Apologies for the late report, we have to hunt sometimes ourselves!
Reports from last weekend, indicated animal were not moving much and it was slow for most. The resort was full of anglers (fishing was good!) and not as many hunters in as usual. Moose hunters were/are seeing cows and calves, bulls and the elusive imm’ies were hard to find. Since the last report, we have had 2 more mulie bucks harvested, three white tail does and one bear, come in. The past couple days, deer activity seems to be picking up with many muleys now being seen, and the whitetails seem to be coming out of the thickets more often. Weather has still be unbelievably warm and sunny, but the forecast looks like that will change, good for the hunters, not so good for the anglers. We have had a couple mornings dip to -10 range, but the past couple it has stayed above the freezing mark.
The Fox boys get ‘er done locally!
Time in the bush with mom and dad is evidently paying off. Cody filled his LEH draw with the beauty 3×3 moose, and his younger brother, Clay, dropped this absolutely massive 4×4 muley a couple days later, while looking to fill his moose LEH. Good shootin boys!
A stocky young bruin taken by guests.
We’ve had guest harvest 2 more bucks since the last report, one a muley, the other, our second whitetail buck of the season.
I was -6 again this morning, with a bright full moon last night.
Several reports from guests of bull moose making themselves heard out there as well, the rut sounds like it is on.
-6 C this morning, finally some cooler weather at night!
Guests harvested 2 more muley bucks in last evening, things are starting to happen!
We’ve had guests harvest 5 more muley bucks since the last report on Monday! Looks like things are finally picking up out there.
As expected, with the nice weather, the Thanksgiving weekend was a busy one around Tunkwa, with lots of people about, both hunters and recreational ATV’s in the bush. Weather remains unseasonably warm, with only one morning dropping below freezing the past 2 weeks!?! Lots of reports of does around, and the past couple days, more bucks are starting to be seen around the does, but it’s still slow. We had 4 muley bucks harvested by guests this weekend.
Several moose sighting, and the occasional bear as well. Waterfowlers are reporting some good action with big mallards and teal.
Not too much to report since last time. Temperatures are staying unseasonably warm, and seems to be keeping the animals from moving around too much. It has been a while since nightime temps ahve dipped below freezing, very unusual for up here, we should be below freezing nightly, by now.
Guests are still seeing muley does and yearlings around, sometimes in really big numbers to, but bucks are staying elusive for most. The past couple of days deer activity seems to be getting better, from feedback from the guys in the bush. Sitings of moose cows are coming in fairly regularly to, but no reports of bulls in rut.
Guests in hunting waterfowl are doing very well with nice mallards and teal, in the mix.
Reports on grouse locally, is about the same as earlier, very few around this fall, it appears.
-5 up at 5500 feet this morning, colder nights have turned some of the tree colors of summer to golden brown as the leaves trickle to the frozen ground. Colder nights and now with the latest wind storm headed east hunting conditions are getting good. With the any Mule deer buck opening this Saturday morning giving hunters who work a chance at the opening day buck. Mule deer bucks have been spotted in their groups, White tail bucks have been seen solo or with a doe. No snow in the mountians at this time but the next persipitation we should see as snow. A few of our rustic cabins have become available, even a two bedroom one. Hunt safe and enjoy.
Hunting pressure in the area has been very light, some unseasonable warm weather makes it hard for many to get into the hunting ‘mode’. Some guests in scouting, are reporting seeing some smaller muley bucks still with the does, even the odd bachelor herd, the occasional bear, and quite a few moose encounters. No reports of any bull moose in rut though, should be anyday! Rain falling in the area now, will make moving in the bush a whole lot quiter, plus the nights are dropping to cooler, more seasonable temps, this can only help get the animals moving. When heading out in the bush, be sure to pack a saw of some sort, some very intense winds the past week in the area, have created lots of blowdowns, blocking many of the back roads and trails.
Hunting pressure seemed light this past week. We had no guests out there in the bush, with only fishermen in. Thankfully, the temps did drop down, and made it feel so much more like hunting season. We awoke to snow in the hills on Friday morning, as well as a good layer up there this morning. The cooler temps and shorter days seem to have the deer a bit more active, with more sightings, just off the roads on our day to day travels.
A great weekend for the junior hunters, with the young girls showing the biys how it’s done! We had the girls bring in another 3 muley bucks since the last report. Cool mornings, make it feel like fall up here, and the animals are active during the low light periods, but bedding down in the heat of the day.
The first Mulie buck arrived just before noon after picking up a lucky Mulie tag this morning from our store. 14 year old youth hunter Emma beat the guys to our first ungulate to our meat shed of the season. Congratulations Emma!! Overnight temps were -2 last night.
With the archery, and the junior hunting season just about to start, we are expecting to see some great hunting success this fall. The nights have cooled off, and the crispness in the morning air, makes it feel like hunting season already. We are continuing to see lots of game around, with the bucks still in velvet. The Kamloops biologists have rated mule deer hunting for this season in our region, to be between good and fantastic, and from what we are seeing, we would have to agree! With waterfowl season fast approaching as well, it would be great to see some hunters up here take advantage of all the ducks, and the many nuisance geese that hang around this area. We aren’t seeing many grouse in our travels, and we suspect this will be another poor year for them, due to our cool, wet spring up here.
Don’t hesitate to call us or drop a line for more info about hunting the area.
Hopefully your LEH draws came up in your favour!
We’ve seen sevral moose the past week incl. a giant bull.
We are seeing lots of deer around, both white-tails and muleys, even some nice bucks in small bachelor herds. Looks like there will be a good numbers of 4 points around this fall.
Herds of mule deer down lower, have thinned out as they disperse and start to head back higher. We have started to see them back around the resort, the past few days. White-tail are still a common site, but not for long, as it will soon be time to have there fawns.
More and more bear sitings in the area, some beauty big bruins around this spring!
More and more bear sitings in the Tunkwa area are coming in.
This evening, on my drive back to Logan lake, I observed a beautiful black sow with her two, tiny new born cubs, playing along side the road. Sightings of cinnamon bears in the area are coming regularly now as well.
Deer are all over the place now, with the local alfalfa fields just loaded with mule deer, at times, more then one can count! The deer wintered well, and look to be in great shape and are starting to shed there winter coats. It appears to be all does, and last years fawns, in the fields, but I observed one nice buck on Sunday, that had nice sized, velvet covered knubs developing, he was bedded down away from the other deer.
Whitetail sitings are a daily occurrence still, mainly right in the resort area.
It’s a good time to do some scouting and shed hunting.
We have heard reports of bear activity in Logan Lake area the past couple nights, and a couple of spring boars were spotted in some fields not far from the resort……looks like they are coming out of hibernation!
We have liscences and tags in the resort store, as well as LEH applications.