Moose Tag Reductions!

18 04 2014

After aerial surveys this past winter and other data collected, the consensus is a definite decline of the moose herd in WMU 5.  Other units experienced much of the same results.  Unit 5 is an extremely large unit, we are fortunate that right here in the Perrault Falls area the numbers are still very good but that is not the case in other areas of the unit.  In 2013 the MNR issued 300 bull tags,113 cow tags and 32 archery bull tags (Ontario Resident Tags) in 2014 the numbers look like this, 63 bull tags, 63 cow tags, and 8 archery bull tags.  Predation, parasites, lack of quality habitat, and harvest of the animal all play a role in the numbers of a herd.  Allocations for non-resident tags have not been announced for 2015 but all signs point to a reduction of non-resident tags as well.  We will update more local information on this topic as news comes in.

Walleye season closed Tuesday and people who took advantage of the last day of fishing on Monday managed to do pretty well.  Creek mouths still have not opened up so fish were still in their staging areas out from their spawning ground.  Trout fishing reports have picked up as traveling conditions have improved, cold night time temperatures have stiffened things up and fisherman are able to travel anywhere they like.  The long range weather forecast looks to be favorable to melting some of this snow and ice, then we can start giving some soft water fishing reports.

I took a wonderful trip into Anishinabi Lodge with owner David McGregor a few days ago.  The 40 mile snowmobile ride was a treat and the scenery was awesome.  Lots of moose tracks and I can tell you we do not have a shortage of wolves.  There were wolf tracks on the trail for the entire 40 mile trek.  Hopefully with the definite decline in whitetail populations, the wolf packs will balance themselves out and as a result of all of this the moose population will make a comeback.

 

A View From Anishinabi Lodge

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Rare day time pics of a Fisher on Pickerel Creek

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