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Nothing to see here EXCEPT AN 11′ HAMMERHEAD SHARK PULLING A……

This crazy video documents a man being pulled by a hammerhead shark for miles while in his kayak!  Check it out!

 

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Outdoors Woman Aims for Miss Universe Canada

We at Wawang always love to share the adventures of women that love the outdoors.  Take a few minutes to read this fantastic article by April Scott-Clarke that was printed for Ontario Out of Doors magazine.  Good luck Sarah….we will be cheering you on!!

by May 23rd, 2014

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Armed with bear spray and a slingshot, Sarah Eggleton trekked into the woods one morning with little more than a canoe, fishing rod, tarp and her dog. Her hike turned into a two-month adventure that had her fishing for her dinner and stalking moose. That was almost 3 years ago. Now, she is vying to become Miss Universe Canada.

The 23-year-old says she is “a bit of a mountain woman,” and has always loved being outside. “I’ve been a bush girl since I was a kid. As an adult, it’s my true passion.”

Eggleton describes herself as an extremist, so on a spur of the moment soul-cleansing adventure into the bush, Eggleton totally lived off the land — a terrifying idea for many, let alone a woman of her age. But she does a lot of things her peers don’t. She hunts bear and moose, and fishes for anything that will take her bait (although she prefers bass for “the fight they put up”) and only eats meat she harvests.

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Sarah Eggleton during the gown portion of the Miss Universe Canada 2014 Preliminary Competition.
Hometown: Gogama
Occupation: Junior civil engineer
Talent:Target shooting

“I ate a lot of fish,” she said, laughing, thinking back to her months in the bush. “Thank God I’m a good fisherman.” Berries, lily root and other plants rounded out her menu; she even experimented with the buds on Sumac trees. “If you add them to cold water, it’s more like Kool-Aid. If you boil them though, they can be poisonous,” she said.

Although she says she didn’t have any dangerous encounters, she recalls the spine-chilling sensation that came over her at night as the bush came to life. “When I set up my tarp to sleep at night, I could hear the howling of wolves. They were, at times, about 20 feet away. It was ear shattering, my bones rattled, but they didn’t come near me.”

And although she scared a few people by taking off for two months, it’s an experience she doesn’t regret. “I would do it again,” she said. “It was incredible, how much you learn about yourself.”

Eggleton has recently become interested in trapping, and her dream is to open a hunting and fishing retreat. “This is a huge passion, and if I can incorporate it into a career it would be ideal.”

She never imagined she would be a pageant queen.

She was approached by the president of Miss Ontario North while serving her table when she was waitressing at a restaurant on Highway 24 in Northern Ontario. “She asked me if I had ever considered pageants and I said, “You mean with dresses?”’

“People who know me were totally floored,” she said.

Eggleton participated in the Miss North Ontario Canada Regional Pageant 2013 and was selected to go to Miss Universe Canada.

Eggleton has had to ditch her camouflage and rubber boots for dresses and high heels as she moved through the final stages of the pageant this week, which is being held in Toronto. The preliminary rounds happened on Thursday, May 23 and the finals are slated for Saturday, May 24.

She’s up against 65 other women, most of whom have much more pageant experience than her but, like all else, she’s game. “I’m very new to this whole thing. They’ve taught me how to network and organize charity events, and pushed me to get more involved with my area,” she said about her pageant experience so far.

“Miss Universe Canada is such an amazing opportunity,” she added. “I will use this opportunity to show that even a small town tom-boy can achieve enormous goals with hard work and perseverance.”

But this country mouse has only temporarily been transplanted into the city.

“I would rather be face-to-face with a bear than be in Toronto,” she laughed. “Saturday, after the pageant is done, I’m just going home to camp. I need my rubber boots!”

Eggleton said she’s learned a lot from the entire pageant experience, even things she can apply to hunting. “I’ve learned how to walk better. Deer won’t hear me now,” she joked.

 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in huntress, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Archery Enters Ontario Schools This Fall

Reposted from The Ontario Federation of Angler and Hunters Website

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A new era of bow hunters could be bred this fall as Ontario schools get the opportunity to incorporate archery into their curriculum.

The National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) — an initiative started in Kentucky 13 year ago — is being launched in Ontario by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).

