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Goin’ on a Sasquatch hunt!!!!

Ok folks, we have covered bear, wolves, moose, grouse and some deer and I have had a request for some Bigfoot info…though I have never personally hunted one of these enormous creatures, I am sure the dense forest surrounding Wawang might be thick enough for them to hide in……maybe 😉

First and foremost locate your prey and its common stomping grounds

Next, understand your prey.  Know what they look like, behavior patterns and signs to isolate their presence.

Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch, is the name given to an ape– or hominid-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedalhumanoid. The term sasquatch is an anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets.[2][3]

Bigfoot is described in reports as a large hairy ape-like creature, in a range of 2–3 m (6.6-9.8 ft) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.[5][10] Purported witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who claim to have encountered it.[11] The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (60 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide.[10] While most casts have five toes — like all known apes — some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six.[12] Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have five toes and claws.[13][14] Proponents claim that Bigfoot is omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.[15]

Next, once you have attuned your mind to what you are hunting and isolated the area in which you will hunt, set up a trail cam….you never know what you will see 🙂

Once you have your sasquatch in your sights, know how to take it down

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If you are one of the lucky (and the only) you may come home with the trophy of a lifetime!!

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Good luck and have fun out there!!

(*****This article was written in good humor and does not reflect an actual hunt offered or participated in by the staff of Wawang Lake Resort 🙂  If you do happen to have a great Sasquatch hunting story, feel free to post a comment below….and maybe a picture or two 🙂  )

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Wawang Lake Resort

 

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You know…no big deal…just a SHARK EATING A MOOSE!!!!

Every once in a while (all the time lol) a hunter’s powers and prowess are upstaged by the miracle of Mother Nature………

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In a bittersweet rescue, two Newfoundlanders spared a Greenland shark from choking on a symbol of Canadiana.

While gnawing on a piece of moose meat, the shark bit off more than it could chew and got the chunk lodged in its throat, while the tide pulled it in to shore.

Enter Derrick Chaulk, who acted quickly when he saw what he guessed was a beached whale from his car on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

Upon closer inspection, it was a shark about 2.5 meters long, that was still conscious though choking on a huge piece of moose hide on shore.

Another local, Jeremy Ball, arrived on the scene and began pulling the two-foot-long chunk of moose hide from the shark’s mouth. Once he was successful, the pair began working on getting the shark back out into the water.

Ball tied a knot around the shark’s tail then pulled the rope while Chaulk pushed the shark’s head off shore with his foot. Eventually, they were able to haul the 115-kilogram shark into water about 30 centimetres deep.

The shark laid there for a few minutes, says Chaulk, “Then all of a sudden, the water started coming out of his gills and he started breathing.”

At this point, the shark waded in the water for about 30 minutes, recuperating.

A small crowd had gathered to see if the shark would swim back out into the deeper water.

“There was a few people up on the bank watching and once that shark swam out and lifted his tail, and then swam all the way out, everybody just clapped,” says Chaulk.

“It was a good feeling to see that shark swim out, knowing that you saved his life.”

While moose are a national symbol and a common sight in Newfoundland, Greenland sharks are rarely found on Newfoundland’s northeast coast.

They generally feed on fish in shallow waters, but in some cases they’ll nab polar bears and reindeer when they’ve ventured into the water.

Chaulk suspects the moose may have entered the harbour as discarded scraps from hunters.

 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in moose, news, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Choosing the Right Caliber

Here is a great (and funny) chart I found made up by hunter-ed.com that illustrates how to select the proper caliber for your hunt 🙂

How to Choose the Right Caliber

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in firearm, hunting, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Merry Christmas from Us All At Wawang!

At this time of year, all of us here would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and the very best for the New Year!!  

Terry & Tami

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Deck the halls!!!!!!

So in the spirit of the season, we decided to share some fantastic decorating ideas for our hunting minded friends 🙂  What amazing innovation!

I wonder if Martha Stewart inspired some of these designs 😉

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Sharpen your bow skill during the off season!

