Two questions for trappers with more experience than myself:
#1 - There is a trail cutting across a mountainside that can be accessed by motorized means. From 500' below the trail down to the riverbed 1,000' down there is good hare sign and good lynx sign in years past. I haven't visited the area this year, but it holds promise. Uphill from the trail is less scouted by me, but within a few hundred feet I would be into alders and willows which should also be good hare habitat. The walking/skiing is far easier uphill than down, but again, it's less scouted. Both areas are not accessible by motorized means, so I'd be on skis or snowshoes. Which way would you go if lynx was your target - towards a riverbottom with known sign (and probably terrible walking due to this year's deep snow coupled with very steep terrain) or towards treeline with what should be good habitat (and much easier, lower angle walking)?
#2 - If you could only put lynx traps out for 12-14 days at this point in the season, would you bother? Is it worth the time and effort, or would I be better off just taking those few days that I would spend setting and checking a handful of traps and instead use them for predator calling? I could easily go either route.