Usually, most of the trapping takes place in the fall months for the raccoon, mink, muskrats and otter. But here in Wisconsin there is also a spring beaver season when they can be harvested. The guys have a route that is 75 miles round trip of some pretty rough roads. If the beaver aren't controlled in this area it could be devastating ... they would cause some major flooding that the county doesn't want to take place on these logging roads.
Today I rode along ...
I was surprised by how much snow is still in the woods... and how good the roads actually were.
|here's another one ...|
|and another one ...|
The woods are pretty drab looking yet with all the brown grasses and underbrush.
|Slim ~ leaning over the bank checking a trap.|
|~ looking upstream ~|
|~ looking down stream ... notice where the beaver have a dam across it ... it'll flood over the road if they aren't removed ~|
|~ a muskrat ... a cousin to the beaver ~|
He's hiding out by the base of the tree ~
three beaver from one pond ... trapper man was happy
Slim is proud of this dirty hat. You can't buy it ... it can only be earned.
It's from NAFA (North American Fur Auctions) located in Canada and is only given to the top lot trappers.
As I was standing around ... watching trapper man ... I heard some whistler swans flying up the creek ... coming towards me.
Look at the big yellowed teeth on this beaver ... no wonder they can drop a tree with just a few chomps.
Turkey tracks in the mud ...
Oh yeah ladies .. back off !! He's all mine! :)
What can I say? He makes me laugh.
We even found Cupid's Arrow way out in the boonies ~ judging by the size of his arrow I hope we don't find his diaper or loin cloth (whatever it's called) !!
Until next time...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.