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January 11, 2023 – An Unseasonable Warm Winter!

Hi All,

Well despite some colder temperatures and a fair amount of snow through the end of November and December, January has been incredibly warm. We haven't got any fresh snow in a while and temps are swinging between 10 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit. There seems to be enough good ice to travel by snowmachine and to ice fish, but it is definitely not nearly as thick as it should be. Some lakes still only have around 8" of ice and in a typical year we would see over 12" by now. We're lucky we got a bit of cold at the beginning of winter to build the ice or we wouldn't hardly be doing any fishing at all yet. And since we have enough ice to go fishing the warm temperatures aren't all that bad, it certainly beats -40!

So far Lindsay and I have only been ice fishing twice. Both times to a small stocked lake close to town where we can chase splake. They are just little guys but are great pan friers and are a blast to watch come in and hammer your spoon in crystal clear water. This weekend we are planning to get out a little more and will be spending two nights camping out on the ice in our portable shack fishing for lake trout and walleye. We are both really looking forward to our first couple nights out there in 2023!

Mom is doing really well and has been enjoying the warmer winter so far. She is busy as usual volunteering and helping out all over town and having weekly lunches with friends. We are currently in the midst of planning a 2 week trip to Cuba with her over the first two weeks of March and we are all very excited!

We had a very busy, but very fun and exciting fall. As I detailed in a previous post, we didn't have much down time between coming home from camp and going deer hunting, and then returning home for 3 days before heading out to Montana for what ended up being 3 weeks. We were headed to Montana with 2 elk tags and 2 deer tags, so we weren't overly worried about taking a deer during our first trip down to the cabin. We were joined by some friends from Thunder Bay who were looking to take a deer home for some meat, and Matt did just that shooting a nice doe opening weekend. They left on Monday morning and Lindsay and I stayed the rest of the week relaxing and hunting. Despite seeing a lot of deer we didn't see anything that we wanted to shoot, as we weren't planning on taking anything unless it was a really nice buck.

After a very busy 3 days at home, we were headed for Montana. We had an absolutely wonderful trip and spent 17 days hiking and hunting both the mountains and their surrounding prairies. We got hammered with early season cold and snow the first week there and were pushed out of the mountains by about a foot of snow after only 4 nights. At 3:30 in the morning we had a couple of inches, by 6:30 when we decided we should start packing we had about 8-10" and a couple hours later as we were leaving there was a foot or more. Well right before we started packing up camp as were enjoying a quick cup of coffee and getting dressed, it was quite clear to me that there is none I would rather be getting snowed into the mountains with then Lindsay, so I asked her to marry me! After she said yes, and we were done embracing and enjoying the moment, we immediately got to work tearing things down so we could get on the road out of there.

We relocated to a nearby motel for a while until the storm stopped and we could come up with a new plan of where to set up camp. We ended up spending 6 nights at the motel as another few smaller storms and crazy cold temperatures (down to -15 F in November) kept us there longer than planned. We hunted from the motel each morning and I was able to shoot my first mule deer during that leg of the trip filling the 1st of our 4 tags.


After the weather stabilized, we decided to head about 50 miles south to change units and to try to get to more accessible roads as we had seen about 30" of snowfall up in the mountains and probably 18-24" down on the flat prairie where the wind was blowing drifts 5' tall in some extreme cases. We set up our tent in the mountains again and decided to try to focus on elk for the last half of the trip, hoping to fill Lindsay's deer tag if we stumbled into a deer along the way. On our first morning of hunting we glassed up a herd of elk and spent all day watching them bedded in a small patch of timber, waiting for them to come out into the open and to feed down their side of the canyon into rifle range. We had lots of time so we decided if they didn't come into range on their own we weren't going to try to force anything for fear of being seen and bumping them out of there - we could always come back first thing in the morning and try again. Well, after watching them work in and out of the patch of timber all day, occasionally almost coming inside our 500 yard limit, they spooked. With 90 minutes of daylight left, and as they were feeding directly down into the area we wanted them too, either us or the pack of coyotes that started howling spooked our 20 or so elk and we watched them leave our lives at a full run, never firing a shot. We were able to relocate the elk that night right before dark, but unfortunately they must have moved over night and were no longer there the next day.


We decided to give that area some time to recover without any pressure so with 3 days left of the season we headed to a new area that we thought could have elk and should certainly have deer. After watching a lot of nice bucks move onto a privately owned ranch from the publicly accessible area we were hunting, we decided to go ask permission to hunt the private land thinking we could quickly fill Lindsay's deer tag and then spend the last 2 days trying to relocate the herd of elk. The folks who owned the ranch were incredibly nice and welcoming and after a brief introduction they told us we were more than welcome to chase the deer on their land. Well, like a lot of the trip things didn't exactly go to plan. Despite there being deer everywhere, due to some really unfortunate equipment failures it took us 5 stalks on 5 different white tails over the last 3 days of the season to fill Lindsay's deer tag. But after a lot of frustration, and a lot of crawling through frozen and very flat cow pastures, Lindsay shot a great 8 pointer to fill her tag and wrap up our trip.

For those who are interested I'll be writing a sort of day by day journal of our hunt and will share it on the blog in the next week or two with some more pictures and to elaborate on the hunt and all of the challenges we had.

After returning home, I went for one last trip to our deer cabin with a friend looking for a deer for his freezer, and one more for ours before the season closed on December 15th. Over that weekend Johann was able to take a nice young buck and I shot a yearling doe, before closing down our cabin and the 2022 hunting season just in time for the holidays. While we were gone to Montana, my moose hunting group was able to fill our cow tag at home, and Lindsay's group with her dad and grandpa filled theirs the opening week of the season in October. So all in all we had a great 2022 hunting season, made a lot of memories and had a lot of fun, and have full freezers for the year.

Take care and keep an eye out for the next post detailing our Montana hunt!



January 3, 2023 – Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

We just wanted to take a quick moment to wish everyone a happy holidays! We have been very busy since closing down camp hunting through November and early December, and then enjoying the holiday season. We have had a great winter so far, and with ice fishing season really taking off we are looking forward to what's to come.

Things are starting to slow down now that the holidays are over and we are getting back to normal so I will be back this week with a weather and ice fishing up date and a post or two to share all of the fun we had hunting this fall.

We hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday season with friends and family, take care!



Updated Vacancies – January 3, 2023

Current vacancies for the 2023 season:

August 5 - 12 - 1 Cabin available (#2)

August 12 - 19 - 1 Cabin available (#2)

August 19 - 26 - 1 Cabin available (# 3)

September 2 on we have scattered openings every week. As a reminder in September we drop our minimum occupancy requirements and the strict weekly rentals charging $50.00 per person, per night. Please call or email for specific availability, but as of right now every week has at least one opening.

November 6, 2022 – A Quick Stop at Home

Hi All!

I didn't have time to write anything before heading to deer camp, but Press is shut down and we are home, although only briefly. We got home from camp on Tuesday, October 25, and were on our way deer hunting by Thursday. We spent 9 days at deer camp coming home yesterday evening, and will be on the road for Montana around 3 AM Wednesday morning.

We had a great fall at camp! The fishing stayed very steady right through the final week of the season, and with the exception of a few days that last week, the weather was really nice and unseasonably warm. We had a slower moose hunt than normal and went 0/2 during archery season and 2/4 during rifle season. Both of our archery groups had cow tags and despite many days in the field and a lot of moose seen (one group saw 10 animals, only 1 cow) neither were able to get in close enough for a shot. Cow hunting with a bow can be a real challenge as our terrain is not overly friendly to spot and stock hunting, and cows don't generally come to calls. Both groups had a great time and saw 10+ moose each, with multiple opportunities on bulls, sometimes it just doesn't work out.

Rifle season started rough as the first few days of the week were very cold and windy with a mixture of rain and snow. Not a lot of animals were seen the first few days but by the end of the week two groups had filled their tags; one with a bull and the other with a cow and calf. My personal group of friends are yet to fill our tag as we ran into the same issues as our archery hunters, we have a cow tag and could only find bulls! Finally our fourth and last group had fewer hunters than normal and ended up going home mid week, I believe a little defeated after multiple days of very poor weather. After Wednesday the weather broke and the rest of the week turned out to be beautiful and temps shot up from low 20's to 70 three days later.

Unfortunately, that beautiful warm weather followed us deer hunting for the week. Lindsay and I didn't have intentions of shooting a deer unless we stumbled into a really nice buck as we still have our Montana trip coming up. If successful, we won't need any extra meat. We are also fortunate that deer season is open for two weeks after we get home, so if we don't end up doing well out west we have plenty of opportunity to get a deer or two for the winter. We are very lucky to be in such a favorable position because it sure was a tough week of deer hunting! We didn't see temperatures below freezing until two days ago, and had a couple of days that hit nearly 70 in the afternoon. As you can imagine there weren't a lot of deer moving and very few of them were bucks. That being said a friend of ours was able to connect on a nice doe opening weekend with limited time, and we did watch quite a few other does, and passed one small 8 point we would like to give another year or two. Slow hunting aside, it was a great week with friends and a highly anticipated break after a busy season.

Well that's a quick update in the meantime. When we get back from Montana I will be sure to have a few updates about our hunt, and once all of the dust settles we have more pictures to post from the end of the season. Some final fish pictures and some various hunting photos as well.

Take care and for those who are out, happy hunting!



October 1, 2022 – Sorry For The Absence

Hi All,

I'm sorry for the big lag between posts, as usual the fall got away from me. Camp has been busy all fall and as fishing season is quickly fading into hunting season, the leaves are changing colours and the fish are still hammering. Mom has been doing very well and her hip is healing up great! The doctor gave her the all clear to return to camp at her 6 week check up, so she has been out helping us on the weekends again for the last 5 weeks or so. I am taking her to Dryden this week for the 12 week check up, and I believe if everything still looks good we are all said and done with the doctors. A big thank you to everyone who has been reaching out to check in on Mom, she has really appreciated hearing from everyone!

The weather was really nice through August and the first half of September. In fact, we had a couple days in September that were downright hot. Through the second half of September and now into October, we have had a few colder spells that have lasted 2-3 days, but between them have been nice breaks of warm sunny weather. The colder day have temperature swings from about 38-55 degrees, generally feeling a little cooler with the wind, and the warmer days range from 40 - almost 70 degrees. So far we have only had 1 frost, but we are forecasted a couple of cold nights dipping a bit below freezing towards the end of this week.

