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NEW FOR 2017!  SPRING BEAR HUNT. 

ONE WEEK ONLY: MAY 20 - 27, 2017  MAXIMUM 5 HUNTERS

FALL BEAR HUNT

TWO WEEKS: AUGUST 19 - 26 and AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 MAXIMUM 4 HUNTERS PER WEEK

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MRL Bear Hunt Program Overview

For 2017, after a 15-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce the return of our spring bear hunt program in addition to our traditional fall hunt. The spring program will run for one week only, coinciding with the opening of walleye fishing May 20 – 26. We will accept a maximum of 5 hunters. 

Our fall program will run for two weeks from August 20 to September 2. Hunters may choose to come in either week (Sat to Sat). Don't delay, we only book 4 hunters per week.

At MRL, we offer an all-inclusive, fully-guided Hunt/Fish Combo Package that includes everything from baiting to butchering – so it’s completely turn-key for you. All meals, accommodations, maid service, boat, motor, bait, fuel, firewood, daily transportation, game retrieval, processing of your bear, butchering , labelled packaging and freezing is included in your 7-night/6-day Hunt/Fish Package. Your hide will be carefully cleaned, wrapped and frozen for you to take to your taxidermist. We even take care of all licensing (fishing & hunting), tags and validation, and export permits. We hunt in WMU’s 40 and 41.

We take great pride in running a professionally-managed hunt, ensuring optimum success and safety of our hunters. Baiting and clearing of stands begins early each season to promote active baits long before our hunters arrive. We offer stands or blinds with shots ranging from 20 yards to 150 yards, accommodating both rifle and bow hunters. We aim to have at least two active stands per hunter. Trailcam monitoring during the baiting process allows us to preview bear activity with hunters.black hear hunt

Unlike many outfitters, we strictly limit the number of hunters as we accept to no more than 4 or 5 each week. We take the time to profile our hunters to understand their level of proficiency, choice of firearm(s), stand or blind and shooting and range preferences. This enables our guide team to provide best-in-class service to each hunter while maximizing our harvest success and a positive and more exclusive overall hunt experience for everyone. 

Prior to the start of your hunt, our guide team, led by our hunt director, will conduct an orientation and program overview. This will include Team introductions, review of Hunter and Firearm Safety, MRL’s Bear Hunt Program Policies and Itinerary, Baiting and Stand Activity Report, Stand/Blind profiles, Administration and Logistic details and Hunter Q & A’s. Following the orientation, our Hunt Director will oversee the sighting-in of your firearm. 

Daily transportation to and from your stand is included in your hunt package. Also, hunters appreciate that we have full cell phone coverage throughout our hunting areas. As such, we require that all hunters carry a cell phone enabled for out-of-country calling (for non-residents) so that you can call us when you harvest a bear or are in need of assistance. Meals are prepared by our Master Chef with breakfast served daily at 8 AM and your main meal at 1:30 PM.  Departure time from camp is usually around 3 PM each day. This allows you ample time in the mornings to fish our 24 kilometer (15 mile) water system and to prepare for your hunting day. A hardy late night snack is served on your return to camp.

When you harvest a bear, a team is dispatched to your location immediately. We will track and retrieve your bear and return to camp to begin processing your game. Processing is conducted in a respectful, systematic manner with opportunities for photos as well. This activity is always exciting and engages the entire camp in a celebration that goes well into the evening. Skinning and butchering will take place the following morning on site. It is important to note that if you harvest your bear on the last day of your hunt, we cannot promise that time will permit us to fully process your bear prior to your departure. In this instance, the Hunter is responsible for the carcass.

The Team:

Brian Moulder, Hunt Director: Brian is a life-long resident of Marten River, Temagami and North Bay and is a retired director with the MNR’s Forestry division. He is a highly knowledgeable and experienced bushman, hunter and firearms expert and is extremely helpful to hunters, particularly first-time hunters. Brian’s affiliation with Marten River Lodge dates back at least 20 years. He also acts as lead tracker when the need arises.

Bill Tregenza, Senior Guide (Retired) Bill is also a life-long resident of Marten River and a highly respected trapper, bushman, angler and hunter. Bill developed the bear hunt program at Marten River Lodge over 25 years ago and guided at the lodge for 20 years. Today he mentors our team, provides oversight and council on program planning each year and will occasionally help in processing game.

Dave Simpson, Senior Guide: Dave has guided at Marten River Lodge for over 17 years and trained under the tutelage of Bill Tregenza. Dave built many of our stands and has helped in training new guides each year in conducting an effective baiting protocol and has assisted in processing game. A trapper, hunter, angler and renowned knife maker, Dave no longer guides full-time but remains a strong proponent and mentor to the MRL Bear Hunt program.

Ray Sapiano, MRL Owner and Program Administrator: Owner and operator of MRL since 2012, Ray has hosted and administered four bear hunts, upholding MRL’s long tradition of success under mentorship of his team of experts. Ray has raised the bar on professionalism in the management of the hunt and level of service provided to hunters. He has invested in new equipment including mutli-passenger UTVs, an Argo, trailcams, etc. and implemented policies, guide protocols and developed MRL’s Hunter Orientation program.

