My long time hunting buddies and I decided this would be the year we opted for a fly-in moose hunt in the far north of Western Ontario.
A long 17 hour drive from Sudbury area followed by a 45 minute flight with pilot Don Elliot of Mattice Outfitters. This family operation of over 25 years hosted us for a self guided moose hunt on the Okogi Reservoir.
Outstanding accommodations and 14 foot Lund boats with quiet 4 stroke 15 hp Yamaha motors made our ten day hunt a once in lifetime trip.
Greg our master chef prepared meals every night that left us stuffed. Wacky-Pat ensured the main cottage was well heated for those cold nights. Big-O scoped the shorelines for possible moose signs. Timmy kept us entertained with a nightly chorus of campfire dinner music.
The Ogoki is a long lake with bays and inlets so inviting to moose. Tamarack and Black Spruce crowd the shore line in most places. Using quality binoculars while skirting shorelines was one of our most productive methods for locating moose.
Weather changed about every half hour so we had to be prepared for dead calm to white caps on the lake. Scouting the numerous bays indeed paid off in the end.
Our island host Austin ( Don’s son) showed us how just versitile a LUND boat could be.
He helped us load my almost 1000 pound bull into 14 -foot Lund and transported it back to the island dock (12 kilometers away) to gut and quarter it there.
I never thought it would even fit inside the Lund never mind float!
Two days earlier Poco had shot a hefty cow. We gut and quartered it and then loaded up into the 14 foot Lund with no problems.
Big kudos to those reliable Lund boats and Austin for all his help.
To book a great moose or awesome fishing trip on the OGOKI contact Yolanda at 1-800-411-0334 or online at www.walleye.ca