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Note:  This year leg wrestling will not go to total points for the competition, it will be for prize money only.


  Ice Hole Chop Ice Fishing Canoe Packing Portage Race Pack Race Sled Pull Moose Calling Goose Calling   Axe Throwing Log Throw Pulp Cutting Log Saw & Split Pole Climbing Snowshoe Race   Tea Boiling Fried Bannock  Fish Filleting Fish Frying Trap Setting Flour Packing Buckskin Parade Leg Wrestling Total
John Hendrickson 4 5 5 0 0 3 2 0   5 4 5 5 4 6   0 0 3 3 3 7     64
Chris Perchaluk 5 0 1 5 1 4 5 3   4 0 1 3 5 7   2 5 2 5 5       63
Norman McKenzie 2 0 3 3 3 1 4 0   1 3 4 4 0 5   5 3     1       42
Omar Constant 3 0 2 0 2 2 1 5   0 5 0 2 0 0   4 4 4   4       38
James Buck 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 0 3 1 0 0   3 0 5 4 2       24
Melvin George Jr. ® 0 0 0 4 5 0 3 4   0 0 0 0 0 4   1 0   1         22
Melvin Contois 0 0 4 2 4 5 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0   0 1 1 2         19
Don Bodnarus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   2 0 2 0 0 3     2             11

2009 King Trapper John Hendrickson

2009 King Trapper Runner-Up Gerald McKenzie

2009 King Trapper Rookie Quinn Constant


2009 King Trappers' Competition

Message from the 2008 King Trapper
Hello,Tansi!   This is your reigning King Trapper, Durwin McKenzie.     I  would like to welcome everybody to the 62nd Annual Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival.  This year will be my 10th in competition and I encourage all competitors to come out and test your skills and maybe  learn new ones, as some of the world’s toughest athletes go head to head for the chance to be crowned king trapper.  I'd like to thank all directors and volunteers for doing a tremendous job in putting together this festival and braving the cold weather.  I hope to see everyone soon and once again compete for the chance to  be crowned 2009  Northern Manitoba King Trapper.           Thanks.

2009 Results

Richard, Jim, Don, Gerald, John, Norman, Abel, Kirby, Quinn, Chris

  Thursday 9:00 Start Friday    Saturday 3:00 Flour Packing  
Competitor  Bib # Ice Hole Chop Ice Fishing Canoe Packing Portage Race Pack Race Sled Pull Moose Calling Goose Calling   Axe Throwing Log Throw Pulp Cutting Wood Sawing Pole Climbing Snowshoe Race   Tea Boiling Fried Bannock  Fish Filleting Fish Frying Trap Setting Flour Packing Buckskin Parade Leg Wrestling Total
John Hendrickson (9) 3 5 5   4 4   1   3 4 5 4 5 5             7 1 4 60
Gerald McKenzie (6) 5   3   2   1     5   3 5   4   2 5 5 5 5 6 1 2 59
Norman McKenzie (5) 4   2 5 3 2       4 3 4 3   3   4 3     2 5 1 3 51
Kirby Sinclair (3)     4       3 5     2 2 2       5 4 3 3 4   1   38
Quinn Constant (1) R 2     3   1 4 3   2 1       7       4 4     1 5 37
Chris Perchaluk (2) R       4 1 3   2         1 4 6         1 1   1   24
Richard Danielson (4)     1 2 5 5               3     3 1         1 1 22
Abel Crane (7) 1           2 4   1 5 1         1 2 1       1   19
Jim Buck (10)             5                       2 2 3   1   13
Don Bednaurs (8)       1                                     1   2

 Josee Morneau sets female flour packing record.  Here's the video.

 Results from 2008

King Trapper Entry Form 2009

King Trapper Rules and Event Sponsors


Trappers' Festival 2006----34 °F / -36 °C (2006)  February 16 an all time record was set.  Dog races were postponed from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to get the windchill factor down a bit.  In the meantime, the King Trappers' were out on the ice, doing their icehole chop at 9 a.m. on the wide open Saskatchewan River!  Trappers events continued without delay.  Now that's Northern toughness! 

