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Rick Teal 04-16-2012 11:05 PM

Another Trophy Show
I was manning the trophy measuring booth at the Carp, Ontario Sportsman's Show, and we had a great weekend.

We had 50 entries including 4 sets of mounted sheds, and measred 3 other trophies after the book closed. So of the 57 measurements, we had 29 that would qualify for FROW (The Ontario Records keeping organization). Unfortunately, we were rushed at the end and gave the sheets and instructions to the owners, but I hope they all submit their entries.

We had a 196 NT buck submitted, as well as a 165 5/8 and 163 3/8 typicals.

We had a number of exceptional moose submitted. Four scored over 180 - the best being 187 4/8 (winning the contest by 3/4 of an inch)and another was over 172.

There were several prizes donated, including some guns, so some lucky winners went away very happy.

Here are a few pictures:

I have many more pictures, but this post is probably already too long to read easily. You may be able to make out some number cards on or near some of the trophies - these are the scores.

Va Hunter 04-18-2012 10:53 AM

Man! Ya'll got some big ole antlers up there!

I like the moose antlers mounted on the boards. I've seen a couple of moose head mounts. If I ever get lucky enough to take a moose, the board will be the way I'd go. I ain't got enough room for the whole head!
Thanks for the pictures.

Bow Drawn 04-19-2012 01:56 PM

Thanks for sharing those trophies from our friend's up north. Deer should be getting better in Ontario with all the clear cutting I've seen.

After seeing those moose racks I wish I could do a archery moose hunt in Ontario that had a high success rate.

I'm a little surprised not to see more big bear trophies displayed. I have seen in fishing camp some big ole bruins in the trash with melon skulls. Now this is in spring time just after ice out and the outfitter does not hunt the bears at all. Especially since it's a fall hunt there.

Rick Teal 04-19-2012 09:20 PM

Bow Drawn:

In general, Ontario residents don't hunt bear. When I was younger (eons ago) they were considered little more than vermin and some areas had bounties on them.

Since the cancellation of the spring hunt, which was almost exclusively utilized by non-residents, the government drove many outfitters to or to the brink of bankruptcy. Recently, more Ontario residents have taken up bear hunting. I guess the thinking is: "if it was something we were going to be denied, then it must be something pretty good". Generally, though, this is more the younger generation than mine.

Since we now have to do it in the fall, most of us still prefer moose or deer hunting, and are unwilling to do all the work of setting up and tending baits "just for a bear".

I've shot 5 bear in my life - all were incidental to moose hunts. Last year I passed on what would undoubtedly have been the biggest bear of my life. It was early in the moose hunt which would have meant we'd have to give up a day or two in order to handle it, and I was looking for a trophy head, and was unsure if it would "measure up".

The deer in the pictures were taken within 100 miles of Ottawa, where we have the benefit of northern genetics and "southern" agricultural food sources.

The moose are all of the eastern sub-species which tend to score lower than their western cousins, but these guys were pretty impessive. This season I've measured one booner, and one 187+ eastern bull taken with crossbows. Two seasons ago I had a 175+ bull within 61 yds of me, but it was out of my crossbow range, and wouldn't come closer.

Bow Drawn 04-20-2012 01:03 PM

Rick I sort of understand the attitude about bears from the folks that ran the outfitting places I fished with. The varmint-vermin attitude or nuisance pest was expressed more than once to us in camp. And most of the bear outfitters in Ontario sort treat IT that way today. Old school attitude like you referred too and to me I would suggest that change to more like the way the western provinces are about bear hunting.

Since I am from Ohio and don't have bears here to hunt the idea of bear hunting does hold some interest. Just like moose for that matter because we don't have moose. Deer we have LOL.

Va Hunter 04-26-2012 09:25 AM

Back in the early 90s, I got to go on a bear hunt in Ontario. When we asked the outfitter about what size bear we were supposed to shoot, he said if it was black , kill it! He didn't care for bears at all. Kinda funny really. Here's a game animal that's providing him a living and he hated them.


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