Hope everyone has a chance to look at our “NEW” trail cam pics of some of the Agassiz black bears from 2012 and 2013 that we just put up (click on: Agassiz Black Bear Trail Camera Pics on home page). This is just a very small sample of the quality, size and color of alot of our black bears in our areas which is considered some of the best black bear habitat in the world! Enjoy!!
Bear fat can be rendered down into an oil to use in cooking. Is is extremely tasty and adds great flavor to dishes. Bear meat is also excellent done up in roasts, honey hams, hamburger, jerky, sausage and pepperettes.
Bear burger used in spaghetti sauces, lasagna, chillis, hamburgers, on pizza, soups, etc.. are just a few other great ways to enjoy the great taste of bear meat. We also have guests who tell us they can their bear meat and is excellent done this way too.
What I was seeing when getting to the bait sites for the first time this fall was like most past falls. Tracks and scat all over! The fishing stayed hot all summer and for the most part, never slowed down, and going into the fall, knew that even it would get better and that once again our fall bear hunters would see “world class fishing”!
By August 17, all of our areas that were going to get hunted this fall were heating up and sign of some real big bears was evident. The fall bear hunting season was looking real good as our first group of hunters arrived on August 25 and had never bear hunted before. Six good friends and what a trip they had as everybody saw lots of bears, all were successful; including 2 chocolate bears and they also caught 500+ walleye! WOW!!! Not to mention, on the first night while walking in a hunter with a cross bow, got within 15 yards of a 500 lb. cinnamon bear! What a bear!!
The next week saw everyone tagging out early. Two big bears were cleanly missed too that week but the guys redeemed themselves. Another big chocolate bear was seen while baiting and should return this spring. The last week we ran was also very successful as some real big bears were seen, missed and taken! The biggest bear this fall was 8’2” and weighed 600+ lbs.!!! I was able to explore a lot of new area this past fall, test baited and am very excited and can’t wait to hunt them this upcoming spring season. Thank you to everyone who hunted with us this past fall and we look forward to seeing you all again real soon!!!
** Please look for our ½ page ad running in “Bear Hunting Magazine” from November to May.**
**Please also look for upcoming announcements on what writers/tv shows will be joining us the upcoming hunting seasons**
Please check out our Waterfowl Information Page under the Waterfowl Tab on our Home Page http://agassizoutfitters.com/manitoba-waterfowl-hunts/waterfowl-information-rates/ for our updated information on camp location and accommodation for our waterfowl packages!!!
Most of our black bears are finally denned up. This fall was extremely long and warm as some bears where still being spotted by deer hunters up until last week. The long and warm Manitoba fall really was excellent for the bears as they had a lot of time to put on weight before denning up, and that they did! Every bear that I saw and reports from other people seeing them, is that they are all in excellent shape going into their dens. Natural food such as berries, acorns, frogs, etc where plentiful and easy to find. Seeing bears this late into November in Manitoba is extremely rare.
Therefore, the black bears in our hunting areas of Manitoba WILL enjoy an excellent winter and should come out of the dens in excellent shape; meaning the 2014 spring outlook for Agassiz Outfitters is great as always!! Also, with the amount of bears our fall bear hunters saw our future looks extremely bright. We look forward to our 2014 spring black bear season already and look forward to seeing all of our valued guests!!
p.s. Our ”NEW” black bear ad is currently out in Bear Hunting Magazine and will run as always till May. Hope everybody has a great winter!!!
The spring of 2013 ended up being real, real late. In fact, the coldest weather on record in Manitoba and possibly the coldest and longest winter right across the Canadian prairies. On April 6, the bush still had over 3 feet of snow, 3 feet of ice on the rivers/lakes and lows of -20 Celsius at night. From April 19 – April 28, most baits where completed and stands up in preparation of our Spring 2013 Black Bear Season.
