Black Gold Sights
Saskatchewan Live Hunt - maybe not
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Bill in MI 18-Oct-14
Mr_steve 19-Oct-14
Nick Muche 19-Oct-14
APauls 19-Oct-14
TREESTANDWOLF 19-Oct-14
IdyllwildArcher 19-Oct-14
Charlie Rehor 19-Oct-14
XMan 19-Oct-14
Jimbo 19-Oct-14
Steve Leffler 19-Oct-14
midwest 19-Oct-14
Bear Track 19-Oct-14
Jack Harris 19-Oct-14
Jack Harris 19-Oct-14
itshot 19-Oct-14
APauls 19-Oct-14
Notnormal 19-Oct-14
Hawkeye 19-Oct-14
Steve Leffler 19-Oct-14
Charlie Rehor 19-Oct-14
Rob Nye 19-Oct-14
Steve Leffler 19-Oct-14
Rob Nye 19-Oct-14
Bou'bound 19-Oct-14
Forest bows 19-Oct-14
drycreek 19-Oct-14
Sage Buffalo 19-Oct-14
cityhunter 19-Oct-14
midwest 19-Oct-14
Mark Watkins 19-Oct-14
Charlie Rehor 20-Oct-14
Bear Track 20-Oct-14
Ace 20-Oct-14
Meathook 20-Oct-14
Fulldraw1972 20-Oct-14
sureshot 20-Oct-14
Jack Harris 20-Oct-14
snapcrackpop 20-Oct-14
steff 20-Oct-14
GhostBird 20-Oct-14
midwest 20-Oct-14
Medicinemann 20-Oct-14
T Mac 20-Oct-14
CurveBow 20-Oct-14
CurveBow 20-Oct-14
CurveBow 20-Oct-14
steve 20-Oct-14
jax2009r 20-Oct-14
SteveB 20-Oct-14
Mad Trapper 20-Oct-14
Bake 20-Oct-14
XMan 20-Oct-14
Rob Nye 20-Oct-14
Matt Rehor 20-Oct-14
JW 20-Oct-14
SmoothieJonez 20-Oct-14
drycreek 20-Oct-14
hunt'n addict 20-Oct-14
elmer@laptop 20-Oct-14
GhostBird 21-Oct-14
TREESTANDWOLF 21-Oct-14
Clutch 21-Oct-14
Bou'bound 22-Oct-14
jax2009r 23-Oct-14
drycreek 23-Oct-14
Ace 23-Oct-14
elkmtngear 23-Oct-14
Medicinemann 24-Oct-14
Andrew W. Manukas 24-Oct-14
Bou'bound 24-Oct-14
Sage Buffalo 24-Oct-14
Forest bows 24-Oct-14
jax2009r 24-Oct-14
Sage Buffalo 24-Oct-14
writer 24-Oct-14
Mark Watkins 25-Oct-14
TurkeyBowMaster 25-Oct-14
Matt Rehor 25-Oct-14
nijimasu 25-Oct-14
DonSchultz 25-Oct-14
Bou'bound 26-Oct-14
cityhunter 26-Oct-14
drycreek 26-Oct-14
mainbrdr 26-Oct-14
Sage Buffalo 27-Oct-14
Mark Watkins 27-Oct-14
Sage Buffalo 27-Oct-14
SmoothieJonez 27-Oct-14
Jack Harris 27-Oct-14
David Alford 28-Oct-14
David Alford 28-Oct-14
TD 28-Oct-14
TurkeyBowMaster 28-Oct-14
Mad Trapper 28-Oct-14
Amoebus 28-Oct-14
bushwacker 02-Nov-14
bowriter 03-Nov-14
Medicinemann 03-Nov-14
From: Bill in MI
18-Oct-14
Oh man that sucks. Can you still drive across the border with out it?

From: Mr_steve
19-Oct-14
Wow that just plain sucks. Couldn't imagine that feeling. Hope you find an option.

