Rob Robertson wrote:Great Looking Trip. Hope those Redheads stick around awhile when they get here.
CutEm214 wrote:Just how difficult is it to freelance up there? Seems like a lot of ground to cover. How much down time did you have trying to locate birds before you were able to make a hunt?
joemf1985 wrote:I am already ready to go back. The last hunt with all the green heads was the best waterfowl experience I have had, finishing groups of 500+ mallards was breathtaking. Erie that banded drake was a close second best moment on the trip though, just rubbing it in a bit more!
Erie wrote:CutEm214 wrote:Just how difficult is it to freelance up there? Seems like a lot of ground to cover. How much down time did you have trying to locate birds before you were able to make a hunt?
I started planning this about a year in advance. Printed a map of the province and dropped a "pin" on the location of every outfitter in the province on a map. After acknowledging where the most outfitters where, I started to see a preliminary trend on where the most birds are. Realizing that outfitters will normally be in a area that allows customers the ease of access, close to airports, metropolitan areas I knew that the bulk of those outfitters where in a prime area but also allowed ease of access to and from their operations.
Next I went to the online community. Dug up every thread imaginable on every online forum ever made and read and read and read and read and read and read and read and read and read and read and read. After a while I was seeing the same names of town and seeing the same portions of the province that many before me had done. Next I downloaded a program that exploits exif data on pictures and narrowed the search even more. Downloaded every picture ever posted from Canada and started dropping pins on google earth. Again started seeing the same areas come up on the map and thats when I decided I had a good idea of what towns and what parts of the province to target. A quick online trip through maptown and $500.00 got me all the landowner maps I needed for the trip. Only thing I was missing before I got to town was a phonebook and that wasnt because I didnt try for 2 months. In order to get a phonebook sent to me it was very expensive and I couldnt justify the extra money so I planned on acquiring one when I got up there.
Once I arrived in town and dropped off the trailer to save on gas, it was about 2 hours before I had my first field locked up. Just like anything in life nothing worthwhile comes easy.
CutEm214 wrote:You are one scary cyberscouter.
Erie wrote:CutEm214 wrote:You are one scary cyberscouter.
I won't argue that I put my time in scouting from the couch but don't confuse it with doing the wheel time too. This trip landed me 3762.7miles 257.3 gallons avg 14.6 mpg. That's a lot of wheel time for 2 weeks considering I'm 400-700 miles from where we were. I would've drove twice that for the hunt we enjoyed the last day.