Six Mile Lake Provincial Park Review & Good Campsite List

Review Date: June 2010, * Updated: March, 2013 *, *Updated May 2014*

General Information / Location

Six Mile Lake Provincial Park is located at the start of cottage country.  It’s north of Barrie about 30 minutes, right off highway 400.  I really Love this area, because it’s so close to the Muskoka’s, and close to ALOT of water, and windy roads.  It brings back memories of my cottage long ago in this area.

Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
P.O. Box 340
Coldwater, Ontario
LOK 1E0
705-756-2746


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Click here to reserve, or view campsites.

 

Entry / Layout

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Once inside the park, the main office, and check-in building is basically right there.  From what I remember, there is ample parking in order to go register.  After the main building, you have the park store, then it starts winding around past the beach, and into the campgrounds.  This park has 6 campgrounds as shown above.  The beach is located beside Lakeview.  The main bathrooms are near the Birch campground.  I noticed that the main bathrooms only have 2 individual bathrooms in them.  The building is mainly a shower building.

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Entry

Entry

Park Office

Park Office
Park Store

Park Store

Main Bathrooms

Main Bathrooms

General Discussion

I havn’t been into Pine Campground, so I can’t really comment.  For some reason I don’t think it’s that good.  Right after the main office, if you turn RIGHT, you go into Pine Campground.  I would try to avoild this campground if possible.  The majority of the sites are on a grass field, and it’s very close to the highway.  People commented that you can hear the highway is true from this campsite.  Right after the office, if you turn left, down the hill, you reach the park store, and the bathroom.  After the bathrooms is Birch Campground, which I think is more suited for larger trailers.  From what I can see, it’s really OPEN and grassy.  Stay clear from there.  After Birch is Lakeview Heights.  I would stay clear from hereThere are some good sites in Lakeview Heights.  For example, 5,6,7,8.  There are also some nice water sites, but they aren’t very private, and don’t think they have electricity.  They have great views of the water, but are fairly open.  After Lakeview, the pavement ends, and the park seems alot more campgroundy.

The best sections, IMO, are Oak, Poplar and Maple campgrounds.  They are back in the forest, and some of them have great views of the swamps.  They are nice and hilly, and give you a good idea of what it’s like to camp in the muskoka forests.  I have a list of decent sites below, but for the most part, the sites are pretty nice here.  Lots of tree’s, and forest cover.

There is one main bathroom at the beginning, near the camp store, which has running water, laundry services, etc.  All other bathrooms are vault type toilets.  Some of the vault toilets have been upgraded, which fans, and don’t stink. which can get stinky.  Stay clear from camping near toilets in general.

There are 3 beaches at the campground. The day use beach, beach 1, beach 2. However, I wouldn’t really call them beaches. All they did was take 30-40 dumpload trucks of sand, and made their own beach on the lake. However, if your looking for a spot to sit in the sand, it works! The fenced off water portions are pretty small, and shallow. I guess it’s only really good to dip yourself in, to cool off. They do rent canoes, and paddle boats, which is a great feature!  It’s nice to paddle out into Six Mile Lake, and see what it has to offer.  I also remember the water being really cold.

There is 1-2 main trails to take, which I would suggest taking, as it brings you to a nice lake, and ponds to view, etc, etc. You can fish on that pond, it’s actually more of a lake.  Other then those trails, there isn’t much else in terms of hiking.

The campsite does have a dock on grounds, that allows you to tie up your boat if you have one.  It also has a boat ramp.

Some people say because it’s close to the highway, you can hear the road noise.  Depending on which park of the campground you on, this is true.  I personally didn’t hear it at the back of Maple Campground.  I did hear the highway slightly in Lakeview Heights.  And I heard it alot in Pine.

Here are a few pictures of this park.

