It took a couple of hours to scour several lakes and river segments offering the right combination of habitat. This February day was a cold, snowy, winter wonderland and we were in search of willow ptarmigan along frozen waterways by snowmobile north of Thompson, Man. We flushed the first flock of the day with the sleds and then manoeuvred into shotgun range on foot. A .410 and a 20 gauge went to work. With repeated attempts and just enough shells, we were rewarded with a beautiful brace of ptarmigan. A veritable upland bird hunting cornucopia occurs each winter in Canada’s … Read more »

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Researchers in Finland are testing two different reflective sprays on reindeer antlers, in an attempt to make the animals more visible to passing motorists and reduce collisions. Read the full article here! Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more news and events!

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Heraclitus once said, “expect the unexpected.” I am quite sure this quote was not made in reference to hunting, but it certainly fits more often than not. And this was no exception. It was beginning to look like Danilo Moresco was actually going to get a chance at this wolf after all. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Wolves are a notoriously intelligent predator. Yet there we were, getting set up for a shot at the same wolf we had called in hours before. His shiny black coat … Read more »

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TV personality and animal rights activist Bob Barker wants the Ontario government to put a stop to its plans to reinstate a spring bear hunt in the province. Despite his pleas, the government is going ahead with the hunt. Read the full article here! Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more news and events!

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If practice makes perfect, I am in pursuit of perfection. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone ever attains true perfection in archery. But, nonetheless, this winter has been all about practicing and a few competitions to keep me sharp. Or, should I say, straight. I shoot on a regular basis at Trophy Book Archery, in Spruce Grove, Alta., and the owner there, Richard, sets up a fun night every Friday during the winter, so archers have a place to go, escape the winter blues and have some fun with their bows. We have played all sorts of shooting games, from a … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! In California, German gun manufacturer Armatix GmbH has begun selling a handgun that can only be fired when the owner wears an accompanying wristwatch. The gun and the wristwatch talk to each other via chip technology, and without the wristwatch the gun becomes a paperweight. Read more about it here! Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more news and events!

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Federal Premium Ammunition has created Vital-Shok TruBall slugs, available in three-inch loads for 12 and 20-gauge smoothbore shotguns. This new system was created to offer shotgun hunters a more accurate and consistent rifled slug. The shotshell design features a specially engineered plastic ball that sits between the wad and the slug’s rear cavity. This design centres the rifled projectile as it travels down the barrel, yet provides clean separation of components after it exists the muzzle. The technology produces groups as tight as 1.4 inches at 50 yards from … Read more »

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The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, of Merrit, BC, is taking on US billionaire Stanley Kroenke in a legal battle. The fish and game club wants to keep public access to Minnie and Stoney Lakes, but Kroenke is fighting to establish that the lakes, and the roads leading to them, are private. Kroenke owns the Douglas Lake Cattle Co., which has developed the lakes into a private sport fishing destination. Read more about the legal battle here. Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to … Read more »

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