Monday, December 30, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had a post nearly finished and ready to publish but unfortunately it all disappeared into the netherworld. Until I can re-write or retrieve this ghost of a post this is Ken and Dale wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 DEER HUNT-- HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY !



    The temperatures are getting a little chilly here at home on Salmon River and we've had a bit of snow that didn't stay but you can bet more of the same is just around the corner. Every year older I get, the more I dread the coming of winter. I think I spent too many days freezing in stands and blinds over the years and it has made me more sensitive to falling temperatures. One good thing about those cold mornings is it gets the bucks running. The season just ended and from what I seen and heard it was a good one for most hunters. Cool weather during the rut is what all big buck hunters pray for and with the season running until Nov. 23 this year we did manage to get some cooler weather and a bit of snow on the higher ground. This helped deer hunters harvest some super white-tails this year from all areas of the province. Predictions were in the area of 8-8500 animals to be taken. The actual kill this year was 8,425 total. This compares to 6029 last year. The bow kill this year was the highest ever at 171 animals. This indicates an upward trend in harvest numbers and in turn, indicates a growing deer herd. Once again, the importance of mild winters comes to the forefront as the main limiting factor to an expanding deer herd.  There were more deer around this year and that was evident from just driving around and glassing the fields. Most of the hunters I spoke with told me they saw more deer this year while hunting than in the previous few seasons. That's a good news story because it takes sitings and close encounters to keep hunters in the game and sharp.
    Ken and the boys did quite well this year chasing deer. Ol' Wes got a little spike horn early in the season and was very happy to get a nice piece of meat for the camp. Cory B. tagged a four point early on in the hunt while travelling with Jamie. Randy-Michael and his father both tagged out early with nice little bucks taken in the Coal Creek area. Dallas tagged a nice, basket racked six point later on in the hunt and Jamie took a very nice high tined buck after making a super shot to close the deal. I'm not going to show the photos of the smaller deer but I've got Jamie and his buck while holding his new baby daughter. Jamie's buck was 170 lbs. dressed and had great tine length for being a young deer. If this buck had another two years of growth it would have been a contender, for sure.
 Jamie has really come into his own as a hunter the last few years. He has taken a couple of nice bucks besides this one and he has a lot of desire so he will continue to take nice bucks because he knows what it takes to get one on the ground. Luck alone won't do the trick consistently. Work and commitment are the main ingredients but a little luck helps too. Jamie killed this buck as it was standing broadside at 300 yrds. while firing off hand without a rest. He told me he had to hurry because the buck was getting antsy and he thought he could make the shot. He was right and the deer dropped in its tracks.
    Several local hunters scored on nice bucks this season. Terry L. of Chipman got a nice 10 pt. buck. Terry manages his own lot and grows some nice bucks and has killed many trophy bucks over the past decade. Dale Y. of Minto killed a heavy horned 15 pt. the first day of the season. He had watched this deer all summer and had hundreds of photos of him. The photo I have doesn't do the deer justice but you can see it has a big rack. This deer was killed within a couple of miles of Grand Lake in an area known to produce nice racked bucks.
 Sam W. of Coal Creek also killed a nice 11 pt. buck near the end of the season. This follows on the heels of an 18 pt. bull Sam took earlier this fall on the annual moose hunt. He told me he had a great fall and I have to agree! The next photo shows a couple of bucks taken by two hunters from the North Shore.
 
    Although mature 4.5+ year old deer make up a small percentage of our herd in New Brunswick, there was a surprising number of trophy bucks taken during this years hunt. I scoured the net and came up with some photos of ordinary New Brunswickers who killed some world-class whitetails this season and I took the liberty of using them in this blog. I'm hoping that the quality of the animals taken this fall from all parts of the province portrayed in the following photos will prove to all that New Brunswick does have big bucks!
 