Vault Toilet

Vault Toilet

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Beach

Beach

One of the beaches

One of the beaches

Docks

Docks

Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail

Hiking trail

Hiking trail

Park Road

Park Road

Park Road

Park Road

Park Road

Park Road

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Open Campsite

Open Campsite

Fairly private campsite

Fairly private campsite

Campground terrain

Campground terrain

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Rocky Campsite

Rocky Campsite

Campsite with view of pond

Campsite with view of pond

Campsite with long driveway

Campsite with long driveway

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Swamp behind one of the sites

Swamp behind one of the sites

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Best Campsites

I biked throughout the whole park, and noted a few key sites that you should book if your going to the park:

Site 165: Really private walk-in side. You have to hike up a small hill, and when your at the top, you have 100% privacy.
Site 171: Really nice site, long drive-way, lots of space. Also lots of spots in the forest, 10-15 feet behind the site to put your tent. Lots of privacy
Site 182: Nice driveway, lots of privacy
Site 184: Not a bad site, not amazing
Site 106: Lots of privacy, big site, lots of shade, and your kinda baracaded between large rocks which block neighbors view
Site 88: Lots of sun, and lots of shade. Fairly private. Kind of uneven of a site. You can see the beaver house from it, and beavers swimming by the water
Site 80: Very private. Very good view. Your up on a cliff so you see the swamp from above. Also multiple levels. You can walk down, closer to the water where the picnic table is
Site 79: Decent site. Kinda uneven. Behind the site, after walking over rocks, is a pond
Site 50: Really nice site, good privacy. Right on the lake. Problem is lots of traffic from main camp road
Site 8: Electronic site. 100% privacy. Long driveway
Site 30, 31: Walk-down site. Camping right on the water. Not 100% sure of the privacy BETWEEN the 2 sites
Site 140: Average site, decent privacy, lots of shade. Good thing about this site, is that you are RIGHT beside the pond, and RIGHT beside a beaver house. You can hear the beavers slapping their tale, and sometimes swimming around. There’s an island you can walk-out on

Site 8: Really good site.  Private.  But might be hard to back into if large trailer

Site: 47: Nice and private site

Site 19: The best walk-in site.  It’s up high on a hill, and has a nice view of the lake.

Pro’s

  • I really like this park because of it’s location.  It’s close to cottage country, and gives you the chance to camp inside a forest.  
  • Some of the campsites are nice and private.
  • It’s fairly easy to get here (right up highway).  
  • It can also be used as a stop over if travelling further north.

Con’s

  • It is close to the highway, and some people hear noise.
  • The beach isn’t very nice.  But who goes to cottage country to go to a beach?
  • Not many hiking trailer
  • Fairly small park

Surrounding Area Activities

Big Chute – You must go to the Big Chute.  It’s a railway, where they lift boats from one lake, to another.  It’s really awesome to watch, and has a nice gift shop.  It’s fun to walk down the large steps, toward the lower lake, and watch boats come and go.


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Rapids – This place doesn’t really have a name.  But on the way to the big chute, there’s a bridge over a set of rapids.  Alot of people like to get out, and sit beside the rapids.  I’ve even jumped off the bridge here before.  Great fun!


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Hiking – Want to hike? Park your vehicle here, and follow the trails. It’s basically a spot for canoeist to put in their canoe, but if you follow the correct trail, this is some nice rivers you can wade in, and lots of beside-the-lake hiking.


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Conclusion

I like this park, and have been here 2-3 times.  There’s just something about the back of Maple Campground.  It’s really private, quiet and seems like your camping deep in the forest.

 

 

M2 Exit Road Test Route / Tips – London, Ontario

** Update July 8 2016 **

See the below note from Michael.  Some good points to read!

