Trapping Adventure In British Columbia


Published: June - 2005

If our report last month about a trapping adventure in Alberta piqued your interest, then you'll want to hear about a similar trip subscriber Richard Adams has told us about. This one takes place in the Williams Lake area of British Columbia, where Adams says he learned to trap martins, lynx, weasels, beavers, wolves and wolverines. He trapped with Stuart Maitland of Eureka Peak Outfitters, booking agent BC Outfitters Consultants. Maitland has exclusive guiding rights to 3,500 square miles of territory bordering Wells Gray Provincial Park in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. In addition to the big game hunts he runs there for moose, mountain goat, grizzly and black bear, he also offers what he calls a trapline adventure.

Adams says the adventure involves riding out on snowmobiles to set and check traps on a 30- to 40-mile line each day. He says Maitland showed him and his hunting partner videos that explained how to set the different traps for each species they were targeting and then gave them the opportunity to apply what they had learned the following day. Adams says they learned a lot about the behaviors of each animal because the traps were designed to take advantage of specific behaviors. For example, pine martins require a special box trap set in a tree, while beavers must be trapped under water. Other traps must be set in ways that lure the target animal but discourage other species. Adams says the training continues after the animals are collected, as one must then learn the best way to skin each species.

When asked why he recommends a trip like this, Adams says it is an unusual experience that allows a hunter to collect numerous animals he might not get another way. And it's just plain fun. He says this is a relaxing and leisurely trip, with the cold weather being the only possible hardship. If you dress warmly for the snowmobile rides, you won't have a problem," he says.

Adams says Maitland is very knowledgeable about trapping and hunting in general, plus he is........(continued)

 
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