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    Default First four weeks of season...

    Ok, I have commited myself to starting my journel (finally) so it might get a tad lengthy after the first four weeks of season. My season started out like many others with very little snow and strange spikes in temps. I was excited to get started with vissions of expanding into some further country, in hopes of finding those exclusive pockets of marten and hidden valleys of wolves. Instead I have been forced to route out a ten mile line starting from my cabin and skipping from lake to lake. It's been a different start, as every year seems to be, and turning into one with my very best memories. This will get pic heavy so I will just write a few words to keep it moving...
    The last few weeks have produced some beautiful sunrises that really gets me chomping to hit the trail!

    Like I said, very little snow...

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    Slow start making sets but I had an experinced partner..

    We managed to get out 17 lynx, 5 fox, 2 mink, 4 beaver and some misc snare sets out the first 2 weeks of season. Our second and third set of the season held 2ea 40# beaver!


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    We picked up a tripple on fox also! Now I have to throw out there that Paul Dobbins sent me a lure to experiment with that he calls "Nitro" and I tell ya, out of 5 fox sets, we hooked up with 3 after using it!
    Heres a catch circle from the first fox..

    He didn't get far though..

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    I could see in the distance that we had another fox so I sent Kara off to investigate while I remade the current set and heres what she brings back!

    Talk about an excited little trapper!!

    Our third fox was caught in a trap exposed lynx cubby that Kara built, baited, and placed the trap in. The most exciting part is that this set is actually the last set of the loop which we happen to ride by on the way into the cabin. We rode past this set around midnight on Friday and by the noon the next day we had this prime guy bouncing..

    I told her that she could collect a pretty penny if she sold it in the Rondy auction but she insisted on putting it on the wall of her room..

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    Big tom...

    We had some very special momments out on the trail and heres some of the rewards...

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    We even made time to catch a fine dinner!


    Not a bad start to yet another different season opener. I can't express the amount of joy I am having with my youngest daughter coming with me and HELPING me kick off the season. Below zero temps and not ONE peep from her. I hope it last forever....

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    congrats on the catches.

    Very special moments indeed. I hope, one day, I can share those same moments with my daughter.

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    Possibly one of the best posts in a very long time. Excellent story and images.

    Congratulations.
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    What a great way to start the season. Looks like you have one fine trapping partner there.

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    Love the pics.... Very cool you and your daughter!! Congrats on the critters!!

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    Awesome to have a sled full of fur and your daughter along as company. Way to go.

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    Man, that is just fantastic! Congrats on a fine start to the season. I'll be sure to show this to my wife when I get home, as she would be thrilled to see your daughter taking part again.

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    LOL Brian, I am sure your wife is hearing all about it even as we type!

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    I was starting to wonder if the lack of snow was imparing your season.

    They still netting out there?

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    Talking No lack of snow here!

    No lack of snow here!

    ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9
    PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM AKST WEDNESDAY THROUGH THOMPSON PASS...
    .TODAY...SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE AFTERNOON. SNOW ACCUMULATION
    12 TO 16 INCHES. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 20S EXCEPT LOWER 20S THROUGH
    THE PASS. LIGHT WINDS EXCEPT EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH THROUGH THE
    PASS WITH AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.
    .TONIGHT...SNOW. SNOW ACCUMULATION 8 TO 12 INCHES. LOWS IN THE
    LOWER TO MID 20S. EAST WIND TO 15 MPH EXCEPT EAST WIND 20 TO 30 MPH
    THROUGH THE PASS. SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW THROUGH THE PASS WILL
    REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
    .WEDNESDAY...SNOW. SNOW ACCUMULATION 6 TO 10 INCHES. HIGHS IN THE
    UPPER 20S EXCEPT AROUND 20 THROUGH THE PASS. EAST WIND TO 15 MPH
    EXCEPT NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH THROUGH THE PASS. SNOW AND BLOWING
    SNOW THROUGH THE PASS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO ONE QUARTER
    MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
    .WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SNOW. LOWS IN THE LOWER 20S EXCEPT AROUND
    10 ABOVE THROUGH THE PASS. SOUTHEAST WIND TO 15 MPH.
    .THURSDAY...SNOW SHOWERS LIKELY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 20S EXCEPT
    AROUND 10 ABOVE THROUGH THE PASS. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH EXCEPT
    SOUTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH THROUGH THE PASS.
    .THURSDAY NIGHT...SNOW SHOWERS LIKELY. LOWS 10 TO 15 ABOVE.
    .FRIDAY...CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGHS IN THE MID TEENS.

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    Mike...yep. Going up this weekend?

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    right on u sure got a nice setup there steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazersteve View Post
    Mike...yep. Going up this weekend?
    Sorry man, Gotta work, inventory time. Looking at the weekends after XMas and New Years though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazersteve View Post
    Wow, what a dandy!!

    Took the kiddos on a snowmachine ride for the first time today...sharing fun with the kids doesn't get any better!

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    Default I wonder

    If a new skinning knife is in the works for Christmas. Looks like she might need her own?
    What a wonderful Post. Great photos, great story.

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