The initial start-up cost for schools to implement the program is about $3,500. For that, schools will get 12 Genesis compound bows, 120 arrows (2 boxes), 5 target butts, a bow rack, archery netting, a repair kit and complete teacher training. The program is suitable for students in grade 4 through grade 12 and so far, there are 10 schools on board.

“We believe this exciting curriculum-linked, in-school archery program has the potential to spread across the province, enabling thousands of Ontario youth to benefit from the knowledge, skills and character building archery presents,” said Angelo Lombardo, OFAH executive director. While many schools have an archery club, they are generally made up of students who have access to equipment and have already been introduced to the sport. Few schools have archery as part of the curriculum.

Tim Watts, OFAH NASP program coordinator, archery instructor, and 7-time Canadian archery champion says archery is an accessible sport that allows youth of all ages and athletic abilities to participate.

“Archery requires an understanding of kinetics and mathematics and complements many other subjects already taught in schools. It’s a sport that builds self confidence and focus,” he added.

Interested schools can contact the OFAH or visit the website to find out more about the rollout in Ontario.

– See more at: http://www.oodmag.com/hunting/bowhunting/archery-enters-schools-fall/#sthash.6hcNbbNm.dpuf

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in archery, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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How To Hunt :Tips for How to Get Started Hunting Local, Wild Food

While doing some research, I came across a fantastic article that outlines the starting point for any new hunter.  We have all been there, wanting to do but not knowing where to start…..here is a fantastic push off point

Sean McCosh (DuckBuckGoose) – PHJ ProStaff – Cincinnati, OH

Want to learn how to hunt but don’t know where to start?  You’re not alone.  There are thousands of people who have recently become interested in hunting, many of which have never even shot a gun. 

For many, that’s because we’ve been experiencing a food renaissance in America. People are becoming aware of the downsides and potential health risks associated with commercially raised meat and highly processed foods.  As result, there is a renewed interest in getting back to basics and consuming locally harvested “real food” that you hunt, grow or gather yourself. As a lifelong hunter, I welcome this resurgence and the new hunters that come with it – because the more people who hunt, the more interested voters we have to fight for our right to hunt and help us protect important wildlife habitat for the future generations.  Plus, as hunters, we love to share our passion for hunting and the outdoors with others…it’s in our nature.  My bet is, once you discover the excitement, satisfaction, connectedness to nature and sustenance that hunting offers, you’ll want to share your passion for it too.

Hunter Safety Course

I was lucky.  My Dad, my grandfather and my uncles were all hunters. They taught me from an early age the principles of gun safety, how to shoot a gun and to be an ethical hunter.  I was blessed to have that opportunity, but if you didn’t, not to worry.  Chances are your state offers (and probably even requires) a hunter safety course for new hunters.Side by Side Shotgun broken open for safety  I took the Ohio hunters safety course when I was a kid and, although it was a long time ago, I can still remember being enthralled by the class and excited to take the test at the end, so I could finally get my hunting license and hunt alongside my Dad.  If you are not sure what the laws are in your state, here is listing of thehunter education requirements for various states.  In my opinion, the classes are interesting and fun and can teach the basics of everything from firearm safety to outdoor skills, to animal anatomy and public vs. private property rights laws.

Upon taking a hunting course, you’ll soon discover that there’s much more to hunting than simply walking in the woods and shooting an animal.  You may be surprised that a very a diverse cross-section of the population is take hunting courses – ranging from young kids who come from a family of hunters, to recent immigrants, to “seasoned” foodies who are finally ready to see exactly where their food comes from.  If you want to get a head start and take an online hunter education course before you take your state’s official course (if offered and required) you can do so online at this site from theInternational Hunter Education Association.  In addition to what you learn in these courses, you can also learn a lot by signing up for ProHuntersJournal.com and picking the brains of hunters in our community. It is 100% free, so if you’re not a member, click here to join now.