From: Nick Muche
19-Oct-14
I'd be in tears. Hope it works out.

From: APauls
19-Oct-14
Soooooo is there a spot that needs filling?

Jk Pat it actually makes me sick to my stack reading that.

19-Oct-14
I thought you could use a birth certificate and a government ID in lieu of the passport?

Hope it comes together for you Pat.

19-Oct-14
That sucks

19-Oct-14
If past history is any indication you will find a way! Perhaps call the border people or your flaming liberal Congressman? C

From: XMan
19-Oct-14
dang, that really sucks. Send Pat Jr and let him kill a monster :)

From: Jimbo
19-Oct-14
Tough situation, Pat. We've all done things like that... very frustrating. I hope you're able to find a way to get the hunt back on track.

19-Oct-14
Wow Pat. Sorry to hear that. You may be able to drive across the border to Montreal with your driver's license and fly from Montreal. I know many people in VT who enter Canada and the US with only a driver's license. Hope you can make it work.

From: midwest
19-Oct-14
"US citizens can no longer cross the border, back into the US, from Canada, using only a driver's licence and birth certificate due to changes in U.S. law that took effect June 1, 2009."

That sucks, Pat. I can imagine the sickness in your stomach when you realized it had expired.

From: Bear Track
19-Oct-14
I'm not a day's drive from your semi-live hunt Pat. Can be on the road by 9:30am to fill this most important spot in your life. I'm just happy to help you out!

To be honest, I've seen this done here in Winnipeg. 2 gals in front of me in line to check in on a flight to Cabo have stains in their passport, told they won't accept the passport at the destination, and get in a taxi, rushed downtown, new passports issued and they make their flight. Not sure about the US but if it's possible, they will help you out. You need a new passport not a replacement so screwed, you may be.

From: Jack Harris
19-Oct-14
Pat several years ago I went to board flight to Baja for an amazing fishing trip with my son... The prior year, I accidentally put my passport through the wash, and other than the cover looking slightly worn, all the pages looked good. They would not accept it, classified it as "mutilated" and we got turned away. Turned out my best option was to get up early and drive directly to Philadelphia where you can get an expedited, same day passport which I did. Got there 7:00 am and by 5pm I had a new passport. The airline and hotel and fishing charters were all very accommodating and the very next day I was on that flight... Lost two days because of it, but lesson learned!

From: Jack Harris
19-Oct-14
The difference between yours and mine, is mine was just a replacement but I still think you can get an expedited one hopefully... GOOD LUCK

From: itshot
19-Oct-14
Good luck, hope plan B works out

From: APauls
19-Oct-14
Good Luck Pat!!!

From: Notnormal
19-Oct-14
Smile Pat. Over coming adversity makes our successful hunts more rewarding. Good luck.

From: Hawkeye
19-Oct-14
I did that in 2010 but caught it 2 weeks before left for Africa. Had to get it expedited and drive to Chicago for interview. Was awful. Won't do it again and learned a lesson. Sorry that happened Pat and have been there. No fun. At least wasn't before your cape buff hunt. Could have been worse:)

19-Oct-14
Pat, That sounds like the best option. I think you should start the live hunt dealing with the govt in Stamford tomorrow. Anyway I bet it all works out in the end and you get a Canadian giant.

19-Oct-14
Catch the PM hunt in Greenwich tonight, get a hotel then do an hour am hunt and be at the door when they open! Good luck! C

From: Rob Nye
19-Oct-14
You better show up, I bought you a "Hillary Next" t-shirt that I knew you'd like. Can't even give it to someone else in size: midget.

19-Oct-14
Pat if you could wear the Hilary shirt to Stamford it could make things go quicker :)

From: Rob Nye
19-Oct-14
Rose says that was kinda mean. But funny.

From: Bou'bound
19-Oct-14
Th best hunts are the ones with the memorable twists Good luck

From: Forest bows
19-Oct-14
U can use mine!

