Outdoor Trails: Lots of activities in midsummer – The Sudbury Star | Gmx Pharm

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Usually in August there aren’t nearly as many flies to contend with and from what I can see this population decline is already happening, but you still need insect control if you’re going near water, especially in the periods of dusk and dawn. There are still plenty of these small, ankle-biting stable flies around, especially when they’re in a boat. Instead of using insect repellent, I prefer to give everyone on board a simple fly swatter.

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Bear season opens in mid-August. Now it’s time to level up each bear hunting area, including placing your lures when you use them. Some of the benefits of shooting over a lure is that the animals will come to you, which is great, especially for older hopeful hunters. Another advantage is that you can be more selective when harvesting, for example you can kill a smaller bear or just male bears. Usually the shots are good, clean kill shots when taken at relatively close range when hunting bears, but these firing lanes must be clear.

If you want to take a more primitive, natural approach, then know that the apple cherries are just beginning to ripen and will be prime by the start of the season. Bears love to feed on these berries every summer. Around large beaver ponds, where rushes grow in abundance, are also the best hunting areas. Bruins eat the heads of these plants, which are now laden with seeds and provide the strength needed for fattening.

In both types of hunting, we hunters must behave as ethically as possible, be the best marksmen we can be in order to achieve a good, clean kill. This means a few trips to a local sand pit or shooting range so you know how your gun fires with a specific load. Most hunters use 150 grain bullets and some use shotgun shells. If you are an archer hunter then you also need to improve your shooting skills and abilities.

If you fish for walleye, you may know that these fish lurk at the bottom of relatively shallow water during the day as they love warm water. The main problem is that water this shallow is usually weedy, but the solution is simple. If you go outside in the evening when the wind dies down, watch out for fish feeding on the surface. Often the walleye come close to the surface when foraging, and walleye often roll when catching their prey – a dead sign of a feeding fish. Use a surface bait like a Rapala Minnow and quickly cast close to where the fish is moving. You may also notice a dorsal fin that partially sticks out of the water and looks like a small stick – also if you cast that the fish will often take the bait.

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Out on the big waters of the North Channel, now is the time to hunt for salmon, lake trout and rainbow trout. You are usually in deep water and you need heavy gear for such fishing. Many use downriggers for this type of fishing, but if you want an easier and cheaper method, use deep diving gear such as the Luhr Jensen Dipsey Divers, Jet Divers or Pink Ladies. You must use a downrigger rod – I use an 8ft and a heavy trolling reel, ideally with a line counter so you can get a better idea of ​​trolling depth. Often these fish can be 70 feet deep in 100 feet of water.

In addition, very stable rod holders are essential, since all of these devices exert a very strong pull. Use pure white spoons for that deep fishing, maybe with a little shine on it. I’ve also done well with chrome and blue combos for rainbow and lake trout, but when fishing for salmon you don’t usually need to go as deep and darker colors like purples and coppers work well. Trolling speeds can be a bit faster than zander fishing, so don’t be afraid to troll at around 5km/h and regularly increase the speed up to 8km/h for a few hundred metres.

My local hummingbird families have fledged with their young and are now feeding heavily – often towards the end of August these brave little birds retire and migrate south.

How are your summer outdoor activities going? Can I help you? Maybe you need more discussion than what is in the column? Email me – I love chatting with other outdoor folks, just like you.

John Vance’s Outdoor Trails column appears bi-weekly in The Sudbury Star. Contact him at outdoors@execulink.com.

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