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Nice Rack: Shed Hunting

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the interest of “shed hunting”.  Shed hunting refers to searching for (and hopefully locating) the shed antlers of moose, deer, elk etc.  This is not only fantastic pass time, but can be pretty trying at times.

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Why shed hunt?  They’re going to drop anyway, so you might as well find them.  After that, they can be sold, collected, used in crafts, or as decorations – whatever!  You don’t need a tag or weapon to harvest these items nor do you need to waste time field dressing in return for your trophy(s).

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Moose lose their antlers anytime between December and March.  The majority of the moose drop them in January.  Most find the first sheds in late December while bird hunting.

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Here are some tips for success:

1.  When the snow gets here, look for high concentrations of tracks – just like you would deer hunting.  A few drops of blood now and then is a good sign the pedicles are getting ready.

2.  Follow those secondary logging roads (winter roads) either on snowshoes or on snowmobile, again looking for tracks and signs of feeding.

3.  Once the snow gets deep, the moose may vacate these roads and “cuts” and start spending more time near thick fir and spruce, where there is not as much snow.

4.  When most of the snow is gone (late April – early May), the grass and bushes are all pushed down from winter, and the sheds are easy to spot. The weather is also perfect for woods-walking.

5.  Remember – even though moose don’t need to yard-up like deer, they have wintering areas that they prefer.  These areas will provide sheds year after year.  Keep going to back to these “Honey Holes”.

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in hunting, moose, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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In A Rut: Moose Stir Fry

Moose season is almost upon us!  Below is a fantastic idea for a new game dish!

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This delicious moose dish is low in fat. The amount of each ingredient is proportional to how many people you’re serving. Using half a pound of moose, as this recipe does, makes two large servings.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb moose steak
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Cooked noodles (excluding seasoning packet)

Preparation

  1. Slice steaks cross grain and marinade in soy sauce for one day. Throw a little oil into a hot wok to avoid sticking. Stir in moose for about 1 minute.
  2. Add other ingredients, including seasoning, stirring frequently. Add additional soy sauce to coat all ingredients.
  3. Stir in noodles and serve immediately.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in moose, recipe, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Wild turkey dinner!

With turkey season just around the corner, I figured it would be the right time to not only tantalize but advise on a great method to prepare a fantastic meal!

Roasted Wild Turkey Recipe
Roasted Wild Turkey Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Roasted Wild Turkey Recipe

 Once it’s stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this wild bird requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 wild turkey (10 to 15 pounds)
  • 2 large apples, quartered
  • 6 to 8 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 pound baby carrots
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup French salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (6 ounces) equals 615 calories, 23 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 766 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 63 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan; place apples in turkey cavity. Place potatoes, carrots and onions around turkey. Pour water over vegetables. Combine seasoned salt, salt and pepper; rub over turkey. Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over the turkey.
  2. Cover and bake at 325° for 3-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180° baste if desired. Turkey may be uncovered for the last 30 minutes for additional browning if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in recipe, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Video: What’s Happening to U.S. Moose?

*Caution: Some graphic content*

Over the past couple of years, we have had some interesting dialogue with some of our guests regarding the declining moose in the US and especially adjoining MN.  This is a fantastic watch and well worth the 7 minutes 🙂

Moose in Minnesota are dying at an alarming rate. This powerful video, published by the New York Times, examines what biologists are doing to understand why these moose are dying, and what can be done to save them.

It’s 7 minutes long, but it’s worth the watch.

– See more at: http://www.oodmag.com/hunting/big-game/video-whats-happening-to-u-s-moose/#sthash.tQA76uT5.dpuf

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in moose, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Deer hunters donate over 227,000 lbs. to help feed the hungry in Missouri alone!

I have often read comments regarding hunting (especially mass hunting) and what happens to the meat.  There are occasions when a population becomes too dense and the animals must be culled to reset the balance…this is what generally happens.

Via http://www.ozarkssentinel.com. The Ozarks Sentinel

— According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), 4,487 deer hunters donated 227,358 pounds of venison from the 2013 Missouri deer harvest to the state’s Share the Harvest program.

The program is administered by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and MDC to help feed hungry Missourians. Share the Harvest orchestrates the efforts of thousands of hunters, numerous local supporting organizations, and more than 100 participating meat processors to get ground venison to people in need through food banks and food pantries around the state.

Hunters donate their extra venison to participating meat processors who then prepare the donated venison by grinding it into one-pound packages that are given to food banks and food pantries for distribution to those in need.

 

 Processing fees are covered entirely or in part by numerous local program sponsors, and statewide sponsors that include the Conservation Department, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missouri Chapter Whitetails Unlimited, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Midway USA Inc., Missouri Deer Hunters Association, and the Missouri Food Banks Association.

Since the program started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 3.1 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed Missourians in need.