    The first two photos are from a father and son team that come from a family of serious hunters. I don't know either of these gents personally but I do know Kevin B. AKA "Ridge Runner" from a hunting forum. I have followed his exploits for a while now and if you are into whitetail hunting you probably have crossed paths with this gentleman or one of his relatives. These guys live for the hunt and they have the trophies to prove it. Kevin is involved in anything to do with deer hunting and from what I have seen he does some nice taxidermy work. I was really tickled to see him score on a nice buck while still hunting on a ridge in the snow. His father, not to be outdone, also took a nice whitetail. Here are their 2013 bucks.
 Kevin's buck was 217 lbs. dressed. His heaviest to date.
 This is his fathers high tined buck.
 
    I also have a photo of two bucks taken on the same day by a grandson and his grandfather. Days like these create memories that last a lifetime. Here is the photo of their two 9 pt. bucks.
 
    The next photo shows one of the nicest bucks taken this year. I have included two photos so the readers can really appreciate the size of this bucks rack.
 What a trophy buck taken in good ol' N.B. Here is another photo that highlights the rack a bit better.
 This next buck was taken in southern new Brunswick and sports 16 pts.
   
 This next buck has a heavy 22 pt. rack.
 
 
 
This next buck was taken by a serious whitetail hunter with a few big racks to his credit. It
 is a very heavy main frame 8 pt. with some junk. This buck dressed out at 240 lbs.

    How about some wide bucks with a nice inside spread?
 Here is another one with a youngster posing for his dad.
 
 This next buck was taken near Fredericton and has very distinctive split brow tines.
 
 
 
 
This next buck has great tine length, mass and a good inside spread. Just a great N.B. deer.
 
    This next buck is an old grey faced smasher with a lot of mass. This buck dressed out at 240 lbs.
 
 This next buck was taken in southern N.B. and has lots of mass. 
 
 
 
This buck was taken in the northern half of the province and has 9 pts. and dressed out at 228 lbs.
 
 
 
    This buck has an unusual rack that has either no brow tines or exceptionally long ones. You decide.
 
 
 
This next buck sports a nice clean typical rack.
 
 
Another nice typical N.B. buck
 
A nice clean  8 pt.
 
Another nice clean 8 pt. that dressed out at 200 lbs.
  
 
This next buck was killed near Fredericton and has a heavy rugged rack with 18 pts. It dressed out at 220 lbs.
 
 
 
I've got a couple of photos of young lady hunters, one of whom killed her first buck while hunting with her uncle turned guide. From what I can tell "Utopia" is a consistent buck killer and now he has started to help his younger relatives get started on their first hunts. He set his niece up and she laid that buck low! Here is a photo of her first buck.
 
 
This next photo shows a young lady posing with a nice buck taken this year. I don't know who killed this deer but it's still great to see young women participating in the hunt.
 
 
    The next photo shows a big 2013 buck being retrieved from the field with a buggy. I thought it was a pretty cool photo that shows a good alternative method for getting a deer out of the woods.
 
 
    I liked this next photo because again it shows an alternative method for retrieving your deer. This buck was taken in zone 21 this fall and was an 8 pt. that dressed out at 182 lbs.
 
 
 
Finally, this is a photo of the deer "Mort" took this fall near Harcourt. This was a young buck that is quite typical of many of the bucks in this age class that were taken this year. A 3.5 year old buck in New Brunswick usually sports a basket or better 6 or 8 pt. rack similar to this buck. As you can see, "Mort" is a little camera shy but we do have the shot of his nice 2013 buck.
 
 
    I want to congratulate all the successful deer hunters in the photos for taking some true N.B. trophy bucks. These guys are just regular hunters that all have one thing in common--the love of the hunt. These photos should dispel the notion that New Brunswick WAS a great spot to hunt whitetail bucks. It still is and NOW would be a great time for non-residents to book a hunt for next fall. I can't guarantee a hunter will kill a buck such as those depicted but I can guarantee you will be hunting the core area of bucks like those in this post. Our hunts are not for enclosed deer or boxed hunts. Our hunts are for free range big bucks on their own turf. Fair chase all the way.
 
