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Dinorocks 2021 Northern NY Trapping Expedition


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Each year for the last 10 years or so my son and I would travel up to Northern NY in early November for a long weekend of trapping.  Last year was the first year we missed the trip (Covid travel restrictions) and this year my son is a freshman at college, has a part time job (at Orvis:-), and is traveling for sports…unfortunately not much free time for him right now.  This year, because I would be solo, I decided I would continue with the trip and spend about three weeks trapping, hunting with my flintlock and stick bow, and fishing out of a “primitive” base camp that I would set up.

A couple months ago I scouted out a spot for my camp…did some hand clearing , built some furniture, figured out my firewood/water supply, and prepped an area to put my fur up.

I recently arrived at my spot (on a very frosty morning) and got my camp set up.  I thought some of you would enjoy following along; cell reception is very unreliable where i have my camp set up but I’ll try to check in every couple days.  
 

 

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I was able to get a few traps out after getting camp set; on my first check I caught a muskrat and a boar coon.

I should state that my trapping goal is not to put up big numbers or target certain species…I want to catch a variety of fur, and have fun scouting, trying different sets, and putting fur up!

 

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And with this post, I think I’m current. 
 

Today was a very busy day!  …a good busy!!

(Just remembered I left one of the coon I caught today at my set after remaking it…errrr.  Should be fine when I grab it tomorrow (unless something else does before I do!)

 

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38 minutes ago, Lawdwaz said:

Hey Dino, is this a solo deal??

Yes sir…although somehow I convinced my wife to join me for a couple days… she doesn’t know yet, but she will be muling back some fur and a bunch of fluorescent minerals I found when I was up last…wheels were close to rubbing the wheel well because of all the weight!

 

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9 minutes ago, wolc123 said:

Are you going for beavers ?  They made a mess out the creek I wanted to wade up that way this year. I also heard that they are pretty tasty.  I wonder if muskrat taste similar, or coon ?

I have two beaver sets out …I learned my lesson last time I put a bunch of sets out…was skinning beaver until the wee hours of the night! Yes, I do eat the beaver…my favorite!  I’ve eaten pretty much every critter out there at one time or another….except for bobcat…I’ll be trying that tomorrow.

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7 minutes ago, dinorocks said:

I have two beaver sets out …I learned my lesson last time I put a bunch of sets out…was skinning beaver until the wee hours of the night! Yes, I do eat the beaver…my favorite!  I’ve eaten pretty much every critter out there at one time or another….except for bobcat…I’ll be trying that tomorrow.

Is beaver a lot better than muskrat ?  Interested to hear how the bobcat tastes.  The only thing I for sure wouldn’t try, would be coyote.  Those are the only carcasses that I have thrown out back here, that the crows won’t even peck at.   
 

I think I remember a Meateater episode where they choked a little bit of that down but it didn’t look like they liked it too much.

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9 hours ago, wolc123 said:

Is beaver a lot better than muskrat ?  Interested to hear how the bobcat tastes.  The only thing I for sure wouldn’t try, would be coyote.  Those are the only carcasses that I have thrown out back here, that the crows won’t even peck at.   
 

I think I remember a Meateater episode where they choked a little bit of that down but it didn’t look like they liked it too much.

I believe that was coyote they ate and didn’t like. That bobcat meat looks very similar to mountain lion meat. They both look like pork and im told is very good eating. 

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