“thanks for your website/blog. I just took the M2 Exit exam for the first time and passed. I was nervous. The two folks before me failed. Your blog was very useful so I wanted to pass on some info.. 1. London route: the new route described by Gord is exactly correct. Knowing the route calmed my nerves about not hearing instructions etc.. Riding the route  a few times also made things less of a mystery. Riding the route at the time you will be tested shows you the type of traffic you will be facing. 2. the checklist is also dead on and useful to remind you what to do at each scenario i.e. residential, business, turn, expressway, stop 3.  get into the habit of looking left and right before crossing intersections & turn your head dramatically to look at all roads entering the road you are travelling on 4. expressways: go the speed limit on the entrance, but go to whatever speed is necessary to merge appropriately. I had a truck going 115 so I went 120 to get in front of it. Examiner said that was fine, but told me to slow down after down to 100. Seemed a bit slow, but he was directly behind me so he protected me from tailgaters. On the expressways they will tell you to switch lanes so might as well prepare for that early by checking when to switch lanes. Take your time and choose a nice space in the lane next to you, but don’t wait too long as you are only on the highway a short time. As for exiting, put you foot on the brake early to show folks you are slowing down. This was the only thing the examiner dinged me for on the checklist;was reasonable. I usually let engine braking slow me down, but motorcycles do slow down faster than cars and he said the cars behind me had to brake a bit. 5. you don’t need to get off your bike or switch it off for the emergency stop. I just didn’t know and for some reason this made me nervous. They just want to see that you can stop safely. take you time, look both ways, look at right blind spot then stop. Put it into neutral, switch off indicator and put on four way flashers, put down the kickstand and show you hands are free. Then he will tell you to push off. Look left and right, look at blind spot, put on indicator, look at blind spot then take off at speed limit. 6. Choosing the time of day and time of year: choose the first time slot. I chose one just after lunch and we started 20-30min late. Not bad, but it was hot and the traffic was heavy. it was just after the end of school so slightly less traffic than in May or June perhaps. If early morning or late day, wear sunglasses for glare.  My 2 cents.

just ride like you normally would (plus more dramatic head turns) and do the route a few times and anybody can pass.
Hope that helps someone, Michael”

** Update May 2016 **

Gord sent me this note regarding the new route in London

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1DLqL0HFxtNW30ZD-Uz0chMip44c

** Update – November 2012 **

I accidentely deleted my wordpress database, and this post went with it. I used google cache to get it back. All comments are deleted, so I pasted them at the bottom of this post.

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I recently took, and passed , my M2 Exit road test. Which means that i now have my full M-class licence. No more road tests for me! (till I’m 90+ of course). Make sure you get there about 30 minutes early. Park your bike near the road, then head into the building. Bypass the front desk, and go to the left. Check yourself in, and wait for them at your bike. They will come out and check to make sure your signals work, and your brake lights work (Front and Back brakes should trigger the rear brake). They will then give you a slight run-down on the route, etc, etc. Then you put the awkward headset on your ear, and put your helmet on. Make sure the headset is on properly, and the headset radio turned up, or you won’t hear them properly.

Thought i would create a route, and display it so anyone else that finds this page can practice the route and get familiar with it.

** UPDATE – June **

I’m pretty sure the route has changed, so I have removed the map of the route that I took. Once I find the new route, I’ll update it again. However, I’m pretty sure it turns RIGHT out of the test center, then LEFT on wonderland, then EAST on highway 402, MERGE onto highway 401, then NORTH on wellington, LEFT on bradley, through the subdivision, then back to the test center.

** UPDATE – Aug 24 – Thanks too Dave **

Here is the unconfirmed updated route for London, as of Aug 24, 2010..

Turns RIGHT out of the test center.
LEFT on wonderland road.
EAST on highway 402
MERGE onto highway 401
NORTH on wellington
LEFT on bradley
LEFT on Ernest
RIGHT on Finch Cres….Roadside stop on here
RIGHT on Ernest
RIGHT on Jalna
LEFT on Chalkstone
RIGHT on Exeter
Return to the test center

** UPDATE – May 17/2012 – Thanks to SCOOTER (This is the course for scooters only (no highway) **
SCOOTER
Last week I passed my M2 exit test in London, Ont. on my Honda sh150i scooter. The route seems to be the same as Jen’s posting almost two years ago. Here it is:
1. Exit the Drive Test Centre at the west side of the parking lot.
2. Turn right onto Exeter Rd.
3. Turn left at Meadowbrook Drive.
4. Turn right at Blake Rd.
5. Do the u-turn at the end.
6. Eastbound on Blake.
7. Turn left onto Meadowbrook Rd.
8. Turn right onto Exeter Rd.
9. Turn left onto Meg Dr.
10. Turn right onto Jalna Blvd.
11. Left turn at White Oaks Mall into Renny Cr.
12. Coming out of the crescent, turn right onto Jalna.
13. Turn left at Piers Cr.
14. Roadside stop.
15. Coming out of the crescent, turn left onto Jalna.
16. Left turn at Meg Dr.
17. Right turn at Exeter Rd.
18. Westbound on Exeter Rd.
19. Right turn into the east entrance of the Test Centre.
20. Congratulations, you passed!

