Wild Turkey stop by to stretch wings

Wild Turkey close up photos can be difficult to capture at any time.

Being in the right place at the right time certainly helps. Of course having a population of wild birds close to my property is a bonus.

Check out these two Wild Turkey photos I snapped the other day.

Fishmaster Bait & Tackle’s 7th Annual Grand River Walleye Ice Fishing Tourney Feb 13th

FISH FOR FREE ON FAMILY FISHING WEEKEND NO FISHING LICENSE NEEDED for this tournament.Derby Tickets will be $10 per person

Kids Welcome
90% Cash Back
1st 40% CASH BACK
2nd 20% CASH BACK
3rd 10% CASH BACK
BIGGEST
Crappie 10% CASH BACK
Catfish 10% CASH BACK
PLUS MANY FREE DRAW PRIZES
this will all take place on the Lower Grand River Dunnville In a sectioned off area out front of Fishmaster Bait & Tackle Marina

RULES
FISHING STARTS FEB 13TH FROM 7AM TILL 2PM SHARPE ALL CONTESTANTS WILL LINE UP OUT FRONT OF THE MARINA BREAK WALL ONCE THE HORN GOES OFF YOU WILL HEAD TO YOUR FAVORITE FISHING HOLE
HUTS CAN BE USED ALONG WITH POWER AUGERS
2 RODS PER PERSON
FISH FINDERS & LIVE BAIT ALLOWED
MOTORIZED VEHICLES ALLOWED AS LONG AS THERE IS 6″ PLUS OF ICE ..
NO GAFFED OR SNAGGED FISH FOR WEIGH-IN
THIS IS A LIVE RELEASE TOURNAMENT
THE WEIGH-IN WILL BE AT THE MOUTH OF THE MARINA ANY SIZE WALLEYE ALLOWED ALIVE FOR WEIGH-IN
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CONTAINER BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY YOUR FISH IN FULLY COVERED IN WATER TO WEIGH-IN AREA FOR LIVE RELEASE PLEASE …..
NO DEAD FISH WILL BE WEIGHED IN
TICKET NEEDED FOR WEIGH-IN
MUST OBEY ALL MNR REGULATIONS
TICKETS WILL BE CHECKED TO ENTER FISHING GROUNDS
ANYBODY OUT OF BOUNDS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED ALONG WITH ANY WET LINES BEFORE 7AM
ORGANIZERS ARE HELD HARMLESS FOR PERSONAL OR PROPERTY DAMAGES
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AT THE FISHMASTER BAIT & TACKLE 3PM SHARPE
ANYBODY INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT OR SPONSOR ANY PRIZES FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME

FOR MORE INFO
CONTACT STEVE
FISHMASTER BAIT & TACKLE
776 MAIN ST EAST DUNNVILLE
(905)701-6874
OR EMAIL
[email protected]
http://fishmaster.proboards46.com

http://www.fishmastersultimatecharters.com

Wild Turkeys in Ontario gobble up Deer Feed

What do wild turkeys eat in the winter months?

Food can be sparse for all forest critters once the snow flies. Deer and Wild Turkeys can be especially hard hit if the snow is deep.

If you want to help feed deer and wild turkeys in Ontario make sure you use a food that will provide them with the nutrition required for our long cold winter. Straight dried corn kernels or cut hay will cause problems due to the lack of moisture. Fresh foliage helps provide the required moisture when eaten but with the lack of leaves in winter deer turn to other browse.

Wild Turkeys gobble up Rack Stacker Feed

I purchased a Pro Moultrie Feeder with a fifty-gallon hopper. Set to throw a 50/50 mixture of  Feed and dried corn in the morning and late afternoon has deer and turkeys constantly visiting.

I also feed the local gobblers and hens Rack Stacker Feed just by throwing it on the ground. They prefer to scratch for their food. I made a shelf for deep snow but only squirrels seem to prefer that elevated position.

Feed can be easily distributed and is cost effective over a long winter. Use an automated feeder, PVC pipe tube or table to keep the feed dry.

The local Deer and Turkeys make for some awesome viewing, especially when the auto feeder starts to spin. Grouse, squirrels and raccoons all make an appearance some time during the day or night.

I installed two Spy-point Pro-X trail cameras close to the feeding area to capture the wildlife events.

I even found a six-point shed antler last week.

If you have a chance give the forest critters some help this winter. Make you own wild turkey or deer feeder and keep it filled with Rack Stacker Feed.

Hope that helps when the kids ask “What do turkeys eat in the winter?”

Muskie Plungers Freezin for a Reason

Muskies Canada Inc. Kawartha Lakes Chapter members Steve Nicholls and David White are looking for pledges from other members to help them out.

This will be happening on February 7th at the Causeway between Bridgenorth and Ennismore.

More info on the Plunge can be found here:

http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/homeD.asp?cid=191

Come join these brave and crazy plungers who dare enter the frigid waters of Chemong Lake because they’re Freezin for a Reason.  Plungers raise funds for their favorite charities and support BEL Rotary’s many charitable endeavors in the process.

More specific info is available on the registration form.

Hot tubs, hot food will be the immediate reward for the plungers and a chance at a prize for the best costume or most funds raised.

If you don’t feel adventurous, you can always come put to support the plungers, laugh at the silly costumes and join in the frolicking with your friends and family.

The event takes place at Rotary Park, Ennismore, at 2 p.m. sharp on Sunday, Feb 7, 2010.  Plungers must be registered by 1:30 pm

Any pledges will surely be appreciated to make this a success for the B-E-L Rotary Club and our Chapter. A great portion of the money raised by our 2 volunteers goes directly to the Chapter and will be used in assisting us with the KTD project and Pike Invasion Project so please help out if you can.

