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  1. 5 of us hunting. All Ontario residents. Can "party" hunt the one tag. Lots of regulations to follow when party hunting in Ontario. Distance, communication, etc etc

    We also had a cow tag. Unfilled.

    The meat is fantastic! Been on successful hunts in the past. Never the "trigger" man

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  2. Not a deer hunt but thought I'd share last week's moose hunt.

    Wednesday the 21st my brother and I started the drive into North West Ontario. We pulled out of the Quinte area with plans of stopping in Sault Ste Marie for the night. The 22nd we completed our drive to Thunder Bay where we would hotel it one more night and Friday do grocery and other errands before heading into the bush of WMU 11b.

    On arrival to the camp site, I wandered down to the river to check on water levels and snoop around. Minutes later my brother comes down saying he just had a cow 80 yds away from trailers. Things were looking good.

    Saturday morning and night were slow. Sunday was a right off with heavy rain. During the afternoon during a trip to the local liqour store we came across a bull trying to cross the highway. That bull was on a mission to get across. We were driving along beside him and he would not turn back south into the bush. We got the feeling the rut was in high gear. The weather for Sunday night had the temperature falling to -6C. We were ready for the morning.

    Monday morning as we were walking into our planned cut to do some calling. We bumped a spike with a cow. That blew the morning for us.

    After a mid day partridge hunt and driving other cuts we located a few cut blocks that were loaded with tracks and showing signs of rutting bulls. We had a location for the evening.

    About 5pm my brother and I were walking to our cuts. He was going west from where we parked and I was going north.

    I had made it about 2 or 3km from the truck just walking the log road, when my cell phone started vibrating. This was the first signal I had in hours. I decided to stop and check all my messages before going further and starting to call. I put my ravin down needing to send an etransfer for my daughter's hockey. As I am sending it I can hear grunting in the poplars coming towards me.

    I run for my crossbow and hide behind a single poplar brush to see the bull step back into an uncut pine stand at 70yds. He goes silent.

    Now in panic mode I run to the end of the pine stand find a location to hide, I started grunting and smashing poplars for all I was worth. Within seconds the bull pops out about 100 yds away. He starts grunting and racking the small poplars in the cut.

    I gave a few more grunts and another round of thrashing on the poplars I was hiding in. The bull gives another grunt and turns to me on a bee line. Only stopping to tear up more brush.

    The bull made it to 13yds before turning from being head on. I stand for the shot. Sure enough the poplar I was racking is covering his vitals. The bull takes off, I give 2 grunts and he stops. Looks back broadside at 37yds. WACK! The lighted nock and iron will passed through and lodge underneath a rock.
    The bull run s another 20 yds and stops to my grunting again. I almost got the ravin reloaded before he slowly walked away over a ridge grown up with 6 foot poplars.

    I was a mess. Lol. On the radio to call the other hunters... pacing... more radio chatter.

    After about 45 minutes with the other hunters arrival and my brother the tag holder we walk about 30 yds from where I last saw him and get my hands on my first moose.

    After a night of work and carrying on we ended the trip with a Tues afternoon "eye" trip for a fish fry dinner. We caught our 5 man limit in about an hour, trading up a few and releasing a few pike.

    Up next.... a rifle moose hunt at the deer camp in Eastern Ontario in 2 weeks. A rifle deer hunt with the beagles 2nd week of November. Then either archery deer or if I get drawn a shotgun deer hunt in Prince Edward County across the lake from many of you the first week of December. 20220926_193453.jpg20220926_193617.jpg20220927_185217.jpg20220927_185341.jpg

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  3. I had never heard of EHD before here in Ontario. There are "rumours" of lots of deer found on Wolfe Island. A friend as told me he knows of 60 that were found in one general location. Also other locations along the 1000 Island corridor have been discussed.

    Our Ministry of Natural Resources has not released a statement from what I can tell. All word of mouth.

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  4. I moved from an Excalibur micro at 330 fps to a Ravin R10 at 400 fps

    In terms of accuracy they could both put arrows through the previous shot.

    Cocking and de cocking is hands down easier with the Ravin.

    Ergonomics and Size goes to the Ravin. It's amazingly narrow when cocked.

