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NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts

Our members regularly engage in hunting and other outdoor adventures. Sometimes that may be very near home, or often it is throughout the rugged terrain and forests of Northwestern Ontario. Other hunts have been to the United States and Africa and Australia and New Zealand, as well as to the challenging far northern climes of the Yukon and the Canadian High Arctic.

Wherever our intrepid members go, taking a camera along is strongly encouraged. Thanks to the good folks here for sharing.

This web page contains a summary of adventures and hunts reported over the years that were originally shown in each individual year's activities.



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2010

Stephen K. sent colourful pictures from his hunt with wife Barb in the Yukon early this fall -- see the full story in Member Ramblings at left. [The original rainbow picture was locally tweaked to peek into the shadows here -- yes we can be nosy ;-] Some memorable pix in an area we likely would never see otherwise.

Scott S. provided the picture of son Timothy with his first ever moose during a fly-in hunt north of Armstrong; a splendid specimen -- 54 in., 40 in. paddles, .308 TC Icon.

Bob M. sent pix of Rob's moose (3 total were taken) and hunting good buddies.

John-Bryan G. reports: "One of our Junior Shooters' Alumni shot her first moose this year. It was on October 11, 2010 at 9 a.m., a big cow at 155 yards. One shot, both lungs and the top of the heart. My daughter, Healey, has been shooting since she was 6 years old. Her first time with centrefire was at Nolalu when she was 9 years old, and today she has a passion for "big-bore" including her own short-mags, a 375 H&H and a 458 WM! Healey started with Junior Shooters about 10 years ago, and was in the club for several years. She has shot cowboy action and still shoots pistols and long-guns and probably shoots more centrefire in a year than most hunters do in a lifetime. She shot her first 2 deer when she was 15, and after moose hunting for 3 seasons, finally got her own moose! All have been 1 shot kills!"

Later on Healey G. went deer hunting near Fort Frances with dad John-Bryan. She was very successful (of course) and shot 3 deer. Dad had slightly fewer (zero).

Mark B. reports: "Here is a picture of Junior shooter Judah B.'s first moose. Judah is 12 years old and in his first year with the club. He shot his bull on November 16, 2010 at 300+ yards using a 30-06 with a 220 grain bullet."

Stephen K. also had a photo-only hunt for caribou to gather references for a commissioned painting. First is one photo of a trophy bull caribou. And then see the final oil painting titled: "Nomads of Finlayson-Caribou". The herd home map is courtesy the Yukon Fish and Wildlife co-management website.

Stephen K's
67 inch
Yukon moose
Our tent
at Yukon
base camp
Peeking
into the
shadows
Ron our guide
holding
Stephen's rifle
Barb, not
panning
for gold
Unnamed lake
now is
Barb's Lake
Ron loading
Barb's pack
with game
Game
preparation
continues
Barb's Lake
another
view
Stephen
cooking
backstraps
Ron scouting
burnt-over
country
Timothy's first
moose - 54 inch
& dad Scott S.
Rob's hunt
with Bob M.
and friends
This is going
to take a
bit of effort
Gonna look
for some
rabbits now?
Healey's first
moose, a very
large cow
Healey needed
only one shot
as usual
With proud dad
John-Bryan who
encourages her
Good to have
many friends
to help carry
Healey also
hunted deer
in Fort Frances
Along with
her dad
John-Bryan
This young
lady is
very good
Healey with
all three
that she took
Judah B. and
his first
bull moose
Stephen K.
photo hunt
for caribou
Stephen's oil
painting from
his adventure
Location of
Finlayson
Caribou



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2011

Wes W. in April-May 2011 was in the Canadian high arctic to train guides amid some of the most beautiful and desolate scenes on earth. Wes later returned to the arctic for more teaching and shot a bull ring seal in June to feed the dog team. On a later trip in August Wes has some up-close and personal pix of polar bears (these ones did not have to be punched in the nose). Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. And when are you going to write that book?

Our fall hunting pix started off with Scott S.'s successful moose hunt north of Armstrong with three friends from Oregon. On 31 October Scott also got a large timber wolf at 412 yards with a 270 WSM.

John-Bryan G. wrote: "Built 3 box blinds on my friend's farm North of Emo. Next summer Healey and I are building 3 more! Nothing like hunting in style and comfort! I got no moose and no bucks this year, but saw well over a hundred deer in total. But Healey did well. How many just-turned-19 year olds can boast 8 deer and 1 moose to their credit in the past few years!!"

