My father trapped to supplement his teaching income during his first 10 years in Alaska back in the late 60s/early 70s. My brother then picked it up recreationally in his late teens and still does a little now and then. I never really caught the bug, probably due to spending 100+ days a winter on skis, but I think it's time to change that.
I'm thinking of dedicating one or two months worth of weekends next winter to the endeavor. I have a place in mind that I've showshoed extensively - there is no motorized access, very few people, and no signs of an active trapline as far as I can tell. (Lots of critter tracks as well)
My question is, what part of the winter is the most productive? I know that it would be best to trap from opening day to the close of the season, but I still want plenty of time for my other pursuits that my wife and I enjoy together. So, if you were going to hit it hard for a month or two, which part of winter would you choose?