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They caught one and skinning it ended any enthusiasm they had for trapping!

Ya, I hit 93 beaver this year, most through the ice. You need a sick sense of pleasure, bbut you can learn to look forward to and enjoy the skinning process.

Don't get me wrong! I am all for getting people interested in trapping. I would just hate to have things go awry. If there is a way to prevent that I am all for it. I just don't know if a blanket disclaimer to follow all your state or provinces rules and regulations is enough in this case

Sounds interesting, however, it might not be the best of ideas. In my part of the world, trappers must have an obligatory course similar to courses taken for hunting. The purpose of the course is safety, ethics, avoidance of catching non-targets, harvesting methods, fur handlingand fur bearer management.

There is also the reality of registered traplines where exclusivity of trapping rights is already granted.

This is all complicated stuff difficult to learn in a short period of time.

Snaring hares is easily learned and not subject to the same reality. Setting a 330 mag for beaver or a foothold that might pinch a dog is a whole different thing.

I was a provincial trap line instructor and I would be very nervous encouraging someone, who just wants to dabble a little, to use any of the mandatory body grip traps legally required to harvest most of the species you mentioned.

But reading sign, recognizing some sets made by a trapper and snaring hares would be easily done and worthwhile for the winter trekker.

Sorry if this appears negative. But it would be a shame if someone got injured or if trapping got a another black eye.
As someone who has one registered line, and who traps on two others I cant agree more. Rabbit snaring is much different than 330s, 220s in boxes...etc. While I know lure of the north does a trapping trip that was quite successful, they are licensed trappers and were doing their trips on a a registered line that they were helper trappers on. While I know the US is so much different (you can buy a license and trap the same day), we have fought too hard here to have our ways threatened by people who simply dont know how to avoid non target animals. We can still set free hanging snares here for canines, we can set 330s above water and fisher and coon boxes on the ground. It only takes rover dead once in a trap on the 6:00 news because of someones carelessness to tarnish public opinion enough to further limit us.

Our mandatory courses take two weekends full time to complete, and the graduate is still a complete newbie who generally cannot get a trapline right away. Takes more learning than that, hence our system of getting on a line as a helper trapper. While trapping is not overly complex, its trapping in today's society that is the issue with everyone looking to sue everyone and put regulations on anything they don't personally agree with. 

Food and Cooking / Re: My New Superfood!
« on: March 08, 2019, 03:45:40 pm »
So you knocked off all the sugar only to fry it in butter?

 :o :D

Nice. I cant say enough about the on and off trail ability of the voyageur. Dont expect great fuel mileage out of the 550 though. About the only thing i dont love about it

I dont do the photobucket thing...

any chance you would put a few on here for me if you pmed me a cell number or an email address?

Stonehouse, As with most things,  I would love to decrease some weight and bulk. The snowmobile was a polaris voyageur 155 with the extreme rack and custom dry bag, so space wasnt a huge issue. I would consider going to a synthetic shelter such as a kifaru sawtooth to save some weight and bulk, namely in the pole system for my 8x10 snowtrekker. However, I might miss the bombproof reliability of the snowtrekker and the ease of setup.

As to the trailer, nope. No way for how I ride would I want to be towing. I for this trip I didnt even use my spare 2.5 gallons of gas. One change I might make woul dbe to find a different spot for the gas can. It went inside my rack, but was really awkward to move my drybag around it and was very int he way. AN external mount might be something I will look into. there is a company that makes them, just need to find a place. Which is tough since my sled has a chainsaw mount, chisel mount, and saddlebags.

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:46:50 am »
UHMW and HDPE both roll up and can fit in a smart car. You can also throw a plastic one off a cliff without issue. They slide incredibly well, laugh at rocks in the trail and require no wax.

I like wood, but I am not giving up those benefits for nostalgia.

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« on: March 02, 2019, 08:43:26 am »
Countersinking works, you just need more, smaller screws and be extremely careful with the countersink.  You need to ensure that you don't go even a bit too deep, as in, keep the head perfectly flush with the surface. That said, my 1/8 toboggans have issue with being lashed tight. They end up getting "wavy" or bumpy when you tightly lash the gear down. For towing I still prefer my 1/4" ones.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter backpack
« on: February 27, 2019, 02:49:37 pm »
After a lot of years and a lot of packs, I recently switched over to a dedicated big game hunting backpack. So glad I did. Companies in this space include Kifaru, Kuiu, and Stone Glacier. I ended buying a used Stone Glacier and won't look back. That said, if a used pack from another manufacturer popped up first, I would've been okay with that.

