Summit Treestands
Annual Christmas Auction
Bears
Contributors to this thread:
Adrenaline Russ 29-Nov-18
JTreeman 29-Nov-18
huntinelk 29-Nov-18
Adrenaline Russ 30-Nov-18
APauls 30-Nov-18
midwest 30-Nov-18
lineman21 30-Nov-18
lineman21 30-Nov-18
Brotsky 30-Nov-18
Adrenaline Russ 01-Dec-18
Beartrack 03-Dec-18
SteveB 03-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 04-Dec-18
Mule Power 04-Dec-18
Mule Power 04-Dec-18
lineman21 06-Dec-18
standswittaknife 06-Dec-18
Mule Power 07-Dec-18
huntinelk 07-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 08-Dec-18
Mule Power 09-Dec-18
SDHNTR(home) 09-Dec-18
Mule Power 09-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 09-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 09-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 09-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 09-Dec-18
midwest 10-Dec-18
SteveB 10-Dec-18
Mule Power 10-Dec-18
HUNT MAN 10-Dec-18
JohnMC 10-Dec-18
JL 10-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 10-Dec-18
SDHNTR(home) 10-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 10-Dec-18
SDHNTR(home) 10-Dec-18
Mule Power 10-Dec-18
Adrenaline Russ 10-Dec-18
SDHNTR(home) 11-Dec-18
29-Nov-18

Adrenaline Russ's Link
Hello Fellow Bowsiters,

Some of you may already know this, but Ron and Jeannine have begun their well-deserved retirement from their bear outfitting business!

I visited with Ron recently and he has agreed to allow me to continue the Annual Christmas Auction! I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ron and Jeannine one more time for the past generosity.

My wife Shelley and I own Adrenaline Outfitters. We have been Bowsite Sponsors for many years. Our camp is located on the East side of Lake Winnipeg and would be considered a remote, drive-in Bear Camp.

The rules will be the same as in the past:

1. Bowsite, it's owners, employees, and its sponsors are not affiliated, or responsible for this auction or any issues regarding from it, nor will be held liable if any problems arise.

2. Adrenaline Outfitters Ltd. will not receive any monies generated from this auction. All funds generated from this auction will be donated to the charity of the winning bidders choice.

3. The Auction will run until December 20, 2018. If the bidding slows down prior to that, Shelley and I will give a 24 hour notice for the Auction to be closed.

4. You are bidding on an all-inclusive hunt, with tags and taxes included. This hunt may be taken in 2019 or 2020 available dates (please contact me for availability).

5. This is not a leftover or fill in hunt. You pick your dates (based on current openings at time of Auction close).

6. To claim your hunt, the Auction winner must donate to their charity of choice, their full bidded amount, then produce the tax deductible receipt showing the date and amount donated. Once that is provided, we will confirm your hunt dates and complete all booking forms.

Shelley and I would like to thank Bowsite for providing this opportunity to us.

Currently, our website is being updated, but for a review of the 2018 spring hunt, please check our Facebook page. Please PM or email us if you have any questions about the hunt, travel requirements, or any other details.

Good luck and thanks in advance to all bidders.

Russ and Shelley Mehling/Adrenaline Outfitters Ltd.

From: JTreeman
29-Nov-18
I’ll start at $1,000.

—jim

From: huntinelk
29-Nov-18
$2500, St Judes

30-Nov-18

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Pat with a happy hunter!
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Pat with a happy hunter!
Some of you that have hunted with Ron in the past may recognize this young fella! We're excited to announce Pat has decided to join us for next spring (and beyond)! He'll bring a wealth of experience to an already stacked roster of guides!

Russ & Shelley/Adrenaline Outfitters

From: APauls
30-Nov-18
Way to go Russ! For those of you that don't know Russ he's a first class dude and I'm proud to call him a friend, but that's probably his downfall lol. Sure take some great bears every year - I've seen the pics!

From: midwest
30-Nov-18

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Hi Pat!

From: lineman21
30-Nov-18
Having hunted with Russ at this camp before I can attest to the quality of hunt this is. Bid with confidence!

From: lineman21
30-Nov-18

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From: Brotsky
30-Nov-18
Hopefully whoever wins this auction gets to hunt with Pat! He's a first rate guy and a helluva bear guide! I had a ball hunting with him a couple years ago! Glad to see him doing well.

01-Dec-18
Thanks for the kind words Cole...yours is still one of the most intense hunts we've ever experienced!

