January 23, 2017

2016 trail cam pics of the ones that got away.  See the Gallery Tab to view 59 of these photos.  gallery photos    These guys and a favourable winter will make for a great 2017 season. Still looking for a handful of hunters. Call Trent at 780-872-0137 to book!

January 17, 2017

Hello all from Chaparral Hunting Adventures, I hope everyone is doing well. Our winter has been great for the deer herd with very little snow and our present forecast calling for 2 mild weeks. All of this should add up to another great fall of deer hunting. I was up at the lodge the past few days taking advantage of our mild temperatures to do some scouting around and ice fishing. I was able to catch some fish and checkout a small corner of our allocation for the potential of another promising stand. I had cameras up since mid December and got a few decent bucks, next fall I will hit this area hard with bait and see if we can make it work for the 2017 season. Like all new stands time will tell.
I had talked with John the other day and he is out on the trap-line catching a few wolves and coyotes. This really helps us out in our deer management process.
I will leave you with a few pics of Darrell and I with the afternoons catch of pike, and a few trail camera photos.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere.

 

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year to all from Chaparral Hunting Adventures. May 2017 be a great year!! I spent a few more days at the Lodge checking some cameras and putting out more oats for the deer. Most of the baits have plenty of alfalfa on the ground and that’s a good thing, with very little snow on the ground the deer are off eating what the forest has to offer. It’s a positive sign for the upcoming season as healthy deer grow better antlers.
The start of 2017 also brings with it many inquiries about hunting with us. Typically hunters are looking to book their spots for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Pictures, videos and hunters testimonials help the potential new hunter to feel comfortable with our camp. One question that’s asked alot is what can I expect to see while sitting in my blind? Over the season I snapped a few videos just off my cell phone after dropping off bait and I apologize for the lack of professional quality. It’s my busy time of year but periodically I grab some videos by taking a few minutes to walk up and sit approximately 30 yards from the feed. Typically it’s just young bucks and does that venture out while I am that close. Hopefully a few of these videos will help new hunters get a better grasp of how things should look on most days.

December 16, 2016

Hello again everyone and Merry Christmas to all !!, from Chaparral Hunting Adventures. Another truly successful deer hunting season has passed and now it’s time to look forward to next year. I am out actively searching for 2 more stands in a remote corner of our allocation. I can’t wait to see what shows up and hopefully we can make it work for next year. Still not much for snow here but we certainly had more seasonable temperatures the last while. Barry Milne and I were out feeding more sites the other day and I grabbed a few pictures of our travels. I also received some pictures from Richard Brunett who was a first time hunter during week 5. I will add a few pictures of his successful hunt also.

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Looking ahead to 2017 the camp is filling up quickly and 2018 is about 50% booked. So far our winter has been very easy on the herd so 2017 is shaping up to be an excellent season already. If your interested in hunting with us please call or text me at 780-872-0137.
Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere.

December 7, 2016

Well the hunting season is over for the season but our feeding continues. Click the link below to see a video of the 2 bucks who showed up today!!

December 5, 2016

Hello everyone another season is in the books and week 5 started strong with five deer down by Tuesday at noon. Then we had some slow days followed with almost everyone tagging out late in the week. Congratulations to a very special “Uncle Bill” who is 91 years young and shot a bruiser of a buck.
Our cold temperatures arrived today and although it was five weeks late our season was still very successful. Approximately 90 % of our hunters tagged out and although a few went home empty handed, everyone had deer to shoot.
This week brings a bunch of clean up and still some baiting but otherwise things are winding down. Once again it was fun to meet new hunters in camp and catch up with returning hunters. A big thanks to all the staff for another great year with lots of laughs and companionship.
With November being extremely mild our deer are benefitting tremendously and things are looking good for next season. A big thanks to everyone who was apart of our Chaparral Family this year for their continued business, it’s much appreciated.
Like always I shall leave you with more pictures of last weeks successful hunters.

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Trent DeBusschere

November 27, 2016

Hello all again from Chaparral’s camp. Week 4 is in the books and this week seen some large bucks hit the ground. Some last minute cancellations left us with a small group of hunters. The staff have been working real hard so a lighter week made for some well deserved rest.
The rut is basically done and the bucks are hitting the baits hard to try and gain back some of the weight they ran off during this period. Our temperatures are still very mild and the snow is only a trace so this will go a long way to keeping our herd healthy and strong.
Week 5 has a good number of hunters in camp so hopefully all goes well and I have more pictures to post. I will leave you with pictures from last week.

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Trent Debusschere.

November 20, 2016

Hello all again from Chaparral. Week three came to a close with all hunters tagged out. The action started very fast in the week and all but one hunter needed the last day to get his buck. Although we have no snow and its a warm 38 F. today our cool night temperatures are giving us some relief from all the mud and water on our trails. Hopefully colder temperatures arrive this week to freeze up all water and make travel to stands much easier. Good bucks are still being taken and deer are moving as the rut continues. Overall the season has been great so far for quality and quantity of bucks taken. It’s been nasty on the guides and equipment but we’re pushing onward. Once again I will leave you with more pics from successful hunters.

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Trent Debusschere

November 16, 2016

Hello again from Chaparral, I hope everyone is doing well. Week three has opened with a bang as four hunters are tagged out just a couple days into the week.
Temperatures look to cool off a little in the next few days and getting some of this mud and water to freeze up would help us out greatly.
I missed a photo from week one and will add it to the rest of my week three successful hunter pictures.

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Trent DeBusschere

November 12, 2016

Well hello all again from Chaparral Lodge. Week 2 has come and gone and although our temperatures are very warm by our standards, hunters were still seeing many deer. Lots of nice dark horned bucks were taken and one made it to the magical 170″ mark. Camp is still busy so I will keep this short and add a few more pics.

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November 9, 2016

Hello once again from Chaparral. Week 1 ended with great success and although it’s been very warm in the north week 2 is going well. The deer are moving with the rut getting going and my hunters are seeing good numbers at the baits. This warm trend had me nervous about deer movement but so far so good. Our trails are starting to dry up somewhat but dam am I sick of mud!! It’s a busy time of year for sure so I will keep this short, but will add several pictures of successful hunters.

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November 4, 2016

Hello all from Turtle Lake, camp is a buzz and I just wanted to add a few pictures from the start of our season. There have been some good bucks taken already in week 1.

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October 19, 2016

Well we are at camp and the deer are finding the oats we spill.  This buck is going by the lodge to the oat bin!!

 

October 13, 2016

Hello all again from Turtle Lake, I hope everyone is doing well. Last season was not typical for Chaparral in that the weather was very mild and only small amounts of snow were present towards the end of our season. Well that won’t be the case for this year as snow has made its way to a large area of Saskatchewan and although it’s early it looks more and more like it’s going to stay. What a difference a few days can make!! In some areas of our allocation trees were bent over and melting snow caused for nasty trail riding to get into some sites. I had to get Dave to come and pull me out as my quad was hung up and everything I attempted to winch from just popped out of the mud.
The deer are really hitting the baits and in some cases it’s only 10-15 feet separating us. I will leave you with some pictures of this weeks happenings at Chaparral.

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Trent DeBusschere

October 5, 2016

Hello all again from Turtle Lake, I hope all is well. Chaparral’s lodge is back up and running for another year of preseason baiting. Trails are being cleaned up and shortly blinds will go in to the locations that have shooter bucks. Yesterday parts of the province had snow and although it missed us the temperature sure dropped.
Many trail cameras are out and things are looking great, so patience is a key. Barry, Arch and Dave put in 2 full days on the trails and I thank them for their hard work.
Arch guided Dennis and myself on a moose hunt around his area at Turtleford and we will have plenty of beer sticks and ️sausage for the camps liking. We ended up shooting a young bull that will provide some delicious meals.
I will leave you some pics of what’s happening around camp these days.

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Trent Debusschere.

September 27, 2016

Hello all again, I hope everyone is doing well. The camp is ready to go and bait is going out. Next week all the guides are starting back for another season and luckily all will be back.
Last fall Richard Laughlin did not use his cape so I put it with some horns of mine from the 2009 season. Kent sent me a picture today of the mount and it looks great, also Rich Eichleberger’s deer is also done. I will add pictures of these two awesome bucks ( Rich’s buck has the orange tag ). Thanks again to Richard for the cape and another deer for the walls at Chaparral. Also want to thank Kent Ringham for a job well done.

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Lastly there are a few pictures of baiting and the arrival of the 700 alfalfa bales for this fall.

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Trent Debusschere.

September 15, 2016

Hello everyone from Turtle Lake, I hope all is well. Roughly six weeks to go before our first group of hunters arrive. Camp is ready and bait is going out. The days are getting shorter the temperatures cooler and the beautiful fall colours makes this my favourite season.
I went to Cabelas in Saskatoon last week and grabbed a few more things for camp, the staff was great and I took a picture of my purchases.
I will leave you with a few pictures from last week.

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Trent Debusschere.

 

September 5, 2016

Hello all again from Chaparral, hopefully everyone is doing well !!. The camp is coming together and the excitement building. I have been up clearing trails and starting baiting, soon the rest of my guides will start hitting the trails also.
I was asked by one hunter where have the trail camera pictures gone and trust me the cameras are at work but I feel it’s best to keep the pictures to myself and the guides. I do plan on posting trail camera pictures at the end of each season. Like other years the blinds go up after we see a buck of 140″ or greater at the bait, ground blinds allow us to act swiftly and with little disturbance to the bait. I will post pictures of lots of fawns and some yearling bucks as everyone knows this is a big factor in a healthy herd. One location has a doe with three fawns although twins are more the normal this year it’s a real positive sign.

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Jackie and I have opened the lodge to several groups our daughters are involved in and I have some good pictures of our 4H windup and the Midget Girls Hockey team builder.

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Trent Debusschere.

August 23, 2016

Hello all again, I hope everyone is doing well!! For the most part the camp is ready to go as this year has been very slow in the welding field with the price of oil down. On the good news side this has given me more days at camp and out in the bush. Sadly Anita is moving on to help out with her husband’s health issues. Chaparral would like to thank Anita for all her help over the years and wish her husband well. Luckily I have a cousin that lives at Turtle Lake and has agreed to give us a hand this fall, along with being a great person Marion is also a retired nurse.
Like a lot of weekends I am at the lake moving cameras and making a plan for the upcoming fall, I got the new Yamaha ready and took it on the trails. Lately it seems like every cloud has to rain at the lake and I have an attempted selfie of me taking cover under a spruce tree. In the background you can see the newest quad. My girls are right and that I truly have a face for radio!! The sun did come out during the weekend and I will throw a few pictures of us out on the lake pulling Chelsea and some friends around on the tube.
In September I will be contacting all my hunters just to make sure everyone is ready for the exciting hunt. The deer look awesome and once again patience is a must. Two years in a row Bryon has taken 160″ bucks and last year it was the last day if I remember correctly. Yes some luck is needed but knowing what you want and to hold out for that buck is key. Maybe there will be years Bryon goes home with nothing but his strategy is paying off with some great mounts.
I will leave you a few pics from the happenings at Turtle Lake.

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Trent DeBusschere.

 

August 3, 2016

Hello everyone from Turtle Lake, I hope your having a great summer!! My summer is going by quickly and I have seen a few flocks of Canada geese the past couple evenings, yikes fall is just around the corner.
Archie and I spent Monday running around to several stand locations putting up Chaparral signs, as of August 1 you are allowed to claim your stands again for another year and near the end of September baiting will be in full swing. Chaparral bought another quad and now it’s time to add a winch, gun boot and windshield, so that’s where my spare time will be the next few days.
Looking forward to having the camp busy again and all the excitement that goes along with hunters and filled tags. This year we will have a new face in camp as a good friend Shawn Steward will be helping out with guiding. He is an experienced hunter and can repair almost anything, Shawn will fit in nicely with our group.
I will leave you with a few pictures from the past week of Arch and I hitting the trails. It’s a little troubling when you already have your quad stuck and you get a text from Arch asking for help as he to is stuck also!! Luckily everything worked out and the day went well for the most part.

