Agassiz Outfitters 2015 Hunting Reviews

Please check out the Agassiz Outfitters “Hunting Reviews” page for the 2015 black bear, moose and waterfowl reviews. The 2015 spring/fall hunting season’s were busy as usual and already are looking forward to the 2016 spring/fall hunting season’s! We are just getting into the marketing season and cant wait to see everyone down in Harrisburg,PA and Madison,WI.

Happy Hunting,




As I started baiting and preparing for our fall bear season, I noticed it was going to be a real challenge holding bears at the baits.  The late frosts we had in spring really did a number on the Saskatoon’s and blueberries but I was noticing an abundance of moss berries, wild cranberries and choke cherries.

We started the opening week which was August 24.  The bush was dry and made for easy travel with the quads.  I very seldom had to use the Argo except to cross the bigger swamps.  The guys were seeing some good bears the first week and Cale from IA arrowed a good black early Tuesday afternoon.  Jeff from MO shot a big black also Tuesday evening and Jeff H from MO shot his first black bear with his bow Tuesday afternoon and by Wednesday with 6 hunters were 100% opportunity already!  By Thursday afternoon, Paul F. from IA shot a real nice boar and Steve from IA also shot a real nice boar on Friday.  The Hi’s these days were +29 Celsius!

The next week my good friend Bob Kaleta of Remington Arms, re-peat guest Dale F. from WY and a new group from IA made the journey into bear camp.  The highs hit +32 Celsius by Wednesday and lo’s at night +20!  On one night we should have had a triple!  Bob shot a real big chocolate colored boar after passing up 5 blacks on Wednesday night, my son Jordan and Dan from IA walked into the bait with a cinnamon on it he day prior, and Dan arrowed a real nice chocolate with a blonde stripe down its back that same Wednesday and Roger from IA missed a big black with his bow at 15 yards.  Dale F. from WY shot a big blonde wolf then a big 400+ black bear!   Wow, what a hunt Dale!!!

Our last week saw another great friend and repeat guest, the one and only Jason Kunkle from OH and his party!!  Jason shot a coyote the first night and saw a huge bear that he couldn’t get a good clean shot at.  Shawn from OH saw a great big blonde colored bear but couldn’t get a shot at it either as it circled around him.  Doug from OH saw 5 bears and shot a big black.  “Bubba” K. from OH shot a 400+ lb. black with a big white patch on its chest.  The bears started to move good again towards the end of the week as the temperatures remained normal.

Congratulations to all of our guests this past fall!  We look forward and can’t wait to the 2016 spring black bear season!


Happy Hunting,

Agassiz Outfitters


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The spring of 2015, unlike the spring of 2014, arrived extremely early and weather wise was one of the warmest on record.  The bears were starting to hit most of the baits around the beginning of May and everything was starting to look good.  Even the bush was starting to dry nicely so hopefully with little rain or no rain throughout the spring, would stay dry.

By the middle of May, just before out first groups of bear hunters were about to arrive, we were seeing some good bears at the baits and in our travels.  Things were falling into place for another busy spring.

The first week saw mostly all re-peat hunters, with the exception of a couple of new hunters from GA and MD.  Our re-peat hunters, for the most part, were seeing some good bears but passing on them for much larger.  Pastor Garth from GA took a beautiful black on Wednesday afternoon.  Backing up just a bit, our first book bear took a “dirt nap” on May 11 by John P. from MN who has taken several big bears with us in the past. This big black was a good 7 1/2 footer. Also, Steve A. from MO took his first bear with the bow.  The guys were also seeing wolves as one guest even had a wolf follow him in the dark out of his bait!!  Guys were starting to see a lot more bears as the week went on, and Jason B from WI arrowed a big black after seeing 6 others that night, Jeff M. from MO arrowed a big black also after passing up two others and Brian “DOC” R. from MN passed up 5 that night and saw a huge boar that he couldn’t get a clean shot at!  Josh from MD was done too with his first Black Bear.  What a week full of action, laughing and stories at bear camp!