TIPS:

-Every 5-7 seconds, look in your mirrors. Make it obvious.
-At every intersection, and sporadically, turn your head left and right and check for traffi. Make it obvious.
-Every time you turn your motorcycle, or switch lanes, check your blind spot.
-Watch your speed
-When entering the highway, get up to 100+ quick, and if necessary, go faster to keep up with traffic speeds
-When stopping at a traffic light, or stop sign, keep your right foot on the rear break, and put your left foot down, don’t move it, or drag it. Don’t lift till your moving again.
-Research and memorize the proper lane positioning. Blocking position, etc, etc. It’s very important on the test
-When leaving an intersection, make sure you check left, then right, then left again. It’s one of the points in the checklist below
-Make sure you have the radio on your ear properly, and turn it up loud. I did half my test not even fully knowing what he was saying.
-Whenever using your signal; emergency stop, turning, etc, etc. Make sure you signal well before-hand (3-4 seconds), then turn, or make your emergency stop. I got dinged for pulling over to the side of the road too early, and not having my signal on for 2-3 seconds first
-Search google and find some forums that discuss some more strategies, etc. Also, go to chapters, and read the motorcycle book in the store. Concentrate on lane positioning, etc.
-*Tip: On Ernest there is a “school zone” with no posted speed limit. To be safe I proceeded at 40km/h, but I was informed by the tester to “speed up, it is a 50 zone”.

Check this link for a forum with some good tips as well: Forum Link

Also, here’s a copy of the exit test check-list that the examiner goes by: M2 Exit test Checklist

Good Luck

Any other questions, send me an email. My address is in the “About Me” page.

*** Previous Comments ***

Paul
April 30th, 2012 at 11:55 | #1
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I’m booked for the London, Ont M2 Exit roadtest end of May. Anyone done it here recently who can confirm the route? Cheers!

Joe clews
May 13th, 2012 at 16:36 | #2
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SCOOTER

Last week I passed my M2 exit test in London, Ont. on my Honda sh150i scooter. The route seems to be the same as Jen’s posting almost two years ago. Here it is:
1. Exit the Drive Test Centre at the west side of the parking lot.
2. Turn right onto Exeter Rd.
3. Turn left at Meadowbrook Drive.
4. Turn right at Blake Rd.
5. Do the u-turn at the end.
6. Eastbound on Blake.
7. Turn left onto Meadowbrook Rd.
8. Turn right onto Exeter Rd.
9. Turn left onto Meg Dr.
10. Turn right onto Jalna Blvd.
11. Left turn at White Oaks Mall into Renny Cr.
12. Coming out of the crescent, turn right onto Jalna.
13. Turn left at Piers Cr.
14. Roadside stop.
15. Coming out of the crescent, turn left onto Jalna.
16. Left turn at Meg Dr.
17. Right turn at Exeter Rd.
18. Westbound on Exeter Rd.
19. Right turn into the east entrance of the Test Centre.
20. Congratulations, you passed!

Jason
May 21st, 2012 at 15:51 | #3
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Someone must know the St. Catharines route. Please post it, it would be a great help!

Susie
May 30th, 2012 at 08:06 | #4
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@Lana
Hi there,
Can you tell me the route they took you in brantford.
Thanks

Susie
May 30th, 2012 at 08:07 | #5
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I will be scheduling my M2 Exit test in Brantford.
Can anyone tell me the router they take.
Any information is a great help.
Thanks

833psz
June 13th, 2012 at 16:11 | #6
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Completed the M2 exit test in London on June 13th 2012. The route posted above under Aug 24 2010 is accurate. If you can’t pass after knowing the route, and with the helpful tips above, you probably shouldn’t be on the road.

Park in the back row on test day.

