Ended up catching a wolf (pup), thought he was a loner wolf but ran into the largest wolf pack (fresh tracks) I've seen here in years yesterday, five or six sets of tracks, so maybe he wasn't alone. Here it is on the stretcher:
He's only about five and a half feet long. Nice pup fur though.
We had a nasty spell of warm weather middle of the first week of the season, along with some heavy wet snow that caused most all of the open leads to pump out water...this is what I ran into shortly after leaving home:
Hard to tell but just up ahead on the left is open water, and dark spot to the right is open too but shallow, really didn't feel comfortable this day as many of the open leads had rotted out and was hard to tell where it was all overflow just what was solid underneath and what wasn't.
Was trying to make it farther upriver to set more line but got stopped here:
On the way back, crossed the river over to a side creek where I had a marten bucket set with a "protection" set underneath it (an old #2 double longspring), was a mix of glare ice and overflow right there and forty yards from the set the dogs freaked out and I saw a big blur of brown and I barely got them stopped and set the hook into the ice and water, major bad scene with dogs barking and biting their lines and one of the largest wolverines I've ever caught, really pissed off! And I had forgot to bring the little takedown Rossi .17HMR I normally carry in the sled.
That wolverine was just lunging at us all and growling, really don't think any animal is scarier than a pissed-off Gulo Gulo, and I couldn't tell how well it was caught either. I finally got the dogs dragged away and we went back home, came back with the .17HMR the next morning early to dispatch that guy. The camera died right when I tried to get the first pic that morn, so no pic of it in the #2, but turned out he was only caught by one (front foot) toe!
Here's a pic of me working on one of the paws:
He was pig fat and it's been a real chore fleshing him out, beautiful hide.
...continued next post.