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    So this spring my BIL and nephew wanted to get in on the action of the spring hunt so a week before the May long weekend we headed out to set up 3 baits - one for each of us. The bait recipe was more or less the same as past years except instead of molasses we switched to corn syrup this year. The molasses certainly smells stronger (pro) but has a tendency to ferment in hot weather (con). Price ($0.30 per pound) was the same so not a consideration. The syrup is definitely an order of magnitude sweeter and although labelled as "not for human consumption" it tasted fine enough that i used it on my pancakes. Loading up on May long weekend a week after setting out the baits:



    We set up camp about 6 km down a 4WD road that was that was in worse condition than last year. Numerous flooded and washed out sections and added about a 1000 pinstripes to the paint job on my truck. Good thing it is a work truck. Camp was at the edge of a lake that is all crown and serves as our canoe access to the baits which were 2 to 5 km down the lake. My BIL and nephew shared the tarped dome tent and i was in my cot tent (sort of visible to the left of dome tent).



    Heading off at dark thirty:



    We did not see anything that weekend as the bears were not on the baits at that point. We returned the following weekend and the baits were just starting to get hit but the flies and mossies proved too much for the BIL and nephew who said screw this we will come back in the fall.

    I went in again this past weekend and honestly did not find the bugs that bad. I hunt from the ground and on Saturday morning got busted by a decent boar that came up behind me. He stopped at 20ish yards and starting huffing and woofing at me. As i turned he headed for the hills with no shot opportunity. On the Sunday I watched a momma and 2 cubs for about 20 minutes in the late afternoon. This is my spot kind of tucked into some spruce and fir branches (chair and tripod moved out for the picture).



    The view down the shooting lane:



    So no spring bear this year but that's fine as gotta have something to hunt in September.
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    Nice adventure! Too bad you guys didn't connect but I'm sure you will this fall!

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    I found the bugs to be especially bad last week as well. In order to sit still I was covered head to toe & a good quality head-net. They couldn't get to my skin so I was a happy camper & let them buzz around me...

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    Awesome hunt thanks for sharing
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    Great adventure. Tough not getting busted from the ground. Donít eat too much of that artery plugger or you wonít be hunting too long. Haha. Not familiar with boundary canoes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deer Hunter View Post
    Not familiar with boundary canoes?
    Made by H2O.

    Mine is a 17' 6" Boundary model. Asymetrical hull, no keel, 1 inch bow rocker and minimal stern rocker. Super fast but tricky to solo if you don't know what you are doing. Holds a friggin ton as well. Mine is the Inegra Epoxy Pro Kevlar lay up that tips the scales at 40 lbs.
    Better pic of the boat:



    http://www.h2ocanoe.com/

    Boat on the left is no slouch either. It is a 16'6" Saugeen Bluewater in Kevlar layup. First nice canoe I ever owned - bought it new 27 years ago. Had the Boundary for 3 seasons so far and I like it. Thumbnail below is off the H2O website:
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    Very nice adventure..........thanks for sharing, always enjoy them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Species8472 View Post
    Made by H2O.

    Mine is a 17' 6" Boundary model. Asymetrical hull, no keel, 1 inch bow rocker and minimal stern rocker. Super fast but tricky to solo if you don't know what you are doing. Holds a friggin ton as well. Mine is the Inegra Epoxy Pro Kevlar lay up that tips the scales at 40 lbs.
    Better pic of the boat:



    http://www.h2ocanoe.com/

    Boat on the left is no slouch either. It is a 16'6" Saugeen Bluewater in Kevlar layup. First nice canoe I ever owned - bought it new 27 years ago. Had the Boundary for 3 seasons so far and I like it. Thumbnail below is off the H2O website:
    Thanks. Nice light canoe. Might look into their solo model. Paddling a Bluewater Mist Solo now, would like to try something else.
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    Always a good write-up from you Species. Sounds like another fun spring hunt
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    was wondering when this report would show up. sounds like a fun adventure, hopefully you can nab one in the fall. i'll be going for bear early sept myself.
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