By the beginning of August the water levels were pretty much caught up to normal. Probably still fairing a little higher than average, but very close to what we would expect that time of year, and nothing quite like this spring. The lake continued to slowly drop through most of September, and about a week ago I noticed that it is beginning to come back up as the temperatures are cooler, and we have gotten a bit of rain. I would say currently we are still in that same area of very close to average, maybe a touch high, and the lake is behaving normally as the water levels tend to slowly climb through October. I haven't noticed that the lake has turned over yet, but with the impending cold temperatures, I wouldn't be surprised if that happens soon.

The fishing has been phenomenal all summer long, and that hasn't stopped through the fall. I think almost every week for the first 4 months of the season someone told me it was the best fishing they have either ever had on Press, or ever in their life. We didn't have any real monster walleye caught this year, but I did hear about quite a few in that 26-27" range. The average size however, has really increased, and there are A LOT more walleye being caught in the 18-21" range than we were seeing pre-covid. The current bite is pretty standard for this time of year. The walleye are concentrated on the humps, mainly out on the big lake and are being caught as deep as 30', and as shallow as 12-15' on top of the reefs. We tend to see a lot of really nice fish caught this time of year in the deeper waters surrounding the reefs, and that has been the case so far this year as well.

The bass seemed very active this year, and also have increased in average size a bit. The sprig bite ran later than normal as the bass were still on nests a lot later into the year with the late spring and high water. Now they have moved up onto the reefs and are absolutely hammering off of 7 Pine Island. The pike have been pretty typical this year with lots of walleye being T-boned on their way to the boat, and almost weekly reports of a 40"+ fish being caught.

Hunting seasons are beginning to open up and we have been doing some duck and grouse hunting. The ducks haven't been overly cooperative so we have had a few tough hunts, but have managed to come home with a handful of birds and have had a couple of nice meals. Certainly can't complain about that. Our road sees a lot of traffic from grouse hunters at the beginning of the season, but now that we are into the 3rd week and there are a lot less hunters around, the birds are starting to come out a lot more and we have been able to pick a few of those up to replenish the freezer for the winter!

We are into the second week of the three week archery moose season, and we currently have two hunting groups in camp with a third arriving later this week. So far no tags have been filled, but both groups have seen moose. Just the usual story of lots of bull sightings and everyone has cow tags, or difficulties getting within bow range. I believe the rut is really kicking off right now though as there has been lots of moose sign and activity everywhere, so I suspect the groups will have a lot more action before the week is out. Rifle season opens on October 15th, and we have three cow tags and one bull tag in camp for that week.

That October 15th week is our last week open, so as of writing this we only have three more weeks left of the season. It's crazy how fast the summer goes by. Lindsay and I have a pretty busy fall planned so we are starting to get very excited. I will be moose hunting with a group of friends for opening week of moose, and Lindsay will be spending the beginning of the week hunting with her dad and grandpa. Once we close up camp on the 22nd, we have about 5 days to get home and then head down to our deer cabin in Barwick to prepare for the opener of deer season on the 29th. We will spend a week down there, likely coming home on November 5th, and then we are off to Montana for a couple of weeks on November 9th to try to fill two elk tags and two mule deer tags. We are doing a DIY hunt and will be spending a couple of weeks in a tent in the mountains. We have spent a lot of the summer getting in shape and ready for this trip and are getting very excited as it approaches. November is a lot of fun for us so I don't like to squander it sitting on the couch when there are open hunting season to be had!

Well I think that's all for now, I have received quite a few pictures from folks so thank you very much! I will try to put together a post here in the near future with a lot of them from the last few months.



July 27, 2022 – The Fish are Moving Onto the Reefs!

Hi All,

Now before I get into all the good stuff like the fishing report and pictures, I have a few housekeeping announcements that we need to make. The first is about Mom having a bit of a fall. Next is regarding our landline situation, and then I will follow that with two new rule changes to the fish and game act for this year and going forward.

On July 8, Mom tripped and fell outside the grocery store, and unfortunately broke her hip. Fortunately for her and us it was my ex Hali who was essentially the first one to find her, and was a huge help in getting her up and taken care of. Mom (reluctantly) went by ambulance to Dryden where they determined she had a break and would need surgery, so she was flown to Thunder Bay. There she had a partial hip replacement and was flown back to Dryden a couple of days later. She was released from Dryden on the 16th and was brought back home by Lindsay's parents where they got her in and settled on their way out to visit us at camp for the week. Since then, Mom has had some pain from the break but nothing she can't handle, and is recovering well. It will be 3-4 months before she is able to resume all normal function but knowing her she will be getting herself into trouble before then. We would like to say a big thank you to Don, Mary, and Jake (Lindsay's parents and grandpa) and to Hali for all helping out and getting Mom taken care of.

About a week ago we received a phone call from our phone provider Bell Canada, that they would officially be decommissioning our very archaic radio phone system. Truthfully we have been expecting this to happen for some time and aren't really surprised. Now that we have our very reliable Starlink internet, we have found Wi-Fi calling through a cell phone to be a very good substitute to having a landline. So, our response has been to have our current business number (807 934 6911) ported over to a cell phone that we will be able to use both at camp in the summer and in town during the winter. What does this mean for you guys? Truthfully, not a whole lot with the exception of us no longer having a different winter and summer number, and that you will now be able to text us at the above number if you would like. I think this is actually going to be a convenient change for everyone, not to mention cheaper for us!

Next are a couple of rule changes. Both are in response to the rising aquatic invasive species problem in North America and that is unfortunately spreading through Ontario. The bulk of the spread in Ontario has been limited to more populated areas that are also adjacent to the Great Lakes, say around Toronto. However, the spread of those invasive species is increasing and the government is trying their best to keep them out of our pristine waterways up here in the north.

The first rule change is very simple, and for those of you who travel through Minnesota you will be familiar with it. You must now remove the plug from your boat hull and livewells when travelling across land with your boat. The plug will need to be left out of the boat until you are ready to launch at your next location, with the only exception being that you are allowed to keep water on board in one vessel (livewell, bait bucket, etc.) to keep live baitfish alive.

The second change is a little more complicated. In an attempt to monitor and police the movement of baitfish across the province (for example: bringing bait from the invaded lakes in the southern portion of the province north up here) the province has been divided into various baitfish zones. Baitfish can be moved between these zones if you are headed from our clean northern water south, but it is now illegal to transport the bait from the south to the north. To police this it is now mandatory that if your primary address isn't within the borders of the baitfish zone that you are fishing, then you must keep the receipt from purchasing bait on your person at all times and be able to produce it for an officer if you are checked on or off the water. For folks crossing in Pigeon River who stop to get bait along the way, both Thunder Bay and Kakabeka Falls are within our baitfish zone and it is legal to bring that bait with you as long as you keep and bring a receipt. Same goes for anyone crossing in International falls, you are still within our zone and bringing bait acquired along the drive is still legal. For our own purposes, we are now required to give every group a baitfish card that you will have to bring with you when you come to get bait, and that we will tally your bait on. This will act as your receipt. We have spoke to officers from the MNR and this is their recommendation to keep things as easy as possible for both guests and outfitters alike, and so we don't have to provide a new receipt with every bait purchase. You will only need one card per group if the group is expecting to fish relatively closely together. If you are completely splitting up it might be best to get one card per boat. You will have to remember to keep the card on you while you are on the lake.

Lastly, and this has been the law for a while but it does not hurt to have refresher:

It is illegal to (or attempt to) deposit or release into, or within 30 metres of, any waters:

  • live or dead bait or baitfish, including fish eggs, gametes or fish parts
  • the water, soil or other materials used to hold any of these items

Essentially, don't dump your bait buckets or worm bedding (even devoid of worms) within 100' of any lake's edge.

Okay, now onto the more interesting stuff! Until this week the weather has been great. We have had a few hot days or short periods of intense heat, but it never seemed to last too long. Whenever we got any rain it was mostly during the night or it wouldn't last very long during the day, and the average temps were 70-85. That was until this week however, where we started off the week dipping down into the 50's! Now the days have warmed up and when the sun is out it is actually quite hot, but it has rained almost every day this week. Hopefully it breaks tomorrow and folks will have a nice day and a half to round out their week. The mosquitos are still bad but have definitely improved since a few weeks ago. We are really hoping all of this new water doesn't spark another hatch.

The fishing has been really, really good! I have been hearing weekly from groups old and new alike that this is some of the best fishing they have ever seen either on Press, or in a lot of cases in their life. The walleye were slow getting to the humps, likely from a late and aggressive may fly hatch a couple of weeks ago. Since then, they have been moving onto the various humps and are being caught out around Red Rock and on the reefs on the big water too. 7 Pine Island and Gull Rock have been producing well, as I'm sure are most of the other reefs out there.

We have been receiving a lot of fish pictures lately, so a big THANK YOU to everyone who has been taking the time to send them in! Below are some pics from the Oswald crew:


Here are some from the Stauffer group:



From the Western group:



And lastly a picture from Garret Pratt from 2021:



Well I think that is all for now!





June 24, 2022 – We Have the Fish House Back!

Hi All,

Well, as the title suggests the water level has been dropping quite a bit and as of this week we are back in the fish cleaning house. The water is still very high for this time of year but it is getting a lot closer to normal and it is nice to have our building back. Currently docks 1-3 have power restored and I will be working on the rest this weekend through early next week. Unfortunately most of the receptacles ended up under water so I am assessing and repairing any damage. It is advisable to bring an extra extension cord if you are coming over the next week or two, just in case it needs to be run from the cabin or across from docks 1-3.

The weather has been a little all over the place the last couple of weeks, but for the most part has been very good, although hot. Temps are still dipping into the 60's at night usually, cooling the cabins down a bit for sleeping. Day temps however, have been reaching 80-90 degrees, with one day this week peaking at over 100. We could do with a little cooler temps during the day but we have been having the odd day of overcast giving a bit of a break from the sun. There has been enough rain to keep the bush wet but not enough to be a nuisance, and we have had a fair amount of wind with a couple of fast but intense storms. Fortunately for us, we weren't hit at camp nearly as hard the surrounding area. The couple of rain storms we have had paired with the high water this spring has unfortunately been the perfect storm for mosquitos. I definitely recommend bringing lots of bug spray and a Thermacell as they have gotten absolutely awful over the last two weeks.

