Algonquin Park – Fall 2022…More Moose! Hoorah!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Moose? That’s why we go to Algonquin Park so often. Sure it has over 2,000 lakes, tons of trails, lots of other wildlife, beautiful fall colours but mostly it has MOOSE and they are my favourite. Who am I kidding? If it has 2 legs, 4 legs or wings it’s my favourite lol but Moose are true favourites, they fascinate me and I could sit and watch one all day long.

This trip, after we got to Algonquin Park, we didn’t see any moose so we really thought the guy below would be it but thankfully, we saw more! He was in the restaurant on Canoe Lake.

One evening we drove down a road in Algonquin park and spotted two young Bull moose in a marshy area. We were there for probably 90 minutes watching them and taking photos. They were quite interesting to watch. One tried to, well you know, to the other one, I guess there were no cows around. I did not get a photo of that but it was pretty funny. They also spent time play fighting, eating and just standing around.

Some landscapes of the area they were in……

Hopefully these 2 moose are still okay because about 2 days after we spent time with them, they opened this portion of the Park to hunters. I just hope they are not in someone’s freezer right now. I have nothing against hunting but I don’t think it should be in Provincial Parks, especially when we are told to stay on our campsites and don’t go off trails. Scary stuff…..This is what was posted by the Friends of Algonquin Park:

The Friends of Algonquin Park  · 

Algonquin Park Moose and Deer Rifle Harvest Season Begins Today — The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) begin the rifle harvest season for both Moose and White-tailed Deer within Algonquin Park today (October 8, 2022) until December 21, 2022 (for cow Moose) or January 15, 2023 (for bull and calf Moose, plus White-trailed Deer). The Algonquins of Ontario are reporting that the 2022-2023 AOO Harvest Season includes an expansion of the harvesting area in Algonquin Park. “For clarity, the harvest area within Algonquin Park now includes the entirety of [Wildlife Management Unit] WMU 51 (excluding the Highway 60 Corridor Development Zone) and the entirety of WMU 54 that is in the ‘Panhandle’ of Algonquin Park and within the AOO Settlement Area.”

During the hunting and harvest seasons in Algonquin Park, for your protection, Ontario Parks recommends:

• “Do not stray from the immediate area of your designated campsite.

• Stay on designated Park trails and portages.

• Wear bright coloured clothing when walking through the forest”.

Life goes on I guess…. Anyways……………I hope you enjoyed my photos and story, take care until next time…

10 thoughts on “Algonquin Park – Fall 2022…More Moose! Hoorah!”

  1. They are so huge and beautiful animals! I grew up around hunters and white-tail deer hunting in Michigan and have no problem with hunting. This is how we survived long before freezers and grocery stores of course! Hunting is allowed in some state parks in Michigan so it’s the same thing as hunting in your provincial parks I guess.

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  2. This is such a beautiful place Susan and I sure understand why it is your favorite spot to go. I like that photo of Opeongo Road – you said you printed it. I thought I remembered it from your post of the gallery photos and your talk you gave. You have some nice moose pictures here and your captions are so funny. They were running out of things to do and boring small talk … 🙂 Having never seen moose around these parts (you have to go up north), I stupidly did not know they were hunted. I guess they would be as elk and deer are fair game. I don’t think they should allow it in a provincial park either – not where people go to view wildlife and enjoy nature. Last year I was at the Humbug Marsh area of the Detroit River Wildlife Refuge and saw makeshift posters to beware of waterfowl hunters. That was unexpected to see that sign because the shoreline is right where the trail is – so wrong to do that in my opinion. When I go to Lake Erie Metropark during duck-hunting season, there is no hunting in that park, but at Point Mouillee Game Reserve, five miles down the road, duck hunters are there and you can hear the gunshots like they are right there.

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    1. Yes I did print out that photo! I live about 30 minute drive to another Provincial Park, Presquile Provincial Park and they have duck hunters there 3 or 4 days a week. We go there regularly. There is a part of the park that is closed to others because of it. We have walked down that beach area on days we are allowed and have seen so many cartridges and garbage laying around. Not to mention we have seen a couple of dead Loons on the beach, it is illegal to shoot Loons. I don’t agree with it all, not in a recreational area. It saddens me that they can hunt moose in Algonquin, the numbers are dwindling. And this year alone there has probably been 6 or 7 moose, that I know of, that were killed by vehicles on the highway in the Park. I think wildlife should have some areas where they can live freely without fear of being shot at. Just my opinion……….

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      1. I agree with you and am surprised they allow the moose to be hunted. Such a beautiful animal – why destroy it; let it roam free. That does not seem right at all. And the hunters shot the Loons by accident and just left them there as it is illegal to shoot them? How horrible. About five years ago I was at Lake Erie Metropark and standing on the shore taking pictures of Mute Swans. There was a large group of them on the water. I was the only one on shore on a cold Fall day and suddenly a duck hunter in camouflage clothing in a low camouflage-colored boat, sped up and aimed his boat at the group of swans. They took flight every which way and with my long lens (a kit lens: 75-300) I could see none appeared to be hurt, nor did I see blood. He literally mowed them down! I took a photo of him and his boat with the license number. The pictures were clear, but I was reluctant to submit them to the DNR due to retribution, even if I submitted the info anonymously. A few years later I was chatting with a park ranger when he asked some others and me if we wanted to see a beaver dam. After the other left, I told him what happened and my fear (we have a lot of craziness going on here) and he said the DNR would not have fined him, nor taken his boating license, so just as well I kept my info to myself and he’d likely do that trick again.

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      2. Oh wow that’s so sad he would do that. It says a lot about his character though. It can be scary to speak up, you never know how people will react anymore. I tend to mutter and continue on my way. ☹️

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      3. That’s exactly what I did Susan. I figured submitting something “anonymously” is not guaranteed safe for me, so I mumbled a lot too. It turned out the Park Ranger, who was very nice, lives in the same city as me and told me his wife and two young adult daughters all carry concealed weapons, as does he because “there are too many nuts out there and their stories don’t always make the newspapers or social media.” Didn’t make me feel great.

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