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#1907212 - 03/21/10 10:45 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Okiekajun]
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Magna, Utah
This story used to be worth waiting for, now it's turned into another kindegarten recess match!!
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#1907272 - 03/21/10 11:30 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: GritGuy]
Okiekajun Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 838
Loc: Golden Meadow, Louisiana
Day 9
Thursday February 18th 2010
Cloudy, Snowing, 19 above


Breakfast of toasted rolls and homemade jelly (thanks again cotton!) and steel-cut oats, is done and we’re off to check the line across the river. We’ve gotten about a half inch of snow during the early morning hours and it’s coming down pretty good now. It’s nice to have a little fresh snow, but we’re concerned with the weather reports that Ken’s been getting each evening from the Ol’Blister. The forecast continues to predict highs in the low thirties for the rest of the week. Those kind of temperatures are not good for many reasons, the bait in the vertical can sets could start thawing and falling into 120’s, setting them off. The possibility of bad ice or overflow increases, and my personal disaster, the idea of my wolverine hide thawing. Not good but there’s not a lot that can be done at this point. Yesterday we located an alternative landing strip for Curly, in case the river gets too bad. We also discussed the idea of having Curly come pick up the wolverine hide and bring it back to his place where he has a freezer. I told Ken just to use his judgment, we can hold off on that for a few days.

The line we go to check this morning is the same line that my gulo came from. We have high hopes, despite yesterday’s continued disappointment in the northern line.

We pass the first three vertical can set with no catches. The next set, white17 leaning pole special, has also seen no action. We cross the creek and pull up to the 110 mink set where I can see snow covered fur. I dig it out to discover marten number one for the day and number ten for the trip. I’m pulling the set when Ken walks over and asks if that is number eleven, I tell him no and he says “yes it is if you count the one in the 750 wolverine set over there”. Sure enough marten number two for the day and number eleven for the trip has tried to use one of the MB 750’s under the hanging bait as a trampoline. We gather the fur and move on to the double bucket set where we can clearly see both traps are sprung from the buckets.




The snowy shape at the first bucket does not look wolverine sized so we go over to it first. We agree to not look at the second set, so we don’t jinx the possible wolverine in it. It’s difficult, but we continue averting our eyes while we work over the first catch. I dust the snow away and uncover a monster mink. He actually looks like a small otter in the 330, and Ken is amazed at his size. He says he’s never seen a mink that large up here.



We remove the catch, reset the bucket, and anxiously begin eyeing the second set. I remove the snow and uncover a giant of a marten, number three for the day and number twelve for the trip. He appears to be the biggest of the large males we’ve caught so far. You can’t be disappointed with a double like that!

The vertical can nearby is empty and we move on to check the last two sets of the line. The vertical can near where I caught the gulo is empty, but the wolverine bucket itself has marten number four for the day and number thirteen for the trip. What a fantastic day, and what a productive line. Eight marten, a mink, and a wolverine, in two checks, with never more than ten sets out. The double wolverine buckets have produced double catches on both checks. Does it get any better than this??





Just when I thought I was getting caught up on skinning, a day like that puts you back in the hole. What a problem to have!

Scrambled eggs with onion and sausage, hash browns for dinner. Why is it that breakfast food at supper time tastes even better?
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#1907275 - 03/21/10 11:36 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Okiekajun]
mark Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
just get busy on the next day ok laugh
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#1907277 - 03/21/10 11:43 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: mark]
wynn hall Offline
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Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 1603
Loc: exeter nebraska
Great story!
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#1907294 - 03/21/10 11:55 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: wynn hall]
cotton Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 2771
Loc: rual retreat va. soon be 19
awwwwwwwwwwwwww ok i am better now lol
man what a trip your having
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#1907306 - 03/21/10 12:14 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: cotton]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
Another nice day.
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#1907457 - 03/21/10 01:35 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Bruce T]
Mike367 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 1099
Loc: NY
okie, great story !! Livin my dream through your experience. Mike

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#1908196 - 03/21/10 06:56 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Mike367]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
ttt
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#1908332 - 03/21/10 07:39 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Bruce T]
mark Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
Yeah Bruce, between a week long dry spell, and Redbonehunters marathon posting of new threads this one continues to be buried.

All right Okie, let's go with the next day already.
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#1908351 - 03/21/10 07:45 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: mark]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
I'm ready for the next day.
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#1909426 - 03/22/10 10:37 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: fishermann222]
MartenFoxTrapper Offline
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Registered: 03/20/10
Posts: 199
Loc: Southcentral Alaska
Originally Posted By: fishermann222
The kid is JustTrap, a 2nd year trapper who has not trapped any furbearers yet. White17 it is the same kid that was claiming he knows the "best" marten trapper in the state of Alaska, and he catches over 1000 a year. Remember that?

I think he might be a little gullible.
Lol, he accually has caught a few marten and a squirrel but not much else.
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#1909519 - 03/22/10 11:45 AM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: mark]
swamphaunter Offline
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Registered: 05/02/08
Posts: 829
Loc: twig Minnesota
Originally Posted By: mark
Yeah Bruce, between a week long dry spell, and Redbonehunters marathon posting of new threads this one continues to be buried.

All right Okie, let's go with the next day already.
on top of that some people on here feel compelled to comment constantly on every topic even if they have nothing to add just to increase their post count,
Great read okie,keep up the good work!

