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|There is a lot of bird hunting in West Nipissing, from
the fantastic staging area of Cache Bay to the hunting of grouse in
the wooded areas. While bird hunting may still be one of the major
draws to West Nipissing, the opportunity to view these wonderful
creatures as a birder cannot be overlooked.
Bay has one of the more significant wetland areas in the entire
province of Ontario. The spring and fall migrations are spectacular.
Having recently undergone a wetland evaluation process by the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources, the findings for West Nipissing are
very encouraging. The area
is described as ideal for waterfowl of all types; mallards earlier in
the season, then scaups, goldeneyes, ring-necks and more.
The best viewing time for the birders and naturalists is during the
spring migration. The sights are spectacular and start as soon as the
ice starts to melt. For the birder, some very uncommon species have
begun to nest in the area. Also of interest are the birds of prey
which inhabit the area, including ospreys, marsh hawks, owls and bald
eagles, among others. There are literally hundreds of species; species
which are not nesting anywhere else in the region.
The West Bay of Lake Nipissing, south of Lavigne, is another
significant waterfowl area which experiences quite a large hunt. There
are numerous spots throughout West Nipissing that are available for
Hunting for woodland birds such as the ruffed grouse is also a way
of life in West Nipissing. During the hunting season many people take
to the woods. Itís not unusual to go for a morning stroll and scare up
several grouse. Again, the areaís habitat is ideal for these birds,
with a good mix of berries and hawthorn, and bordering agricultural
land. Access to the bush is easy, with many country roads. As always,
be sure you are hunting on Crown Land, and if you are on private land,
be sure that you have the permission of the landowner.