Brotsky, I can definitely add a disclaimer that the winning bidder gets to choose Pat as his guide!

Russ/Adrenaline Outfitters

From: Beartrack
03-Dec-18
A few days ago Russ contacted me in regards to keeping our Christmas Auction running. What a class act and kind thing to do by asking to continue it. Jeannine and I had dinner with Pat and his wife Marie-Anne a couple weeks ago and the auction subject came up. A few days later Russ contacted us. We were thrilled to give his request the thumbs up. Pat is everything people say he is. I always said, if Pat can't find a wounded bear, it's not findable. I thought I was pretty decent but this guy is the bear whisperer!

Good luck with this Russ and enjoy the ride.

Ron and Jeannine Dare (Semi-retired)

From: SteveB
03-Dec-18
Only if Jeannine is doing the cooking? :)

04-Dec-18
Sorry, while I can confirm Pat may be the guide for the hunt, I cannot say the same for Jeannine doing the cooking ;)

Russ

From: Mule Power
04-Dec-18

Mule Power's Link
$2550 Ryan’s Wings

From: Mule Power
04-Dec-18
Not getting too excited because I know Big Pizzaman will swoop in and outbid us all!

From: lineman21
06-Dec-18
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06-Dec-18
$2700 Transverse Myelitis Association

From: Mule Power
07-Dec-18

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From: huntinelk
07-Dec-18
$2800, St Judes

08-Dec-18
Hey Bowsiters,

I'm about to take off for the weekend to my son's hockey tournament - and believe it or not, we won't have wifi for the weekend!!

Hopefully bidding picks up, but if it doesn't, Shell and I will make a call to end it earlier. We'll see where things are at Monday, but we will make sure to give a 24 hour notice to the close of the auction.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Russ & Shelley Mehling - Adrenaline Outfitters

From: Mule Power
09-Dec-18
I don’t know if I’d pull the plug early Russ. As an avid eBayer I can tell you lots of people hold off on bidding until the final hour.

From: SDHNTR(home)
09-Dec-18
Russ, maybe you could share more detail about your operation. More info here might encourage more bidding. Your website appears to be very limited. Where are you located? Logistics? Fly into where? Pick up at airport or need to rent a car? Average size bears? Percentage pope and young? Color phase? How many hunters per week? Etc.

From: Mule Power
09-Dec-18
Exactly SDHNTR!

09-Dec-18
No problem, here is some more info:

Our camp is approximately 2.5 hours NE of Winnipeg MB. We stay in a motel in the small town of Manigotagan. Our hunt area is North and East of that community. Normally we put two hunters in a room. Each room has a private bathroom, satellite tv, and 2 double beds. We operate with a maximum of 6 guests per week. The area is allocated, which means there are no other outfitters in the area and we know resident pressure is all but non existent.

Hunters are required to get themselves to camp. It is all paved road, except the last 2 miles. Plan to arrive Sunday late afternoon. After supper Sunday, we issue tags and go over an orientation covering sizing/sexing bears, treestand etiquette, and explain the week's schedule.

You will hunt Monday to Friday, predominantly evenings. Each guide will have 2 hunters. Breakfast and lunch are eaten in the restaurant attached to the hotel - it is only open to our guests. A bag lunch is packed and hunters usually take part of it to the stand and leave some to snack on when they get back.

You will leave camp between 2 and 3. Stands are from 1/2 hour to 2 hours from camp. We aim to hunt the last 6 hours of every day. We have a lot of sites and only stands with the proper wind will be hunted. You will get back to camp between 11 and 1 am depending on the stand you were at and the time of year. Stands are generally 2-man ladder stands, 15' high and from 18 to 22 yards from the bait.

You will hunt Monday to Friday. Departure is Saturday morning after breakfast. Most hunters drive in for the hunt and take their meat/hides with them since crossing the border is easy. If one wants, we have an excellent taxidermist to recommend.

Our first week fishing season is closed, but after that, we have 2 boats on hand for guests to use. The walleye fishing gets better as the season progresses and peaks in late May. It usually stays excellent until the end of the season.

Bugs will start up around May 15 and get crazy after that. Bring a thermacell!

Our opportunity rate is near 100%, with our kill rate around 80% (not including unrecovered bears). We only started weighing our bears this spring, but an honest average would be 225-250. Hides will generally square at 6'+. Since we tube skin most of our bears, it is hard to get true squares.