R
June 24th, 2012 at 14:46 | #7
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thank you for the info on getting a m2 exit I will going to try this year and with this info I will be able to practice with it

tks again

Kristi
August 1st, 2012 at 07:29 | #8
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Hi there!

Thank you for all the posted info, it is very helpful and greatly appreciated. I am registered to take my M exit/highway test on AUg 15th. I wanted to ask you about the Roadside stop when you turn right onto Finch. What happens here? Do we have to get off the bike or are we simply pulling over and then merging into traffic again?

As well, when I am merging into the exit lane, I must keep my speed at 100 until I reach the sign on the ramp stating the needed speed, correct? GAH….getting nervous. THank you for your help!!

Jane
August 3rd, 2012 at 12:11 | #9
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Can you please tell me something. I have not taken my M yet though I am scheduled to do it soon, but I have 2 friends who did it yesterday, and both failed. They where told they had late lane position errors, and when asked he would not tell them how. That plus the ramp speed they did was wrong. He said the posted sign was just a suggested speed not what the speed was actually supposed to be and since the followed the sign speed they where wrong. Do you have any tips on what the late position errors might have been, since apparently he would not tell them either. Also, I guess he made them constantlly change lanes on wellington as well, in heavy traffic, they said it was like a non stop thing with him.

Kristi
August 6th, 2012 at 06:02 | #10
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@Jane
Really? This is one of my questions as well for the ramp speeds. I’m going to be out all week and next weekend practicing the route as I am never in that area and quite frankly makes me nervous!! Nate..HELP!

Nate
August 6th, 2012 at 06:31 | #11
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@Kristi

As far as the ramp speed. I beleive the rule is to obey the ramp speed, until you are turn the turn, then accelerate up to 100km/h, WHILE STILL IN THE TURNING LANE, then merge onto highway. Don’t get on the highway, unless your at 100kmh.

Not 100% sure what ”late lane position” is, but I’m assuming that whenever switching lanes, or turning right or left, after your meneouvre, make sure you position yourself in the proper lane positioning, and don’t leave it too late (defensive lane positioning, etc)

Kristi
August 7th, 2012 at 07:37 | #12
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Awesome, thank you Nate! Also, just wanted to confirm, the part where we pull over for a road side stop. Do we actually turn off the vehicle and get off or do we simply pull over and then wait for the examiner to provide next instruction?

Man, this is nerve racking…thanks again though for your help.

Nate
August 7th, 2012 at 07:39 | #13
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@Kristi
To be honest.. I’m not 100% sure. I think I pulled over, and right when I was stopped examiner told me to continue When safe. If not, put your kickstand down, shut off engine but leave it on accessories for the signal light, place kickstand down, dismount.

Kristi
August 8th, 2012 at 12:42 | #14
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Thank you Nate for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate it. Once I have the test next week I will come on and advise what happend if you would like, just to keep the blog updated? Up to you, but thanks again.

Joe clews
August 15th, 2012 at 20:49 | #15
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Did u pass@Kristi

David Greenslade
August 29th, 2012 at 19:43 | #16
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Passed my M2 exit test in London August 15/12. The route published here is exactly right, and the hints are very good. Do shoulder checks, double check lane changes, look in mirroirs every few seconds and look around you for hazards all the time. Don’t take too long at intersections and be very careful of lane placement/blocking position. Be at highway speed, or slightly above when entering 402. Thanks for all previous hints and good luck everyone.

Julie
September 3rd, 2012 at 08:19 | #17
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Thanks so much for making this info available, Nate! It was very helpful as I prepard for the M exit road test.

Note #1: The route that didn’t go to the highway was temporary while Wonderland Rd. was under construction. I passed the road test on Aug. 28/12 and was taken on the highway.

Note #2: The Ministry guy who graded my test said I should have gone up to 120 km/hr on the 402, then dropped back to 100 km/hr. Before we left the parking lot, he told me to get up to traffic speed “up to 120 km/hr”. I understood this to mean that I should keep pace with traffic by going as fast as 120 km/hr before dropping down to 100 km/hr. However, there was no traffic for me to merge into when I rode the test so I didn’t get up to 120, thinking I would lose points for speeding. Apparently, everyone is to get up to 120 km/hr regardless of traffic.

