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    Smelts

    One of your more toxic fish. Read the suggested servings in the fish eating guide
  2. Nice mix. Do me a favour and get Henry out for a day. I'd love to get him hooked on carp fishing as we have a lot of good water here in Fort Erie
  3. As for what gun you can use its basically up to what your municipality allows. In fort Erie shotguns are allowed but 22 center is the largest rifle. I like coyote but no they are not our friends but so many bleeding hearts that feed the dam wildlife think they are. The feeders and animal lovers that treat them like pets are the biggest problem
  4. Actually had a good time Bill. Good to see old friends too. You attract the best of the crowd for sure.
  5. Bill it was a great show this year. Miss the carp guy though. Had it in my head to buy a starter kit for my son. Rest in Peace Lorne Content was so tempting. Almost bought a shotgun, did buy some broadheads and would have bought waders but he was out of my size already. Love the stone and glass crafts but I make my own. They had some great ideas there. Saw some awesome carvings. I have wood carving friends who don't know about this show. Look up the Niagara Wood Carvers for next year. They'd benefit if they gain a few members and might be able to unload some hard work. The taxidermist showed his experience but he gave me some good tips for painting. Smerch will be surprised. That ATV was amazing. Tires were a G a piece! Never knew the machines sold that cheap though. I'm not into wearing logos but that guy had some quality outdoor clothing. I mean that was good stuff. It was nice to have a 13 year employee of the NPCA there. Endangered species now a days. They've been in the news so much lately it was nice to see them and have a good chat. Maybe just maybe I'll do some volunteering for them soon but we'll see if they fix it first. That old dog is so beautiful. Been watching her age every year and I'm betting she's only got a couple left in her. Man you had some beauty hand made baits there. If I still fished I would have been all over that. Looking to get back in it once things warm up. I might just donate it all to tackle share and start again. Would be easier than untangling it all You got lucky with the weather. To windy and shitty to fish but good enough to drive. It was busy while we were there. What would I like to see in the future? Some kayak equipment or a kayak dealer. Not just the top of the line stuff but entry level. Portable fish finders easy to use with kayaks/canoes etc. More winter gear like waterproof boots good up to -50 for ice fishing. Camp stoves and setups. Solar power is all the rage and there are some sweet hammocks and tents out there. Cutting edge ideas for outback camping. Oh ya and let us adults cast lol. Us old guys who don't have kids want a try LOL. Lastly what this generation needs is a way to keep the cell phone charged. Yes that's my last entry on the wish list but cell phones are great for navigation and calling for help so if you waste all the battery taking pictures you need a way to charge it so you can call dial a beer if you get lost. There must be an app for that
  6. LMAO the cycle we go through. I know they can smell and your apple idea works better than cover scent I think. Great idea really if you take it with you because dropping them just draws in coyotes. I've dropped corn and was inundated by birds who rat you out everytime you blink or yawn. Ya deer they smell but if you hunt in an area where human smells are normal like near the truck stop they it doesn't phase them. As for the pictures I just resized them. I had one so far I couldn't make small enough. Don't worry smerchly I'll show you how but you'll have to install irfanview again. I see the more pics I post the smaller the size I'm aloud. Tyler I'm down to .06MB now so that may have been my last one. Here's a youtube vid of a deer sniffin me in 2008. I was downwind so it slowly worked its way upwind and got a sniff of me before running off. I'd guess it to be a 4 pointer if it had a rack. This was during the spring shed hunt as you can hear by the frogs in the background.
  7. What are your thoughts on camouflage and scent blockers etc? Myself I call BS marketing. It probably matters more in remote areas but I think if you sit perfectly still you're camo'd enough for most situations. Don't get me wrong, I wear camo almost every day it's a great fashion statement. I also find throwing a pillowcase full of weeds collected in the wash with your hunting clothes is an even better idea then scent covers or blockers but I've jumped out of my work truck smelling like plastics and gone straight to my stand and shot a deer within the first hour. Timing and lack of unnatural movement are your best allies. For waterfowl I hunt in a kayak and use the wind and coral them in a bright coloured life jacket and plaid shorts. I do however love sitting in a treestand with a leafy outfit and having chickadees coming through my clothes for bugs and squirrels touching my hat to see what I am but I don't think not having camo is a deal breaker. Discipline is tough but not budging works. Don't even blink when they're staring at you
  8. This property I'm currently on has had plenty of turkeys, deer and coyotes together. They've been providing a healthy balance for almost a century without our help. Many of our current laws were put in place because unmetered hunting was destroying the balance. It was man who extirpated wild turkey from the area. Now there is so much un-huntable land and so few turkey hunters that I think we'll see the wild turkey continue to thrive. Development is now there number 1 threat in our area.
  9. Antlers fall off every year after breeding season. They then start growing new ones. Antlers are covered in felt until late summer. What purpose having them fall off and regrow is beyond me but they're fun to look for in the spring.
  10. Actually I guess this size photo can work. If anyone's resolution is too high to see the pictures let me know and I'll try and max it out. Currently set to 6x4. The second photo with a single carcass was found within 20 yards of a hunters stand. My thought is it was put there by either a competing hunter or the neighbour who disagrees with hunting outside of coyote. A real unique situation where I hunt. Quite the battle between landowners, hunters and competing hunters. We've got some real beauties out this way. Anyone who has dealt with the Serbian crew out of Niagara Falls knows the challenge. Add Roger, Catfish and a shady neighbour to the mix and you've got a land war. Oh ya and antis from Toronto all the way around LOL. Might as well start traveling to hunt
  11. Fishingking the debate continues as to whether they kill deer or just get caught with the mortalities they find. I'm certainly for them cleaning up the road kill. Also I shot my biggest buck 30 minutes after 2 large coyotes crossed my treestand. Wild turkeys, young deer and coyotes all in the same field at once. I guess it wasn't dinner time yet. Tyler it's driving me nuts that I can't use google image to host pictures. .2 megs is just so hard to get down to for upload here. It was a body pile anyway. DNorton I totally get that. When they're in my neighbourhood I try to sneak up on them and chase them as hard as I can. Almost touched one. The wind covered my noise as did they're squealing. They remember me but my next door neighbour has 3 piggies in a blanket waiting to be snatched so they return.
