I just moved to Palmer (Butte area) from Anchorage with my German Short-haired Pointer, and now that it's trapping season, I'm looking for suggestions on where I can safely walk her near home. My GSP really needs to be off leash to get good exercise, and she just won't stay on trail with me. She can't resist all the delicious smells and is always off in the brush. So, I'm worried that she'll get caught up in a trap if we ever walk near one. Are there any hiking areas in the Valley where trapping is restricted?
I've been learning from friends how to open a conibear trap. Still, I'd just rather walk her in an area with no trapping.
BTW, we are not training her for hunting... My husband is more into caribou, moose, and sheep, rather than birds. She's great at pointing, though---ptarmigan, even woodpeckers up a tree, even flying ravens! It's hilarious.
Thanks for any tips.