Choosing a Gun and Shooting Practice

Again, I was lucky.  My Dad was a knowledgeable hunter who knew exactly what I needed to get started hunting and when I was ready to progress to “the next level” by moving up to a bigger gun or a more challenging hunt.  But if you are an adult just getting into hunting, the first thing you have to do is decide what animal or animals you want to hunt, because that will determine what sort of gun (or possibly bow) you’ll be using.Gun cabinet with hunting shotguns and rifles  Once you determine this, I suggest reaching out to an experienced hunter of your chosen game, to get their advice.  If you know someone who hunts, there’s a good chance they will be willing to take you under their wing and maybe even let you borrow a gun after a little training.  If you don’t know anyone who hunts these animals, not to worry.  As I mentioned, hunters love to bring new people into the sport and share advice, so try reaching out to hunters in online message board areas of sites like this one, or by talking to a trustworthy sales person at a reputable sporting goods store or outfitter. If you go into a store to look at guns, you may want to approach it simply as a fact-finding mission at first, and make that clear to the sales person.  Since guns and hunting gear can be expensive, a good first step could be to call up a shooting or hunting club near you and ask if they have the type of hunting gun you’re interested in available to rent, and if they offer shooting lessons. That way you can learn more about the gun and see if you like shooting before you jump in with both feet and spend hundreds of dollars.  

Whichever gun you choose, you will need to practice gun safety always and practice your marksmanship often, to become an ethical hunter.  These points cannot be stressed enough.  I’d rather not shoot an animal at all than to shoot it poorly and run the risk of badly injuring but not killing it.  The ethical hunter strives to be a great marksman and practices accordingly.

When I was first learning how to hunt, my Grandpa would often say… “Don’t point your gun at anything you don’t plan on shooting and don’t shoot anything you don’t plan on eating”.  Of course the “eating” part didn’t apply to target practice, but there’s a whole lot of wisdom packed into that simple lesson of his.

Learning How to Hunt

There is no substitute for experience when it comes to hunting.  So, if you don’t have experience yourself, try to borrow it.  Approach the sport with a hunger for knowledge, a childlike curiosity and an open mind.  If you do, and you are not afraid to ask questions, my bet is you can quickly find a mentor that will help you learn the basics, answer the many questions you might have and maybe even take you hunting.

My friend Jason is a phenomenal duck and goose caller.  One morning this past season he was hunting our duck blind with another friend who is literally a world-class caller and has won several goose calling competitions and titles.  As Jason was backing his duck boat into the water that pre-dawn morning, they saw a couple of new hunters clumsily attempting to put their tiny skiff in the water also, on what to them was an unfamiliar lake.  It didn’t take long for Jason to realize that these guys didn’t know what they were doing, and that they were literally risking their lives by attempting to cross the icy waters of the lake in that tiny, overloaded boat.  So, instead of lecturing them about what they were doing wrong, he simply walked up and invited these guys to join him in his blind.  After all, they had plenty of extra room (and he didn’t feel like rescuing them from the icy waters when there were ducks to be hunted).  Quickly realizing Jason was an experienced hunter, these two guys gladly joined.  Their willingness to learn would be richly rewarded.  

I was on the phone with Jason throughout that day to give and get field reports. Their hunt started out slow with very few ducks in the area. But, it ended up being a massive migration day for Canada geese.  Realizing that, Jason ended up pulling most of his duck decoys and changing his decoy spread to set up primarily for geese.  As huge flocks of geese started to come onto the lake, he and his championship goose caller friend put on a real calling clinic for these new hunters, which resulted in a 4 man limit of geese on their first “real” waterfowl hunt.  Jason said the look on their faces was priceless when they realized the situation they had fallen into by being open to learning from more experienced hunters.

If you can’t find experienced hunters in your own social circles, reach out to your local division of wildlife office and ask them if they can point you to any local resources.  Many Division of Wildlife or Natural Resources officers are hunters themselves and are very willing to share information to help you be successful.  Another strategy is to contact the local chapter of wildlife conservation organizations like: The National Wild Turkey Federation, The Quality Deer Management Association, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or Pheasants Forever.  The type of organization you choose to call will obviously depend on the game animal you want to pursue and where you live, but you’ll find that local volunteers for these organizations are passionate about hunting, and about bringing new hunters into their organizations.  They can be a tremendous resource.