And the final pix are from a fall hunt by Chris C. and friends. There are more details to read in his article in the Member Ramblings section titled "A Memorable 2011 Deer Hunt in Northwestern Ontario".

Wes W. in
fascinating
terrain
Now that's
a very BIG
ice cube
Wes on
his arctic
transport
Wes takes bull
seal with .223
for dog team
Wes finds
a polar bear
in the fog
An even closer
look at
a bruin
Scott S.
at left with
Oregon friends
Scott with
timber wolf
and 270 WSM
John-Bryan G.
provided
pix of the
three hunting
box blinds
he built
near Emo on
a friend's
farm
They are
obviously
well built
and do
look very
comfortable
Healey G.
successful
(as always)
and here
is another
fine deer
Healey
does her
own hauling
A very capable
young lady
indeed!
A fine calf
from Chris C.'s
hunting party
and here is
his own
8-point buck
along with
a very happy
Chris C.



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2012

Early last year Wes W. was in the Canadian High Arctic. This year he went with Sue C. on a big game safari in Africa. Once again, thanks for sharing your fine pictures. For their great story and exciting details, see the Member Ramblings section.

And Wes returned this summer to Nunavut for a walrus hunt. For more details, again see the Member Ramblings section.

Thanks to Bob M. for providing some fine pix from his fall moose hunt, where he acquired a large 3 year old bull at 330 yards with his .338 Win Mag using a 225 grain Nosler Partition bullet in a handload.

Don M. was happy to provide pix of this year's deer hunt, and in his own words: "I finally found a grown-up one."

Roy R. set up a trail camera (in a secret location of course) before the hunting season and got more than 200 pictures, including a rarely seen Canada Lynx. We also received pix of Roy and his hunting buddy Daryl H. with a very fine buck.

Warren W. kindly provided a summer picture of Willy L.'s hunting camp (nicely outfitted with warehouse and sauna), before their successful fall deer hunt featuring Trapper-John A. and Willy in the accompanying pix.

Wes' pal asks
"You lookin'
at me?"
Shooting sticks
and a neat
attachment
Sue C. and
her large
zebra
Wes is not
to be
trifled with
Wes was afloat
in dangerous
ice floes & fog
Bearded Seal
is whiskered
and wary
Bob M.'s hunt
for moose
in 2012
with base
camp on a
quiet lake
and a cabin
peaking from
the woods
seen here
more
clearly
Bob's .338 Mag
resting on his
bull rack
while the
meat is hung
to cool
Scenic views
into forest
in the area
are complex yet
peaceful with a
dusting of snow
while the
lake shows
small waves
on a fairly
typical
autumn day
Don M.'s 2012
hunt was a
fine success
with this
magnificent
buck
A great day
for Don to
remember
Roy R. caught
a pic of a
reclusive Lynx
and in the
2012 hunt a
very fine buck
shown also with
hunting buddy
Daryl H.
Now there are
two very
happy hunters
Willy L.'s camp
resting up
for the fall
Trapper-John A.
and a
fine deer
Willy L.
and John
at work



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2013

Our intrepid member Wayne S. has a new trail camera [ask him for details and how-to tips] and has just captured a fine picture of a pair of Bald Eagles.

Wes W. carried out two great adventures this year. First a bow hunt in Australia for a large antelope (no pix from that yet), and a return to the Canadian Arctic for a walrus hunt. Those pix we do have, along with a beautiful and curious Polar Bear coming near, close and personal. (Almost close enough to receive one of Wes' renowned punches to the nose.) To read the whole story, see the Member Ramblings web page.

Don M. sent in some trail camera pix of a curious Fisher in the woods behind his house. A Fisher is similar to a Pine Marten but much larger and heavier, with a male's length about 40 inches (1 metre). Next time perhaps Don can try to get a tape measure on it, preferably without getting bitten ;-) Don M. also sent in this photo of his fine bull moose.

Wayne S. found this image on his trail camera of a very lucky Bluejay. The camera was triggered by a diving raptor, which apparently aborted the attack. A following picture showed the Bluejay was okay. [The hawk and we all know that Bluejays are tough and not very tasty, unless slowly broiled in an orange sauce ;-]

Tom W. shared his deer hunt picture and this commentary: "Hi Steve here is my donation to the web page. There is no story behind it other than I have never been so excited on a animal in all my life, and it's not the biggest deer I have shot, go figure."

