Welcome back! Tonight at the campfire we are going to be chatting about one of the oldest professions of the frontier. Wilderness Trapping has been an important part of our heritage as people since ancient times.
Master Guide Terry Overly agreed to sit in on tonight’s chat and share some of his thoughts, memories and knowledge about trapping with us.
Can you even try to believe that I thought this video was going to be short and sweet?! I did! I swear I did! Lordy. I will endeavor to keep these chats much shorter in the future! Please stick with me. (I am bound to improve! LOL)
There is so much history to trapping and so much more to share with you about the trapping that has gone on in Alaska, so much longer than it can be shared.
The Native Americans taught the trappers and mountain men, the first white men to cross the Great Plains and go into the Rocky Mountains, the skills they needed to hunt and trap. In Alaska, it started even earlier.
This seasonal harvest of wildlife, the trapping most especially, provided and still today, provides the meat and warm fur needed to sustain life in the North.
The thick fur parkas, mitts, hats and leggings protect against bitterly cold temperatures, may not be the only thing available to do the job of enabling Alaskans to survive in the harsh Arctic environment in today’s world but it still does the job and better than most.
What it does still today provide is an income that is vitally important to many people in rural communities when few jobs exist during the winter. It also provides a healthy and pleasant outdoor experience to many folks who would find it too easy to remain indoors when the temperatures plummet and darkness settles over the North Country.
Well… Did you enjoy this? You may really enjoy the others! Be sure you check them out over on their page, Campfire Chat Videos. And! Leave! Me! A! Question! (please!!) So we can continue these nifty chats till summer and sunshine returns to Chisana.