Polish Hunting Club of Canada

“Hunting on sunny and cold days can bring about undesirable consequences for hunters. It often happens that, hunting in bad weather, hunters get soaked, as they say, to the marrow of their bones ”- and therefore suffer from various diseases. Others, more sensitive to colds, fall ill, or are forced to give up hunting in the mud on cold days, because the footwear allows water to leak through. Second-hand satin clothes are less suitable for hunters, because they do not let water in, but they also do not let the air pass through - as a result of which transpiracy stops - then the body heated by heat and physical work cannot cool down properly - and therefore it can cause various diseases , arising from excessive heat such as sunburn, etc.

In the first week of December, which is the penultimate (in northern Ontario) week of the season, together with Mirek R. we went elk hunting in the vicinity of Thunderbay, to Kakabeka Falls to be precise. Our Canadian friends, with whom Mirek has been hunting for 18 years, and I have been living there since 1990, and we take advantage of their hospitality and knowledge of the area. Both Mirek and I had shots with 2 staves, and our friends with 2 bulls and one moose. Hunting for elk in the last 2 weeks of the season has also advantages, due to the layer of snow it is easier to poison, although sometimes the snow is too high and makes hunting very difficult. For example, in one year it was possible to move around the area only with the help of a "ski-doo" (motor sled), which was not a pleasure at -30 ° C. This year the weather was good, there was not much snow (about 15 cm), and the temperature throughout the hunting period was between -5 ° and -8 ° C.

While hunting in Poland, I did not even dream about hunting and shooting a bear. After arriving in Canada and settling in the Province of Ontario, I passed the hunting exam as soon as possible, bought a gun, and understandably started looking for what "fat" to go for. The black bear was closest to the hunting schedule.

Being a complete novice (when it comes to bear hunting) and having no contact with other hunters, I decided to book a weekly hunt from an Outfitter in the Temagami area. The area there, as I heard, is one of the few forest areas in Ontario that have survived to this day in a natural state. Looking at the map, seeing the negligible road network and the few towns in this area, I was already tracking bears through the eyes of my mind. From the words of the owner of the holiday resort ("Lodge"), from which I rented the cottage and which was supposed to feed the teddy bears, it could be concluded that hunting a teddy bear is only a matter of arriving, taking a seat, pressing the trigger, and of course correctly locating the missile. Unfortunately, the contact with reality brought me quickly from the clouds, in which I was rocking "my" bear, to solid ground.

The day began with a departure at dawn. In the morning you can see a lot of animals that later hide from the scorching sun. I have to admit I'm very lucky. While driving I watch a grazing herd of impala, again two wildebeest slip by quite quickly. We pass a few buffaloes watching us closely, but there are also representatives of local birds, so how fortunate it is to see all these animals in their natural habitat.

Finally we reach the hill. I promised myself a lot after him. Today we are hunting Kudu. We leave the car with my professional hunter. P.H (Professional Hunter) is a specific profession that requires constant adaptation to the terrain and game. Benny, despite his young age, has extensive hunting experience. The first one follows, followed by the bushman and me. A few more jumps and we're at the foot of the mountain.