Chessy Male retreiver and guard and Family.


male chessy

proud Oaky

3 weeks Copper is the dad from Oaklahoma HIckory Creek Kennels.  a Great dog gentle big aggressive in the field, protective. and Spoiled. 

For sale: Chessy Pups, pure bred Mom from Bylo Farms Sask. Male out of Hickory Creek Kennels Oklahoma.

6 females  unsold 2 males are sold.

Colorphase bears in Manitoba at Big Grass Outfitters


Jeff Sticks a Trophy

HE said only One!

Well his 4th trip and he gets the Color phase he was wanting 2 years ago.  7pm May 28 with his Hoyt in hand, and Rage Broad heads he nails this trophy while standing in the stand in Manitoba.  Jeff has done the time and has taken good bears while hunting with Big Grass. Hes passed on some took a good bear to then watch a monster come in later.

Does he need any more?

Not likely but once you have harvested one Bear it is like a disease you want to harvest another.  When you are not in the stand and time allows we take time to sit at the Lake of the Prairies to do some fishing..  Here he pulled in a Northern Pike on Johns Rod and even smiled for the picture.

Activity at the baits weas good Old fuzzy butt attended regularly filling his belly on Big Grass Oats and Grease and the tastey beaver bait. We hope he gains lots of weight so someone can see him this fall.

Walleye fishing

Good fishing

smaller black bear

fuzzy butt bear

Colorphase bear

Colorphase Bear

Honkers Down in Manitoba


Can he shoot thoseHonkers? Will he smirk when they hit the ground? Big old honkers who eat a lot of grain in the local farmers fields are the birds that hit the hardest.. Jason luvs to hunt anything that flys.. Thats why those Cranes made him smirk when they swung a little close to his spread one morning.

Stealth sees everyone !


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Stealth captures awesome photos day and night, here a young doe is watching something, and a big old bruin is visiting our dead beasty pit, We had only seen a couple of foot prints in the spring, but he has now returned.  we have watched a small bear each year and if this is same bear it is likely 10 yrs now and likely weighing up in that 350-500 this fall… HOW Ever not baits here at the lodge..

Manitoba has great wildlife


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Time for walleye fishing in Manitoba

IMG_8057 IMG_8064 IMG_8138 IMG_8131An evening at the Assiniboine River, a day on the Lake of the Prairies and some great walleye eating at Big Grass Outfitters,  but no worries we hope to have a fish fry this fall when hunters are here.  |It was nice to be in the boat on a nice day.

Big Grass menu for hunting season.

IMG_7647Fresh strawberries from the patch at Big Grass. The Market Garden out past the Lodge produces some great produce to turn into yummy food for while the Hunters are here..

Jessica learns to make Strawberry jam.

Jessica learns to make Strawberry jam.

imagethen to top the afternoon off Sticky Buns.. a favourite to all the hunters and her Dad and Brother. Grandpa Tom and anyone who arrives..  She loves to bake so it is a great help to Judy when Jessica arrives for the day.

Russell Manitoba the place to be!

IMG_5864IMG_5860IMG_5861IMG_5880Can you believe all these photos? What would we do without our Iphones? 50-60 mph winds blows the flag straight out, then driving along and within 1 mile we went from not snow to 4 inches and in 10 miles 12 inches,, Connies Drive in it the place to be March 31 in gusting winds the customers are lined up for burgers, chicken, fries, and soft ice cream!!  and the last one a cyclest in Manitoba is a Chilly ride with temps dip to 10-25F during the day. then gusting winds but he had the WIND ON  HIS BACK not a bad plan when you have no cab and only peddles for steam.

Manitoba fur bearing animals

IMG_5682IMG_5684IMG_5680At Holmans the other day I had chance to grab a few pics of some beautiful hides hanging in the shop. A wolverine on the left, bear hides ready to be made to rugs, and tanned  coyote pelts tanned ready to be picked up by the hunters.

Taxidermy at Holman”s in Brandon

IMG_5673IMG_5675I visited Scott the other day, he was in the middle of mounting a caribou shoulder mount.  measure horns and hide, Tan the hide, order and prep the form, tan the velvet horns, mount the horns to the form, eyes mounted and then the hide. In total it likely takes a few hours to place and glue and sew the hide onto the form, then setting hide to make sure it looks lifelike,  Total hours likely 25 hours from start to finish atleast.  Someone who takes the time, uses references, and takes pride in their work, plus experience does a great job… Scott has lots of experience and does a good job.. Some people want to skimp on the price of the mount however, you just spend 3-5 thousand on the hunt, $1500 gun and scope, flight, and you want to skimp on the only thing you can actually touch after it is all said and done… I do believe the Taxidermy is very high on the list in the completion of the hunt.