INDIAN POINT CAMP

WABIGOON LAKE

 DRYDEN, ONTARIO

   Ken  
WINNER OF THE BIG BUCK CONTEST FOR 2013!

 

NEWSLETTER

HUNTING EDITION

 

MARCH 2013

Greetings from the far North!

We wanted to give everyone a summary of our 2012 hunts and update you on the preparations for this year's hunts.

First, Kudos to Kenny! What a great sport you are as the following will verify.

We put Ken on what has been one of our most productive sites over the years, a very secluded 'quad-in' site, so we were very optimistic. The first day of his 7 day hunt was consumed mostly by set-up. Not a lot of activity the second day...that happens. Then the third day was much the same as the second day...no concerns though. The fourth day, still no shooters, a little worrisome. The fifth day, we started to become concerned. What is happening here? The sixth day, nothing. Only one more day. Each evening visit from Hank with the next day's bait became progressively uncomfortable. The week started with so much optimism. Then day seven, the 11th hour...he appeared! This buck was never seen by anybody nor was it ever caught on several days of trail camera. But there he was as if miraculously appearing out of the woodwork. Kenny you are our BIG BUCK WINNER! See you next season!

MOOSE HUNT: Sorry but the bull moose hunt is booked for 2013. We have a limited number of tags, so if you want to book for 2014, the earlier the better. Rifle or archery bull tags are available and unlimited calf tags.

BLACK BEAR HUNT: In 2012, Indian Point Camp acquired a brand new 100 square mile BMA (Bear Management Area). This is virgin territory that has not been hunted in years, in fact, there wasn't even a hunt development. We started from scratch. There are lots of recent clear-cuts, making way for bumper crops of blueberries, a main staple for bears.

Our 2012 hunt was a huge success. Everyone took a bear except 1 guest, although he had several opportunities. We consider that 100% success rate. Two bears field dressed at 270 lbs. and one at 275 lbs. Several bears dressed at approximately 200 lbs.

It was a lot of work developing a brand new area, but well worth the effort. Currently we have 14 sites developed including 4 permanent tree stands. We are excited to get back into the BMA this spring and continue the development. More sites have been scouted and 8 more permanent tree stands will be installed.

We must tell you about one hunt and hunter in particular. He is a good-looking, young 19 year old kid named Zach! It was his first bear hunt and he did it with a bow. We informed all of our guests that there were several bruisers in this untouched area. We instructed Zach to be patient and wait for one of them.

The first day was eventful to say the least. He had 11 visits to his site with only a 45 minute gap in activity. One even came up to his slightly elevated ladder stand and licked at the chocolate bait on his boot that he had accidentally stepped in. The bear then placed his paws on the stand and came eye level. Needless to say, Zach was shaking in his boots, but the bear was not phased as it went back to eating berries. Two bears in the 200 - 250 lb. live weight range were passed on. At one point there was a total of 4 bears grazing at his site. Congrats to Zach for holding off!

Zach arrived back at camp that evening kicking himself for not taking one of the 200 lb. + bears. Moral support was offered (hold off Zach, the bruiser will show up...we know he is there!)

Day 2 was even more eventful for our young pursuit! Again several bears were sited. Then it happened! All of a sudden 2 bears appeared being pushed beyond the bait pile. Then everything went still except for a dark shadow off in the distance. It was 45 minutes later and to the right of the stand he was sniffing the air. Another 15 minutes later he was sited at the back of the bait pile and he turned away. Then 20 minutes later he came in. It was him!

We all would like to live in a perfect world...that is not realistic. Zach was occupying a site that as of yet does not have one of our permanent tree stands. His portable ladder stand is a bit intrusive to a wise old bear 25 yards away. It took 6 individual movements and a 1/2 hour later to come to full draw. That worked in Zach's favor as he had time to think about his perfect shot and allow the bear to come broadside. A well placed arrow through the vitals dropped the bear less than 25 yards away.

Next was the radio call to Dad who was hunting a site 1 1/2 miles away. Then the fun began! The kill was at 6 pm. When they didn't arrive back at camp until well after dark, we all knew. Zach's first bear field dressed at 270 lbs.! Camp moral was vibrant thanks to Zach!

In cooperation with the MNR biologist, we limit the number of bears that are harvested each year. However, we still have availability for several hunts yet this year.

WHITETAIL DEER: Last but not least, the whitetail hunt!

It's such an exciting time in camp and a flurry of activity all day, every day of the entire hunting season. Everyone is into it!

In preparation for the 2013 hunt, several miles of scouting has already taken place just after the 2012 hunt. Many new sites have been marked on a GPS and development will commence early spring. There is the continued effort to get you further back into the bush and make your hunt more private and secluded. So don't forget your 4 wheeler! We still have exceptional walk-in properties, so even if you are flying or a 4 wheeler is just not possible, we can accommodate you. The camp 4 wheeler is always available for set-ups and retrievals.

The camp has purchased another parcel of land which opens up approximately 2000 acres of public property which will be land-locked by our private property which will be posted of course.

We had lots of great hunts again this year! To mention some in particular there was:

AMELIA B. gets top female hunter again this year! Think you can make it 3 years in a row?

BARRY P. tags a huge bodied 10 pointer! Do you remember the drag?

DAVE M. & JASON W. take the two biggest 7 pointers we have ever seen at camp!