There’s one last point I need to make about learning from experience.  Once you learn the basics by leveraging the experiencing of others, you’ll quickly start to realize that you’ll be learning something new on every single hunt, based on your own experience.  This is one of the most rewarding aspects to hunting, because no matter how long you’ve been hunting, with every trip to the woods, every day on the water and with every animal encounter, you’ll start to pick up insights that will help you make better future decisions and make you a smarter hunter.

After the Shot

For many new hunters, the question of “what do I do with an animal once I shoot it?” is their biggest source of trepidation about getting into hunting.  Well, it is a great question and there’s more to it than meets the eye.  Your first challenge is to successfully recover the downed game.  Once you shoot an animal, recovering it needs to become your first priority (after safety, of course).  I’ve seen hunters get hopped up on adrenaline and side tracked by seeing more ducks in the air, or other deer approaching – causing them to take their focus off of animals they had already shot.  This can lead to lost game, which is never a good thing and one of the most unfortunate situations in hunting.  Deer Buck Harvested with Rifle 

How you recover an animal depends on the species.  For big game like deer, elk or bear, it is best to give the animal time to expire before you pursue it.  If you make a great shot, sometimes you’ll see the animal go down and expire within your view, but it doesn’t always happen that way. There may be tracking involved, which is just another fun and challenging part of the hunting experience.  If you’re hunting small game or fowl, you can and usually should go after them right away, to recover them wherever they dropped.  Sometimes a quick follow up shot is needed to quickly and ethically kill the animal.

Once you recover a big game animal like a deer, you’ll need to tag it – which basically just means you put a tag with your name and some basic information about the harvest of the animal onto the animal itself.  This is a legal requirement in most, if not all states in the U.S.  

Then, whether it is big game or small, you’ll eventually need to clean and process the animal.  For big game, like a deer, you will likely need to field dress or “gut” the deer out in the field.  This serves two purposes.  First, it helps cool down the body cavity more quickly, which helps preserve the quality of the meat.  Secondly, it removes a lot of weight from the animal, which will help you drag it out of the woods to your vehicle more easily.

As for the question of how-to field dress a deer, how to clean a duck or any other animal, thankfully we live in an information age where practically everything you need to know can be found on the internet.  That is, if you don’t have a friend or family member to show you first-hand.  From field dressing to plucking to processing, a simple search on Google or YouTube will deliver links to dozens of videos that can help walk you through the process.

When I shot my first deer with a shotgun as a teenager, I was fortunate to have a family friend help me field dress it.  Then I took it to a meat processor to butcher it. But when I finally took up (and fell in love with) bow hunting years later, I had no one around to show me what to do when I killed my first doe.  Fortunately, I was prepared and had a step-by-step guide to field dressing printed from the web and put it in a plastic bag in my backpack  – so I’d be ready if I was fortunate enough to harvest an animal.  Good preparation is a hugely important part of successful hunting.

Getting Started Starts Now

When I decided to take up bow hunting, I was inspired by simply shooting a friend’s old compound bow at a local archery range.  There was something about taking aim and releasing that arrow that resonated with something deep inside of me.  Simply by shooting his bow, I realized that even though I’d never hunted with one, I was in-fact a bow hunter. So that day at the archery range I set a goal.  I said to myself and to my friend, “I am going to buy a bow of my own, practice and kill a deer with it next season”.  Mind you, although I was a long-time small-game and bird hunter, I had never hunted with a bow.  My goal was to figure it all out…the equipment, the strategies and how to prepare for a hunt in ways that would help make me successful.  So that’s what I did.  Since then I’ve taken about twenty deer with a bow.  I’ve fed my family with several of those deer and donated others to local food pantries or others in need.  I am a bow hunter. A sportsman. A provider.  And it all started with simple, clearly stated goal.  

What’s your game?  What’s your goal? It is time to get started!

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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in hunting, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Frugal Scent free ideas

So obviously there is a multimillion dollar market out there dedicated to every type of scent free product out there.  From sprays to wipes, shampoo to soaps, it is all out there and available.

Scent Free Wipes

Use scent free baby wipes for scent free hunting wipes. These are readily available at the grocery store and packaged perfectly for transport. They don’t say “odor eliminating” but seem to do a bang up job of cleaning up after a child while still being safe on the skin 🙂

Scent Free Spray and Wipes (Homemade Version)

(Full disclosure, this is not my recipe. I got it off of someone on an archery website).

