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Winter Sales Deals at KrugerFarms.com

Late winter into spring is when most anglers, hunters and outdoorsmen stock up for the upcoming year.  Christmas is behind us and we may have a bit of a tax return coming in the near future, so now is the time to score some deals and stretch your dollars a little farther.

The first place you should look is the Winter Clearance section of the Kruger Farms website.  You will find some sweet deals on Shimano, TriggerX Walleye Plastics, UnderArmour gear, Jackall hardbaits, decoys, blinds, hunting gear and much more!

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And for all of you Sitka fans out there, check out the annual Sitka sale we are having which is 20% off through the end of February.

Sitka_Sale Don’t see what you are looking for in the sale sections, we have great hunting and fishing merchandise throughout the store and adding new stuff all the time.  Recently we added GoPro action camera and much more.

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Christmas Gifts for the retriever lover

Pro-staff Contributor:  Zach Raulie

Important not to forget your hardest worker in the field on Christmas morning!

Important not to forget your hardest worker in the field on Christmas morning!

It’s creeping up on us faster it seems every year; Christmas that is.  My wife and family members are always asking what I’d wish for this Christmas.  Another new puppy isn’t likely this year but outfitting our newest pup is.  We’re not easy people to shop for, us hunters.  I bet most hunters’ families agree that “he has it all, so what do I get him”.  Here are some great pre-holiday thoughts on my top picks that will be for both me and my retriever Finn, for Christmas 2013.

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Avery EZB Mallard

Avery EZB Mallard

A retriever owner can never have too many training bumpers and this really goes without saying as each season we lose some, pups chews some up or a couple extra just to make sure you have what you need next training season.

Whether by Mud River or Avery Outdoors these bags are fantastic for weekend hunting trips and overnight stays at the in-laws while you’re out of town keeping the dog food dry and transportable in an easy to tote bag.

You can never have enough.  Get a fluorescent color for upland game, one for waterfowling and another for the local playground.  Inexpensive and always useful in the day-to-day retriever world.

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My mother mentions that Christmas is a time when you gift something to someone that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.  Maybe the hunter in your life would like an item that they’ve done without for some time, but it sure would be nice to have.  Here are those items.

Maybe that new puppy you bought last Christmas is now ready for advanced training or maybe it has taken on a few bad habits that need some attention.  Whether for an upland bird dog or a new waterfowler SportDog has the right electronic collar for the job.  The Sportdog Wetland hunter is by far my pick of the litter.

Avery Jr. Ruff Stand

Retriever feeling extra comfortable Avery Jr. Ruff Stand and vest

A retriever never knew luxury could be so good until the Ruff Stand was developed.  This is a gift that every waterfowler has dreamt of and it sure makes waterfowling with your best friend a whole lot better experience whether in the marshes or the timber.  On many days this has provided a dry stable location for all my retrievers.

Products made by Avery Outdoors or Drake have years of experience in fine tuning the correct fit for man’s best friend.  A Dog Vest makes a great item for the retriever to insulate them on cold mornings in the blind and protect them from potential harm beneath the water’s surface.

Check out these and the entire selection of proven Guide Recommended Gear at www.krugerfarms.com

My First Season: Beaver Trapping

Pro-staff Contributor: Michaela Anderson

I began trapping my senior year of high school with one of my favorite hunting partners. We were in the same outdoor connections class and our teacher used to trap in Alaska so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to learn something new.  We only trapped a few weeks that first winter but were able to get two grey fox and learned a ton before our mentor moved back to Alaska. I go to college in St. Paul and there are not many places to trap near by so I took a year off. Last year I decided to try trapping something new after talking to my grandpa. He wanted to hire a trapper to trap the beavers that according to him were “devastating“ the forest at our farm. Because I had never trapped beavers before I did some research online to try to learn as many different tactics as possible before I actually tried my hand at trapping a beaver. YouTube helped a lot because there are plenty of videos that go through how and where to place different sets.

53lb Trapped Beaver

53lb Trapped Beaver

At our farm it was pretty obvious where the beavers were feeding so from there I started looking for slides and trails. Slides are where the beaver actually slides down the bank on his stomach back into the water. You can tell if they are fresh or recently used if they are muddy. I had a dozen snares from when we trapped foxes so I decided I would try to us them first. I was able to find five slides near where they were feeding and that is where I decided to place my first sets.

            When making my sets I started by cutting 2 sticks from a surrounding tree to use to keep the snare in place. These sticks can’t be flimsy they need to hold up to being pushed into the ground and the weight of the snare.  You want to place these sticks in the water one on each side of the slide and about an inch or two in front of where the slide meets the water. I took a small diameter wire and ran it through a rubber ring on the snare, which I used to hold the snare in between the two sticks I placed in the water. I had my snares partially in the water so it hid a portion of the snare. The bottom of the snare should be at least 2 to 3 inches off the ground if the beaver is going to be walking through your set. The loop on the snare should have a diameter of about 7 to 10 inches. With a snare you want to catch the animal by the neck so the trap will work effectively if you have your trap to low or with too big of a loop you may catch the animal by the stomach or miss them all together.

            You have to tie your trap to something that can with stand the fight of the animal you are trapping. This was the part I was most concerned about because there were not a ton of big trees in the area I was setting my traps. When I could not tie to a tree I used a big rebar steak and drove it as far as I could into the ground and tied the trap to that. The lead on the snares I was using was about 3 feet after setting the loop of the snare. This was nice because I was able to hide the snare wire better than the cord I used to tie the trap to. I used a thick wire cable that is coated in rubber so it is easy to tie but hard to cut.