    The Excalibur is cheaper and just as accurate, that being said I am pretty pleased to have upgraded. My next hunt will be an archery moose hunt in Northern Ontario. I will be doing a lot of walking from call location to call location. The smaller faster bow will hopefully get a chance at a grunting bull.

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  5. I would look for ledges/drop offs that go from 30 40 ish and continue to fall off deeper.

    Have not fished around Amherst and the Gap for Lakers. Lots of people do though.

    I've had some fun out at Main Duck mid June with lakers and bows. Was hoping to find an early salmon

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  6. They delivered this week to Athol. I specifically asked my contact if birds around. He stated 1 gull that never came near while they were there.

    Where do they go?? Not sure. Perhaps due south? A lakers belly?

    Doesnt mean you cant catch them there. My best is 10lbs off west point.

    There is alot of shoreline on the South side of Prince Edward. Not many boats!! Likely all the browns are in Soup Harbour. We just arent going far enough east from Wellington, :)

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  7. There are some recent posts on Quinte Fishing forum out of Finkles. Fish are being caught!

    I dont fish that area, but the areas I do troll for Lakers. I look for ledges, drop offs any structure from say 30 to 60ish fow. I troll 2 rigger rods and everything else leadcore. I prefer 5 colour but I have some areas I always go to.

    I run mag spoons for lakers. Watermelon has its days. Last year colours like hawg wild were really working well.

    Good luckIMG_4321.jpg

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  8. I have a Kingfisher currently.

    Dealerships in Ontario and Quebec are starting to pick up the West Coast brands. Used to be only a few.

    I saw a 20 ft Duckworth with the extended engine platform at the Ottawa Boat show and was really impressed.

    Hate to say this fact. Your dollar may go alot farther at a dealer here??20190825_135832.jpg

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  9. I was recently put on to a you tube series called 39 hours.

    It's a multi species(truly multi species) tournament between 3 teams in the first season. 4 teams in the second. They are still releasing segments for season 2.

    I binged it all to catch up this weekend.

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  10. Quinte in June...

    Try booking at the Picton Harbour Inn. Scott Walcott of Bay of Quinte charters (amazing new boat, 34 Kingfisher) is the owner. Breakfast restaurant on site, boat slips out your door. If your not getting bites, I'm sure you could get some tips from Scott. Or try Merland Park for more of a cottage setup.

    You will easily be able to fish Hay Bay, Sherman's, Thompsons, Keith Shoal etc. Etc. from that hotel. Lakers will still be going out by Amherst and the Gap.

    A longer run but do able. I've had fun chasing bows at Main Duck in June. The smallie fishing can be great there.

    A short trailer ride to Wellington can get you on Ontario and West lake. Scotch bonnet will be holding lakers, browns, bows and some salmon could be arriving if later June. West lake is full of eater size eyes.

    Walcott's own a trailer park on West Lake as well. Probably some rental units there.

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  11. I have been a lurker of this thread since the beginning of the season. I think it needs a quick boost to get back on track. Talking about and seeing pics of some dandy deer.

    I took probably my best deer to date on Monday morning heading into my tree stand for a "Controlled" shotgun/muzzleloader hunt in Prince Edward County which is across the lake from most of you guys. We do not have a November gun season in WMU 70. It is archery only and the Controlled hunt the first week of December. A controlled hunt basically means you have to enter a draw to be able to participate in the December 1 week shotgun muzzleloader hunt. You do not get an additional tag for this if you are successful in the draw. The ministry does this to control the # of hunters in the unit.

    Back to the hunt and deer pics, I was walking in at legal shooting about 3/4 s of the way to the Bush lot my stand is in. I walk an old lane way that is pretty thick with growth and has fields on both sides. I get into a bit of a less dense section and see a deer in the harvested corn field to the east. I can immediately tell it's a buck and a big one. I only had one target to deer I was after and figured it had to be him. The other deer on camera were not anywhere near the same quality or size. I settled in with the Savage 220 shooting 3 inch Rem s I touched her off. The deer fell forward then began to head north to the Bush lot and soft maple swamp.

    I was pretty surprised to find that the deer I had just taken had not been in any of my camera locations and was not the target deer.

    I will be back out tomorrow with the old man to hopefully get the original target.Resized_20191202_100436.jpgResized_20191202_100444.jpg20191125_133051.jpg

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