The greatest thing about living right in the heart of Ontario’s Sunset Country is that if you enjoy outdoor activities there are endless opportunities to have fun all year round.
The fall hunting season is particularly exciting for me because there are so many options to keep any hunter busy. With thousands of miles of accessible Crown Land across the region, hunters have plenty of beautiful country to pursue moose, deer, bear, wolves, waterfowl, and a variety of small game animals.
The grouse hunting across Northwest Ontario has been off the charts the past few years. While their populations are said to be cyclical, I cannot remember the last time the grouse hunting was poor. Old logging trails are prime spots to hunt and are widely available for hunters to walk or drive with an ATV.
If you enjoy action, these super tasty birds are a blast to hunt, especially if you have a dog to share the experience with. It is somewhat surprising that more folks don’t visit to grouse hunt, but I think they just don’t know how good it really is.
While the deer numbers are still down somewhat from their peak between 2005 and 2010, the population is improving quickly thanks to a couple of great winters the past couple of years. So far we are off to a great start this year as well with little snow cover on the ground as of mid-December… so the future is bright!
While I did not harvest a deer this fall, I was able to guide a few friends to some nice bucks. I also captured pictures on my trail cameras of a bunch of solid bucks, that are going to be approaching trophy size in the next year or two. If you like big woods deer hunting, Sunset Country is the best place in the world to do it!
Waterfowl hunting seems to be losing participation in this part of the world, which is somewhat surprising as well. We have some pretty good hunting opportunities thanks to all of the water and marsh areas.
I only got out a few times this year, but it’s always fun to get out there and get in a bunch of shooting. Early in the season, resident birds can be found all over the place, then in late October we get a good run of northern birds that can make for some awesome hunting! I just need to practice shooting a little more!
My friends and I always do a moose hunting trip in December just before the season closes on December 15 (the season closes earlier for non-residents). We enjoy the snow hunt, but it was a real workout this year because of a run of super cold weather while we were there. We were fortunate to harvest a big cow, so we’ll be eating well this winter!