From: drycreek
19-Oct-14
Rob, LMAO ! Don't worry Pat, he has one tied up for you ! Try not to let the rope burns show on the mount.

From: Sage Buffalo
19-Oct-14
Fingers crossed. Hopefully all goes well.

I can ONLY imagine your frustration when you opened up that passport.

From: cityhunter
19-Oct-14
everything happens 4 a reason

From: midwest
19-Oct-14
What really sucks is when you realize how fast those 10 years went by!

From: Mark Watkins
19-Oct-14
Make it happen Pat....we are all looking forward o the hunt as a pre cursor to the rut getting rolling here at home!

Mark

20-Oct-14
+1 Midwest!

Last year only had 136 days!!!

From: Bear Track
20-Oct-14
Curious on how Pat has fared this morning.

From: Ace
20-Oct-14
"Catch the PM hunt in Greenwich tonight ... "

Sorry not in CT, Sunday Hunting is just a dream.

Good luck Pat, hope it works out for you. I have this mental picture of you sitting in a busy Passport office in downtown Stamford reading Bowsite on your iPhone.

Plan B (or is it C now) might be to head up here, then when the passport is granted, someone can mail it up to you. You'd just have to find things to hunt in Canada until it got there.

From: Meathook
20-Oct-14
So ANYONE can cross the Southern border at will but we for some reason are worried about the Northern border?

Makes a lot of sense.

From: Fulldraw1972
20-Oct-14
Good luck Pat I hope you can make it.

An american citizen has to go thru this but yet we have illegals showing up Dailey.

From: sureshot
20-Oct-14
Suppose Pat is enjoying the morning with his new liberal friends in Stamford? I am sure they are excited at the chance to help him with his hunt. Good Luck, looking forward to the live hunt!

From: Jack Harris
20-Oct-14
Good save Pat - way to recover. Like I said, I know the feeling, imagine having your bags in hand with your son(14 at the time) and being turned away!

Good luck, hope you get that nice 10 or something even bigger!

From: snapcrackpop
20-Oct-14
WOW! Good for you.

From: steff
20-Oct-14
Good luck! Looking forward to the thread!

From: GhostBird
20-Oct-14
Don't forget your bow!

From: midwest
20-Oct-14
Great news! Good luck!

From: Medicinemann
20-Oct-14
Glad that you got the passport issue resolved....if it had happened prior to our elephant hunt (that never happened), you'd have never lived it down.....

From: T Mac
20-Oct-14
Sweet! Look forward to following the hunt!

From: CurveBow
20-Oct-14
What about an enhanced drivers license? We drive each year to Ontario. We've been told that either a Passport or the enhanced license, available in NYS does the trick....

Good luck Pat!

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From: CurveBow
20-Oct-14
Sorry. I TBM'd.....

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From: CurveBow
20-Oct-14
Sorry, I TBM'd....

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From: steve
20-Oct-14
well your good for 10 more years .

From: jax2009r
20-Oct-14
I could not find my passport and was planning my trip to stamford since I head to Canada Nov....gave up looking for it and found it

From: SteveB
20-Oct-14
Glad you were able to work that out Pat. Just wait until Canada begins requiring VISAs for us all!

If this ever happens to anyone else there is an on-line company that is highly respected called CIBT and they can get overnight passports for you (for a fee) as they have agents right in DC waiting for situations like this. I have used them before :)

From: Mad Trapper
20-Oct-14
I can believe that you did this, but I can't believe that you told us about it. Then again, I leave for Canada in less than two weeks. Now where did I put that passport??

From: Bake
20-Oct-14
Where there's a will there's a way! Good luck up north!

Bake

From: XMan
20-Oct-14
You are one lucky SOB... kill a giant :)

From: Rob Nye
20-Oct-14
Great news. Likely not missing much action today, it is 74 degrees and very windy. But you never know....

From: Matt Rehor
20-Oct-14
Good luck Pat!!!