And now for the part you have all been waiting for, the fishing report! So far we have been hearing nothing but great things about the fishing, I have even heard from several groups that this year is the best fishing they have ever had! We are seeing really good numbers of fish, and since Covid we have seen a big increase in the average size of the fish being caught. It seems the walleye are averaging 16-17", with lots being caught over 20". Despite the high water the walleye are being found in their usual spots. They have mostly moved out of the smaller rivers like Wintering Creek, but are still very active in the current of the bigger rivers in areas like the Rock Gardens and down by the old bridge. Wind blown shores and points are also producing well. I haven't heard much about folks fishing on the reefs and haven't gotten out lately to try myself, but I think it shouldn't be too long before they are being caught on those as well. We have had a few groups go into Hut and have all done well and have reported that it is nice and easy getting up there with the current water levels. Here are the fish pics we have received so far this season:

A big thanks to Jesse Virlee and Mike Houser for sending us these pics. If you get any good fish pics while you are up please do not hesitate to pass them along so we can share them.

We have had some confusion about vacation dates this year. Last year our season opened on the earliest possible day, May 15. This means that our opener this year jumped way back to the latest possible day, the 21st of May. Going forward the opener will be one day earlier per year until it hits the 15th, and then it will jump back later again. This is explained by 365 days a year not being evenly divisible by 7 days a week, so dates will shift a little each year. We have had a few groups not realize this, thinking their dates are a week earlier than they actually are, as their correct dates are around a week later then normal. If you have any questions or uncertainties about your dates please reach out to us to confirm them so you don't plan to come the wrong week.

Lastly, we have been receiving lots of questions about our address for filling out the ArriveCAN app as guests prepare to cross the border. Please use the following address when filling out the information:

2054 Valora Rd

Ignace, ON

P0T 1T0

We don't really have a real address out here but we have the one listed above on some various paperwork so that is what we use for our purposes, and it is accepted by ArriveCAN. You can also use our camp for your emergency quarantine location.

Well I think that is all for now, it has been great being back to "normal" and being able to see everyone again! We're looking forward to the rest of the summer.



May 28, 2022 – The Water Is High And The Fish Are Biting

Hi All,

Well it has been a busy week with us getting into camp a little late, and having to deal with the high water. Despite all of that however, things have been running smoothly and the fish have been biting! It feels great to be back to "normal" and to be able to see everyone again. Reports from the opening week guests (and a little scouting of our own) has revealed the walleye are all spawned out despite having a late spring. Some fish are still being caught in the rivers, but most have moved out, and can be found near the river mouths or along wind swept rocky shores. The Narrows have also been productive. 8' - 12' of water seems to be working well, and since the fish are hungry from spawning the choice of bait doesn't seem to matter too much.

It was my 30th birthday on opening weekend this year, and as our first groups of the year know, I always have a bunch of friends up for a weekend of fun and fishing. Here are a few photos from our couple days on the lake:

The water level is finally starting to slowly drop but it will be a few weeks before we get our fish cleaning house and shed back. In the meantime we have a temporary fish cleaning station set up in the front yard with picnic tables. We do not have power to the posts by the docks yet, as they are still under water. It will likely be a few weeks before that is restored as well. The weather was beautiful all week with cool mornings giving way to warm sunny days often reaching 70-80 degrees. This week is calling for a bit more rain and one thunderstorm. Here's to hoping we don't get much more rain!

We no longer have water running over the road, and everyone has been raving about how good it looks with all of the brush pushed back from our plowing into camp this year. Everyone has also been pleasantly surprised with the condition of the road itself, which is another great sign. We drive the road so much and tend to get used to it, that we get a little blinded to how smooth or rough it actually is. It's been nice to be having feedback from guests again, and even nicer that it has all been positive!

The docks are starting to show their age and some have a little damage from the ice pushing into shore this spring, but are all held together and functioning. I am hoping to be able to get to them a little bit this week and get them repaired properly, as well as install handles on them to aid in getting in and out of boats. The docks for the campground are sadly in really rough shape so it is kind of a first come first served and use at your own risk basis. Once we recover from Covid a little, and the price of lumber isn't so outrageous, I plan on building a couple more new docks. The plan is to replace some of the cabin docks and then move the old cabin docks into the campground area to replace the old tired ones there. Those are our first generation of docks and have served us well for over 20 years!

So far everyone has said that their border crossing experience has been friendly and easy. We have only had one vehicle of guests randomly screened, and the rest crossed smoothly with their proof of vaccination and completed ArriveCAN. As mentioned in previous posts you can no longer bring baitfish across the border, and to that list they have decided to add eggs, chicken, and chicken products such as dog food. If you need any of those items it is best to plan on getting them once you have crossed the border.

We now have Starlink internet up and running at camp, and our internet service has improved significantly! It is currently still only available near the lodge but we are hoping to be able to extend that range to the cabins. Now that we have reliable internet, and there isn't much demand for our phone, we are adjusting office hours to:

Friday - Saturday: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Sunday - Thursday: 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM

We are keeping our usual office hours for Friday and Saturday to accommodate guests paying their bills Friday, and those arriving late on Saturday. The Wi-Fi will still be available 24 hours a day, and in the event of an emergency we will still be around, but we just ask that if you think you will need bait or fuel in the evening that you get it before 6:00. We would like to be able to sneak away for the odd evening of fishing too!

Well I think that is all! I hope that is a good update and I will try to keep them coming to keep everyone in the loop about water levels and how the fishing has been.



May 9, 2022 – The Snow Is Melting, Things Are Wet, And We’re Into Camp!

Hi All,

Well, after 4 days of having a massive loader on the road with a plow on it, we have gotten the road into camp open and brushed waaaay back. In the deepest spots the snow was still 2-2.5' deep, and in the sunny spots the road was melted right down to the gravel. Plowing the snow was a relatively easy and quick job for the machine and could have been done in a day, but since we have it up there we have had our operator take a few days and really push back the Alders along the shoulders of the road. It has been a long few days for him spending more time sideways on the road then actually travelling down it, but the line of sight and ability to pass an oncoming vehicle has improved considerably. This is actually the first year I can remember where I haven't had to fire up a chainsaw to get in, the loader was more than capable of handling any downed trees and brush sticking out on the road.

The weather has warmed up significantly lately and has caused the snow to melt very quickly. This paired with the rain we have been getting, and are forecasted to get, has a lot of North Western Ontario flooding. So far highway 105 (which goes north to Red Lake) washed out completely removing a pretty large chunk of the pavement, as did our Highway 599, fortunately north of us; just before Pickle Lake. There is a lot of water currently running over our road into camp, but fortunately it is such an old road and packed so hard that it isn't washing out anywhere. There are a couple spots with as much as 18-24" of water on or running across the road, but it is still solid underneath and drivable. We do have some more rain in the forecast, but we are hopeful to see the road dry up over the next couple weeks. Another plus is that we got a fair bit of snow before we got any real cold last fall and it doesn't seem like there is too much frost in the ground. As a result the road hasn't gotten too muddy despite all of the water. Of course there are a handful of spots we have rutted up with the loader and the truck, but so far the road doesn't look like it should be too rough. Not any worse than normal anyway, haha!



Everything at camp looks to be in good order! It's always a very pleasant surprise to do the first inspection and not find any damage or unfortunate surprises, such as a bear in my bed! The ice is also starting to pull away from shore and the bay in front of camp is opening up nicely. I don't think we should have any issues with ice by opening day.



Well, I think that is it for now. We will be moving up to camp this week to really dig in and start getting ready for our first guests arriving late next week. I'll try to post some more updates and photos before opener and will have a fishing report sometime after opening day!



April 13, 2022 – The Winter That Won’t End And Some New Orleans Pictures, Finally!

Current vacancies for the 2022 season:

May 28 – June 4 – 3 Cabins available

August 27 – September 3 – 1 Cabins available

September 10 – October – Scattered openings every week


Hi All,

Well, I guess Mother Nature is getting caught up for the drought last summer. We are in the middle of April and still have about 30" of snow in the bush and still have close to 36" of ice on the lakes. And to top it all off, we are forecasted to be hit by a massive blizzard that could be another 12-18" of snow before the weekend. We have been seeing warm days where the snow has begun to melt, but most nights it is back down to 20-25 degrees F and everything refreezes. We are hopeful that by next week we will start seeing it go fast, but until then there isn't a whole lot we can do besides enjoy the late ice fishing season and wait until it is all over. We do have a plow lined up to get us into camp late next week or early the week after as a contingency plan in case things aren't melting, and fear not I'm sure the lake will be open in time for the season opener on the 21st of May.

As I mentioned above, we have been out doing a bit of ice fishing. Walleye season closes on April 15th, and this time of year they tend to concentrate near the mouths of the rivers they spawn in and feed quite actively before dark. With the days getting longer we enjoy getting out for lake trout in the morning and then either switching spots or lakes and fishing for walleye in the evening. Of course I'm not great at remembering to take pictures but here is a shot of some walleye Lindsay, myself and one of our friends caught last week.

I think we are all done chasing walleye until May as we have a bunch of family coming for Easter and we will be getting ready for that, but I do hope to get out for trout once or twice more next week before the ice starts to go.

I'm a little late I know, but here are some pictures of our trip to New Orleans. Of course we did an airboat tour, which was Lindsay's first time being on one so we had lots of fun! We were fortunate enough that my Aunt Kristen was able to join us from Atlanta for the last few days of the trip as well, which was awesome as we don't get to see her nearly as much as we would like to. She even came down in time to make it out fishing with us on the Gulph.



We were there over Mardis Gras which as you would expect was both crazy busy, and an absolute blast. We spent a little too much time enjoying the sights and parades ourselves though, and didn't take too many pictures. Mom has always loved parades so she really enjoyed going down and catching one or two of the parades daily. The highlight of the trip for me (and I'm pretty sure everyone else too) was of course getting out fishing. I have read about how great the Red Drum fishing is off of Louisiana, and boy it did not disappoint! We hired Captain Ed from St. Bernard Fishing Charters (who I can't recommend enough) for a day on the gulf, and the 4 of us caught A LOT of fish. We were mainly targeting bull reds and sheepshead and we must have caught at least 20 reds close to or pushing 20 lbs. and easily another 25-30 sheepshead. We all had a great time and cooked up a really nice meal when we got home!



