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Today was much colder than the first three days. We had a high of 9 degrees. By the end of the day we were all tired and hungry. They placed us in our spots at almost 9am. We all left our lunches in the truck since we normally got picked back up after an hour or two. This time we got picked up at 4pm. We started going into more difficult terrain to go hunting.
Since we all were going to be there for awhile we all got comfortable at our spots. Unfortunately, no one had any luck. We had cold feet even with multiple socks on and good boots.
So, this is probably the most memorable day of our trip. Usually, I gave Peter or whomever was driving the outfitters truck plenty of room to avoid an accident, especially since I could not see him through all the snow that was being kicked up behind him. Well…. we had not been on the road an hour and we were going to turn around and go back the way we came. And…. Peter got his trailer stuck in a snow drift. Now shit happens sometimes but we did not expect this to happen. All three of us busted up laughing. At first they had both guides trying to push the truck from the front…….yea…
Images and video documenting our attempts to help.
Our attempts to help get the trailer unstuck.
After about an hour of trying we got back on the road. Peter our guide said it was “poor conditions” that got him stuck. So that kind of turned into our catch phrase for the rest of the trip when we did not want to take responsibility for something. (I still use that at home on my wife. But doesn’t have the same affect). For the rest of the trip we were thinking he would get stuck again.
The rest of the day was fairly in eventful. Jim (father in – law) said he could hear something in the tree line growling at him. But nothing ever came out.
Lots of signs but the wolves knew what was going on. They said they had pushed a couple of the wolves the week before for another group but no success. That may have been the problem, they may know not to leave the tree line.
We all got up and had breakfast and Peter came in and asked if I would pull a trailer for him. I told him I would, I figured I don’t mind helping out a little of it will help our chances of finding something or make things easier for us. So, every morning we go to the gas station and fill up all the snow machines and Peter’s truck. I noticed I had a little above half a tank. While we had been out driving I kept it in all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive depending on the conditions. I go ask Peter if he is going to fill my tank with gas since I am doing him a favor and pulling his trailer and that was not part of the deal. He said he would rather take the trailer back to the house and I said ok. He tried to explain we needed the extra machines in case one breaks down and it would make for a tougher hunt. Which, I replied I understand but I was doing him a favor. He changed his mind and put $50 dollars in my tank. Peter was not happy, but I figured I was not paying him a bunch of money to do his job for him especially when they had two other trucks just sitting in front of the house.
Most of the day we spent driving. We got placed a few times but for short amounts of time. No sightings or sounds. Lots of tracks. Everything took longer today because both Peter and I were pulling trailers. There were not a lot of places to turn around so it took us longer to get both vehicles turned around.
The roads had probably 3-4 inches of packed ice on them. At least once you got of the main roads. The main road in and out of town was clear. In town, it was slush mixed with snow/ice.
George and I waiting for the others to return.
Peter (Our guide and co-owner of Kap River Outfitter) got us up and we had breakfast and got dressed. He gave us the run down of how things were going to go as well as covered the local hunting laws. Some of the laws we had to adjust to were keeping our rifles in our rifle bag until we were placed at our hunting positions/blind/tree stand. We were also not allowed to have ammunition anywhere in or loaded in the rifles until placed. Which we understood for safety reasons but also concerned we may miss an opportunity, but the law is the law and we did not want to have any problems or accidents. So we left and started our day.
We followed Peter around to his bait sites in my truck. We got placed a couple times. On the last stop of the day, George and I were placed along the road. Peter told us to have one person look one way and the other person look the other way. A few times we both heard whimpering/crying from a wolf near by but was probably within 30-45 yards. We could not see it though through all the trees. After about two hours of waiting Peter called it a day. Nothing ever came out and no other signs were found while the trackers were trying to flush something out. It was actually a nice day weather wise. We had a high of 36 degrees. No wind or bad weather.
A wolf that a previous client let them keep. The story is the client shot it but didn’t care to keep it and did not realize how big it was tell he returned the next time. This wolf was on the stairs leading to the kitchen and living area for Peter and his wife. This was one of the first things you see when you first walk in. It kinda freaks you out at first because we thought it was a real dog at first tell we realized it was not moving once we were in the house.
Another wolf they had in the basement. The basement is where we stayed.
Other parts of the basement. This was the living room in the basement. Quite large for three people.
Huddling in front of a spruce tree to break the stiff wind, half my body is protected from the elements by a snow pit I have dug. My .257 Magnum Weatherby Vanguard rifle is cradled in my arms protecti…
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