Fall is distant memory and winter has settled in.  Our deer season here was something not even worth mentioning.  Our deer heard in much of Manitoba took 2 years of harsh winters and this year I saw only a handful of deer, nothing close to being a shooter.  Lets hope next year is better.

Where we are in Manitoba, we do not have much snow yet but it has been cold.  We have seen many nights of -25 or colder already.  The lake is frozen and within two and a half weeks we already have 20 inches of ice!  My brother and I have been fishing on the lake and I have started trapping on the side.  Catching weasels, mink, pine martin, fishers, coyotes and foxes, I consider myself fortunate to be able to do what I love in the outdoors each and everyday.

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The Ice makes some interesting formations as the wind blows the water up on shore during the freeze up.

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We are feeding the masses with walleye, pike, whitefish, and even the suckers!

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Everyone always asks, “how do you get the net under the ice?” This is the “jigger”.  It has magnetic switches inside and when you touch the back with a magnet it turns on, when it has gone far enough you jerk the line and another magnet turns it off.  Then go find it, cut a hole and pull the net under the water.

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My pal Dustee has been back out there too. She feels right at home out on the lake.

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You can’t work all day if you don’t start in the morning!

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Trapping has been in my blood since I was born. My family came to Canada in the early 1900’s and we grew up farmers, fishermen, and trappers. Here is my buddy the Pine Martin.

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In the past few years we have been getting more Otters living along the lake and I have finally figured out how to catch them. They have beautiful short fur and are a wiley animal.

 

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