I posted several messages on this Ontario moose hunting thread. I appreciate all the help everyone gave to me. Here is the link to the story of my successful moose hunt in Ontario. It was a fantastic but short trip.
What do you guys think of setting something up like they do in Michigan for bear hunting where you're guaranteed a tag every certain number of years. Say 1 adult tag per hunter guaranteed every 8 years. I know that those odds still sound shitty, but lets face it, the MNR has done a crappy management job for moose over the last 40 years. At this point, even that may be too often. Is anyone else a little pissed that there is more food in the bush now, due to the forestry activities, than 50 years ago, and yet the moose population has plummetted? Maybe the government should rethink the ban on the spring bear hunt, given that the scientists indicate that 70% of the calves go down in the first month due to bears... If the baits on in the bush, the boars aren't roaming for calves.
My grandfather used to check the herds in the winter when they were herded up on the hills, and would report after every flight. His group reported every year that the population was crashing, yet the government did nothing because they were too money hungry....
I've been debating a system with some biology guys which would basically set up a slot size, like walleye in the N.E. region before this year, for bulls. So basically under 4 points would be legit, and then over 8 on one side would be legit. Most hunters would likely let the small ones go, in hopes of bagging the big one. This would up the numbers of the herd. What do you guys think?
As far as operators and moose tags, the systems set up to bring in out of province hunters and was never intended for resident hunters. In the past, guys from the states were comming up north, bringing all their own supplies including gas and food, camping in the bush, shooting up the moose population and then leaving. The government made it mandatory that these guys go through an outfitter to hunt to make them contribute to the economy. Get rid of the 'pork and beaners' they said... So the tags given to the outfitters are set up to bring in out of province revenue and create employment. While they do take a small percentage of the available tags, by a long shot, resident hunters get more tags than outfitters...
I totally agree ontarios guns stuff has gotten way outta hand they need to fix it and fix stuff but nothing is perfect and they are trying hopefully all the government beurocrats get thier thumbs outta thier a%&es and figure out something that works for ontario
Get my tag every second year, but then my partner and I travel 18 hours to those WMU's that still have decent draw numbers. In this case these areas are north of the Trans Canada Pipeline. Long gone are the days when I could drive 3 miles from my doorstep and take a poke at a critter. I would love to see expanded Black Powder areas opened for moose........oh yea that would make me smile......
BTW, just another newbie on the site, from Northen Ontario...hello all
I dont know why Nothing is done about the Poaching here, But Myself I have seen lots of Enforcement in the bush here. and there is a hotline now, that helps, eliminate poaching. I dont think that it will ever stop, Even if they changed the draw. All they can do is come up with more different laws, Or change to a system in which it wouldn't take as many laws to manage the Moose and hunters.
I hear you guys about all the Outfitters getting tags BUt also whatabout all the guys whose wives Draw and kids and grandfathers, They dont even Hunt and those tags somtimes never even get a chance to be filled. I know of a Family in my town that all apply seperate and Low and behold draw two adult tags a year, from a family of 5 including a grandparent. Only 2 people in this family even hunt, Our draw system isn't perfect.
My only hope is maybe A Surplus Tag here and there since i haven't drawn a tag in 3years this one included.
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...