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Changes to Ontario Moose Quotas and tags

a bull moose

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources released the 2014 moose tag quotas and guarantees for group sizes yesterday and it’s bad news — for hunters and for moose.

This winter’s aerial surveys showed that moose populations in some areas of Ontario have declined, so the MNR has reduced moose tags across the province by about 18% for 2014.

Some of the biggest changes are happening in the following wildlife management units:

WMU Bull Tags
2014
Cow Tags
2014
Total
2014
Total2013 Difference
050608

13

15B

28*

631212

55

463

16

65912

70

377

14

1282124

125

840

30

41340205

1,115

1,282

457

-285-19-181

-990

-442

-427

The Reasoning
When changes this large are made, people ask why — and sometimes — come up with their own theories. The MNR based the changes on data gathered from aerial surveys. Here is a summary of those results.

Changes to moose tag quotas for 2013 compared with 2014.

Northwestern Ontario
Surveys were done in nearly half—14 of the 30—of the WMUs in this region and the results showed populations to be stable in 5 areas, stable-to-decreasing in 3 areas, and decreasing in 5 areas. Notable decreases were seen in WMU 5 and 8 in Dryden District, 14 in Nipigon District, 13 in Thunder Bay District and 9B and 11A in Fort Frances District.

Northeast Ontario
Aerial surveys were flown in 7 of the 27 WMUs and moose populations are estimated to be stable in only 1 of those areas and decreasing in 6. Decreases were seen in WMU 23 in Hearst District, 28 in Kirkland Lake District, 32 in Wawa District, 35 and 36 in Sault Ste. Marie District and 41 in North Bay District. The population is stable for 39 in Sudbury District.

Impact on Guaranteed Group Sizes
Since tag allocations and group size guarantees are directly linked to moose populations, there are a number hunting groups that will not be guaranteed a tag this year. For example, in WMU 8 groups larger than 3 that gun hunt for mooose were guaranteed a bull tag and a cow tag in 2013. This year, there are no guarantees in that area. Similar changes have been made to other areas as well.

Gun Hunting Guarantee Changes by WMU

  • 08 – none for bull or cows
  • 13 – none for bulls, 11 for cows
  • 28 – none for bull or cows
  • 39 – none for bull or cows
  • 40 – none for bull or cows
  • 41 – none for bulls or cows
  • 47 – none for bulls or cows

“While this is not encouraging news for moose hunters, it does present the opportunity to re-evaluate how we share in the management of the moose resource,” said John Kaplanis, executive director of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance. “We would like to work cooperatively with the Ministry of Natural Resources to investigate this trend and subsequently make changes to manage moose, with confidence that this declining trend can be turned around.”

Good News for Southern Ontario
Aerial surveys flown in 4 of 15 WMUs landed positive news. Moose populations were estimated to be stable to increasing in all surveyed units in this region.

“Ontario and its partners have agreed that we must act now to secure the future of moose in this province,” said Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti. “Moose are not only important to Ontario’s economy, particularly in northern communities, but they are also vital to our province’s biodiversity.”

Get full information on changes to the moose hunt here.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in hunting, moose, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Buttermilk Fried Wild Turkey

With turkey season in full gear, here is a fantastic and unusual recipe for a favorite game bird.  Enjoy!!  Please leave a comment and let us know how much you enjoyed this meal 🙂

Buttermilk Fried Turkey 
Makes 4 portions 

Ingredients: 

1 wild turkey breast
2 cups flour
2 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. pepper
1 tbsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. granulated onion
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (more if you prefer it spicy)
1 tsp. white pepper
2 tbsp. rubbed sage
1 qt. buttermilk

Directions: 
Fillet breast to ½- to ¾-inch thick.
Soak in buttermilk over night.
Mix dry ingredients.
Remove turkey pieces from the buttermilk and place directly into the seasoned flour.
Dredge thoroughly.
Pan fry over medium heat in ¼ inch of vegetable oil, turning over once after 4 to 5 minutes, or deep fry for 6 minutes at 350.

 

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in recipe, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Rise and Shine!

So spring has sprung…sort of….and it is apparent with the awakening of the bears 🙂  They are slowly emerging and letting us know that we should stop worrying about the snow…it should be gone soon!!

This is the first time that these babies have seen the snow……

 

No worries though, Momma is always nearby!

So for those that were worried that the snow would never leave, Mother Nature says just be patient…..it is just around the corner!

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in black bear, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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‘Blood Moon’ in pictures: Spectacular total lunar eclipse turns moon red (VIDEO)

For those of you that missed it, here is a fantastic article along with video 🙂

Published time: April 15, 2014 09:11
Edited time: April 15, 2014 11:36

The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014. (Reuters / Marcos Brindicci)

The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014. (Reuters / Marcos Brindicci)

 

Night owls across much of North America had the chance to witness a total lunar eclipse on Tuesday. It is the first time the Earth, moon and sun have been in exact alignment for two and a half years.

The event led to some stunning sights for those who braved the early hours to get a glimpse of the rare occurrence, with the moon changing color from bright orange to a blood red and brown, depending on the local weather conditions. Los Angeles and Dallas were two cities which had the best views of the phenomenon.

 

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth. This actually happens quite frequently, but it is rare for the alignment to be just right so that the Earth blocks out all the sun’s light and the moon goes almost completely dark. This is the first of four total eclipses, which will take place roughly every six months for the next two years. This is known as a tetrad and is very uncommon. The next one will be in 2032.

Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles said, “The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next … is unusual, but it’s not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn’t really mean anything, and it’s a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon.”