    If any sport would like a spring bear hunt for trophy N.B. black bears or would like to try a hunt for one of our great bucks, just give me a call to make the arrangements for a hunt in our great province. We run a small operation and the emphasis is on quality. We intend to keep it that way.
 
In my next post I will be talking about the spirit of the hunt, turkeys and predators.
 
This is Dale Bauer saying "Happy Trails to You.....Until we meet Again!"
 



 
 
 



 

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

THE BITE, THE HUNT AND VINTAGE OUTDOOR STUFF

    The weather has turned a little colder here at home on Salmon River and the grey days of November are fast approaching. The salmon fishing is pretty much done and it's time to put the boats and gear away for another year. This is a busy time of the year for us. Putting boats up and storing gear, rods and all the related equipment The seasons overlap for a short time in the spring and fall and it just seems there is hardly enough time to get geared up for the hunting but we always seem to manage.
    The 2013 salmon season was certainly an improvement over last season. It was a  good year for the salmon because they had lots of water but the catching was very trying for most of the season. The water stayed high for most of the season and when we did get good fishable water, we were fishing over stale fish that were black as a boot especially towards the end of summer and into the fall. These fish that have been in the system for some time are very hard to catch. This can prove exasperating for guides and sports alike but if you fish salmon you know what the deal is on these great fish. I had the pleasure of  fishing with Malcolm McCormack for a day on the Cains River this fall and I asked him if he ever got mad at the salmon and he said yes but only for a moment. I told Mac I once got so mad at these finicky salmon that I quit fishing them for ten years! I still fished spring salmon but I snubbed the brights just as they had snubbed my feathery offerings. After a test of wills that lasted ten years I finally gave in to the salmon and was drawn back to its waters. The thrill that this fish provides when you do hook one is not easily forgotten. I guess that must be the reason I started fishing them again because they proved to me once more this fall that they haven't changed their ways. The following photo is one of Malcolm and his lady friend Elva S.
 I really enjoyed my day out with Malcolm on the Cains River. The fishing was tough but Mac's stories of his years on the river and the many sports he guided staved off any boredom that threatened to slip in. One story that I found quite interesting was the crippled lady whose husband had a lodge at the mouth of the Sabbies River that Malcolm guided for a few years. He said she had to be carried in and out of the boat and special arrangements were made if she had to do her business. He said it was a tough job at times but she was a good sport and loved to fish and by all accounts she did quite well, hooking many salmon and trout on her outings with Malcolm. The next photo is one of Malcolm and Donna A. fishing the stretch of water in front of his families camps.
 We fished hard that day and there were fish showing everywhere but they were being very fussy about taking a fly. Three of us fished everything we had in the box but we didn't find a taker. I usually try to fish smaller flies over these dark fish especially when the water is at a normal level but even then you want to have some luck on your side if you expect to feel a tug. As I said,
we fished all day and never hooked a fish but after two or three hours Tommy K. of Blackville stopped in for a visit and said he thought he would fish a bit before going partridge hunting. I almost said he would be better off chasing birds but I bit my tongue. I'm glad I did. Tommy made about three casts and hooked a salmon right where all three of us had been fishing for hours. That's salmon fishing for you! It was great that someone hooked a fish and provided some entertainment for a time. Tommy landed the fish and released it quickly and was up over the hill and on his way bird hunting in two shakes of a dogs tail and never let on. I hope his luck held out while he was hunting partridge. The next photo shows Tommy landing his salmon.
 Although we finished the day fishless, I thoroughly enjoyed my outing with Mac and Elva and I told Malcolm that I wanted him to come and visit me sometime and I would take him out  on Salmon River and try for some pickerel.
    Mac told me he had never fished for pickerel and he wanted to know what flies to bring. I told him to just bring his salmon rod and I would have some flies he could try. I explained that big bushy dry flies worked well in the summer but at this time of year when things are cooling off,  it would be like fishing for salmon with bombers at this time. You might hook one but the odds were against it. I told Malcolm I would have a spin-cast outfit with the necessary hardware for back-up so we were good to go.
    We took a short boat ride from my place and pulled into a cove and I cut the motor and slowly paddled in towards where the weed beds should have been. I say "should" because the high water had flooded the area since the last time I was out. I told Mac that this would make the fishing a little tougher because the fish would be scattered and harder to target but we would probably hook a few. Malcolm tried his salmon rod for a bit but wasn't having too much luck so I said let me try the salmon outfit and he could try the spin-cast. I made a couple of casts with that big orange dry fly and a pickerel rocketed right out of the water and swallowed that fly! I could hardly believe it! I could see that Malcolm was getting excited after seeing the way that fish took and it wasn't long before he landed his first pickerel.
 We fished away and I told Mac some of the local history of the area and we continued to hook fish over the course of a couple of hours. Malcolm caught three or four and I caught a few so we did quite well under probably the worst conditions for fishing pickerel. That's one thing about pickerel fishing-you can usually hook a few if you are persistent. Here is another photo of Mac landing one.
 I got a kick out of fishing pickerel with Malcolm. He really likes to fish and he commented to me that it was as much fun catching pickerel as it was catching a grilse. That's something coming from a dyed-in-the-wool salmon fisherman! I told Mac he would have to come back next summer when the fishing slows down for salmon during the dog days of summer because that's when the fishing is best for pickerel. He said he would be back again for another round next summer and I'm looking forward to getting out with him again.
 