  12. I was typing a response when you posted that. I also sent the question to Randy Tippin. Its been years so I don't even know if he's still employed there
  13. Well perhaps you're correct. I can't find it in the fish and wildlife conservation act. Perhaps it was an OHEP teacher who told us that you had to return the hide close to where it came if not having it tanned. Back then you weren't allowed to tan it yourself without a tanning licence either. You had to get that licence or return your hide to the wild. With that said I'll still search more for that info but what exactly are you supposed to do with it? The region won't accept it. They won't even take my geese carcasses. They certainly don't want these hides dumped near public areas like this though. In the past the landowner asked me to dump it in the field closest to his house about 200 meters away so he could watch the coyotes and crows recycle it. I also remember when some anti dumped garbage bags full on canal property. It made the news but the anti got a trespassing charge lol.
  14. I don't. It's like shooting crows. You can't really eat them and they have a purpose. If they are threatening livestock you do what you have to but just killing and dumping is not my thing. To each his own but when I find a body pile I just shake my head. Unnecessary carnage. I've never been chased or threatened by these dogs and enjoy watching them from my treestand. They are part of nature and when I hunt I try to blend in with nature. Not change it so it suits me. Coyotes may keep the deer away for a short time but I enjoy the wait. https://photos.app.goo.gl/kTHS5rWGu5x3uVLz7
  15. We struck out today. Tried a property usually good for one or 2 and came up empty. The neighbouring property owner got cold this winter and wouldn't let us on. Another neighbour explained how bad the hunters behaved this and last winter so no wonder. We have one more to try another day and then its off to land no one knows who owns because its foreign owners who don't respond. I did however check my racks left in a tree with my stand and it seems either the squirrels or mice have destroyed them.
  16. Not a misconception. I'll look it up but your not allowed to keep the hide of a deer unless you have it tanned. Look up disposing of a deer hide and perhaps you'll find it before me.
  17. Lots of swans up here all winter and the noise is completely different then a goose. Look them both up. As for the deer once you butcher a deer if you're not getting the skin cured then by law you have to return it to a natural area to be recycled by coyotes, crowd etc. Most hunters find a grassy field off the beaten path but others are lazy or just crappy humans and leave it as close to their vehicle as they can get away with. All that does is cause trouble with non-hunters. If they dumped it late December we've had a cold enough winter to preserve it until now as things start to freeze. Some even freeze the skin and bones/legs and head until they find the time to get back out there. The natives hint right into late January. If it was close to parking this is probably just a lazy hunter. I really hope that's all. As for snow geese there are a few isolates sightings every year. Look these birds up and learn the differences so you can verify next time. Keep your eyes open and maybe you'll spot the rare Sandhill Crane visits to the area. Be careful bird watching/birding is very addictive and can quickly cost you thousands in Safari clothing and camera gear lol
  18. I've actually found a baby opossum in one of my boxes. Scared the hell out of me. I have a FB page called Fort Erie Nesting Box Program but I'm taking a break from FB right now.
  19. 200KB on site. That's a big resize
  20. Occasionally I can coax a volunteer.
  21. Its been awhile. I can't seem to embed from google photos or drive. Photobucket is long gone as an option. What are we using now?
  22. Been cleaning wood duck nesting boxes in Fort Erie since Late August and finally finished up this weekend. In the past I've had 10% honeybees. Add yellow jackets, European hornets and an assortment of other stinging insects and the duck nesting success rate is quite low but I have my dependable boxes. This year however I have an increase in another temporary residents. Eastern screech owls are at peak levels for some reason. Perhaps because the woodpecker population is so high due to EAB I'm not sure. Something I really enjoy though is opening a nesting box and seeing a tiny owl leaning back pretending its dead. As long as I don't try to touch them they generally stay still for a few pictures and then I close up and clean on another date. My highlight this year however was finding 2 in one box. They didn't appear to be nesting. This is the second year in a row an owl has prevented me from cleaning this box. On the rare occasion I have scared one out they usually just fly 20-30 meters away to another cavity and return after I clean the box. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f-5LEqmys65ahWOdyQ8u4z-OrY-Z_GJJ/view?usp=sharing Not quite sure how to share a picture via google pictures
  23. Hey on your post topic there is a tag that says March 11. The show is March 10 so this might cause some confusion
  24. We do however have European Hornets which look like a giant yellow jacket but they are harmless unless you are digging into their nest then look out. They do attack honeybees but not to the extent of Japanese Hornets. Japanese hornets have never been confirmed in Ontario. Not only does the media like to exaggerate but I sense so does Niagara Beeway. I attended one of their info sessions and it came off as sensationalism and fear mongering with a side of self promotion.
  25. You know exactly who would be recruited to do that study. Coyote Watch Canada is extremely bias and paints the coyote as a harmless victim in sheep's clothing. They'd be sure to sku the numbers to make them look threatened. Their determination pays off. The rest of us don't have the kind of time to deal with coyotes that is needed to rival that group. Simply put coyotes are a recycler we need but we still can't just ignore them. When they start taking pets and livestock we have to be allowed to defend ourselves and don't think sending a message to the rest of them isn't heard.
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