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#1867831 - 03/03/10 04:49 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: ROOSTER BOB]
SgtMaj Bob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 874
Loc: Columbus, MI -54-
Keep it coming! This is great (and I just knew Ken would be a riot to hang with)!

Thanks Okie for sharing!

S/F,

Bob
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#1867850 - 03/03/10 05:15 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: SgtMaj Bob]
jropreacher Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 160
Loc: Central W.Va.
OKIE WOW and THANKS

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#1867853 - 03/03/10 05:22 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: jropreacher]
T_Frederick Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/12/07
Posts: 721
Loc: Pa
Okie, thank you so much for taking the time to share, definitely the chance of a lifetime (maybe 3 lifetimes) as I knew it would be, if the auction ever happens again, hopefully I will be in a better situation with more savings, just for future referance, can a home and real estate be sold on the trap shed?lol
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#1867855 - 03/03/10 05:23 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: jropreacher]
TxLady Offline
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Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 184
Loc: Texas USA !!
This is really great..can't wait for the next episode !!.. smile




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#1868269 - 03/03/10 09:44 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: TxLady]
Eric Cottrell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1312
Loc: LA
BORING!!!! So did ya catch one or not?

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#1868744 - 03/03/10 02:03 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Eric Cottrell]
huntinhard Offline
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Registered: 01/24/09
Posts: 956
Loc: upstate new york, Chemung coun...
great read for sure.

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#1868844 - 03/03/10 03:13 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Bud Guidry]
Rye Offline
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Registered: 10/31/07
Posts: 2246
Loc: havelock, NC
Great story and photos to boot!
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#1869025 - 03/03/10 04:44 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Rye]
Birddog Offline
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Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 898
Loc: U. P. , MI
Been waiting for this since he won the bid!
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#1869245 - 03/03/10 06:15 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Birddog]
fur_minator Offline
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Registered: 06/07/09
Posts: 714
Loc: Corunna Michigan
Sure wish that was me on that trip!!!
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#1869268 - 03/03/10 06:21 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: fur_minator]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15803
Loc: Northern Maine
Sure am looking forward to day 3.
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#1869329 - 03/03/10 06:42 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Bruce T]
Hunter50 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 951
Loc: Statesville.,NC
Only in my dreams

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#1869739 - 03/03/10 08:53 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Hunter50]
mark Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
where the heck is day 3?????
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#1869743 - 03/03/10 08:55 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: mark]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15803
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: mark
where the heck is day 3?????

Lol.I'm waiting also.
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#1869745 - 03/03/10 08:55 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: mark]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15036
Loc: McGrath, AK
I think Okie is making it up as he goes.
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#1869751 - 03/03/10 08:56 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: white17]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15803
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: white17
I think Okie is making it up as he goes.

Lol
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#1869820 - 03/03/10 09:22 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Bruce T]
Okiekajun Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 846
Loc: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
Day 3

Friday February 12th 2010
7:00 AM Clear and Cold, 8 below

While eating the morning breakfast we notice that the marten has raided the hanging bait bag. He’s torn a hole in the side of the bag and made off with at least one chicken. I tell Ken he’s pushing his luck. Over breakfast we watch him return to the scene of the crime sniffing around and just generally trying to entertain us and let us know he meant no harm. We’ve named him the “camp raider”. He is pretty amusing, so he gets another reprieve. We move the bag into the storage shed attached to the cabin. No way he gets in there.



After the morning breakfast we load up the sled and hit the northern line to go make good on our promise to really set the area up hard. Ken’s had a revelation through the night that a “hay set” may be just the ticket for the unknown canine. While this may not be the first true Alaskan hay set, to our knowledge it’s the first in this area, and the first to be documented. We load up the equipment and head out. Before lunch time we’ve put in another wolverine snare (in the bowl area that is covered in tracks), a snowmobile trail set, a pee post, and of course Alaska’s first documented hay set (all in the area of the unknown canine tracks.)







Since we are in the tracked-up bowl area we decide we have no choice but to check out the nearby wolverine sets that we had made yesterday. Ken nonchalantly tells me to go check the wolverine bucket on the far side of the pond. Surprise, surprise there he is…My first marten. Caught in a 330 wolverine set. Man am I happy! That is one cool critter.




After the first marten, I’m thinking I cant hope for more than that. After all these traps have been out for less than 24 hours. Just then we drive by another one of yesterday's sets. It’s the set that Ken had recommended I make on the log he had always planned on setting. That belisle 120 had knocked a marten dead right there. The critter hadn’t flinched a muscle. Marten number two was in the bag. Talk about a good day! Not even halfway through our second day on the line and we hadn’t even made our first real check yet, but we already had two marten in the sled.






