Archive for August, 2013

Another Photo Fest

August 30, 2013

I’ve had a bit of time this week to sort through some more pictures. I’ll start with some from Jim, Greg, Tommy and Ron a few weeks ago. They were new to us. I loved their approach to fishing Wabaskang: take one chunk of the lake and work it all week instead of trying to cover the whole lake in one week. They chose the most beautiful–in my opinion–part of the lake: Keynote and Ruby. Jim ended up having three Conservation Award fish: a smallie, a perch and a walleye! I’d say they did a good job for their first trip! Here are a couple of “regular” walleye:

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Greg and Ron had a good time:

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Tommy looks like he’s done this before:

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These guys caught some great reflections in that part of the lake:

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My personal favorite:

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This is a good mix of color:

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I’ll close this session with some nice sunsets from these guys!

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I called this one “A Hole in the Sky”

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August 26, 2013

Well, that was probably a cruel tease to those of you who receive an e-mail notification when I publish a new entry! I meant to save the title as a draft and accidentally published instead. My bad.

I think if we take this a chunk at a time I can entertain you at least a couple of times this week (in between guided picks). Jen, Phyllis, Vicki and I limited out yesterday. I even picked a few more raspberries for Gruper (good wife). Fishing was very good yesterday even though it was HOT, HOT, HOT! This entire week is supposed to be rough. It’s a good thing we have our southern contingent in Camp (Arkansas, Alabama and Kansas). Those of us from Iowa, Wisconsin and Colorado will hopefully be able to survive. Let’s get this party started!

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Chad,

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visited a few weeks ago. It was Chad’s first visit; the other two have been here several times. Maggie and Sean couldn’t make it this year:( Anyway, I took the three of them to a brand new (to me) berry picking spot. They also had some of the best fishing they’ve had! Here’s just one example:

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They had a large duck following here at Camp! Here are some nice pics of their friends:

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This one had some serious duckitude:

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An interesting pairaducks:

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Ready for take-off!

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The annual HUGE merganser brood:

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Staying with the bird theme, I liked Katrina’s loon family photo:

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We don’t care for cormorants…here they look like a scene from The Birds:

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Here’s a lone gull on the dock (that’s one too many):

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I liked this heron picture:

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There was a great deal of comingling going on around the lake, especially at the falls:

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Both Chad and Katrina took nice pictures of the falls! I really like this one of Chad’s and the scenery pics that follow:

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A family tradition is visiting the bears at the dump:

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Hopefully this is not a new tradition. Curtis towed in another camp’s boat:

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Check out these beautiful sunsets! They had a week of them!

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Chads panoramic sunset

Katrina is a young college girl. She has learned one of life’s lessons: you have to kiss a lot of frogs…

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A quick note about this past week. We marked the third anniversary of losing our niece Mackenzie and the first anniversary of losing our more-than-friend Rick. Both losses remind us of how precious life is. As a gentle reminder that life is a circle, our friends Jeremy and Tara gave birth to a precious little girl! Welcome, Rayna Faith.

Kraig’s (really) Big Week!

August 25, 2013

I can just hear it now: she did four entries in one week and then disappeared off the face of the planet! Things got a bit busy as the week progressed, and I lost track of time. Be warned–this will not be a lengthy entry; however, I will try to catch up with great photos this week (no promises).

Kraig and Tom each took a nice bear last week! Kraig has hunted with us for several years; this was Tom’s second year with us. Last year Kraig passed on two bears and Tom didn’t see a bear. This year Kraig passed on a bear his first evening and was beginning to have second thoughts by Monday. Monday evening a young bear came in and he passed. A bit later he was very glad he passed on Saturday’s bear. A 400+ lb boar wandered into his area! Tom followed up with a nice 200-lb bear the following morning! Our other two hunters saw bears but did not get the opportunity to shoot. Here’s Kraig’s bear still in the truck:

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Here are the happy hunters prior to a day’s worth of skinning:

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Gruper had just showered Monday evening when Kraig rolled down the driveway saying he needed a hand retrieving his bear. Of course, as part of the outfitter’s job you put on your boots and head out. Gruper was pretty excited and chose the wrong footwear for bear retrieval (he should have consulted me):

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So, the Red Hats were here this week (more on them later this week). They always take a day to go muskie fishing south of us. They invited Kraig to join them. First cast: Kraig pulls in a 30″ walleye! Obviously he was thrilled beyond belief! I do not have a pic of him with his fish (ATTN RED HATS…PLEASE SEND PICTURE).

