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Decline In Hunters Threatens How U.S. Pays For Conservation : NPR

The steady drop is expected to accelerate in coming years, threatening the much-lauded model through which the U.S. has paid for conservation.
— Read on www.npr.org/2018/03/20/593001800/decline-in-hunters-threatens-how-u-s-pays-for-conservation

Canada Hunting Trip Day 6

Today was much colder than the first three days. We had a high of 9 degrees. By the end of the day we were all tired and hungry. They placed us in our spots at almost 9am. We all left our lunches in the truck since we normally got picked back up after an hour or two. This time we got picked up at 4pm. We started going into more difficult terrain to go hunting.

Since we all were going to be there for awhile we all got comfortable at our spots. Unfortunately, no one had any luck. We had cold feet even with multiple socks on and good boots.

Canada Hunting Trip Day 5

So, this is probably the most memorable day of our trip. Usually, I gave Peter or whomever was driving the outfitters truck plenty of room to avoid an accident, especially since I could not see him through all the snow that was being kicked up behind him. Well…. we had not been on the road an hour and we were going to turn around and go back the way we came. And…. Peter got his trailer stuck in a snow drift. Now shit happens sometimes but we did not expect this to happen. All three of us busted up laughing. At first they had both guides trying to push the truck from the front…….yea…

Images and video documenting our attempts to help.

Our attempts to help get the trailer unstuck.

After about an hour of trying we got back on the road. Peter our guide said it was “poor conditions” that got him stuck. So that kind of turned into our catch phrase for the rest of the trip when we did not want to take responsibility for something. (I still use that at home on my wife. But doesn’t have the same affect). For the rest of the trip we were thinking he would get stuck again.

The rest of the day was fairly in eventful. Jim (father in – law) said he could hear something in the tree line growling at him. But nothing ever came out.

Lots of signs but the wolves knew what was going on. They said they had pushed a couple of the wolves the week before for another group but no success. That may have been the problem, they may know not to leave the tree line.

Winter Hunt – Keeping Warm and Enjoying the Outdoors | Northern Ontario Travel

Huddling in front of a spruce tree to break the stiff wind, half my body is protected from the elements by a snow pit I have dug. My .257 Magnum Weatherby Vanguard rifle is cradled in my arms protecti…
— Read on www.northernontario.travel/northeastern-ontario/winter-hunt

Canada Hunting Trip Day 1 and Day 2

My father in-law, his friend George and I went on a hunting trip to Onatrio, Canada. The town was called Kapuskasing in Ontario. It is a fairly good size town. We were going there to hunt wolves. The drive was 1200 miles from Kansas City.

The first day we drove to Two Harbor’s, Michigan. Most of the drive that day was really good. Tell we hit the Michigan border or at least the southern border. The roads were packed with ice and made it hard to drive safely on them. But we powered through. When we went to dinner I slipped on some ice and banged up my left arm pretty good. It was swollen and had a big gash on in. We were worried that it may bruise or get worse as the trip went on.

The second day of the trip was quite interesting. We were maybe three hours from the border and left my passport in suite case and that was in the bed of the truck. So, I pull up to the window which reminded me of a drive through window. The border agent gave me a little attitude.

Border Agent: “You didn’t know you were coming to Canada, Aye?!”

So we were off to a good start! We pulled around and parked and went inside. Took our paper work and started the process. We were told to sit down and we did. A number of people came in and left after us which started to concern us since we had been waiting for a little while. Finally, they finished our paper work, but some other lady border agent finished our paper work. She was not any more friendly than the first agent. This agent told us to bring two copies of our paper work next time. Of course as we were standing next to a copy machine! They told us to have a nice day… So we left. Never bothered to look at our rifles we brought or check for anything else in the car.

We drove for a few more hours tell we got to a decent size town. The border agent told us we could get our hunting licenses and tags at a place called Canada Tires. Which, to us was weird buying those things at a tire store. So that set us back about an hour to an hour an half.

Originally, we were planning on getting to get to the outfitter (Kap River Outfitter) between 6-7pm Canada time. We arrived about 8pm.

When we arrived we got have Sheppard’s pie. It was really good especially after the day we had.