Joe clews
September 3rd, 2012 at 08:45 | #18
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Nate, you should know that Julie is incorrect here. The route that ‘does not go on the highway’ is, just as you suspected, for scooters and smaller bikes. Nothing to do with construction. If your bike is 150cc, like my scooter, and Jen’s scooter (check her posting from 2 years ago), then you do not go on the 402/401 during your M exit test. Like Jen said, Exeter Road counts as your highway portion of the test. My scooter (Honda sh150i) and Jen’s 150cc are incapable of going 120 k/h. Finally as additional evidence, as I was booking my exit test, the lady at the test centre specifically told me, “not all bikes go on the 402/401 during the M exit test.” Therefore, if you have a smaller bike, check my earlier posting and practice the route. Good luck.

Aaron
September 20th, 2012 at 16:56 | #19
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Can anyone tell me the route for Belleville?

Kristi
September 20th, 2012 at 17:39 | #20
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Hi everyone!
I did in fact pass my final M (Highway) test on August 15th in London. The route listed above is correct however I actually turned right onto Ernest and then turned the first right and did my road side stop there. Then went back to Ernest and continued along. The instructor was nice, pretty clear as he repeats 2 – 3 times per instruction and even told me on the Wonderland ramp to speed up. A little blue car was following me. I changed lanes continuously and even though I felt that I was constantly turning my head I still got marked down for not doing it enough in the intersections. Lane positions and speed factors were also a very important. All in all it is went very well and I am so glad that THAT is done. I was quite nervous but practiced the route a lot. Thank you to all for your help. I felt much more confident going in so informed. Happy Safe Riding Everyone!

Joe clews
September 20th, 2012 at 18:40 | #21
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Congrats!@Kristi

Lori B
October 9th, 2012 at 12:44 | #22
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Starting to get nervous myself… I ride the test tomorrow. (October 10) I am wondering if when on the on and off ramps for the 401 are you to continue on the left of the lane through the entire turn or just coming out of the turn when you speed up? I am stewing… Worried I won’t pass and my 5 years are up Nov 5. I don’t want to go back to M1!!!!
PS thanks for the info everyone!

My first wild turkey kill!

After not getting a turkey last year, i was pretty excited and anxious to get one this year.  My main fault at not getting one last year was that i had 0 patience.  This year i was determined to get out early, and stay late.

Here’s how it all went down:

Got to Jims around 5:10am.  Him and I left, and he dropped me off at a bush that i’ve never been to before.  He said that he saw a few turkeys here a couple weeks ago, and gave me a suggestion on where to setup, then i started the 1/4 mile walk out to the bush.  I decided to setup in a hedge / fence row leading away from the bush, then setup my decoy closer to the bush.  The “corner” of the bush was about 40-50 yards away.

Here’s the THORNE bush that i was sitting in.

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And here’s the view that i got when sitting in my bush.  The bottom picture is the corner of the bush that i mentioned above.  You can see my decoy dead center of the first picture.  About 20 yards from me, and 40 yards from the corner of the bush.

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The next picture will show the path of the birds, etc.  I’ll show the pic first, then explain how the morning went down.

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The red X is where i was sitting, and i was facing the corner, and “end” of the bush.  At around 6:30, i saw 2 white tailed deer walk RIGHT past me, and into the corner of the bush.  Then around 7am, flew out and landed right before my decoy.  The blue line in the upper picture shows the PATH of the hens.  They stayed around my decoy for 10-15 minutes, and making a racket!  Then they took off to the EAST and turned the corner and i couldn’t see them anymore.  At this time, 2 coyotes came out of the bush and walked RIGHT towards me, then walked right past me!  Let me tell you, i had my finger on the trigger just in case, lol.

