WDBlog14.1

I recently returned from an incredible fishing adventure on Manitoba’s Red River. I had never fished the Red River before, so I hired the services of Paul Munroe, the owner of Cat Daddy Fishing Guide Service. We were targeting the abundant channel catfish within the river and Paul said we would catch fish. However, I had no idea what lay beneath the stained water of the Red River. I was staying at the Fiddler House, a bed and breakfast right on the river. I met Paul at 7:30 a.m. at the dock, which was a mere 30-second walk from the … Read more »

WDBlog13.2

It was 6 a.m. and I was loading our float tubes, fishing gear and all our camping supplies into the cargo baskets mounted on the side of the helicopter for a two-day stay high in the Rocky Mountains. Icefield Heli Tours would be flying us into Lake of the Falls for a fly-fishing bonanza. Lake of the Falls is a glacier lake tucked deep in the bowl of three surrounding mountains, 2,250 metres in elevation. The jade-clear glacier lake is home to an abundance of cutthroat trout and we anticipated two full days of non-stop fly fishing for aggressive cutthroat. … Read more »

CallingMonsterMoose2

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Use these tried-and-true calling techniques to bring big bulls within shooting range The gigantic old bull was grunting and coming towards us as if he was on a string, with what looked like two sheets of plywood for antlers, swaying his massive head from side to side as he crossed the field on a crash-course with us. It seemed like the sounds of the love-sick cow call I had been mouthing was working perfectly and if the big brute continued on his path he would end up right in … Read more »

GunDogTraining1

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! If you want to be shown a glaring example of your shortcomings as an amateur gun dog trainer, share a duck blind with someone who has had their dog professionally trained. I did just that last year on a cloudy October morning, with more ducks flying than we even tried to count. Delou, my wirehaired pointing griffon, was beside me. A few metres away, my friend Russ sat next to his chocolate Lab, Mac. The birds had been coming in hard and fast since daybreak and it was still … Read more »

Geese

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Waterfowling in the west If you like to hunt ducks or geese in western Canada, rejoice. There has simply never been a better time to be a waterfowl hunter. This is especially good news considering the less positive prospects for deer hunting this fall. The upside of a snowy winter is that the spring runoff fills the prairie duck nesting ponds to the brim and ensures a good hatch of ducklings. This, on top of a couple of years of excellent duck production, is about as positive a forecast as could … Read more »

OntarioWTDeer

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! After the pleasant days of summer and the anticipation of the hunting season, last winter seems but a bad memory best forgotten. Much of Ontario experienced a worse-than-average winter in 2013/2014 which, compounded by a slow start to spring, will affect hunting prospects, particularly for deer. For 2014, several areas will have fewer species tags and game seals available and hunters may have to plan to hunt a bit harder to be successful this fall. Fortunately, deer populations were pretty robust for the province, so a loss of some animals in … Read more »

Manitoba-Caribou

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I know, I know, we Canadians get enough winter during the winter season, and don’t really want to talk about it during the nicer months of the year. However, the severity of the past winters is a prime driver of game numbers, particularly deer, so for western sportsmen and women it is important to review the conditions in the cold, dark months of last year in order to understand what the coming hunting season will bring. Not surprisingly, a good hunting season depends in large part on high numbers of game … Read more »

Saskatchewan-Elk

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I know, I know, we Canadians get enough winter during the winter season, and don’t really want to talk about it during the nicer months of the year. However, the severity of the past winters is a prime driver of game numbers, particularly deer, so for western sportsmen and women it is important to review the conditions in the cold, dark months of last year in order to understand what the coming hunting season will bring. Not surprisingly, a good hunting season depends in large part on high numbers of game … Read more »