Archive for March, 2012

Outdoors Guy Cookbooks coming early 2013

- March 29th, 2012

Anyone who’s been following the Outdoors Guy Blog has, no doubt, heard about my cookbook project, and finally I now have some more news. (good and bad)

The three cookbooks I wrote with a ‘wild’ slant last year were due out this spring; however, changes with my Publisher – Lone Pine – and their recent acquisition of another publishing firm – Company’s Company – has caused further delay in their release.

The good news in all this is that the Publisher has committed to a significant format upgrade for the series. Instead of simple paperbacks, each cookbook will measure 8″ X 10″ and feature state of the art Concealed Wiro binding and full colour photos throughout.

Here’s what the Canadian Wild Fish Cookbook and the Canadian Outdoor Cookbook will look like. (The cover for the Canadian Wild Game Cookbook has not yet been completed.)

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Besides a pile of great wild game, fish and outdoor recipes, each book will feature a bunch of great hunting, fishing and camping stories, tips and hints for cooking the best that nature has to offer.

Hey, some of you guys even made it in!

For more information on these books and more, check out the Chapters/Indigo site: 

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/35/search/?sc=Jeff%20Morrison&sf=Author

 

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Trout or turkey its up to you

- March 19th, 2012

Although things are much earlier this year than with previous springs, as soon as the warm weather hits sportsmen (& women) generally fall into two categories.

1) Trout

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2) Or turkey

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Which one is it for you?

Send me your spring plans and I may feature you in next Thursday’s Outdoors Column. There’s no money involved, though, in case you’re wondering…

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(For those who are angry I didn’t mention walleye, bass, shed antler hunting, QC bear hunting, bullheads or spring muskrats..I do apologize)

Red Fox hide and seek

- March 6th, 2012

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(‘Black Paws’ was picked-up on my Bushnell Trophy ‘Feeder Cam’ just prior to completing his ‘hide and seek’)

 

I must admit, I find foxes to be fascinating and intelligent animals. I have observed them around my place over the years and never have I seen one sick or mangy looking.

I do realize; however, that the red fox is the largest carrier of rabies but from what I’ve read, the Aerial Baiting programs over the years have really put a dent in the disease. You just don’t hear about rabid foxes as you did 20 years ago.

That is certainly a good thing!

Around my place, the foxes are great hunters too! We’ve watched them pouncing on meadow voles in the back field, and sneaking through the brush in search of a snack.

Although I always knew these animals created ‘caches’ to store extra food, I have never witnessed it first-hand. Nor have I ever realized how long these food caches are kept around.

On January 29th, Mrs Outdoors Guy and I were sitting at our dining room table having breakfast, when Mr Fox(now known as ‘Black Paws’) appeared on the property.

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“He’s got a black squirrel in his mouth!” I whispered (I know the ‘black’ squirrel was really just a colour-phase of the grey squirrel, but I still call them black)

By the way, snatching-up a few squirrels is something I do not have a problem with. These critters create havoc on our bird feeders and have chewed through more than a few items on the clothesline over the years!

So, my wife and I watched intently (with camera in hand) as Mr Fox slipped through the neighbour’s fence towards our place and proceeded to drop the squirrel in the snow. 

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“Look, now he’s digging a hole” my wife said.

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Within a couple of minutes, the fox had dug a small cache and was burying his squirrel.  We couldn’t believe how he used both his paws and his nose to complete the task.

Incredible!

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Since this display on January 29th, we never saw the fox return to his cache and it has since snowed almost a foot!

 

Then yesterday – March 5 – Mrs Outdoors Guy was getting ready for work when she noticed some movement on the property.

Hey, it’s Mr Fox again. He’s back!!

Evidently the fox had returned to dig-up the catch he buried 5 weeks ago!  My wife called me up on the phone and starting taking pictures.

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After digging-up his prize, the Fox made short work of eating the well-aged (and completely frozen) squirrel. Since fox’s really don’t chew their food, it gets swallowed in large chunks.

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I feel extremely fortunate to have not only witnessed this predatory behaviour, but for my property to play host to it. One’s interest in fish and wildlife can extend beyond hunting and fishing.

Observing and documenting wildlife behaviour and habits is another of my favourite pastimes 

 

 

Outdoorsguy

Bay of Quinte ice fishing adventure

- March 2nd, 2012

Our friend ‘Maple’ went fishing recently to North America‘s walleye Mecca and has kindly sent-in the details of his “Battle on the Bay”

One day I must take Quinte walleye off my bucket list!

 

Bay of Quinte ice-fishing – By Maple

 

After finishing the Bay of QuinteBattle on the Bay” fishing event at 3:00 on Saturday, I moved a little closer to shore, to about where the winners were caught and fished until dark. Nothing nibbled, but the thick fog that moved in made for some interesting photos. Not really satisfying though.
 
Sunday morning found me on Belleville Bay over 16′ of water. The fishing was much better there and I caught 3 perch before 10:00. A better showing than the three guys beside me who had just driven 200 kms to fish and caught nothing. By noon I’d had enough.

This was not what I’d hoped for. My fourth day of fishing the BOQ this ice season and not a single fish to show for it. I feared my wife thought I was behaving irrationally.

So I packed up and headed back to the Park Lane Motel where I was staying. In talking to the nice lady behind the desk, she suggested she call a friend of hers to inquire about fish. She did, and it happened to be Jeff Chisholm, a guide with the Quinte Ice Fishing Team, who kindly offered to take me out for the PM. He had clients who were looking exclusively for a big fish. How could I say no!!! I didn’t.

Isn’t is strange how you can give a dejected man hope and his spirits are immediately lifted? In my motel room I re-arranged my stuff and watched the clock tick towards the appointed time. Hopeful.

Once we met at the shore, Jeff motored me out on the quad until I was less than a speck in the distance. Way farther than I’d care to walk on my own that’s for sure. No landmarks, just a dot on his GPS. I got my holes drilled and started fishing while he went back for the two others.

By 3:30ish we were all busy jigging and I struck a good fish, and it stuck. I might be rusty but my hooks are sharp. By the massive headshakes and singing drag I knew it was a good one. Thanks to my 14″ diameter hole and Jeff’s grab, the long awaited prize soon lay on the ice. She was 7 lbs 12 ozs of shining fins and belly. Pickerel, dore, walleye, call it what you want it was huge! After a quick pic she went back down the hole. Man that felt good!!! Real Good!!!

Dan, Bruce and Jeff caught a bunch of nice fish (6?). Some eaters and some over eight pounds, way too big. The big girls go back, for the future. Rather that running over to them to admire their every fish, I spent the evening prime-time jigging 30 yards away, and smiling. I could hear their laughing and see their wiggling fish just fine from where I was sitting anyhow. How grown men can giggle.

Well after dark, I continued fishing as Jeff ferried the other guys in to shore, and lo and behold I hooked another beaut! This one a 3 to 4 pound treasure that I envisioned as a mound of golden fish and fries, so I bonked her on the head.

Man that felt good!!!! Real good!!

So, thanks to a helping hand from a great guy, my life has changed, in my wife’s eyes as well, I hope.

You made my year Jeff.
 
Maple 

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