 9, with a 9 inch spread. They are quite expensive though, so I only have a half dozen. After the Koro my second choice is the 4 1/2. I find it to be a much better trap than the mb750s, at least for my conditions. Most of my wolf traps have a 7 foot chain attached to a 3 prong grapple made from 3/8s mild steel. The traps on the lake however I will often anchor by freezing a couple feet of the chain in the ice.

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13491951 01/25/19
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Great posts. Really enjoy following you. Learn a little here and there also. Keep um coming.

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13491977 01/25/19
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Never thought about freezing the chain in the ice for an anchor. Of course, way up here in North Louisiana, we don't have wolves and the most ice we see, is in our sweet tea.

I had never heard of the Koro trap and had to look that one up. They dont give them away!


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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13505259 01/28/19
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Great thread and thanks for the answer on the Lynx snares.


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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13519309 02/01/19
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Yes yes yes great thread, enjoy it a hole hell of a lot !!!!!!! Used to trap in ont. Can. Mostly beaver, otter, fisher, mink, some fox, & coyotes. Really miss it no money in it anymore. Watching some of the new Alaskan shows, if the prices they quote were for real I'd be chompin at the bit. Still you are your own boss, no one tellin ya how to do it, ya still miss it. Anyway keep em coming, I really enjoy the reads, brings back lots of memories. Thanks don't stop, & keep the pics commin. I'm out, Bill

Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13530872 02/05/19
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Any updates ?


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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13578975 02/18/19
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Hello all!

Sorry for the long absence. I had some generator trouble, and no generator means no internet...made a trip to town and have things working pretty good now. I just got back to the trapline here with a guest who will be trapping with me for 10 days. I will keep you guys updated as to our day to day catches and how things are going. Here is a picture of some trouble I got into a while ago...it was -30 and sucked getting my mucklucks wet....had to get an emergency fire going to dry out as I wouldn't have made it back to the cabin without freezing some toes...

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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13579001 02/18/19
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A few more photos

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Marten and moose sheds from my Barney lake trail.
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Wolverine cubby set.
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Re: Wilderness trapline journal [Re: GrizzlyCreek] #13579055 02/18/19
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Also had a question for you guys. I just got a bunch of ammunition for an old model 92 in 25-20 that I'd never used as I couldn't find shells. Seems like it would make a great little trapline gun. More punch than the 22 mag but less fur damage than the 22 hornet due to lower velocity. Any off you guys ever used one?

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