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  1. Thanks! That’s Samson. He’s a good boy and filled with lots of love and energy!!
  2. Looking good Mike! I like the natural corner posts! What type of wood are the posts…bark looks like Osage or possibly locust.
  3. Finished processing just under 300 gallons of sap this evening …ended up with 7.25 gallons of syrup. Lots of work carrying sap through the woods in the mud…at least I had a little help from my mom…although she wasn’t too keen on rappelling down the hill to get sap. With the warm weather forecasted, this might be it for the season in my neck of the woods (5.125 gallons on boil number one and 7.25 gallons today). I typically get three boils a season but it was a bit more challenging without my sugar shack and I was light on equipment. Looking forward to some bacon syrup on French toast in the morning!
  4. Did a little archeological exploration in the Bone Creek ruins and found my prized axe head and my box of tree taps (although the box had burnt to ashes and the taps were re-melted into a large aluminum ingot -the few stainless steel taps managed to survive except most are encased in the ingot!).
  5. I couldn’t let a maple syrup season go by without doing some sugaring! I managed to scrape enough equipment together so I could tap some trees. It felt good to be in the woods feeding the fire with wood and my pan with sap, although not so good when I turned around to see the burnt remains of my Bone Creek Sugar Shack. Life goes on and it’s much too short to be lamenting about things gone bad (still planning Bone Creek II).
  6. Looks like fun! My good friend loves the island and bought and fixed up this place not long ago… https://www.jekyllonmymind.com/?fbclid=IwAR1yzkMOICzXZBkQRWUopHGizwhWQnc66I6N4ui5qEHxgGzJW9dsGZZJoc0 He keeps inviting me down. Just the other day he was talking to his neighbor and somehow my name was brought up…his neighbor knew me from my Massena travels…small world! (Just arrived home from camping out in west falls….cool view of the “snow moon” last evening….crazy whiteout conditions all the way home! You picked a nice time to escape!)
  7. Similar to the parasites that bass, etc get from the Kingfisher birds (i.e., black peppering). I read you can eat the fish that are affected…
  8. Not at all…was hoping you would respond to my post as I had a hunch you would know what kind of parasite it was! Thanks!
  9. I caught a mink the other day…when I was skinning it, I found an extremely long and thin worm in the back leg…looks exactly like angel hair pasta. It looks like it could be a bunch of worms intertwined but I only found one end. I have seen this a few times in the past…never very pleasant to work around. Anyone know what it is (I don’t).
  10. All of my syrup last season was extremely light…never seen anything like it before. Typically my first boil is light then things darken up (I assumed due to increase in bacteria). I hope to make my bacon, bourbon maple syrup again soon!
  11. Another one of nature’s oddities!! Caught this nuisance flying squirrel yesterday in someones attic…..hit him with some ultraviolet light (365 nm) and walla!!
  12. A labor of love for me! Tough check today in all this snow…one more week until land trapping ends...then I’m moving to beaver and mink mode. (I trap the “nuisance” mink at my trout club). I’m currently self tanning a few of my furs…the “exotics” got sent to the tannery this morning.
  13. Wish they weren’t busy…they are going to miss my curling tournament this weekend; if my brother and I can get our ice ready in time. (Some picts below were from last year…tough season for ice this year but we have been trying!)
  14. Waterproof GoPro I’m trying to find the video but after two years of prototypes, my son and I finally made a carp camera harness using his GoPro that worked awesome!! We could get hundred of feet of underwater live video thanks to the carp. And when we would get nervous that the fish was getting too far away, we could release the harness and everything would float back to the surface so we could safely reel it in back to shore. I think the Carp Anglers Group (CAG) used the video in one of their videos… While I was looking for the carp cam video, I came across the video below that I believe was produced by CAG (my daughter wrote a song about carp fishing…photos of my son were also featured in the video).
  15. Missed if someone showed one of theses…they come in different sizes.
  16. This was fun to clean! Smoked beaver balls with homemade BBQ sauce! (Not actually beaver testicles but ground beaver meat).
  17. I too love getting out on my skis! I call these my extreme x-county skis…short enough to get through thick cover and a blast to bomb down steep hills!
  18. Wow! Must have done well with your fur sale! Now you will be back and forth to your trap line in no time!
  19. A little late, but FYI…I’ll be there lending a hand… if you stop by, please say hi! Hope to see you! Dino
  20. Thanks for sending the link Bolt Action! I appreciate it!
  21. I was in ground zero…snow was more than half way up my door. Two miles north (towards you), there was green grass…crazy tight snow band! We received over a foot this morning…but not enough to put the fire out….still burning!
  22. That's a fun idea but no material donations or "go fund me" please...there are a lot of others who are worse off than me. Just wanted to tap (no pun intended) your potential sources to buy some things to get back on track. Thanks to all for your help, I have some promising leads! If you have wood stoves in your camps, sheds, man caves, etc., I urge you to regularly clean and inspect the pipes, etc., especially where the pipe leaves the structure. As a trapper, I hear of many trapping sheds that start on fire...very sad! ...even though the traps are made of steel, if the fire doesn't melt the traps, it ruins the strength of the trap springs. Again, thanks for the replies! Take care! PS. some photos of how I want to remember Bone Creek Sugar Shack - good times with family and friends!!
  23. Looks good! Did you dip them in a pot of wax or was the wax floating on the dye? I have used both methods and they both work. I go a bit overboard and boil the traps in water to get the old wax, odors and oils off. I dump the water (don't pull the traps through the water as the stuff floating on top will recoat the traps). I then simmer my traps in the dye (again dump the dye or strain the stuff floating on top before removing the traps)...I let the traps completely dry and then dip them in a pot of melted wax. The trick is to make sure the traps heat to the correct temperature before pulling them out of the wax...too cold and the wax builds up too thick (you would be able to see the wax - white) and too hot, and the wax is too thin. From your photo, your traps look good! After waxing, I like to use a small file to clean the dog and pan a little. Good luck! PS. do not use wax on your body traps.
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