We return to the cabin and have our warm tea and salmon strip snack. Ken has decided that in order to get to the Southern section of line, it would be best to break out the trail today then return later to set traps. We pack minimal trapping gear, but we will need the chainsaw, ax, and snow shoes. He says we‘ll have to break trail from the river through a timbered area to get to the tundra, where hopefully there well be enough snow to run the sled but not so much as to cause us to need to snow shoe a trail through the tundra. Unlike the other lines, this is not an area that Ken has already broken trail, nor is it an area he had made any bait stations. I’m excited by the idea of going to an area that Ken has not been to yet this year. Something about the idea of unbroken snow gives me the thought of an even more remote location then what I’ve seen so far. I later realized I must have been partially intoxicated on either the salmon strips or the sight of two thawing marten, because I should have know enough to be leery of the term “breaking trail”.

As we travel up the river it is obvious that the river’s attitude changes quickly. We go from a gentle sloping bank bordered by willow flats, to steep and rugged hills that have a vertical drop to the water. As I enjoy the smooth ride over the flat river ice I peer in to the surrounding hills wondering if anyone has ever set foot on their ridges. This truly is a vast and untamed country.



My daydreaming is cut short as Ken pulls to a stop near a head high bank. He asks if I’ve ever worn shoe shoes before, and I tell him no but I wonder how difficult it can be. They look like fairly simple devices, seemingly put on this earth to make “trail breaking” easier. Oh how wrong I was. Snow shoes are actually archaic torture devices, invented centuries ago (quite possibly by white17 himself) and designed to inflict maximum suffering when worn by fat out of shape losers that think they can master them in one afternoon. We each pack enough equipment to complete a couple of marten leaning pole foothold sets and we strike off into the unknown. Ken says we‘ll need the shovel, the ax, and the chainsaw. I proudly volunteer to carry the chainsaw. Man what a mistake, maybe if I’d let him carry the shovel, ax, saw, and me, I might have stood a chance. We initially have to construct a snow ramp from the river to the top of the bank in order to get the machine and sled to the top. Feeling pretty good about my ramp making abilities we proceed to snow shoe into the wilderness. Between making three leaning pole sets and frequent rests for me to shed another layer of clothing we do finally make it to the tundra. Once there we can see that there is very little snow and the clumps of grass and bushes are clearly going to make the sled ride in rough. We decide there isn’t much to be done about it other then to tough it out and deal with it when we return to set traps. On the way back I notice it looks like a redneck garage sale, about every fifty feet we stop to pick up another one of the articles of clothing I’d shed while gimping my way in.

The highlight of the trip was getting to see “gulo ditch”, an area that had been appropriately named considering the numbers of wolverine that Ken recited taking from the drainage. I figure all together we traveled at least 17 miles by snow shoe, Ken tells me the actual number is closer to two. The guy sure is talented, but he obviously cant be relied on to accurately judge distances.





That evening, after eating warmed up leftovers, I had to make a sudden departure from the table to deal with something Ken referred to as a “common snow shoeing side effect.” I refer to it as a pain from my nether regions to my knee that’s intensity can be compared to child birth. I spend the rest of the evening limping over the cabin floor, afraid to sit still and cramp up again. Ken comforts me by telling hilarious stories of his past (I’m sworn to secrecy) and even serenading me with a variety of folk songs, including the heart wrenching ballad of Dan Mcgrew.

Lesson Learned Today:

If snow shoeing were an Olympic sport…
Ken would have at least ten gold medals in the Senior Olympics.
I may or may not recieve a "participation" medal in the Special Olympics.
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#1869881 - 03/03/10 09:41 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Okiekajun]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15036
Loc: McGrath, AK
Here's just a couple pix from days 1,2,3.

Here's one of Okie filling wolverine buckets with Ambrosia d'gulo. He's the one with the hat on.



And Here's my mittens next to a set of smokin' wolverine tracks. I practically had to tie him in the sled when we found these.



We had one area that I had pre-baited and when we got there the wolverine and marten had worked it over pretty well. Here is a pic of Okie setting his first snare over a wolverine trail.



Since we had so little snow we decided to try a hay set out in the tundra targeting fox. I have never tried this before but it sure did create some eye appeal. We picked a bunch of grass along the river and hauled it to a spot where a fox had previously dug a hole. Okie baited the hole with a couple of beaver chunks and some Dobbins Klondike Call. The trap was an MB 550RC straight out of the box. No dye, wax or cleaning.

here's Okie blessing the set.

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#1869892 - 03/03/10 09:43 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: Okiekajun]
TroyMcDaniel Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 985
Loc: Hillsboro, MO. 36 yr. old
Come on day 4 LOL!!!!!!!!!

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#1869917 - 03/03/10 09:47 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: white17]
Bruce T Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15803
Loc: Northern Maine
Great story and pictures.I love to snowshoe.I've snow shoed all day before beaver trapping and bobcat hunting.
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#1869919 - 03/03/10 09:48 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 2 [Re: TroyMcDaniel]
Okiekajun Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 846
Loc: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
Originally Posted By: TroyMcDaniel
Come on day 4 LOL!!!!!!!!!


LOL, The guy making this stuff up only has time to do one a day!
FAIR WARNING

Day 4 should be on scheduele, Day 5 may not make it Friday, but should be posted on Saturday.
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