Eco-Tourism Manitoba Style


December 31st, 2013

Here is a good example of bath turning lemons into lemonade and what people in the travel industry will pay for .   ( and provide badly needed  as well as much appreciated local service industry jobs).

The polar bears of Churchill Manitoba used to be considered a pest as a best and a menace at the worst.  Churchill (Inuit: Kuugjuaq)[3] is a town on the West shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. It is most famous for the many polar bears that move toward the shore from inland in the autumn, leading to the nickname “Polar Bear Capital of the World” that has helped its growing tourism industry.

The Town of Churchill it seems was built upon an annual Polar Bear migration route.  Add to this the gourmet ( to the bears)  scents of a garbage dump and you have got a problem.   To tis end offending bears are trapped , held in a “jail”  and then trucked miles away for release.

In the south of the province similar success stories have been accomplished with such pest species as “Channel Catfish” of the  Red and Assiniboine  river systems.   Bait grabbed by ugly old catfish was  considered a waste of time lost to a garbage species.

Now it seems that the town of Selkirk has a growing legend among serious American fisherman out to catch the monster catch of their dreams.

Who knows what gold lies at our feet at the “Narrows” waiting to be marketed , promoted and harvested to our wealth , finances and  bank accounts.

Here is a link leading to the Churchill Polar Bear story – you can read more in detail there:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/what-a-trip-among-the-polar-bears-of-churchill-in-canadas-manitoba-province/2013/11/27/e8efec3c-56c7-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html

 

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Manitoba Deer & Elk Hunters figure this out ?


December 27th, 2013

A real conundrum for fish and wildlife services Manitoba.

The counts for deer across the province are way down – hence reduce hunters daily takes and bag limits.   On top of that never mind the deer “What goes on in the minds of real hunting folks  and professionals ???

Yet those same group of animals seem to have exploded in populations in the City of Winnipeg environs ?  Go figure – is it a reduced population overall , a migrating population , or are teh deer smarter and know where both its safer from hunting and the “living is easier “.

You be the judge .

There is a lot more in detail at the following link at this authoritative Canadian Broadcasting Corp . CBC link:   One concern it seems is bovine tb in older animals .

Stay tuned for more action so to speak – or deer smarter than most Manitoba bureaucrats .   Or if you live in the “Big City”  perhaps you can call animal services and wait and wait for them to trap and relocate said animal back to its ( or their) reserve.   Lets hope the wildlife makes it back to Lake Manitoba Narrows .   After all you have to have a reliable and new truck for the long haul up highway 6.    Then again - go figure it all out .   isn’t nature amazing ?

Yet be concerned for these deers and concerns of bovine T.B..

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/deer-numbers-down-in-manitoba-but-more-seen-in-winnipeg-1.2457678

 

In addition here are some comments on the matter:

  • SOUTHEASTERN GUY

I cannot undrstand where he gets his idea of lack of Deer , Bow and musket hunters on my property have a camera set up and it shows 12 nice 2-3 year olds and many young , so far they have gotten with licence 1 buck, and 3 does all in great shape and this years crop are mostly triplets , yesterday the camera showed 13 does 2 -3 years old and one big wireie buck which has been around a long time, so where does he get his numbers from I know around Charleswood there are lots but how about outside … » more  

And then there are the real hunters :

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  • KGinWPG

About three weeks ago my son called on the way home from work and said there were three deer on Fleet Ave. It was nice to see them, so peaceful. I’ll never forget the look of the car coming around the corner and seeing a deer standing in the middle of the road in the middle of the city. It wasn’t getting out of the way so we all just stood and watched and took pictures.

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  • help America

There safer in Winnipeg no hunters outside. By the way conservation officers where all laid off. outside the perimeter. Guess you still have an urban cowboy counter left inside the ring.

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  • dreadful

People Winnipeg is the crime capital of Canada, there is cancer and other serious illnesses, young men and women are dying in wars and you are making a big deal out of a few deer. Get a grip and look at the real problems in this world. Stop being so self centered and selfish. Maybe if you got out and volunteered you would not have time to sit around and

 

source :   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/deer-numbers-down-in-manitoba-but-more-seen-in-winnipeg-1.2457678

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Manitoba’s Real Hunters


December 27th, 2013

Well there are hunters and sportspeople in Manitoba and then “there are the real professionals”.  Yet who knows what goes on in their minds and in the foes of the prey of Metis hunters ???

Read here -   Boxing Day big for bargain-hunting Winnipeggers -  and you only wish you could find “hunting types”  on the grounds at Lake Manitoba Narrows with the zeal for the sport like these folks.  Yet it boils down to  “knowing your prices “  to catch the biggest fish and trophy bucks .

None the less you could find seasonal bargains great for the hunting , fishing and even Manitoba ice fishing fanatics at places like Cabellas & Polo Park shopping center .  

Yet its downright  amazing what some people can do under difficult as well as trying circumstances.