We practice with our bows all summer long, but after opening day its easy to get wrapped up in the hunting and forget about practicing. But even if you’re spending your time in the field and can’t hit the archery range every day, you can still keep your edge. Shooting in hunting situations is obviously different from target shooting. In the real world, weather conditions, shot angles, brush and other obstacles can impact your shot. Also, when the time comes to take a shot during a hunting situation you’re usually either stiff and cold from sitting in a treestand or sucking wind from running up a hill. All this combined with the fact that you must make a clean shot with the first arrow makes it all the more important to keep your shooting skills sharp. Here are a couple tips.

Practice Drawing
One of the biggest challenges to making a “cold shot” is that often the muscles I use for properly drawing my bow are stiff. The simplest way to cure this is to periodically pick a target, draw your bow, aim, hold, and let down your draw. This keeps you loosened up, plus drawing and aiming without actually shooting helps you focus on the target.



Practice Shooting

Although just drawing and aiming will help a lot, the single biggest help is to actually shoot while out hunting. A common practice among traditional shooters is to carry one or two blunt pointed arrows in your quiver so that you can stump shoot in your down time. Stump shooting is fantastic for keeping you warmed up, but unlike just drawing, actually completing your shots will bring your release into play, as well as give you all sorts of angles and situations to practice.

Small game is even better than stumps (grouse and rabbits taste a lot better too). Grouse can be deceivingly tough to hit. You want to aim for the base of the neck or the head. Sometimes they flush at the shot, but grouse will go in the direction that their head is pointing, so if you use a snaro point, you can either take their head off or hit them in the body as they flush. The best thing about grouse is they often give you extremely challenging shots, and if you can become consistent at taking them, you will be ready for the big game (make sure to check your local regulations before taking any small game with a bow).

 

 

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A delectable treat: Bear roast!

With most of you finished your bear hunt, here’s a great idea for something fantastic to do with your  harvest that everyone will love!

bear roast

BEAR ROAST

4 lbs. bear meat
2 cloves garlic
1/2 chunk of salt pork
1 c. black coffee
Rub meat with plenty of salt (celery salt is preferable) and black pepper.
Place in kettle with plenty of water and salt pork, garlic and black coffee.
Boil until tender. Remove to roaster, add more salt and pepper and cover
with plenty of sliced onions.Roast in 350 degree oven until brown. Use liquid boiled in for basting and
making gravy. For those who do not desired the “wild taste” in bear meat,
boil for about 10 minutes in soda water – 1 tablespoon soda to 2 quarts of
water – drain and the meat is ready for cooking or preserving.

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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in black bear, recipe, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Gear up:Multitools

Each and every person that venture out into the field will appreciate having a multitool on their side or in their pack.  These little devices not only are helpful but could save your life!

Below are some of the newest and hottest ones on the market.

In this article, we will be looking briefly at the following multi-tools.


From left to right:
Leatherman Vista, Remington Bird Hunters Tool, Bear & Son Bird Shears, Gerber MP600 DET, Remington Wingmaster, SOG Powerlock 2.0 EOD, Leatherman MUT, AR Multitasker, Multasker Ultralight.


From left to right:
Avid Design Gun Tool, Avid Design Turkey Tool, Beretta Shotgun Tool, Gerber eFECT, Multitasker TUBE.

EOD Tools
–   Gerber MP600 DET.
–   Gerber Evolution MP650 Military Tech kit.
–   SOG  Powerlock 2.0 EOD
–   Leatherman MUT EOD.

Armourer Tools
–   Gerber eFECT .
–   AR Multitasker version 2
–   Multitasker Ultralight.
–   Multitasker TUBE.
–   Avid Design Gun tool.
–   Leatherman MUT.

Hunting Tools
–   Leatherman Vista.
–   Bear & Son Bird Shears.
–   Remington Bird Hunters Tool.
–   Remington Wingmaster.
–   Beretta Shotgun Tool.
–   Avid Design Turkey Tool.

