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The mornings are much cooler now around here and many people do not want to see the summer go; the majority still wished they could keep their bathing suits and the BBQ’s on just a while longer.

Mother Nature however has her usual scheduled plan and unfortunately colder weather is part of the package, but let us not forget that with this also come the beautiful fall colors, if this is of any consolation.

Now, tucked away in every community throughout north-America there is a very interesting breed of people, the waterfowlers and with smiles from ear to ear, they on the other hand welcome the month of September and its cold weather. The waterfowl season is about to start!

Our northern environment without a doubt provides us with some of the most spectacular scenery and with this comes an opportunity for family, friends and fellow sportsman/woman to practice the sport they love.

Below, I have added the link to Environment Canada webpage: Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2011-2012 – Summaries.

http://www.ec.gc.ca/rcom-mbhr/default.asp?lang=En&n=8FAC341C-1

On the main page you can click and choose your province or territory in the menu bar found on the left hand side of the page then you can consult the following information: Summary, Helpful Tip, Open Seasons in Quebec, Hunting Districts, Bag and Possession Limits in Quebec, Measures in Quebec Concerning Overabundant Species, Report Your Migratory Bird Bands. (Mine is Quebec, but yours will list the information for your selected choice)

So head on down to your local Post office, purchase your permit and have a safe and great season.

Report Your Migratory Bird Bands
Call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or go to: www.reportband.gov

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The final eight hours of my Virginia whitetail hunting season were filled with an overwhelming sense of excitement and fatigue. I had just spent almost the same amount of time perched up in a tree that I would have during an entire work week at the office. Over the course of my three weekends a total of four does; two fawns and a one year old buck came in within shooting range.

Even with the buck’s appearance during the last day of the season, I must admit I had a hard time seeing if the spikes were within the legal size of seven centimetres and if it was worth the risky shot. A well-known trick is often used in which you compare the spikes length to that of the ears but even this was challenging because he was constantly moving them about like radars trying to pickup sounds of danger.

The local farmers told me that there was a ten point buck not far from my stand to the south. The fact that he had not been harvested yet this year meant he will prove to be a positive sign for next year’s season as there roughly eight does in the same area.

As a varminter, I had to live the experience of tree stand hunting and with this I have to say there will most definitely be a next year’s season for me as this one comes to a close. I have learned so much about the art of tree stand hunting and have added to my knowledge about deer while being part of the woodlands.

On my last day the sun was going to set at four thirty and I could legally hunt until five but it got quite dark in the woods here and I had to climb down from the stand and walk several hundred meters to the car. This was a very dark wooded trail and being alone it was not a great idea because on that particular morning, I saw fresh timber wolf tracks close to where I was parked. So I wanted to give myself enough time while I could still see to get back to the car. But just as I moved to stand up I heard a large branch crack to my right and sure enough it was a doe, she had stumbled on a broken tree and was slowly making her way down to the water’s edge.

It was incredible to see how well she blended into the foliage and background of mud and trees. The most impressive part was her behaviour when I noticed she was not alone and that she was the first of three to be out in the open making sure that the area was clear of predators before the others bounced out and exposed themselves. She was acting like a scout in a feeding party and she slowly made her way to the other side of the ridge using their well-known game trail looking for food.
 
So what I learned from this was that if you see one deer there are great chances that there are others nearby especially if you are dealing with does and fawns or even other females. Males will also come out but normally alone and will show up later in the afternoon just before dark or in the morning between eightish and ten that is if they are hungry and depending on the cold weather. I proved to myself that for next year it is not necessary to get to your tree stand really early in the morning if there is no need for it.

It was unfortunate that in my particular tree stand area that there was not a lot of buck activity amongst other factors, so I may not have harvested a buck this season but I sure harvested a wealth of knowledge about deer and enjoyed being part of the wilderness and all its mysteries. You bet I will have to try again next year but until then I have full year of small game and bird hunting to get ready for with my tracking buddy.

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