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Just wanted to take a minute and give some feedback for a new sponsor here on Bowsite. My dad and I spent the last week of May hunting black bear hunt with Ryan Derlago of Stickflingers Manitoba Bowhunts. Ryan operates a top notch camp. I saw 33 bears in the first 3 days of hunting. The bear I killed on the 3rd evening squared 7'7". The skull green scored 21" and was missing 3 of the front teeth. Dad also killed his first bear on the trip as well. This area has not been hunted in several years. Everyone in camp saw very large bears and had the weather cooperated I'm sure more would have been tagged. Ryan is only taking 16 hunters per year and is focusing on trophy bears, not just having his clients shoot any bear so he can say he's 100%. That beind said, everyone in camp had multiple opportunities at bears and could have taken one had they chose to. The area also has a healthy population of color phase bears. Anyone looking for a great black bear hunt with great trophy potential should take a look at Stickflingers.
Do you have Stickfingers web page you can post?
Awesome, congrats! I wouldn't expect any less from Ryan's place. Post pics of your dads bear.
Here's a picture of the bear my son took with Ryan on his first week of hunting. My son also saw a blonde and a chocolate before taking this nice chocolate and cinnamon on the 2nd night. Lots of big bears around and Ryan is a first class person. His dad Ron is one of the most experienced guides in Canada and is a great guy and really looks after the hunters. His mom (and dad) are the camp cooks and you won't go hungry with great table fare. David is his main guide and he is a young energetic guy that will work his tail off for you. A great outfit all the way around.
Those are great bears, congrats!
I think you guys had a great guide also. I wish I could have made it out this year, but the timing just didn’t work. I’m planning for next though.
great bears,sounds like a fun hunt. Forrest
Awsome bears! Sounds like a top notch affair.
I was with TallTines on that bear hunt at Stickflinger's. No time now, but will be back later with my thoughts. Will leave you with "first class" for now.
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I hunted with stickflingers first week and give them a 100% positive rating Had a great time watching 36 bears and passing several big mature boars waiting for a big colored bear. Got a nice bear the last 10 min, the last night. Everyone at stickflingers is a pleasure to spend time with and true proffesionals. Will post pics when I figure out how to convert them.
Nice to see these pics and hear this positive news. I'd really like to do this hunt next spring with Ryan. We'll see
As I said above, I was privileged to be in on Stickflingers first season. Of our group of 5, every one of us that hunted more than the first hour of the first evening had a close encounter with a bear in the same class as what Brian took.
I cannot tell you how impressed I was with Ryan's operation. He knows bears and more importantly for some he understands BIG bears. All the equipment was first class and I am still working on burning off all the calories I consumed!
Most important is he has a plan for the future to keep his area producing high quality bruins for many years to come.
Ryan, His father Ron, and David all took good care of us. I did not see as many bears as the other guys, but the stations I sat at all had big bear sign and I passed up a 6-footer waiting for the bear who was forcing a defined pod-trail into the earth. I finally got to see the big boar on the third day, but he was always straight or quarting on, leaving no shot. I think he would go over 7 foot and he had a long head. I will attach some photos of him from a set camera. One evening he came just after I left, and the other pic is of him just before I got to stand one afternoon. A great bear. This concession has great potential for good bears, and since Ryan is running bow only, it should stay that way. Mike
I'm about that far (index finger and thumb pinched tight together) to sending Ryan a deposit for next spring. Congrats to Ryan and all his hunters on a great spring.
See why you let the other bear walk Mike. I'd do the same with bears of that size in the area. You got a look at him. Any video? Paul
I'll add that I think he is a good outfitter after I talked to him. Safe place to go I think.
Paul, The dust and banging of the ride in must have messed up my camera. I got footage of the 6-footer, but the camera would not record when I had the really big guy in front of me. Ryan plays the wind a lot when setting up the stands and approach. He has multiple active baits for each client. It was a good experience for me. Brian Wessels Dad took this bear with one of Brian's Tall Tines long bows. Mike
Great picture Mike ! Sorry to hear about your footage but I sure know how that happens... Last fall in MB I had packed the camera and lowered the bow (getting down early as the bugs were fierce and no repellent or net) when a booner came in.I'll be giving Ryan a call for next spring.I was impressed with Brian bows last year at Denton. Having built a few myself I don't impress easily....
thanks for taking us along.. Paul
Glad everyone has had a great experience with Ryan. Shouldn't expect anything else from him, he put in a lot hard hours into getting things going.
PS...it will only get better!
PV. When filming for our Essential Encounters DVD during a fall Manitoba bear hunt, I sat my camera on my day-pack and filmed myself washing up in steam after taking my bear. When I looked back to see if I was still in frame, I saw that the pack had shifted and my camera was gone! It rolled down the bank into the river. The camera was toast, but I was able to retieve the footage of my hunt. You can see the results in the out-takes section of the bonus features. Ha! Bear hunting is a lot of fun, but filming isn't always easy. Ha!
Just got a text from one of this week's hunters. 100% in 3 days. He was pretty happy!
Yes I heard the same thing and that 3 out of 6 were green taped above P&Y minimum. Good for them.
Excellent, congrats to the hunters and Ryan! I love when a Bowsiter hosts Bowsiters! C
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