During the Outdoor Writers of Canada Convention in North Bay, Greg Farrant of the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters (OFAH) talked for a few minutes about the importance membersÂ make in Ontario’s conservation of the wildlife and fish population.
Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network
Fall arrived Saturday morning with cool temperatures and a bitingÂ wind. That didn’t deter about 200 kids and parents from attending the 6th year of this free Youth Outdoors Day event atÂ Luther Marsh.
Conservation Officer Joel Pegg wanted to help kids explore and discover Ontario’s great outdoor opportunities in hunting, fishing and conservation.
With the help of numerous committed volunteers and large corporate sponsors such as Bank of Montreal, Guelph MNR, Bass Pro Shops, & Wellington County Stewardship Council it was a grand success.
Other fine organizations and individuals such as Badenoch Archery, Excalibur Crossbows, Canadian Tire, Ducks UnlimitedÂ , Stoeger Canada, Shadowear all strong supporters of our outdoors also donated valuable time and resources to ensure the kids had a fantastic time.
The displays and events through out the day had kids grinning from ear to ear. Parents also participated and enjoyed the numerous displays on hand.
Lunch time had a lineup well into the parking lot as everyone enjoyed hamburgers, hot-dogs and refreshments to continue on into the afternoon.
There were prizes donated for everyone in attendance and I saw a lot of happy kids with all the great stuff they collected throughout the day.
Alfie Stanevicius and the Dundas Valley Longbeards Conservation ClubÂ donated materialÂ for Bluebird & Woodduck nesting box kits with numerous volunteers in attendance helping the kids put them together.
Anyone wanting additional information on how YOU can help out or start your own Youths’ Outdoors Day please contact Joel Pegg atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone wanting any photos I took on Saturday please contact me at;
Â info[at]rippleoutdoors [dot] com and I will hapy to email them to you.
Many of you anxious hunters will have already started packing or organizing your essential equipment for this years upcoming hunts. With opening day of waterfowl or moose season in sight you need to have the right gear. During my travels this year to writing conferences in North Bay and Roanoke in West Virginia I discovered some new and tried and true products aimed at the hunter or angler.
One of my favouriteâ€™s was the ThermaCELL. About the size of an extra large coffee mug, this little unit once ignited emits fumes that kept those nasty squeeters away from your location. I used mine in the boat on those hot muggy windless evening when the bugs would swarm anything standing still. It was awesome when I used a blind for turkey hunting in early spring mornings. Cost is $30 for a ThermaCELL. Included were propane cells and wicks, extras could be purchased at most outdoor retailers. For additional information 1-866-753-3837 or www.thermacell.com
Another helpful item that has a wide range of essential products is available from Tender Corp. www.tendercorp.com . These highly portable functional first aid kits for hunters or anyone else in the outdoors are part of my daypack. If you did get bit, stung, or cut they have a product to cover you in a handy pouch. They also have Benâ€™s bug spray that worked for most of the day against any pestering tics & mosquitoes. I have used my tube of AfterBite Xtra to reduce the itch out of numerous wasp stings and countless mosquitoes bites all summer.
One product I have started to use and rely on for my forays into the forests is from MyTopo.com. Itâ€™s a customized topo map you build on your computer for any location in North America. Once customized and you have your map exactly how you want it, you simple save and order online. Itâ€™s delivered to your door in about a week. They come in three sizes in both folded or rolled format.
I have ordered a few, a wall sized one for the cottage, a rolled up one for my ATV and a folded one for my knapsack. Maps that are waterproof and durable and customized for me by me for any trip I plan. MyTopo offers a choice of paper finishes, including waterproof, glossy and full-seal laminated maps.Â Every map is printed with UV/fade resistant inks.Â Check them out at www.mytopo.com or phone 1-877-587-9004 to order one. Tell Paige I sent you.
For anglers that has searched slop or weedy bays for monster bass only to loose both lure and trophy to snags I have a lure for you. I know the pros use this frog for tight structure when surface fishing.Â Â Gil Johnson a tournament angler from Tennessee was demonstrating these lures at a seminar in Roanoke Virginia. He had numerous different types of plastic frogs available to the angler. You have seen these imitation amphibians at local fishing shops, Canadian Tire or Bass Pro Shops.Â A side by side comparison convinced me that Snag Proof lures were best suited to catching a large Bucketmouth overall. These lures werenâ€™t cheap, but with Gamakatsu super sharp hooks designed to be fished weed-less and as close to snag proof as possible. A pliable body that fish didnâ€™t let go with astounding action to entice any trophy bass. Try them yourself on a side-by-side comparison with the other frog baits and you will see why the pros use them. Check them out at www.snagproof.comÂ
Duck season opens up this Saturday the 22nd of September; so donâ€™t forget to get a duck stamp at your local postal outlet. Cost is just over $18.
Bow season for Deer opens up October 1st so get your bow sighted in and ensure your hunting tips are razor sharp. Hopefully you have practised those pre-season scent control tips found at www.rippleoutdoors.com podcast episodes #12, #39 & #40. Good luck!
At the Outdoor Writers of Canada Convention in North Bay , our guest speaker was Dr. Robert O. BaileyÂ with the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.Â HeÂ talks about Canada’s hunting future. Take a few minutes to listen to his message if your a concerned hunter.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network
Â If your into tournament BASS FISHING read on!
Wil Wegman’s press releaseÂ has some great information regarding the upcoming Bass Fishing Tournament taking place on Lake Simcoe October 27th.
The Aurora Bassmasters are excited to announce that Strike King is throwing its support behind the new partnership between their club and Bass Pro Shops Canada, Inc. The partnership will focus around the newly established (Annual) Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open on October 27th, 2007.
â€œOn behalf of Strike King, we are very proud to lend our support to this exciting new event.â€said Lee Branscombe, Canadian Sales – Strike King (Integrity Outdoors).Â â€œWith a world class fishery such as
As new information is made available, it will be posted on the Aurora Bassmastersâ€™ website at www.aurorabass.com. Registration Forms (now available) and a complete listing of General Rules, Regulations & Liability will be made available online through the Aurora Bassmasters. The Aurora Bassmasters are one of 30 clubs across the province belonging to the Ontario BASS Federation Nation at www.ontariobass.com. This tournament is an OPEN event where tournament anglers from any bass circuit are invited to participate.
The first Dunnville Hunter Lake Erie Walleye Derby hosted by owner Steve Hardcastle,Â of Fishmaster Ultimate Bait & Tackle Store
Twenty teams of top notch walleye anglers landed some impressive catches of monster walleye by the conclusion of the one day derby.
Most walleye were caught before 8am on a worm harness over 60 feet of water.
Santo Amalfi of Hamilton jigged on bottom at 1:30pm to reel in a 10 pounder plus trophy to take first place of the largest fish.Â Â
Team Iceburg from Buffalo New York took top place overall with 32.2 pounds for a 4 fish limit of walleye.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
On the leftÂ Captain Bob Rustowicz, Tom Brunn Jr with Randy Jaroszewski on the right hold up an impressive catch!
Great fishing guys!