The next week saw highs hit +30 Celsius by Tuesday.  Running and checking baits Sunday, my son Jordan saw a good 300 +lb bear at one of the baits and I saw a 250 lb chocolate and a grey wolf.  By Tuesday of the second week we were already 100% opportunity with all 6 hunters.  Joe D. from PA tagged out Monday afternoon early and killed his first black bear and passed up 3 before that.  As my wife was going in to get him, she saw a 300 lb+ walking down the quad trail!  Another real good spring bear!

The fishing so far both weeks by camp and up North was real hot for Northerns, as guests were catching real nice size northerns.  A wicked cold front would hit hard on Wednesday of this week and the lo’s dipped to 0 Celsius to -1 all the way throughout to Sunday.  My good friend Jim Ferguson of “The Revolution” shot a nice black on Friday as that day the high only reached +6 Celsius.  Colder now than in March!  What happened?  But nonetheless, still another great week with great guys and good action and bears down.  And another wolf following a hunter out of his stand at dark, little eerie eh Paul??

The following week saw activity start to pick up big time again as the temperatures started to rise.  Byron O. from WY passed up a nice cinnamon the first night and shot a good black later on in the week.  Ton from WI missed an absolute monster that was 550-600 lbs. with his bow!!!  This giant black bear would be well over 800 lbs. in the fall!!!!  The plus to this, is he is still out there and he got to spread his genes all spring!  However, Tom was sick to his stomach all week and so was I!!  Brad from WI who saw lots of bear shot a good black with his bow, which was also his first bear and his buddy Mark from WI also shot his first black bear that week.  Olin O. from WY who was seeing 8-10 bears a night, shot a real nice black.  Another 100% opportunity!  As the bear hunting remained excellent so too did the fishing as the fish fry’s were enjoyed by everyone during all weeks.

Finally, good re-peat and friend Richard P. from WY and party arrived and what a week except for the wind/rain storms during the later parts of the week.  Richard and I on the first afternoon walked into a bait that had a good 350lb. black on it that he shot and he too never even made it to his tree stand.  What a beautiful boar!  His friend Josh shot his first black bear Tuesday evening and then friend Colton was done Wednesday as well as the rest of the group.  Congratulations to all our guests this past spring!  As always, every week was full of hard hunting, lots of stories, laughter, great people and great times!!  We look forward to and can’t wait for the 2016 spring black bear season!


Happy Hunting,



Agassiz Outfitters


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Agassiz Outfitters 2016 Sport Shows

We are pleased to announce  that we will be back at the “Great American Outdoor Show” in Harrisburg,PA and the “Deer and Turkey Expo” in Madison,WI in 2016. Please watch for dates and our booth number’s in the near future. We look forward to seeing everyone real soon!!

Also, we are currently working on updating the pictures, hunting reviews, etc…for our web page so will be updated too in the very near future.

Happy Hunting,

Rick :)



Team Agassiz Thank You!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every black bear, moose and waterfowl hunter who hunted with us this past 2015 hunting season’s. Your visit to Agassiz Outfitters camps is greatly appreciated!

Please watch for hunting reviews and all photo gallery’s to be updated in the near future. We look forward to seeing everyone real soon and cant wait for the 2016 hunting seasons!

Happy Hunting,





Here is a small video our son, who also guides for us, did up this past spring with his GO-PRO. Please enjoy…Rick

Agassiz Outfitters-2014 Moose Hunting Review

Everyone flew up to camp to set up on September 16th and found that we had average water levels on the river. The camps and equipment were all in good shape and the weather was descent when we arrived. When we off loaded at”Broken Horn” there was a fresh set of bull and cow tracks on the shore when we pulled up with the plane. At “Main Camp” when we landed we even had someone waiting there to greet us.

As we taxied up to the beach at main camp, a huge bull with a rack pushing the 50 inch mark stood up from his bed a mere 40 yards from where the meat pole is situated. Even though it would have been a short distance where we would have hoped to have him hanging, this bull was never taken during this season judging by the size of the bull and his distinct looking horns.

The bull wandered off when we beached the plane and began the “offloading”. I was thinking to myself that it was really a good sign with a bull of that quality hanging around main camp but i was also wandering how long it would take before somebody started playing with him especially with four moose guides in camp.