Once you have your trap set and anchored you want to block off any other possible paths. We used broken tree limbs and sticks you don’t need to make it impossible to go through. Animals will try to go through the clearest path so adding obstacles on the nearest alterative paths increases your odds of the animal going through your trap. Beavers make caster mounds, which are clumps of mud that the beaver will secrete caster onto to mark their territory. You can order beaver caster online so I used that to make my own caster mounds in hope of causing the local beavers to come and investigate the new smell. I was not sure if this would actually work but I did notice all the mounds I built were destroyed with-in a week. I also added some fresh shaved birch sticks, which from my research I found out is a favorite snack of beavers, in the slide to try to attract a hungry beaver. 

            My grandpa came out with me and helped me set traps the first day. We set 9 total snares because some of the slides split as the entered the water. He definitely had his doubts as we were setting the snares; he kept asking me if I knew what I was doing or just making stuff up on the go. But after an hour our two we had all the sets ready to go. Unfortunately I had to go back home that night to get back for class in the morning so I had my grandpa check the traps for me the next morning. In Minnesota you need to check your traps every 24 hours but you can give someone written permission to check traps on your behalf if you cannot. That first morning I was so excited to hear from my grandpa that I could hardly pay attention in class. I knew from my previous experience with the foxes that the first night normally gives you a good idea if there are animals interested in your bait or using your trails. The first night is also when most misses happen because you are not sure what to expect or exactly how to place the trap. My grandpa finally called and he had good news, we had trapped our first beaver! It wasn’t any average beaver either it was a 53 pound beaver! This thing was massive it measured into the biggest class of beavers which is a double blanket. We also trapped three of the pups before the pond iced over.

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Michaela showing result after skinning beaver

            The hardest part was skinning and fleshing this massive beaver. I was really nervous because I did not want to ruin the hide and I had never skinned a beaver before so I was going off of YouTube videos. After it was all said and done I think I did a good job there were no massive holes just a couple small cuts. The pelt is at the tannery now and I am looking forward to getting it back to see how it turned out.

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Three Pup Pelts

Michaela Anderson is a professional angler fishing the FLW, B.A.S.S. College Circuits and select FLW Walmart Tour events representing krugerfarms.com, Trigger X
and the University of St. Thomas. You can follow her on Twitter
(@MichaelaFishing) and like her on Facebook (facebook.com/MichaelaAndersonFishing).

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Wolf Hunting in Canada

Pro-staff Contributor: Jeff Gustafson

With open seasons in numerous states and liberal seasons in most Canadian provinces, wolf hunting is a new activity for most hunters but one that is very intriguing.  Wolves are one of the most majestic creatures in our woods simply due to their ability to go unseen given their high population.  They are smart animals and ruthless predators who prey on everything from small game to moose.Wolf 2

Winter is the best time to hunt wolves for several reasons.  They’re more likely to be seen because animals must be active to stay warm in cold temperatures.  They also use deep snow to their advantage to catch prey.  For the hunter, the pelts are also the best during the winter; before the wolves start to rub them off late in the season.

During the past several years of my experience guiding wolf hunts, I’ve learned that there are two ways to hunt these animals – baiting and calling.  I’ve learned this mostly through trial and error because there isn’t a lot of information out there; many people talk about wolf hunting but few actually put the time in and do it.  In Canada, most wolves are taken by ice anglers who happen to bring a gun with them on fishing trips and catch an animal crossing the ice.  Other hunters harvest them incidentally while they are hunting other big game animals like deer, moose or elk.

The most effective way to hunt wolves, in my opinion, is to bait them with animal scraps.  But this legal and fruitful way to attract these predators is far from easy.  Sitting long hours in a ground blind in cold weather may not sound appealing to some people. But if you want to tag a trophy animal, suiting up in warm clothes and sitting it out remains the top tactic.

For winter hunting, suiting up in the warmest gear is essential.  I like to start with the best of long underwear, like Under Armour Base 4.0.  It is designed to keep you warm in extreme conditions.  From there it’s important to continue layering out to a heavy outer layer.  Staying warm is the toughest part of this hunt.  Wearing the best boots you can get your feet in is also important because your feet are the hardest part of your body to keep warm.  I trust Arctic Pro Muck Boots because between long sits on the stand and long days ice fishing I’ve never had cold feet.  They are a top-notch product.  Additionally, to help stay warm on those really cold days, when the temperatures fall below zero, I use a Mr. Heater Portable Buddy to help take the chill out of the blind.

I set up my blinds and bait on small lakes or beaver ponds—locations where snowmobilers aren’t likely to pass by.  I use the Primos Dark Horse Blind and conceal it as much as possible with small pine trees and bows.  The blinds overlook the bait that I put out and freeze into ice wherever I can.  Freezing the bait is key; or wolves will simply drag it away to chow down.

Where baiting isn’t permitted, calling wolves with electronic calls is a proven tactic.  Some of my hunters have called in wolves using the FoxPro Firestorm Electronic Caller.  This call has a good range so you can distance it from your position.  Wolves have a great sense of smell, so placing the call way down wind is vital to your success.  Fawn and rabbit distress sounds have worked well.  The times that my hunters have called wolves in, they came right to the call—literally within feet of it.  I can’t stress enough how smart these animals are!

To plan a trip of your own, visit Ontario’s Sunset Country; with its many resorts and professional guides you’ll be sure to have a great time.  When you do, check out krugerfarms.com for all the gear you need for a successful winter wolf hunt!

Jeff Gustafson is a professional angler living in Kenora, Ontario on the shores of Lake of the Woods.  Outdoor writer, fishing promoter and host of “Fishing with Gussy.” You’ll see him fishing the Walmart FLW Tour representing krugerfarms.com and Lund boats among others. You can follow him on Twitter (@GussyOutdoors) and like him on Facebook (facebook.com/gussyoutdoors).

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