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Chaparral still has a few openings for this fall so anyone looking for a great week of deer hunting please give me a shout at 780-872-0137.

Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere.

July 21, 2016

Hello all from Turtle Lake, I hope the summer is treating you well. Soon August 1 will be here and that’s the day I can start putting bait out, hard to believe how time goes so quickly. I have been busy getting quads ready and the camp always requires some TLC. I have many cameras out along well traveled trails and am getting some good pictures. It’s good to see many doe had twins this spring. Another bonus of a mild winter. Starting to get exited for the upcoming season, things are looking great.
Just like most seasons we have a few hunters that get circumstances that pop up and they have to put their hunting trip off to another year and this creates a few openings. At the moment Chaparral has a few holes to fill in our fall deer season, so if anyone is interested give me a shout.
I will leave you with a few trail cam photos.

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Trent Debusschere

June 14, 2016

Hello all again from Turtle Lake, I hope everyone is doing well. The deer are in their reddish brown summer coats and the antlers are now in the velvet stage and growing daily. I was able to make it out on the trail last Sunday and retrieved a few more trail cameras. Most of the pictures are coming from potential new areas as it’s important to keep looking for the next great spot. We are trying hard at Chaparral to fit all the stands into a “every other year rotation”, it’s just one of our deer management strategies. With about 6-8 weeks remaining in the seasonal antler growing period, you can see many bucks are off to a great start, this fall is going to be great!!

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Trent DeBusschere.

 

June 8, 2016

Hello all again from Turtle Lake. It’s very warm here and has been for some time now. Throw in some much needed rain and antler growth will be at a premium this fall. Although our first hunters don’t arrive for almost five months the excitement is already building here at Chaparral. Last week I put out several cameras, and already good bucks are being caught on film. Somewhere along the trail I managed to lose all my replacement SD cards and not wanting to shut down the cameras I left all but one camera still snapping pictures. I will buy a bunch more cards and next time everything hopefully goes better and I can bring back more pictures.
I will leave you with a few pictures from one location.

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Trent Debusschere.

May 30, 2016

Hello again from Turtle Lake, I hope everyone is doing well. The rain started here around May 22 and has been raining on and off ever since, this is great news. I was nervous about being out in the bush prior to the rains as it was just scary dry. Today however was back to business as usual and I put some miles on the quad hanging up some cameras on busy game trails. The bush is now wet enough that the quad was getting stuck so tomorrow it’s back on the Argo, being stuck in the middle of no where is not all what it’s cracked up to be!! Seen some dandy rubs on a few trees and that shows promise for these new areas, the cameras will tell the real story as time moves on.
I had another good surprise as Richard Laughlin and his group of hunters from Texas stopped over for a visit. They were up hunting with John and took some great bears, well done guys and thanks for the visit.
I will leave you with a few pics from today’s tour around the bush, and Richard’s bear, take care everyone.

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Trent Debusschere.

May  11, 2016

Hello all from Turtle Lake, I hope everyone is doing well. I have been getting a few comments regarding the large fire in Alberta that is moving towards the Saskatchewan border that started in the Fort McMurray area. This fire is roughly 300 miles away from our hunting area and although it’s scary it doesn’t pose a threat to us, hopefully we can get some rain to help out all the fire fighters. With our mild winter and unseasonably warm temperatures the forest region is dry and caution is required by all people who use the forest for work or recreation. Rain is needed !! Last spring and early summer we also had dry conditions but when the rains came everything bounced back and all was good again.
I have had some past deer hunters stop by the lodge to say hi lately as they are up bear hunting with John, good luck guys and thanks for stopping by. One of the hunters was Neal Smith and he sent me a picture of his trophy. Kyle also arrowed a bear, I will add a few pics of the successful hunters.

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April 28, 2016

Hello all from Turtle Lake , I hope everyone is doing well. Approximately 30% of this falls clients will be new to Chaparral and like everyone who books a hunt with us I like to talk with everybody a couple times prior to the hunt about any concerns or questions they may have. I just want to take a moment and address some of the most frequently asked questions. Our laws require a minimum red or orange vest and hat to worn at all times when hunting, bring clothing that will keep you comfortable in temperatures that will range from 32 – 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Our deer are quite large bodied but any caliber of rifle from the .270 through to the .300 magnum are all good choices. Hunters will spend the days in blinds over baits and keep in contact with their guide by cell phones ( make sure to check with your service provider before coming up to hunt ). You may experience colder temperatures and we will provide heaters to anyone that wants one. These are just a few of the concerns I hear most often with our new hunters and its best to check out our website at Chaparral Hunting Adventures for a complete breakdown, also give me a call anytime if more clarity is required.
Kyle tells me the bears are hitting the baits and will grab some trail cam pics soon. Barry Milne ( senior guide and poet ) sent me a picture of his new Yamaha side by side, it looks great but I looked at this picture for awhile trying to figure out what was different? Barry has shaved his mustache off and looks ten years younger ( a paid announcement ).
I will leave you with a few pictures of Barry’s new ride and a visitor that showed up to have a sleep on the lodge’s deck.

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April 21, 2016

Hello all again from Turtle Lake, I hope everyone is doing well. I took a couple days this week to spend at the lodge and do some follow up on a few areas we scouted this winter on ski-doo. The snow is gone but the game trails remain and hopefully a few of these potential spots reveal a big buck for the fall. It’s truly satisfying to catch a shooter on film, and only time will tell if these spots are usable. Arch came along with me and we covered lots of ground, two heads are always better than one!! After bragging about never getting the Argo stuck we were crossing a sharp beaver run and yep, we are stuck. So thankful for the winch and Arch there to wrap the cable around a tree, with a slight tug we are out. Maybe I am just stubborn but why is the hunting always better on the other side of the beaver dam?
I also spent some time modifying a utility trailer last week and it’s being put to the test lately and all seems to be working well.
Our camp is booked up for the 2016 season and bookings are going well for 2017. I will leave you with a few more pics of what’s happening around here.

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April 13, 2016

Hello all again, I hope everyone is doing well. Spring is here and warm days are upon us. Like all years I want to get a few things done around the lodge to try and make it one of the best camps out there. Last year I bought an Argo to help conquer all terrain, also I worked on the exterior of the lodge and bunkhouse to bring them back into good repair. Jackie did her best to give the bunkhouse a face lift without making it to feminine ( oh the battles we had ).
This year I hope to transplant more wild spruce trees around the perimeter of the property, buy another quad, pick up another trailer ( already done ), look for a few more deer stand locations and set out some bear baits. I seen a real nice light coloured bear last fall that would make a nice rug for the bunkhouse.
One area that needs no changes is Chaparral’s staff and it appears everyone is on board for another season. I am grateful to have such great help at camp.
This week Kent Ringham sent me pictures of four deer that he finished up and are ready to be shipped off to the rightful owners. They look great and were taken by father and son hunters from last fall, the Parsons and the Browns. Great looking deer and lots of good memories made. I will leave you with pictures of these deer mounts.

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March 24, 2016

Hello again I hope everyone is doing well, and have a great Easter weekend with family and friends. Arch and friends have a fun ice fishing derby this Saturday and I plan on attending.
The last couple of weeks have seen considerable snow and put spring on hold for awhile. However, the moisture is good for the bush and with warm weather on its way the snow won’t be around for long. The deer are in great shape and this late snowfall is more of an annoyance to us humans.
This spring I plan on setting up some bear baits and monitoring the quality of bears in our allocation. Bears are always a nuisance when we start our fall baiting for deer and their numbers appear plentiful, so with the help of Kyle I hope to get some good trail camera pics and then offer bear hunts for the spring of 2017. Along with bear hunts Chaparral will include some spring fishing also.
I bought a new quad trailer and grabbed the ski-doo this past Tuesday and spent the day touring the bush and like always my focus is on new stand locations. As I pulled up to the gates at the lodge I discovered a visitor laying in what’s left of our hay stack. A moose stood up and I was able to get a few pictures as he walked through the yard.

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February 26, 2016

Hello once again from Turtle Lake Sask. It’s been awhile since I updated the blog. We finished up the show in Harrisburg and this year had a good number of hunters signing up for 2016 and 2017, I am looking forward to meeting old friends and some new faces this fall.
I have spent some time doing maintenance on the quads and had to run the Argo into Saskatoon for some warranty work on the transmission. With the oil patch being very slow this past 8 months I have had more time to catch up on camp chores. I also built gun racks for each of the eight bedrooms so the rifles have a safe place for storage.
My thoughts are always on making the hunting better in our allocation and with 120,000 acres there is a lot of area to cover. My brother Kevin and I put on around 160 miles last week, doing just that. Winter is a great time to look for new deer stand locations and with everything froze up the Ski-doo can cover a lot of area in a hurry. The deer didn’t clean up all the feed this winter at the handful of baits we stopped at, this is good as it goes to show the mild winter left them not so dependant on the remaining alfalfa. Most winters have the hay piles all cleaned up and I usually find some sheds but not this winter.
Lastly Kyle sent me a great picture of his dog and a good shed that was found a few miles south of the Lodge where farmland meets the bush line. Kyle tells me bucks are still holding onto their horns and hopes this weekend he finds a few more sheds, so far it’s been slow finding any. I also got a picture from a friend of a giant old shed he found along a fence line last week, it’s a crazy looking shed but it’s mass is phenomenal. It’s mass like this that makes hunters dream of hunting the North.

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Trent DeBusschere

February 4, 2016

Hello everyone from Turtle Lake Sask. I hope everyone is doing well. Most hunters know that Saskatchewan is having a great winter and this is most apparent when you look at our Winter Severity Index thus far. Biologists can look at our recorded temperatures and snowfall to calculate the severity of the winter, which in turn relates to winter kill and generally tough conditions for the herd. For every day the temperature stays below 0*F it’s considered a negative, snowfall is another factor and once it reaches 24 inches on the ground it’s considered to be a daily negative also. A mild winter has a score of 0-50, moderate winter’s score is 50 – 80, severe winter score is 80-100 and anything over 100 is considered very severe. So far this winter has had 7 days where our temperature has not come above 0*F, and snow started to fall in January and we are around the 10-12 inch mark throughout our area. So today our WSI score is 7 and with temperatures during the day hovering around freezing for the next week or so our winter has been grand.
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Chaparral has a booth at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg and I can’t thank Doug and Rich enough for all the time and effort they put into this project. Please stop by booth 5732 and check out what Chaparral has to offer for the upcoming Whitetail season!! The winter has been great and our weak dollar is keeping hunt prices down, definetly this is the year to come hunt with us at Chaparral.


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Trent DeBusschere

 

January 20, 2016

Hi all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. The winter is rolling along and it’s been very good so far, this is facebookjan20just what our deer needed. John tells me there is 8-10 inches of snow in the bush and he is still catching a few wolves and coyotes.
From February 6-14 Chaparral will have a booth at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg and once again a huge thank you goes out to Doug , Rich and all the people that help run the booth. If your at the show be sure to stop by and talk deer hunting with the guys. Next year’s season shows great promise and our weak dollar is helping keep the hunt prices down, maybe this is the year to come North?
I got an interesting message from my brother who is down in Fort Worth Texas, he is in Cabelas and notices a deer mount that was taken at Chaparral in 2004, ha small world.

Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

 

January 6, 2016

Happy New Year everybody from Chaparral Hunting Adventures!! 2016 shows a lot of promise as our winter has not been a factor for our deer.  In fact most people I talk with in our community are thrilled that winter hasn’t really shown itself yet.  The hunters also have seen a deer herd that has regained its Saskatchewan quality of bucks. This is evident in our strong bookings for 2016 and 2017, I am also keeping the hunt price unchanged from the past couple years and trying my best to pass on the benefits of a weaker Canadian dollar to our southern neighbours.
What’s ahead for Chaparral in 2016? As always one of our keys is continually pushing our hunting boundaries further out to cover the most area possible. Like other years predator control is huge , that’s where John and our other local trappers excel. John tells me he alone caught 6 wolves and 50 coyotes over the last few weeks.
One area of outfitting that concerns me is the bad stories I hear about bringing rifles and luggage up to camp. I know it can make for a real negative experience and that’s not good. I will be talking with clients on the possibility of our camp purchasing some good quality rifles that can be used instead of bringing your own. I know this is not for everyone but some hunters may find it takes the stress out of seeing their own rifles being tossed around by the airport employees. Maybe Chaparral could offer storage to repeat hunters that want to leave some of their heavy winter gear behind? These are just a few areas that I would like some feed back on and maybe there is an easier way to get hunters up to camp. I will leave you with a recent trail camera pic from Kyle and a truck load of John’s recent catches.

