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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: tipis
« on: November 04, 2019, 05:12:07 am »
Yes. The purchase has just been made.

General Winter Camping Discussion / tipis
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:32:50 pm »
Hello all,

Buddy is looking into purchasing a tipi. It will be set up year round in her yard. What should she know? Are there any good Canadian dealers?


News & Events / Re: Nothing...
« on: August 16, 2019, 05:32:34 pm »
Started duck banding this week. The moult is still going on and things are slower than normal. We have a few canoe camping and hiking trips under our belts and are going on another overnighter this week.

Nothing really new in the winter camping gear but really love my Zpacks duplex tent for summer use. The sled dogs are as tired of the heat, humidity, and flies as us.

Injury is a huge worry.

I figure a main target would be beaver. They are easy to locate and to trap. Plus a guy feels like a trapper when he is hauling a beaver!

Buddy, who was dabbling in trapping, decided to go after beaver. He and his brother were wiring the springs to poles for an under ice set. They lay the set 330 flat on the ice. It snapped, jumped up, and one of them nearly lost their nose.

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

All trappers have gotten bitten by their equipment or know someone that has. I have a thumb that isn't 100% due to a 280. I had over 30 years experience when that happened. It was bad luck. I was on my own and handled the situation fine. But, if I had fallen in the culvert, things would have been hairier.

I know another guy that got both thumbs in a 120 mag. It was wired to the pole. He was going no where until his buddy freed him.

Modern traps are not toys.

Snares are pretty safe but there is a steep learning curve.


Once there, search Justin Barbour.

Or Google Justin Barbour and find your way to Youtube.


He has a great channel.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Justin Barbour has a new video
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:08:59 pm »
It is a winter camping trip during last February on the big land. Well eorth watching.

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.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 30, 2019, 07:19:52 am »
We still have a solid 3-4 feet of snow here also. But once you get past the so-so crust it is rock salt in consistency. Easy, but heavy, shoveling.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 29, 2019, 06:59:19 pm »
Really interesting videos but those guys have one heck of an accent when they speak French. ;)

Thanks for the link.

Good video. That plastic door is really great.

How do you find the steering of the SnowDog?

General Winter Camping Discussion / Justin Barbour - youtube
« on: January 29, 2019, 06:35:12 am »
Anyone else following his video on the trek he took across Nfld? Lots of cold camping and sled hauling so far.

Story time: Guy was snowmobiling and needed to have a poop. He lowered his suit by the trail and let it rip. Later he was at the bar dancing. He found that there was a crap smell wherever he went. Turns out he crapped in the hood of his suit ....

If you become a "pull downer" instead of an "unzipper", be certain that hose pressure is ample to clear your clothes. Age does things and, with time, it no longer works like a new one.

I have a pair of those button wool pants. I love them but the top fly button is always left undone. I can wiggle my way through any calls of mother nature.

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 27, 2019, 05:34:32 am »
Later when the cook fire and camp stove were going we realized that they had harvested live tamarack. Green tamarack does not burn well.


but dead tamarack burns exceptionally well.  Learning to tell live tamarack is important.  I look for the little round bumps/buds on the twigs.  If I see buds - I leave it.

Tamarack also burns extremely hot. Running a stove full with the keys wide open could be a really bad idea!

Tents and Shelters / Re: Best Place for Stovepipe Jack?
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:19:33 am »
I had mine placed so the stove is away from the door. Someone falling on the stove can result in a 911 situation. The door is the high traffic area (the only real traffic area!). Between grandkids and dogs, I was not taking any chances.

Yep, the door area is colder. Yep, wood must be carried another 8 feet. Yep, the mess isn't right at the door.

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