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spike buck 30-Jan-24
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From: spike buck
30-Jan-24

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Gene Peirce...
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Gene Peirce...
We will be at the "All Canada Show" in St. Charles Illinois. Feb 1,2,3 and 4th. Kane County Fairgrounds. We have no hunts available for 2024 and now taking bookings for 2025 Spring and Fall.

Weeks of May 11th, 18th and May 25 are available. *** Weeks of June 1-7- 2025 and June 8th-14- 2025 are booked.

This picture is of our earliest Bow Hunter at Pine Acres camp... taken sometime in late 70's or so.

From: spike buck
30-Jan-24

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We have very little snow this winter, about 4 inches. Wednesday suppose to be a high of 44F. I expect the earliest Spring in years. Although I remember I was out baiting in mid March 1981. Our first hunters arrive May 12.

From: spike buck
30-Jan-24

30-Jan-24
We r having April weather here to got to luv it, stay safe on your trip good luck.

From: spike buck
30-Jan-24
Thanks Alex....

From: arlone
30-Jan-24
That one in the photo looks like a rolly-polly, pretty bear!

From: spike buck
30-Jan-24

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Spring... when the young animals of the Northern Ontario Wilderness enter this world!!

From: spike buck
31-Jan-24

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Arlone, Bears enjoyed a bounty of Berries this past Fall...

Picture taken of a beaver pond along our baiting run.

From: spike buck
31-Jan-24

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This Bear was about to die of old age... We targeted him so as he would not go to waste. His teeth were so worn out we could not properly age him.

From: grape
31-Jan-24
Thanks for getting the blood flowing Chris….maybe that will get that Desjardins guy taking some pics early!

From: t-roy
31-Jan-24
Does the lack of snow have much bearing on potential fire danger in the area once you get into the spring/summer much, or is that mostly dependent on rainfall, Chris?

From: spike buck
31-Jan-24

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Confusion Lake....
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Confusion Lake....
Some more photo's from the last few years..

From: spike buck
31-Jan-24

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Troy, In 1981, we had the same weather. Was a bad start to fire season then. But, just as soon as we think the worst, we had rain. Loggers are having a hard time cutting in their traditional areas, such as swamps. They are having to cut their summer stashes right now. Long range says no more than 2 inches of snow and above normal temps...

From: Copperman
31-Jan-24
Cannot wait to get up there this spring!

From: spike buck
31-Jan-24
Looking forward to meeting you Steve...

From: spike buck
31-Jan-24

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Here are an example of our treestands... Many ladder stands have the shooting rails taken off to be able to shoot a bow from it.

From: Bou'bound
01-Feb-24
Great set ups

From: spike buck
01-Feb-24
Thanx Bou Bound

From: spike buck
02-Feb-24

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Lazy Bear...
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Lazy Bear...

From: spike buck
02-Feb-24

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From: spike buck
02-Feb-24

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1974, I was 12, our first year at Pine Acres. I followed then and mostly got in the way I am sure. 2024 will be my 50th year chasing Bears at Pine Acres. This set up was the best way to bear hunt. No bait needed. Tied Plott hound ( strike dog) to bumper rack. Drive slowly down one of the many logging roads. If a bear crossed the road with in a few hours of us passing, the strike dog on the front bumper would sound off letting us know of a bear crossing the road.

After strike dog sounds off, we would take another Plott and check out the track. The Plott would tell us if the track was worth letting the box of hounds loose on. If the dog told us what we wanted to know, the chase was on!!

Hunting bears with a pack of Plotts was a Blast!!

From: spike buck
02-Feb-24

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After 50 years I can say when it comes to Bear Hunting, I have experienced it all. Can say if it could be done wrong, I did it Lol. I now know how to stop a problem before it happens. Can actually say been there done it!! Am I bragging? Don't think so, it's the truth!!

Everything I have learned pertaining to clients and bears, was taught to me from our camps "American Hunters". I had to grow up fast.... My dad was too busy working a full time job at the local saw mill to teach me.

Before Pine Acres, the only Bow I ever knew was the ones I made from Birch saplings while growing up in Winnipeg.

I also learned from my dads mistakes. I actually wonder if he knew I watched his every move.

From: grape
02-Feb-24
Great thread Chris. Thanks for sharing. Don’t stop!

From: mooseslayer
02-Feb-24
Gotta love that guy in the middle on that last pic with the knife in his left hand.

02-Feb-24
Thanks for sharing Chris! I really enjoy the old pictures and stories that go with them. Can’t wait to get up there again this year.

