The weather was actually warm and calm this trip out! For the past 3 weeks we have been dealing with 25-30 mph winds, and about 30 below, yesterday was 8 above and calm. We started off about 8:30 AM, it was nice to leave earlier then 10 am. The first two set's we come across had no signs, but the third set we came across had some black hairs and blood around the trap. Im guessing there was a pad catch at the very corner of the jaws, we didn't see any toes in the trap though. This was a urine post on a rock made by the pack. We just had to reset and move on.
Something was eating on one of our gut pile's but unfortunately the gut pile was moved a few feet away so we didnt catch anything.
We kept moving on down the valley and heard one wolf howling away up in the hills, so we drove up to the top. We seen 3 wolves minding their business and so we took some shots and connected with a young female.
Here's a pic of the alpha howling atop this peak before I zoomed in with the camera.
First I take a pic with the 10x zoom, view the pic, then I can zoom into the screen shot a lot more.
Before I even started trapping this new location I studied my map and noticed a narrow valley that stretched about 10 miles which connected 2 main valleys. This valley was my original destination, unfortunately we couldn't make it there yesterday because of a crazy amount of over flow on the river we travel, there are sheer cliffs on either side of the bluffs so access was impossible. We ended up making a few more wolf sets and a few more wolverine sets along the way. We didn't see any recent wolverine sign's this trip out, but the camp robbers sure are eating good.
Trapping new country is a challenge, so don't count us out until the last day of trapping season. 2 misses on 2 different locations is better then nothing, it's what keeps up going.
My brothers wolverine he shot the first trip out should be dry by now, were going to scrape it and bring it to one of our grandma's as a gift, maybe our luck will change before this next weekend.