Yesterday morning, Kraig and Jenny took Marlin (their black lab) fishing first thing. Kraig caught a 42.5″, 22 lb. northern! Unbelievable!!! He is having a replica made of course:) Check this pig out:

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Kraig’s not a small guy, either! That is a HUGE fish! Here is his successful release:

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Now that’s a good week, don’tcha’ think? He and Jenny are staying this week as well. Who knows what else could happen??

I added a lot of big fish awards to our Conservation Awards page today! Mark and Donnie had a very good week of fishing! Mark released two 24″ walleye, and Donnie released a 36″ northern. Good for them. They also released many 20-21″ walleye throughout the week. The Red Hats added two walleye, a smallie, and a northern to the page as well (if I left something out let me know Guys). Doug was new and released a 25″ walleye. Alas, I did not get a photo from him (Doug, if you’re reading this…). Overall, our “used” guests did well.

Picking continues. I guided a few times this week. I made two pans of something called Blue Cream Nutty Pie for potluck Wed. Good thing–there wasn’t much left by night’s end.

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I’ll close with an annual tradition. I will try very hard to do a photo fest (or two) yet this week.

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We miss you guys already…

Just A Quickie

August 18, 2013

It is Sunday after all! I’ve been off schedule for so long that I thought I’d try to get back on the right track. I put out an all-call on Facebook for fresh tomatoes and sweet corn a few days ago. Thanks for the response! Gruper had a BLT last night and we both had wonderful sweet corn! We’ve also received cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, peppers and squash! Wow!

I can’t remember if I showed this picture here or just on Facebook. Meet our newest great-niece Emma Kay, born August 6 (her Grandpa Dan’s birthday). She is the second daughter of our oldest nephew Danny and his wife Vanessa and has a 3-year-old “big” sister Mya.

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I mentioned that Gruper had a BLT last night. Why didn’t I, you ask. Because I had walleye! Yes, we went fishing on Thursday! We joined our island friends (you might remember that their Emma released a 30″ walleye earlier last week). Here they are:

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A chose a new jig color for the day:

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We ended up doing just fine! I caught the first, Gruper caught the biggest (a nice 19″er, promptly released of course), and we tied for most and variety (one northern each) besides our walleyes. I kept two 16″ walleye for eating. Here’s Gruper with a nice 30″ northern:

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I had a perfect 26″ northern and hinted that they are perfect for ceviche, poor man’s lobster or northern cakes. Gruper HATES slimy northerns and doesn’t even care to have them in the net, let alone the boat. A good husband would have kept and cleaned his wife’s perfect fish…

Berry picking continues with abandon. I guided three days last week. Our guests from Colorado were happy with the hunt and proceeded to find many wonderful mushrooms for a meal. They assured me they know what they are doing when it comes to mushrooms. I worry because there is a fine line between delicacy and violent nausea followed by coma when it comes to mushrooms! I took Tom and Carol picking Wed. morning. We enjoyed a good pick. There were beautiful red raspberries surrounding me. Of course, one of Gruper’s favorite desserts is raspberry pie. I HATE picking them, though, as they are thorny, fragile, and just plain harder to pick than blueberries. A good wife would have picked raspberries to make her husband a pie.

I’ll add two of Jim’s three big fish to the Conservation Awards page today or tomorrow. It was his first trip and he managed to get his name on the list for bass, perch and walleye! We had another 25″ walleye (Bruce) as well. There were several prime walleye caught and released (19-23″). Those are the best spawners and help to keep the lake populated. Thank you to everyone who gets that.