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#1909666 - 03/22/10 01:42 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: swamphaunter]
Bruce T Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: swamphaunter
Originally Posted By: mark
Yeah Bruce, between a week long dry spell, and Redbonehunters marathon posting of new threads this one continues to be buried.

All right Okie, let's go with the next day already.
on top of that some people on here feel compelled to comment constantly on every topic even if they have nothing to add just to increase their post count,
Great read okie,keep up the good work!

Edited.Not worth ruining this thread.


Edited by Bruce T (03/22/10 01:48 PM)
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#1909684 - 03/22/10 01:53 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: swamphaunter]
mark Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
Originally Posted By: swamphaunter
Originally Posted By: mark
Yeah Bruce, between a week long dry spell, and Redbonehunters marathon posting of new threads this one continues to be buried.

All right Okie, let's go with the next day already.
on top of that some people on here feel compelled to comment constantly on every topic even if they have nothing to add just to increase their post count,
Great read okie,keep up the good work!


I really don't care about post count, I have been here longer than all of you with but few exceptions. Just trying to keep this toward the top is all.

Beyond that, I am like Bruce. There is no sense in ruining a good thread. Grow a sense of humor and enjoy.
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#1909693 - 03/22/10 01:58 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: mark]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
Got to be another wolverine catch coming soon.Living every word of this story.
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#1909774 - 03/22/10 02:41 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Bruce T]
mark Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
Nope Bruce, I am curious about the hole in the ice otter thing, no report on that yet, nor have we heard anything about the beaver set, and I think it is about time that one was checked. Obviously I am interested in the Gulo, but since I didn't have many around Fairbanks where I lived, I am more interested in the Marten count, lol.
Primarily I was a beaver trapper up there. I had 19 houses I "farmed" each season. I put mink/marten cubbies on each side of each house and took several mink and some marten each week when I checked the traps. I set fox snares of opportunity, and made a few lynx and gulo sets here and there with limited success, but did very well on beaver and mink.
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#1909910 - 03/22/10 03:47 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: mark]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: mark
Nope Bruce, I am curious about the hole in the ice otter thing, no report on that yet, nor have we heard anything about the beaver set, and I think it is about time that one was checked. Obviously I am interested in the Gulo, but since I didn't have many around Fairbanks where I lived, I am more interested in the Marten count, lol.
Primarily I was a beaver trapper up there. I had 19 houses I "farmed" each season. I put mink/marten cubbies on each side of each house and took several mink and some marten each week when I checked the traps. I set fox snares of opportunity, and made a few lynx and gulo sets here and there with limited success, but did very well on beaver and mink.

I would love to trap in Alaska some day.
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#1910058 - 03/22/10 04:48 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Bruce T]
mark Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
Originally Posted By: Bruce T
Originally Posted By: mark
Nope Bruce, I am curious about the hole in the ice otter thing, no report on that yet, nor have we heard anything about the beaver set, and I think it is about time that one was checked. Obviously I am interested in the Gulo, but since I didn't have many around Fairbanks where I lived, I am more interested in the Marten count, lol.
Primarily I was a beaver trapper up there. I had 19 houses I "farmed" each season. I put mink/marten cubbies on each side of each house and took several mink and some marten each week when I checked the traps. I set fox snares of opportunity, and made a few lynx and gulo sets here and there with limited success, but did very well on beaver and mink.

I would love to trap in Alaska some day.


You are young enough, go! Do some research, learn the lay of the land, and go. The ATA has most of the established traplines mapped out, or did when I was there. There are some areas that are public and/or controlled by the military, and I am sure some areas that are wide open. The problem is, the accessibility to them. But you can get that worked out.
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#1910068 - 03/22/10 04:52 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: mark]
Bruce T Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 15795
Loc: Northern Maine
Originally Posted By: mark
Originally Posted By: Bruce T
Originally Posted By: mark
Nope Bruce, I am curious about the hole in the ice otter thing, no report on that yet, nor have we heard anything about the beaver set, and I think it is about time that one was checked. Obviously I am interested in the Gulo, but since I didn't have many around Fairbanks where I lived, I am more interested in the Marten count, lol.
Primarily I was a beaver trapper up there. I had 19 houses I "farmed" each season. I put mink/marten cubbies on each side of each house and took several mink and some marten each week when I checked the traps. I set fox snares of opportunity, and made a few lynx and gulo sets here and there with limited success, but did very well on beaver and mink.

I would love to trap in Alaska some day.


You are young enough, go! Do some research, learn the lay of the land, and go. The ATA has most of the established traplines mapped out, or did when I was there. There are some areas that are public and/or controlled by the military, and I am sure some areas that are wide open. The problem is, the accessibility to them. But you can get that worked out.

The process is in the works as we speak.Only a matter of getting some money saved up. wink
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#1910223 - 03/22/10 05:56 PM Re: Great Alaskan Adventure Day 1 [Re: Bruce T]
mark Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Logan County KY
It takes money, and it takes time to establish a new line. It takes more money, but not as much time and find one for sale. I knew a guy up on Beaver Creek (just south of the Yukon, not far from 5 mile camp, or at least I think that was the name of it). Summered in Seattle, but owned an extensive line in that drainage that he had bought some years before. Hauled him and his fur to see Dean Wilson 3X a year. He did very well. I don't recall his full name, seems his first name was Dave, but the years have really stacked up on me. At any rate, he didn't live there year around, but could have if he wanted to. Boy could I tell some stories about him though, lol.
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