For more information on Share the Harvest, visithttp://mdc.mo.gov/node/2544.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in hunting, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Online RESIDENT moose hunting draw information!

Don’t “Checkout” During Moose Application

moose in a meadow

The Ontario big game draw for moose online process has caused some confusion, and may result in hunters who believe they have already entered missing out.

When applying online, applicants must be sure to read the instructions very closely. The step-by-step instructions, as per the MNR are as follows. (We advise you to print the appropriate sheet out).

Step 1 Not The Only Step
Purchase your moose tag. Once you’ve entered your personal information, be sure to choose “add licence and continue shopping” instead of “checkout.” This is likely where the confusion is happening.

If you choose checkout, you will get a receipt for your tag only. You must still enter the draw.

“The problem is, the issuance of a receipt of payment is the natural end of an online transaction, so many people could make this mistake. In fact, many have,” said John Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane, during members’ statements in parliament on April 18. “I have made the Ministry of Natural Resources aware of this problem over the last year but nothing was done to fix the program.”

If you do checkout without entering the draw, you can go back to the homepage and start over. You will not be charged for another tag, but you will have to re-enter your personal information.

The current system can be confusing, even for those who are online savvy, so entering the draw by phone or in person might be a preferable option.

You can enter the moose draw by calling 1-800-288-1155 or going to a Service Ontario location or other participating licensing location.

– See more at: http://www.oodmag.com/hunting/big-game/dont-checkout-during-moose-application/#sthash.wMpebPQZ.dpuf

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in moose, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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2014 Ontario Resident Moose Hunt

Are you planning to put in for a tag in the moose dense 15A or 15B?

Are you sick of setting up a stake camp and coming back each night cold and damp only to have to set up a fire and wait to cook and warm up?

Why not stay in clean, warm cottages with heat, hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing and kitchens?

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What is Solunar and why is it helpful?

The solunar theory is a hypothesis that animals and fishes move according to the location of the moon in comparison to their bodies. The theory was laid out in 1926 by John Alden Knight, but was said to be used by hunters and fishermen long before the time it was published.

History

In May 1926, John Aldenn Knight put together some fishing folklore and other fishing factors such as the sun and the moon, hence the name Solunar (Sol for sun and Lunar for moon) to form a theory on the patterns of animal movement. Knight compiled a list of factors which control or influence the day-to-day behavior of many freshwater and saltwater fish. Each one of the 33 different factors were considered. All but 3 were rejected.

The three factors retained were the sun, the moon and the tide. For salt water fishing, tides have long been known as a factor which control fishes’ behavior. As Knight’s research progressed, he found that rather than just tides themselves, the relationship of the moon and sun’s positions relative to each other may be the determining factor.

In addition to the time of moon up (moonrise) – moon down, his research determined that there were intermediate times of the day that occurred in between the two major periods. From that he establishes that there were major periods (moon up – moon down) and minor periods. Knight published the first Solunar table in 1936.[3]

Tables

Solunar tables are tables that fishermen and hunters use to determine the best days of the month and times of the day for catching fish and hunting game. For fishermen, the tides, sunrise and sunset are helpful times of the day to know when the fish are going to bite. For hunters, the tides are not a factor.

Hunters use the sun and the moon to determine when the game will be moving the most.”Other conditions not being unfavorable, fish will feed, animals will move about, birds will sing and fly from place to place, in fact, all living things will become more active, more alive, during Solunar periods than at other times of apparent equal value. …anglers have found that it is a guide to the best fishing of each day, and the quality of their sport has improved…”

Using these tables, a fishermen and a hunter can tell when the moon is directly underfoot and overhead. The strongest activity occurs when there is a full moon or a new moon and is weakest when there is a quarter moon and a three quarter moon. This is because the moon and the sun’s gravitation force is strongest when directly above or directly below our head. The lunar data humans receive is better now because of the newer technology the US Naval Observatory and GPS technology.

This new technology has allowed the Solunar Theory to generate hunting and fishing times with much greater precision It is important to note that data in tables found on various websites should be reverified periodically with US Naval Observatory available data as well as compared against other reputable solunar data providers. Inconsistencies abound due to the complex nature of the Astrophysics computations and overlooked associated anomalies checking that are required to produce useful results. Moon Transits which do not occur for more than a day or associated times being off more than a few minutes are indications of a fundamental issue for a given position and should be suspect.  All data providers should be verified before assuming data presented is authoritative or accurate. 

Go to http://www.solunarforecast.com/ to create your own solunar calendar 🙂

 
 

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A big bear sighting!

Well sometimes you just have to let a bear bare all!

 

 

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In a rut: Brush up on your calling

There’s a lot of prep that goes into a moose hunt, so don’t blow a shot at one of these majestic beasts because you can’t call it in. Check out the video below from Ontario Out of Doors for some great tips to help get you ‘in tune’ for when the time comes.

 

 

 

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