It was pretty quiet from 7:30 till around 9am.  I could hear the TOM gobble from about the middle of the forest (start of the green line), and walk to the east of the forest.  I think the TOM and the HENS mingled for a bit where the PINK x is.  Then the hens retraced their steps and of course, the TOM followed.  Around 9am, i saw the hens peak around the edge of the forest.  Instantly i got into position, raised my gun slowly and waited.  I was hoping the TOM would be right behind them.  And he was.  As you can see by the blue line, the hens walked right in front of me, and into the bush.  About 50 yards behind them, was a big TOM!  I was SO anxious and nervous, although i did control it by breathing properly, etc.  After 10 minutes the TOM made it to within shooting distance.  I think it was a pretty good shot, he jumped around for a bit, but then he was down.  I haven’t seen any pellets in the breast at all yet.

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What an awesome experience!  I loved it.  Might even buy another tag and head out again.  The bird weighed in at 16 lbs!  7-8″ Beared!

Benelli SuperNova Shotgun Review

Here is a quick review of my Benelli SuperNova Shotgun.

First, here’s the feature list:

Standard screw-In chokes: IC, M, F
Vented Recoil Pad for shock absorption
Comfort-Tech Shim Kit
Overly large trigger guard
Push-button shell stop

I purchased this shotgun in 2006 as my first firearm. I was looking at Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 mostly. They were well with-in my price range, but I wasn’t sure of the quality, and hesitated a little bit. I then saw the Benelli SuperNova. The price was higher then any other shotgun I was looking at, but I knew the quality would be that much better also.

The firearm fits like a glove. I do a lot of trap shooting, and when bringing the gun up from a carrying position, it come up NICE, right to my eye. Of course every body type is different, so this will vary whomever uses it. It has a red sight, and a raised barrel sight, with middle bead. I shoot left handed, and do not have any problems with the shell exit, or the safety switch, etc. The firearm comes with extra Shims, so you can change both the drop, and the cast of the butt. I’ve shimmed mine over to better suit my left handedness

The firearm will cycle 2 3/4” shells through to 3.5” shells. I usually use 3.5” shells, and have never had a problem with jams, or anything similar.

Durability:

My firearm has been dropped, rained on, touched with muddy gloves and have never had a problem with it. After using it once or twice, i’ll take it apart and clean it
It hasn’t rusted, or discolored at all, even after leaving it dirty/muddy for a week because I was too busy to clean it

Disassembly / Cleaning:

Disassembling this gun is a synch. Just take out 2 pins that hold in the trigger assembly with the supplied tool (the end cap to the shell holder), and the trigger assembly falls right out. The forearm then pulls right out the front. The bolt falls right out the bottom, and that’s about it.
The bolt rides on rails which are very easy to lubricate.
Once the gun is broken down, your left with 3-4 seperate pieces, which makes it very easy to clean everything.
Putting it back together is just as simple as taking it apart
The manual has great instruction on how to do it. I don’t even think I read them and did it my first try
Disassembling is so easy, IF you get dirt in the chamber, or something happens where you need to take it apart in the field, it’s so simple, and only takes 2-3 minutes.

CONS:

The weight. At 7.9 – 8.0 lbs, it can get a little heavy, especially when walking 5-10kms when pheasant hunting. I have purchased a sling for mine, and that helps alleviate most of the weight.
Barrel Length / buying new barrel. The barrel length is great for goose / duck hunting, etc, but it would be nice to find a smaller barrel for it. The problem is, a new barrel is almost the same cost of the whole gun.
Being all black, the gun looks like it came from a star wars movie, , but it doesn’t bother me much.
The difference between this gun and the NOVA, is the comfort tech stock, which compresses and helps with the recoil, the hardened barrel, and larger trigger guard. I don’t have much to compare the recoil to, but a friend says it ‘kicks’ a whole lot less then his gun.

I am 100% happy with this gun. It will last a lifetime for me!

Any questions? Send me an email – mrnatemeyer [@ ] gmail.com

UPDATE (December 1, 2009):

Still no problems with the firearm. Still no jams, rust, or discoloring. Everything is working perfectly, and am still VERY happy with this firearm.

UPDATE (November 26, 2012)

The gun is holding together. One problem! When shooting 3.5″ shells, the trigger is sticking. I fixed it by doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1AuHTHxJso

UPDATE (March 22, 2013)

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