All in all we had a really great trip together, and after 2 years of Covid it was nice to be able to get away from home and explore the world a bit. I hope everyone has a great Easter, we are looking forward to spending it with my mom and Lindsay's family. We are even cooking up a Louisiana style shrimp boil with seasonings we brought back north with us, alongside some of the red fish we brought home as well!



March 21, 2022 – Current Vacancies, Border Changes, and What We Have Been Up to!

Current vacancies for the 2022 season:

May 28 - June 4 - 4 Cabins available

August 13 - 20 - 1 Cabin available

August 27 - September 3 - 2 Cabins available

September 10 - October - Scattered openings every week


Hi All,

Now that it looks like things are beginning to return to normal and we are expecting to have a regular season, I will be starting these posts with our current vacancies and will be sure to keep them up to date if any cabins book up. If you are interested in any of our openings, please don't hesitate to give us a call or email.

As of April 1st you will no longer be required to have a negative Covid test to enter Canada, BUT you do still need to be vaccinated and have proof of that. So far we haven't heard anything about the ArriveCAN app, but to our knowledge it is still being used so make sure to fill your information in there within 72 hours of crossing the border. You can add multiple travelers to one entry so not everyone in the group will have to do it, but you will need their passport information. If you have a bigger group I would recommend splitting up by vehicle and not do the entire group just to make the crossing a little easier. So far we haven't heard anything about the proof of vaccination being lifted to enter Canada, and personally I don't see that happening for a while, but who knows.

We have updated our prices for 2022. The new prices can be seen here We didn't increase anything significantly, just a little bit to keep up with inflation and to help us recover from the last two seasons. Weekly rates for the cabins increased by $10.00, same with weekly boat and motor rentals, and nightly camping rates increased by $2.00. Gas prices will essentially be market price as each delivery we get is different. We have very slim profit margins on gas (~ $0.05/L or $0.18/gallon) to try to help keep the price of it down as we know how expensive it is after having it trucked into us, especially when comparing it to U.S. prices. You guys have it good down there when it comes time to fill up, trust me!

Well I think that is all of the house keeping stuff! The last 5 weeks or so have been pretty busy for us. I went on my ice fishing trip that I wrote about in my last post, coming home with about 36 hours before we left for Winnipeg to fly to New Orleans for 2 weeks. We had a wonderful time and I will write more about that in the next couple days when I round up some pictures I can post as well. While we were down there Lindsay's Grandma who had been in poor health for the last couple of years, took a turn for the worse. When we returned home from our trip Lindsay stayed in Dryden to visit on our drive home, while I brought Mom back to Ignace and returned to Dryden the next morning. We spent the week with Lindsay's family and Grandma in the hospital and the following weekend she unfortunately passed. Of course it has been difficult, but we are thankful to have been able to get home and see her. The funeral was held last week and I got home on Wednesday after being gone for nearly a month, and Lindsay just got home on Saturday.

Naturally things have been a little chaotic, but we are home and getting back into routine a bit and I just wanted to get our vacancies up with a quick update. As promised above I will write about our vacation and share some photos sometime this week!


February 8, 2022 – A little housekeeping and what we will be up to for the next few weeks

Hi All,

Not too much has changed up here since my last post. It seems if the weather isn't crazy cold then we are getting snow. We have seen more snow this winter than we have in a long, long, time and it's still only early February. As much as we are sick of having to shovel so much, our lakes really need it and hopefully we will see good water levels in the spring.

Lindsay and I are still trying to get out ice fishing whenever we can and recently had another 2 night stay in our new hut fishing for crappie near Dryden. The fishing was a little slow but we were joined during the day by Lindsay's dad, grandpa, and their friend Jim which made the drive over worth it fish or no fish.

We haven't been out in a about a week though, and won't be out this week either as I am trying to complete a fairly lengthy "Honey-Do List." I am headed to Thunder Bay on Thursday to join a friend from there, plus two more from southern Ontario for a 5 day ice fishing trip. My friends uncle has graciously let us use his cabin which is on a lake trout and walleye lake, and is surrounded by many stocked lakes with brook or rainbow trout, and additional walleye and lake trout lakes as well. This is our second winter doing this now and we are all really looking forward to it, especially because we don't get t see our friends from down south very often. We are hoping to be able to hit a different lake every day and do some exploring around to new country. Hopefully 'll have some pictures to post when I get home!

The busyness doesn't stop there however. I will only be home from fishing for two nights and then Lindsay, my mom, and I are headed to Winnipeg to catch a plane to New Orleans for a two week vacation. We will be there for the last week of February and the first week of March and through Mardi Gras. So far we don't have many plans as we don't like to travel with too much of an agenda, but we are excited to explore the city, the food and drink, and the culture! Plus it will be nice to be somewhere that isn't so cold for a little bit, haha.

I will be setting up an out-of-office autoreply on our email for the three weeks that I am gone with any important information, and will handle any reservation inquiries in the order with which they come in. I will be keeping an eye on my email and will answer any pressing questions if anyone has any, but of course will be away from our schedule until after the first week of March.

Well I think that's about all that is new with us, so on to just a couple of housekeeping items I want to have posted on here. To start, it seems that nothing has changed with the protocols for crossing the border. You will need to be double vaccinated, have a negative test taken within 72 hours of crossing (info about crossing the border and what tests are accepted can be found here:, and you will need to have completed the questions asked in the ArriveCAN app; also within 72 hours of crossing. If you have any further questions I recommend calling the CBSA at 1-800-461-9999 and talking to a real person as the website can be difficult to interpret. I will update this information again as well as Canada's current Covid restrictions as we get much closer to spring in case anything changes.

Secondly, we are implementing a more formal cancellation policy. Now that the borders are open, and the vaccines are available, travel is possible again and we are no longer rolling deposits over to the next season if you can't make your trip. Of course that will change if the border were to close down again, but as long as travel is permitted we are holding reservations like a typical year. We have decided that we will work with a 4 month lead time to return deposits in the event of a cancellation. As long as your week starts more than 4 months ahead of the date you are cancelling we will return your deposit, otherwise we will have to keep it as we will be very unlikely to rebook that cabin. We are really excited to get to see everyone again!

Lastly, we will be reviewing and updating our pricing when we get home from Vacation in March. It has been a number of years since we have done this and we have decided it's time to review and adjust again. We won't be changing anything dramatically, we have always only ever raised our price by $10.00 per person, and will keep to that rule moving the weekly rate from $340.00 to $350.00. We will also be adjusting the boat and motor prices, bait, etc. but again they will be very small increments. I'll mention when we have the new numbers in a future blog post and will update our pricing on the "Rates" page of the website.

Well I think that is all for now. It will be a little bit before I write on here again but hopefully I will have lots of stories and pictures to write about when I get back!





January 20, 2022 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well it's safe to say that winter is here! We have had a ton of snow so far this winter (which should help get the water levels back up in the spring) and the cold has been pretty steady over the last month. We have been having the odd warm day or two thrown into the mix but it hasn't been uncommon to see temps down to -30 F. Despite the cold and the snow Lindsay and I have been able to get out ice fishing quite a bit.

Normally we put my Dad's old ice shack out on Paguchi, a lake trout lake near town and spend a lot of time ice fishing there, or bouncing around to a few other lakes with our Otter fold over. After a couple of tough years of getting the hut stuck in slush and damaging it forcing us to repair it on the ice to get it off the lake in the spring, we decided it was time for a change. The shack is getting pretty old and the floor and skis are about done, so it seemed the best option would be to retire it and build a new one rather than trying to put a whole new floor under etc. Well we decided that we were getting done with dragging it on and off the ice every year and the headaches that go along with that. Keep in mind up here we don't have plowed roads on the lakes where we can tow the shack out with the truck. We have to pack a trail with the snow machines and hope it freezes solid enough to tow the shack out with the machine a day or two after, and the last couple of years that hasn't been the case and we have gotten stuck in slush forced to leave the hut where we were stuck. Anyway, our solution this winter was to pick up a new portable shack that we could bounce from lake to lake with, and even winter camp in.

We decided to go with an Eskimo FatFish, it is 8' by 14' and so far we have been absolutely loving it! Here is a pic of our first set up with it in my backyard:

Since ice fishing season has really gotten underway we have done one day trip with some friends. It's awesome to be able to fit everyone in there so comfortably and all fish together.


We have also camped out in it twice. Once for one night:



and the second time for two:



We set up some of those foam puzzle piece floor mats for a floor and set up a couple cots and away we go. Lindsay, Cedar, and I have really been enjoying adventuring off to different lakes and setting up for a while. The first night out it got down to about -20 and the hut stayed close to 40 degrees overnight. Plenty warm enough all wrapped up in a sleeping bag.

On the docket for this weekend is a lake trout trip with us and 2 other couples. After that we will be looking to go somewhere new and set up for another couple night stay. Now that we are through the holidays we will be spending a lot more time on the ice and should have some content to write about for some more frequent posts on here, stay tuned!

In other news, Mom has made a full recovery from her back surgery back in September, and is feeling great and getting around even better. Truthfully the operation didn't slow her down very much or for very long (probably not as long as it should have), but now her recovery has been long enough and the surgeon is happy with the results so she has been out doing lots of walking and snowshoeing with friends. It's really nice to see her not in constant pain anymore.

I am receiving lots of emails regarding our current rules surrounding Covid and what crossing the border might look like this summer. Currently Ontario is back under another lockdown until January 26, thanks to the Omicron variant. So far it has only affected restaurants, gyms, public spaces, etc. and noting major like international travel or the land borders, and it doesn't look like this lockdown will change any of that. Hopefully we will be out of this lockdown soon and back to our new "normal". As far as crossing the border this summer is concerned, I don't want to speculate too much as policies seem to change so frequently and we have a while to go before we are open. Currently you need to be vaccinated and have proof of that with you, answer all of the questions on the ArriveCan app and have a negative PCR test all performed within 72 hours of crossing. As spring approaches I will try to keep the most up to date info on our blog here for easy reference, but I encourage everyone to call the CBSA at 1 800 461 9999 well in advance of your trip to make sure all of your ducks are in a row. The crossings are really easy as long as you are prepared.

