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Group Trip Planning / Re: 2 week Temagami Trip
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:34:30 am »
I hope you have a blast and that all trails are firm.

What are you bringing to read?

Not knowing where he was WAS the biggest mistake. If he had, he would have known that he was close to help as well as knowing how to reach it.

The guy didn't make  "A" mistake. He made a list of mistakes. Trappers that know the area are writing that he was about a mile from several cabins.

A master carpenter should have been able to jury rig some type of snowshoe.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Swedish Torch
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:42:04 pm »
Fire log! A great way to cook in the snow.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas to All
« on: December 26, 2019, 10:40:10 am »
Santa was good to me also. I received a Big Bill hat as well as a couple of  Big Bill heavy flannel shirts. Some chemical hand and toe warmers, 2 Buffs and a bottle of my buddy Jose Guevero Especial rounded things out.

Too cold this a.m. for outdoor activities with the grandkids right now. Hopefully, the afternoon will see us outdoors.

Ice here isn't good yet. I went through up to my knee about 10 days ago. One very wet foot and boots to restrap my Hoks onto. The skis were off at the time. Wringing everything out helped a lot and a chemical foot warmer did the rest.

Very little snow here with about 10 inches or so. That is just enough to be able to sled the dogs on logging roads. I have been doing this almost daily alternating between my "A" (fast) team and the "B" (old dogs) team.

There is enough snow for good track reading. Fur is scarce but some wolves are about. I have 2 picked up but one was eaten by the rest of the pack. Tough being a wolf.

The Knico in the Atuk Alaskan is fired up every afternoon when I bring a couple of pups in it for socialization time.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Your favorite wood processing and fire tips?
« on: December 15, 2019, 06:58:12 am »
Diesel will certainly burn a long time, but, I hate the smell of it and once you get some on something it seems to be there forever. Diesel on the hands is the condiment that flavours everything!

I love the Fiskers, also. They split very well.

Everyone should remember to never hit metal on metal when splitting wood. Hitting the back of an axe with a small sledge hammer or with another axe can be a serious mistake. Been there, done that and the emergency doc said I was really lucky the metal shard did not hit a larger blood vessel.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Your favorite wood processing and fire tips?
« on: December 14, 2019, 07:27:10 am »
I always bring my son in law, who likes to split wood.

First, before the trip I get a section of 2x6 or 2x8 and split it up into fine splits, bundle sections with a fire starter, and stuff  2 or 3 in the sections of my stove pipes.  The first day of every trip is always the hardest, so if these save me even 5 minutes of gathering kindling it’s worth it.  I have one for first night and one for first morning. 

Really good tip. Thanks.

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.

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