EOD Tools

Gerber MP600 DET

The Gerber MP600 DET has been around for quite some time, having been first introduced back in 1999. It is a member of an extensive line of Black Oxide tools in the Multiplier series, hence the MP designation. This version of the venerable MP600 series was designed specifically for the Explosive Ordinance folks. The tool features a C-4 spike and a blasting cap crimper which is built into the pliers. Another useful feature is the inclusion of a removable RemGrit saw blade. You can add different saws to suit your needs. The tool comes in black oxide for the military folks and features Gerber’s unique sliding pliers that allow one hand opening. Note however, that the tool does rattle (All MP400 and MP600 Gerbers rattle to an extent). So if you are into special ops and silence is key, look elsewhere for your stealth tool of choice.

Gerber Evolution MP650 Military Tech Kit.

The Gerber Evolution MP650’s claim to fame is that you can remove the plier heads and re-attach different ones depending upon your needs. The Military Tech kit comes in a very large pouch that allows you to store your MP650 and 5 different plier heads along with maybe a cleaning kit or some odds and ends you may need in the field. The pouch is massive, and the tool itself is not compact. The pliers do not slid into the handles for storage. Thus you are left with a bulky set of pliers that are interchangeable. Now the kit does come with a wire cutter head, blunt nose, needle nose, and Cap crimper head for your EOD needs. This is why I have included this discontinued tool in this section of the overview. Older kits came with the tool pictured above, which lacks the internal handle springs. Newer Evolution tools have the handle springs that prop open the pliers when at rest. So a different idea that does expand the usefulness of the multi-tool, but fails in both execution and portability.  Besides, you just have to wonder how many plier heads get lost in the field.

SOG Powerlock 2.0 EOD

I do not have the black oxide version which I would think, might be of more interest to the military user. However, the stainless steel version is identical to the BO version, and this should give you a nice idea of what the tool looks like, and its capabilities. SOG does make nice multi-tools. They feature gear driven plier heads that are supposed to give you 2 to 3X the force of regular plier heads. They also are very easy to configure to your liking. SOG sells optional tools that are easily interchangeable. An added benefit to this feature, is that a SOG should be easy to clean compared to other multi-tools that don’t want you to disassemble them. This version features a C-4 Spike and is the updated 2.0 version of the Powerlock with cap crimper.

Leatherman MUT EOD

Leatherman just recently came out with a series of 3 tools designed specifically for the military or service sector. Here we are going to look at the EOD version. This is a big and heavy tool that differs from the other MUT in that it offers a C-4 spike instead of a firearm punch, and a blast crimper plier head. All other features are identical to the other version of the MUT. All MUTs feature an integral hammer/cutting hook, bolt override tool, carbon scraper, cleaning rod/brush adapter, bottle opener, carabiner clip, saw, wire cutters, knife blade, and long/short driver bits. The wire cutters are replaceable and made from 154CM steel. The MUT series also features a lot of replaceable tools. The cutters, cutting hook, punch or C-4 spike, and brass carbon scraper are all user replaceable.

Armourer Tools

Gerber eFECT

The Gerber eFECT was designed for the AR15, M16, and M4 weapon systems, and features OTIS gun cleaning component compatibility. The eFECT is a very small and light tool that offers 6 tools on tap. You get an OTIS nylon end brush, a punch, a carbon scraper, an interchangeable 4 /5 pin sight tool, a flathead screwdriver, and an OTIS curved pick. The tool is compact and light enough, but feels overly cheap for it. On the plus side, if you are looking for a compact and useful piece of kit that won’t weight you down…then the Gerber eFECT just might have what you’re looking for.