I’ll have some photos from Katrina and Chad in the next couple of days. I hope to have bear hunting updates as well! All four guys are ready and waiting:)

Allow me to close with a couple of photos that pretty much say it all;)

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One Last Tease for the Hunters

August 15, 2013

Knock it off already!  You act as though I NEVER post four times in one week;)  I keep thinking we won’t see anything new from these trail cams but I continue to be surprised.  Let’s start with some photos from Chad’s lost camera.  He and his family and friends were here waaaaaay back in late June/early July.  They added a couple of large mouth bass to the Conservation Awards page as I recall.  Here are some additional pics:

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They found some fantastic perch!

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Nice trolling motor, Don. Chad wants to know how old it is…

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Bob V. has hunted with us a couple of times. He e-mailed that the blog is making him wistful (my word, not his) for a hunt. He attached a full-body mount he had done of one of his Tall Pines Camp’s bears:

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Our trail cams showed some crazy wolf stuff. Here’s a family getting into something:

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Here are a couple of shots that let you see that this creature has no soul:

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Here’s a pretty good look at one’s face. Very pretty…

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Gruper tried a new baiting strategy this year. Apparently it’s driving them crazy! This one is certainly curious…

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He obsessed about it night and day…

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It drove him insane! He had to have it…

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therefore, he took it!

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This is just a good pic:

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I added another picture to the Conservation Awards page. Emma released a 25″er last week and her dad released a 27″er. This week Emma released a 30″ walleye! Holy cow!

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Closet Photographers and More Bears

August 14, 2013

Some of you are probably reeling by the fact that I’m managing to post yet another entry this week!  I want to keep caught up on trail cam photos so I’ve been allowing extra time between blueberry hunts to work on blog photos.  Today will be my third consecutive day of blueberry guiding; it’s a tough job but someone has to do it.  In addition, I’ve received some really nice photos from folks who usually hide in the bushes!  I’ll start with Ruthie’s sunsets:)

 

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This one is absolutely perfect, but then again I LOVE silver sunsets:

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Bruce and family were here last week. I posted his Uncle Tom’s 40″ northern on our Conservation Awards page (it’s a nice pic). They, too, took some very nice scenery pictures. They managed to find quite a bit of beauty during a week that was cold, drizzly, etc. It’s always good for me to see my surroundings through the eyes of others–it helps me appreciate my world.

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Look at the colors in this sky:

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Speaking of colors, here’s a nice rainbow:

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They saw a bear swimming in the lake:

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He got out and shook himself off:

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Here are some more trail cam pictures:

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These are some big bears:

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Check out the size of this raven!

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I believe the bear in the foreground of this picture is answering the age-old question: Does a bear…?

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Does a wolf…?

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I’ll close with a creepy night eyes picture:

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Two Days In A Row…Are You Kidding?

August 11, 2013

I realized I’d better get caught up so we can be ready for bear hunter shots! I have a few more trail cam photos, then we’ll finish up with Jerry and Mike’s photos from a few weeks ago.

We’re seeing more unique pics from the trail cams! I don’t think I’d ever seen a buzzard at one of our baits before:

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I don’t recall ever seeing a bear “prairie dog” before:

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I know I’ve not had an adult bear doing this before!

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Here’s a lazy bear, followed by a peek-a-boo-bear:

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This is a big male (you shouldn’t need to ask how I know it’s a male):

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We see different types of fur on the bears. This one has a very pretty soft (as opposed to rough) coat:

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We’ve seen more than our share of these this season (be careful next week, hunters):

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If we get some more original photos this week, I’ll share them (promise)!

Jerry and Mike were here a few weeks ago. It was a week of tougher fishing–too bright, warm, nice. However, they did OK for first-timers on Wabaskang! Mike added a nice walleye to our Conservation Awards page. They rented both of our 40-hp upgrades,

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armed themselves with maps,

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and went fishing:

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This is NOT what we mean by eaters;

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I’m not sure if this qualifies as a fishing pic:

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Gruper fixed ’em up in no time (he’s had practice this year):

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They enjoyed the scenery. Check out this incredibly blue day:

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The falls:

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Reflections, anyone?

