Animals of Big Grass

squirrel days

top of the tree to you all!

Sammy's ball

will you play with me?

Chessys dont share

I dont share

We pass the winter keeping busy with the Big Grass Animals. Wild animals need to be fed during Cold winters, HOWEVER we dont consider red Squirrels part of this family… Our Log Cabins suffer if a red quirrel chooses to locate his home into a Cabin. So standing rule:Dont show your face close to house or cabins or the 410 will blast you from that tree! yep it did…   over the years many red squirrels have not lived to tell tale…

Sammy Jo continues to bring the ball, frozen lump of snow or a stick for you to throw.. IN the house or outside she has something to throw.. I always wanted a dog to bring me a stick, Help please have her only retreive 1/2 a day! She’s Judys dog,  not spoiled lol, decently behaved, loves to play, and runs like a crazy after a ball or anything.

The Male Chessy of the House Copper! a True Male, spoiled, does the Chessy walk um Im not sure if I want to do that, thinks he should get what he wants.  But hes a great retreiver, lots of go, strong body, and will work hard in the field this fall.

Beavers is a source of bear food.

dandelions

Dandelions

Beaver trapper

Beaver trapper

Beaver carcass

Bears Big Mac

What do you think is a Bears favorite food?

Well in Manitoba Spring bear hunting, Beaver parts, carcass, not the hide but the body and internals is high protein. After a long winter they come out of hybernation hungry. Beavers can be out sutting small sapplings for food and because a bear can out run a Beaver they hav learned to follow the beaver dams to access easy food.. They will also pull apart a Beaver hut to get into get the kittens.

When we use the parts of the carcass, we cut them up with a band saw into small pieces and place in bait barrel , if you leave a whole beaver at the site the big old bear will come along and take the one carcass , go away have a feast then he doesn’t need to return to site for couple days… Then we put top back on barel so it is not easy access to the bait.

Spring means Dandelions,

this is also another favorite food,  the white mile in the dandelion stem is very sweet and the bears eat this to make their stomachs start to work in the spring… If you are in an area where there are lots of Dandelions the bears can stop coming to the baits for a couple of days while they are filling their bellies with Dandelions..

WE have a local First Nations Trapper who traps beaver , he gets the bounty of the tail , sells the stretched or raw beaver pelt and we pay him so this is another source of income for him.. We have known this fellow for a long time he has some great stories for us when we sit and have coffee. the hunters love to listen to his tails of the wilderness.

beavertail bounty

Beaver tail bounty, 80 lb beaver

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Manitoba Winter

How do you stay warm in Manitoba Winter?

thermometer

Honey its cold out

birdseed

More Peanut butter needed!~

frost

frosty windows

We get asked it all the time. -25C was the warmest time of the day that day, Wind was blowing 30-40mph, Do you worry about the wind chill?   Dress warm for cold temps, skin and fingers exposed freeze in a few minutes.  Mother Nature draws awesome pictures on windows that are not thermopane.

We continuously feed the wild animals so they don’t freeze,  song birds at the feeder get peanut butter and black sunflowers high in protein for their little bodies to stay warm. Pets stay in the house or heated kennels on bad days but most of our farm animals endure the temps but need extra food to keep their bodies warm.. a Good shelter belt to get out of the wind is much needed.

Are you on the highways? have a Storm kit in the vehicle for safety.  Vehicles should have winter fronts on to keep temps in motor and in cab while driving.  Manitoba Vehicles are equipped with Block heaters to plug in and keep motors warm for easier starting. make sure you drive with the fuel tank above 1/2 not below incase of road conditions changing quickly..  Manitoba has winter driving regs which you must have winter tires on your vehicle before and after certain dates to prevent more accidents.

Big Grass vacates to Mexico

Tom endures some hot peppers to get a Tequila shot!

Hard work and years of knowledge in Bear hunting

Bushels of Oats in bags placed in the barrels to keep the food supply for black bears coming from hibernation. Many pails of used french frie grease for scent and mixing with the oats collected and dumped.

Natural food

Beavers are trapped by local Manitoba trappers and chopped to pieces and placed in the barrels. Beavers are a natural food source in the spring for bears. Carcasses placed in barrels for the bears offer good food source, scent attractant for quality bear hunting.

Active baits

Guides check the sites regularly for activty at the sites, noting the amount eaten, foot prints and color of hair.  Collecting the info from all the sites then to  determine which hunter goes where . We leave it up to Tom as we feel he usually makes the correct decision on good bear hunting.

 

TB Bear Trophies from past years

big bear trophiesUnique Black Bear  trophies of past years to appreciate if booking a hunt at Big Grass. Choices can be made by seasoned and first time hunter.   Colorphase and size are  main choices made by bow and rifle hunters.  Occasional cameras are used to identify activity at the sites

Big Grass Bear 101

 Knowledge of judging size comparing the bear to the bait barrel is first question asked.  Bear 101 is a detailed info session giving everyone, Good  hunting knowledge of the woods, animals and what to expect.  Answers of what to expect make a hunt more successful and enjoyable than the unknown hanging over the hunter.  

Guide and hunter

The guide will inform the hunter of trails to and from the site. Hunters will settle in the stand and let guide know his is ready to hunt. 1/2 hour atleast is needed for the quide to exit the woods and animal movement to return.

2018 Spring Bear Hunting Preparation in Manitoba

Have you ever gone on a trophy hunt or did any Trophy hunting? Do you spend time preparing your weapon and yourself for the hunt?  tuning your bow, adjusting the scope for the  bulls eye or even cleaning and oiling your stock and rest of the gun… I would think this is part of the whole hunt…. it would be terrible if the huge bruin walked into the bait, giving you the correct shot and You the hunter missed because your weapon was off…   How disappointing would that be?  Before our hunters go to the bear stand we have them shoot thier gun or bow just to make sure it didnt get bumped in traveling on plane or vehicle..  to all the hunters out there I would think this is part of the hunt.

TBT remember 2011 we had 12 inches of snow April 30

After  their patience depleted, they arrived and were shocked that we were  telling them the truth.The roads got cleared and we hoped some snow would melt so we could access the hunting area due to high banks of snow.. We knew the bears would be at the baits cause they had been eating actively for 10 days. A snow like this it just puts them up for a couple days and they are back same a they were before the weather hit.  We hung at the camp for the day and headed our first thing the next day, of course with great success..

Snow storm of the winter keeping us home

Have you experienced a winter snowstorm, keeping you home for 3 full days? With winds gusting to 75mph, about one and half feet of snow falling in about 12 hours and our winds didnot stop for 48 hours.  Wow we were Stormed and Blown but like all people who live in Manitoba we just sit tight till it disperses and then we start digging out..  While it was storming the dogs and I used  snow shoeing as my method of travel.. We put on about 6 miles in the 2 days of blocked roads, and then it was just fun to travel along the banks threw the woods to see neat paterns and banks in the snow.