Don M. reported from his traditional (forty years now) annual deer hunt with his BIL in New York State. Don took this buck with one instant kill shot from a borrowed Model 94 in .30-30 Winchester with iron sights. (Proving again that fancy magnums are not necessary for a successful deer hunt by a skilled shooter, who practices beforehand with the rifle to be used.) Don repeated his success a few days later for a doe. And now you can read much more about Don's traditional deer hunts in an article he wrote for the Member Ramblings section of this website.

And for something completely different, see what strange people Terry D. photographed entering the woods behind his house.

Wayne S. kindly forwarded this great photo of one of his neighbouring Bald Eagles engaged in its own year end feast.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

Wayne S. pic,
Bald Eagle
neighbours
Wes's huge bull
Walrus about
to dive away
About 3000
very heavy
pounds
Water so clear
you can see
the bear's paw
Don M.'s
photos of
a Fisher
as it
checks out
the area
Don M. with
a fine 2013
bull moose
Wayne's photo
of a very
lucky Bluejay
Tom W.
with his
2013 buck
Don M.'s
2013 buck
in NY State
and NY
deer country
habitat
Strange people
crossing
Terry D.'s land
Wayne's
neighbouring
Bald Eagle



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2014

Our intrepid member Wayne Sm. has continued using his trail camera to capture many pix of local wildlife, and also his regular camera and sometimes a telephoto lens.

Another fine photographer-member is Don M. who captured pix of two Lynxes just behind his country home. A smaller Lynx has just watched mom kill a Snowshoe Hare (aka Snowshoe Rabbit) and then followed her back into the woods.

In the fall Don M. and brothers Steve, Bob, and Bill went on a Mule Deer hunt in southeastern Alberta where it is very difficult to get close.

John Sc. photographed his Whitetail Deer buck taken in mid November, and also took a photo of another curious deer later while he was dropping off some feed.

Chris C. went on a Whitetail Deer hunt in November with friend Richard B., who got his very first buck while Chris got a 9-pointer. More can be read about this hunting tale in the Member Ramblings section [link in left column].

John-B G. took this photo of daughter Healey who got her buck with one shot at 25M. (And we know this fine shooter and experienced hunter could have done equally well at 250M.)

Wayne S.'s trailcam took this picture 30 minutes before he arrived with rifle, but the fine buck had gone. 10-pointer with one broken tine.

Gerry K. found that their bird feeders attracted an unusual species. Need a lot of bird feed for that crew.

A curious Pine Marten came within 10 feet of Wayne S. Note the light, sometimes white, area under the throat that is characteristic of many Pine Martens, and helps distinguish them from the roughly double sized Fisher.

William R. provided photo proof of a very successful Whitetail Deer hunt.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

Wayne Sm. pic,
of female
Pine Grossbeak
Wayne Sm.
trail cam pix
of Wolves
near his
country
home
Don M. took pix
of this Lynx
behind his home
Here we can
better see the
typical ear tuft
while mom (Rt.)
is carrying the
Snowshoe Hare.
Wayne's shy
Mourning Dove
poses for us
and some Deer
that made it
thru winter
provide
a later
closeup
Wayne's two
Canada/Gray Jays
aka Whiskey Jacks
and this one
is full of
cat food
Red Fox
is always
wary
as it
stalks
some dinner
Yes they can
see the
camera
Deer family
having a
lunch break
Don M. with a
fine Mule Deer
buck in Alberta
where it is
very open and
hard to stalk
John Sc. took
this Whitetail
buck in Nov
and also filmed
another curious
deer nearby
Chris' friend Richard B.
is happy with his
first Whitetail buck
And here is
the beautiful
9-pointer
taken by Chris C.
who looks very
pleased indeed
Healey G. took
a nice buck at
25M with one shot
Wayne S.'s camera
saw this buck
before he arrived
Gerry K.'s feeders
attracted more than
the usual birds
Pine Marten came
within 10 feet
of Wayne S.
William R.
has a very
fine buck
and doe from
his Whitetail
Deer hunt



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2015

Cheryl M. proves that the .22RF CZ-452 rifle in the hands of a competent shooter is very much a contender.

Frequent contributor Wayne Sm. has continued to capture interesting pix of local wildlife, and here is a "smiling" and watchful Red Fox. Then he filmed a fine Black Bear, and enjoyed viewing a lovely morning mist. Later you get to see his spectacular November winter view of the Kam area (with a Canada Jay too close to focus).