 
    The moose hunt went well for those lucky enough to draw a tag this year. The weather co-operated for the most part and although the kill was 3331 moose,  down by 216 animals overall from last season, it was still the second highest tally historically. Unfortunately, none of our crowd drew a tag so we were shut out but there were still some nice bulls shot in our area. The number of moose registered in Chipman was down slightly this year but there was still a good tally at over fifty animals. I didn't get any photos of local moose this year but I did scavenge a couple of photos from a hunting forum of two monster bulls taken in zone 6 in the northern part of the province. The first photo is of a tremendous bull with over thirty points and a 66 in. spread. It scored over 200 B&C points.
 The next bull was taken in the same zone although in a different area. This bull was also over 60 in. also
 I believe this bull scored less than the other because it had a weaker left side but it was still a true New Brunswick trophy bull moose. Our moose herd is doing well and the numbers are holding steady and increasing in some zones. One alarm bell that has been raised is the number of young moose taken by bears recently due to an increase in their numbers. The number of bear sightings and encounters has risen dramatically the last year or two due to rising bear numbers and less non-resident hunters coming from the south. There is certainly no shortage of bears around our area and they are becoming pests in many areas by tearing camps apart and hauling off garbage, strewing it all over and making a big mess. Most residents don't bother hunting bear because they don't like the prospect of eating one, so many times they get passed over in favor of other species. Non-residents are advised to choose their outfitter and guides carefully because some areas have been pounded quite hard over the last few years and while there may be good numbers of bears around,  there may be few trophy sized bruins left. It is getting quite expensive to bait and hunt bears now because of the price of fuel. It makes it harder to travel farther in search of those big boys that most hunters want. We are lucky in that regard because if you look at a map you will see our hunting area borders large tracts comprising thousands of acres of wilderness that hold many trophy sized bears. Nearly every bait site we have seems to have at least one old boar over 300 lbs. and many times there will be an old female that is the same size. I don't have any recent trail cam photos because the bears have destroyed a few expensive cameras on us but if you look back at previous posts you can see the calibre of animals we have in our area.
 
