Auto Draft

Big boars, this bait had some amazing activity just out of the den, difference of about 1.5 ft when you look at the knot on the tree.  I’ll be watching for them to return to the site later during the rut! 

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I shot a Wolf in Manitoba

Wolf hunting in Manitoba many years ago it was not unheard of to see a wolf roaming threw a whitetail area of Manitoba

Have you ever had the opportunity to put the scope to a Wolf?

Wow what a rush! something I didnt know I would ever have chance to do.   While sitting in a Deer stand back in 2000 after our deer hunt was over. I was seeing a lot of tracks during the deer season and thought Id take a day and see what I could see.  Well -20F clear evening,  just a dusk that evening off in the distance the wolves were calling,  I was enjoying the scenes and saw a movement off to the right in the distance.

Patiently not moving a muscle just minutes later Wow there is a Wolf, because of earlier movement I was prepared and I squeezed the trigger of my 250 and down he went not another step… my heart beating so fast.  Out of the blind and down to see the trophy I had just harvested…   In Manitoba a Resident does not need a special license but a trapping license or an open Big Game tag which I had not shot a deer earlier…

now the long trek back to the truck up out of the valley but the adrenaline still pumping got the job done..

First bear hunt in Manitoba

manitoba black bear

first bear

John K of AZ  first time bear hunter lives his dream to hunt black bear in Manitoba May 28, 18… he was looking for a Color and in the dusk first nite this one looked Brown  but last light can be deceiving.  John watches another smaller bear at the bait and then this much larger arrives..

Time to Fish

Johns next challenge is to fish for walleye from the shore which is not done in Arizona. But he is thrilled when he catches his first then second and has a stringer.  Next day wow a 24 incher which the slot on Lake of the Prairies is over 12 and under 18 but a picture and memories is what John has..Way to go John on yoru Manitoba Trophies.

walleye

a great catch

walleye

24 in walleye

walleye fishing

walleye fishing

Young black bears

wanna dance

Big Grass Lady Bear hunters

lady hunter shots a bear

Nicole rocks

lady hunter shoots a bear

Jess blasts

 

 Women are True Marksmen    Women hunters are a pleasure to guide during a Black Bear hunt.. Precision is a must, a good kill is a priority. Jess is a seasoned hunter looking for a big Bucket head in 2018.  Nicole is amazed how a snap of a twig and he was standing in the site, and she waited for a good shot.  Safety off and deep breathe and she pulls the trigger.

Big Grass has guided many Ladies in camp and we make special plans if we have booked a Lady.  The anticipation of a bear entering the site shows on a ladies face by the width of the smile when you arrive after the Bear is dead. Detail is ignited with the replay when telling the story of her hunt.  Lady hunters young and old are always welcome to Camp.

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.

Resident Whitetail girls on Stealth.

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It never seems to amaze me where and when this family shows. I had no idea how often they travelled all my trails around our 60 acres if it wasnt for my Stealth cameras. Along the trails, across the garden, along the wood row I see signs of their presence.  Even with our 3 Chessys out and about they are happy and look very relaxed walking just 100 yds past the garden.. a few tops off the carrots, and beets in the spring, the top of a corn cob nibbled in the fall but that is it…

Feeding Birds in Manitoba in the spring

IMG_5744IMG_5738Every winter Judy spends hours sitting at the window by the bird feeder. We take time in the morning to see what is coming Blue jays, siskins, chickadees, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, nuthatches, Red poles, Grosbeks Evening and Pine. Now spring is in the air, many have left, Grosbeks are gone and we are seeing the odd Ruffy grouse scouting past the feeder. on the left this Ruffy roaster struts his stuff trying to attrack a girl in the area. Canadian geese are sitting out back clucking away trying to impress their partner and beginnings of making nests have begun. we put a couple bales out back on the big slough for the geese to make nests on. hopefully I can use digital camera and get some good shots of the gosslings. IMG_4770IMG_4772

Baiting bears at Big Grass

IMG_5729IMG_5731Beavers is the main food of a Bear in the Spring prior to grass turning green, the beaver may be out cutting trees or the bear will dig into a beaver hut to access the beaver kits for food.. We are lucky to know Elzivar who traps fur in the winter and spring. Just the other day he called to say he had a bunch and would like to bring them over as he doesnot have a deep freezer and temps outside are rising.  here are 20 carcasses he bought over, and he will continue to trap till we arrive in the area for our spring bear hunt. We chop the beaver in pieces and wire the pieces to the so bear will have to work away at trying to release it to eat it..This gives the hunter time to determine how big the bear is and to get a good killing shot. We also use oats and grease for bait along with meat scraps, sweets and a scent control to spray hopfully covering the scent of the hunter in the tree, plus this scent is an attractant.

Manitoba Bear hunting

IMG_5677IMG_5676IMG_5672Bear Skulls remove flesh, boil, pressure wash, bleach, score after 90 days, dip to clearcoat, attach to plaque and send to Hunter.. that is a general process of the prep of a Bear skull after it has been harvested. We all know the original skull is not put in mount or rug and a styofoam one is used inplace . Measurements are taken off the original skull or a cast is taken if something unique is wanted to be saved for the mount. Some hunters like a painting done on their skull, or a bear paw print with their pic showing in the paw, and some one it just plain no plaque just hung on the wall. We  had Jeff and Chi from Beijing hunt with us last fall and they requested the bones of the front paw cleaned also as this is a Chinese custom.

Stealth camera

STC_0115STC_1267A few of the small bucks we have hanging around the creek bottom where we have a stand and I spend some time. I had one big fellow 10 point with long brow tangs but someone seems to have nabbed him or his horns have fallen.  Earlier they were showing in afternoon but lately it is just dark time.