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In Quebec during the trapping season, a licensed trapper may damage the dam of a beaver. The trapper may also damage the dam thirty days preceding the beaver trapping season to check for its presence. The Spillway is a good place to set your trap during the beaver trapping season.

Beaver Dam Spillway

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My watercolor of a Snowshoe Hare

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My rubber boots were slowly sinking into the dampened sand as I stood by the creek, my hands now resting in the warmth of my pockets while I checked over my channel set.

It was a beautiful morning with a slight breeze blowing in a north-westerly direction; the temperature was sitting at around six degrees Celsius. And I had just finished placing my log with my three nail channel set using a 330 Conibear trap across the creek. Now I could rest and carefully inspect my setup ensuring that it had all the fine details like the guide branches and that the forks were in their rightful upward positions.

I was surrounded by lush forest on both sides of the creek almost at the mouth of the culvert. Once satisfied, I took a moment and stared into the bottom of the creek bed and could see the glittering minerals that resembled gold dust and I could hear the poetic flowing sound of the creek current splashing along the rocks. It was perfect.
 
A very curious Whiskey Jack kept me company as he leapt and flew from branch to branch; circling me. The Grey Jay’s company was very special indeed especially for trappers particularly when trapping marten or fisher. To me there is nothing rawer and more Canadian at its metaphysical level, all the while culturally nutritious, being surrounded by this wilderness engaged in an activity that you appreciate so much.

I sure hope that in time I can do my part in managing wildlife, so that future generations can benefit of rich moments like these, which can not be acquired through our material world.

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