    The duck hunt was a bit of a disappointment this year because of the high water flooding the meadows but Jamie and Dallas managed to get a dozen or so ducks with their group on the first day. In conditions such as these the flooded meadows don't grow duck food like they usually do and this causes the ducks to come inland to feed in beaver ponds and small marshes where the food has a chance to grow. I follow reports from the Grand Lake area and lower Saint John River and the information was the same across the board. Poor shooting and fewer ducks in the bigger meadows. This situation has improved with the colder weather getting some migrating ducks moving in. A couple of hunters who frequent Grand Lake Meadows said they have had their best hunts in the last week with new birds coming in ahead of the cold front dropping down from the north.
 
    As predicted, the grouse numbers seem to be down a bit this year. Many hunters are seeing birds but they are flushing wild. This is indicative of older, more wary birds rather than young of the year dumb ones. The spring nesting season for grouse was wet and cold so this could be a factor as to why there may be be less birds around. Some hunters seem to be getting more spruce grouse than birch and the only guess I can make is the habitat they use had offered more protection during the critical nesting period. The hunting should get a bit better now with the leaf cover pretty much gone. For some reason, woodcock numbers seem to be good this year and the flight birds are here in abundance. If you have a good dog now is the time to be hunting them.
 
    The rifle hunt for white-tails starts this week and all indicators hint at higher deer numbers this year. This should make it a little easier to find a deer with hard horns to harvest. I say "should" but we all know how tricky those bucks can be. In our area of the four lakes district we are definitely seeing more deer than in the previous half dozen years. Ken and the boys are all set up and ready to go after some nice bucks that have been spotted the last few months. A lot of this early pre-rut hunting is simply setting the stage for the rut when those big boys get running around chasing does with their tongues hanging out. That's when our crew gets real serious about hunting big bucks and it has paid dividends over the past several years. We have taken some nice bucks in the past if you check the photos in previous posts. As I said before, the bears have been destroying our cams on a regular basis so I don't have any pictures for this post but we are watching several nice bucks in our hunting area. The next photo shows a great New Brunswick buck that was taken in the southeast by an archer that has hunted this buck for a few years now. I don't know of any greater accomplishment than taking a trophy buck with archery gear and this hunter did it in spades. This 11 pt. dressed out at 240 lbs.
 
 
Wild turkeys have been at the forefront in hunting news with several new chapters being formed in New Brunswick. This is good news for all hunters in the province and the sooner the government recognizes the fact that these birds are here to stay the sooner we will have a season. The numbers I have heard bantered about is around 1000 birds in the province. An old friend of mine has been releasing birds for about ten years now and we have thriving flocks all around the Grand Lake area. These birds are from wild Pennsylvania stock and seem to be surviving and spreading from our observations. We are also getting birds migrating from the state of Maine. This is a good news story and many hunters are excited about the prospects of a future hunt for wild gobblers here in New Brunswick.
 This is a nice flock sunning and feeding on the side of a mud dump from a few years back in the Midlands area.
 
    I am finding some nice vintage pieces of outdoor related items in my travels. A lot of the stuff I pick up displays well in a man cave or camp and smaller items such as this wall pocket depicting a trout can be bought at a very reasonable price in todays market place This wall pocket is marked Japan and dates to the late 50's or early 60's.
 The next item I found is an aluminum serving tray that has been etched to depict Canadian game birds. I would date this item to the 60's.
 Finally, I am including a photo of a magazine cover from my extensive collection of vintage outdoor magazines. I collect these old magazines based on the eye appeal of the subject and the condition of the cover. I also try to buy ones that feature the date prominently so the viewer knows the age of the magazine at a glance. I thought this cover was timely since deer season has just started and most hunters would love to get a deer like this one in their sites.
 This magazine is seventy-three years old and is in great shape.
 
    Time has a way of slipping by quickly and before you know it spring will be here again and all the outdoor activities that go on at that time of the year will be upon us once again. If any sports would like to come and hunt or fish or sight -see with us just give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. I will personally help you arrange a visit to our beautiful part of New Brunswick. You can stay at the  Pioneer Lodge http://www.pioneer-lodge.com/ in Cumberland Bay or the Queens County Inn here in town. Visitors can also look into local rentals or bring your own lodging with you. I always recommend staying at the Pioneer Lodge because of the great atmosphere and the world class food served up by Barb Neumann. I can help you plan any visit to our area according to your budget and your wants. This will ensure your visit will be a happy, successful and safe one.
 