The plane hadn’t been gone for more than 10 minutes when Lyle heard  a cow call coming off the point just past the meat pole. Lyle wandered to the point and there was Jimmy with a big grin on his face as he said “I think i got him to come back!” Sure enough, there was the big bull making his way back to camp through the willows!!

Well the game was on with various calls, raking and even a display of a moose rack to try to coax this big bull in as close as we could. But even though we had his interest, he would only come back to within two to three hundred yards of camp which allowed us to get some good video. Finally he had enough and wandered off into the heavy timber.

Two days later prior to the hunters coming into camp, we were entertained one morning with two young bulls harassing a cow and a calf just west of main camp on the main land. These two young bulls where strutting their stuff and approaching the cow which would cause her to bolt with the two young studs in pursuit as she ran into the bush. Things were looking good for the start of the week for our first hunters.

With our first hunt this year we had our first for our moose operation in that we had two ladies in camp. Both were accompanying their husbands but each of them was hunting with one only having a bear tag while her husband had a moose tag. With the second couple both had moose and bear tags with the husband using rifle and the wife using her bow.

Fred and Melanie Johnson from SD were hunting with guide Jim Dickieson with Fred having the moose licence and Melanie the bear licence. On their first day out the only sighting they had was that of a cow but on their second day out they saw a little more action.

Lyle had to go down river that morning and at that time had gone by a white wolf that was walking down the shoreline. On his return trip back towards main camp the wolf was still travelling the shoreline and with both passes by him he had just stood there and watched him drive by with the boat. It was getting close to noon and Jim, Melanie and Fred had returned to their camp for lunch. Lyle told them about the wolf and even though a considerable amount of time had gone by they thought it might be worth the time to go looking for him.

Surprisingly the wolf was still walking the shoreline and Melanie and Lyle tried to work their way in close enough for a shot at him. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get close enough for the ideal opportunity and lets say the wolf was fortunate to get away. Later that afternoon Melanie and Lyle had been using the varmint call and had a red fox come in hard stopping a few yards from them. It certainly got the adrenaline going as they thought they had a wolf coming in. It is illegal to shoot a red fox in our area as it is a fur bearing animal and we are in a registered trap line area.

While they were out trying to call in wolves, Fred and Jim were having their own excitement in another area. Jim had been cow calling for awhile when he called a small bull that came in like he was on a string. This bull was obviously love struck as he did not want to leave. He hung around the longest time and offered several easy bow shots but eventually tired of the game and left.

They saw several more animals in the following days but it was not until the 5th day of Fred’s hunt that his bull went down! They had just left for the “Up River” camp when they spotted a bull along the shore. Jim was able to maneuver the boat close enough to get a shot and after he cut the motor Fred took his shot and the bull went out of sight and was thought to be down.

The bull had been hit but was not finished by any means. He hit the water and was attempting to swim the far shore and eventually ended up on a shallow rock reef in the river. Fred never let him get off that reef and dropped him in the shallow water taking a 40+ inch bull. Congratulations Fred!

Meanwhile, Shauna and Richard Woodward also from SD were hunting out of the “Broken Horn” camp with guide Scott Smith. With every day of their hunt they had tried to get Shauna into bow range of a bull. On one occasion they were able to get within 25 yards of a real good bull but all they were able to see of the bull was the head and horns and he never presented any type of bow shot. So close but yet so far!

It was not until the 6th day of their hunt that a bull went down. It had turned out to be a foggy morning and Scott decided to float the river and let the current take them down the river while he occasionally called. They hadn’t gone all that far when they received a bull response from the shore about 300 yards ahead of them.

Scott was able to paddle and maneuver the boat in close to shore and at 70 yards the bull presented a shot. Richard made no mistake and dropped the 42 inch bull where he stood making for an easy pack job. Congratulations Richard! With 2 more days left they still had time to fill Shauna’s tag.

During both days they had seen both moose and bear, none of which were in bow range. Their last day was capped off with the sighting of a large bull that was around 50 inches but Shauna stayed with her conviction of harvesting a bull with her bow. All though she never had the opportunity for a bow shot, but was extremely close as mentioned above, she certainly exemplified a true sportsperson for staying with her conviction and the great attitude that she had shown. At the end of the hunt she had told me it was the best hunt that she had ever been on which truly shows that you don’t have to kill an animal in order to have a great hunt!

