The Great South River Black Fly Hunt

May 2nd, 2007 by Mr. Fanrastic

I was browsing through the Ontario Festivals & Events guide and came across the Great South River Black Fly Hunt. That’s right — a black fly hunt. I’ll let the guide do the talking here:

[The] Great South River Black Fly Hunt is kicked off with the Black Fly pinata and the five week hunt ends with the “Official Weigh-In”. Cash Prizes and World Champion Black Fly Hunter Title on the line.

OMG!!! The World Champion Black Fly Hunter Title is on the line! Where do I sign up?

Unfortunately their website hasn’t been updated for the 2007 event at the time of this writing, but don’t let that stop you from visiting! According to the website, last year’s champion, Roy Wariner, caught 31 320 black flies. (I seriously hope that number is an estimate – I can’t imagine somebody sitting there with a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers, counting over 31 thousand black flies!)

Believe it or not, they actually have a lengthy list of rules. For example,

  • Hunters who wish to qualify for any of the over $500 in prizes must carry a valid license.
  • Dress yourself to resemble a blueberry plant in blossom. Apply blueberry jam behind your ears.
  • Hunting with frogs is permissible, so long as they are kept on a leash.

So if you find yourself in northern Ontario between May 5 and June 2, just think: you could be the next World Champion Black Fly Hunter!

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3 Responses

  1. Rob

    I could do it, but I would only be taking the title from the needy.

  2. ET

    They probably count by wieght… unless they are as psychotic as the website would suggest.

    PS: I don’t think I’ve cought/smashed even 1K of flies in whole my life.
    Sick… sick people…

  3. ET

    I’m just back from Ultimate Long Weekend at camp Olimpia in Algonquin and I have to tell you – THIS THINGS ARE VICIOUS!
    We city dwellers don’t know our luck!
    I’ve been bitten about 2 dozen times all over body in one day… and I was chasing a frisbee most of it!
    And if only they snacked and left… no they chew a big whole in you and don’t want to leave. They are also familir with team work – one swarm distracts you while other is dining on your legs quietly!

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