We seldom get skull sizes from our guests, but having been a P & Y scorer involved in many bear kills and scoring a ton of them, I would estimate we kill a couple 18's per week, and will get a couple in the 20's per season. Over the past 3 years, hunters have averaged seeing 3+ bears per sit.

If you would have asked me 3 years ago about taking a colour phase, I would have said 1 in 25 or less! This has been changing and last year we took 2 colour phases and saw 4 more.

My favourite statistic is our repeat clientele. All of our 2018 guests are returning, and we have some booked for 2019 that hunted with us prior to that.

Hope that clears a few things up, and if there are more questions, please ask on here or contact me.

Thanks for following,

Russ/Adrenaline Outfitters

09-Dec-18

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Here are some pics of our bears...

09-Dec-18

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Great father/son moment on one of our Youth Hunts
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Great father/son moment on one of our Youth Hunts
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Adrenaline Russ's embedded Photo

09-Dec-18

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Another Youth Hunter
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Another Youth Hunter
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Another Father/Son double!
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Another Father/Son double!

From: midwest
10-Dec-18
Those are some very nice trophy photos....well done!

From: SteveB
10-Dec-18
Russ, could you elaborate on the meal situation further? Are you saying that a sack lunch is it for the rest of day?

From: Mule Power
10-Dec-18
I think he meant to say breakfast and dinner are at the restaurant and you take a sack lunch hunting. But then again.... you don’t get back to “camp” until 11pm to 1am so maybe not. A sack dinner?

I’d be leaving a pizza at the hotel for when I got back. Or my good old Jetboil and some Mountain Houses.

From: HUNT MAN
10-Dec-18
I would think big lunch and breakfast . Then sack lunch for stand. Come home few beers . Then large breakfast next day. You want die skipping one meal . I promise .

From: JohnMC
10-Dec-18
He says you leave camp at 2-3 PM to head to stand. So you would eat breakfast and lunch at normal times at restaurant. After lunch you would head to stands with a sack lunch(dinner). Is how I understand it.

From: JL
10-Dec-18
FWIW....on my hunt last year in that area with an outfitter....it was common not to get back to camp until 1100-pm - 1200pm....one time later. We ate dinner then. The bag lunch/snack was eaten around 5-7pm.

The other open question is there a max size limit on the walleye?

10-Dec-18
Hey Guys,

Sorry for the delay in getting back on here. I wasn't at a computer all morning.

Yes, we serve a big breakfast, then our large meal is at lunch. In the past, we packed bag lunches for the day, then had our large meal after the hunt. At the recommendation of quite a few of our guests, we changed it. Since then, most have been happy with this schedule.

What was happening was some hunters getting back to camp an hour later than others. Some would feel obligated to wait until everyone was back before eating, or would eat by themselves. If they waited, it just got too late. Most did not enjoy a large meal just before heading to bed, and didn't sleep well.

So, we moved the large meal to lunch (1:30ish) and pack a bag lunch for hunters. Some would take a bit to munch on in the stand, then finish it off at camp when they got back. This also provides an opportunity for everyone in camp to share a meal at the same time.

Regarding walleye sizes, there is a slot limit and any walleye over 22" have to be released. That's ok, since our experience shows the 18-20 walleyes are the tastiest...and we have a LOT of experience when it comes to eating walleye. :)

From: SDHNTR(home)
10-Dec-18
EXCELLENT and detailed response. Fine photos too. My only question is if there's any option to stay closer to the action? A 2 hr drive to and from stands sounds like a bit of a drag. How close is the fishing?

10-Dec-18
The boats are parked about 300 yards from the hotel!

We can have you in several stands in less than an hour from camp. So, as long as the winds are good, and there are good bears in the area, we can keep travel light for those that request it.

Even though we are staying in a motel, this area is quite remote. We are literally at the 'end of the road', so there are very few options regarding accommodations.

Russ/Adrenaline

From: SDHNTR(home)
10-Dec-18
Any option for 2 bears? If that's even legal, of course.

From: Mule Power
10-Dec-18
Aside from good hunting the thing that makes or breaks a hunt is the people you do it with. Sounds like you have that part covered Russ. You seem like a very nice guy. Organized too which I like.

10-Dec-18
Manitoba is a one bear province.

MP, thanks for the kind words.

Russ

From: SDHNTR(home)
11-Dec-18
Got it. Thanks for the reply. OK now, back to bidding!

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