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#2957825 - 01/19/12 01:54 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
Yeah I did FT. Its been a battle keeping them functional. I haven't been able to deal with them the past couple checks but I got everything up and running today.

Here are some pictures from today-

Gulo superhighway

I think more than one wolverine is working this area, judging by the difference in size in the tracks. I thought for sure we would have one.

Instead we found this-

Dangit!! Not again!!

Just getting to this spot was a pain. With the super cold the bay has been icing up pretty good. Usually we can break through it but today it was just too thick. This picture was taken from the waterline. I was a little nervous about walking across the ice but my trapping partner is a big dude so I figured if he could make it I wouldn't have any problems.


Ice thickness-


Walked out to my otter sets and almost walked into this little guy, it couldn't have cared less that I was there. Went right back to eating-


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#2957837 - 01/19/12 02:26 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Brother Dave Offline
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Registered: 02/25/11
Posts: 6
Loc: SE Alaska
Cool pics. The deer are all over the beaches here lately as well. Hope you get a wolverine outta the deal, sure looks like good potential!

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#2957842 - 01/19/12 02:32 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
Thanks Dave, both the other 2 wolverines we got earlier this year came from this same spot. We are hoping to catch at least a couple more on our line this season. We saw a total of 7 or 8 deer today. Good to see them still alive at this point.
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#2957848 - 01/19/12 02:57 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
AKHowler Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 17
Loc: Fairbanks Alaska
Great pics FH. Cool seeing those blacktails or any critter for that matter while out on the line. Warms me up on those cool days. Good luck with the Gulos.
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#2957858 - 01/19/12 03:34 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
yukontrapper Offline
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Registered: 02/11/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Galena Alaska USA
Cool pics, Luck getting another wolverine!

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#2960067 - 01/20/12 03:33 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
HFT AK Offline
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Registered: 12/26/08
Posts: 424
Loc: Wasilla AK
Cool pic's! Hope the weather changes for the better!

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#2965848 - 01/22/12 09:31 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
Got out of ETT training and decided to run out and check my otter sets. Picked up a large male in a belisle 330 in the main hole that I found. Here are some pics-



Here is a pic of it hanging in our shop. Pretty good sized gut on him, should weigh him to see how much it weighs.

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#2965856 - 01/22/12 09:33 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 25
Loc: Fairbanks AK
Woo hoo!
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#2965877 - 01/22/12 09:41 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
HFT AK Offline
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Registered: 12/26/08
Posts: 424
Loc: Wasilla AK
That is a pretty looking otter! Congrats!!

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#2965882 - 01/22/12 09:43 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Brother Dave Offline
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Registered: 02/25/11
Posts: 6
Loc: SE Alaska
Man, that's a nice otter.

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#2965902 - 01/22/12 09:50 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Family Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2089
Loc: Homer, Alaska
Thats a hog. I keep opening your thread waiting to see gulo gulo. ;0)
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#2965926 - 01/22/12 09:57 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
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Loc: PWS, AK
Haha, I know FT!!! It's driving me nuts too. Still have 2 more days of first responder training and then we will be able to check our line. It warmed up a bit today so hopefully they were moving.
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#2965927 - 01/22/12 09:58 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
I also found out yesterday that the main office sent all our mail to the warehouse in anchorage to come out on a barge, so who knows when I will get my snare stuff.....grrrrr
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#2966098 - 01/23/12 12:54 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Bloodtrails Offline
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Registered: 12/29/11
Posts: 5
Loc: Southcentral, Alaska
Good lookin otter hank. I've trapped otter on the east side of the sound. Most of the bigger points were landings and I just put 330s in there trail above the tide line. Didn't have to hide the trap, just used stick to funnel them through. They seemed to aim right for the traps. Are you at main bay hatchery or up in unakwik?

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#2966142 - 01/23/12 02:56 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Akhunter83 Offline
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Registered: 11/24/07
Posts: 0
Loc: Anchorage, Alaska
Nice one

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#2967725 - 01/23/12 07:04 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: Akhunter83]
trapper ron Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: Kelowna BC Canada
Enjoying all your pictures Hank. That otter looks to be well fed. smile
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#2967883 - 01/23/12 07:51 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
Thanks guys.

Lots of food for them to eat Ron. Most of the otters I have seen out here are pretty thick.
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#2967898 - 01/23/12 07:55 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
trappin moose Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 8
Loc: Saskatchewan Canada
Nice stuff! Looks like you're in some great trapping up there! Keep it comin!
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#2968158 - 01/23/12 09:14 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Arctic Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 306
Loc: Los Anchorage
Nice!!!

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#2972146 - 01/25/12 06:37 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
FishinHank Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
Finally got out to run the line today. The weather was beautiful, clear and calm. Nothing doing at the first few I checked. Got to the furthest end north and I could see wolverine tracks everywhere in the snow, so naturally I got pretty excited. Beached the boat and walked up to the cubby, nothin. The wolverine didn't even check it out. Went over to the marten set nearby and the 120 was knocked out and the bait was gone. Wolverine tracks underneath it. I re-baited the marten set and put in a hanging bait set with a 750 underneath. I also added some rotten deer hide to the 330 cubby set that the wolverine ignored. We put a goose carcass in there a while back and thought it would work great, but all that we got was a marten.

Headed down to the next spot which is where we have gotten both our wolverines this year. Not much going on this time.

Move on down to the next set and I again immediately see wolverine tracks all over. Walked up to the first 330 cubby I can tell that its tripped. Some small critter got caught and the wolverine chewed on it, pulling the cable out straight. This is the third time this has happened here. I rebaited that cubby and reset it with a good amount of spruce boughs hanging over it to hopefully discourage any flying critters from getting in it again. Both marten sets were robbed by the wolverine so I rebaited those, also rebaited the other 330 cubby with rotten deer hide instead of a salmon carcass. I was seeing otter tracks go through for a bit but I haven't seen any more in over a month.

I head down to the spot where we got the lynx and I can immediately see a bunch of crows hanging out in the tree above the cubby. The last time that happened we had the lynx so I am pretty excited. There are also wolverine tracks all over the place. This is what I see when I walk up to it-



Sweet! Gulo #3 for the year. Decent sized male. I have a hanging bait set near the cubby but it was untouched. The marten set at this location was also robbed by a wolverine so I rebaited it. Seems to be a reoccurring pattern.....might have to move my marten sets up a little higher on the trees.

The tide was pretty high so I was able to get the boat up to where I found the otter holes. Had one come through the area but it didn't go into any of the holes. Hopefully it will be back.

Here are a couple more shots of the wolverine-




Next check is saturday, I hope they keep moving like they are!
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