Winter’s Here

11 12 2016

It looks like winter is finally here. Temps below zero and almost a foot of snow on the ground makes it feel much more normal after an extremely warm fall.  I really wanted to write a blog about how the deer herd has bounced back and report on the awesome moose hunting stories.  Needless to say there is not much to report.  The number of mature bucks has to be at a 20 year low.  Yes there are a couple of deer and yes I’m sure there is a pocket or two that might have a decent buck in it but from what I have seen this fall, it’s depressing.  I have not heard of any 150 class or better bucks killed in a 60 mile radius of PCC.  I did spend hours scouting new areas this year but the results have me hunting several hours west and south of here next season.  If you were to ask why the deer numbers are so low I would pause and say “I’m not sure”.  2014 and 2015 were not too hard on the deer so this year looked to be promising.  Predation is my best guest, we have seen an upward tick on our bear population this year and our wolves are finding enough food to stay healthy.  Wolf  packs seem to be growing in numbers making their hunting success an issue for other big game animals.

Moose hunting in WMU 5 seemed to be a bit slow.  Weather and time of year always will play a part.  We did not see many hunters in our area at all this year.  WMU 3 and WMU 4 seemed to have much more traffic and some hunters really had good hunts.  Several nice bulls were taken, many in that 50 inch range.

Up until a week or so ago  one could still get out on the water and wet a line.  Musky fishing ended up average.  Personally we would boat zero to three fish in an outing.  I did hear of some better reports later in November.  Crappie fishing was very good most of the fall, finding them took some time but when you found them you had a blast.  We have never seen so many people fishing so late in the season, it was very nice fall.

A buddy of mine with a nice bull he got yesterday.

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It’s Been A While

11 09 2013

Fishing in 2013 has not changed in August or September. August is usually the slowest month for fishing in NW Ontario, and although it might not have been like a June bite, fish were still being caught.  Good numbers but the story of the year has been BIG fish.  The number of quality walleye that have been caught throughout the region is really unprecedented.    Weather you were on Pickerel Lake in Perrault Falls or the English River in Ear Falls or anywhere else for that matter, you caught big fish.  Looking back I cannot remember a week that was slow throughout.  The water temps had much to do with an extended bite this year.  Mid July to mid August was unseasonably cold which brought water temperatures back down into the 60’s.  Quality fish stayed active and shallow, 8ft of water was the ticket the entire year for many people.

Busy with our Bear hunt kept a void in fresh blogs.  The first week of our bear hunt was business as usual, everyone seen bear and had great hunts.  The second week was a different story.  We experienced the heat wave that many of you had in late August and for us the bear turned nocturnal for the most part.  Although we went 2 for 4 that week our hunters in my opinion did not see enough animals to call it a good hunt.  Jason Carr (MN) did stick out a tough week and shot his first bear which was a mature boar close to 300 lbs.

We really only have two more weeks of fisherman and the archery moose hunt will already be starting next week.  Another awesome year is winding down and fall is right around the corner.  A trip to the outpost yesterday showed signs of leaves changing, moose rubbing, and ruff grouse on the roads.  We are looking forward to good hunting stories from all of you.

Bradley and Ashton Spidel (IA) are pictured below with some nice September fish.

 

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Jason Carr (MN) and Brian Sindt (IA) with there mature black bears.