Alberta farmer spends winters on the trapline
MILLET, Alta. — Neil Kimmy loves the land and loves the bush.
For nine months of the year Kimmy farms with his family near Millet. But from November to January he works on his traplines near Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta.
His passion for trapping started early, and it didn’t take long for Kimmy to realize he could make more money trapping than his high school friends could stocking grocery store shelves.
“When I filled out the aptitude test at high school, I wanted to be a trapper. My old man used to cringe,” said Kimmy.
Every weekend the teenaged Kimmy would leave his Edmonton home and go to his grandfather’s farm near the Battle River southwest of Edmonton and trap or help out at a friend’s farm.
“I used to go all weekend. I’d come down Friday night and go home late Sunday. I’d trap beaver and coyotes. Trapping was good,” he said.
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