 2007 Final Results

Check out 2007 Competitors and 2007 Events


Flour Packing Video



King Trapper

Trophy, $1000 prize money Sponsored by Aseneskak Casino

2 Round trip ticket to Winnipeg, sponsored by Calm Air

Runner Up 

Plaque, $500 prize money sponsored by Aseneskak Casino


Trophy, $100 prize money sponsored by Wilf's Hauling


History of King Trapper

The King Trapper contest was inaugurated in 1955. Up to that time there had always been a Queen of the Festival so why not a King? King Trapper means competition, skill and endurance and the title is awarded to the fellow securing the most total points in all of the various contests and sporting events.  There also is a Junior King Trapper event for the "trapper in training".

These events have hardy northerners competing one against the other in contests which are indicative of the art and skill required by the early inhabitants to gain their livelihood and, in some cases, their very survival. The 22 events are: Pole Climbing, Pulp Cutting, Wood Sawing and Splitting, Log Throwing, Canoe Packing, Rat Skinning, Trap Setting, Pack Race, Tea Boiling, Bannock Baking, Ice Hole Chop, Ice Fishing, Moose Calling, Goose Calling, Leg Wrestling, Marathon Snowshoe Race, Flour Packing, Wild Fur Competition, Fish Filleting, Axe Throwing, Buckskin Parade and Portage.

The flour packing contest has its roots in the early days when supplies were brought in birch bark canoes and packed over numerous portages. The contestant carries anywhere from 700 to 1000 pounds, on their back for 20 ft.  The record for flour packing is still held by Henry Sayese. In the 1920's he packed 1200 pounds!!  The winner used to get to keep the flour and also received a cash prize.  Today the prize money has increased.

The ice hole chop is done in all types of weather from -15 to -40 oC to open the lake or river for water and ice fishing to catch their meals.

Pole climbing is a test of speed based on the practice of shimmying up a tree to survey the land or escape animals.

The contestant's culinary skills are also tested with  bannock baking, and some years, fish frying. The food is produced over an open fire and judged by an appreciative audience.

In the tea boiling, the contestants line up, race to their individual piles of wood, split kindling, start their fire, melt snow in their tea pail to make it about half full of water and when it comes to a boil, put in the tea. Speed is the main requisite of this contest.  The record for tea boiling is just over four minutes from start to finish. The bannock baking takes a little longer, (between 30 to 45 minutes) using the same fire, as the coals are already available. Each contestant is given a supply of flour, baking powder, lard and salt. These contests take place out of doors often in 20 to 30 degrees below weather.

* No Muskrat available for 2009* Muskrat skinning is another interesting event. The contestants are judged on the quality of their workmanship, the condition of the pelt and the time.

The remainder of the King Trapper events are judged on time and skill of the competitors vying for bragging rights.

Many events are set up for the fastest time and each competitor must enter at least 21 out of 22 events. The contest is based on a point system and the contestant who gains the most points bears the title "King Trapper", receives the trophy and a cash prize. The winner of each category secures a cash prize also. In the later years, the King Trappers was changed to World Champion King Trapper events as it brought competitors from the North, South, East, and West competing for the honors.

An addition a few years back, has been the “Rookie” category.  This is to encourage first time competitors to enter into the World Champion King Trapper event.  They compete for a separate trophy and prize money, as well as any money they may have earned during the competition.

The competitors all work and encourage each other on as if they were one family, even though they are competing against each other for the most points and the title. The King Trapper proves to be a special breed of man - a man adapt at handling the rigorous life of a northern outdoorsman!

Hope to see one and all in mid-February for the Festival.

Allen Frederickson

Director, King Trapper Events

Feb. 20, 2009 (Thursday morning 8 a.m) is a complementary invitational King Trapper Breakfast at the Wescana.

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January 14, 2008----Richard Danielson in the news

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Past King Trappers

King Trapper
Year Winner
1955 Roger Carriere
1956 Roger Carriere
1957 Roger Carriere ?
1958 Roger Carriere ?
1959 Roger Carriere ?
1960 Roger Carriere
1961 Roger Carriere
1962 Roger Carriere
1963 Roger Carriere
1964 Roger Carriere
1965 Roger Carriere
1966 Walter Koshel
1967 Roger Carriere
1968 Walter Koshel
1969 Walter Koshel
1970 Roger Carriere
1971 Walter Koshel
1972 Walter Koshel
1973 Roger Carriere
1974 Roger Carriere
1975 Roger Carriere 16 times
1976 William Cook
1977 Irvin Constant
1978 Irvin Constant 2 times
1979 Walter Koshel
1980 Walter Koshel
1981 Albert Ballantyne
1982 Walter Koshel
1983 Walter Koshel
1984 Walter Koshel 10 times
1985 Robert Ducharme
1986 Robert Ducharme
1987 Robert Ducharme
1988 Robert Ducharme
1989 Franklin Carriere
1990 Robert Ducharme
1991 Robert Ducharme
1992 Scott Wishart
1993 Randy Koshel
1994 Lanz Chevillard
1995 Randy Koshel 2 times
1996 Robert Ducharme 7 times
1997 Glen Scott
1998 Scott Wishart
1999 Scott Wishart
2000 Scott Wishart 4 times
2001 Lanz Chevillard
2002 Durwin McKenzie
2003 Durwin McKenzie
2004 Gerald McKenzie
2005 Gerald McKenzie
2006 John  Hendrickson
2007 Gerald McKenzie 3 times
2008 Durwin McKenzie3 times

