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#2993264 - 02/04/12 06:46 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
bic Offline
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Registered: 01/15/08
Posts: 6518
Loc: Central Pa. 54
I hear tails that those Gulos are nasty mean. hard o equipment too. Is that correct or exagerated?
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#2993266 - 02/04/12 06:46 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
I think it will be MP. We are still seeing plenty of sign both on our line and in the surrounding area. My boss took a few out of the same area for a number of years and never saw a big drop in the population. I actually cut tracks about 200 yards away from my house the other day in the woods, and the guys here have had them break into their sheds and steal deer heads before.
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#2993271 - 02/04/12 06:48 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
It's true Bic, you should have heard this female growling at us. I wouldn't mess with one.
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#2993272 - 02/04/12 06:48 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
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Registered: 12/26/08
Posts: 402
Loc: Wasilla AK
Congrats!!!

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#2993277 - 02/04/12 06:50 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Trapper_243 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/10
Posts: 2
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Congrats on the fourth one I checked my line last night and this morning and had a weasel spring my 280 and a grey jay in the other 280 nothing in my 330. I set two more 330's and fixed my others.

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#2993418 - 02/04/12 07:37 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Aknative Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 17
Loc: Fairbanks AK
Way to go Hank!
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#2993566 - 02/04/12 08:25 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
scootermac Offline
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Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 165
Loc: Northern Manitoba
Nice colour on that one as well congrats

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#2993670 - 02/04/12 09:05 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 just got done skinning it. You can't really tell from the pictures but there are almost no guard hairs right above the diamond down by the tail. The underfur is nice and thick but that is it. Maybe because it is a young one? Seems pretty early for them to be rubbing.
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#2994087 - 02/05/12 03:57 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Kusko Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 3768
Loc: Bethel, AK
Nice Hank. It's crazy how they growl and make some really weird noises. We've had rub spots on our wolverine as early as mid January.
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#2994089 - 02/05/12 04:26 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
Akmike84 Offline
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Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 52
Loc: Alaska
That lower back and tail is the first place to start seein rubbing. As with most other species younger juvenile animals tend to go first. Its actually not that surprizing to see some starting to rub or thin out on younger wolverine along the coast this early. Your adults will still be good until toward the end of the season. Its a tad early but I've caught several in mid-Febuary that weren't fully furred in the lower back and/or tail. Often times you start noticing the tail isn't as full as well by mid feb.
I would caution you to watch how many females you take in an area. I can guarantee you that you can hurt the population regardless of what others say. I've seen it in PWS in areas I didn't think it could happen.
Mike

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#2994090 - 02/05/12 04:36 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
We are watching it Mike. My boss hasn't trapped the area in 2 years, and he knows what the guy before him caught and what he caught from year to year. Right now we have taken less than he usually took out in a typical year in the same area, so I am not too concerned. We hadn't seen the smaller set of tracks until today, all the other wolverine tracks we have seen were from adults. You could definitely tell the difference.
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#2994746 - 02/05/12 01:04 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
piperniner Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1275
Loc: Alaska
I agree with you 84 . Also agree that many say we are wrong. They are entitled to their opinion.

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#2995101 - 02/05/12 04:49 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
Way to Go Hank. Fun that you have so much gluo action to practice to with. Thanks again.
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#2999885 - 02/07/12 07:56 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 954
Loc: PWS, AK
I ran the line today since the weather was so nice. Not much going on. Had a wolverine work a couple of our buckets at a different set location from where we got the rest of them. It was another set of small tracks and its the first time we have seen tracks at this location. I did manage to get some otter sets out so hopefully they will connect soon. Also saw lots of deer on the beaches. Found one floating in the water too, not good. I hope we don't start seeing more of those.
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#2999978 - 02/07/12 08:30 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
akpawpincher Offline
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Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 73
Loc: Alaska
Nice catches Hank! I've seen quite a few dead deer here recently and some of the bigger bucks are skin and bones and look like they will drop dead any day. Quite a few of the deer still look pretty good though and we are in a warm wet period with the snow melting down... so maybe they won't all croak.
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#3000340 - 02/07/12 11:49 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
smalltimetrapper Offline
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Registered: 01/09/07
Posts: 750
Loc: Interior Alaska
Hope it doesn't turn out to be a big die off. Is it legal to harvest antlers from those dead deer?
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#3000342 - 02/07/12 11:52 PM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: smalltimetrapper]
mad_mike Offline
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Registered: 01/01/08
Posts: 176
Loc: Southeast, Alaska
They should be considered sheds, right? They have dropped their antlers a while back.


Edited by mad_mike (02/07/12 11:54 PM)

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#3000361 - 02/08/12 12:10 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
We haven't seen any deer with antlers since december. Honestly I am surprised we haven't been seeing more yet, I think the worse is yet to come. We are hoping that we get an early spring so the deer at least have a fighting chance.
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#3000380 - 02/08/12 12:34 AM Re: FishinHank's 2011/2012 trapline journal [Re: FishinHank]
akpawpincher Offline
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Registered: 04/04/10
Posts: 73
Loc: Alaska
Most of them dropped by mid December this year and I haven't seen any with horns since early January. This is a tough place to shed hunt. If you can get to an area where they are crowded on the beach (before a big storm buries them) you can sometimes find a few. Usually it's just one here and one there- after the snow melts and before the grass is 6 ft. high.
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#3000384 - 02/08/12 12:42 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
I gets pretty thick here too, and the porkies are quick on them. I need to get a dog and teach it how to hunt sheds. The deer I found floating today was a youngin, haven't seen many smaller deer either. They don't even really move off the beach. There was a young deer on the beach at one of our stops and we almost ran into it with the boat. We were less than 10ft away before it moved off about 15ft and went right back to eating.
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