With ice-fishing season well under way in most regions, hard top enthusiasts are reminded that safety is always a concern.
Ice anglers heading-out this month on area lakes, and rivers, should be aware that special clothing and equipment is important for safety and comfort. Many ice-fishermen wear survival suits and carry a set of ice picks, while others go to the extent of building modified vehicles with the doors removed, in case of an untimely plunge. I am not suggesting you tear the doors off your truck, but be cognisant of the fact that breaking through the ice is a possibility, even mid-winter. Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across a waterbody, especially now at the start of the winter season when near-shore ice is always thicker than ice further out.
Catch the big ones but please be careful out there.
Supplemental Deer feeding
Backyard deer feeding is an activity I have practised for more than two decades. It is an activity I enjoy immensely and one I take seriously as well. When carried out correctly, supplemental deer feeding can be of benefit to these animals when snow depth reaches more than one metre and natural browse is difficult to access. Finding the proper balance between protein and fiber for the deer’s diet can be tricky, and without knowing it, some backyard feeders may be hindering the animal’s chance of survival. If you do start a feeding program during early season, it is imperative to continue throughout the winter, as the animal’s digestive system will adapt to the supplemented diet. I invite you all to read my feature article on supplemental deer feeding, in the latest issue of North American Deer Hunter (NADH) magazine. NADH is a wonderful Canadian online publication dedicated to deer conservation and hunting. Check it out online at: https://northamericandeerhuntermagazine.com
Dogs and deer
A quick note to dog owners who allow their animals to run feral in the deer woods, their actions are devastating to whitetail populations at a fragile time of year. Conservation officers deal with dogs on the loose each winter and are authorized to destroy any animal observed chasing, or injuring, deer in areas where they yard for the winter. The penalty for allowing your animal to be at large in deer woods range anywhere from $155 up to $25,000. With the high number of coyotes in our region it is in your best interest to have Rover under wraps during the winter months.
Maui Jim Cut Mountain meets Buck Mountain
Having field-tested other Maui Jim sunglasses by this point, I was ready to take my polarized lens challenge to one of highest places I know; the ridge behind my hunt camp in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. Maui Jim’s Cut Mountain model meets Buck Mountain, Quebec, on a crisp autumn week in November. The location of my afternoon tree stand on Buck Mountain, is positioned in such a way that afternoon sun inevitably reflects off the forest floor and up into my eyes, greatly impairing my view. Maui’s patented SuperThin Glass lenses offered the clearest view possible under these conditions, and Cut Mountain’s super lightweight metal frames made for a great combination. SuperThin Glass is 20 per cent to 32 per cent thinner and lighter than standard glass, and offers superior scratch and solvent resistance. In such rugged conditions as this during hunting season, extra scratch resistance is important.
Though the Cut Mountain’s are not shooting glasses, per say, I found them to be equally adept in this area, later at the range. Overall, the Maui Jim’s Cut Mountain model proved their position, as a worthy companion while spending time in the deer woods of southern Quebec. As the good folks over at Maui Jim say, ‘Mahalo’, and I will see you in the great outdoors! For more information on Cut Mountain, visit Maui Jim at: https://www.mauijim.com
If you have questions or news related to hunting, fishing, outdoor travel or conservation, drop me a line anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org