Hello to you from Nungesser Lake Lodge!
We are hoping that this letter finds you well.
This winter a group of people from all over including the UK and Australia were taught a bushcraft course by a UK instructor at Nungesser Lake Lodge. They snowshoed in from the main road and spent 7 days learning such things as how to make wooden lean-to shelters (where they spent on 30 below night out in) as well as ice fishing tip-ups, buck saws, and pull-behind sleighs. They set snares, and made dug out shelters using just snow. They tried their hand at ice fishing and we came to find out that the ice is not as thick this year as it has been in other years. This might have been a good thing as they were using a hand auger to drill through the ice.
The 2016 Walleye season starts May 21, 2016, the first day for guests to come in is Friday, May 20, 2016. This is later than normal and something that happens every seven years or so. We will make sure that you get the correct dates for your fishing trip.
For the first time in over six years the US exchange rate is very good. This means that your vacation dollars go further. Added to the fact that the gas prices are also incredibly low this means that it is a great time to be vacationing in Canada.
For the first time in 15 years Ontario will host a Spring Bear Hunt from May 1 to June 15, 2016. Unfortunately this information was not given until too late in the year so we have already booked up those weeks up with fishing groups. We will be offering the Spring Bear hunt in 2017.
The fall bear hunt season begins August 13, 2016. We still have some openings left so please let us know if you are interested. This is a couple of days earlier than other years.
A lot of people we spoke to at sport shows are under the impression that it is difficult to bring a firearm into Canada for the bear hunts. We have found that this is not the case. More information is available on the Canada Border services web site of www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or you can go directly to: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publicat... that should answer all your questions. Another good link for information is: www.ezbordercrossing.com . We also have important links on our web site of www.nungesserlake.com.
Crossbows are legal to bring in. There is no extra paperwork for you to bring these in. They must have a minimum 119 pounds draw weight for moose and bear, 99 pounds for deer. However, crossbows shorter than 500 mm or which can be fired with one hand are banned in Canada. More information can be found at: www.mnr.gov.on.ca
The passport issue was brought up quite a few times. You do not need a passport to get into Canada but you were required to provide citizenship and identification documents to get to Canada. Depending on how you are traveling back to the United States, you will need to provide much of the same documentation to return to the U.S. after your trip.
If you are returning to the U.S. by land, you must provide citizenship. This includes a valid U.S. passport, passport card, enhanced driver's license, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, or a Native American Tribal Photo Identification or Enhanced Tribal Card for Native Americans. If you are returning to the U.S. from Canada by air, you can only use a U.S. Passport as proof of citizenship. More information can be found at: www.uspassporthelpguide.com
If you buy poultry or eggs in the U.S., make sure you have proof that they originate from and were purchased in a state other than those under restriction. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the following states: Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota.
Travellers should know that, due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the above states are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.
To the best of our knowledge there is no other ban in effect. More information can be found by going on the website of www.inspection.gc.ca
This year Cathy attended the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show from February 24 to 28, 2016. This was our third year there and attendance was lower than in previous years
Doug went to the Omaha Boat, Sport and Travel show from February 25 to 28, 2016. It was well attended and because interest was high we are planning on going next year.
The 76th annual Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show on March 2 to 6, 2016 was also well attended and will continue to be on our circuit.
For the first time ever we attended the International Sportsman Expo in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 10 to 13, 2016. We found that most of the people that we talked to that are in Scottsdale that time of year are from the Northern States or Canada.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us at the shows. If anyone has any suggestions for next year we would be happy to look into them.
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