Hi all. One last trip with supplies and equipment in early April and I will be on Admiralty Year round. I will be guiding out of Pybus point lodge for Salmon and Halibut in the sumer. I will be in theYukon area as a packer in September Moose Camp. I am not new to hunting in AK or fishing there either but this will be my first year trapping there.
Its been some years since I have set steel, except for nusiance control stuff here in WA for beaver for the game department. Otherwise I have been cage trapping for the past 11 years, 4 in AZ and 7 in WA.
I am planning on trapping for mink until about mid Jan or until fur permits and also running a seperate Marten line and setting for otter as well. I plan on trapping being my full time job through the winter months. I just ordered my traps to get started with and see where I go from there. Due to recent divorce, the economy and knowing my income will be only from 4 months guiding I chose Duke traps to start with. Most traps for my dollar right now. I got 9 dozen 120's, 9 dozen #1 LS, 10 dozen 110's, 4 dozen 330's and 4 dozen #3's.
I am in the process of constructing coyote, fox and wolf snares along with mink and marten sized snares.
My Plan: Lodge is base camp. I am purchasing 2 wall tents from Alaska Tent and tarp with stoves here pretty soon for the line. I plan on running a line that will loop where I can utilyze 2 of the forest cabins in the area for overnight stays. I am planning on 5 miles of line per day. This will all be done on foot walking, in snow shoes where needed. With the tents, cabins and lodge I figure my line can run a 25 mile loop. Giving me no more than 4 days between each return to each set if that makes sence. I am running drowners for Mink and from what I have learned in the archives here even in a #1LS most if not all Marten are dead. Is 4 days too long? I am used to 24 hours check rules from the past 11 years in tree huggerville.
Being new at marten trapping and also trapping in AK, I am looking for tips, equipment lists or modifications needed to traps? What lures work best in SE for Marten call? I buy all Stef Leggets (spelling sorry) right now but I am open to suggestions. Any real good Marten trapping books out there?
Also, as far as snow shoes go, I am looking at the MSR models but don't know which is best for my needs, I may be in them every day through most of the season.
I have some good time ahead of me before setting out to start the line but it comes up on me fast it seems every year, so preperation is beginning now.
Any helpful tools, or accessories that help on the line in AK would also be helpful. I am equipped pretty well in the cold weather gear dept (ex wife worked for Helly Hansen) and believe I have more than ample traps and snares at this point, now its just fine tuning for the camp and such. This will be my first trap line of this style, 3 months afield. I have done several 2 and 3 week trips here in WA for cats in the hills, but also know thats no comparison to AK either. If any one has some longline experience and can help guide me to the right stuff for the job, I sure would appretiate it.
On a side note, I was at the fur rondy this past weekend in Anchorage. Man, its real cool to see what efforts have been put into the promotion of furs and fur trapping, hats off to all!!