Then again in the cold minus 40 Celsius heat wave the Peg is experiencing best to have your truck inspected with an 83 point auto dealership service center full and complete  inspection none the less.  Who needs to call the CAA Motor league and be on hold with  cold numbing fingers with extreme Canadian wind chills ?

Yet ask around for the tips and guidelines of these most experienced in the sport.  And the nominations are -

You can read more at the following link of the Winnipeg Sun , the Free Press and online of course.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2013/12/26/boxing-day-big-for-bargain-hunting-winnipeggers–web-headline


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Often not discussed -Tips and tricks for predator hunting


November 3rd, 2013

From the Manitoba co-operator- which has been serving Manitoba farmers since 1925- not to be often presented due to political correctness– Its not unlike radio host Shaun Hannity explaining that during Hurricane Katrina that it was a shame that he was stuck at work. What he would not of given to be holding a rugged chain saw back home in his yard.

It seems he had been trying for years to have a number of large big old oak trees cut down or at least to obtain permits to do such with more rules than Obamacare in his way – and all to non-avail. Its not as if gun-safety factors & procedures for hunters were an issue at hand.

With the storm on-board. Strong weather conditions and all the down roads it was near impossible for any storm troopers to appear in a big black Expedition to quell the sounds of chain saws in the forest.

For after all – nature took those trees out and in the city cleanup they were hauled away in big Ford trucks. All in all not much would be noticed or be on the record .

More is at the link below – you can read in more detail:

http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/2013/10/16/tips-and-tricks-for-predator-hunting/



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Our Neighbors to the South their upcoming hunting seasons and herd trends


October 29th, 2013

A lot of Manitoba’s seasonal hunters come from out of the province and even offshore. Sure to some extent its competition for locals and their families. Yet we are not at subsistence hunting levels on the Manitoba prairies – not matter what the incidental damage the well meaning government biology types and San Fransisco high rise academics and environmentalist green and granola types have done. Believe it or not some of these do-ggoders are setting up “drone fleets” to monitor us. Lets hope Manitoba Hydro cannot ship them power. Yet is a case of miss prim and proper down there in the big city - look at your own record of dealing humanely with animals and livestock. Yet why don’t you just speed and away and leave the roads to the rest of here in rural Mb.   We work hard enough here just to maintain our livestock. farms and fields – as well as wildlife without you bothering us.  The other way of expressing this – is that when you chew your food don’t complain about the farmer working his guts out while you have coffee at the mall.

On top of that the influx of the “foreigners” gives the trade good income as well as new types to mingle and interact with. Everyone has different experiences , skills and tips. If nothing else they will need reliable transportation. Perhaps your brother or cousin will fix their dearborn blue or gun-metal grey Ford F-150 truck in his shop to get it going.

Hence its a wise idea to check and verify what hunting seasons are like and what is going on elsewhere. If the weather or hunting is not good so to speak – there is a higher likelihood of a visit and more visits to “our friends in the North” from our American cousins and even those overseas. Lastly remember its not only 2013/ 2014 we are thinking of – but in the upcoming 2014 through to 2-16 future seasons as well.  After all it may be a case of waterfowl populations in the Dakotas fluctuating on the low side.

On top of that who knows – just like the pest Red River channel catfish are revered by American fisherman – these imports may just love our  “wild boar” ?

One good resource to follow is at the link below:

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/19/4561702/a-look-at-the-prospects-by-species.html

Duck elk deer hunting provincial licenses

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Bovine TB Manitoba Elrk – Hunters its Mainly Older Animals


October 27th, 2013

Tuberculosis has been endemic in Manitoba wildlife for eons. Whether its always been there is undetermined and indeterminate. The concern has always been of transmission to livestock – mainly cattle.  Yet is this the only vector of spread of the disease ?
A respected veterinary publication reported that in the time span from 1991 to April 2003, outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis (TB caused by Mycobacterium bovis) have been found in 11 cattle herds surrounding Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP). Located in southwestern Manitoba, RMNP and the surrounding area are home to a free-ranging herd of 2500 to 4000 elk that have been implicated as being a wildlife reservoir of M. bovis infection. Indirect contact between cattle and elk that feed during the winter on the same large, round hay bales is presumed to be the most likely mode of transmission between the species.  To this matter hunters – especially those who “bag”  older elk and deer may be asked to provide specimens to the province’s as well of the University of Manitoba  biologists & biology departments.    This program has not been set up yet .

The province’s biologists have focused in this area for some now. Luckily they have determined the spread has not occurred over time. Its mainly older animals that get the tuberculosis and not newer members of the herd so to speak.  Should older elk specimens-get the shaft so to speak or is this over management as well as overkill.  One wonders if these animals can be spotted or culled out based on behavior or appearances ?