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Trent DeBusschere

December 23, 2015

 Merry Christmas to all from Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. It’s the time of year to be with family and friends enjoying the Holiday Season. Yesterday myself, brother and nephew were out in the woods checking on a few new bait sites and looking for potential new spots. I get asked many times if I miss hunting and to me this searching for the next great deer stand is almost as fun. One nice thing is that I can look for deer all year long and share my photos, maybe I am just getting soft as I get older but I do enjoy scouting for deer. Not all spots work out and that’s the thrill of finding good trail cam pics. One hunter who had tagged out accompanied me and commented ,”that he couldn’t believe the work that goes into finding and keeping all the baits and blinds ready to go.”
John is busy helping us with predator control and it is vital too any successful camp to keep predators in check, and as a professional trapper it brings in some added revenue.
There is still only light snow on the ground and it’s been a very mild start to the winter so things are looking great for next year. I will leave you with a few pictures from some of our goings on yesterday at Chaparral.

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Merry Christmas from your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

December 19, 2015

These are a few of the great bucks that were caught on camera by one hunter and not taken. Looks like a good start for 2016!

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December 15, 2015

Hello all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. 2015 is in the books and once again it was a great five weeks filled with great bucks, new friendships and lots of laughs. I feel very lucky to be doing what I love.
The season started off with a bang, when Ricki shot the first buck of 2015 at 9:15 on Monday morning, I believe he now has a stand named after him, quite a character for sure!! This fall was unseasonably warm and only a trace of snow and hunters spent a few long days in the blinds, but we still averaged around 90% kill rate. It’s December 15 today and Old Man Winter has still not hit here with any vengeance, this is great news for our deer heard. 2016 is shaping up already to be a great year for deer hunting as El Niño is keeping us very mild.
dec15-1I would like to thank all my staff for another great year, with out this tremendous group of people Chaparral wouldn’t be the fine hunting camp that it is.
Soon the website picture gallery will be updated but I wanted to leave you with a picture that I totally enjoy. It’s not of the biggest buck taken but it was a learning time for me at camp. This year seen Chaparral give the cooks a night off every Friday as we barbequed deer tenderloin and during week four I learned how to prepare and cook deer heart. The picture I am posting shows Richard and Nick handling the heart cooking while I take care of the tenderloin. This barbeque is a lot of fun and was a real hit with our hunters (no doubt Barry is the real cook).


I would like to wish everyone in the Chaparral family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Your eyes of the North,
Trent DeBusschere

October 26, 2015

Hello all again from Turtle Lake, Sask. today we got our first taste of winter and that should help bring the deer to the baits and hopefully put the bears to bed for the winter.
Frequently hunters ask about shooting the “right deer”. IT can be tough when the adrenaline gets going and we have all heard tips on measuring in the field. Tonight I will put three pics of bucks I got off the camera today. All are at the same bait and have 9 to 10 point racks, when you have time to see all bucks on film it’s easy to pick the shooter of the three. Now take a moment and score them individually, this is what every hunter should be able to do fairly quickly and accurately. I have done my math but it would be interesting to see what other hunters feel the scores to be. A little knowledge in scoring and some practise will help you get “the most bang for your buck”.

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October 14, 2015

Hello all again I hope everyone is doing well. The blinds are out and deer are hitting the baits. Chaparral is ready for another great season! Barry, Dave and myself just finished up a couple days at camp and I am lucky to have such experienced guides as it seems like they have stories just about everywhere we travel throughout the woods. It keeps it interesting and I am always learning. Just going to wrap it up with a few pictures of life at camp.oct14-3 oct14-2 oct14-1

 

 

 

 

Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere
September 30, 2015

Hello all again from Chaparral, it’s a beautiful 73 degree fall day here. The rest of the hay bales showed up today and that’s the easiest way to get 700 bales stacked in the yard!!
Now the fun part, getting them to 62 sites throughout the bush along with bushels of oats. That’s how the bulk of the next month will go for myself and the guides and of course blinds also need to be set up.
I will be contacting my hunters again to make sure all is good for their upcoming hunt and if anyone has questions just send me a text or call, my number is 780-872-0137.
In closing I will add some pics from the goings on around Chaparral.

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Trent DeBusschere

 

September 16, 2015

Hello all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan. The autumn colours are here, the mornings have a crispness to them and the geese are back as they make their slow migration south.  Definitely my favourite time of year!!
This past year I have spent many days searching for new stand locations, and it’s exciting to be hunting in areas that have never been used before. This season has five of us baiting around 65 locations we are putting on more miles for sure but the extra effort will make our camp top notch. With our mild winter and late season baiting last December our deer look great.

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All of last years staff are returning and I am grateful; everyone excels at their jobs, and makes the lodge a great place to be.
Arch has been drawn for moose in our hunting area and he can count on being fired several times throughout the season especially when any of our hunters or guides spot a moose. Last year I had the moose tag and luckily was able to fill it one evening. Barry barbequed tenderloin for the camp and it was excellent, hopefully Arch bags a moose and we can continue this new tradition!!
Your eyes of the North.
Trent Debusschere

 

September 2, 2015

Hello all again from Turtle lake I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. September is here and with that comes the excitement of another hunting season fast approaching. The trail cameras are out and stand locations are being selected. Our goal is too give every hunter a chance at a 140″ buck or better. The cameras will be out until the season is over monitoring what’s hitting the baits, Chaparral has 25 pop up tents that allow us to set up quickly on target bucks. I have used such tents for many years and the deer adjust to them very quickly, it really is a great hunting tool. Along with tents many wooden blinds will also be used, currently we have around 62 spots we bait every year. Do we hunt each bait every year? The answer is no, rotation and selective harvesting is a real key to allowing the herd to produce mature bucks. We must keep in mind that these are wild deer and as such we still require Lady Luck to help us out also. One thing is for sure anyone hunting at Chaparral will see a lot of deer throughout the weeks hunt.
I grabbed a few more pictures during my last trip out and shall post a few.
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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

 

August 20, 2015

Hello all, I hope everyone is doing well. The camp is starting to get a little more active as the hay bales and oats have arrived. I grabbed an extra 200 second cut alfalfa bales Tuesday because I am dam fussy about the deer feed and these bales looked to good to pass up. Baiting of all sites will begin by the end of September and finish up towards the end of December.
Several hunters ask what to look for in a good buck, I explain the basics of scoring deer but a picture is probably worth looking at also. Tonight I will post a few good scoring deer from last fall’s season.

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Lastly I have a couple deer spots to fill for the 2015 season, our deer look tremendous and these last minute hunts could save you 25% off the regular hunt price, if you have a flexible schedule and want to come up for a great week of hunting give me a call at 780-872-0137.
Your eyes of the North.
Trent Debusschere

August 12, 2015

Hello all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, hard to believe how quickly summer is moving along. All the guides and myself were busy clearing trails and preparing sites for this fall. The forest is quite a bit dryer than the last few summers and when your not fighting with mud along your route the day goes a lot easier.
I am asked all the time by hunters, “what should I bring?” and this season I highly recommend everyone to bring patience!! We are seeing great bucks and with a bit of homework on field scoring and patience to shoot a true northern trophy your hunt will be fantastic. Like Barry says, “when you stop shooting the small deer you will start shooting the big deer.”
Checking trail cameras is one of the things I really enjoy about guiding and this past weekend produced some great pics that I will add for your viewing.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

July 30, 2015

Hi all again from Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. This weekend is the August long weekend and the lake will be busy; as well, August 1 is the first day we can start baiting deer. I don’t start baiting most sites until the end of September as an established site remains in the deers memory and they appear quickly once the oats hit the ground. The new stand locations will get early attention and give the deer in that area more time to adjust to this new found wealth.
It’s great to see mature bucks on the trail cameras already but another positive is the fawns that we are seeing as there appears to be many sets of twins being caught on camera. I do not usually post these pictures, however fawns can tell us lots about the last winter. The easier the winter, the higher the fawn numbers. I have been saying last winter was a good one for the deer herd.
Most hunters have made their hunting preparations awhile back and for those guys that can make last minute hunts fit their schedule now is the time to be enquiring about cancellation hunts, Chaparral has a few openings of this nature and if it fits your schedule the savings will be worth it, give me a call at 780-872-0137. Once again I will leave you with some more trail camera pictures.
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Trent DeBusschere.

July 22, 2015

Hi all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  It’s roughly 3 months until the 2015 deer season starts, our client list is close to where I want it but like every year we seem to have a few cancellations.  It’s just a part of being an outfitter as things pop up in day to day life that cause hunters to cancel.  The deer herd is looking strong and the trail cameras are picking up a great start to the horn growing season.  If any of our past or current hunters know of people looking for a great hunt at a discounted price please give me a call at 780-872-0137.
The weekend had me out checking cameras and I will leave you with some pics of developing velvet bucks.

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Trent DeBusschere

July 15, 2015

Hello everyone, I hope summer is going well.  It’s been a fairly hot and dry summer throughout most of Saskatchewan this year and forest fires have been a real problem.  Luckily Turtle Lake has been getting some timely rains and the forest fires are still around 260 miles north of us.
Kyle and I went out scouting a few days back and set up some trail cameras at a couple of spots that showed lots of promise.  It’s amazing how the Argo goes everywhere, it truly is the tank that floats.  I grabbed a few more velvet buck pictures to throw on the blog.
This past week found our family in Jasper visiting my daughter who is a summer student there and it really is a beautiful place, we did some hiking, visiting hot springs and of course shopping ( ugh!! ).  We actually had a close encounter with a grizzly on a trail roughly three miles into our six mile hike, luckily the bear paid little attention to us, but it sure makes a guy think about how effective the bear spray would really be?

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I will leave you with some pictures of our trip and some velvet bucks, the grizzly bear pic is from the safety of our car and of a different bear from the one we seen hiking.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

July 8, 2015

Hi all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  We are enjoying some hot weather and spending time at the beach and fishing.  Our clear water and golden sand make Turtle a great place to be in the summer.

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John sent me some more trail cam pics of velvet bucks,  shortly Kyle and I will have some pics of our own to share.  Like always I will leave you with some pictures of what’s going on at Chaparral these days.

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 Your eyes of the north.
Trent DeBusschere

June 24, 2015

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake.  The camp is looking revived with all the new stain and paint and so far no broken bones!!  There is still some work left but it’s winding down.  Kent sent me more finished deer mount pictures and our trail cameras are catching some good early horn growth.  Roughly 4 months to go until our first hunters arrive and things are looking good for this season.

