On Monday, July 8, the day before we were scheduled to fly back home, we spent the day fishing with Garrett Fyfe, senior guide at Yellow Dog Lodge. For the morning, we fished for lake trout. After catching a few trout and having another great shore lunch, we embarked on the best time I will probably ever have on the lake. Garrett took us into a little inlet on Duncan Lake and it was full of pike – anywhere from 12 inches long to over 40. The cool part was that I was able to stand on the bow of … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! The coastline of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba is simply a goose hunter’s Mecca – thousands of Canada, snow and Ross’ geese stage and feed along the productive shoreline before continuing their annual migration south in the fall. It is a far cry from the waterfowl hunting opportunities further south in the province, which most waterfowl enthusiasts are familiar with. With historic areas like Delta Marsh and Oak Hammock, a sojourn to the far corner of this unique province is often overlooked. I recently ventured north and bounced between … Read more »

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After getting our gear set up and finding what we thought would be a good location on Johnston Lake, we started jigging off the side of the boat. Well, I started to jig off the side of the boat. Michaela tossed her jig out and then reeled it in. Little did I know that this girl was going to teach me something about fishing that I would have never read in a book. She was the first to land a fish out of the two of us – a small pike. Although not big, the pike provided a lot of … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! If there is one thing that hunters love to do, it’s to criticize, berate, judge and impose their personal ethics on other hunters. I’m not sure if this is a new phenomenon or if the Internet has just given everyone a more prominent voice. And I doubt there is a topic right now that elicits more rants and judgement than that of long-range hunting. There’s little question that the media has really popularized long-range shooting in the past decade or so and manufacturers have been quick to respond with a bevy … Read more »

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On Sunday, July 7, after our morning of exploring Graham Lake and fishing on our own, we packed up the floatplane and made the short flight over to Johnston Lake. I don’t think I will every forget taking those plane rides. The sheer terror and beauty of being in a sardine can while flying over top of the Northwest Territories is something that everybody should experience. Peter, our pilot, made a smooth landing onto Johnston Lake and we got everything unpacked. There were two boats and fish finders already waiting on the rocky shore. Gord, owner of Yellow Dog Lodge … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Most hunters are aware of a sheep grand slam – the fair chase pursuit and successful harvest of four different North American wild sheep rams. Specifically, the four must include a bighorn sheep, a Stone’s sheep, a desert bighorn sheep and a Dall’s sheep. A feat not easily attainable because of the physical demands involved and that the costs can simply be prohibitive. And while I would like to claim that I have successfully accomplished this challenge, I have not. I, along with many others with this dream, tend … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Anyone can bow hunt in warm weather, but when the mercury drops, the snow and cold impose immense challenges for even the most committed hunting archers As the calendar flips from October to November, hardcore deer hunters pray for snow and cold. When the temperature drops and snow covers the ground, find the food and you will find the deer. Seems simple, right? Then there’s the added bonus of the rut. While warm weather suppresses visible daytime rut activity, at the other end of the spectrum, cold weather turns it on. … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! November brings about a season of change for whitetails, as well as a chance to give thanks On Nov. 11, 2011, I had attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the morning and was enjoying a late lunch amongst the veterans at my local Legion. The whitetail rut was starting to heat up and I had been hunting a good 5×5 buck that had given me the slip several times during the archery season. But things were changing. He’d been pestering a small group of does for the last few … Read more »

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