You can read more at this link:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/manitoba-elk-tested-for-tuberculosis-amid-infection-fears-1.750598

In addition a resource written for this topic for livestock in Alberta yet has a lot of very useful relevant information:

http://srd.alberta.ca/fishwildlife/WildlifeDiseases/documents/BovineTB.pdf

fall deer hunting season in southern Manitoba


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Wildlife Management by Riding Mountain Park or Does it Work ??


October 24th, 2013

Its not unlike the City of Winnipeg Police going after the Hell’s Angels in Winnipeg and then after all the lockups having a competitive group from Quebec move in to fill the vacuum.  So it starts with TB in elk & deer in Riding Mountain.

Yet here we are at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba .When you adjust one variable or deal with one pressing issue it always seems something else  or just the inertia of wildlife looking for sustenance or a “free / easy meal”  works its way in.  You might think that these wild animals were Manitoba NDP proponents and members.  Yet deal with one thing and next you are out there in field and forest with your FX4.   Yet is the whole conclusion that these areas should be closed to hunting ?

So it is with ranchers adjacent to the Riding Mountain National Park.  The headline reads:  Riding Mountain ranchers face new threat, or perhaps threats.  Yet its not as if you can just pack up the farm in your blue flame Ford F-150 or F-250 crewcab truck and just roll away.

First in response to concerns over elk tuberculosis and culling of the elk herds.  In response wolves and coyotes have begun attacks on ranchers flocks of sheep as well as calves . The concern is that this bovine tb can spread to cattle and even the Bison ( Buffalo) herd at lake Auty in the park.  Luckily all in all even with a cull of neighborhood wolves and coyotes their population and extinctions are not an issue what so ever – even by Provincial Gov’t biologists.

“The predators are having their McDonald’s taken away.  “Now what you’re going to have is a predator problem,” said Ed Maydaniuk, who runs a small cattle and horse operation north of Rossburn, and just south of RMNP.” 

Yet the issue is to hunt ,not to hunt or close the season for the year ??



Add in an increased hunting season for deer in the area , and lastly bears that are not the biggest and largest and being left alone by hunters – and now coming to feed at the ranch and its one big troubling party.

You can follow this story at the following link:

http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/2013/10/18/riding-mountain-ranchers-face-new-threat/

 

 

 

 

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Still More About the BloodVein Moose Hunt


October 13th, 2013

The CBC further wrote an article about the Bloodvein band having a moose hunt.  Somehow its wrong for this group to have a derby whereas fishing and even other hunting derbies as well as fishing derbies abound in Manitoba.

As us pointed out in the CBC report that “not every one hunts nowadays”  and that “hunting is expensive”.  People in the community could well have benefited from the sharing of a rich bounty of fresh meat , which even older members of the community seldom have and are unlikely to obtain.  You need a good tough reliable truck to be in the backwoods .

You can read more below at the following link for the article from the CBC : http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bloodvein-first-nation-s-moose-derby-draws-criticism-1.1859837?cmp=rss

bloodvein first nation moose derby 300x168 Still More About the BloodVein Moose Hunt


This poster advertises a “moose derby” on the Bloodvein First Nation later this month, with prizes ranging between $500 and $5,000.
This poster advertises a “moose derby” on the Bloodvein First Nation later this month, with prizes ranging between $500 and $5,000. (Submitted)
photo is from CBC article

 

 

 

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Oh No No More Bloodvein Moose Hunt Derby


October 10th, 2013

Oh no – loose lips sink ships.  You would think this is a good thing for people to feed themselves off the land with moose meat.  Bloodvein Reserve was going to have a community, which is essence would of been a way for people to fill up their freezer with good moose meat.

Yet somehow this was too well promoted – the word got out and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson contacted contacted Bloodvein First Nation Chief Roland Hamilton and put an end to this all fun.

What a shame there were prizes and all.   Who knows there could of been real good prizes like brand new shiny pickup trucks with all the bells and whistles.  What a shame – now people may well have to drive south to Winnipeg to get their groceries and  mens’ toys.

You can read more at this link :  http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Moose-hunt-derby-called-off-on-Bloodvein-First-Nation-224139761.html

The CBC also wrote about this  at this linkhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bloodvein-first-nation-s-moose-derby-draws-criticism-1.1859837?cmp=rss



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The nominations are open for the 2013 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award


October 7th, 2013

The nominations are open for the 2013 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award. It would be best to get those in as soon as possible as nominations must be received by Oct. 15 and you know what Canada Post is like in the north.

Award ceremonies are actively being prepared for Nov. 21 at the Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg.

Please take the time to nominate a deserving aboriginal youth in one of the many categories by logging onto the web site at MAYAA.ca. Nomination must be received by Oct. 15.

The Community Centre is in the process of finalizing the entertainment line up for the 13th Annual Métis Festival, which will be held on Oct.19.

The full posting is at this link and more can be read : http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/2013/10/03/call-for-aboriginal-youth-noms

You can also join the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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