Getting hammered by snow, got 8" of cold -10 dense snow and blizzard conditions this past weekend, started to break out some of the flats trails:
Yesterday I went downriver again, was about -12 and pretty slow going. A few miles downriver at the mouth of a little tributary creek I have a big critter set. It's the skinned out head of a moose, have several dried ones here I use for trapping, either dip them in real smelly foul bait or stuff in some rotted bait in the nose section, wire that to a tree then set around it.
This one has a #9 and a #3 jump and one snare. Was pretty surprised to walk up and find this guy:
Looks like he had got caught in the snare, then tripped the leghold traps, as they were both tripped. You can see the moosehead hide hanging behind him.
About 30 yards back to the rig, he has to weigh a good 100lbs:
Left the wolf there to go farther downriver, broke out this cutoff flat, still pretty rough going:
Molly, my leader, will run off to the side of the trail instead of down in the rut that is the toboggan trail, which can make things a pain cuz the rig wants to go in the rut and not where the dogs are.
Picked up the wolf on the way back and the dogs didn't care much at all for the extra weight in the rig, don't think we were going faster than walking speed the rest of the way home.