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The last week of the 2015 season has openings for 2 more hunters and like all weeks there are strong points to hunt that particular week.  That said week 5 bonuses are that the rut is over and bucks hit the baits hard trying to put on weight for the long winter ahead of them.  It appears hunters are concerned about last weeks weather and that all the good deer have been harvested or gone nocturnal from hunting pressure.  Our hunting pressure up here is not an issue and with all my heaters I can make sure everyone is comfortable. So if anyone is interested in week 5 hunting give me a call and let’s see what we can come up with.
I will leave you with more pictures from our trail cameras.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

June 18, 2015

blog jun18-1Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan. I was talking to Kent Ringham the other day and he has finished up all the deer mounts from last fall, Kent does a great job mounting your trophy buck, he will send me some photos to post on the web. I did get a picture of Aaron Eichelberger’s finished mount and it looks great!!  This was Aaron’s first trip to Chaparral and he is a third generation hunter of the Eichelberger family.  His grandfather Lloyd shot a tremendous 189 buck and father Rich has also taken B&C bucks.  Well Aaron had a large task in topping these past giants harvested.  His buck was a good first deer and I enjoyed having Aaron and family in camp.  Maybe next time at Chaparral we can find Aaron a buck that rivals his father’s and grandfather’s.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

June 10, 2015

Hello all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  I try to call all of my hunters several times prior to the fall hunt, I get a feeling for their concerns and expectations.  I want everyone to be assured that they are in for a great hunting trip.  Like any holiday the more a person knows about the destination the better.  So I decided to throw on a few pictures of the lodge and kitchen area ( this is where all of us eat our meals ), the bunkhouse and garage.  The bunkhouse is fully modern with Wifi and satellite TV, bedrooms, and bathrooms.  The garage houses all the quads and is where the deer are processed but most importantly it’s a great place to sit around the wood stove and relive the stories of the day!!  Hopefully any first time visitors to Chaparral will get a better feel for the camp from these pictures.

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Today was also unique as I got very close to a fawn and snapped a few pics with my phone, typically we see some fawns but this was a real close encounter.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent Debusschere

June 3, 2015

blog june 3Hello all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  It’s the time of year when the Whitetail does are dropping fawns and I thought it might be interesting to point out a few facts about fawns.  First off the average weight at birth is 6-8 lbs, for the first few weeks they will lay hidden while the doe remains within 100 yds of the fawn. Fawns will start eating vegetation at the two to three week stage and by the third week can outrun most predators. Most does bred at 1.5 years old or older will have two fawns and sometimes triplets.  A fawn born in the spring may also be bred that fall but will typically just have one fawn the following spring.  Fawns are born odorless and covered in spots, this of course helps them hide from predators and by four months the spots are gone. It’s said that survival of the first week for a fawn gives it great potential to live to become an adult deer with most fawns calling the area in which they were born home.

Your eyes of the North.
Trent Debusschere

May 27, 2015

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  Summer temperatures have been with us for the past week or so and it was great to get out fishing.  Last weekend, the fishing was slow but the weather was unbeatable.
I spent some time out in the bush looking into an area that shows promise but always had a major obstacle, swamp!!  However the Argo works like a charm maneuvering around and through these wet road blocks, this machine also allows me 1000 lbs of carrying capacity.  To view my new toy in action , click on link:  Argo in Action  Looking forward to getting some cameras out  as seeing is believing.
Your eyes of the north.
Trent DeBusschere

May 20, 2015

aaablogHi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  Chaparral is currently focused on excellent Whitetail deer hunts exclusively but with quality Black bear and some awesome fishing in our back yard it will only be a few more years and these opportunities will be available.
Last weekend I joined Kyle and Chance ( Kyle’s buddy ) for an evening bear hunt.  We were going to hunt the the stand on Chaparral’s land just a couple miles from camp.  There were two bears caught on camera that were shooters.  Kyle took his bow and Chance had the rifle, depending on the shot provided we had everything covered.  Around 4:30 we got into our stands and sat quietly hoping for a good bear to wander in.  All was quiet until 8 ish when a good bear cautiously moved through the bush towards the bait but stopped about 60 yards out, Chance got the nod from Kyle and his 300 magnum put the bear down.  To watch the video click here: bear hunting video
It was an exciting evening topped off with a real good bear, thanks to the “young guns” for having me along.
Roughly five more months until our first deer hunters arrive and everything is shaping up for an exciting deer season!!

Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

May 10, 2015

Hi all again from Turtle Lake.  First off I want to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day, as family is everything.

I have talked often about using all of our territory to its full capacity and soon realized the biggest obstacle I have is getting beyond the swamps, sloughs and beaver dams that limit our range until everything freezes over.    Last year freeze up occurred around the 9th of November.  This time frame didn’t sit well with me so Chaparral bought an Argo and this will allow us to bait and go everywhere regardless of weather conditions.  The last two days I put the Argo to the test and it works awesome.  However after two days of chainsawing my way around overgrown cut lines I was dead tired but very pleased at the game trails I found.

John and I have several cameras running now and the Bucks antlers are starting to grow, and the deer look in great shape.
I will leave you with a few deer pics and a couple pics of the Argo.

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Your eyes of the North,
Trent DeBusschere

April 29, 2015

Hello all again from Turtle Lake.  It’s hard not to mention the weather when just a few hours away The city of Prince Albert hit 80 degrees Fahrenheit today, we weren’t as warm but a beautiful day.

There have been a few inquiries about new gun transportation forms required to take your firearm and ammunition out of the United States.  The information I recently received from our Outfitters Association tells me that this new paper work has been abolished so it’s business as usual for taking your rifle out of the country.

John and I were out in the bush last week setting up cameras in areas that we feel should hold quality deer and as time goes by I will be posting our findings.
Kyle was also up looking around for more sheds and setting up a bear bait.  As usual he found more sheds and sent me a few pictures of his weekend outing.

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blogapr29-3Although the bunkhouse is quiet Chaparral’s staff are constantly looking for that next great spot for a deer stand, it’s what we love doing.  There is still room for a few more hunters this fall and conditions for bagging that buck of a lifetime are looking very good.  I have a picture of a true monster John shot, several years ago.  This buck was taken within half a mile of one of our stands and is truly what hunting Saskatchewan is all about.

Your eyes of the North.
Trent Debusschere

April 15, 2015

Hi all again, I hope everyone is doing well. A bucks antlers come in all shape Us and sizes which makes each set unique, but another factor is the colour. The colours can vary from region to region but at Chaparral dark horned deer are the normal. What causes the colour of horns? And why do they vary? There are several different theories on this but the most popular response claims it is the trees or brush the deer rubs it’s velvet off during early fall. The amount of oxidized blood left over from the shedding of velvet creates a chemical reaction with the sap from the trees when the buck rubs on them this creates many colour variations.
Our deer tend to have nice chocolate antlers with the bases being the darkest and the tips being lighter. Just another reason to love Chocolate!! I will add a few pictures of some dark antlered bucks from last year.

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Your eyes of the North.
Trent DeBusschere

April 8, 2015

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  This will be the first week in many that I am off to Edmonton instead of heading out into the bush looking for new deer locations and sheds.  My youngest daughter is in a three day Hockey tryout, I guess if I can’t be out in the bush the rink is still up there with things I enjoy.
In my spare time I built around 30 telescoping stands that I hope will work well with the ground blinds I picked up.  Without some support from inside the blind heavy snow fall can crush them!!  These are light weight and hopefully will work, I guess we shall find out.
Also I gathered up many horns and sheds that had been lying around and the ones that were sun bleached I tried to stain to give them new life.  Looks like I got a few sets to dark but they all have character and memories for me and I wanted them to hang in the bunkhouse ( I am trying to keep up with Jackie’s decorating ).
I will attach a few pictures of my tent stands and look forward to my guides input!! Also a few pictures of my twist on a decorating theme for the bunkhouse.

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Your eyes of the North,
Trent DeBusschere

April 1, 2015

Hello all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  Well we had our first lightning storm Tuesday evening, the temperature was close to 60 degrees Fahrenheit!!!  March has been another great month but lightning in March is very early.
This week had me back at the lodge for a couple days, once again cutting paths down over grown cutlines.  It was great to see heavily used deer trails in numerous spots and I walked along these trails finding areas that would be suitable to place a stand for next fall.  Excited for trail camera pics this summer as nobody hunts back here.
I had a few guests show up at the lodge this morning while I was having breakfast, 4 bucks wandered in to clean up any oats that had been missed from last fall.

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Chaparral still has room for about 5 guys this fall and our mild winter and early spring should make this year a dream year for big bucks.

Your eyes of the north,
Trent DeBusschere

March 25, 2015

Hi all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  Recently I had a good discussion with another Outfitter on his deer management strategy.  He felt penalizing hunters for shooting bucks under the 140″class was a necessary measure.  Also a wound policy and penalty were other measures.  I have listened to hunters that tell me they don’t care for coming up to hunt at such Camps.  At Chaparral we too want the harvested deer to be a mature buck but are not going to fine hunters for taking a buck that has some ground shrinkage.  The wounding of deer is unfortunately a part of hunting and I have yet to meet anyone who was not very upset with this matter.  Chaparral has listened to hunters over the years and will not impose fines on deer that don’t make the 140″ mark, I feel that if any hunter does not see a buck of this caliber or greater and passes on shooting a buck during their week I shall reward him/her with a discount towards their next time hunting with us. To keep wounded deer to a minimum all hunters are required to head out to the range upon arrival and shoot some rounds to make sure all is good.  Occasionally an animal is not recovered and if this repeats itself that hunter will not be invited back, but I feel fining the majority of sportsman is like dumping salt on an open wound.
Finally I would like to show some of Kyle’s shed finds this past winter, I am sure he wears out boots with all the miles he walks.  The bulk of the sheds come from Chaparral’s area and some just south of us, thanks for the pictures Kyle.

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Trent DeBusschere

March 18, 2015

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well.  Jackie and I ran into Edmonton yesterday to pick up some new bedding, ground blinds, trail cameras and the list goes on,  Edmonton has two Cabelas stores with everything a hunter/ guide could ever want.  Also a nice perk is the outfitters discount, a big thanks to the staff at Camar182015pic1belas for helping us out.

Jackie is working at giving the bunkhouse a new look.  I now have 25 ground blinds that work great for getting into remote areas where the conventional box stands are just too heavy to haul into.  Personally I have hunted from pop up tents for years and they work great.
Spring has come real early to our area and combined with a mild winter this has the making for great antler growth amongst our bucks!!
Chaparral has a few openings left for this fall so if your interested in a world class deer hunt  give me a call at 780-872-0137.

Your eyes of the North,
Trent DeBusschere

March 10, 2015

Hello everyone from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  I spent three days last week clearing deadfall off cut lines to get back into more secluded areas for several more deer stand locations.  Heavily used deer runs were evident and snow was around the 8 inch mark throughout the spruce and tamarack trees.  John always wants updates on wolf sign when I am out in these new areas and I was glad to report no wolf presence.  I really believe our trappers have thinned out their numbers.

A few weeks back I wrote about the Winter Severity Index ( WSI ).  A simple system of temperature and snow accumulation that allows biologists to label the potential winter kill numbers amongst deer as mild, moderate, severe and very severe.  I called our local biologist this week to talk about the winter and he agreed its been great for the deer, but he told me the WSI numbers I had previously used were based on a study done in Wisconsin and that our larger bodied deer in Saskatchewan were much hardier.  Applying the new guidelines of 24 inches of snow and any day the high temperature did not get above 0 degrees Fahrenheit ( – 18 Celsius ) caused our total for this winter to be 17 and that falls in the mild category for the winter of 2014-2015, which is great news!!!  More good news for our deer herd is the fact that spring has come real early, temperatures are very mild and Canada geese are already filtering back.  Things are shaping up for an exciting fall.  I took all the temperature highs and lows for the winter of 2014-15, starting in November to present ( they are in Celsius ), these temperature readings come from Environment Canada for Meadow Lake and you can see how mild our winter has been.  Click the following link for details.  Daily Temperature Report for Winter of 2014.

 

Your eyes of the North,

Trent DeBusschere

February 25, 2015

Hello everyone from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  The days are longer and the sun has quite a bit more heat to it, a sure sign that spring is near.  Received some good news lately from my snow birds Dave and Barry; they are returning for another season of guiding!!!  Chaparral is glad to have them returning along with Arch and John.  These guys have forgot more about deer hunting than a lot of us will ever know.  They also make your stay very enjoyable. This past Monday I was back out cutting my way through cutlines that haven’t been accessed in a decade or more.  It was totally exhausting but well worth it.  Every new area holds potential and there were good deer trails in the spruce and along large meadows.  Simply put these are great wintering areas and I can’t wait to get the cameras and baits rolling next summer.  Like many of our new stands we are getting further away from camp but leaving a little earlier in the morning will all be forgotten when a true northern giant hits the ground. I was able to get fairly close to deer Monday but my I phone is limited in its picture quality.  I will post a few pics of Monday’s travels.

