Archive for August, 2016

A Belated Birthday Post…

August 28, 2016

from me!  Camp owners should never have to celebrate their birthday on a Saturday!  There’s entirely too much going on and we’re extremely too tired to call it a birthday.  Luckily I celebrated a couple of times throughout the week with Kraig-the-bear-hunter, his wife Jenny, the Red Hats and the Other Hats!

Perch fishing continued to be very good.  Folks were catching their walleye but still having to work harder than expected for this time of year.  Tim released a 38″ northern and I think we had a couple of other big fish (pictures, please) to add to our Conservation Awards Page.  Cross your fingers for this week’s group.  We have mostly new guests who need to have a great week.

Kraig, Kraig, Kraig.  He got himself a dandy bear again (his 5th with us; 2nd largest of the five).

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He looks a little crazed there…Kraig that is.  Here’s a morning-after pic:

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It was a nice bear:  310 lbs. dressed out!

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That pic wouldn’t stay rotated but it looked like the bear was standing on his head!

Good job, Kraig.  Jenny, good luck finding a spot in your new house…

We have another hunter in Camp this week.  We’ve been collecting some fun trail cam shots from our camera as well as Kraig’s.  There’s a party going on out there every night!

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Wolf eye and bear eye…

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Angry bear…

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Curious bear…

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Beautiful bear!

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Brett and Karen returned with the kids a few weeks ago.  Karen always takes nice pictures.  Picking berries is a definite tradition!

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The family usually enjoys a shore lunch day with a little exploring as well:

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Fishing is their primary purpose, though!

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Tricia talked Dad into a pedal boat ride!

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She also became a duck momma’!  She had a few of them following her around Camp…even waiting for her to come out of her cabin!

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The sunsets were great during their stay:

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This one came after a particularly violent storm–the calm after perhaps?

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My fave pic from Karen this year is because she knows my tastes well…look for the reflection;)  What a cool interpretation!

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We had some guests a few weeks back who were here, like, 30 years ago!  They brought some fun pics and I scanned a few.  Cabin 2 is still standing.  The docks, however, have changed significantly!

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The scenery was a hot photo topic even back then!

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Very cool!  Thanks for sharing!

Guess what???  All of our roofs are done!  Murray finished Cabin 2 and the Bear’s Den hot tub gazebo:

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Our contractor did the Eagle’s Nest and, last but not least, our house!

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Lots of hard work…

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A guy with a drone is coming today!  We want all new photos for sports shows, Camp sale, etc.  I’ll share the good ones!

The Browns were here a couple of weeks ago.  Jim added, like, three big fish to our Conservation Page (I still would love a pic of Mark’s perch…).  I loved this panoramic photo:

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Check out the silhouette on the wake:

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They, too, caught a great sunset:

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This seems like a good stopping point for this entry.  Stay tuned and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie’s Turn!

August 19, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Photo Fest!  It took me a while to get through Bonnie’s pics but I have finally done so!  I have received some more blog fodder (thanks to Troy and Karen), so stay tuned in the near future for more great shots of life in paradise.

It’s been a very perchy week here.  Walleye are still quite scattered and challenging, which is unusual for this time of year.  Perch, on the other hand, are being caught by the dozens.  Our buckets were quite full this morning and have been most of the week.  I know that Mark and Joe released a 13.75″er and 13.50″er respectively.  I can’t wait to get those pics!  Tim sent his nice 24″ walleye photo this week (thank you) and I’ve posted that to our Conservation Awards page.

Our steady rains and once-weekly electrical storms continue.  Murray works in between rains at shingling the Bear’s Den gazebo; Eric works in between on shingling the Eagle’s Nest (done!) and our home (nearly half done!).  I’ve been working very hard–nearly day and night–guiding.  It’s almost constant these days.  I’ve had to conduct two hunts on several occasions to accommodate our guests.  Bonnie included some blueberry shots during her stay.  This is our current hot site:

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Diane and Addison were good pickers:

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Kraig is hunting.  He passed on one bear the other night.  He was chased out by lightning last night.  Perhaps this evening…

This is Fred:

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He and Tom are brothers who most certainly enjoy spending time together.

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Fred loves to fish!

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and–apparently–to guide:

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Everything but the bass, Bonnie!  I like this good, better, best sequence:

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Fred and Bonnie helped celebrate Liam’s northern:

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He was part of the entire fleet of boats filled with Fred’s kids and grandkids:

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The grandkids kept busy with fishing, floating and swimming:

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Those clouds look nice and fluffy–as opposed to these clouds:

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These birds belong in a scene with those clouds:

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Speaking of birds here are some local favorites:

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That one can keep right on going (we’re not big fans of pelicans around here)!

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I know it’s a dragonfly but he’s nearly as big as a bird!