William R. experienced a great hunting season with a large Whitetail Buck and also a fine Bull Moose.

Don M. took a couple of nice Whitetail Bucks near Murillo before heading to join brother Bill on the family farm in Grey County where he took a fine doe. He then took another doe in N.Y. State with a CZ .308 and enjoyed some terrific scenery.

Thanks to Jodi G. for sending us this photo of Healey G. with a fine Whitetail Buck taken in November just North of Emo. Healey is a crack shot and consistently successful hunter.

Bob M. proved he is pretty handy with a shotgun during a hunt for some Canada Geese.

Christopher L. took his fine Whitetail Buck with a crossbow in Kaministiquia, and proved a smart phone can provide a good photo.

Dave L. sent two photos of daughter Kayla, a Junior Shooter who demonstrated her expertise by taking these grouse the more difficult way, with a rifle. He then sent a photo of his 11 point Whitetail Buck taken with a crossbow, and then the antlers were mounted by Jamie Black of Black & Tan Taxidermy (contact info on our Useful Links webpage).

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

Cheryl M.'s
fine target
with CZ-452
Wayne Sm. pic
of smiling
Red Fox
who is
ever very
watchful
Wayne Sm.
films a fine
Black Bear
Morning Mist
witnessed
by Wayne Sm.
William R.
took a
large Buck
and also
this fine
Bull Moose
Don M. took
this couple
of Bucks
near Murillo
before heading
to family farm
and later
taking this
Doe in N.Y.
where the
leaves are
mostly down
but the
scenery is
magnificent
Healey G. has
a fine
Whitetail Buck
Bob M. took
some plump
Canada Geese
Wayne Sm.'s
winter view
overlooking Kam
Chris L. took
his Buck with
a crossbow
Kayla L. proved
a fine shot,
successfully
taking these
Grouse with
a rifle
Dave L.'s Buck
was taken with
a crossbow
and then
mounted by
Jamie Black



NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2016

Barry E. has befriended a female Red Fox. In Mid May, Don M. took some fine pix of this mother and her young kits. He took this later photo at end July of one of the nearly grown kits. [Canadian "red" foxes can come in any range of colours from the typical mostly red, to black or silver or a mixture.]

Don K. sent us this photo of a fine male Turkey, taken on his 2016 annual spring hunt for this wily bird. Don passed up an older Tom, to preserve the flock's breeding pool. His grandson, and future hunting partner, Declan is with Don on his daughter's land near Renfrew.

Wayne Sm. always records the wildlife frequenting his mountain home. Here we have a young Black Bear Cub and at another time a Whitetail Deer that is transitioning to its summer coat. A curious Raven circles overhead.

Bill K. succeeded in taking a great photo of a Yellow Warbler.

Wayne Sm. on 20 June 2016 captured this, once every 70 years on solstice, Strawberry Moon with a 300mm Nikon (rested, no tripod). Later his hilltop is visited by a hawk and crowned with a rainbow.

On 24 August Don M. took this photo of a Whitetail Deer doe and her two fawns in his yard.

Bob M. is shown while starting to field dress his fine Bull Moose.

Jodi G. sent this photo of John-Bryan G. with his Whitetail Buck. It has small antlers but is a good sized animal.

Scott E.S. was photographed with his late September Bull Moose from area 16C north of Armstrong. This 51-inch bull was taken with his Sako 85 Grey Wolf .300 WSM.

Here is Andre P. on a sunny day with his fine Whitetail Buck.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

Don M.'s photo of
Barry E.'s pal,
a female Red Fox
who is here
feeding some
of the kits
and we see
two peeking
out at Don M.
The kits are
getting more
red and curious
and mom is
ever watchful
over them
By end of July
the kits have
really grown
Don K. & grandson
Declan with a fine
Tom Turkey
Wayne Sm. has a
Black Bear Cub
near his home
Later this Deer
is changing to
its summer coat
Then a curious
Raven circles
overhead
Bill K. got a
great photo of
a Yellow Warbler
Wayne Sm.'s
20 June 2016
Strawberry Moon
Here's a hawk
resting near
Wayne's hilltop
which is often
graced with
a rainbow
Whitetail doe
and her fawns
in Don M.'s yard
Bob M. took
a fine
Bull Moose
John-Bryan G.
and his
Whitetail Buck
Scott E.S.
with his huge
Bull Moose
Andre P.
with his
Whitetail Buck



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