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Chaparral still has a few spots to fill for the 2015 season so give me a shout at 780-872-0137 for available dates.

Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

 

February 18, 2015

Hi all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, tonight’s topic is numbers.  Deer hunting uses all kinds of numbers for example; horn score, ballistics, success rate, cost of hunts, dates, shooting times, etc.  As an outfitter some of the most important numbers create the Winter Severity Index ( WSI ).  This system of simple math helps us determine how our deer are fairing.  Each day throughout the winter months that the snow is deeper than 18 inches or the temperature falls below 0° F we  count a point for each negative attribute. WSI- Scale Less than 50 – mild 50 – 79 – moderate 80 – 99 – severe Greater than 100 – very severe There are other factors that influence deer mortality in winter such as predators but we are very lucky to have John Koop taking care of these guys. A healthy doe will enter winter with a 90 day reserve of fat that will get her through these days of below 0 F and snow deeper than 18 inches, mature bucks that have ran their fat reserves down don’t have such a luxury and that’s why WSI is so important the lower the score the better the chances of survival for the mature bucks.  Also our December feeding helps to put back on some weight. Our previous 2 winters have had both deep snow and many cold days putting our WSI score well over 100 and consequently large kill offs. Today the WSI score for this winter is approximately 60, and John assures me there is only about 6 inches of snow in the thick spruce from all our warm spells.  These pockets of deep spruce provide feed and shelter during the winter months.  I get asked often how our winter is going and using these numbers I can tell you great!! As mentioned earlier the 90 day fat reserve can be complimented by our intense feeding program that ran until the end of December. In closing we have to look at our hunters success rates even through these abnormal winters.  Looking at our gallery on the website  shows we still produced great bucks and with the return to a low end moderate score the deer are wintering great. Your eyes of the north Trent DeBusschere

 

February 11, 2015

Hello all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  It’s the big outdoor show in Harrisburg and the guys have a great booth set up with lots of people stopping by to talk whitetail hunting.  Chaparral’s booth number is 5732 so stop by and chat with the guys.  Last week was a good one for booking hunts for the 2015 season and I am looking forward to meeting all the new faces. Kyle was at the lake on the weekend and reported seeing several bucks with all their headgear still on.  This just shows how  well our winter has been this year.  It should be a great year.  Chaparral still has room for a few more hunters for the fall of 2015, please give me a call at 780-872-0137 for availability.  I will put a few pictures on the blog of our booth at Harrisburg. IMG_1245.PNG IMG_1244.PNG

Your eyes of the north.

Trent Debusschere

 

February 4, 2015

Hello all again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well.  The weather here is more seasonable for February but with moderate snow on the ground the deer are able to keep their bellies full and that’s the key. Most of our attention at Chaparral is on the upcoming Outdoorsman Show in Harrisburg, it should be a lot of fun.  I am catching up on routine equipment maintenance and am looking to buy several pop up hunting blinds.  The winter is passing by and so far so good!! Chaparral would like to congratulate John and Blaire Koop on the arrival of their daughter Elle Marie Koop, mom and baby are home and doing fine. John of course works for Chaps as a guide but also has his own Bear outfitting camp and he still has a few spots open for this May and June, the hunts are five days long and cost $2500 plus $220 license ( US dollars ).  He has great success with limited hunters and great knowledge of the area.  For more info call John at 306-342-2120 or 306-342-7800, I will leave you with a few  bear hunter pics from John’s camp. image image image image

Your eyes of the north,

Trent Debusschere

 

January 28, 2015

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing fine.  It’s been another mild week with temperatures well above freezing through out the day and still mild temperatures into the near future.  This week I sat down and went through a bunch of trail camera pictures that were taken after the season had ended.  Last fall Chaparral baited approximately 50 sites and I have picked out several more stand locations to our far eastern border.  One comment I heard  over and over from our hunters during their week hunt was how many bucks were so close to being a shooter.  Maybe it had broken tines or just was a 130 class deer, but many hunters felt that a year or two would really turn the bucks into shooters. A deer can put 10 – 15 percent on his overall antler growth given the right conditions.  We have great genetics and food sources and this winter has been exceptional.  We cannot forget about the larger bucks caught on film that eluded our hunters, or the 25 stands I chose not to hunt last fall in order to let the up and comers get another year older and bigger!!  I feel Chaparral’s herd management is on the right path and next year will produce some great bucks.  I will leave some trail cam pics of post season bucks ad bucks that simply got away this fall. If your looking for a hunting experience of a lifetime give me a call at 780-872-0137.

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

January 21, 2015

Hi all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan I hope everyone is doing well.  Just like last week this weeks weather is very mild with most days above or near freezing.  The long range forecast is continuing mild which is great news for our deer.  On the agenda for Chaparral this winter was to carry on with expanding our hunting borders.  This weekend had us back out in the woods and tackling a long stretch of cutline that was full of deadfall and annoying willows.  Deer sign was promising and this will be a great area for more stands, I can’t wait to get my trail cameras going again this summer.  I have to thank Dennis (brother) and Branden (nephew) for helping out on this task.  It was tough going and I am sure they would have taken off on me except they were probably afraid of getting lost on the way out!!  This area of thick spruce and no hunting pressure should be a bucks paradise. It’s nice to see the deer are scattered throughout the forest this winter and not just yarded up in the thick spruce and tamarack, it’s a good sign that winter is going well for our herd. In closing for the week I leave you with a few pics of some sheds found and tired trail blazers. If your looking for a great Whitetail hunt this fall please give me a shout at 780-872-0137 and if your at the Sportsman Show in Harrisburg drop by Chaparrals booth. imageimage

Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

January 14, 2015

Hello again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. First off today is clear and sunny with a temperature of 39 degrees Fahrenheit and the long term forecast is mild!!! So far our winter has been easy on the deer herd and this is great news. We have had just a couple of cold spells this winter and our snow fall has been less than past years so this will go a long way in helping out the herd. Another factor in the deers favor is that John has taken 12 wolves out of the food chain and many more coyotes, this will pay huge dividends to our deer herd. What’s next for Chaparral ? It’s getting ready for the big Sportsman Show in Harrisburg, Rich Eichelberger and Doug Rohrbough are going to be looking after the booth and I can’t thank them enough.  These guys put a lot of time into making Chaparral a reality, and I would never have bought the camp without their support. Myself, John and Kyle are going to work this weekend on the eastern portion of our allocation, there is miles of thick spruce that have never been hunted by our camp, it’s somewhat remote but we feel the area holds promise.  I can’t wait to go and carve out more blind locations for years to come, deer winter in these heavy spruce pockets so it’s a good time for scouting, maybe we’ll find some sheds. As I mentioned last week antlers are dropping and Kyle was up scooping sheds from the bait piles the deer still frequent.  He sent me some pics that I will post.  Our bookings are going strong but we still have availability so if your interested in coming up for a hunt of a lifetime give me a shout at 780-872-0137.

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent Debusschere

December 31, 2014

Hi all from British Columbia, Canada I hope everyone is doing well.  2014 is winding down and our family is ringing in the New Year with some skiing and relaxing in the hot tub. image We hosted Christmas this year at Chaparral’s lodge and it was a lot of fun,( I also took advantage of free labour and had lots of help feeding deer ).  Over the holidays Kyle, John and myself were out feeding up the stands and great news Johnny has caught 7 wolves already this winter, all of our efforts will help the herd get stronger. All the horns and hides have been delivered to Kent Ringham for amazing mounts to keep your trophy alive for years.

 

I will add a few pictures of our Christmas feeding crew and deer that were waiting to greet us. Chaparral would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!!  If your looking for a whitetail hunt of a lifetime give me a call at 780-872-0137, our weeks are filling up quickly.

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Trent DeBusschere

December 21, 2014

Hello all I hope everyone is doing well, I just wanted to add a short update, as before we know it the holidays will be in full swing and time is scarce.  Both John and Kyle are out feeding deer and checking a few trail cameras, I will join them tomorrow Chaparral’s feeding program is a hit with the deer and along with mild winter conditions 2015 is looking very promising.  I will add several recent trail camera pictures at the end of the blog. If hunting huge Whitetail deer is your calling for the fall of 2015, give me a shout or text me at 780-872-0137.  Now from everyone at Chaparral we like to wish all a MerryChristmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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Trent DeBusschere

December 16, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. The winter is moving along with great temperatures and little snow, last weeks thaw exposed grass on hillsides and along south facing cut lines and clear cuts. Our long term forecast is very mild with temperatures hovering around freezing, this is great news!!! Chaparral is doing what we legally can to build up fat reserves on our herd, we have a large winter feeding plan that will help push the deer through winter in good shape, I believe it’s money well spent.  I am glad to hear from our friends in Texas who have committed a large group for week 4, thanks fellows and we look forward to having you back with us. Chaparral is still expanding on it’s hunting area with Johnny, Kyle and myself and this Xmas break I hope to add several new stand locations on our eastern border that will be available for the 2015 season. I will end the blog with a mix of pictures, some are related to our winter feeding program, some are recent trail cam pictures.

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If your interested in hunting with us next fall give me a call at 780-872-0137.

Your eyes of the north

Trent Debusschere

December 10, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Sask. I hope everyone is doing well. The deer hunters are gone and I have more good pictures of bucks to post. I would like to thank all my guides and staff from this past season, you guys are simply the best!!  To all our hunters from this fall I just want to say thanks for letting us be a part of your deer hunting adventure, it was a fun time and I met a lot of good people. The hunters are gone and the lodge is quiet but we are still busy baiting about 40 stands and will continue until the end of December. Our winter feeding program will continue throughout the winter where legally we can do so.  The great news is we are sitting a few degrees above freezing for the bulk of this week!!  This winter has already been 2 easy months for the deer as compared with our last two winters that started harsh at the end of October, along with the extra feeding and low hunter numbers for this fall I believe we are in line for a great 2015 season. A quick recap seen mild and rainy weather for the first week, hunting was tough but many stands had double digit bucks hanging around, then later in the season the big boys started showing up and our last 3 weeks of hunting produced 150- 160 ish bucks. There were a lot of stories and events this season I found gratifying but the one incident that sticks with me is about a hunter from Texas that told everyone around the supper table that night that he has hunted all over the world and that day in the stand was probably one of the best days of hunting he had experienced in his lifetime!!  He had seen 25-30 different bucks that day and numerous were good bucks but one was a dandy but it was chasing a doe and he never got the shot, he did shoot a great buck the next day. We heard several stories of hunters seeing 20 different bucks at new stands and feel the future for Chaparral is bright. A friend of mine who has guided most of his life told me that a good camp will book itself, Chaparral must be doing things right as the camp is booking up quickly already, hunters like our hospitality and commitment to overall deer management. We are going to continue working hard for next season, I will attach more great buck pictures.

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Please call me at 780-872-0137 to check for hunting availability for 2015.

Your eyes of the north

Trent Debusschere

November 19, 2014

Hello all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. Another week of deer hunters and more nice bucks, there is an abundance of young up and comers and patience is the word, but for a lot of our first time Saskatchewan hunters the sight of a 250 lb buck is very tempting. The good news is everybody is going home happy!! I will attach more pics of successful hunters.

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Trent DeBusschere

November 13, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a very busy two weeks here at Chaparral and tonight I will take a moment to update the Blog. The first week of hunting was tough as heavy snow, warm temperatures, wind and rain were not favorable but we still shot bucks. This week is a complete reverse as cold temperatures and clear blue skies make for great deer hunting. I will drop a few pictures of successful hunters.

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Trent DeBusschere

October 29, 2014

Hi all I hope everyone is doing fine. Well the season is here and looking forward to it. We have about 4 inches of snow at camp and less snow throughout our north and east sections of territory, this will help the baiting process as deer will take the easy meal over pawing through snow, also this should put the bears to bed !! Not a whole bunch of spare time now as baiting and some maintenance are eating up the hours, but everything looks good and temperatures will make for enjoyable stand hunting. See everyone soon!!

