Josh and I set out about 10 AM yesterday to check the line. This kid has never been trapping so I wasn't too worried about making to many sets.
For the first half of my line, we seen some wolf signs, just not around my sets. The east to west valleys had some smooth riding, but the north to south valleys had some terrible snow drifts! They were so bad the headlight on the Trapper popped, and the fricken' spark plugs actually jarred loose! Has that ever happened to anybody else before? These drifts were at least 1 ft tall, and everywhere! Traveling was SLOW.
The second half of my line had a lot of action, wolves were running all over the place, just not around my sets again. We had to reset a few traps because the wind blew away the snow and exposed the anchor's around the tree's and the trap's. We put in a couple more #9's for wolves here and there, and also a bait station with 7 snares. I've never messed with snares before so Im interested to see if we luck out. Pretty much all my buckets were full of snow, which is a bummer because there was a bunch of wolverine signs walking by my 330's. So, we hung some meat on a tree 15 ft away from the buckets and set a trap underneath it. I still haven't seen any lynx signs yet, but Im still looking.
This weekend was the first weekend I drove my snowmachine and I felt pretty good! I probably wont be doing any chipping with the ice pick for the rest of the season, but at least I can make sets by anchoring them to the trees. A healthy me would have my 40 mile line littered with traps everywhere, but that's not till next season. I'm going to have to settle for some nice slow rides and adding a few sets each trip out.
Its interesting to me that all the traps I covered with 1" crusted snow did not get exposed from the high winds(25+), and the 1 trap I set with paper towel got dug up by a wolf. No more paper towels for me, Im strictly going to set with crusted snow now. I'll take some pics of that process my next check for you guys.
Here's a pic of the north side of the treeline if you guys ever wondered what it looks like.
We ended up towing my 700 home on my brothers Siglin sled. Im going to thaw her out and clean out the clutch this week so we can use it for the next check.