from the far North!
wanted to give everyone a summary of our 2012
hunts and update you on the preparations for this
Kudos to Kenny! What a great sport you are as the
following will verify.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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!)
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
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.
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!
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.
DEER: Last but not least, the whitetail hunt!
such an exciting time in camp and a flurry of
activity all day, every day of the entire hunting
season. Everyone is into it!
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
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.
had lots of great hunts again this year! To
mention some in particular there was:
gets top female hunter again this year! Think
you can make it 3 years in a row?
P. tags a huge bodied 10 pointer! Do you
remember the drag?
M. & JASON W. take the two biggest 7
pointers we have ever seen at camp!
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!
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?
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
M. hangs in there at the 'love shack' and
encounters another true love that was even bigger
than last year's!
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!
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
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!
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!
FOR THE 2013 WHITETAIL HUNT:
are still openings for archery & muzzleload
seasons, but rifle season is limited.
& Cindy Smoke