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Trent DeBusschere

October 22, 2014 Hello again I hope everyone is doing well. Dave, Barry and myself were out locating old stand sites that were very productive a few years back so we baited them up and hopefully will get some good trail cam pics. My goal is to get these stands back into rotation, possibly for late November of this year or maybe not until next year.  Regardless it’s always good to have options. At one stand location I got some cool pictures of trees that the bucks were busy polishing up their antlers on.  It is the season to look for rubs and scrapes which tells me bucks are in the area. image


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I also have some trail cam pics and pics of Barry crossing a beaver pond.  Can’t wait for the season to get underway!!

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

October 15, 2014

Hello all again, hopefully everyone is doing well. I am just wrapping up odds and ends at camp, and am anxiously awaiting our first hunters. I enjoy talking on the phone with everyone coming up to hunt at Chaps as their enthusiasm is infectious. Seems like baiting the sites and looking for possible new stand locations eats up a lot of time, but I sure like doing it!!! Anyone with questions or concerns about the upcoming season don’t hesitate to call me at 780-872-0137. I will leave you with more trail cam photos from this summer and fall ( a recap of deer caught on film ).

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Your eyes of the north

Trent DeBusschere

October 8, 2014

Hello again from Chaparral, it’s another beautiful week here at Turtle Lake with mild temperatures. I was in contact with Kent Ringham owner of Wilderness Taxidermy and Kent will be sending us out some information pamphlets to help out with your trophy buck. Kent does great work and takes the hassle out of getting your deer mounted and shipped back to the hunter’s home. Kent has been helping Chaparral hunters for many years and is certainly an option we strongly suggest for your mount. Check out his work on our Facebook page as he did several deer for clients last fall. I want to send a big thanks out to all our guides, they are busy baiting and setting up stands. All our guys love guiding and the outdoors and this is no more evident than with Arch, Dave and Barry as these men have had successful careers and are comfortable in retirement but still come out to share their knowledge and passion for hunting Whitetails. Barry said it best when he told me that “he would quit guiding once it became no fun”. I grabbed a few photos of Dave and Barry at work, as they haul in blinds with their quads and fill bags of oats for taking out to baits. All guides have helped in the preseason and I thank them, it just so happens the webpage could only handle the most handsome guides ( that was a paid announcement). This fall shows lots of promise for our hunters and there are still a few spots available so call me at 780-872-0137.

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Trent DeBusschere.

 

October 1, 2014

Hello all, another week closer to hunting season and I can’t wait!! It’s great to have Arch, Barry, Dave and Kyle setting up blinds and clearing trails. With all of us things will come together quickly. Deer hunting has long been my passion and waterfowl is a close second. My brother Dennis and daughter Chelsea went out Saturday morning to throw some steel in the air and came back with 8 geese. Birds were flying off the lake and heading out to feed and we were in between. As I shot at a flock of snow and blue geese, Chelsea let out a squeal as one of the shot birds was headed her way however a tree stopped it from hitting her. I had never seen a goose stuck way up in a poplar before. That said, my trusty lab (Chelsea) climbed the tree for the retrieval, it made for a good laugh and some funny pictures.

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Like every week Kyle and I are back out checking cameras and what a week it was with lots of up and coming bucks and several dandies. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Still a few hunts available so come on up for a great hunt.

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent Debusschere

 

September 24, 2014

Hello again everyone, there is only one word to sums up this week and it’s “hot”. Temperatures have been hitting the 90 degree mark!! but being Canadian we never can get too many hot days. I had a fun adventure last week as I tagged along on an Elk hunt. Chaparral now offers trophy Whitetail and Elk hunts, this area consists of river bottoms and coulees and is over 1100 acres in size and this time of year with the leaves all in their fall splendor it’s a fantastic view. Our hunter got a 380 inch bull and was thrilled with the hunt. It was a first high fence hunt for me and it was not quite what I imagined. Elk were far off on hillsides with careful stalking required and only wild Mule deer were seen as the Whitetail deer stayed hidden amongst the bush, it was a pretty cool experience. I snapped a few pictures of the trophy bull harvested and also a few scenic pictures of the surrounding terrain, which I have posted.

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Like all weeks the guys and I were touring the bush looking for good deer stand spots and checking cameras, I have attach some pics. The days click by and I can’t wait to meet our hunters and show them a great adventure.

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere.

September 17, 2014

Hello all we are six weeks away from our first group of hunters and the excitement is building!! Kyle, Arch, Johnny and myself are clearing trails and setting up baits, this has been ongoing from July and in reality is probably two and a half months early but only the best will do for me, so we started early this year to insure we could offer the greatest hunts our allocation has. When you love what your doing it doesn’t feel like work, and I want to maintain the high standards hunters are accustomed to at Chaparral. All our hunters coming this fall have to realize circumstances can change quickly in this business and Chaparral is dealing with some adversity as best we can. Unfortunately last week saw quite a few cancellations for the upcoming November hunt, it’s sad to hear how job loss and health issues ultimately have hunters needing to postpone their hunting adventure to another year, and all of us at Chap’s wish everyone the best of luck in getting their lives back to normal. With this said Chaparral now has some openings for the last two weeks in November and are offering cancellation hunts at a reduced price for a limited number of hunters, prices are reduced and I realize that may offend some hunters but in the big picture last minute hunts are not for everyone’s schedule and can have other headaches that just aren’t feasible for most hunters. Most of us like to plan our holidays well in advance and the peace of mind this brings us out ways taking a chance on being able to pick up a last minute hunt at a reduced price. Please call or email myself for more info on cancellation hunt opportunities. In closing I have a short video of a young buck that couldn’t wait for our oats and alfalfa to be dropped off and at times is probably only 15 yards from myself and a friend this week.  Video of young buck impatient for alfalfa to hit the ground

Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere ( cell #780-872-0137)

September 10, 2014

Hello once again from Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. It’s cool here and that means deer season is getting close. I got to tag along with our newest guide for a day as he baited bear stands and we looked for good places to start baiting deer for this fall. Johnny Koop is an easy going fellow that has tremendous knowledge of our deer allocation, I am very pleased he is a part of Chaparral and he will make our camp more diversified and successful. It looks like the area should support 8-10 stands and time will tell as the cameras are out, this allocation has not been guided on for ten years and I can’t wait to start checking trail cameras!! I have mentioned before that hunting this far north portion of land will take about a forty minute truck ride and then quadding into stands where some are upwards of 7 miles out from our drop off points. Kyle and myself have also found new stand locations so we should have the allocation well covered, stand rotation annually should help our maturing bucks continue to grow. It’s been a slow week on the trail camera pics as we moved a lot of cameras around and it will take time to get deer coming on in to baits. There were a few pics from last week that never got on the blog so I will attach them.

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

September 3, 2014

It’s time to change things up a bit here at Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, fall is in full swing and it’s probably the best time of year for me. I love the outdoors and the absence of Mosquitos makes it that much better. Camp is also changing from its sleepy summer mode to the hustle of preparing for hunters. Already myself and Kyle have put many a hour on the quads, moving trail cameras and looking to improve our hunting area. I post many deer pictures weekly because I believe that’s what hunters want to see and I take pride in finding good bucks to show all viewers. I want to operate the camp like I have been preaching all year, a stand goes up where a shooter buck has been seen, or another factor will be does at the bait because we all know love sick bucks will show up. My brother asked me if cameras would cause hard feelings amongst hunters and guides as hunters harvesting larger deer may appear to have special treatment. Well the deer are wild and move about lots so I can’t hold a buck to a particular bait, however to keep everyone on the same playing field each guide will pick their stand locations out of a hat for their incoming hunters. Maybe the luck of the draw will benefit a few hunters but let’s be happy for them as that’s fair chase hunting. Getting real excited about the upcoming season and if anyone has questions or concerns please call or email me (780-872-0137). I will leave you with more deer pics and a nice bull moose that I would like to hang my tag on.

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Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

 

August 27, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. Last week I mentioned a few questions and concerns hunters had and I forgot one topic I wanted to clear the air on. If my trail cam pictures have crazy dates on them it’s not that they are old pictures, the truth is when I change batteries on cameras in the field I simply turn the camera back on and make sure it’s running and I don’t worry about proper dates or times because the Mosquitos are usually eating me alive!! The quicker I can get back on my quad and get moving the better. This week I would also like to talk about setting realistic goals for your hunt. I was watching the Outdoor Channel the other night and one of the biggest names in the guiding business was talking about realistic goals for his hunters that come to northern Saskatchewan. It was interesting because TV does paint a picture of large bucks behind every tree but the reality is those large deer are tough to find and on this particular hunt the large deer was harvested after 13 days of sitting at the same spot!! Not many of us have that number of days to put into a hunt, of course some good bucks are taken without such extremes but TV programs can make it seem real simple. Now getting back to what the outfitter felt was a quality buck( free range deer) for his area was 140 inch B+C. Another article I read on line suggested that camps that shot deer in the mid 130 ‘s to 140’s and larger were deemed good camps. Chaparral’s area will give every hunter a chance at such a buck and there will also be many higher scoring bucks taken. We now have around 12 cameras snapping pictures, unfortunately I deleted a bunch of pictures this week accidentally, but I still have a few pics for your viewing.

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Your eyes of the north

Trent Debusschere

August 20, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. The summer is winding down and the hunting season is fast approaching. I get a few questions throughout the off season and I will take a moment to try and answer them as best I can. Maybe other hunters have same concerns but have not voiced them as yet. It may be a little repetitious for those who follow along but here goes: 1. Heaters are provided at no extra cost to those hunters whom would like one. 2. Any rifle you can shoot confidently and accurately from 50 yds to 100 yds is a good choice, but let’s keep in mind the 25-06 is probably as light a caliber as I would like to see brought up. 3. We will be using new stand locations to maximize our full areas potential. 4. In our area 2nd cut alfalfa and oats work very well for deer feed and it is also easier on their digestive system to be weaned off of come December. 5. Unfortunately the GST tax must be collected, it creates more headache for me as I collect it and remit the money to the Saskatchewan government, this just adds to my bookkeeping costs but the law is the law. 6. Hunts occur strictly over baits in our heavily forested area with hunters in ground blinds or elevated tree stands. 7. Finally, I personally have only seen one Sasquatch while hunting in Chaparral’s area ( ok that was just to lighten things up and completely BS). One thing is for certain we look forward to having all our guests and will treat everybody in the same manner as we would like to be treated on a hunt of a lifetime. As usual Kyle and I were back out checking trail cameras and I will attach some photos.

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Trent Debusschere

 

August 14, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. Tonight I would like to mention a few changes in dressing requirements to be legal when hunting in Saskatchewan.

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The Wildlife Regulations now allow big game hunters to wear a vest (an outer garment that covers the upper torso) coloured scarlet, bright yellow, blaze orange or white. The vest can be a single colour or any combination of the allowed colours. This regulation replaces the previous requirement of a full outer suit from the waist up. The headwear (cap or toque) colour requirement remains unchanged from scarlet, bright yellow, blaze orange. This gives hunters more options of outer coverings of course hunters can still wear the full coat or full head to toe coverall as long as the colors are in the group posted above.

The days of hunting season starting are getting closer and the excitement is building, I was fortunate to draw a moose hunting tag and with any luck there will be some good jerky and pepperoni sticks to share with all. Like every week Kyle and I are out searching for bucks and I will leave you with more good deer pictures.

