Weather has thwarted my plans for an end of season quickie trapline, at least for today. Soooooooooo.......let's see who I can impress!
In 1978 my first sojourn into wilderness trapping was as an apprentice trapper. Learned alot, but didn't get to keep any of my first catches, wolverine, marten, and beaver. They all went to the guy I was trapping with. Didn't even get pics. After that year, trapping was a profession, sort of, for me and I was dependant upon the income from the furs. Also, didn't have a place of my own to put anything even if I could have afforded it. My idea of a trophy was forever altered by these experiences and have never had the inclination to have a furbearer mounted. I have had furs hanging on the wall at times, but they got sold when the price went up. Another experience was my buddy having some really nice tanned wolves on his wall in a village, included one that was rugged, but when his family had a potlatch for his deceased sister (he was part athabascan) he had to sit quietly when his other sisters and relatives came in and took the wolves, including the rug, and cut them up for stuff to give away at the potlatch.
However, that doesn't mean I didn't keep some stuff, in some fashion, as momento's, or as useful items. These are my trophies.
This pic represents probably the very first trophy I had to show off...hey, do I look like bushrat or what?
Noooooo.........it's not the 2 hides I'm holding, it's the hat. 3 rats I had caught myself anf had made into a hat. That hat was pretty ragged when I finally dumped it for a new one.
My next trophy is just a pic. Brings back some vivid memories tho. This was the last time I seriously used an airplane for trapping. It was also the only time I used that particular plane and was still developing my expertise in it. (150hp gcbc) Amazing I didn't wreck it:
Next is one of the first pieces of clothing I had made for myself. This pic shows the blue parky cover made by an ex's mom, trimmed with wolverine caught by me:
Still got it and rarely use it. It's just too nice and I really look good in it.........haha! The hat I'm wearing is also a trophy as it is an ideal hat for the climate out here and the way I trap and travel here in the winter.
The next pic shows my current cover. The fabric and fur was all picked out by me, then sewn by another ex's mom. It is a superb garment for out here:
I hope it lasts for many more years.
I think I have to stop here and make a new post to this thread to finish the pics.