2003 Chicago Tribune Article>>>>

I found this interesting.  Mr. Hendrickson hadn't even won the Jr. King Trapper event yet, but was in training already!  He currently is the 2009 Flour Packing champ as well as King Trapper.

Flour Packing submitted by John Hendrickson 1993 booklet

To this day I can remember the first time I ever watched the flour packing competition during Trappers’ Festival.  It was 1986 and I was just a little guy still.  I didn’t even weigh as much as one of those huge sacks of flour.  Gene Lamb was running the event and was busy announcing who would be carrying next and how many pounds of flour they would be attempting to lift.  The crowd seemed to share the stress… a man, underneath a pile of flour struggling to keep from slamming to the felt.

 What makes people get so involved while watching this event?  There is definitely the element of danger.  I mean…who could even try to argue this is a safe event?  A thousand pounds on a man’s back with nothing stopping him from being crushed to the ground but his own strength, skill and stamina.  Then if this is true, why don’t we hear of men being crippled or killed from this event.  The only answer I can give is that flour packers are a special breed in their own.  No other sport in the whole world (powerlifting, Olympic lifting, even the World’s Strongest Man competition) has put any more weight on a man’s body than flour packing.

A former King Trapper, Franklin Carriere once carried 1200 pounds in his peak physical form.  That’s equivalent to the weight of about 7 adult males.  Flour packers have exceptionally strong backs, legs, and all the joints and bones in between.  Flour packers also must have confidence in their own body’s ability to hold up and perform for them under extreme levels of pressure.  Discipline, similar to that of a distance runner who has “hit the wall.”  Before a lift, men are eager and raring to go, but once the weight is on them they are immediately humbled and must concentrate on every movement.  The tremendous weight puts a constant strain on absolutely every muscle in the body, this makes the carrier feel “winded” or out of breath very fast, thus proper breathing is necessary but is easier said than done.

 Technique-To carry the maximum amount of flour a man’s body will allow, take proper technique.  Common rookie mistakes are to walk hunched over too much, to walk too fast and to take too big steps.  The best flour packers carry with an upright as possible stature.  If you see a man taking steps bigger than about 8 inches, then he probably isn’t having a very tough time and can probably carry another 100 pounds or more.  There are other tricks that are necessary to winning at flour packing, but you’ll have to pay your dues competing and training to learn them.

Just as intense and interesting to watch is the loading of the flour onto the carrier.  A heavy duty 3 inch wide strap is the base of the pack.  The strap is harnessed around 3 or 4 (depending on the participant’s height and preference) sacks, then one sack is rested on the edge of the top sack and the back of the carrier’s head.  Then, two bags are rested side by side on top of all other sacks.  Then, two bags tied together with about 4 feet of strap (called saddlebags) are draped over those two sacks.  All additional flour is either added ahead of time in the saddlebag fashion and/or pile on top of those last two sacks.  This all must be done within about 10-15 seconds as just standing with that weight is a challenge and the carrier will tire quickly.  A well balance and quick load up is required for a successful carry.

 I challenge any men who think they are strong to sign up for King Trapper and come flour pack.  How much you can bench press, squat or deadlift means little in this event a flour packing measures your whole body’s toughness—or ability to handle pain and concentrate at the same time.  To me, the most entertaining carry is one in which the carrier is pushing his body to new level and poundage.  The harder the time it appears the carrier is having, the more the crowd “gets into” the event.

 I guarantee this year’s King Trapper flour packing competition will be one of the best ones ever!!  There will be veteran and rookie flour packers, but they are all out to give 100 % effort to win!

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