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Trent DeBusschere

August 6,  2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan,  I hope everybody is doing well. Today I would like to talk about antler growth.  It’s what all hunters dream about and is influenced by several factors.  The first set of antlers start to grow around the 10 month stage of life, and can grow to be a set of spikes or a full basket of tines and everything in between.  Typically young bucks antlers are smaller because so much of the nutrition is being used in growth of the body. Studies show that at 2.5 years old most bucks have reached about 35% of antler mass and that their full potential for growth occurs in the 5 to 8 years of age, however genetics and food source play a larger role in antler development than the age of an animal. All three of these factors produce great bucks. At Chaparral we have the genetics and the food source for large bucks and our hunters need to exercise patience in waiting for the older bucks to harvest, even though a long thin tined 10 point buck may score in the 140 inch range it is still a young deer with huge potential. Heavier horned deer are in that mature age group and are the bucks we like to see taken. This week I have more deer pictures and about eight bucks showed up at this site so far!! This is just one of many new stands to be utilized and even though I am only posting some of the deer from this location it’s obvious which deer should not be harvested. We must also keep in mind that the growing period for antlers still has about three weeks left.

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We still have room for a few more hunters this fall, so if your interested give me a call at 1-780-872-0137.

Your eyes of the north,

Trent Debusschere

July 30,  2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. I hope everyone is doing well. In recent talks with our great group of guides a few topics were brought up that will make your hunting experience at Chaparral even better. We have cell phone coverage in our hunting area and that is mainly how guides and hunters communicate. It would be recommended for all hunters to be competent at texting. It is a quiet and reliable source of communicating with your guide, phoning is always an option but familiarize yourself with some basic texting. Another area that could use some attention is proper clothing for that all day sit in the blind. As a rule, I see most hunters bring a lot of well thought out gear and are ready for what ever temperatures they encounter, but boot blankets with “hot shots” are very effective at keeping the toes warm and of course hand held “hot shots” placed inside gloves work wonders. If wanted Chaparral will supply a heater that works great in combination with a heavy blanket. This has been my favorite way to stay warm, the heaters are quiet and I place them just in front of my chair and then drape the blanket over my knees and up under my chin, this way the heat flows up through you and exits around your head. These are just a couple tips that can be very helpful. Another week has gone by and that means Kyle and I were out checking cameras and bringing more pictures back for the blog, the bucks are bunching up now in their bachelor groups and it is evident in a couple pictures. Saskatchewan's premier outfitter destinationCome bag your next great buck with ChaparralWhitetail deer hunting at its best. Three bucks in one photoSaskatchewan outfitter trailcam picsThree bucks hanging together

Your eyes of the north,

Trent Debusschere

July 23, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is enjoying summer. Seems hard to believe but in just over three months our first hunters will be arriving at camp for an exciting deer hunt. This is a busy time at Chaparral but things start long before then!! The preparation starts in July and is in full swing by October 1st. Already the oat bin is full and alfalfa hay bales are on order, equipment is being serviced and numerous other aspects are taken care of. We have been actively searching for new deer stand areas and of course trail cams are snapping pictures of velvet bucks. With August just around the corner we will enter the next stage of outfitting as it becomes legal to start putting out bait for the deer. This year I plan on having a couple day blitz and get oats and attractants to all our potential sites. Then with the aid of trail cams target bucks will be identified. When the first of October hits, blinds are placed and the feeding intensifies. What works well at Chaps is oats and second cut alfalfa hay, deer love this combination ( also it’s a proven safe method to wien the deer off of come December). Each site gets oats thrown on the ground and then hay scattered on top, the deer then have to work at it to find all oats and this helps keep the deer around the bait pile. The feeding gradually gets more frequent and by the arrival of the hunters, deer sites are baited every second day. Approximately 700 hay bales and 1000 bushels of oats are used annually. As usual I will leave some more velvet buck pictures that Kyle and myself are getting from our weekly ventures in the bush.

Saskatchewan's premier outfitting destinationVelvet in the makingMore trailcam photosBig buck seen at Chaparral OutfittersTrail cam photo seen at ChaparralMore velvet

We still have some hunts available for the third and fourth weeks of November, so if your interested in a fantastic whitetail deer hunt give me a shout at 1-780-872-0137.  Saskatchewan’s premier outfitter destination.

Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

July 15, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, hope everyone is doing well.  I would like to change Forest Gump’s quote ( just a one time deal for this blog) and say that “trail cam pics are like a box of chocolates”.  There is some truth in this because you never know what your going to find on the trail cameras memory cards.  This is an exciting time for myself and guides as finding good bucks is rewarding, sometimes it gets a little hard on the nerves as trail cameras can be very fussy and have a tendency to shut down when least expected.  We have moose give us grief, bears chewing on cameras and unfortunately some are stolen.  Nothing is a guarantee either, one deer showed huge potential and I haven’t been able to get any recent pics in weeks of this guy, but the deer are wild so hopefully he returns to show us how the antlers are progressing.  Like most blogs I will attach several pictures of bucks in velvet that are sent to me from Kyle, thanks a bunch.

Another deer seen at Chaparral Outfitters Another buck seen at Chaparral Saskatchewans premier outfitter destination

Chelsea and I made it out fishing on Sunday and I taught her well, as I got skunked and she caught several fish both Walleye and Northern Pike, we only kept two fish for supper, and they were delicious.

Fishing at Chaparral's Outfitting at Turtle Lake Saskatchewan

We still have room for a few more hunters towards the end of November, so give me a shout at 1-780-872-0137.

Your eyes of the north

Trent DeBusschere

 

July 9, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. Today I would like to talk about the rifle and optics you bring to camp. Our deer will have a live weight of 265 – 300 lbs. ( on average ) and shots will range from 50 – 125 yds. We ask that the shot placement be on the shoulder of a broadside animal, this has a quick crippling affect and typically the animal goes a very short distance or none at all. Last season I believe our heaviest animal was shot with a well placed .243 caliber bullet and the results were good for us guides. I feel anything from the .270 caliber and through to the 300 magnums are good choices, my favorite caliber has been a .30-06 that gives me the 220 grain willow ploughing moose punch capability and then lighten it up to 150 grain soft point for 300 yd. accuracy on prairie whitetail. The optics are important but we are shooting at fairly short distances so scopes like a 4×9 variable with 40mm ends are adequate. Probably the best rifle will be one that you shoot with confidence and can shoot accurately with a slight rest the blind provides. To make that quad ride into your stand the rifle needs to be able to fit into a standard Kolpin quad mounted gun case. Most rifles with 40-50 mm end scopes fit well. So when selecting the rifle to bring keep in mind how much of a rest you need to shoot accurately and will it fit into a standard quad mounted gun case. Your guide will make it work whatever you bring but the above mentioned makes our days in the field just a bit easier. The first day at camp we will run out to the range and fire a few rounds to make sure all is well. Like always Kyle,Chelsea and I were out looking for more trail cam pics to throw on the blog, antlers are growing and we are looking hard for that buck of a lifetime!!

imageSaskatchewan whitetailOne of the deer seen at Chaparral outfittersAnother Saskatchewan buck

Your eyes of the north,

Trent DeBusschere

July 3, 2014

Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is enjoying summer and getting some R&R time with friends and family. Our family is at Turtle Lake for two weeks and today we went pulling Trail Cam cards, (quite certain most guides don’t have to straighten hair and etc for this task!!). It was an enjoyable quad ride and from there we hit the water for some tubing. A few pictures are attached of the family enjoying the day.

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As like all weeks I try and add some pictures of bucks growing out some new antlers, this growing period is typically over by late August. At such time the bucks will work at rubbing the velvet off and in a couple of weeks a nicely polished rack will appear. The deer pictures I will attach are of bucks in Chaparral’s area, and keep in mind there is a lot of growing season left!!

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We still have hunting spots available, so if your interested in a great week of Saskatchewan Whitetail hunting please give me a shout at 1-780-872-0137. Your eyes of the north

Trent DeBusschere

June 25, 2014
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan.  This may be the first year that we shoot our first buck with gills and fins!!  The rain here is non stop. I have more exciting news about our upcoming season, Johnny Koop is going to be a part of our already great group of guides.  Johnny is a young family man who I have referred to as our local trapper.  He guides bear hunters, runs a trap line, and is a long time whitetail deer guide, with the majority of this happening in Chaparral’s allocation.  We are thrilled to have him working for us as nobody spends more time in the woods than Johnny.  Already he has found many new locations for deer stands.  His youth, energy and knowledge of hunting cannot be understated, and I am excited to see all the positives he will bring to our camp. The ownership at Chaparral has changed, but the guys that made this place great mostly remain.  I consider myself very lucky to have such a strong camp of guides, mentors and friends.  Everyone’s input is required and I value the local warden’s recommendations also.  To ensure long term stability in our herd the number of hunters Chaparral will take this fall will be reduced so everyone at camp will have an opportunity for a great buck, but as a whole the area will benefit from a smaller harvest. The past few days had me back out in the woods and Kyle came along to check cameras. Kyle is going to give me a hand this summer working the trail cameras.  As usual we have many velvet bucks caught on camera and will attach them for your viewing.
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Photos By Trail Camera
Your eyes of the North,
Trent DeBusschere
 
June 18, 2014
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well.
This week I have some exciting news about more hunting opportunities being offered at Chaparral.  I have partnered up with Rob Dunham to offer high fenced Trophy Elk and Whitetail hunts, these hunting opportunities will be secondary to our wild deer hunts.  Anyone interested in finding out more about this hunting opportunities can contact myself.  I want to make it very clear that our main focus is the free range giant bucks, this is and will always be Chaparral’s primary hunts!!  Options however can add to this adventure and that is why high fenced hunts may be attractive to some of our hunters. Last weekend found me back out in the bush checking cameras and looking for good areas to set up this falls hunting blinds.  It was a bit disappointing because my recently purchased batterys died right away and my pictures were very limited.  That said, I got some more bucks in velvet pictures and one is going to be a real dandy.  Like always I will post some pictures from last weekend and I am looking forward to getting out fishing.
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Your eyes of the north
Trent DeBusschere
 
June 11, 2014
 
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan.  Hopefully everybody is doing well.  It’s nice to see Dave Stevens back with Chaparral after a one year hiatus, he is liked by all and really knows the area. This spring at Turtle Lake has been a wet one, abundant rain and more in the forecast for this upcoming weekend.  Now, rain is not welcome when I’m trying to stain decks and siding at the lodge, but it is great for antler growth.  Rain allows high protein vegetation to grow and that high protein diet is what helps build antlers.  As an outfitter and hunter I know rain is a good thing, but I recently read an article on the effects of abundant spring rain versus drought or dry conditions in spring.  The article indicated there can be a difference of 20 scoreable inches in mature deer, so all our spring rain should have a positive impact on our antler growth!! Last weekend Chelsea and I headed out to grab trail cam cards and freshen up the baits, so I attached a few photos.  Hopefully we can watch these bucks progress through out the spring and summer.
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I also am throwing in a few pictures I found from last summer’s velvet bucks.
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I still have some openings for this fall,  so come on up and hunt with the gang at Chaparral.
Your eyes of the north,
Trent DeBusschere
 
June 5, 2014
 
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, hope everyone is doing well.  We are into June now the walleye fishing is heating up, bucks antlers are growing and fawns should start appearing. This week I would like to touch on some of the everyday goings on at Chaparral during your hunting adventure.  First off, long before the hunters show up the guides have been busy scouting the area, setting up blinds and baiting throughout Chaparral’s allocation.  Upon your arrival to camp everything is ready and waiting, there will be lots of good food, comfortable rooms and great comradery. After breakfast you will be transported via truck and then quad into your stand, we hunt over bait sites consisting of hay and oats, you will spend a lot of time sitting watching and waiting for the big guy to show up!!  Most shooting distances are between 50- 100 yds.  Blinds are mostly elevated about six feet, however in some circumstances ground blinds will be utilized.  Deer start showing up as soon as the guide puts you in your stand and before leaving the guide freshens up the bait pile and that will typically bring does and fawns a running as breakfast is served.  Hunter and guide remain in contact with the use of cell phones.  This is just a quick rundown of a typical day in deer camp, I posted a short video of does and fawns following me into the bait site and you can see in the back ground the elevated blind.
  Also I threw in some pictures of bait sites being topped up and the deer are just in front of my quad nervously trying to get some food.  When everything comes together and a buck is taken the quad does the work of getting deer and hunter back to the truck.
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Your eyes of the north,
Trent Debusschere
 
May 29, 2014
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is well.  Last weekend the wife and I made it up to the lake for a couple days doing some spring cleaning and checking of trail cameras.  Our three daughters all had other plans (teenagers !!) and it just felt too quiet only us at the cabin.  So I told Jackie I was going to do something at night that I had been looking forward to for quite some time.  At 10 pm I threw on my jacket and went cruising the roads looking for deer,( Jackie looked relieved?).  The ditches are first to green up and this makes a great place to see how the deer wintered.  It didn’t take long and deer were spotted in the head lights along the roads, I seen lots of deer in groups of two or more,  and many were yearlings which is a good sign that the deer wintered well in our area.  A couple hrs passed by before getting back to the cabin but it was great to see lots of deer!! Next morning I checked trail cameras and had many pictures of deer, bear and moose.  The one camera was damaged and totally out of alignment when a young bear pulled on it, my fault for not having it in a protective box.  I will post some pictures from the camera and its pretty obvious when the bear decided it was time to investigate this flashing box.
 
