|Quad and Sleigh with Beaver Trapping Gear Northern Alberta|
The day was cloudy, overcast and a snowstorm was forecast. But we had our lunch with us, our fire starters and away we went.
Quite beautiful and in a remote quiet kind of way. The softness of the shadows on the snow-covered trees, and chugging of the engines of the quads and the grey skies above.
After arriving to the snow covered ice Ross and Dale began chopping a hole through the ice to set the traps. One must be cautious around the beaver houses/lodges, as the ice is quite thin here. This is how Ross fell through the ice at 27 below, one of his recurring nightmares.
We were extra cautious for sure.
|Hole through the ice|
Dale cut us some dead fall for a fire, Ross got some dry twigs and lit the fire with his vaseline soaked cotton balls and a Strikeforce Fire Steel.
It was Karen's job to keep the fire from going out....no it was my job, actually we both failed and Ross had to come revive it.
|Fire started with Strikeforce Fire Steel and Cotton Ball|
After cutting some poles to make the snare pole set, he first shoved the pole down through the hole into the mud to mark the water line. Then with his knife he marked the top of the water level. Then we attach 3 snares to the pole, as well as bait sticks, poplar being the ideal in the muskeg. A strip was peeled off the bark to open them up and make them bright. The beaver are living on willows, so we introduce a change in their diet with the poplar. After lashing the snares to the dry pole, they lowered it into the ice hole. Then we wired a T secured pole across the ice so it cannot be pulled through.
|Cutting poles for the snare set|
|Marking the water line with the pole|
We took a short break for lunch as the snow storm was just beginning. Someone forgot the smoked salmon, but we made do with roast chicken....and Karen brought some Blackberry tea which we promptly spiked with our bottle of scotch! Strong tea is what we call that! Awesome!
The snow is really getting serious so we take a jaunt through the bush to look at some lynx tracks Ross had found and then it was time to head back to Lefty's for supper.
|Checking Lynx Track through the Bush|
What a wonder it is to go into the bush and see all the life that is taking place there!