From: JW
20-Oct-14
Go get em Pat. Best of luck!

20-Oct-14
Best of luck Pat. We'll all be watching closely and pulling for a great week of Mobile Live Hunts. Shoot true and stay safe.

From: drycreek
20-Oct-14
Good luck Pat, kill a big one !

20-Oct-14
Have a great time. Looking forward to the semi live hunt.

From: elmer@laptop
20-Oct-14
Hooray!

From: GhostBird
21-Oct-14
Don't forget your bow.

21-Oct-14
This is one of my favorite hunts to follow !

Its a matter of time before Pat shoots a giant up there.

Good Luck Pat and crew!

From: Clutch
21-Oct-14
Go Getem Pat-- g-luc

From: Bou'bound
22-Oct-14
those temps need some serious reduction. 80 degrees is insane

From: jax2009r
23-Oct-14
DId this area have a hard winter like many of the other provinces?

From: drycreek
23-Oct-14
Pat, that six point you saw yesterday would have overfilled my freezer !

From: Ace
23-Oct-14
Pat that 2.5 year old will be the king until some stud decided he likes that spot, and the does that hang there. Any time that little guy isn't in sight a monster can appear. Think of him as your canary in a coal mine. When he looks up and disappears, get ready!

I once hunted Manitoba, and I know those all day sits can be brutal, but knowing what's around, what's possible keeps you awake. The body size of those deer is unbelievable. I never saw a monster, but the size of the sheds the guide had lying around kept me from wanting to punch my tag on a mere 130 inch deer that could be spectacular in a year or two. I hope you get to see the Northern Lights, and hear wolves howling (from not too close).

Enjoy your time at the extreme of the Whitetail's range, and I hope to see a grip and grin with a 200 inch monster. I'll leave it up to you to pray for a typical massive dark horned 12, or that gnarly, junk everywhere (almost) ugly nontypical rack.

Good luck! Don't forget the boot pic, I think your Lacrosse endorsement requires it! :-)

From: elkmtngear
23-Oct-14
I just received my Passport renewal...took 2 weeks.

Pat, are you sure you aren't really an agent for some secret Government Agency?

From: Medicinemann
24-Oct-14
Are wolves fair game in this area....and if so, do you have a wolf tag?

24-Oct-14
Just a hunch, but I would say somebody is tracking

From: Bou'bound
24-Oct-14
I am going to say something that will ensure you kill a 160" on this trip.

Is it the fact you go to Kansas at prime time each year that keeps you going back to SK pre-pre-rut. You gotta believe a couple more weeks and you'd be hunting in high cotton, but the early hunts are a crap shoot.

Now make me look stupid and kill that 160"

From: Sage Buffalo
24-Oct-14
Life can be a real TV sitcom at times. You wait all year for this, you have a "fun" time in prep with passport, etc.

You get in stand with high anticipation and stress of getting there and sit and wait...wait...wait some more.

Conditions aren't ideal.

So you smile and hope lady luck changes the weather or gets that buck up to pass by you.

Sometimes you just sit back and enjoy the ride because it's a lot easier than complaining.

Here's to good luck and a nice buck today!

From: Forest bows
24-Oct-14
If Rob says to sit there I would sit there! I dont know if I would sit all day but I would sit there! ;)

From: jax2009r
24-Oct-14
all sits ....you gotta bring a book....occupy your mind alittle

From: Sage Buffalo
24-Oct-14
Or iPad and get your Angry Bird on.

My kids come sit with me and play on devices to pass time. They are even quiter then I am!!

From: writer
24-Oct-14
Pat, it's 11, somewhere.

From: Mark Watkins
25-Oct-14
Bring it on Pat! Congrats Greg!

Mark

25-Oct-14
Toad frog???

From: Matt Rehor
25-Oct-14
Nice looking bucks, congrats!!!!

From: nijimasu
25-Oct-14
I'd have shot that damn 6 point like 4 times by now.