At the “Down River” camp the first week, Bryan and Bob were guiding a father and son, Joe and Andrew Exstein from NE. Bryan was guiding Joe who was the father while Bob guided Andrew.

With the first few days of the hunt Joe and Bryan saw several small bulls that they passed on. On day 3 they were just pulling into a calling spot with the boat when a good bull broke out of the water beside them and ran right past where Bryan had his sticks set up for his decoy. Once just inside the tree line they could see the outline of the bull as he watched them get out of boat and set up.

Bryan and Joe gave the bull a considerable amount of time before they started calling to see if they could bring him back. Once they did call they got an immediate response from the bull and for the next hour and a half he continued to grunt and rake trees. All the coaxing Bryan could come up with would not get this trophy bull to leave the thick cover of the tree line and no doubt because he had spotted them pulling on shore that this had a lot to do with it.

With Joe it came down to the second last day of his hunt as to when he scored on a bull. They had been calling for about a hour and a half when a young bull, which had made his way quietly into the call, suddenly appeared at 40 yards. Joe didn’t hesitate and took the shot and the bull went a mere 4 or 5 yards before he fell over dead.

While they were watching this bull to make sure it was down another young bull showed up and despite the dead moose lying on the ground he went directly to Bryan’s decoy and checked it out and then walked within 5 yards of where Joe and Bryan had their blind set up. Bryan was able to get some good video of their interaction with these two moose.

With Andrew and Bob they started their week off with seeing some cows and calves but on their 3rd day they spotted a big bull in the mid 50’s walking through the burnt timber just off the river shoreline. They spent the next 2 1/2 hours trying to intercept or call this bull but he would not have anything to do with them and he seemed to be always able to keep just one step ahead of them when they stalked in to try and intercept him. After their last attempt they could hear the bull making his way from the river as he continued grunting as he made his way through the timber.

On Andrews 5th day his luck changed as he and Bob were on one of the islands just south of their camp. They had spotted a bull with a cow and calf on the shoreline on the main land and had decided to put a stalk on them as they could make their way down the island they were on to get closer to them.

As they narrowed the gap down to where they thought they could get a shot at the bull they began discussing whether this bull was big enough to take. Bob was thinking they could do better but Andrew wanted to take him as this would be his first moose.

The discussion ended abruptly when they looked back down the shoreline on the main land and there walked a huge bull making his way toward the other 3 moose.

Bob and Andrew quickly got into position to take a shot at this bull but the distance they would be shooting at was considerable. Andrew dropped down and used his pack for a rest and he was clearly confident that he could make the shot. He waited until Bob got his video camera zoomed in on the bull and once he got the green light from Bob he fired and clearly connected with the large bull.

With the hit the bull started to run from the shore out into the water but a second shot dropped him in the water just a few feet from shore. With the help of Joe and Bryan they were able to drag the bull back up to dry ground where they could butcher it. The bull was a beautiful specimen with wide palms and a spread that went over 49 inches. Congratulations Andrew!

For the remainder of the hunt Bob and Andrew tried to kill a white wolf that kept on frequenting the kill site. They had 3 encounters with this white wolf that also had luck on his side as he either spotted them coming to check on the site or was behind cover and would not present them with a good clean shot.

At the end of our first session of hunting 4 out of the 5 moose hunters had killed bulls. Half way through the first week Lyle had a hunter come into “Main Camp” who he also personally guided.

Chuck Flaming from NE had hunted with Lyle several years prior and at that time had a successful hunt taking a real good bull around the 50 inch mark.

As previously mentioned prior to the hunters arriving we had seen 3 bulls around main camp. When Chuck and Lyle began their hunt there was definite sign of moose in the area. They hunted hard putting in long calling sessions at various locations but at the end of the trip had seen only one cow. The obvious question is how this could happen if there were so many bulls around.

There can be a variety of reasons for this and one is windy conditions in which the call simply does not carry far enough to the bulls. And sometimes a bull or bull’s could be a mile or so away with a hot cow(s) and will not leave the area with the potential for breeding activity.

