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    Hey folks, new to your forum here and suspecting that FFG is probably the only thing I have in common with many of you these days. See, I'm from Massachusetts where the shortsighted liberal voting base outlawed fur trapping back in 1996. I fought that ballot initiative with all my might but alas, in my home State, we can kill an unborn baby, but trapping a muskrat has been deemed too cruel. Oh, we didn't outlaw rat/mouse traps and poisons so if a mouse is peeing in your silverware drawer you can snap him on the neck but if you have a beaver felling your apple orchard, it's too cruel to do anything about it.

    You can imagne my extreme ANGER over this.

    Anyway, FFG is the best outdoor magazine in existence and I suspect that many of you subscribe. If you don't you should consider it......having fun reading about the real-life trapping you folks are doing and chatting about here so thanks for all the stories and pics. It's a dream of mine to run a long line in Alaska and hole up on a cabin for the winter. It'll probably always remain a dream but if I ever hit the lottery, I just may make it up your way.

    So hello to you all; thanks for the stories and watch out for the anti fanaticals 'cause they won't stop till they're at your doorstep too.

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    What's your relationship with the fur fish and game magazine?

    Is it a position of Fur Fish and Game to push political change, and a position on abortion through the sell of the magazines?

    IMO, you'd be better off to not mention the two issues in the same paragraph.

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    Hey, if you live somewhere that sucks, then move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Hey, if you live somewhere that sucks, then move.
    Life is too short to live where you don't wanna...unless you're Walter Mitty.
    "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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    Agree 100% Hogeman, You could not pay me enough to live in MA. If you don't like it there, get out.

    The gun laws are insane, and the sheeple rule. I grew up close to there and the anti hunting, anti gun mentality that is driven hard there just drives me crazy. Yet they will pay "wildlife specialists" thousands of dollars to remove the overpopulated deer from their golf courses. Supressed head shots at night.....yeah thats a better option than promoting game management.

    Your dream of spending a winter in an Alaskan cabin is probably more realistic than you think. Some research here on the boards could probably put you in contact with someone that could steer you in the right direction.

    The trapping ban...Ill get tarred and feathered here but that would not hurt my feelings at all. I am addicted to predator hunting, its probably my favorite hunting of all, but trapping has zero appeal to me.

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    Ha ha, well that didn't go so well. Some of ya'll thought I was selling a magazine and making an abortion statement....the rest of you gave me a too F'in bad....just move.

    I cannot move my home, family and career in response to the ban. That's just not realistic....no sympathy around here though

    My main intent really was just to say hello and thank you all for the cool stories and pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reckless Companion View Post
    Ha ha, well that didn't go so well. Some of ya'll thought I was selling a magazine and making an abortion statement....the rest of you gave me a too F'in bad....just move.

    I cannot move my home, family and career in response to the ban. That's just not realistic....no sympathy around here though

    My main intent really was just to say hello and thank you all for the cool stories and pics.
    It went better than you might think with some of us, Reckless. I for one appreciated the hypocrisy and irony of allowing abortion while banning traps. As for living in Massachusetts, hang in there . . sometime's a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do.

    I grew up on Fur-Fish-Game magazine . . still have several of the old Harding books around . . Trapper's Companion, Snares & Deadfalls, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reckless Companion View Post
    ....the rest of you gave me a too F'in bad....just move.

    I cannot move my home, family and career in response to the ban. That's just not realistic....no sympathy around here though

    My main intent really was just to say hello and thank you all for the cool stories and pics.
    Reckless... I never said "too F'in bad". I said life is too short to live where you don't want to. It's a firm opinion of mine that at the end of our lives we tend to regret the things we didn't do a lot more than the things that we did.

    As far as relocating your life, family and career- understand many of the folks here made those same decisions to come here and continue to make those decisions to stay here. So I guess you're right- I don't have sympathy and I wouldn't expect much either.

    If you wanted to say thanks for the stories and pics...that statement would've sufficed.
    "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    . . As far as relocating your life, family and career- understand many of the folks here made those same decisions to come here and continue to make those decisions to stay here. . .
    I first came to Alaska in 1961, just a young kid kinda on the bum. Stayed the summer and left when the rotation dust hit the peaks. Returned to do the same in '62. Came back to stay in '65, though that wasn't permanent either. Been back and forth a couple times since, lived in Anchorage and Talkeetna, finally settled in here on the Kenai in '96.

    Seems to me that there are, or were, two kinds of people moving up and settling here. The first are something on the order of boomers . . just up and do it. Some make a life and stay, some don't. The other types are those who come for a job, make a life and stay. Some move on.

    The point is that we're all different. One man's meat may be another man's poison. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

    The Men Who Don't Fit In
    Robert W. Service
    There's a race of men that don't fit in,
    A race that can't stay still;
    So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
    And they roam the world at will.
    They range the field and they rove the flood,
    And they climb the mountain's crest;
    Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
    And they don't know how to rest.

    If they just went straight they might go far;
    They are strong and brave and true;
    But they're always tired of the things that are,
    And they want the strange and new.
    They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
    What a deep mark I would make!"
    So they chop and change, and each fresh move
    Is only a fresh mistake.

    And each forgets, as he strips and runs
    With a brilliant, fitful pace,
    It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
    Who win in the lifelong race.
    And each forgets that his youth has fled,
    Forgets that his prime is past,
    Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,
    In the glare of the truth at last.

    He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
    He has just done things by half.
    Life's been a jolly good joke on him,
    And now is the time to laugh.
    Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
    He was never meant to win;
    He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
    He's a man who won't fit in.

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    I don't have sympathy and I wouldn't expect much either.

    Loud and clear hodgeman

    Cool poem Marcus. Hey, it ain't like I get to do nothing or that I live in Boston. Actually, I live in a log home with a wood-burning furnace (8 cord a year) on a secluded 3 acres with a trout stream and acres of yards. I get some excellent goose and duck hunting each year in a nearby flyway where I have permission from a wonderful landowner. I've bagged several spring toms over the years and we have a really outstanding pike fishery on the Housatonic river that runs through the Berkshires of Western Ma, so indeed, it's not all bad. We're just saddled with crappy, illogical laws.

    I do take care of a few nuisance beavers each year. I have a fish and game officer friend and it's with her quiet blessing.....she never investigates reports of illegal nuisance shooting. I do miss fur trapping proper however.

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