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I’ll close with a nice sunset from their camera:

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Time to get my chores done so I can go picking with Debbie this afternoon!!!!

More Bear Shots

August 10, 2013

While I’m awaiting the rest of this week’s arrivals I figured I could post a few more bear shots.  In just one short week we’ll have our hunters in Camp.  They are chomping at the bit! 

Seems the key to last week’s fishing success was jigging vs. trolling…for the most part.  We saw lots of good eater-sized walleye and northern.  I’ve added one very nice northern to our Conservation Awards page!  Jeff released a very nice 38″er!  Pat M. released two northerns–a 36″ and a 40″–but she wanted good, fast releases and did not take photos.  Tom and Dave both released big northerns and have promised to get photos my way.  Emma and her dad Troy each released big walleyes; I’m sure I’ll have photos next week.

Lisa and Bob were new to us.  Lisa loves to take pictures and has the camera to back it up!  She’ll be sending some good pictures our way this week.  I have some from Jerry a couple of weeks ago and will get them posted in the very near future.  I’ll try to make time between blueberry trips this week;)

 

Look at the butt on this one!

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This is a big bear:

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Here’s a pair to draw to:

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Who invited him?

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Always a favorite: roll out the barrel…

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Hunters, Start Your Engines!

August 7, 2013

Sorry, anglers, but our hunters are getting itchy!  Gruper began baiting last week and our first trail cam photos arrived Monday.  I’ve sorted out some interesting ones to post.  More cards will come in today, and I’ll try to do another quickie post yet this week.   There is definitely action out in the bush…

 

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Not everything happens during the day…

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And they’re not always alone…

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Someone needs to tell the wolves that they are nocturnal:

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We got a new great-niece yesterday! She is healthy and both she and our niece Vanessa are doing well. We don’t know her name yet but I’ll find out…:)

This week’s weather is very fall-like. If it stays this way, it will be the shortest summer I can remember in our 10 years. Fishing has picked up considerably! We have lots of happy campers right now–a very good thing! Stay tuned…

Happy Friday!

August 2, 2013

Greetings.  We are finishing up our quietest week of the season.  Actually, the break was good for us.  We all needed to just breathe for a change!  It’s been unseasonably cool, very windy, and a little rainy all week.  Temps are in the 60’s by day, 50’s by night.  The forecast looks a bit better for the coming week.

Our quiet week allowed for me and a friend to roadtrip to Winnipeg.  One of our golf carts needed to see the doctor.  It was a quick trip:  up Sunday afternoon (following the Perrault Falls Yard Sale) and back Monday evening.  We managed to see The Heat–complete with popcorn and M & M’s–which was pretty good.  I treated my Envoy to a deluxe car wash and treated myself to this (here you go Florida Bob H.):

 

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I didn’t ask for the big toe embellishment but I like it:)

Murray used the quiet time to finish screening the fish house:

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The roofing has been ordered. This building will be like brand new!

Gruper began bear baiting. Hopefully we’ll have some trail cam photos next week.

I’ve added one Conservation Award photo to our website (www.tallpinescamp.com). Ron released a nice 36″ northern. He, Joanie and Kelsey seemed to have a good time last week. I took Joanie and Kelsey blueberry picking, but Kelsey seemed to really enjoy fishing with her dad.

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Scott was here a couple of weeks ago. He added a big perch and a big walleye to our Big Fish list. Check out his walleye on the website. He sent some additional photos as well (thank you, Scott):

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If only this bug had landed horizontally, we could have measured him!

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Well, I know this is a short entry but there’s work to be done. We’re back to the grind next week (which starts tomorrow)! I’ll close with a picture of Aztec Brownies. These things are like crack! I brought them to potluck Wed. I left some extras with Bob and Pat last night (thanks for dinner, by the way). They’re here for two weeks so they have plenty of time to eat them!

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