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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Last Day of Hunting Season
The first two weeks of November incorporate the gun hunt for deer up here. That means trucks parked along roadsides, hunters in the woods. The sound of guns. That's the hunt most people are aware of, although there is a longer season of bow-hunting, which being silent tends to be overlooked by the general public. Not overlooked by the deer, however.
The fact is that up here we have too many deer, and that largesse means the deer are over-grazing the forests. And that means that come spring, it's heavy sledding for these lovely animals. Food is scarce. The wolf pack does well. So no, we don't forbid hunting on our property, but we are very very careful about who we allow to be on it to hunt. There is a hunt camp located just to the east of us, and another farther down the Port Cunnington Road.
But the deer seem to know. I think they mark their calendars. The first week of the hunt, our hunters (who only had buck tags, and therefore could not hunt any of the does) saw not a single buck out there from morning to night, while up to twenty female deer came wandering past their stands, gazing at them incuriously. They went home empty handed. No venison on their tables this winter.
This little herd (there were 12 of them in total, not all crowded into my photo) were seen yesterday, in the field across from the Firehall, the field that leads to our Frisbee Golf course. They were happy, relaxed, and they know they've made it through.
Now, if they can find enough food to make it through the winter...
And I'm willing to bet that we'll start to see the bucks, probably next week, coming boldly out of the deep forest places.
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
And Click Here for just one more...