The sudden rush of a black bear through a raspberry bush, the panicked launch of a wood duck escaping through dry timber of a backwoods beaver pond, the graceful leap of a white-tailed buck, or the hulking mass of the majestic bull moose; this is the thrill hunters seek.

Just as the earliest inhabitants depended upon the bounty of the land and the water, today’s sportsmen will find the area teeming with wildlife. Wild rice bays are feeding grounds for migrating birds and the duck hunt here is among the finest in the world. Flocks of mallards and teal, wood ducks and rafts of bluebills are available to the sure-eyed hunters. There are Canada geese, too. Grouse are plentiful and are sport for the small game hunters who seek them out.

Deer, attracted by the farmers’ fields, are especially populous on the mainland. Deer and bear are hunted on both the mainland and islands. If you are planning a hunting trip, make reservations early, as the hunt is limited. The only moose hunting available to non-residents is on the Aulneau Peninsula where primitive weapons must be used. The number of hunters that are allowed each season is limited.

The Aulneau Peninsula is a vast area of undeveloped wilderness in the approximate centre of Lake of the Woods. It has been designated as a Wildlife Management Unit where hunting big game is restricted. Only bows and arrows and black powder rifles may be used. The Peninsula is a challenge, not only because of the requirements for primitive weapons but because of its size and rough terrain.