From: spike buck
02-Feb-24

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After we were done wolf hunting our Private land, Trevor, my nephew snared 3 wolves. Here is the one he took out of his snare this morning. Its nice having a trapper in the family.

From: spike buck
05-Feb-24

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Nephew Trevor Robinson... Trapper
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Nephew Trevor Robinson... Trapper
Here is another wolf we got off Quibell Outpost land today

From: spike buck
07-Feb-24

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*** My lesson on Crisis management

Prelude...grew up as a kid in Winnipeg. I loved the outdoors and snow. Made extra money shoveling side walks and drive ways. My dad gave me enough money to buy 2 shovels to get the job done. Said to pay him back when I made enough money. Was about .75 cents a side walk and 1.50 a driveway. I always wished for snow. When I made enough money I went to pay my dad back, he said don't worry keep it. He just waned to make sure I was responsible for repayment. Never had to borrow money from him in the winter again. Always had cash for movies bowling and swimming at the Y.

After we moved to Vermilion Bay Ontario in 1974, I got a paper route, 2 actually. Winnipeg Free Press and Tribune. Had a bag of papers on each shoulder, walking around town delivering them. I worked at camp but never got paid, wanted extra cash. Had to collect payment for papers every 2 weeks. Won a couple of 10 speeds for subscriber drive.

Anyways, when we bought the camp, the old owner told me to never go across the tracks. Said was many old wells that I could fall in. Being 12 it just went over my head. During the first winter, I went where he told me not to. I set a snare line for rabbits. I would get off the school bus. Go check my snare lines then go grab the bundles of papers and then deliver them. I had my snow shoes hidden in the bush towards the tracks.

One spot I chose for a snare had a rabbit trail running over a mound of snow. I snow shoed up on the mound and set a snare. Next day same routine. Off bus, grab snow shoes check snares. Well, the snare on the mound had a rabbit. All excited I snow shoed up on mound squatted down to get the rabbit. All of a sudden the ground underneath me disappeared and I fell fast down an old well. There was a crossbeam about 15 feet down made of old rotted wood that stopped my fall. The well was cribbed with wood. All rotted.

When I stopped falling, my snowshoes on one side of the wall of well and my back on the other. Every time I moved rotted pieces of cribbing fell and I listened to how long it took to hit any water below. I knew I was in trouble!!

After I calmed down and recovered my energy back, I started to shimmy my way up to the top. It was like a hammock. Shimmied my back up a few inches on one side then my snowshoes up a few inches on the other. After about an hour I got to the top, but not out.

I spent alot of energy getting to the top so I needed a bit to recover. Finally I figured out how to get out of the opening of well. I had to thrust my body up in the air and roll at the same time to get out. Well my plan worked.... I was never so scared and gratefull to survive.

After, I saw that they just capped the old well with regular plywood. Which rotted through the years. No one knew where I was so I would have had a rough time at the bottom of the well if my plan on shimmying up the well did not work. I decided from then on to listen to any adult.

It took me a few years to get my nerve back to venture to the old wells again. I never told my parents as they would have whipped me. BUT it was a lesson I learned for my self.

I am sure I wasn't the first to fall in as he would not have warned me.

So, from age of 12 on, I started thinking of dangers my actions could cause. From that day on I think before I step.

From: spike buck
07-Feb-24

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Rained all day today. Got stuck on a clay rd where there was about 1/2 inch of mud on frozen clay.

07-Feb-24
Would chains help on that slick road?

From: spike buck
08-Feb-24
Yep.... but got out with spruce boughs.

From: spike buck
08-Feb-24

From: spike buck
09-Feb-24

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When we bought the camp our hunters hunted with Plott Hounds. This picture of a group of Pine Acres Hunters was taken in 1975. There were no limit on Bears a hunter could tag in a year. But they did limit themselves in order to enjoy future Bear Hunts.

There were hundreds of miles of logging roads to drive and catch a Bear track. No radio collars then. Just relied on hunters ears to hear the movement of the hounds in their pursuit of the bear they chased.

Bears always took the hounds into the most remote Territory in NW Ontario. Hunting with hound was very demanding on a hunter following the hounds. Skinned Bears on the spot. Carried hide and meat out in Burlap sacs.

I skipped school often during the Spring and Fall. I always said I learned more from the American Bear Hunter than in class. I wonder if the American Bear Hunters I was following ever realized they were raising me to be a lifelong Bear Guide?? They taught me how to field dress, Skin a Bar, quarter and debone. I quit school in about 78. Then in 1994 and 95 went to night school to become an educated Bear Guide. Graduated grade 12 in 1995!!