    This is Dale Bauer saying " Happy Trails to You.....Until we Meet Again!"
 
   





































                                     

Saturday, September 28, 2013

FALL HAS ARRIVED!

    The air is taking on a chill at night  here at home on Salmon River and this heralds the coming of hunting season. Normally the height of the water in Salmon River and Grand Lake is at a decent level for most outdoor activities but this year Mother Nature has blessed us with an over abundance of the wet stuff. This can really make life difficult for guides and sports alike but you have to play the cards you are dealt. I know most salmon fishermen won't complain too much about the high water because at least it helps the salmon with their spawning ritual by allowing the fish to reach the best spawning areas. I took the following photo from my shore after yet another downpour.
 It's been a big job just keeping the boats bailed out and secured this past month. There are still hopes for a good fall run of salmon and one of my buddies is off to his camp on the Tabisintaque River. He tells me that this river is starting to prime up and he wants to be there when the first good runs arrive. Some reports are coming in suggesting the fall run is starting on the Miramichi and the lower Cains River so don't put your salmon gear away just yet because you could miss out on some very good fishing if the weather starts to co-operate.
    We have been trying to get in some more pickerel fishing between the rain storms but if I told you the fishing was good I would be lying. Pickerel fishing is very dependent on the water level and if the water is too high the fish will be scattered about and hard to find. That being said, if you have the patience and the right gear you should be able to hook a few. It's kind of an iffy thing in these conditions but I have seen the fish attack anything thrown at them and then stop just as suddenly as it started. Sounds like Atlantic salmon doesn't it? Here is a video clip of me landing a pickerel on my last outing.
 Pickerel are feisty little fighters that attack the lure with a savage rush but they tire easily and can be landed fairly quickly IF you can keep them on because they are notorious for throwing the hook back at you and swimming away at a leisurely pace. I love to fish salmon but if I want to have some fun and just catch fish, I grab my box of lures and head for the pickerel beds. The next photo shows me landing an average sized pickerel.
 
 
The moose hunt is coming right up as I'm writing this and unfortunately we don't have any tags this year. I won't complain though because I've been on the hunt the last two years and harvested some very good moose meat both years. As most people who read my blog knows, I'm not a trophy hunter, per say. I like taking trophy animals as much as anybody but I like wild meat and you can't eat the horns! So I will usually take the first adult animal I am licenced for. If I am trying for a specific animal I will sometimes let other animals walk but that would be the exception rather than the rule. The next photo shows me with the young bull I harvested last year.
 
    I had a brief stop at the cache in Chipman to see how the count was and one ranger told me that at the half way point in the season there were four more moose registered this year than at the same time last year. Cory Shirley registered the first moose in Chipman. My neighbor up the hill, Greg Best, took a nice twelve pt. bull from the Mountain Brook area in Gaspereau. A large bull was harvested by Sam Williams Jr. in the Bronson area that had eighteen points and went over 800 lbs. At this point the season is shaping up to be a good one.
 
    With the start of duck season just around the corner, many hunters that I have been talking to have expressed disappointment in the high water causing a dearth of food in the larger meadows this year. Usually, on a year such as this, the best hunting will be found by jump-shooting the smaller back guts and beaver ponds because that's where the food will be found. When the migration starts the bigger meadows will start producing as the big flocks will use these areas as resting and staging areas. The jury is still out on how good the duck hunting will be in our area this year because although we had good nesting conditions the ducks are feeding in the smaller areas so they can find more food. The next photo shows old Maddie with the ducks we harvested on the first day of last years duck hunt. I always enjoy the camaraderie that accompanies any of these hunts and my good friend and long-time guide Allen Davidson has accompanied me on many different hunts over the years. Many times Allen will act as the chief cook and bottle washer if he isn't guiding or shooting and the next photo shows him and I taking a break on one of our duck hunts
 