Ingredients for Scent Killer:

• 16 oz. (2 cups) Peroxide ( yes, I use the brown bottled stuff)

• 16 oz. (2 cups) Distilled Water or water from a dehumidifier

• ¼ cup baking soda 

1 oz. On non-scented shampoo (I use Hunters Specialties green shampoo) 
(Or adjust amounts to whatever size you make accordingly)

Directions:

Let sit for several days (a 1 gallon milk jug works good with lid loose). This recipe is also good for removing blood from your hands in the field after dressing your critter! No dried blood, presents a better photo image!

Homemade Scent Free Wipes

Mix up a batch of scent killer per instructions above. Next, take a roll of heavy duty paper towels (The blue shop towels work great!) 

cut the roll in half with an electric knife or saw so you have 2 short rolls of paper towels (don’t try a regular knife… it doesn’t work). Pull the cardboard tube from the middle of the half roll then 
find a coffee container big enough to hold the 1/2 roll of paper towels (and with a good sealed lid). 

Put one of the 1/2 rolls of paper in the container, pour in the scent killer, let the wipes soak up the scent killer, keep covered tight so they don’t dry out. Because the inner cardboard tube is out, pull the paper towels out the from the middle like a Kleenex!

Scent Free Soap

OK, how many bottles of scent free body wash have we all bought over the years? That liquid soap sure does not seem to last very long, and gets to be expensive after a while, especially if you have multiple hunters in the family. After spending a lot of money on this myself, I decided to look for fragrance free bar soaps, and finally I found that Dove makes one – Dove Fragrance Free Senstive Skin Unscented Bar.  Dove brand prides itself on being sensitive and the claim to being scent free is stringent.  Great value for the price!

Scent Free Deodorant

Like the bar soap, there are many traditional brands of scent free/fragrance free deodorants out of the market. Next time you are at the drugstore browse the deodorant section and you will find many brands that have these scent /fragrance free products in both gel and solids. Ensure you buy a brand that you know will protect you from perspiring as that will be half the battle.  Use the deodorant for a few days in day to day activities prior to using it in the field to ensure a successful outcome.

Scent Free Laundry Soap

Ok, I am sure most of you have heard of this one, but I use plain old baking soda! Again, I can attest that it seems to work just fine, I buy a large box of this at my local super store (Costco) and, for me, and it lasts all season long. I use it to wash all my hunting clothes in. Speaking of washing, always use cold water, and turn your camo inside out to help lengthen the life of your favorite camo garments. I have had the same set for over 5 years now, and they still look new, and work just fine. Another note about using baking soda, put it into the water first, and make sure it is dissolved before you put your clothes in, if you put it over top of your clothes, it may not dissolve, and your clothes will come out with white powder or lumps still on them 😦  For an extra boost of clean, add Oxy powder to the cycle as it will remove staining without adding additional scents 🙂

As you can see, there are various cost effective ways to save in the scent free side of hunting.  Feel free to take and try all or a few and let me know how they work for you!

 

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How to sharpen a knife

Here is a great video on how CJ Buck, President and CEO of Buck Knives sharpens a knife.  Knowing how to properly sharpen a piece of equipment can not only save time but keep you from permanently damaging your knives as well.

 

 

 

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DIY: Easy Odor Absorber

This is a fantastically easy and cost effective descenting option for hunting gear 🙂

by  September 25th, 2013

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Eons before the advent of scent-control activated charcoal hunting suits, a woman working in a Port Perry convenience store taught me how to capture offensive odours. My children suffered from motion sickness, so when I asked her for a scented air spray to mask the sour smell in the car, she suggested filling a perforated coffee can with charcoal. The results far exceeded all expectations.

Hunting season rolled around and the light bulb went on. I could use the same approach to keep hunting gear scent-free. To this day, all my tote boxes of gear and bags of hunting clothes include a perforated container filled with charcoal. When the charcoal becomes saturated and unable to absorb any more odors, I simply refill the container with new charcoal.

Ensure that the container is first cleaned very well and left to air out for a few days to get any residual coffee odor out.

When purchasing charcoal, be advised not to buy any with any extra additives to ease starting or burning…the cleaner the charcoal the better 🙂

 

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