Getaways for spring 2017

Check out bass’n’bears in N.B., Ontario turkey hunts and epic Manitoba pike

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MIRAMICHI RIVER

The forested lands shrouding the renowned Miramichi River in New Brunswick are home to some of North America’s largest black bears, with bruins approaching 500 pounds. Several outfitters offer baited hunts, housing guests in comfortable lodges that feature the East Coast’s celebrated cuisine. And when your hunt’s over, you can wet a line for the area’s first-rate striped bass.

More info: 1-800-561-0123; www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca

—KEN BAILEY

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FALCON LAKE

Falcon Lake in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park is one of the few drive-to lakes where you can catch three- to eight-pound walleye all day long, complete with the chance to land a double-digit eye-popper. And if you think the walleye fishing is outrageous, wait until you see the size of Falcon’s northern pike—I’ve caught several topping 20 pounds. For guided trips, contact Shield Outfitters.

More info: (204) 295-6052; www.shieldoutfitters.com

—GORD PYZER

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SOUTHERN ONTARIO

With Ontario’s wild turkey population continuing to expand, spring hunting opportunities abound across the south of the province. And now that the mandatory wild turkey hunter education course has been eliminated, all you need is a small-game licence to purchase a turkey tag. No access to private land? County forests and crown land hold plenty of birds, or you can hire one of the many outfitters offering hunts.

More info: www.outdoorcanada.ca/onturkey

—BOB SEXTON