Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Travelling north for the rugged Dall’s sheep I’ve been dreaming of a Dall’s sheep hunt my whole life and my opportunity to set foot on the mountain was finally there. As a kid, before I could even hunt, I can remember reading every outdoor magazine I could get my hands on, scouring the glossy pages from cover to cover looking for stories about the grand, white sheep of the far north. I’d often read them five or six times, absorbing every detail. My outfitter, Stan Stevens, met me in … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Consider the potential weather and terrain when looking at buying a pair of hunting boots While often an after-thought for many hunters, my footwear is most often right near the very top of my hunting preparation list, usually just a tad behind my guns and ammunition. Stimulated, no doubt, by my recollection of boots that all but ruined my first sheep hunt, or to a pheasant hunt, as recent as this past fall, where my wife ended up with cold, wet feet in mere minutes of trudging through a … Read more »


If your call the prairie provinces home, like I do, and you’ve dreamed of fishing Canada’s west coast, you need to do it now. I had the good fortune of fishing with Serengeti Fishing Charters during the month of June, with two good friends, and it was a trip of a lifetime – one I will never forget. Aside from the great company and friends I was with, fishing the west coast is nothing like targeting walleye, pike, perch or any of the many trout species for which the prairie provinces are famous. On the west coast, every time you … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! An alternative to traditional duck hunts on the water Have you ever wished you could silently approach a flock of ducks hiding in a cattail marsh? Have you ever dreamed about setting up a decoy spread on a distant shore, but had no way of accessing it? You might think that these are pleasant daydreams for the quiet moments in your duck blind, but they can easily become a reality if you hunt from a boat. There are many different types of boats that the waterfowler can use. I … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Speed and kinetic energy versus accuracy Today’s compound bows keep getting faster and faster. Speed combined with mass translates to kinetic energy, but one has to ask if it is really the be all and end all? Sneaking through the tall grass, I knew the elk was bedded nearby. Ten minutes earlier I had seen him lingering on the edge of the field. Carefully placing one foot in front of the other, doing my best to avoid stepping on dry leaves, I advanced. Every muscle in my body was … Read more »


It was a sunny but cold day during the second day of the Southern Alberta Walleye Tournament. We put together a middle-of-the-pack limit of walleye on day one, but the second day of any walleye tournament is always much tougher than the opener. The reason being, the lake or reservoir has been picked apart for three to four days of pre-fishing and the opening day of the tournament by some of the best anglers in the western provinces and northern US states. This makes the closing day a tough day to land big fish. However, we were confident with three … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Learning how to mask your scent can give you more hunting success I believe that I have a pretty decent sense of smell, possibly even better than the average person. I say that only because I have been able to detect various odours when others could not. When hunting I can, at times, detect game such as deer, sheep, elk, and even moose by their smell. Not particularly unusual, but it does point to the theme of my column because if we, as humans, can detect game by their smell, just … Read more »


When you mention float tubes, your mind might quickly turn to fly fishing and trout. It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about floats tubes. I make it a point to spend as much time as I can every summer landing fish from the comforts of my float tube. However, I fish for more than trout. Every year my float tube and I spend a healthy amount of time on lakes and reservoirs fishing weed beds for pike, perch and even walleye. And on my first outing this year, I had a heart-stopping experience with a hungry pike. I was fishing … Read more »