A bear seen

A bear seen

Mr. Bear before eating the camera

Mr. Bear before eating the camera

A moose walked in

A moose walked in

Several deer grazing

Several deer grazing

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my new quad

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anybody still looking for a great hunting experience give me a shout as we still have some openings for the fall of 2014.
Your eyes of the north,
Trent DeBusschere
 
May 21, 2014
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan. Another warm day here and everything is turning green, and I am looking forward to heading out on the lake and catching some walleye!! Local hunters are taking some bears and I’m still waiting for Kyle and Branden to take a bruin. I was out and did some shopping for the camp as I want to make a few upgrades. Arch will have a new Honda Quad outfitted with tracks and I have a new riding lawn tractor, (ok that sucks!!). I have a few other changes to help keep the camp running smooth and plan on adding a sauna to help guys thaw out after long days in the stand. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out this past weekend and check trail cameras as our daughter had her final spring hockey tournament in Saskatoon, I do love hockey but wish I could have been out touring around on the quad also. I hope everyone is doing well and if your looking for a great hunting trip this fall give myself, Doug or Rich a shout as there are still a few spots to fill.
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My daughter with her catch of the day.

My daughter with some Turtle Lake walleye and pikes.

My daughter with some Turtle Lake walleye and pikes.

Archie's new ride.

Archie’s new ride.

My new ride.

My new ride.

 May 14, 2014
 
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, it’s a beautiful day here. Last week I put my trail cam pictures on the Blog and it seemed to generate a lot of interest. So I thought why not get some more trail cam pictures from the fall of 2013. This weeks pictures of nice bucks from Kyle’s stand and his stand is located in the southwest corner of our deer hunting allocation area. Kyle is looking for a giant buck and never pulled the trigger on any of these up and comers, so these bucks will be back and bigger for the fall of 2014!! A wise man told me once “that when you stop shooting small deer, you will begin to shoot big deer”. Okay that was from Barry Milne our senior guide, but it holds logic. I can’t wait to start showing current pictures of 2014 deer, but for now enjoy Kyle’s pictures. Chaparral’s area has proven itself year after year as a great place for giant bucks and hopefully seeing is believing.
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Your eyes of the north,
Trent Debusschere
 
We still have some spots available for the upcoming fall so come on up and hunt with us!!
 
May 8, 2014
 
The smaller set of antlers that I am holding scored 154 7/8 inches and was shot by my nephew Todd. That trail cam picture was the only picture we got of this buck and Todd made a good shot on him only minutes after that picture. Not sure if anyone was able to put the two together but that’s how it happened. We are still booking hunts for 2014. Contact Trent at 780-872-0137, Doug at 717-514-6808 or Rich at 717-903-0503 to book!!!
 
Your eyes of the north,
Trent
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May 7, 2014
 
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. As I have mentioned before my brothers and nephews hunt deer at Turtle Lake every fall and our stands are within a mile or two of Chaparral’s hunting allocation, in a way we share deer because bucks will travel upwards of 3 miles or more during the rut. The reason I am mentioning this is because last fall was a tough season for a lot of outfitters, the winter of 2012-2013 was long and lots of snow, but our camp still produced a lot of good deer and just look at the trail cam pictures I have. To me viewing SD cards is one of the most exciting parts of the hunting process and I plan on bringing you a lot of pictures leading up to November, but for now enjoy looking at some of the deer pics from last fall. All pictures come from just three baits we hunt, you will notice a lot of the day time photos are between those magic hours of 10 am-3pm, also one of the deer photos is unique and I am curious how many readers can pick out what I mean. The good news is most of these deer from last fall should still be around for our Chaparral hunters to get a chance at this fall. Oh yeah, and they will have grown bigger!!!
Your eyes of the north,
Trent DeBusschere
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May 1, 2014
 
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake. Today I would like to thank the people in the Turtle Lake area that help control our predators. The health of the deer population has many factors and the harvesting of wolves, coyotes and even bears certainly helps. A retired Conservation Officer I hunt geese with every fall told me that most deer can survive what Mother Nature throws at them, but predators can really increase mortality rates. Last Saturday my nephew Branden and I went over to our local trapper, he had a good season trapping around 100 coyotes and 5 wolves. He also guides bear hunters in our deer hunting area and bear also account for some fawn deaths. To show my appreciation I bought a couple wolf hides off him and plan on hanging them in the bunkhouse to add to the northern decor. There is a picture of the wolves on the front of my quad, thanks again Mr. Trapper.Now Branden is new to bear hunting but every year at his deer hunting baits he gets several pictures of black bears eating the oats. This year Branden has set up a bear bait to try and get the bear shown in the picture from last fall. I went with him into one of his bait sights to freshen things up and grab the trail camera SD card. Upon looking at the card we did not see any bears, but around 6 deer were cleaning up oats that had spilt when filling up the barrel. If you look closely at the picture with the deer’s head right in front of the camera you can see its a buck with new antlers starting to grow. I also added another picture of some deer hanging around the bait. Hopefully Branden gets his bear as every bit helps in reducing predators numbers!! Good bye for now.
Your eyes of the north.
Trent Debusschere
 
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April 23
Hi all from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, I hope everyone is doing well. It’s a rainy spring day here which should help green things up! One thing I like to do every spring is head out for some exercise and look for sheds. Sheds can be found where deer gather to feed or along the trails the deer commute on from bedding to feeding areas. Back home on the family farm deer would yard up at bale and grain storage areas and finding sheds can be accomplished with out a lot of walking. In the heavy forested area of Turtle Lake I like to look for sheds around last years bait sights and the trails leading into the bait areas. Antlers can start dropping as early as late December, the dropping of antlers can occur soon in winter or later depending on the stress the animals are under from winter. So far this spring I have been out very little, but I do have help from a young man who lives for hunting and the outdoors at Turtle Lake. Kyle is a very focused and ambitious hunter, currently he has out his bear stands and has picked up a few sheds along the way. I would like to thank him for helping me out now and then and hopefully we have some bear pics for the blog shortly, good luck Kyle. At Chaparral’s Lodge we keep a bait running during the hunting season so hunters can even view deer when eating supper and breakfast, from this bait pile I found a young 4 point shed, that is my first picture. The other pictures show some of Kyle’s sheds, the one set he found are quite heavy and will score in that mid 140 range ( hopefully this fellow adds 10-15% more growth for this year)!! Also, I threw in a picture of 14 year old Kyle with a heavy bush buck, just one of several deer already taken by this young man. I still have some openings left for November hunts so if interested give me a shout at 1-780-872-0137.
 
Your eyes of the north,
Trent DeBusschere
 
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April 16, 2014
 
Hi all once again from Turtle Lake. Today I have several deer heads my nephews and brothers have taken this years at Turtle Lake. We all get together for 2-3 days each year and hunt deer in hopes of winning bragging rights for the year. Our time is limited but we do try and wait for a good one. This year Todd shot a nice 5×5 that scored 154 7/8 and he holds the honor of the biggest buck in our group. The older myself and brothers get the more patient we get and we are truly looking for that 165 plus deer!!A good friend and experienced guide from another camp in northern Saskatchewan tells me their camp has a minimum of 140 inch score on the deer hunters harvest. The exception being main frame 4×4’s as these deer are tough to score high and if they fall short of that 140 inch minimum that’s okay.The picture I posted has four sets of antlers, the first is a young 5×5 that scores 120 inches, the next is a heavy 4×4 that scores 133 inches, after that comes a 4×5 scoring 141inches and finally Todd’s buck at 154 7/8. Now the young 5×5 had huge potential and should be passed on, the other deer are all shooters but keep in mind that deer can gain 10-15 % of antler growth from one year to the next and wouldn’t it be nice to give a 140 inch 5×5 a chance to reach its full potential. My nephews only get a brief window to hunt so taking a deer for meat and some antlers is their requirements.imageThe guides and I will do our best at putting hunters in front of shooter deer but keep in mind, weather, predators, and just the fact that these are wild deer can make it tough hunting at times but when given the choice try to take a minimum 140 inch plus deer. Let’s work on passing up the young deer with tons of potential and Chaparral’s area will benefit from this!! Lastly I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Easter Weekend .
Your eyes of the north,
Trent
 
April 9, 2014
Hello again from Turtle Lake Saskatchewan. Today I would like to talk about prime time for taking that buck of a life time!! I grew up on a farm in central Saskatchewan, here hunting meant being out before first light and waiting for daybreak hoping to catch a deer still out in the open fields, because soon afterwards they were back into bluffs of trees, brush covered pastures or posted land. Hopefully you would catch a deer that had not gone totally nocturnal yet from deer hunting pressure. imageThe picture of myself with several whitetail racks has many things in common, first off they were all harvested at Turtle Lake, now just as important was all of the deer shot were between the times of 10 am and 3 pm!! Our deer hunts occur over bait piles located in the heavily forested regions at Chaparral and unlike my old hunting grounds on the farm these deer move a lot throughout the day because they have little to no hunting pressure. In fact, none of the deer shot in 2013 were taken in the first hour of legal hunting time. The reason for talking about this is because next hunting season, I plan to use all of Chaparral’s hunting area. This will make for more driving and hunters getting out later in their blind, but this should not be a cause for concern, as deer move all day long in this region. It is great for all hunters to start the day off together with a good breakfast and then off to your blind and typically our guides will have you ready and waiting in the blind for the sun to rise. In order to utilize our entire area some hunters will be getting into their blinds later than they are accustomed to but remember this is not a bad thing as deer move all day and a lot of hunters and guides would agree that prime time in our region is between 10 am and 2 pm!! Please call 1-780-872-0137, or email tjdebusschere@hotmail.com to talk about hunting with us this fall.
Your eyes of the north,
Trent DeBusschere
 
April 1, 2014
 
Hi all, welcome from Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. Now being a part of Chaparral, I plan on posting several updates throughout the year.First of all, I want to talk about our winter and how the deer managed. I have been out in the bush several times this winter surveying the herd. The deer herd seemed to fair well in our hunting area. Yes, the winter was cold but we did have periods of warm spells in January and an early coming of spring in March. In discussions with a trapper in the area, he felt the deer survived better and stronger than the following winter and reported seeing no winter killed animals unlike the previous long winter. I seen many pockets of deer taking shelter in the deep spruce, something our area is fortunate to offer. The spruce provides shelter from deep snow and the deer forage on the lichen type growth that accompanies spruce areas. And a big thanks to our trapper for keeping the coyotes and wolves population thinned out. Another factor in the herds well being, was last years hunting season we noticed a lot of fat on the shot deer. This fat reserve really helps them through the winter months. It looks like our herd was prepared well for winter.As the new area manager I plan on expanding our hunting area to its fullest potential. Going into areas that haven’t been hunted for many years. I will be looking with the aid of cameras for “shooter” bucks and placing tree stands accordingly. My goal is to maintain many stands each year and not allow hunting at all of them to help our deer herd mature.We have a great staff with an emphasis on going the extra mile to find those trophy deer. I am going to be out and about as the snow melts looking for sheds and will keep you posted.
Your eyes of the North,
Trent