Ken Tregenza, Gunsmith and Associate Guide: Ken is Bill’s son and a long-time friend and associate of MRL. Also raised in Marten River, Ken could not help but become a wilderness expert and hunter under the influence of his father. Ken has also schooled and trained to become a licensed gunsmith in the province of Ontario and has many private and commercial clients. Ken often lends his assistance to MRL’s Bear Hunt program.

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Tyler Moulder, Tracker and Associate Guide: Tyler is Brian’s son and has helped and worked along-side his father on MRL bear hunts for years. An avid and enthusiastic outdoorsman, Tyler is a great complement to the MRL team and often tag-teams with his dad to track, retrieve and process game.

Adam Sapiano, Guide: Adam is Ray’s son and an invaluable asset to the team. Adam begins his work long before hunters arrive each year, clearing and brushing stands and carrying out our daily baiting program. He assists in transporting hunters safely to and from stands and in retrieving game, monitoring stand activity and maintaining equipment.

Sam Rose, Guide: Sam joins MRL this season and comes to us from his home in Gananoque, Ontario. Sam has fished and hunted in Ontario all of his life and has spent a lot of time fishing in the Temagami region. He has hunted large and small game, including bear, moose and deer and most recently, guided successful Whitetail and Black Bear hunts in Northern Saskatchewan. Fully proficient at tracking, retrieving and processing large game, Sam will work closely with the MRL team in upholding our high standards and best practices.  

Josh Cliche, Butcher, Josh is a professionally licensed butcher and has worked in North Bay at various butcheries and grocery meat departments. He specializes in wild game processing on the side and has been our go-to butcher at MRL for 4 years. Josh comes directly to our lodge to provide personal and custom butchering services for our hunters.

Fishing

Your package includes a boat and motor for every 3 adults in your party. Our boats are fully equipped, 16’ Starcraft models and include high-back swivel seats, vinyl floors with 7’ casting deck, automatic live well and bilge pump, rod holders, fish finder, new 2013 30 HP electric start motors and unlimited bait and fuel during your stay. Our main water system offers 24 kilometers (15 miles) of fishing with access into 4 different lakes for Walleye (Pickerel), Pike, Perch, Small Mouth Bass and Lake Trout. On arrival, we will provide you with a map and orientation of our water system and point you to known hot spots.

Though our focus and priority during our hunt dates is the bear hunt itself MRL does specialize in guided remote back-lake fishing adventures. If hunters are successful in harvesting their bear early in the week, and time and resources permit, we may be able to accommodate a guided fishing trip to one of our remote lakes at additional cost if there is interest.

Booking, Payment & Cancellation Policy

20% credit-card deposit or E-trans (Canadian Only) is required at time of booking to confirm your reservation. Due to the limited number of hunters we accept and the upfront costs of conducting our hunt program, we have a strict 90-day cancellation policy. Balance is payable on arrival.

All bookings are Saturday to Saturday. We encourage you to book your hunt early as space is very limited.


Spring: May 20 - 27, 2017 

Fall: August 19 - 26, 2017 and August 27 - September 2, 2017 


Your 7-Night / 6-Day Black Bear Hunt/Fish Combo Package Includes:

Quality Accommodations in our spotlessly clean cabins including all linens, bedding, soaps and towels
Maid Service
3 Meals Daily (Breakfast at 8 AM; Dinner at 1:30 PM) plus a late meal after your hunt
Fully Equipped 16’ Starcraft boat with 30 HP electric start  motor (for every 3 adults), fish finder, live well, swivel high back seats, and more – and 15 miles (24 Kms) of waterway and lakes to fish Walleye, Pike, Perch, Bass and Lake Trout.
Unlimited bait, boat fuel and firewood
Orientation session and overseeing of sighting in of your firearm
8-Day Sport Fishing License (US Non-Res) or 1 Year Sport Fishing License (Res/Can Non-Res); Ontario Outdoors Card, Bear Tag & Seal, Export Permit (Can/US Non-Res); Bear Hunt Validation Certificate (US Non-Res);
Use of all lodge facilities including large screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, pool table, darts and more
Professional guiding, tracking, retrieval and processing of your bear
Butchering, labelled packaging and freezing service
Accessible, well maintained stands and blinds; pre-baited and brushed for optimal sighting
Choice of short and long range, monitored, active stands

Transportation to and from stands


Note: Bears harvested on last hunting day in each week may not be able to be processed and butchered prior to hunter departure next morning. In such instances, the hunter is responsible for their bear and there are no deductions in fees.

Rates: All prices in Canadian Funds plus HST

 
Package
 

 Price per Hunter

Non-Resident: US or other     

 3,599.

Ontario Resident:

 $ 3,299.

 Non-Hunter guest rate

 $ 1,193.

 

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