Well, I think that's it for now. Take care everyone and wish us luck fishing this weekend!



November 28, 2021 – It’s Been a Busy Fall!

Hi All!

I know I haven't posted on here in a couple months but this fall has been a whirlwind. Lots of fun, but crazy busy. With the border opening up our September actually felt like a normal month! It was great to be busy again and to see so many familiar faces around camp. In fact, this September was probably busier than normal with so many guests booking later trips to make up for having lost their dates earlier in the season. We really appreciate everyone who made the journey up this fall despite all of the hassle and uncertainty with the border crossing, it is a big help getting us over the hump from Covid.

As the fishing season faded into hunting season we actually started to get some rain. By the time we left the water levels weren't quite back to normal but were A LOT closer to it then they had been. Hopefully we will get some snow this winter and a bit of rain next spring and the levels will be back where they belong. We had two groups of archery hunters in this year for moose hunting. Unfortunately neither group was successful, but both saw lots of animals. That's just part of the struggle with archery, closing that gap and getting in close enough. But everyone left happy to have seen so many animals and after having a weeks vacation in the north.

The rifle season however, was a much different story. This year we had the most hunters we have had in camp in a long time with all of the cabins booked up and one group camping. Every group in camp got an animal, and some even got a couple as they had extra tags. We ended up taking 10 moose this fall and everyone was extremely happy! To top it off we even had really nice weather all fall long and didn't run into the usual challenges of freezing water lines and heavy wet snow pulling down brush on the road. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to take too many pictures of the moose coming into camp as we were hunting ourselves and helping a new group find their animal. Below is a picture of Geoff with the cow we shot opening morning, and if anyone wants to email me any moose pictures from this fall I will gladly get them up on here!

After we wrapped up moose season and everyone was gone on our final Saturday at camp, Lindsay and I were actually packed up and home by Sunday night. We had to come back on Monday and Tuesday for the last loads of our stuff but we had the place shut down and drained off very quickly this year. This is mainly in part to a lot of help from my friends that were up for our moose hunt. We were lucky enough to get our animal early and between grouse hunting and helping other groups they really busted their butts to get camp in order and shut down. This was a huge help because we spent Wednesday at home and then left Thursday morning to head down to our cabin to start deer hunting. It would have been a much more insane week (if possible) than it was without everyone's help, I appreciate it guys!

We spent a week down at deer camp, joined through the first weekend by my friend Matt who shot his first buck!

A couple of days after that Lindsay was able to take the second biggest buck we have on the property. This was made even more sweet as she saw it opening morning but couldn't get a shot at him from low visibility and a blurry scope. She got the focus figured out on the scope and made an awesome shot at 125 yards and dropped this awesome buck right in his tracks!

I am still yet to fill my deer tag but am headed back down for another week or so on Wednesday to try my luck at getting the big 10 pointer I have been chasing for two years. We are still getting pics of him but he is really smart and doesn't come out during the daylight too often. I'm hoping he will be coming out to feed now that it's getting later and the rut is over. Wish me luck!

After our week of deer hunting we came home and I had three days to unpack and repack as it was time to head for Colorado to meet my friend Jake from Wisconsin for a week of DIY elk hunting. This was the first time either of us have ever hunted elk or ever hunted in the mountains. I arrived a day early (3 days before opening day) to set up our camp in the National Forest:

Jake arrived the next day where we would begin by spending two days hiking around scouting and getting a feel for the land. Elk are migratory and work their way off the mountain as the snow piles up. After doing a tremendous amount of research and talking to a few very helpful people with Colorado Parks and Wildlife we were expecting to find the elk between 8000 and 9000 feet; about midway down off the mountain into the private valleys where they winter. When we arrived there was virtually no snow, and after two days of scouting and the first 1.5 days of hunting in that elevation band without seeing any fresh elk sign, we realized they had to be somewhere else. We spent some time looking at the GPS's and decided we needed to get higher up the mountain and farther from the roads, as we are the 5th hunting season these elk of have seen this fall and all of that pressure must have pushed them farther back in. Well, on the 3rd morning of our hunt we found our first elk at almost 10 000' and learned a very valuable lesson about getting skylined on a ridge. As we crept over the ridge we had been hiking to, to peer over the edge and glass into the valley below we watched two spike elk and one decent bull moose run out of the valley. It was a real mix of emotions as were were super excited to have found them but pretty bumbed we were dumb enough to bump them like that. Overall we were just happy to finally know where some were and to have seen some really fresh sign on the hike in. As we sat there the rest of that day we watched two cows and a calf feed through the valley, and had one bull that was likely legal (4 points on one side) come absolutely running through our meadow not stopping long enough for us to tell if it was legal for sure or to get a shot. And no, this one we didn't bump haha, although I'm not sure what did as he was not wasting any time.

It was a 4 mile hike up to the valley where we found the elk and we would begin each day by getting up at 3 and leaving camp by 4. That would get us up to the ridge where we could glass by first light. The plan was to glass all morning until the thermals switched and then follow fresh tracks and stalk into their bedding areas mid day, returning to glass in the evening. This was made extremely difficult as any time we would get any snow at all it would melt the next day by 10 am, and the ground underneath was too frozen to detect tracks. That usually left us having to watch the valley all day long, and with some days getting close to 50 degrees the elk just weren't moving. Pair that with the extremely clear skies at night and the big full moon and the elk were all but nocturnal. That being said we hung in there as we knew there were at least some elk around in that area. On the second last day of the season we had some decent snow and a mess of fresh tracks so we followed them to where they joined up with more animals on a ridge top where they all bedded down. It was hard to tell in all of the chaos in the snow but there were at least 7-8 animals together. We finally pieced together that after they got up out of their beds they headed down into the valley we had been glassing. We decided to not go down in there until the next day as a last ditch effort as we didn't want to risk blowing out the whole valley with a day and a half left to hunt.

We didn't see any animals that afternoon and were back in our glassing spot by 6:30 the next morning. By 7 we spotted our first elk feeding out of the brush in the meadow. Cow, damn! Then a calf. Spike. Another cow and calf. Two more spikes. there we were on the last day of the hunt with 7 elk feeding inside of 300 yards from us for almost a half hour and there wasn't a legal bull in the group. We stayed there until a little after noon when we finally called it to go start packing up as Jake had to leave early the next morning. Neither of us ended up taking an animal but throughout the week we saw 13 elk and 7 moose, we learned an enormous amount and had a great time. The success rate on elk hunting averages out around 10%, so I'm pretty proud to say we came as close as we did on a foreign landscape hunting a completely new animal. Even more so considering we only heard about 6 shots all week and talked to a few other groups of hunters who have hunted that unit for years on end and still haven't killed an elk. We also learned that we could have had cow tags in addition to our bull tags. That was a dumb oversight on my behalf as I saw cows were draw only and figured you would need a few points to be successful, turns out the success rate is 100% in the drawing with 0 points; another hard lesson learned. Had we grabbed cow tags we would have been coming home with a couple elk. But hey that's hunting!

I totaled it up this morning and we hiked 74 miles and climbed 15 900' in elevation over 9 days. Elk hunting isn't for the faint of heart if you want to get after it and get into some animals. It was one of the more difficult things I've ever done but we both trained our asses off for this hunt and frankly I can't wait to go out west and do it again next year! Below are the rest of the pics from our adventures:

This was my first time out west and first time in Colorado and boy it sure is gorgeous! While I was gone winter happened back home. I returned to find over 8" of snow and temps a lot colder than when I left. I'm off to have some lunch and then to get the last of the snow moved before going back down deer hunting.

Take care everyone and Happy Thanksgiving south of the border!




October 6, 2021 – Too hot for October, but we’ll take it!

Hi All,

As the title suggests, we have been having an extremely warm fall! About mid to late September, we had a week of cooler weather and got a lot of rain, as much as 5" in one 24 hour stretch. Since, things have been right back to bright, warm, and sunny, but fortunately the rain we did receive brought the lake up to levels much more akin to normal for this time of year. The lake is still low, but not nearly as low as it was a month ago. In fact we actually have had to pull the docks up twice now, a welcome change from constantly pushing them out. We are yet to have our fist frost and according to the weather there isn't one in sight. Lindsay and I still have lots of vegetables finishing ripening in the garden actually, probably the first time we have ever been able to push it into October. Daytime temps have been consistently over 70 degrees every day with the warmer days still getting up over 80, and with the little wind we have been having the weather has been absolutely gorgeous!

The fishing has remained fantastic throughout the fall. The walleye are still on the humps, with some good numbers and bigger fish being caught at depth around the reefs, even out to 40 feet. The usual fall smallmouth migration onto the humps, especially at 7 Pine Island, has been occurring as normal and there have been some really nice bass caught! I unfortunately haven't received any pictures of bass but have heard of groups catching as many as 20-30 in an afternoon with some really nice 18-20" fish being caught. Below is a picture of Renee with a monster Northern she caught in August!

We have remained pretty busy throughout the fall, especially since the border finally re-opened, but our fishing season is tapering down and we are getting into moose season. We had a group of archery hunters in last week and have another in this week that have been putting in lots of work on the ground to try and fill their tags. Unfortunately neither group has been successful yet despite seeing several animals each. Both groups have cow tags which of course are difficult to fill with a bow as the cows don't tend to come into a call like a bull will. It also doesn't help when the bulk of the animals the groups have been finding have been bulls. Lot's of really cool encounters though with one bull coming into 7 yards! Hopefully their luck changes, and I'm sure we will see some animals on the ground when rifle season opens on October 16.

Speaking of moose, about 2 weeks ago I woke to find this young bull laying in the lake near camp!

I apologize for the almost 2 month wait since my last post. Since the border opened back up we have been pretty busy and I just haven't taken the time to get an update on here. It also doesn't help that hunting seasons have begun to open up, so any and all of our spare time has been spent chasing some critters around in the woods. Lindsay, Cedar, and I logged a few really fun duck hunts this fall and have been slowly transitioning out of that into grouse hunting. We like to try to get a bunch of birds for the freezer before things get pretty crazy with big game hunting.