The only book I remember reading was " The Education of a Bear Hunter". Written by Ralph Flowers. A Bear Hunter who was hired by State of Washington to lower the bear population. They were killing the trees in the rain forest. Trapped and shot his Bears. AWESOME read. Was eventually mauled by a bear he was pursuing and was almost killed. Mostly read during my boring Math and French Class.

From: spike buck
12-Feb-24
Nephew got another one this morning...

From: spike buck
12-Feb-24

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Here's one of many Wolf snare's
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Here's one of many Wolf snare's
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From: spike buck
13-Feb-24

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My Bear Mobile...

From: spike buck
13-Feb-24

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1987 Spring.
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1987 Spring.
Spring and Fall 2025 still has some openings... May 11th, 18th and 25th. May 25th has only a few more openings left. Price $1695.00 USD plus .13 tax and license. Call Cell at 1-807-221-9793.

From: t-roy
13-Feb-24
Looks like your nephew is cleaning up on the wolves! What’s with the blood around the bunghole on the last one?

From: spike buck
13-Feb-24
Troy, Birds got at it... wolf was laying in open where Ravens can get at it. Sent it from bush with cell phone. I cleaned up the photo.

From: spike buck
13-Feb-24

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I had no idea that skunks climbed trees... Caught in a Pine Marten box.

From: spike buck
15-Feb-24

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Each barrel gets 3 pails per check. Check baits every three days. Bait consists of home made granola topped off with our popcorn recipe.

From: spike buck
15-Feb-24

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My nephew... Way back in years, we would fill the bed of the truck with suckers that we netted. We used bait boxes then. Would fill them right up with suckers.

From: spike buck
16-Feb-24

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Snared another wolf today...

From: arlone
16-Feb-24
Looks like the "hoofed" animals are getting a boost from Trevor. Good job!

From: spike buck
16-Feb-24
arlone, never know... there could be a couple of Minnesota wolves in the snares.

From: skull
17-Feb-24

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Chris you are absolutely correct, my buddy got one near Thunder Bay that was tagged in Minnesota

From: spike buck
17-Feb-24
That's cool.

From: spike buck
17-Feb-24
When we take Wolves out of our areas, I would guess MN Wolves will move in.

From: Bou'bound
17-Feb-24
That well story is scary Chris. Amazing you made it out. First the beam to catch you then the climb out. Wild. Life changing perspective I am sure

From: spike buck
17-Feb-24

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Here is another well I found that someone attempted to fill in.
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Here is another well I found that someone attempted to fill in.
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Old Log cabin I found many moons ago.
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Old Log cabin I found many moons ago.
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Old House in a remote abandoned Farm near our Mutrie Outpost.
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Old House in a remote abandoned Farm near our Mutrie Outpost.
In one of our Bear Management Areas, there were areas settled by Mennonites in early 20's. The first Old homesteads was all grown in. Was cool walking around them dreaming what it was like back then. When I wandered around old homesteads I always watch for old wells. Someone attempted to fill this one in.

Old Large house was in a remote farmers field near Mutrie Outpost.

From: spike buck
17-Feb-24

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Back in the early days, logs were hauled out of the bush by horses to a landing. Then the loggers had to buck the tree length trees to size logs they wanted. Then trailers were hauled in to landing by horses and logs were loaded and delivered to Colenso Saw Mill on HWY #105.

Because the loggers lived in the bush they built this small cabin for sleeping and eating and the barn was for the horses. Back in the 70's, we would sit a hun ter in the shack and have a hanging bait on the edge of the field. Quite a few of our hunters shot bears from inside. The inside of the shack had hundreds of names scraped into the walls of venturers and hunters who found this site. Now everything has fallen to the ground and you would never know these buildings were here unless you saw this picture.

My dads first job after he moved to Vermilion Bay was at this Colenso Saw mill.

From: grape
18-Feb-24
Awesome thread Chris

From: spike buck
21-Feb-24

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Bowhunting Hungry Spring Bears!!!
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Bowhunting Hungry Spring Bears!!!
Thx Greg...

*** We are in Indiana for the Indiana Deer, Turkey and waterfowl Expo this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the Indiana State Fairgrounds!! Come see the show and visit Pine Acres Bear Camp at our Booth. Booking Bear Spring and Fall 2025. 1-807-221-9793

From: spike buck
25-Feb-24

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Many Moons ago. Robin Klemme... Iowa
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Many Moons ago. Robin Klemme... Iowa

From: spike buck
25-Feb-24

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Long time ago...Sandt Eckardt. Iowa IBA
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Long time ago...Sandt Eckardt. Iowa IBA

25-Feb-24
Look at that spike! Before all the “fancy camo” that helps you kill stuff!

Love the old pics from back in the day!

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