I spent many hours on the computer trying to find the right rod for myself. In doing my research, I discovered that if you are going to purchase a rod/reel combination do not spend under $150, as anything priced under that does not last very long. I am a big believer that it is good practice to be wise when purchasing. If you are on a budget, yes, there are good options, but you will be spending the money again in a year or two. I wanted to get a rod that had a soft tip for jigging and creating … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Elusive and crafty, prairie mule deer are a challenge to hunt – but if you know where to look and when to look, you’ll increase your chances of bagging a monster deer   The prairie regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan are well known for growing big mule deer. However, many mule deer tags get hung on the Christmas tree instead of a mule deer at the end of the season. Mule deer often don’t get the credit they deserve for their craftiness and, because of it, many hunters never … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Hiking up the near vertical ridge, my legs and lungs were burning from the exertion required to get into sheep country. I had spotted rams from below and was trying to make my way to a rocky outcrop to set up an ambush. I’d been hiking with few stops and when I was just 150 metres from the rocks, one of the rams appeared and stared directly down at me. I was busted. The second ram came over to have a look and the pair stared at me for … Read more »

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Well we decided that we should give the North Saskatchewan River a try. We grabbed our spin reels and tackle and I had pre-assembled some bottom bouncers using artificial bait. If you don’t know what a bottom bouncer is, you use a three-way swivel and off one end is your main line, below that is the weight and then the third line, using about two to three feet of line, is your bait. We headed down to the river’s edge and right away I knew it was going to be trouble. In front of us was the perfect spot – … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Canada geese, snow geese and puddle ducks are some of the most common waterfowl species hunted across the prairie provinces. Over the past 35 years, I’ve had the privilege to hunt these birds in many places throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While gunning for these species is generally good everywhere within these provinces, there are some areas that are my personal favourites.   Alberta’s pothole ducks The prairie pothole region of central Alberta, not far from Camrose, is my favorite Alberta location for waterfowling. The scenic rolling hills, numerous … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Manitoba saw a winter with early snow, a lot of snow and then a late melt – not a good combination for game animals or hunters. Two of the past three winters reached the “bad” category and the only good thing that can be said is the one year of relief between the two nasty winters allowed for some recovery. Otherwise, the situation could have been more dire.   Elk Provincial wildlife biologist Ken Rebizant said recent surveys in the Interlake found “expected numbers” of elk and that other hunted elk … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Saskatchewan residents, whether human or animal, know about winter. The past winter provided lots of snow, but actually relatively mild temperatures until nearly spring when it turned cold. This was a challenging situation for animals that had not had much to eat for several months. The province’s big game manager, Brad Tokaruk, said that for deer, “if winter isn’t over by the end of March, it is bad news. It is just too long without decent food and their fat reserves are used up.” Winter was not over by the end … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! The severity of the past winter, with regards to game animals, varied between the north and south. In the central and northern parts of the province, winter came early, stayed late and delivered lots of snow, which has implications for hunting in those areas. Further south, the winter was not as bad and game populations were not as heavily impacted. So, hunters should check the regulations carefully because there are some new opportunities to take advantage of and new restrictions to be aware of.   Elk Alberta elk hunters are going … Read more »

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