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Widowmakers, Salamanders and a cool new trap !

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by pitdog, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. pitdog

    pitdog

    Apr 13, 2007
    I'd only been hiking for about five minutes today when I came across this huge Douglas Fir that had come down and blocked the trail !

    It's Widowmaker time of the year here in the PNW so take care guys !

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    I was packing my Breeden Taiga again today, wanted to test it out some more.

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    I'd wanted to try out a new trap today, I think you call them Yoke traps. The ones I'd seen previously had been designed to be used on trails and relied on the animal pushing through to get caught. I wanted to come up with a way of using a baited trigger. This is what I ended up with :

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    Sorry the pics aren't very clear, the weather today was just horrible and it affected the camera at times.

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    A took a poor video of it being triggered, the apple fell off just prior to me filming and by this time I couldn't even be bothered to put it back on, this is why I like bait such as peanut butter that can be smeared on the bait stick.

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    On my way back along the trail I came across this really pretty Salamander, she was a fair bit larger than those I'd previously seen, she still blended in so well that I nearly trod on her !

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    What a cutie eh !

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  2. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5

    Jan 6, 2006
    Boy I wish I had a new knife.LOL. Like the trap and the knife ain't bad either.
     
  3. mewolf1

    mewolf1 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Good times Pit. Are the Chantrelles done out there? Shaggy Parasols should be poppin too.:thumbup:
     
  4. pitdog

    pitdog

    Apr 13, 2007
    Didn't see any Chanterelles this year, I have seen some Shaggy Manes though !
     
  5. mewolf1

    mewolf1 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    I saw a Doug Fir like that in Bremmerton that was nearly all Fat wood. I nearly wet myself.:D
     
  6. sicily02

    sicily02

    Nov 23, 2005
    Awesome pics, neat trap too. I hope that knife performed great for ya. Love the Salamader pics too.
    I would like to have been able to see and hear that tree fall. What a sight that would have been.


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  7. fujita yuji

    fujita yuji

    Jul 12, 2008
    that's a cool looking adorable one.

    the trap looks nice especially you have an animal track (and who's using is).

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. ghostguy6

    ghostguy6

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    Aug 30, 2006
  9. protourist

    protourist Have you ever caught me lying to you before? Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Cool pics Pit.
    The skin on the newt reminds me of the handles on the JAB line from Kabar. Very cool.
     
  10. coaldigger

    coaldigger

    Jan 27, 2007
    Cool trap 'Ol Bud ! That knife looks sweet !
     

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