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Moose Season 2012

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Well this year has been a real wash out with the Ontario big game lotteries for me. My moose group missed out on a bull tag and I totally forgot to put in for the deer anterless deer draw....OOPS!

Well today the surplus moose tags were up for grabs and there were a number of cow - archery only tags available in the WMU that I hunt in. So at 5:30 p.m., at the bell, I was off and running with two phones in hand to try and nab one of those surplus cow tags. Well low and behold, after 1-1/2 hours of painstakingly hitting "ON - REDIAL - OFF" on both phones over and over and over again and again, I got through......and there were still some tags available. So my group will be heading north in September with more than the usual calf tags in hand.

Irregardless of whether we pull a tag or not, I still make the pilgrimage north as I quite thoroughly enjoy the excursion into the wooded northlands. When we're short on tags, we manage to fill our time popping a few grouse or taking to the water and try our hand at angling. We still hit the tree stands early mornings and evenings, but when tags are scarce, we normally are armed with cameras hoping for a hot and bothered bull to keep the blood pressure going and the digital cameras full.

TBow

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The group I'm going with heads north of Wawa.

LOVE that area !!!!!!

Would give my left leg to hunt swamp donkey somewhere in that vicinity.

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Today is the day. We leave tonight, and I feel like a kid at christmas time.

Our group drew two bull tags, but the two guys that got them went this week and have to leave on monday. So we will only have two days with the tags there, that is unless they have moose down already.

Either way a week of grouse hunting, fishing and four wheeling will be great.

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Well we got home about 3 weeks ago, and NO, we didn't pop any moose, but then again, I hadn't expected to, given our tag situation. I was calling bulls hoping to get a few picture opportunities, and I was able to get about 4 responses that we were aware of. Although I had bulls grunting in response, I couldn't get them into any closer than 150 yards or so. At one of my calling sites we did find a few fresh moose beds that indicated the presence of a cow with a pair of calves, and we had one bull that was working the area with regularity, finding fresh tracks in our ATV tarcks every day and lots of rubs.

My son and my brother-in-law each had a lynx at 10 yards which they found really exciting. We also got to pop a few grouse with the bows and ran into some friends that we'd met in the area in previous years. One evening back in camp, after hunting, while we were prepping for a late supper and getting a camfire ready, we heard the most ungodly screaming taking place about 100 to 200 feet from our campfire. It sounded like a terrified woman in a horror movie. Scared the bejeepers out of us. We later found out that it was a mating call of a vixen (female) red fox trying to call in a mate. We all got a big laugh at that, given that we thought of ourselves as big ruff and tuff woodsmen.! He he he!

Anywho, it turned out to be more of a camping excursion than a hunting trip, but I still had a blast and be will there again next year, health permitting. Hope we can pull a bull tag next year. We've been 3 years without a bull tag.

TBow

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