Some bulls take their sweet time in coming to a call and may not show up for hours. Many times we have called in the evening and returned to the calling spot in the morning to find signs of a bull being at the calling site. Another important point is that the majority of the bulls come to a call quietly and either suddenly appear, or in many cases you may not even be aware that they are in the area especially if they wind you or something raises their suspicion.

Through all of Chucks hunt and the “no shows” by the bulls, Chuck maintained a positive attitude and Lyle says was a real pleasure to hunt with as always! He maintains that he is coming back on a 3rd trip as the game is now tied at one and one for Chuck and the bulls. Chuck is an experienced hunter that knows the area we hunt is one of the best and “world class” and not only that but supported by the fact that 2 days after he had left Lyle went to the west channel of the island at main camp where they had spent so many hours calling and there were 2 bulls and 2 cows feeding. Also later in our second session 2 bulls were killed in the very area that Chuck had been hunting and you will hear those stories now.

Our hunters for the second session were delayed by one day due to inclement weather and did not get into camp until the second day in less than ideal weather conditions. With this week two of the hunters were immediately into bull action while the other two hunters were off to a slower start. John Katrana was hunting with guide Jim Dickieson out of the down river camp and their start was slow as for the first couple of days they did not have a moose sighting.

On the 3rd day they had just left camp on a foggy morning and were not that far above the rapids when Jim edged the boat towards the north shore to keep his bearings in the fog. As they came into sight of shore they saw a bull, cow and a calf. Jim says this was a tremendous bull that was well up in the mid 50’s with wide palms, great fronts and points everywhere!! Jim estimates that this is the biggest bull that he has ever seen while he has been guiding in Northern Manitoba! WOW!!!

Because of the fog they had been unaware of the moose on the shoreline and now with the boat in close proximity the moose made a hasty retreat up into the burnt timber. Jim and John tried to lure this bull back in but to no avail and this was the last they had seen of him. This monster bull was also not taken this year!

A couple of days later Jim and John had decided to make a hunt below the rapids from their camp.  This was in the area where Chuck and I had previously hunted but Chuck had left two days earlier and this area was now open to Jim and John as no one would be hunting it for the rest of the season.

They were heading to a calling spot when they spotted a bull, cow and calf standing on the shore. It was evident that the moose had seen them as well as they were already making their way up into the burn.  Jim put the boat hard into shore but there was no opportunity for  a shot.  The moose had gone up a steep slope to a flat ridge of an old burn that was a tangled mess of fallen trees with a soft boggy base that made for some real crappy walking conditions.

Jim & John discussed the situation and they decided to walk up into the ridge to see if they could spot the moose or call the bull to them.  Fortunately the conditions were windy which covered the noise of their advance up onto the ridge.  Once on top they scanned the ridge and spotted the bull but it was obvious that he was aware of their presence.  There was no time to set up the shooting sticks and John who is a seasoned hunter took an off handed shot at the bull.  It appeared that John’s first shot had hit the bull by its reactions but two quick follow up shots failed to put the bull down as he quickly was out of sight in the tangled mess of trees.

Jim was familiar with the area the bull was in and mentally noted where they had last seen the bull.  He and John went back to the boat and put in at a different location in an attempt to intercept the bull if he was still on his feet.

They made it back into very close proximity where they had last seen the bull but they could not find any sign of him.  They decided to abandon the search for the bull as it was getting late in the day. Jim was confident the bull was hit and John had also been confident on a hit but with not finding the bull he had to contend with the possibility of a miss or marginal hit and that can make for a long night.

Jim had gotten in touch with us by radio that night and it was decided that Bryan and Lyle would go down to give him a hand tracking it early the next morning. Bryan’s hunter had already tagged out and that story will be told shortly.  Jim, John, Bryan and Lyle headed back into the area where the bull was last seen.  With the extra help the bull was located within 15 minutes in amungst the dead fall and John had a fine trophy measuring 47 inches. Congratulations John!