Whereas most packs are engineered with the assumption that they'll be used to carry 40, 50, 60 lbs, these are designed to haul upwards of 100 lbs. I'm not saying they make it fun, but it makes a huge difference. For heavy and bulky loads, the Stone Glacier easily outclasses any other pack I've owned from any other manufacturer.

Don't know if your terrain allows it, but sometimes in the mountains I like to split my load between a small pack (bulky and light gear) and a kid's sled (heavy stuff). If I can't do that, for me it's the Stone Glacier.

Yup indeed. My badlands 2200 has hauled an entire bear out in one shot. Around 160 dressed. tough as nails

No way am I making a saw frame. Solo camping enough time is spent setting up tent, stove, gathering boughs, cutting and splitting wood, making a fire and cooking food after I havam already tired from the day.

I also did a direct comparison with the Bob dustrude vs the Irwin marathon coarse saw in 24". On a large dead oak, the Irwin straight wore me out, while the Bob's saw I was able to easily continue cutting till the tree was bucked. There was twice the resistance on each stroke with the Irwin, but not twice the progress. Maybe this is different with spruce, but I tried a few spruce cuts and it felt much the same.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter backpack
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:58:57 am »
Also, I had an osprey Atmos 65 for a while. I wanted to like it, but it always hunched me over.  As someone who doesn't hunch over but prefers to walk upright, I sold the silly thing. Sizing was correct for my torso length. I know there are a lot of choices out there, but badlandss fit me great.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter backpack
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:54:29 am »
Unfortunately  it is about 15 liters short of what you want, but at well under 4 pounds this is my main backpacking pack.

Built for the mountains, I have take it all over, and lived in in in Cambodia for three weeks.

I have five Badlands packs and their unlimited transferrable lifetime warranty is the real deal. If it has a Badlands logo on it, they will repair or replace it for free, no matter what you did, forever. Most of them are meat haulers, so the packs will carry more than you will.

Is 60l too small?

Left Pointe au Baril first thing friday morning. Rode through Ardbeg, Dunchurch, Sundridge, and past Powassan and camped at Killrush lake. Slush was thick on the lake, and the powder was past my waist on 36" snowshoes. Had a good night, and because the temps were warm, I let the stove go out.

Back on the trail at 7am, and rode into Mattawa for fuel. Saw several moose on this stretch of trail. Went through Petawawa, on to Pembroke where the trail turns toward a southwestern direction.

Into Round lake for fuel, and it was time to look for a camp site. Met a couple of guys on the trail and ended up finding a good spot on Jenkins lake, west of round lake. -20 that night, so cut up firewood for the pending night. I wanted to figure out how long between burns the stove would go on dry spruce. My bag is a -18 down bag, so burning all night is standard for me. I figured out by setting my alarms that my fourdog ul2 will go 2 1/2 hours between fills of split softwood. That worked pretty well and kept the tent hovering around the freezing mark. First night with no stove there was frost on the outside of the bag. With the stove on, despite being around freezing, the bag was bone dry in the AM. I am happy with a 2.5 hour burn. I usually use hardwood, and that gets around 4 hours.

Up in the morning for bacon and eggs, and hit the trail again. The trails till this point had been perfect. No bumps, and wide and fast. First stop for gas was Whitney. Then into the algonquin park crossing. The park and the following Haliburton highlands were the most scenic trails I have ever been on. Long, winding hydro lines and huge hills, yet still able to travel 40-50 mph.

Because of the family day weekend, once I hit the muskokas, things got a bit more rough. Went over kinesis lake, lake of bays, and through huntsville eventually to the seguin trail and home to pointe au baril. the trip was supposed to be four days, but I was there to ride the trails, and ended up doing 1200km in three days. The gear rode on my Polaris 550 voyageur perfectly,and I got quite a few looks, as adventure touring by snowmobile while camping isnt exactly a widespread thing!

Ton of fun. Cant wait to plan the next trip!

Geared up and ready. Leaving Friday morning for a 1000 km snowmobile trip around Algonquin park on the OFSC trails. Should be a good trip. I was going to go last weekend, but the trails ended up being terrible thanks to a Wed/Thursday downpour last week. Glad I waited with all this fresh snow. The trip should be four days and 3 nights in the tent. Never done a multi day trip on the sled before. We will see how it goes.

Family day weekend so trails might be busy, but I guarantee I will have the nights to myself haha.

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 28, 2019, 09:07:51 am »
I have found the grey looking barkless wood in a swamp or flood to be the best there is. It generally was killed by a beaver flooded pond. Cut it low as to not leave much of a stump, then discard the first couple pieces. After that they are generally bone dry and solid.

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