I have a pretty busy fall ahead, as we have a week of moose hunting starting on October 16. Then on the following week we will be very quickly getting camp closed down and getting moved home so we can get down to our cabin near Fort Frances for the opener of deer hunting on October 30, where we will be spending close to a week chasing whitetails. After that we are headed home, around November 5, as I will be getting packed up to head down to Colorado on November 8 for my first ever elk hunt. Needless to say I am getting extremely excited for all of these adventures and cannot wait to meet my friend and hunting partner in Colorado for our DIY hunt. It will be both of our first elk hunt and first western mountain hunt. It's going to be a huge learning curve I'm sure, but I can't wait! There will be lots of pictures and blog posts to follow this fall!

In other news, Mom had surgery on her back on September 15, it was very successful and she is recovering well! She has been dealing with debilitating sciatica pain in her leg caused my a herniated disk in her back for the last couple of years, and we finally decided the only way for it to get better was to go ahead with the surgery and have 2 of her vertebrae fused. The operation only took roughly 90 minutes, and now that her nerve isn't being pinched she is essentially pain free! Well, pain free in her leg that is, of course now she has a sore back from the operation but that will heal with some time and is a good reminder for her to take it easy for the next couple of months while her back heals up. Thankfully she can stand and walk for a lot longer than the couple of minutes she was able to stand at a time before the surgery.

Well I think that is all for now, I likely won't be posting a whole lot between when moose hunting opens and I get home from Colorado, but will try to get a quick post up with an update about moose season. And of course I will have lot's to write about in late November. Stay tuned!




August 11, 2021 – The Border is Open, Finally!

Hello All,

Well it looks like Trudeau and his government stuck to their word and the border is open! Our first US guests, Kevin Western and his group, arrived Monday morning. Kevin said the border guards were professional, relatively quick, and asked the questions you would expect them to ask. Now Kevin and the group had all of their ducks in a row and information submitted into the ArriveCAN app, which of course makes everything a lot faster and smoother. When they arrived they were about 15 vehicles back from the border, and it took them roughly an hour to get across. We have been hearing that wait times have been varied and can be pretty damn long. I have heard as long as 7-8 hours at International Falls and Baudette. I haven't heard of wait times being that long at Pigeon River, so I would recommend crossing there if possible.

Here is a brief summary of what we know about crossing the border and what is required. Current and accurate information can be found at or by calling 1 800 461 9999.
In brief summary:
-The border is open to travel for fully vaccinated individuals as of August 9th
- Proof of a completed negative test from the past 72 hours will be required. We have learned that the test needs to be a molecular test and not an antigen test, and that the Rapid Diagnostic Test performed at Walgreens or CVS are acceptable with results given in 24 hours. (Thanks for the info, Terry!)
- There is the possibility of random testing at the border
- You must use the ArriveCAN app, and have your information and proof of vaccination uploaded within 72 hours prior to your entry
- You must have a 14 day quarantine plan in place in case the CBSA decides it is required in your particular case. Your quarantine plan will need to be input into the ArriveCAN app, and you can use our address as your quarantine location. It is:
Press Lake Camp
2054 Valora Rd
PO Box 1077
Ignace, ON
P0T 1T0
- I believe in lieu on coming into Canada to quarantine you can withdraw your request to enter into Canada, and just return home. However a plan is still required in the app.
- ***We have been hearing that it is now prohibited to bring any bait across the border. I'm not currently sure about the specifics of this but I would err on the side of caution and pick up your bait in Canada. If you require something other than minnows let me know a week or more ahead of your arrival and I can likely have it at camp for you, or you can purchase minnows, leeches, crawlers, etc. from any bait store in Canada.***
Well I believe that is about all we know as of now, I'll be sure to update this blog as we learn any new and useful information.
We have finally started to get little spot showers of rain here and there. It is by no means near what we need, but it is definitely better than what we have gotten all summer, which was nothing. We are still under a fire ban, so campfires and shore lunches over an open flame source are a no go. On the plus side though, all of the fires close to us have been controlled or put out, so we do not currently have much smoke or any immediate threats to monitor. North Western Ontario has been ablaze most of the summer but thanks to the massive efforts of all of the wildfire crews and the little bit of rain we are starting to get, things are slowly calming down.
Unfortunately the little bits of rain we have been getting haven't been enough to raise the lake levels any. The water level is still insanely low and caution needs to be taken, especially when around any reefs. We have had two motors wrecked over the last two weeks. The best advice I can give is to stay away from anywhere known to be rocky (narrows, rock gardens, etc.) and be very careful around the humps we like to fish in the fall. Those 6-8' tops on the reefs are now shallow enough to hit, but not so shallow so as to be seen. We are hoping for a wet fall and some good snow levels this winter to get things back to normal for 2022.
Despite the low water the fish are still biting really well. Not too much new to report since my last post, the fish are still on or around the humps. I have been finding a little less success lately on the reefs past Red Rock, and have been doing a little better around the islands and reefs adjacent to the deeper water out on the big lake. I will hopefully have some more information and pictures to report now that our flow of guests is returning and we will have significantly more boats on the water.

July 19, 2021 – **THE BORDER IS OPENING** Finally, some good news!

Hi All,

Well, after almost a year and a half Trudeau has finally made a definitive statement regarding the border closure, and it is the one we have all been waiting for! As of August 9th, the border will be open to non-essential travel for any individuals that are fully vaccinated. So far this is about all we know:

  • Proof of a completed negative test from the past 72 hours will be required
  • It appears as though another test may need to be done at the border
  • You must use the ArriveCAN app, and have your information and proof of vaccination uploaded within 72 hours prior to your entry
  • You must have a 14 day quarantine plan in place in case the CBSA decides it is required in your particular case (We currently aren't sure if just turning around and going home will suffice, but I imagine it will)

This information was taken directly from the Canadian Government website found here:

I would like to kindly remind everyone that we don't have any insider or backdoor information about what is going on, or what to expect. If you have any questions regarding what will be required to cross the border please take a look at the link above or give the CBSA a call at 1-800-461-9999. We are receiving a ton of emails, and frankly I just don't know anything yet. If you have any other questions or inquiries about booking please do not hesitate to give us an email or a call, and I will try to keep this blog updated with information as we learn anything new, or have some testimonials from individuals who have crossed.
I will be reaching out to all of the guests whose week was affected by this notice over the next day or so. In the meantime, we do have cabins available every week during the month of September, so if you missed your trip and can make it up, just give us a call and we would be happy to get you penciled in. The vacancies have been going quick though, so don't wait too long.
As far as necessary Covid precautions at camp are concerned, things are still a little unclear. As of right now we are required to have guests sign some paperwork upon arrival, we are asking that you bring your own bedding (fitted sheet and pillow cases provided), and to wear a mask when in the main office. There are some smaller rules we are following as well but I am not going to go into too much detail yet, as I would like to learn more about what is required of us with this new update. Chances are the rules will change before August 9th anyway. I will be sure to post a list of precautions we have to follow on the blog before the border opens though, so everyone knows what to expect.
In other news, we have not gotten any rain all summer and things are DRY. The grass is mostly yellow in the yard and the lake is bordering on the lowest I have ever seen it, and about 6 weeks earlier then I have ever seen it get this low. It is getting very difficult to navigate the narrows on the North side of the big island, and I haven't been up there, but have heard the rock gardens and rapids are extremely low and rocky. Fortunately, the narrows on the South side of the island are still plenty passable so the entire lake can still be accessed. Sadly, a large portion of North Western Ontario is on fire, but we have been extremely fortunate that none of the fires have been too close to us. Smoke can be seen over the lake daily, however.
Despite the heat and low water, the fishing has remained really good. The walleye have moved up onto the humps and can be found feeding pretty aggressively if you hit one of the active ones. I recommend "running and gunning" the humps, if you fish one for 10-15 minutes and it's slow, just move on to the next. It seems they are either aggressively feeding or not at all, so don't waste your time waiting on them to come around, just go looking for them. I even tend to do a loop between humps that are fairly close as the walleye can move on to one you have already fished in you hour or two absence.
Our renovation on cabin #3 is officially completed as of today! That makes two of our smaller cabins that now have new bathrooms off of the back of the cabin with, wait for it, FULL sized showers! We are hoping to be able to complete the same renovations on cabins 2 and 4 over the next two years. Here's to hoping the price of lumber levels back out by then.
Well, I believe that is all for this update. As I mentioned above, I will be sure to post any relevant information and links on here before the border opens to try to make this process as easy as possible for everyone. Take care and we really look forward to seeing some of you soon!

June 20, 2021 – Yet Another Border Closure Extension

Hi All,

Well as the title suggests, and as I'm sure many of you have heard, the border closure has been extended another month until July 21. As much as this is tragic news, it does come with a ray of hope. Nothing has been officially released, but several news outlets have reported that talks about reopening the border and developing and releasing a roadmap of what that will look like are in the works, and they have quoted various politicians across Canada, eluding to this information being fairly accurate. Some news outlets reported that the border restrictions could begin to loosen in July for fully vaccinated people looking to travel, as Trudeau is requiring Canada to have 75% of the population vaccinated with their first dose, and 20% fully vaccinated; and we are close at 66% and 17% respectively. Now we are remaining hopeful that all of this is true and things will begin to open up next month, but for now this is all speculative so we are keeping our expectations in check. There is supposed to be a news release tomorrow with more information and I will be sure to share a link to that info on our social media pages. You can read the most current information available here:

In more exciting news, we have had a couple small groups of Canadian guests in, and the fishing has been really, really good. Great numbers are being produced and we are seeing some size as well! Below are some pictures from the last two weeks.

Here is Scott Laforest with a beautiful 32.5" walleye, which I believe to be one of, if not THE biggest walleye I have ever seen come out of Press:

And here we have Doug Kelvin with an incredibly fat 41" Pike he caught, weighing 24 lbs!

The weather has been all around dry, but fortunately it has cooled off a little over the last couple of weeks and we have seen some cloud cover. Water levels are pretty low and dropping, but not as quickly as they could be if it was still as hot as it was at the beginning of the month. The walleye are still being found in the current where there is cool moving water, but are beginning to move out onto the reefs and we are seeing some nicer fish coming up out of that deeper water. Despite only having a few guests through, we have seen at least 3-4 walleye over 23" so far this year!

