Mathews Inc.
Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters
Bears
Contributors to this thread:
Stubbleduck 02-Mar-16
Stubbleduck 02-Mar-16
Stubbleduck 04-Mar-16
Brotsky 04-Mar-16
Stubbleduck 06-Mar-16
SteveB 06-Mar-16
Brotsky 07-Mar-16
Stubbleduck 07-Mar-16
KJC 07-Mar-16
Alexis Desjardins 07-Mar-16
Stubbleduck 05-Jun-16
drycreek 05-Jun-16
WV Mountaineer 05-Jun-16
Stubbleduck 05-Jun-16
SteveB 05-Jun-16
Stubbleduck 05-Jun-16
SteveB 06-Jun-16
Brotsky 06-Jun-16
From: Stubbleduck
02-Mar-16
Anyone hunted with this Manotoba bear outfitter?

From: Stubbleduck
02-Mar-16
Whoops....obviously that should be Manitoba....

From: Stubbleduck
04-Mar-16
TTT

From: Brotsky
04-Mar-16
I think the lack of responses might tell you what you need to know. I can recommend 3 outstanding Manitoba bear outfitters who are also Bowsite sponsors if you're looking for a bear hunt. I have no personal knowledge of this outfitter and it seems not many others do either and no outfitter reviews are posted. Buyer beware.

From: Stubbleduck
06-Mar-16
Well, I took a chance and may live to regret it. The current owner operator of "Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters" apparently just bought the outfit a year or so ago. Near as I can determine the story he tells on the website is correct in that he has a good deal of experience just not as an owner/operator. Anyhow, I had enquired about a cancellation hunt (I'm retired and can take advantage of such hunts) and got a very attractive offer. It's an easy drive from my home in Minneapolis so the additional costs beyond the outfitter are minimal. I've been in the position of a new business startup, though not in hunting operation or anything even remotely similar, so I have a certain amount of sympathy for the new guy. After trading emails and talking to the guy I took the chance and sent a deposit for the last week of May. Come the middle of June I'll publish the results.

From: SteveB
06-Mar-16
Good luck, hope you have a fun hunt!

From: Brotsky
07-Mar-16
Good luck! Everyone had to start somewhere! Hopefully it turns out to be a great hunt! Have fun either way, there's a lot worse places to be than Manitoba in the springtime!

From: Stubbleduck
07-Mar-16
Brotsky...Thanks for the positive thoughts. Your comment on Manitoba is in line with my thinking. Even if the hunting isn't so great sitting in a tree in springtime is likely to be interesting.

From: KJC
07-Mar-16
Good luck! Good of you to give a new outfitter a chance. It might wind up being the hunt of a lifetime!

07-Mar-16
Wish u the best on your hunt, welcome to Manitoba

From: Stubbleduck
05-Jun-16
Just got home from the Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters hunt noted above. Accommodations were great (See Nopiming Lodge on Bird Lake in Manitoba). John Toutant the outfitter uses cabins at the lodge and the lodge restaurant for feeding his hunters. This is NOT "Roughing it"!! I'm no expert on bear hunting but it's my impression that John knows bears and hunting them. We had some lousy weather, totally rain / wind blown out of hunting one day and had another very marginal day (Wind / Rain) where we went out but nobody saw anything. I wanted either a really large black bear or a color phase of any reasonable size. On Thursday I had my choice of two moderately large blacks or a smaller but really nice looking chocolate. I took the chocolate. There is very good fishing right at the lodge and the lodge has boats for rent. One of the guys in camp got his bear on Monday and went fishing. Among other fish he caught a 26.5 inch Walleye. I didn't fish as Friday would have been my only day and I didn't want to buy a full year license for one day. Manitoba does not have short term fishing licenses. Anyhow, bottom line...Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters provided an extremely enjoyable hunt that was only a days drive (9 hours) from Minneapolis. I'm already negotiating for a return trip next spring. Oh...one other thing...I did have a Wolf wander by my stand one evening. I had never seen a wolf in the wild before. The fall bear hunters can shoot wolves but not in the spring.

From: drycreek
05-Jun-16
Great ^^^^^^^ ! Glad you had a good time. Got any pics to share ?

05-Jun-16
Sounds like you had a god time and a great hunt. If he is a sponsor, post up a review. Sounds like he deserves it. God Bless

From: Stubbleduck
05-Jun-16
Unfortunately I shot my bear right at dark. The "Kill site" photos didn't come out showing much. I have some taken the next morning when skinning but probably a bit bloody and ugly for the website. Perhaps I'll post photos of the rug when I get it.

John is not a sponsor yet. I encouraged him to become one. As he is in start up mode I think he counts every penny. I don't think he inherited many repeat customers from the previous operator as that guy apparently, based on my research, ran a fairly shabby operation.

From: SteveB
05-Jun-16
No pictures ....it never happened :)

From: Stubbleduck
05-Jun-16
SteveB.. I'll see if I can find a couple of pictures that will make you wonder What Happened!!! However they may have nothing to do with bear hunting. Seriously, I'm a bit disappointed with my photography. I thought I had the camera set up correctly. Maybe I should just let the camera do its "Automatic" thing rather than try to be a stud photographer. Back in the days of film cameras I knew what I was doing, even processed and printed some of my own stuff in a friends darkroom. Modern cameras are a bit of a mystery to me. It's so bad that my daughter has to set up my iPhone apps!!

From: SteveB
06-Jun-16
:) We are all picture hungry here.... bad pic is better than no pic. Just kidding with you though..... Bad pics happen.

From: Brotsky
06-Jun-16
Glad you had a great hunt Stubbleduck! Thanks for coming back and updating us on how it went! Congrats on your bear!

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