 
    I have been checking some areas lately that I hadn't visited for many years and I was surprised at how quickly these old abandoned farms had grown over. In places where there had been open fields in many cases they were choked full of brush and small trees. The apple trees and thorn berries were still there but the patches of clover were getting scarce where there used to be fields. After finding the perimeter of the fields where the old homestead used to be,I took a walk around the edge following the large piles of rocks that had been removed from the fields many years before. From the amount of rocks in these piles someone did a lot of manual labor removing these obstacles to their ploughing efforts. The next photo shows one of these piles with a large tree growing from their midst. My guess is these piles were made 75-100 years ago. 
 Although I was checking the area for grouse, I did come across a huge amount of bear sign. This didn't surprise me because these old abandoned homesteads are a food source for just about every animal in the woods. Since our bear population is quite high now, they have been hitting the apple orchards hard. There are a lot of thornberry bushes and cherry trees mixed in with the apple trees and this is a veritable smorgasbord for many animals that frequent these areas. The next photo shows one of the many piles of bear dung we found in the area.
 While scouting the perimeter of the fields my buddy called me over to see a large deer scrape from last year that was located on an old tote road. After taking a closer look I mentioned that the buck had been back already this year because there was a fresh track in the middle of the scrape. He hadn't opened the scrape up yet but he was definitely was still travelling the same route. This looks to be a good sized buck by the size of the track and we'll be keeping a close eye out for him in the coming months.
 
    This has been a great year for wild mushrooms and I always watch for any edible ones that might be popping out. I happened to spot a patch of chanterelles growing near my house. These mushrooms are delicious but caution must be exercised when eating them because they can be too rich for some palates. I really like them with steak or eggs when picked fresh off the stem. I like to cook them up crisp and I try not to gorge on them when having them as a side to the meal. The next photo shows the patch I found.
 This variety of mushroom is usually found in the company of others so look around a bit whenever you find one. I also came across another variety of edible wild mushroom while travelling the woods this month and this colorful shroom is called a lobster mushroom because of its color and taste. These aren't quite as common as other varieties but are highly sought after all over the world. The next photo shows a small patch with a variety of shapes.
 
 
I have been finding some nice vintage outdoor related items and I can't resist buying this stuff whenever I come across it. Although some of the stuff I find isn't strictly related to hunting and fishing, it is usually related to the outdoor world somehow. If you have read any of my previous blog posts you know I am partial to all things ducky and for this post I want to show a photo of a beautiful gold trimmed plate with a picture of mallards in flight. I believe this plate is Canadian made and dates to the Fifties. My son Curtis picked this plate up for me during his travels and gave it to me.

 The next item I have to show is a small shelf decorated with a duck in flight. I'm not sure of the date of manufacture of this item but I feel it may be from the Sixties.
 Finally, I have a photo of some very nice dry flies that were tied by one of the well known guides who lives at the mouth of the Cains river and has guided for about fifty years for various outfitters and mainly for Black Brook  at the mouth of the Cains. I'm not sure when Malcolm McCormack tied these flies but at eighty-three years young I wasn't going to question the vintage of these flies. Thanks Mac for passing these flies along. I almost hate to fish them but I think at least one or two will get swung through a pool somewhere. I'm hoping to get out for a fish with him in the near future and see first hand how he fishes them. He tells me he  
 fishes these flies exclusively for salmon and says the trout like them too. I'll take you at your word Mac and thanks again.
 
 
    Ken and I have been out and about every chance we get and if there are any folks out there that would like to travel with us in the woods or on the water in our beautiful part of New Brunswick just give me a shout and we will arrange a trip in whatever style you would like for whatever species you would like.
 
This is Dale Bauer saying " Happy Trails to You.......Until we Meet Again"


   

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