In other news, I was fortunate enough to take an absolutely massive black bear this spring! Since the spring hunt as been reintroduced, I have been buying a spring tag, mostly just to have with me when travelling to and from camp if there is a good opportunity to take a nice bear for the freezer. The tag is transferrable to the fall season if it isn't used, so I have been using it strictly as an opportunity tag with plans to work harder in the fall when we have a little more time than we do in the spring. Anyway, Lindsay and I decided to go for a drive one evening before the season closed, and happened to stumble into this absolute monster of a spring boar:

After seeing 10 other bears that night, and passing up 2 that I was within range of (they were maybe 80 lbs each) we stumbled into this old guy and I was able to get a shot. I didn't get to weigh him as we was WAY too heavy for us to move whole so we butchered him right there, I am ball parking him at around 350-400 lbs in early June. I did weigh the 4 quarters, backstraps and loose meat, and the head and neck which came to a whopping 250 lbs, leaving behind a LOT of fat (and we took a bunch to render), the hide, rib cage and guts, which I figure had to be at least another 100-150 lbs. Given how late in the day it was and the temperature outside, I wasn't able to take the time to skin the hide out for a rug or mount, so we butchered him quickly so as to not lose any meat, and still didn't get home until 3 AM! I did however keep the skull for a trophy and to measure, and just finished cleaning it up yesterday and prepping for whitening:

After some quick and very rough measurements, the skull should score around 20.5", meeting the Boone and Crocket minimum of 20". This is the first B&C animal I have ever been lucky enough to take, and I can't wait to display this skull!

Here is one more picture I find pretty interesting, check out how much fat this bear was carrying considering it was June 2nd, when I took him:

He must have wintered very well and found a great source of food this spring. And no, this was nowhere near a dump or landfill, haha!

Anyway, I believe that is all for now. We are wishing everyone the best and hoping like crazy the border opens up next month. I'll be sending emails out today to all of the affected guests from this closure. Take care!



May 30, 2021

Hi All,

Well, we have been out at camp for a little less than a month now, which frankly is a little weird as on any normal year we would have been up here for closer to two months by now to open up and get ready. With the closed border we haven't been in as much of a hurry to get out here, which is nice as it gives the road a chance to dry out so we don't rut it up too bad, and gives me a chance to get a little more done around my house in Ignace. We were so slow getting out here this year in fact, that we actually did our annual spring clean on what should have been opening weekend, a good two weeks later than normal. Covid really does make things feel strange.

Anyway, we were very pleased to find that we didn't have any damage to any of the buildings or docks over the winter, and everything is in really good shape. We are currently sitting here vacant, but have everything fired up and ready to go in case our stay at home order in Ontario is lifted and we can resume taking locals, or better yet the border gets opened up and we can start seeing some familiar faces. In the meantime, we are going to use this downtime to try to get as much done around camp as we can.

We renovated cabin 1 last year with a new bathroom and flooring, and plan to do the same to number 3 this summer. I'm also going to continue staining the buildings and hopefully get that taken care of this summer, and just try to get a bunch of small maintenance issues resolved that have been left for far too long. A few of our docks are getting older and a little tired, but without revenue and the current lumber prices I think we are going to have to wait another year or two before building new. I will be making any necessary repairs to them and keeping them in good standing, but hope to start replacing the oldest ones over the years ahead.

There is currently a small active logging operation in the works on the first 6 miles of the road. This will mean there will be some new clear cuts for your (not so scenic) viewing pleasure on the drive in, but means some serious road maintenance for that first 6 miles. Resolute, the company in charge of the operations, have replaced some culverts, done some brushing and ditching, have trucked in some gravel, and will be grading the road (right into camp I might add) after they are done hauling. Although the total makeover only comes in about 1/3 of the road, they will be fixing that terrible first mile of the road and will be cleaning up some of the potholes the whole way in. And as much as it sucks to look at clear cuts, they are great for wildlife and for forest fire prevention, so the prospect of some fresh moose hunting areas is exciting! We are really looking forward to seeing what everything looks like in a month or two when it's all done.

Our weather has been pretty strange this year. We had a remarkably warm March which led to the loss of all of our snow and most of our ice as most lakes were open by early April, but then the temps dropped again and things got cold. Cold enough that there was a small skim of ice starting to form on some of the lakes, although it never really amounted to anything. Temps stayed cold through April despite nice sunny days, and started to warm up again once May started. Since, it has been very hot on the nicer sunny days, but still cool when there has been overcast and we actually had two nights of frost on Wednesday and Thursday night. It looks like that is all behind us now though and we should be rapidly warming up into summer. We are very happy for that as Lindsay and I have already planted our gardens at camp and in town and had to do some pretty frantic covering to make sure nothing froze.

And now the moment you have all been waiting for, a fishing report! Since the season opened on the 15th, we have only been out on the weekends, but have been able to find a lot of fish and some really nice size. On opening day I was at a bit of a loss as to where the fish might be (see strange spring weather above) and struck out in both Wintering Creek and The Narrows. The following day we decided to try Frank's Hole as we call it, down near the entrance to the English River heading South, and really got into some fish. We had a busy day so we didn't stay long but caught lots for a nice meal. Last weekend we spent a little more time on the water, but never went past Frank's Hole. We caught A LOT of fish there that ranged anywhere from the little 13" guys to one 23.5", and had a lot of fun doing it. I haven't been out since last weekend, but hope to spend a little time this week snooping around to fill a spring bear tag, and chasing some walleye on the lake.

Unfortunately we still don't have any news about what might come of the border this summer. I will be sure to reach out the second we do. I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and sane!


***May 20, 2021 – Border Closure Extended Until June 21***

Hi All,

Looks like more bad news for our spring fisherman as the border closure is extended another month into June. I will be reaching out to all of the affected guests tomorrow, but figured I would put something up on here and on Facebook for the time being. I will post another update here on the blog after our long weekend coming up with a fishing report and some updates on what's going on out here at camp.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!


**April 22, 2021 – Border Closure Extended Until May 21**

Hi All,

It is with much chagrin that I am reporting that the border between Canada and the US will be closed for at least another month, until May 21. As of right now that is the only new information we have. I'm hoping that before the next announcement in a month there will be some sort of information available with a re-opening timeline and frame work, and some information about whether or not proof of vaccination will be required to cross the border, but that is just hopeful thinking. I have already reached out to the guests affected by this extension and will be sure to post on here when we learn anything new.

Take care and I hope we are able to see some familiar faces this summer.





April 14, 2021 – Sadly, No New Information

Hi All,

We are quickly approaching May and the start of our season, and as the title suggests, we still don't know what to expect for this summer. It seems all decisions are still being made one month at a time without any information given about a long range plan or what to expect over the summer. All we know for sure is that the border is closed until April 21, with the possibility of another 30 day extension. Additionally, on April 8, Ontario went into another province wide stay at home order closing all but essential businesses for 28 days. Nothing has been announced officially but I would guess with our current situation that we will see the border closed for a couple more months, at the very least. We are remaining hopeful that we will see it open sometime this summer, but it is impossible to tell.

I have been receiving emails inquiring about the status of the border almost daily, and as happy as I am to touch base with everyone we unfortunately don't have access to any insider information as outfitters. I really only know as much as you can learn from a quick Google search of the border closure. Of course I am more than happy to answer any questions anyone may have, and it is really nice to chat with guests who we haven't been able to see in over a year, I sadly don't have much to offer in terms of answers. If you are looking for info on the border closure the best thing I can suggest is to just give it a quick Google every once in a while, and we will be sure to update our blog the second we learn anything valuable.

We also have not heard anything about whether or not proof of vaccination will be required to cross the border. If I had to take a complete guess, I would expect it to be required, at least in the beginning. If you are planning on coming up for your reservation (assuming an open border) I would recommend getting the vaccination as soon as possible just to be safe. I wouldn't think that proof of vaccination would be required forever, but I imagine the border will open incrementally, and will include certain restrictions to start. Again, this is just a guess and not based on any official announcements.

Well enough of the depressing and serious stuff. Things around here have been really good, despite being back in another lockdown. Lindsay and I had been keeping busy with ice fishing and a couple of trips down to our hunting cabin in Barwick to start doing some more work on the property in anticipation of this deer season. We have started cutting a few new shooting lanes and moving a few stands around now that we have spent a year there and are learning about the deer's behavior a bit.

It started warming up considerably in March, and we lost pretty much all of our snow and ice in early April. We had lower than normal snowfall this year and the water levels seem to be very low everywhere so we are hoping for some rain to help bring them up a bit and to help prevent forest fires this season, as we did not get the normal amount of spring run off. That wish has been granted for the past week or so as we have gotten some rain almost daily, and yesterday and today it turned to a small amount of heavy wet snow that I wouldn't expect to be here for more than a day or two.

Lindsay and I tried to get into camp last week and were met by relatively good amounts of snow on some of the shadier corners of the road, so we decided to not risk getting stuck and turned around. It seems there is always a little more snow up there and it always takes about a week or two longer to melt than it does in Ignace. I imagine with all of this rain we have gotten that all of the snow will be gone up, but the road will likely be muddy and we will let it dry out a bit before attempting to go back for fear of making ruts.

Otherwise we are spending our spring getting ready to get out in a boat in a couple of the lakes around town we like to fish and don't get the chance to once we get busy at camp. We have a few lakes around stocked with Brook Trout, and one near Dryden stocked with Rainbow Trout. They aren't very big but are fun to catch and are delicious to eat. We are also hoping to get to Thunder Bay to do some spring Rainbow fishing and Smelt dipping in the streams flowing into Superior, if this current lockdown ends.

Well I think that is all, I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. We hope to be able to see everyone this summer!



February 16, 2021 – Winter Has Finally Arrived!

Hi All,

Well it sure has been a strange winter! We came out of the fall and into the early winter with well above average temperatures and well below average snowfall, which made for some pretty slushy lakes as the little snow we did get was before we had any real solid ice. Since then however, we have had about two weeks of pretty extreme cold with most morning lows close to -40 F. The sudden cold snap has made doing just about anything outside a lot less fun, so we have been spending a little less time fishing than we were through January. The one upside to the cold is that it did tighten up all of the aforementioned slush on the lakes making travel much easier, and the forecast through the weekend has us warming up to much more favorable temperatures again. We plan on making up for some lost fishing time over the next couple weeks.

