Planting Deer Food Plots With DIY Sugar Beets

Deer food plots for fall plantings need to be planted soon depending on your intended crop.

While it is a tad late for a spring plot all that rainy weather delayed planting this Do It Yourself Deer Food Plot. It will work fine for the fall and beyond.

We planted  a few rows of Sweet Success on the north side with Upland Game around the perimeter to give this DIY food plot some cover.

I also had some sugar beet and turnip seeds to plant along the gobbler grass (Upland Game) edge for late season hunting.

The Sweet Success will get the deer feeding within weeks and the other crops will mature later in the fall.

I emptied a bag of  Blaze Mineral onto a rotted stump to keep the deer curious about those new aromas.

The Kunz Till Ease made quick work of this new food plot  after round up was applied last week. Dead grass and weeds were cut down then tilled.

Got my tree picked out for this location on the north side of the plot. A south west west or north west wind will do nicely for bow hunting.

Illegal Deer Hunter Fined $5000

A Lindsay man has been fined a total of $5,000 for illegal hunting-related offences.

Martin Ham pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 each for unlawfully using an illegal firearm during the deer season and providing false information to a conservation officer. He was also fined a further $3,000 for allowing flesh suitable for food to spoil. He has been suspended from hunting in the province of Ontario for two years.

Court heard that on December 6, 2009, Ham unlawfully shot and killed a trophy buck with a 20-gauge shotgun during the open, muzzle-loader season for deer. He then entered the buck into a Big Buck contest and won.

Following up on a complaint made to the MNR Tips line, a conservation officer interviewed Ham about the acquisition of the buck. After numerous false statements, Ham admitted that the deer had been shot illegally. Though he removed the head of the deer and had it professionally mounted, the carcass was unlawfully permitted to spoil.

Justice of the Peace John Oates heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, City of Kawartha Lakes, on June 25, 2010.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2010-2011 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers and at

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry officer during regular business hours.

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Is Ministry of Natural Resources making Crown land available for off-shore wind projects?

Ontario is seeking input on proposed rules for off-shore wind turbine.

Plan to include keeping them at least five kilometres from the shoreline.

A shoreline exclusion zone would be comparable with proposals by many U.S. states that border the Great Lakes.

In addition the Ministry of Natural Resources is undertaking a review of Ontario’s current process for making Crown land available for off-shore wind projects.

If you hunt, fish or spend time on crown land this may affect you.

This review will include consideration of where, when and how the government makes Crown land available.

Another proposed rule would require turbine developers to complete a comprehensive application process. This would include addressing potential impacts to endangered and threatened species and their habitat, significant wildlife habitats, users of Crown land, flooding and erosion.

The public and industry can comment on the proposal on the province’s environmental registry (Registry number 011-0089) for the next 60 days. Public and industry consultation sessions will also be held starting in the fall. Dates and locations will be available soon at

For additional information check out

O.F.A.H. Invites Public To Learn More About Ontario’s Outdoors

O.F.A.H. Mario Cortellucci Heritage Centre Program Facilitator Jenn Bush was a great help.

I was there to do some interviews about this newest addition to the  O.F.A.H. Heritage Centre.

Heritage Education Representative Jenn Bush answered all my questions.

I had previously toured the centre prior to the grand opening last month.

An update to activities to kick things off, a fly tying workshop was held on June 23, and the Ministry of Natural Resources Canine Unit gave a demonstration on June 24. Also scheduled are: the Shimano Night, Kawartha Lakes Bass Fishing Seminar on June 28; a seminar on Gearing up for Family Fishing Week on July 8; an Introduction to Food Plotting on July 14; and a Moose Calling seminar on July 19.

Check out Ripple Outdoors’s interview #210 to find out what the Heritage Centre has to offer you!

I talked briefly with Executive Director Mike Reader between interviews and he mentioned “There are over 100 people every day visiting the centre”.

I learned there so much to see and do and it’s all free!

The air-conditioned venue seats approximately 70 people, and parking is free. There is no charge to visit to the centre, including the speaker series, until September 1. In addition to the speaker series, the centre is open to the public for tours daily and a series of day camps are being run for O.F.A.H. youth members during the month of August. Group and school tours are also available by appointment.

For more information,


OR call

705-748-6324 ext 102.

Black Bears Don’t Like Surprises

Black bears don’t like surprises and are nothing like friendly cartoon bears.

Bears are smart, curious, powerful and potentially dangerous to humans.

If you are a hiker, cyclist, jogger, berry picker, or you plan to spend some time in “bear country,” you need to know how bears behave so that you can avoid an encounter.

The MNR suggests in a life-threatening emergency with a bear, call your local police or 911.

Becoming BEAR WISE might be a better plan BEFORE that happens.

The MNR  also suggest the following tips.

Bears usually avoid humans. Generally you won’t see a bear even if one is close by. Remember, you are a visitor in the bear’s home range, so do all you can to avoid encounters.

Make noise as you move through wooded areas – especially in areas where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls.

Singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you.

Travel with others if possible.

Be aware of your surroundings:

Do not wear headphones.

Keep an eye out for signs of bears, such as tracks, claw marks on trees, flipped-over rocks or fresh bear droppings.

Carry and have readily accessible a whistle or an air horn, and bear spray.