From where the moose had fallen we were just 300 yards from a little bay we call “Wizard Bay” which was a spot where just a  few days earlier Chuck Flaming and Lyle had spent many hours calling.  This bull had to be packed out to the mouth of the bay and the going wasn’t easy.  Bryan and Lyle gave John and Jim a hard time telling them there appeared to be man tracks up to the carcass from the night before.  They both just grinned but I think there had been a genuine look of relief on John’s face when we found the bull.

Bryan had been guiding Jim Washebek from WI out of the down river camp while Bob guided his partner Greg Rakowski also from WI.  Jim got off to a great start with his first full day of hunting in that he saw a cow and a calf and 5 bulls that day with 4 of which Jim did not want to shoot.  Three of the bulls had been seen along the river and a 4th was called in but was passed on because he was too small.

During that morning’s calling session Bryan had heard a bull answer at least a mile and a half away and being familiar with the area the bull was calling from he knew that he wasn’t that far from a blind he had used the previous week before and where he had poles set up for his decoy.  They decided to go down to this blind and set up for another calling session.  As they approached the calling spot they saw a large grey wolf on shore that slipped into the willows before they could get a shot.

Bryan pulled the boat up on shore and he and Jim walked into where his blind should have been.  The blind had some poles stuck in the ground with some material attached to it in a circle and had been positioned next to a small clump of willows to add to the cover.  Apparently some agitated bull had taken exception with this blind!!!

There were moose tracks everywhere and the blind had literally been “stomped” into the dirt as nothing was left standing except a broken pole that was sticking part way out of the mud.  Everything was flat and even the little willow bush that the blind had been beside had been destroyed as all that was left of it were a couple of bark stripped branches as the bull had destroyed the bush by raking it with his horns.  I don’t know what prompted the bull to do this but perhaps Bryan and his hunter had shot his younger brother the previous week.

Bryan had Jim look for some poles that they could use to build a new blind and he headed back to the boat to get some more equipment.  He took a look down the shoreline and there was a huge bull at the water’s edged.  Bryan hunkered down and whistled to get Jim’s attention to let him know that they had a bull close by.

Once he had Jim’s attention Bryan gave the bull a few calls and he immediately started down the shoreline towards them.  At one point the bull wandered into the water seemingly undecided as to what he was going to do.  With a few more calls Bryan coaxed him back on shore and the bull continued to close the gap between him and the hunter.

Jim’s first shot connected with the bull and after being hit he started to make his way into the water.  Two more follow up shots put the bull down in about a foot of water.  This was about 4PM so they sought out the help of Bob and Jim’s partner, Greg Rakowski, to butcher the bull.  They were back to camp at dark and Jim had in his possession a great trophy with horns that went just over 54 inches! Congratulations Jim!

Bryan & Jim went back to the kill sight the next morning and found it to be pretty well cleaned up by wolves.  They checked this area periodically over the next few days for the wolves but never connected with them.  Bryan & Jim continued to scout the river for Greg & Bob in the remaining days and saw another 5 bulls as well as cows and calves.  Two of the bulls were real good shooters and they passed the sighting information onto Greg and Bob but they were having difficulty in connecting with these bulls.  I will leave the story of Greg’s hunt to the end as it has such a classic ending to it.

Wayne Hart from WI whose name you probably recognize from the spring bear hunt was hunting with archery equipment out of the “Broken Horn” camp with Scott Smith.

The Broken Horn camp had more moose sightings this year in comparison to the rest of my camps; however, this does change from year to year in the area we hunt.  According to my notes they had seen at least one bull everyday of their hunt with the most sightings coming on the 2nd day of Wayne’s hunt when they had seen a total of 4 bulls on that day.  The trick was to get in close enough to one to get an arrow into it.

Several stalking attempts were unsuccessful but one of the best opportunities to score on a bull came when Scott had called one in.  Wayne was set up well in front of Scott in the direction that they had anticipated the bull to come from.  Scott had been calling for a while when he got a response from the bull.

Wayne was using a clump of willows as cover and could easily shoot if the bull stayed close to the water but would have to wait for the bull to walk past the willows should he stay up higher on shore.  As the bull broke cover they could see that this was a good bull in the mid 40’s with wide palms.  As the bull made his way into the call it became obvious that the bull was going to take the high road.  When the bull had gotten to Wayne’s willow clump he stopped on the other side of it just a mere 5 to 6 yards away from Wayne.

