Looking for a trapper in the Soldotna/Kenai area who I can meet with next week to go over the process for releasing a conibear trap. I'm writing an article for our club newsletter (GeocacheAlaska!) and I'd like some good detail photos of using a dog leash to free these types of traps in the event that a hiker gets a dog caught in one. The photos I've been able to find online are of poor quality, so I figured I'd just take my own if I can find a trap to use for a few minutes. Rather than muddling through figuring out the best technique myself, I'd really like to have someone who is intimately familiar with traps show me the ropes.
Also, there is a segment of the folks involved in the hiking sports who just do not understand trapping or the rules about where traplines can be placed. I intend to try and clear that up a little bit (realize this is a newsletter article with a readership of a couple hundred - we're not changing the world). My intent is to talk about recognition of a trap or trapline for avoidance purposes, an emphasis on "do not touch" respect for a trapline (noting that it is illegal to mess with a trap), as well as what to do if a pet is caught in a trap.
Any other thoughts from the group on information that you would want shared with hikers and skiers who are using the same chunk of wilderness as you?
Thanks in advance.