Know how to use this spray – practise on a stationary object to get the feel for how the canister sprays, and to know its limitations.

Consider carrying a long-handled axe, particularly if you are in “back country.”

Avoid strong fragrances that may cause a bear to be curious; put any food you are carrying in sealed containers in your pack.

If you are out with a dog, control it. Uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you.

While berry picking, occasionally scan your surroundings to check for bears, and rise slowly from your crouched position so you don’t startle any nearby bears. They may not recognize you as a human when you are in a crouched position.

Ministry of Natural Resources

I might add

Stay Safe and Be Aware, you cell phone isn’t going to stop a bear attack.

Peter – Ripple Outdoors

O.F.A.H. Heritage Centre Podcast#210

The new O.F.A.H. Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre Education Representative Jenn Bush explains why this is such a great place to bring the family to learn about Ontario’s outdoors.

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors

Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network

Fishing Derby’s Highlight National Fishing Week

National Fishing Week promoting fishing for the whole family.

Just a few of the festivities happening.

July, 2010

Week-long Environmental Day Camps
Guelph Lake Nature Centre (Guelph), Laurel Creek Nature Centre (Waterloo) , Apps’ Mill Nature Centre (Brantford)

Environmental day camps are designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature while they enjoy fun, hands-on activities in the great outdoors. Programs are also offered at Rockwood and Belwood Lake. Check the nature centre section of or the nature centre near you for camp program and registration information. Here are the phone numbers for:

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bug safari
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 2 p.m.

Join the Naturalists on a Safari in the wilds of Laurel Creek Conservation Area where we search out the elusive six-legged creatures that make our planet home. This program is free with daily gate admission.

July 10 and 11, 2010

Grand River Bass Derby
The Grand River Bass Derby is a family fishing event hosted by the Optimist Club of Stanley Park. This fun filled Live Release Derby is held on the Grand River with the Derby headquarters and measuring station at Bingeman Park in Kitchener. Only Smallmouth Bass caught in the Grand River are eligible and must be brought in alive. Proceed from the Derby are earmarked for enhancement to public access on the Grand River. Please join us for a weekend of fishing, fun and prizes! Check for more information.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Annual Fishing Derby
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Derby entry fee is regular park admission plus $1. Registration is at the boat launch. Length will decide the winning fish and ties will be decided by a coin toss for this catch and release event. No fish on stringers entered and participants should have a live well. There is also a $5 Big Fish Pool for the adults. In addition to prizes for the biggest fish, many draw prizes are available, thanks to the generosity of local businesses. Derby entrants will be fishing for catfish, smallmouth bass and pike. For more information, call the park at 519-638-2873.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Life beneath the surface
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 6:30 p.m.

Explore a world beneath the water that is not often seen. Be prepared to meet some animals that might be new to you. This program is free with daily gate admission, but takes place at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre located at 525 Beavercreek Road, instead of at the park. Bring your park pass to participate.

July 23-25 2010

Hillside Festival
Guelph Lake Conservation Area

Hillside began in 1984 as local gathering of musical friends in Guelph, Ontario. Today, it is one of Canada’s best-loved music festivals with over 50 musical performances on five stages over three days during the last weekend in July. For more information visit the web site or call 519-763-6396.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Seasonal changes
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 6:30 p.m.

Do you only visit the park in the summer time? Join the naturalists for a slide show of the seasonal changes in the park and go for a hike in the cooler part of the day. This program is free with daily gate admission.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Birds and bees
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 6:30 p.m.

The role of pollinators will be discussed followed by a hike to find the birds, bees and other pollinators of Laurel Creek. This program is free with daily gate admission.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Birds and bees
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Waterloo 2 p.m.

Come and meet the exciting creatures from the Laurel Creek Nature Centre. Snakes, turtles, frogs, cockroaches and more. Learn about these gentle, fascinating animals. This program is free with daily gate admission.

Lures and Tours Podcast#209

Lures and Tours founders Rosa Sharpe and Charlie Ross talk about the 5th year of publication and how Ontario’s outdoor opportunities are enhanced in this latest edition.

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors

Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network

Fishing Grand River Country Book.

The GRCA has just released an updated version of its popular Fishing Grand River Country book.

This book was researched and written by noted angler Stephen May on behalf of the GRCA, and published by James Lorimer Publishing.

It contains 160 full-colour pages with detailed information on fishing in all parts of the main Grand River and its major tributaries.

The Grand River has more than 80 species of fish — more than 50 per cent of all fish

species found in Canada. Being a river so close to major cities, the Grand has become a major recreational fishery of exceptionally high quality.

To get your copy of Fishing Grand River Country, ask for it in local

stores, or it’s available in the “Online Store” section of the GRCA’s website


The book sells for $24.95.

Deer License Deadline Approaching

The Deer Hot Line is an easy way to purchase your 2010 deer license.

A quick phone call to 1-800-288-1155 is all that is required to obtain your 2010 deer license.

All that is required is your valid Outdoor Card and a credit card.

You can of course purchase your outdoor card over the phone also.

It took me about three minutes to do it.

Of course the MNR has



Don’t wait too long to get yours, who know the price could go up again!

Good luck this year deer hunting

The DEER HOT LINE is 1-800-288-1155