As we all know moose are huge and to have one that close with just a bow in your hands can really get the adrenaline kicked into high gear.  As for Wayne all the bull had to do was take one more step and he would have cleared the bush and given him a chance for a shot.  The bull surveyed the situation for several seconds but there was something that he didn’t like as he slowly turned and walked away giving Wayne nothing more than the rear end to shoot at.  That was the last that they saw of this bull and so it goes at times when using a bow.

It took until the last 1/2 day of Wayne’s hunt for his luck to change even with the large number of bulls they were seeing.  On this morning they had decided to drift down river in the boat letting the current carry them.  Scott had been calling periodically but was not getting any responses when at about 300 yards ahead of them they saw a cow standing on a point of land that jutted out into the river.  They didn’t know for sure if a bull was close by but had decided to pull the boat into shore and make a stalk further inland until they were opposite of the cow.

They had stalked down to a position that brought them to the point the cow was on and if there was a bull with the cow they would have to walk within close proximity of their position if the moose headed back onto the mainland. They could not see the cow now but they stopped and waited and in a short period of time they could hear a bull raking some willows. They had decided to move in closer and got to within 40 yards of the cow and the bull that now had joined her. A thin strip of willows separated them from the moose and they had to wait until the moose made their way back onto the main land, and cleared the willows before Wayne could get a shot.

Fortunately they didn’t have to wait all that long until they did the very thing they had been hoping for. As the moose made their way back to the heavier cover the bull was taking a path that would bring him within 20 yards of Wayne’s position. All of a sudden the bull stopped in his tracks and needed to take 2 more steps before Wayne could get his shot away.

To Wayne this was “de-ja-vu” to the circumstances of what happened a few days earlier and all he could do was wait for the bull to make his move. Scott who had stayed back a few yards behind Wayne was videotaping and couldn’t understand why Wayne wasn’t shooting because at the angle he was viewing the whole scene at it looked like Wayne had a clear shot.

Finally the bull did move but now he took a quartering away path from Waynes location. As the bull walked away Wayne had to take several steps to his side before he could clear the bushes and get a a shot. With the bull now at a about 35 yards Wayne released the arrow making a perfect quartering away shot just behind the shoulder. When he was hit the bull turned and ran towards the river and expired just a few feet from the waters edge. With only a couple of hours left in the hunt and killing a 41 inch bull with the bow, this makes for a great story. Congratulations Wayne!

But the best last minute story of this years hunt involves Greg Rakowski from WI. Wayne had not been the only hunter that was out hunting that last half day. Greg and his guide Bob were out as well as it had been a fairly slow week with them seeing cows and calves early in the week and a real good shooter bull in the last half of the week that they couldn’t get close enough to.

They had the entire river to hunt as everyone else was done at our end and Gregs partner, Jim, along with Bryan, were scouting for them and had seen a good number of bulls. Bob and Greg would move into the areas where the others had sighted bulls but could never connect with them.

So it goes with hunting with some of the best efforts made failing to produce the desired result.  As noon rolled around on that Saturday it was the end of Greg’s hunt and they had to tear down camp at the “down river ” location and move to main camp as they were scheduled to fly out the next morning.

I knew of course that Greg was disappointed but you would never have known it from the positive attitude he displayed when he arrived at main camp later that day and despite not being successful he said that he had enjoyed himself and had a great hunt.

The next day when we were supposed to fly out we were greeted with overcast skies and periods of snow.  Flying out that day was not looking good and at 11:20 AM the air service confirmed that there would not be any flights coming in that day.  So we had time to kill in camp as the snow came down and Lyle thought why shouldn’t he let Greg go for a hunt by walking around the island that main camp is on.  Lyle had seen bulls in the channel a few days earlier and there was a good chance he might run into one.

Normally we don’t do this and have strict deadlines for the hunts to end as with any late bulls they would have to be butchered, packed out, meat hung, camps torn down, boats and motors serviced and put away before the planes arrived.  But with the majority of this looked after Lyle thought Greg could squeeze one short hunt in.