When we were getting out fishing regularly, we were having quite a bit of success on walleye and lake trout, catching the odd incidental whitefish or burbot to go with the more popular game fish. We usually have more than enough trout and walleye to eat but I like to keep a few whitefish to throw on the smoker come spring, and have a few friends that like when I drop off a burbot for them, so we keep a few of those as well. We have been fortunate enough to land a couple very large walleye this winter (3 over 28" now) and were able to live release all of them. Otherwise I managed to catch one pretty nice whitefish at around 4 lbs, and we are yet to pull out any big lakers. Here are a few pictures of some of our catches and one picture of a couple stocked brook trout I was able to catch one morning:


It seems Covid isn't going anywhere in a hurry. Here in Ontario we are just coming out of another lockdown today that has been going on since boxing day. It seems to have slowed down the cases over the end of the holiday season though, so hopefully it was effective and accomplished what it was meant to. We are glad to see it being lifted though, and it is nice to see some more stores and places open again. As far as the border and our upcoming season is concerned, we still don't have any new information. As of right now all we know is that the border is closed until February 21, with the potential to have that date extended upon review. So far since the original close in March, the border issues have only been addressed on a monthly basis without any long term outlook or plans made public. This of course makes it very difficult for all businesses, especially outfitters, to plan their season and to contact their guests accordingly. I am hoping that the border will be open for our 2021 season of course, but right now it is hard to believe that it will. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will be reaching out to guests and posting on here whenever we learn anything useful. In the meantime we really, really, appreciate all of our guests support and loyalty choosing to keep deposits and reservations with us for when this is all over! It makes it a lot easier to sleep at night knowing that when this is done we still have a strong customer base to rely on to get us rolling again!

I hope 2021 is going well for everyone and that you are all healthy and well!




December 19, 2020 – A Very Busy fall and a Lot of Hunting!

Hi All,

As per usual I need to apologize for taking so long between posts, this fall really got away from me! Our moose rifle season opened up on October 17, and just recently closed on December 15. Normally we aren't as concerned about the closing date as it is a long season and we usually find success within the first two weeks. Unfortunately, that was not the case this year, for our group anyway.

For those who aren't familiar with our moose application process, it significantly improves one's odds of drawing a tag if you apply with a group of hunters. It's a complicated system and is actually being completely redone for the 2021 season, so I won't get into it in too much detail, but we were a group of 7 hunters this year and I held our cow tag.

Our bad luck started on the second day of the season when one of our group members missed a cow that could have filled our tag. The day only got worse as during the evening hunt I misidentified an orphaned calf for a cow and shot it, with the two week calf season not yet being open. It can be a real challenge to tell the difference between a calf and a yearling cow, especially when the calf isn't next to it's mother for comparison. On top of standing there solo, it was in knee deep water which hid one of the identifying features of a calf; they seem overly "leggy". Anyway, we brought the calf back and reported the error. The moose was seized and donated to the local food bank, and I was issued a fine for the mistake, but was still able to keep the tag. All in all I'm very saddened to have mistakenly killed the wrong moose, but am very happy to see it donated and not going to waste.

In the meantime, we had three groups of hunters in camp. Two of the groups filled their cow tags on opening day, and the third group managed to fill theirs mid-week. My group was only hunting on the weekends to start, as a lot of the guys don't have or can't take any vacation, so I spent the week getting camp closed down and packing up to move home. We hunted the second weekend without any success, and then I finished closing down camp and coming home that following week. We had some unseasonably cold weather and some snow through the end of October, with temps easily getting down to around 20 degrees F, so it was nice to get the pipes drained and get home.

Once home I continued the pursuit of our moose with a couple of breaks to go down to my cabin near Fort Frances to hunt deer, which I'll elaborate more on shortly. We continued moose hunting through November whenever I was home, without any luck. November is typically a tough month to hunt moose as they seem to duck into the thick woods and are very hard to locate. I believe this is a response to the hunting pressure they feel during the last two weeks of October. The moose being in hiding paired with some unseasonably warm November weather made for a very unproductive month. Things began to look up in the last two weeks of the season though as temps dropped and we began seeing a few animals. The moose we were seeing were either the wrong sex, or were taking off before we ever had an opportunity for a shot. And then our bad luck continued, when a second cow was missed cleanly by a group member two days before the season closed. That was the last moose we saw despite hunting two more days, and really summed up our 2020 season, and 2020 as a whole - haha.

Despite not getting our moose, it was a lot fun being able to spend so much time hunting. Of the 46 days the season was open after we got home from camp, I either deer or moose hunted 42 of them. It has been insanely busy and a little exhausting, but an absolute blast. Before I move on from moose hunting, I should post a picture I received of the only archery moose taken at camp this year. You can read more about the archery hunt in my last post, but here is a picture of the bull taken by Scott Kelvin and his group.

Fortunately, Lindsay and I were a little more successful deer hunting than we were moose hunting. I made two trips down to the cabin to deer hunt, being joined periodically by Lindsay and some friends. The first trip was joined by my friend Matt, who helped me transport in and install a new air tight stove where there was once an old cookstove. It went really well, but was a bit of an adventure as we have to ATV into the cabin. Here are a couple pics of our set up and the new stove installed:

As for the hunting, Matt only had a buck tag and two short days so he was unsuccessful. Lindsay joined me for the rest of the week though and after holding out for the first half of the week hoping for a buck, she spent her tag on a nice mature doe. It was her first deer and she made a great shot on a really nice deer! With very little help and some instruction, she gutted and skinned it herself, and we butchered it in the cabin over a couple of drinks the next night.

Knowing I had lots of time I was holding onto my tag in hopes of shooting a nice 10 pointer I had lots of pictures of:

Unfortunately, we had an unseasonably warm November as I mentioned above, and it made the bucks totally nocturnal. I hunted hard for almost two weeks with no luck. I came home to try my luck filling our moose tag and to get a little work done around the house, before returning to the cabin for another week to chase deer. Unfortunately, the week I returned, it seemed all of the deer went nocturnal and I couldn't even find a doe to put my tag on. I was completely shocked as the first trip down we saw does almost every sit. My luck changed on the last evening I was there however, when a doe with two big fawns came to my bait pile. I never had a great shot on the doe (I don't love orphaning fawns anyway) and she was acting a little cagey as I think she may have winded me, so I took one of the fawns so as to not go home empty handed. It wasn't the buck I had been chasing, but that's totally fine with me. I am thrilled to have gotten to take a couple deer from the property and to fill up the freezer!

Now pretty much all of our hunting seasons have closed and things are slowing down and returning to normal. It was a great fall, but I'm ready for a break. The weather has gotten back to normal as we have about 8-10" of snow, and temps are around 10 degrees F. The ice is a little behind this winter, but is safe to walk on and should be safe to snow machine on soon. I haven't been out fishing at all, but plan to this week before Christmas.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hopefully 2021 will be a significant improvement on 2020 and we can get the borders open and see some familiar faces. We are yet to hear anything about the border prospects for the new year, but we will be sure to keep everyone posted as we learn anything.


October 8, 2020

Hello All,

I would like to start off by apologizing for taking well over a month to get another post up, but hunting season has started up and we have been pretty busy. Duck season opened on September 10th, and grouse on September 15th, so we have been spending quite a bit of time out chasing birds. Cedar and I had a great opening day shoot for ducks, coming home with a nice limit including two wood ducks which are a rarity around here!

Since then we made it out a few more times, and even brought a couple of my friends from town out; all with great success. There seems to be a lot of birds around this year and there is definitely a very thick crop of wild rice.

The grouse hunting has been really good as well, and most outings have produced limits. Lindsay, Cedar, and I have been enjoying some early morning drives chasing them around and doing some scouting for the upcoming rifle season for moose. Two more friends, whom I moose hunt with, were up over the weekend so we could do just that. While out we managed to get our 4-person limit of 20 birds, and found a nice moose shed! It has been a lot of fun and is really getting us all fired up for moose season in less than two weeks.

Archery season is currently open for moose right now and we have two groups in camp who have been out hunting hard. There was a surplus of cow archery tags in our area this year so there are lots of those in camp, but only one bull tag. The group with the bull tag managed to fill it this week, but so far there hasn’t been any success on the cows (I didn’t get a pic of the moose but will hopefully get one from the group and include it in a future post). Cow hunting for archery is very difficult of course since they don’t like to come to a call like a bull will, which is part of the reason there are so many tags available. The archery groups will all be gone this weekend, and our three groups of rifle hunters will be arriving throughout next week to prepare for opening day. The moose are rutting and moving quite a bit right now, so hopefully they see some more success in their last couple days!

Fishing traffic has slowed as myself and our groups of guests are all focused on hunting, but lots of fish are being caught when sought after. It’s pretty typical fall fishing, the water temps are dropping and the walleye are still on the reefs but are beginning to work back up them into the shallower water on top. The smallmouth are really congregating on some of the reefs as well, especially around 7 Pine Island. I really love smallmouth fishing this time of year as it is pretty easy to catch some really nice fish and they put up such a fight.

I had a bunch of friends up over the long weekend in September and 10 of us managed to come back with our limit of walleye. We had a ton of fun and a great fry, plus everyone got to bring some home as well!

The weather has actually been pretty nice so far this fall. We had an early cold snap and a couple heavy frosts in early September, but since it hasn’t hardly dipped below freezing, even at night. Most nights the temps are getting down into the mid 40’s, and they are warming back up to the low 60’s during the day. It has been relatively cloudy with intermittent rain, but nothing serious that would ruin an entire day of hunting or fishing. I’m hoping this warmer weather lasts until we get closed up so we don’t have to worry about any frozen pipes before closing, fingers crossed.

In other news, we celebrated Mom’s 70th birthday this year by inviting a bunch of friends out to camp and doing a big pig roast! It was a really great time with too much food and drinks, just the way a birthday should be! Thanks to everyone who made the journey into camp to celebrate with us, Mom really had a lot of fun and appreciated it. As usual I’m bad at getting photos, but have a couple pictures of the guest of honour opening up some presents.

I think that’s all of the news for now, I’ll try to get another post or two up before we move home for the winter and let everyone know how the rifle hunt goes.

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe,