Brackstone reports that all three hunters in his party took at least one wolf. He took two and describes the trophy quality as "fantastic!" The wolves, he says, were wild and in great condition.
What's really fascinating about Brackstone's hunt is the way in which it was conducted, using a traditional method called "flagging." Basically it involves locating a pack of wolves in the forest and encircling their location with a long cord (sometimes several kilometers) to which is attached cloth flags that retain human scent for several days. The wolves are reluctant to cross the flag line and will stay corralled within the flags unless pressured.
Brackstone tells us, "They have many people in different areas looking for wolf and lynx for the hunters. We'd get a call and set off for the area where they had the wolves flagged. We would travel anywhere from 100 to 300 kilometers by 4x4 truck to the location. From the road, we would take a snowmobile to within a couple of kilometers, and then travel on skis to the flags. This isn't really skiing, just walking on skis in snow that's three feet deep, but hunters should still be moderately fit. This is not a good hunt for older, infirm, or very unfit hunters.
"The temperatures averaged 25 below zero. It was bloody cold!! You have to stand very still for two to five hours. So, you need plenty of chocolate for energy, plus very good cold-weather clothes!!!
"The three areas they had flagged for us were very big, over 1,000 acres. They stand you on the ground within the flags, and you wait while they try slowly to move wolves. If pushed too hard, the wolves........(continued)