Lyle got the answer you would expect when he asked Greg if he would like to go for a walk around the island to see if he could find a moose with his guide Bob.  Even though we had everyone back at main camp we had to limit him to ending the hunt no later than 3 PM to make sure we could get a bull back to the meat pole to be ready for a flight out the next day.  With just a short time frame for their hunt off, the boys went.

Visibility wasn’t good with the snow coming down but they slowly made their way around the island and got to the point where they could see the channel opening up onto the main part of the river just west of main camp.  With heavy snow coming down they spotted 3 snow covered  “bumps” on the west side of the channel on the main land.  After glassing things for a period of time they discovered the “bumps” were a bull, cow and a calf which were bedded on the open rocky point and who had decided this was a good spot to enjoy the snow and watch the river.

The boys quickly made their way up into the timber on the island and proceeded forward as they wanted to get to a spot directly across the channel from the moose.  Once they did however they found the distance between them and the moose was considerable.  Greg was comfortable making long shots but for this distance he needed help from his partner Jim, who with the binoculars acted as his spotter.

When the shooting started Lyle was in main camp and he looked at his watch and it was 2:40 PM.  Greg had taken it to the limit with just 20 minutes left and after hearing several shots, we were hopeful that things had turned out for him.  Several of us got our gear on and made our way to where we had heard the last shot.

In a short distance Greg’s party emerged out of the snow storm and by the high fives and cheering it was obvious that he had gotten the job done.  It had taken several shots but once he found the distance he had dropped the bull just a short distance from where he was bedded.

We got 2 boats down to the bull and with all the help we had the butchered bull loaded in the boat in less than an hour.  Greg`s  “snowstorm bull” that measured 43 inches was a great way to conclude our 2014 hunt! Congratulations Greg!!

In the end, 8 out of 10 moose hunters took bulls home with them with the largest having a 54 inch spread.  Some moose were sighted more than once but in the first week our hunters had 55 sightings of moose, 23 of which were bulls. In the 2nd week we had 66 sightings of moose with 26 of those sightings being bulls.  We had numerous wolf and bear sightings both weeks.

The bull to cow-calf  ratio remains quite high and it is estimated that 85% of the bulls that were sighted were actually different bulls.  This was determined by the size of the animal and the size and configuration of the horns.  There was also a good mix of young and older bulls that were not harvested.  Our area looks in great shape for the future for game population numbers and keeps proving year after year why it is one of the best moose hunting areas in North America.




Hello To All of our Past and Present Guests of Agassiz Outfitters,

We are excited to finally be able to share with you the TV show that was taped during Larry Weishuhn’s visit to Agassiz Outfitters in Manitoba, Canada.   PLEASE NOTE that our “World Class Hunting Territory” for black bear has remained the same BUT our contact on the tv show has changed and is as follows:

Agassiz Outfitters

c/o Rick & Colleen Liske

Box 848

Lac Du Bonnet, MB

R0E 1A0

Phone:  1-204-281-1918 

Toll-free:  1-888-468-3394

Agassiz Outfitters-Manitoba Moose Hunts

Agassiz Outfitters has exclusive rights to a large remote hunting area in beautiful Northern Manitoba. Situated approximately 110 air miles north of Thompson, this area is only accessible by float plane. This area is pristine and virtually untouched as far as hunting pressure. We take a small number of hunters every fall and offer both 1 0n 1 and 2 on 1 hunts. This is one of the best moose areas that Manitoba has to offer and we cater to rifle, muzzle and archery hunters.

Hunts are conducted from mid-September to the beginning of October and calling is the prime method of hunting. Boats are our main form of transportation to and from the hunting areas.

Sitting by the fire enjoying the northern lights, listening to the wolves howl, fishing and hunting in this remote and pristine part of Northern Manitoba is a hunting experience that memories are made of!


Agassiz Outfitters 2015 Spring Fishing Report!

The 2015 spring fishing during our spring black bear season remained great the whole time especially for the big northern pike. All of our guests who tried their luck during there spring bear hunt had good success on the lakes by our camp which was due to a large part mostly because of the early spring we had. Throwing large shinny spoons and spinners proved deadly for the pike especially the old reliable “5 of diamonds” and “red devil”. Many fish frys where enjoyed by all!!