Ross Hinter - Segment from 21st Century Trapper

Watch segment of the DVD "Meet Your Local Trapper"  
Ross Hinter, 21st Century Trapper

Alberta Trappers Association DVD for Schools, segment showing Ross Hinter and how he got involved in Trapping.

This DVD is a must for schools especially for those students studying the fur trade.
Ross Hinter is a trapper, artisan, wilderness teacher, cowboy and a provincial trapping instructor. 
For many years, Ross worked in the field of  wildlife damage control traveling throughout Alberta wherever there are animal and human conflicts.Ross is very passionate about wildlife and its habitat. His  bush living skills, wilderness survival, and bushcraft artisanship are lifelong pursuits.

Ross encourages you to understand and take care of your environment
You will see his heart and soul in this DVD...
It is full of short chapters encompassing everything from why we manage fur, the science behind it as well as interviews with key scientists involved in research. There is an animated sequence on the fur trade, and Studio NAFA takes us into the world of fur design.

Ross Hinter explains concepts to students such as habitat, carrying capacity of the land and examines the predator prey relationship. 
Although various schools can use information from this DVD , anyone with an interest in fur bearer management will find the DVD interesting and beneficial.

 • email 
 • website Alberta Trappers Association
 • call 780-349-6626 
 • website Trapper Gords Trading Post
 • call 780-833-3730

PLEASE NOTE - proceeds from the sale of this DVD go to the 
Alberta Trappers Association - Ross does not receive monies from the sale of this DVD

Beaver Trapping Northern Alberta

Off to the Clarkston Valley to do some Beaver Trapping under the ice with our friends.  The day is not too cold, only about minus 20 or so.  We unloaded our quads off their trailers and began the trek into the location.

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 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!