Anyone wishing to pledge money can mail a cheque payable to Muskies Canada Inc. Kawartha Lakes Chapter to:

Tom McCutcheon
17 Marilyn Cres.
RR2
Ennismore, ON

Fly Casting Classes now offered at Grindstone Angling

Fly fishing instructions for beginners in fly fishing techniques and basics

Beginning on Saturday January 30th 2010, we have acquired an Indoor sports facility with ample room for indoor fly-casting instruction. Grindstone will offer classes through the balance of the winter months to teach and improve your skills as a fly angler by honing your fly casting technique. The classes will run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Saturday until April 3rd.

We will schedule a series of clinics through this time for all aspects of fly-casting. The clinics will include:

Introduction to fly casting: This class is based on the new angler or those who have never taken an instructional course from a professional instructor.  We will start with a brief breakdown of the components of a flyrod and reel, how and why everything matches and work together to give the angler a balanced outfit.  As well, understanding the mechanics of how the rod and line work to perform a well executed fly-cast. We will be performing a series of casts in this program, the pickup and lay down cast, false casting, mending fly line and the reach cast. Anglers will be ready to advance to the next skill levels of fly-casting once you have completed this program.

Casting Tune-ups: This Class is for the individual who is striving to become a better fly caster. The instructors are going to concentrate on your skill level and work with you and the mechanics of your cast to make you more efficient. You will have a better understanding of the proper load of the flyrod to execute a better cast with greater accuracy and also allowing you to achieve control with greater distance in your cast.

Casting for distance: This is for the angler who has some experience fly-casting and wants to achieve greater distance with control of the cast. We will work on the single and double haul. These casts maximize the load of the flyrod with increased line speed and timing to present a fly while achieving greater distance from your fly-line. This clinic is great for the angler who wants to cover a-lot of water and still maintain control of their cast for those wary fish that will often spook on a sloppy presentation. The instructor will work with the skill level of each angler advancing your level to achieve the required goal.

John Valk has been fly fishing and guiding for more than 30 years and can teach you anything from the beginner levels of casting to advanced stages of double hauling. He has the ability to work any casting situation to produce a positive outcome for his clients or students.  If you like destination fishing or travel abroad and are planning to go fly rod in hand, John’s expertise can help make your trip a success by covering some of the casting situations you will encounter. 

Lake Dalrymple Angler attacked while ice fishing.

My Kawarthan reports Angler attacked in Carden Twp.

Victim assaulted with baseball bat and pick axe: OPP

(CARDEN TWP.) Two Ramara Township men are facing several charges following an attack on Saturday (Jan. 16) near an ice fishing hut on Lake Dalrymple.
Kawartha Lakes OPP say officers were called to a McCrackin Avenue home in Carden Township after receiving an assault complaint.

Police allege a man was in an ice fishing hut with two other men when three males arrived and physically removed the men from the hut. OPP say the hut did not belong to the suspects.

Two of the men assaulted the victim with a baseball bat and a pick axe, police say, before the victim was able to struggle free and run to a nearby home.
The victim was taken to Soldiers Memorial hospital in Orillia. The two men with the victim were not injured in the attack.
Thomas Charles William Winchester, 21, and Chris Raduner, 23, face charges of assault with a weapon, utter threat to cause death and mischief under $5,000. Both were held in custody for a court appearance on Monday (Jan. 18).
Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Check out MY Kawarthan for this article

Lake Dalrymple Ice Fishing

Lake Dalrymple ice fishing opportunities are wide open after listening  to a  podcast ice fishing seminar.

Wil Wegmans ice fishing seminar recently held at Rack n Reel in Barrie has some great tips for ice fishing on Lake Simcoe and any other hard water lake.

During his seminar at Rack N Reel Wil discusses ice safety, lake geography and what fish look for in habitat. He goes in depth about ice fishing  tackle and techniques for panfish, Whitefish and Lake Trout.

Using innovative tip ups and for ice fishing and what shelters work best are just a few of the topics covered.

Check out the episode #184 for Wil Wegmans ice fishing seminar on ice fishing Lake Simcoe.

Subscribe for additional podcasts and receive the five great ice fishing tips Wil Wegman talks about in his ice fishing seminar just for signing up.

Check out Ripple Outdoors Podcast #185 tomorrow to  listen to the conclusion of Wil Wegmans ice fishing seminar held at Rack N Reel

M.N.R. gets new minister in cabinet shuffle

Linda Jeffrey, M.P.P. for Brampton-Springdale, takes the helm as the new Minister of Natural Resources

As part of the provincial cabinet shuffle announced Monday, Linda Jeffrey, M.P.P. for Brampton-Springdale, will take the helm as the new Minister of Natural Resources. “We welcome Minister Jeffrey to the post, and look forward to working with her on matters of mutual importance to her ministry and Ontario’s anglers and hunters,” said Mike Reader, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.). “When it comes to the sound conservation management of our fish and wildlife, and respect for our heritage traditions, the Minister will have no greater ally than one of the province’s largest stakeholders, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.”

The appointment of a new minister is the third significant change at the Ministry of Natural Resources (M.N.R.) in recent months. Last fall, the ministry lost a good portion of its forestry responsibilities to Northern Mines and Development; and last week, the Deputy Minister announced a major organizational realignment.

The O.F.A.H. believes the minister is coming onboard during a particularly challenging period for the M.N.R., but recognizes that she is not new to the workings of government. Though this is her first time in the role of minister, Ms. Jeffrey has represented the Brampton-Springdale riding since 2003. She has served as a Parliamentary Assistant under several ministries including Transportation, and has chaired two Standing Committees.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.