 

This composite image shows a sequence, from bottom left to top left, of the moon's transition during a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / AFP)

This composite image shows a sequence, from bottom left to top left, of the moon’s transition during a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / AFP)

 

Before the eclipse occurred, a small group of Christians believed the event was a biblical prophecy, which would lead to the end of the world.

John Hagee, pastor and author of ‘Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,’ cited Joel 2:31 as evidence, which says: “The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”

 

The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014, in Atizapan municipality, Mexico State. (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)

The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014, in Atizapan municipality, Mexico State. (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)

 

Proponents of this biblical prophecy also say it coincides with two important Jewish holidays – Passover and Tabernacles – contributing to the significance of the event.

However, writing for EarthSky.org, Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd say that it’s no surprise that full moons coincide with important Jewish holidays, as the Jewish calendar is, after all, a lunar calendar.

 

 

The moon is seen as it heads into a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / AFP)

The moon is seen as it heads into a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images / AFP)

 

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Hunting Wild Turkey….the Basics

So turkey season is upon us and though we don’t have wild turkey up in the Wawang region, this delectable bird is the start of the hunting season ahead and a fantastic reward for a difficult hunt!

  1. Scout first. Before you can shoot a turkey you have to find one. Before hunt season, drive the back-country roads just after dawn and listen for turkey gobbling. Become aware of creeks, trails, fences and pastures, so that during the hunt, you will know where you are going.
  2. Wear camouflage, as turkeys have very keen eyesight. Suits, caps, facemasks and gloves are essentials, and don’t forget to wear dark socks. Try to match your colors to the plant life around you.
  3. Pattern your shotgun. Make a target that looks like a turkey’s head and neck. Practice firing from 25, 40 and 45 yards using different choke and ammunition. You’ll know what to expect when you’re aiming at a real turkey.
  4. Use a call. A call can be an important part of a successful hunt.
  5. Take advantage of the landscape. When you are stalking a gobbler, hide behind bushes, trees, rocks, tall grass or anything else that will obscure your approach.
  6. Choose a location to shoot from that puts you slightly above your target. Make sure that you have a good view of everything around you, including the turkey.
  7. Wait until the turkey is within 40 yards of you. Take aim at the area between his head and neck and fire. Strive for a perfect, one-shot kill.
  8. Check out “Practical Turkey Hunting Strategies: How to Hunt Effectively Under Any Conditions,” by Ray Eye at Amazon (see Resources below).

Here’s a couple of pointers from Stephen Ward:

Stephen Ward

 Stephen Ward Typically at dawn, sometimes mid day and then again right before sunset, a gobbler will go to the creek to drink, then work his way back up the hillsides feeding… they sometimes have a favorite spot to drink from that affords them easier access…. find that spot and you can score. Also, a gobbler will often gobble as he gets to his roost for the night at 7 pm or so; if you hear that, then you have an idea of where to set up the next morning down below that point and a creek”

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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in hunting, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Hilarious and Terrifying Taxidermy

Taxidermy has come a very long way over the years, but even with primitive techniques, these are far from professional in any sense.  Some terrifying and some hilarious, each represents what NOT to do when having a mount done.  Make sure you do your homework when finding a taxidermist 🙂

This oh-so-sassy bobcat.

DmPdaU9 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This contemplative fox.

OMXvAYU Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This… ambiguous embodiment of sadness.

HbDC9fY Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This two-for-the-price-of-one bonus!  A fox carrying a duckling!

ZzIrZFz Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This… house cat?  Is this a cat?  I don’t even know anymore.

RpeO2JK Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This surprised tiger.

165 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This exhausted polar bear.

144 Polar Bear Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This bloated bull.

BcBWboI Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This sad, sad creature.

Gavcrww Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

This angelic cat.

80 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

WHATEVER THIS “AMAZON MAN” IS.

114 Bad taxidermy is the perfect mix of hilarious and terrifying

Some type of amazon cat and monkies?

TV host polar bear

polar bear

Rat sllippers

moleshoes

 

Prankster lion

lion

Leopard??

leopard

Wired weasel

freak wtf

Rabid monkey

freak monkey

Surprised cheetah

freak jaguar

Stick fox?

freak fox2

Half assed??

freak donkey

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in taxidermy, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Boaters Get Hefty Fine for Harassing Swimming Moose

A real warning to all of you that come to view wildlife in its natural surroundings.  Respect their space and zoom in with your lens instead of vehicle or boat!

Article by Canadian Press

a moose swimming in a lake
Two boaters have been fined a total of $2,500 for harassing a cow moose swimming in a northwestern Ontario lake.

A Dryden man and his Albertan relative both pleaded guilty to the offence in Ontario Court of Justice and the boat has been seized.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources said it received complaints about boaters harassing a swimming moose in Eagle Lake in Dryden on July 29, 2013. Court heard that conservation officers responded to the scene in Outlet Bay of Eagle Lake, where witnesses provided a video showing a boat circling a swimming moose.

After circling the moose, the boat went to shore and returned with three other adult passengers. The boat repeatedly drove in tight circles around the swimming moose, preventing it from going to shore and then a passenger jumped out of the boat and onto the back of the swimming moose.

The man was on the moose “a couple seconds” before the animal bolted into the woods, said Michael Prepp, an enforcement manager with the MNR.

There’s no indication the moose was hurt, Prepp noted on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in a phone interview from Dryden. “We think that it got away and that it was fine,” he said.

Moose-related infractions are rare, he added.”When we were doing a search of our offence database looking for similar offences for comparable penalties, there were very few.”

The boat will be returned to its owner once the fine is paid.

The MNR says moose populations are carefully managed in the province and some are under pressure across many parts of northwestern Ontario.

Moose will try to escape from predators, including humans, the ministry says, adding that a moose that cannot escape an attack can suffer extreme physical exhaustion and stress, including death.

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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in moose, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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