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I knew it was some sort of trap. Thanks for the interesting info Vince, next time I'm in the NWT I'll have to see if I can see one in action. The hunters/trappers up there make some pretty interesting stuff.
I'm surprised to see that the snow melts long enough up there to see grass.
When I lived in Yellowknife NWT which is not quite as far north as Rankin the snow would melt around my birthday which is mid march...or sometimes even April...and be back again around September/October. The summers are fairly warm though, around +25-35 Celsius and the winters get between -30 and -50 on average, even without the windchill factor. The windchill can bring things down ridiculously, when I lived there the first time in 1997 it was -65 Celsius with the wind chill on Christmas day! I put ski goggles on when I went for a walk with my dog to keep my eyelashes from freezing together. Vinyl siding completely explodes when even touched with a plastic shovel below -30 Celsius. I lived there for two years again around 2005, and global warming didn't help much. As Vince mentioned before, minus 25 in the winter in the NWT is downright balmy. People start busting the liners out of their jackets/going out in a sweater. It's pretty ridiculous!