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AR Multitasker (version 2)

The AR Multitasker is geared towards the same market as the above mentioned Gerber eFECT. However, both tools couldn’t be further apart. The Multitasker is plier based, and is a true piece of quality throughout. Billeted tool steel CNC pliers with ball bearings around the pivot points, A brass like alloy washer bushings used throughout. G10 handle grips that are backed by lots of metal. Can you tell I like this multi-tool? A brass dental pick is included, along with a carbon scraper, 4 prong sight adjustment tool, a castle nut wrench, a 3/8” box wrench, a file with 5/16” flat screwdriver, a tanto knife blade, a bit driver for ¼” interchangeable bits. The dental pick screws onto an 8-32 threaded male connector that will accept OTIS gun cleaning accessories and bore snake. Because the AR Multitasker is produced from a relatively small manufacturer, they are constantly improving their products. Consequently, the AR Multitasker is now at version 2.1.  The following photo shows from left to right, AR Multitasker 1.0, AR Multitasker 2.0, and AR Multitasker 2.1.

Multitasker Ultralight

A more direct competitor to the Gerber eFECT is the Ultralight from Multitasker. This tool feels a lot more solid than the eFECT with its nonslip G10 handles, and solid metal underpinnings. The Ultralight gives you a 4 prong sight adjustment tool which once removed, accepts ¼” interchangeable driver bits, a castle nut wrench with a 5/16” flat screwdriver. You also get a brass dental pick that unscrews to allow you to use 8-32 threaded OTIS accessories. The carbon scraper is shaped the same as the AR Multitasker, with a radiused tip that allows you to get into places a regular shaped scraper can’t.  In the following photo, we have the production version of the Ultralight on the right, with 3 prototypes on the left.

Multitasker TUBE

If you find the full sized AR Multitasker and the smaller Ultralight too large for your field kit, the Multitasker TUBE might be what you are looking for. This pen style multi-tool is small but does pack a lot of usability. Both end caps unscrew, and are well protected from inclement weather with a rubber O ring. The short end cap covers a ¼” interchangeable bit driver. The TUBE comes with a 4 prong sight adjustment bit. The other end unscrews to reveal an OTIS 8-32 threaded bolt along with the familiar Multitasker carbon scraper and brass dental pick. The TUBE is designed to complement an OTIS kit. You can buy an expansion kit for the TUBE. Included are 10 driver bits, a nice hard clamshell case that will hold your TUBE tool, OTIS kit bore snake and accessories.

Avid Design Gun Tool

The Avid Design Gun Tool is a non plier based weapon maintenance tool. Unlike the majority of the other tools in this comparison, it isn’t specific to the AR15, M16 or M4 type weapons. Consider the Avid Gun Tool as a generalist in this group. Not to say you can’t use the others for generalist work, it is just that the Avid Gun Tool doesn’t have any of the specialized tools that the others have. With this in mind, the focus of the Avid Gun Tool is that of long gun users. You get a pin punch, shotgun choke wrench for all gauges combined with a scope windage/elevation blade, Torx drives (T20, T15, T10), Allen Hex drives (3/32”, 5/32”), 1/8” and 3/16” flat screwdriver blades along with a #1 and 2 Phillips driver, a built in integral bit storage block with access door that holds 4 magnetic hex drive bits, and a claw-point knife blade that would be great for opening ammo boxes, etc. The body is made of plastic with rubber grips on a stainless steel frame.  One end of the tool is a 3/16” driver.

Leatherman MUT

The regular version of the MUT exchanges the C-4 spike for the pin punch, and the cap crimper plier head for the regular plier head. Other than those differences, they are the same tool. There are two versions of the regular MUT. The black oxide version is not shown here. This version is great for those who don’t plan on playing with explosives in the field…which pretty much means this is the more popular and standard version of the MUT.

Hunting Tools

Leatherman Vista

The now discontinued Leatherman Vista features pruning shears that are perfect to clear shooting galleries of unwanted branches, and also in cleaning up bird games as a handy pair of bone shears. The Vista also gives you a handy saw, bottle opener, soft wire cutters, awl with threaded loop, Phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, and a shotgun choke tube adjustment tool. The Vista is a large and handy tool that features a non slip rubber grip in black and hunter green. This tool would come in handy for tree stand hunters.

