Got this field report on Christmas day from my friend Brandon Schreiber, who lives in central Saskatchewan and operates Buck Country Outfitters, an outfit I will be hunting with this fall. Brandon wrote:
I had an epic day fulfilling one of my dreams, to harvest a wolf. Anyone who has pursued wolves knows how smart they are and what it takes to connect on these animals.
I wanted to know more, so I asked my friend to elaborate…
The only way to harvest wolves in Saskatchewan is to obtain a fur license and either trap them or shoot them. I have had my fur license since I was 12 years old, and my dad taught me a lot about trapping and ways to place your sets to be inconspicuous in the woods.
I have found the wolf to be by far the hardest animal to trap. I have been after them for years and these are the first 2 I have ever connected on.
I was able to trap in part of my deer hunting area, so I focused on a place where I knew wolves traveled through, as sometimes we see them on our cam trackers during deer season. I set some small pieces of beaver around the area where I had placed a few leg hold traps. When I returned after setting them I had both wolves caught in the set!
It was one of my most rewarding times in the wild, after spending countless hours, days, weeks and even years trying to catch a wolf, with many close calls and always enough sign to keep you interested.
The best part is knowing I have helped our deer (and moose) population by having taken out 2 of the predators. The male wolf was big and weighed about 150 pounds, the female about 100 pounds.
A great Christmas Day present and an amazing way to end my 2015 year.—Brandon
I have known Brandon for many years, since he was a kid just starting out in the outfitting business. This guy spends a lot of time out in the wild up there, hunting, shed hunting, trapping, 4-wheeling and just roaming around. Great to see him doing well in the hunting and fishing business.
Thanks buddy for this amazing story, see you in deer camp in November.