The hunt itself….
Our professional guides utilize a variety of different hunting techniques. Some have stands set up, some still hunt and we also offer great deer hunting action with our deer drives with hounds (see our "Deer Drives" page for info on this exciting hunt!).
Traditional Stand / Blind & Still Hunts
When booking one of our traditional (non deer drive) hunts, hunters can expect to do some walking on rugged terrain as well as stand or blind hunting. It depends on the guide and the current conditions and what they may dictate in order to get that big buck.
While guides do have some stands set up, plan to bring some portable stands and blinds as well. Scouting is ongoing, and new opportunities may present themselves at any time. Guides are prepared to rattle & grunt, but we encourage hunters to come prepared with equipment to do so as well.
Days are long. On average our hunters leave by 6:00 a.m. and are back around 7:00 p.m. Some of the guys that have been up for a week have never seen the camp in the daylight. Make sure you're comfortable & prepared.
Although WMU's 11A & 12B offers us hundreds of square miles of great deer hunting, much of the favored area is located between 15 minutes to an hour or so from the camp. Some of the more remote stands may take a little longer to reach.
Access is mainly by logging roads, then walking or 4 wheeling in a trail. Often the terrain is fresh or older cuts, swamp or sometimes big timber. As I mentioned above, it is a true wilderness hunt.
No farms, fences and very little civilization.
To enhance your opportunities to hunt, we recommend bringing a 4 wheeler (with helmet). This will allow you hundreds of square miles more land to access.
Scouting takes place all year long - tried & true locations are mixed with new spots. Logging is ongoing and opens up countless more hunting opportunities each year.
Our deer are unique in many ways. Local hunters do not "feed" or "bait" deer for hunting purposes, mainly because it does not work with whitetails in this area.
The MNR has experimented with feeding the Atikokan area whitetails, along with local sportsmen's clubs and some outfitters (including ourselves).
The deer would not eat anything you might expect them to. Different commercial deer feeds / pellets did not work, nor did apples, corn, oats or anything that deer in farmland & other areas were known to be attracted to (deer as close as an hour from us in the Fort Frances area respond very positively to feeding / baiting).
What the deer did eat in vast quantities were buds from balsam fir trees. They actually picked them out from the rest of the feed that was tried.
Our guides all have vast experience in this country & with these deer. Their personal trophy rooms are stunning and we encourage you to take full advantage of their expertise. The Northwestern Ontario whitetails are a different breed and our guides have plenty to offer when it comes to hunting them.