DAVE Z. hasn't stopped bragging about upstaging the rest of his party with his 14 point buck! Bernie was just sandbagging...wait till next year. Bernie always was a next year's guy! By the way Bernie, I'm sure Hank will be sneaking in for dinners again this year without me. He tells me he is out delivering bait!

ERIC B. has never shot a deer before this year, not even an antlerless. Look what he tags...an 11 pointer! Where do you go from here?

JASON O. epitomizes the never-give-up ethical retrieval. He shoots just at the end of legal, then darkness inhibits the search. He never slept all night thinking of what may have transpired after the shot. The next morning 1 drop of blood was found and after 2 hours, mostly on hands and knees, the big 12 pointer was recovered!

JEAN ST M. hangs in there at the 'love shack' and encounters another true love that was even bigger than last year's!

JOHN M. hunts the hardest of them all. Day after day so many bucks on his camera all at night until the fateful 11th hour and he tags his trophy!

LARRY P. health concerns required a little extra effort from his party to get him to his site. Fortunately it required only 1 day and he takes a beautiful 16 pointer!

TIMMY N. comes through again albeit heating up soup in the ground blind while his trophy is feasting at the bait pile. At least you weren't sleeping this time, eh Timmy! That's your line anyway! Congrats from all the bad boys of Pennsylvania!

DALE B. had one of our more resourceful hunts. We put him beside a large 15 foot wide creek in one of our permanent tree stands with the bait pile placed adjacent to the creek on the same side as the stand. Wouldn't you know it, the buck was travelling on the other side of the creek. Decision time for Dale, whether to shoot or not? He decided to take a shot and worry about retrieval afterwards. The big buck went down. Now what are you going to do Dale? Walk over water? Nobody has been able to do that for 2000 years! Fortunately there was a fallen tree spanning the creek just wating to be tight-roped. After field dressing and dragging the buck to the creek edge, more ingenuity kicks in. Unbeknownst to most hunters, a field dressed whitetail does not sink. How did you know this Dale? The deer was pushed into the creek, a long pole was employed and he was floated across to the other side. He once again tight-roped the fallen tree, got to the other side, retrieved his buck and pulled him up onto the creek bank. Now the truck is only 200 yards away...but almost a straight up incline! Dale returns back to camp after his 'real man hunt', yes invigorated, but also totally burnt-out! At this point, we informed Dale that assistance with retrieval was part of his package. We are sure he will remember that next year!

BOOKINGS FOR THE 2013 WHITETAIL HUNT:

There are still openings for archery & muzzleload seasons, but rifle season is limited.

 

Hank & Cindy Smoke

Indian Point Camp

800-699-9390

indianpointcamp@live.com

www.indianpointcamp.com

ONTARIO OUTDOORS CARDS & HUNTING LICENSES 

For those who have valid Ontario Outdoors Cards, please make sure you bring those with you. If your card has expired, you should have received notification in the mail to renew it and hopefully have already done so.

If you have not been to Ontario in the few years, you would not have a card so you can either purchase this online at the link below or we can issue you one upon arrival to camp.

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/STDPROD_091032.html

This year you can purchase your hunting license through the Ontario MNR via the internet, or if you wish, you can purchase it from us upon arrival. Purchasing it beforehand will speed up the check-in process for you and your party.

For either the Outdoors Card or the hunting license, please be sure to click on 'non-resident of Canada' if you are ordering online through the MNR.
 
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/STDPROD_091032.html  

 
 
 
  
 
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Issue Number
6
In This Issue
ONTARIO OUTDOORS CARD & HUNTING LICENSE INFO
REVENUE CANADA TAX REBATE
HUNTING CONTEST

REVENUE CANADA TAX REBATE

Remember you will receive 1/2 of your HST tax back with the booking of a bear hunt or a private whitetail hunt.
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 NEW BORDER CROSSING POLICY

Please see this link for new policy changes at the border and how they will now be treating minor infractions. This is good news! For further information or clarification, please contact a customs officer in the Fort Frances border office at 807-274-3655

 http://www.fftimes.com/node/249576 

AMELIA

Amelia 

BRYAN

  

DENNIS

 Dennis  

ERIC         

 Eric

JASON 

    

 Jason

 LARRY

         

 

MARK

  Mark   

 

SCOTT

   Scott   

 

TIMMY

    Timmy   

 

OUR PA ROWDIES!

        

 

SHAWN 

  Shawn  

ZACHERY 

       

GROUSE HUNT 

 

ANDY 

      

STEVE

       

IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT IN YOUR DEP0SITS FOR YOUR HUNT, THEY ARE NOW DUE  IN ORDER TO SECURE THE WEEK YOU HAVE BOOKED AS WELL AS YOUR CABIN

HUNTING CONTEST FOR 2013! 
We thought we would do something a little different this year to open the contest up to each individual season, archery, muzzle & rifle. Instead of just one winner, we will have three winners. The biggest buck taken during the designated season will receive 50% off his/her next hunt.

CONDITIONS: HAS TO BE USED IN THE 2014 SEASON. TRIP IS NON-TRANSFERABLE. CERTAIN DATES MAY APPLY. DOES NOT INCLUDE LICENSE, TAXES, EXPORT PERMIT.
BUCK TO BE GREEN SCORED AT CAMP, TOTAL GROSS SCORE.
 
  
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