Here are some lovely scenery shots:

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That’s either Joe or Steve fishing with Liam I think.

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Check out the American flag in the lower right-hand corner:

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Here are a couple of beautiful sunsets (we’ve had A TON this year):

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Here’s something you don’t see every day up here:

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Oh, that too, but I meant this:

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Yes, that’s a snake.  They lost sight of it under the boat…

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NO THANK YOU.  Lady overboard if I had been with them!

How about a collection of reflection perfection to create a distraction:

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LOVED this one:

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I’ll reflect a bit today on the memory of a wonderful girl I miss.  It’s been six years today, Mackenzie, and you’re still on my heart and mind at all times.

 

 

Mini Photo Fest!

August 13, 2016

I’m ba-a-ck!  We’ve finished another week at Camp and a new batch is arriving.  So goes the cycle.  Our week was OK.  The walleye hadn’t schooled up much until late in the week.  Most folks ended up with their take-homes, and I think everyone had a few good meals of fish.  Thelma’s goal was simple:  catch and eat her first-ever walleye.  She had met her goal by Saturday evening!  She and David tackled the fishing here and did a very good job:)  David released a 22″ walleye mid-week (thank you!).   Thelma was also an incredible picker, joining me twice and picking like a pro!

Bear baiting continues.  I grabbed a couple of pics from the trail cams.  Look at the butt on this one:

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Something sure startled all the birds:

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So it’s not just birds of a feather:

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This is Tom.

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He started fishing this lake a long, long time ago.  His first trips involved tenting!  He brought his dad and brother to Wabaskang, and together they made many trips.  Tom and his wife Jan

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were joined this year by their daughter Patti and her husband Jason.  They both “landed” on our Conservation Awards page a couple of weeks ago, Patti for a huge walleye and Jason for a huge northern.  Jason has provided most of today’s blog fodder!  Here is his big northern being brought in (that’s Tom on the net):

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Reminder of what it looked like:

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I’m guessing this had something to do with it(?)

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Jason takes nice photos!  Here’s one that will be a classic:  the new roof on Cabin 2 and the old roof on our house:

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Here’s a loon with two babies:

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I liked the sunlight playing on the wake:

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Amazing that birds can figure it out and people can’t:

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We’re now entering an entire reflection collection.  Steady yourselves–some of these are unreal.  I’ll start with an eye-teaser.  I thought this was a moose or something along those lines:

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It’s ducks!  What a fantastic pic.  Here are a few more…

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I’ve not seen the cliff interpreted like this before:

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It looks like a giant munching machine…even moreso in this pic:

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I’ve saved my favorite reflection for last:

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Thanks, Tom, for inviting Patti and Jason to share in your adventure.  I’ll bet you loved having them here!

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So I Lied…

August 6, 2016

Yes, I know I promised a bonus blog entry this past week.  It was so crazy around here I simply NEVER found the time.  Please accept my apologies:)

Fishing has certainly taken a turn for the better!  We saw lots of nice eater walleyes, perch and northern throughout the week.  We saw some HUGE bass as well.  I have no photos to add to the Conservation Awards page but suffice it to say we had a camp full (campful?) of happy anglers last week.

Gruper and I went fishing Monday for a spell.  We returned with one walleye (I caught none).  Vertical jigging was not working.  Our guests concurred:  trolling or drifting with harnesses was the secret to successful angling.  I heard about Rattletraps, etc. a bunch!  We’re just glad something was working after that awful slow spell.  Depths were still a bit sketchy…9-27′ was probably the range for walleye.  Perch were hanging around 8-9′ in weed beds for the most part.

Bear baiting is officially underway!  Trail cams are catching a bit of the action out there.  As we know, it’s not just bears interested in the bounty:

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We have a couple of nice bears sniffing around as well:

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This one has a mouthful of something:

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This one is smart…visiting just after dark according to the time stamp.  That might explain why he’s so big:

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Stay tuned for more fun with trail cams!

Bruce and Jean visited a couple of weeks ago.  I have incredible blog fodder from their family’s visit!  Bruce loves to fish and catches quite the variety:

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I think Jean enjoys reading, sunshine and just being on the lake more than the actual fishing…

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She is a kindergarten teacher (God bless them, every one).  I’m not sure but I’ll wager that this is something she’s doing for her classroom:

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Bruce and Jean and a good aunt and uncle:)  They helped out with their six nieces and nephews during their week at TPC:

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So Jean teaches kindergarten and Bruce teaches middle school math (oy).  I wonder which one sees more of this in any given school year…

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I’ll bet this was exciting…

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I loved this glittery ride shot:

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as well as Tom’s sailboat in the distance…

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We had lovely sunsets during their visit.  It was hard to choose a favorite so I chose a couple:)

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I’ll make no promises about bonus blogs this week.  That way it will be a surprise if I do one!  Until next time…