Thanks so much for sharing something so alien to me and my life. Fascinating to see….greatly appreciated
I wish I had more photos from back then but we lost most of them when our house burnt to the ground while I was in High School.
Even to me the way we lived back then seems almost alien now,
So much has changed. I go back to the old homestead many times a year but now all that remains of that time are the memories, a few old photographs and a few old relics pushed into the bush to rust away with time.
Most of the game is gone, very few trappers remain, the whole country is cris-crossed with seismic lines, logging roads and highways.
It's still pretty remote compared to the southern cities but not so remote that tecknowledgy didn't find us.
Even most trappers have TV these days, and cell phones and ATVs.
In many ways it was a better life then we have today.
We had no bills, no boss, and seldom saw any government personnel. No one had a lock on their door, we eat all organic, home grown and home cooked.
There was always plenty to eat. If we didn't grow it or raise it, we harvested it from the wild.
I recall helping butcher two Moose dad shot from the front step one morning befor school. Us boys kept the table stocked with fresh fish all summer and in the fall there were clouds of ducks to hunt and Moose were easy to find, and most of the time, within a mile of home.
We picked hundreds of quarts of wild berries. Mostly Saskatoons, (I believe you folks call them Service Berries) as well as wild Blueberries and wild Raspberries.
We picked wild mushrooms and a few plants for the table as well.
Plus there was always a big garden, about as big as a city block.
Now most of the land around the old homestead is farm land. The forests were cut down to make room for more and bigger fields.
There is still a lot of forest, but now it's no longer right outside the door.
Life was much simpler back then. Hunting season ran from September first to December thirty first. A Moose tag cost three dollars and was good anywhere in the Provence for cow or bull.
Bag limit on birds was thirty for Ducks and Grouse.
I don't recall what the daily catch limit on fish was but I know we were allowed at least ten Pike and ten Walleye.
Most notably we and our neighbors were the only ones to hunt or fish anywhere within a hundred miles.
Mostly because we didn't have an all weather road until 1965. And because the closest town was 100 miles to the south of us.
But all that is changed now. These days there are more hunters from Calgary, 700 miles to the south of us, then there are locals. And they don't believe in sharing.
Last fall I went to one of my favorite spots and found it posted, "Private Land. No Trespassing." Only It's not private land and never will be. It's part of the flood plain along the river and is closed to any development.
I know because dad and others tried to get title to that land. Plus we did a title search to make sure that hadn't changed. It hasn't.
But that's just the way it is. No point in crying about it.
Still it feels good to remember another time. A time when strangers were welcome. A time when there was enough for everyone and plenty left over.
A time when our biggest worries were how to keep the mosquitoes at bay and how to get the old truck to run long enough to drive to town and back.