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Bear & Son Bird Shears

The Bear & Son Bird Shears offer a lot of tool for the Bird hunter. A very large bird shear is front and center of the tool, along with a half serrated clip point blade, saw, gut hook, and small flat screwdriver. This tool is very well constructed with quality stainless steel throughout except for two large nylon spacers.

Remington Bird Hunters Tool

The Remington Bird Hunters Tool was originally produced by Bear & Son and explains the familial resemblance to the Bird Shears mentioned above. This version was produced in China and lacks the quality seen in the Bear & Son products. This example has the bone notch in the jaws. All Remington Bird Hunters differ from the Bear & Son product by exchanging the flat screwdriver for the shotgun choke tube wrench.

Remington Wingmaster

The Remington Wingmaster is another made in China birding tool. I believe it was designed to replace the Remington Bird Hunters Tool once they lost the right to manufacture the Bear & Son lookalike. The Wingmaster is a completely different tool. It features a built in LED light, the same bone notch as seen in the older Chinese made Bird Hunters Tool, 3” saw, 1 ¾” blade, gut hook, and a shotgun choke tube wrench. Overall, not a bad tool.

Beretta Shotgun Tool

I wasn’t exactly sure how to classify this odd tool. Does it fit into the armourer’s section, or the hunter’s section? Either location could fit I guess, as it comes with a mixture of tools that would fit either category. The Beretta shotgun tool is an odd duck through and through. It has a unique designed hammer with the handles folded out to give you a very nice leverage when using that hammer. The tool also comes with a separate 2mm punch pin for use with that hammer. The tool does come with small pliers (think Victorinox Swiss Army Knife style and size), Shotgun choke tube wrenches, sheep’s foot blade, #2 Phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, and fine file. Integrated into the hammer, are 3 hex bolt nut wrenches. The whole thing is built from stainless steel and the fit and finish is excellent.

Avid Design Turkey Tool

Avid Design Turkey Tool is a non plier based specialized tool for the Turkey hunter. You can’t talk about this tool without talking about the sheath. The sheath is unique in that it is part of a bird carrying system. The sheath opens up via Velcro fasteners. Inside the sheath is a slip knot noose for the birds feet/head.  The inside of the sheath is also lined with hunter orange reflective surface. Once you bagged your gobbler, you can open up the sheath and carry the bird on your belt, or use the carrying hook found on the back of the Turkey Tool. The Turkey Tool also features a large knife blade, saw, shotgun choke tube wrench, punch pin, and a 4 piece folding metal ruler. The tool is also camo painted with black rubber inserts for added grip.

Conclusions
Well there you have it, a short overview of a good selection of specialized multi-tools. I will leave it up to you to decide which tool meets your needs. They all are capable, and each has their own unique charm and character.

I will conclude this with other related photographs.


Comparison of various bird shears. From left to right: Bear & Son Bird Shears, Leatherman Vista, Remington Wingmaster, Remington Bird Hunters Tool.


Leatherman MUT family. From left to right: MUT, MUT BO, MUT EOD.


AR Multitasker with OTIS bore snake attached.


Multitasker TUBE expansion kit showing the hard clamshell case, and included driver bits.


Gerber eFECT with sheath.


Beretta Shotgun Tool with punch pin and sheath.


Gerber Military Tech Kit with Evolution MP650.


Gerber Military Tech kit.


Avid Design Turkey Tool Sheath.


Avid Design Turkey Tool with sheath.

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New and Improved

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So needless to say, we are about being fresh, real and relevant.  We spend many an hour per day ensuring that we feed your need for captivating fishing info and exciting hunting tidbits and to do that we have to deliver information on various platforms such as WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Website.

Our website has always been the cornerstone for our resort and we strive to keep it up to the minute and always full of great information and exciting pictures.  Please take a few seconds out of your day to check out the NEW and vastly IMPROVED Wawang Lake Resort & Outfitters page for some of the same great flavor with an added new punch 🙂

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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Wawang Lake Resort

 

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