From: DonSchultz
25-Oct-14
Pat seems always to be a gentleman. I still have fond memories of hunting with him and Rupe on the Eastern Shore of Connecticut. Kansas this year? I pray the best for him there.

From: Bou'bound
26-Oct-14
Kansas awaits in the rut.

From: cityhunter
26-Oct-14
not to pine, Pat plenty of 6pts in NY!!

From: drycreek
26-Oct-14
You gave it your best shot Pat. Lotsa hours in the stand doesn't always equal success, as you know. Sorry you didn't score, better luck next time. It ain't over 'til they throw dirt in your face !

From: mainbrdr
26-Oct-14
Pat, I was wondering what was being used for bait at the baited stands. Were the deer being chased off by bears guarding the bait? Several nice bucks shot, a couple of muffs at nice bucks and good bucks that came in but didn't present a shot or were chased off by bears. If that equates to them being "shut down" I hope they shut down for me this year. :)

From: Sage Buffalo
27-Oct-14
Pat I am glad you shared that hunt. If I go on 10 guided hunts there is always one hunt with a great outfitter that ends this way.

It's OK. It's hunting. There are 9 other hunts that end great.

These hunts always humble me and put what we are doing back in perspective. I rarely blame the outfitter in these situations. Regardless of price.

We hunt unpredictable wild animals who at any second can change the game so much that we are left scratching our heads. Guessing wrong.

While I don't want every hunt to end this way I am glad when one does because that feeling you get just makes that feel you get when things go right even better.

So keep posting your successes and humble-pie moments.

From: Mark Watkins
27-Oct-14
It can (and does) happen to all of us....still a great trip!

Mark

From: Sage Buffalo
27-Oct-14
ReallY...really....really??!?!?!?

Ok. Now you are just torturing yourself.

That can drive man insane.

27-Oct-14
C'mon! Really? What's the distance from the trailcam to the 50hr stand you were in? I guess its like the same mentality of the roulette wheel at the casino - never look back once you walk away from the table. Best of luck next time Pat and throughout the rest of your season.

From: Jack Harris
27-Oct-14
Pat - any chance they showed because they did not detect the odor of a human hunting them? That cannot be a coincidence, seems like they are wise to that spot and know when its safe to go...

Especially if it's a baited site

From: David Alford
28-Oct-14
I'll be there next week...sorry we didn't meet up Pat; good luck on your forthcoming hunts.

From: David Alford
28-Oct-14
and Nov.7-13, Alberta...

From: TD
28-Oct-14
You do know the booners were having a party around your chosen stand... the day you burned on your passport... hehehehe...

Cool hunt. Congrats to the boys, Looks like great animals. Sound like that's huntin'.... and still a great hunt. I know folks do hunts like that and never have an opportunity on any animal.

Don't know about others, but I can live with it if I'm making the decision to shoot or not and that decision isn't made for me by no opportunity... that's a good hunt....

28-Oct-14
Your a better man than I am if you spent 50 hours in one stand. I have to bounce around and have a change in scenery.

From: Mad Trapper
28-Oct-14
Couldn't have been your crack scent control program :-)

From: Amoebus
28-Oct-14
"Well this figures. Look what happened yesterday at the stand I spent 50 hours sitting at looking at the same dink buck."

The big bucks can detect that new passport scent.

From: bushwacker
02-Nov-14
Thanks for posting this report! I am headed to hunt there in a few weeks. Fired up is an understatement. Looks like some nice bucks were killed and seen.

From: bowriter
03-Nov-14
Excellent photo showing the buck displaying. And...this thread made me go check my passport.

From: Medicinemann
03-Nov-14
Buck #1 to Buck #2....."Pssst....the coast is clear....I can't smell Bratwurst or chicken salad remains anymore, Lefemine must be gone!!"

Madtrapper......"Crack scent control program"......literally or figuratively or both?

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