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.






Waiting for Spring

1 04 2014


We caught this cow moose on the way home from trout fishing a few days ago.  She is patiently awaiting spring like the rest of us.10 inches of fresh snow last night with high winds put 2 feet snow drifts everywhere on top of the 4 feet of snow that is still on the ground.  Pictures of snow are getting old and really don’t do the landscape any justice, you really have to be here to appreciate how much snow there is.




Ogani Outpost




Local Musky Lake 




Still Cold

28 03 2014

Temps are still very cold, the thermometer reads -4 F as I write this blog.  We still have tons of snow on the ground and everyone is looking forward to some sort of warm up after a very long winter.  2013 was excellent fishing throughout NW Ontario with a very late spring.  Looking at our current conditions and the current forecast models, spring could be very much the same as last year.  The question is will the fishing be the same?  If the fishing is 1/2 as good as 2013 we’ll have a great year.  Betty and I have a very busy year ahead of us and are looking forward to all of you joining us at PCC very soon.  A late cancellation gives an opportunity for a group of fisherman June 21st to June 28th at PCC and an excellent opportunity for the Ogani Outpost May 24th to May 31st.

Ice fishing last week was really good but slowed way down over the weekend.  The trout bite had been fast and the walleye bite was really good as the sun hit the trees in the evening.  Not sure what happened to fishing the last few days but all reports showed a slow down.  That’s ice fishing!


***Mailing address Change:

Our mailing address has changed to: Pickerel Creek Camp P.O. Box 40, Ear Falls Ontario P0V 1T0


Couple of pics from Wednesday.




4 feet of snow on our house.






Winter wasn’t only hard on residents, animals had a long tough winter as well.

This winter killed moose was right behind the house on Aerobus Rd.