Praying for warm weather as our first two weeks were approaching fast (May 6-11 and May 13-18), another system moved through our area dropping another 2.5 feet of snow on April 30/May 1st! Knowing that this latest system and extremely late spring would slow down the bears, we moved our first two weeks of bear hunters to June or the 2013 fall season, whatever worked best for them.
By May 11, some of the areas started showing signs of bears and some real good ones too! Finally!! After moving the first 2 weeks of hunters, our hunting started on May 20. The bears were a good 2-3 weeks behind but the warmer weather was starting to make them a little more active.
The last 2 weeks of our season, the bears were starting to get more active but the rut was at least 2-3 weeks behind also and knew we wouldn’t see it this spring as it would occur after the season. These 2 weeks a lot of good bears were taken and most hunters were seeing 5-10 bears a night. As always, some real good color bears were seen and some taken.
Although we had a very unusual late start to our 2013 Spring Black Bear Season (which we have not experienced in 20+ years), all hunters still experienced bear hunting at its finest!! Our largest bear was a reddish-chocolate that ended up squaring 8’4” and weighing 525 lbs., Congratulations to all guests on your bears and thank you for choosing Agassiz Outfitters! Another added bonus to the hunting was the excellent fishing most guests were able to experience which made for some great fish frys!!
Hope everyone gets the chance to see our “NEW” 1/2 page ad in the November/December issue of “Bear Hunting Magazine” that is out now. Like every year, it will also run in the January/February and March/April issues.
We are currently taking bookings for our 2014 and 2015 “World Class” black bear, whitetail and waterfowl hunts. Please contact us at 1-204-281-1918 or 1-888-468-3394 to reserve your spot!
The 2013 fall black bear season was a huge success as always!! Congratulations to all successful hunters! Please watch for my spring and fall hunting reviews which will be posted once i get the time and our busy fall winds down. Our half page black bear ads in “Bear Hunting Magazine” will once again appear in the November/December, January/February and March/April issues. A huge thank you to each and every bear hunter who hunted with Agassiz Lodge & Outfitters during the 2013 spring and fall seasons!! We look forward to seeing you all again real soon! Happy Hunting…….Rick
We are extremely pleased and excited to announce the new changes happening with our operation; Agassiz Outfitters. As of September 16,2013 we have sold the “Waterhen River Lodge” and moved our black bear operation, which will now be known as AGASSIZ LODGE & OUTFITTERS, to our other camp “TAN LAKE”. Plans are also in the works to expand our black bear operation in this area.
We are gearing up for another busy 2014 Spring Black Bear Season and in preparation for it, we have made extensive renovations to our camp and are in the process of opening up more “NEW” territory in the heart of bear country and will continue to offer World Class Black Bear Hunting at its Finest!!! Starting fall of 2014 we will be running our World Class Waterfowl Hunts in the south-east part of Manitoba to which so many of you enjoyed as this is where we started our outfitting business 22 years ago.
At this time we would like to thank each & every guest that has stayed with us at the Agassiz Waterhen River Lodge over the past 12 years. We appreciated your business and have so many everlasting memories and new friendships that we will always cherish . We look forward to seeing everyone again real soon!!
If you would like to get in touch with us for more information on any of our ”World Class Hunts” or on your upcoming hunting trips, please visit our contact page for our updated information, we would love to hear from you.
Happy Hunting and Best Wishes,
Rick, Colleen, Brendan & Jordan Liske
Agassiz Lodge & Outfitters
Guests are limiting out daily as the fishing for August continues to remain good. Most guests are still having best success trolling Rapalas or silver spinners tipped with a night crawler. It wont be long now until the fall fishing gets HOT and the bigger walleye start moving into the river. Like every other past fall, this is when switching to a frozen Lake Manitoba Shiner is the ticket on your spinners or jigs,as the walleye just cant resist at this time of year. If the good fishing in July and August is any indication to what the fall fishing has in store, anglers are in for some more “World Class” fishing on the Historic Waterhen River once again this fall!!! Rip some lips….Rick