Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! The Cessna Caravan’s left wing tipped down as the pilot guided the plane into a turn over the lodge and down the sandy air strip cut through the boreal forest. I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear as I looked out into the expanse of wilderness, unable to detect any indication of humans for as far as my eyes could see. There were no roads, cut lines, communication towers or distant communities. There was simply green forest and blue-water lakes stretching to the horizon. I tried … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Versatile and forgiving, the .30-06 is synonymous with North American big game hunting Over the years I’ve owned a fair number of rifles, in a variety of chamberings, but for some reason I’ve never had a .30-06 Springfield I could call my own. That’s not to say that I don’t have any experience with the venerable Springfield, quite the opposite in fact. Vanessa currently owns a Tikka T3 chambered in one that we took to South Africa this past spring and to Namibia in 2009. We took over a … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! The month of April triggers the closing of the ice fishing season. However, throughout the prairie provinces there are still a number of stocked rainbow trout waters that remain open for avid ice anglers can take advantage. (Check your provincial fishing regulations). Rainbow trout have just endured a long winter in lowlight conditions beneath the ice, and trout in smaller, shallower lakes and trout ponds are also dealing with the stresses of low oxygen levels. However, rainbow trout will still be feeding aggressively at this time … Read more »

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It was just laying there – a beautiful whitetail shed exposed in all its glory. I scooped it up and “saved” it from the bush. That day I was simply walking my dog along the edge of an expansive urban park, still within the boundaries of a provincial capital city. Deer sign had led me to this unsuspecting deer infested hotspot, with a number of them living right around people, traffic and industry. The great outdoors does not always need to be a wilderness realm or remote location. Sometimes what we seek can be found right under our noses, or … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Many turkey hunters have told me, “If a turkey could sniff you, you’d never kill one.” Despite having virtually no sense of smell, a spring hunt for North America’s largest, most elusive game bird is challenging. And with archery equipment, even more so. As with any species you bow hunt, getting close requires intricate knowledge of your quarry. Merriam’s turkeys living at the northern tip of their range in southern BC and Alberta are no different. Knowing where, when and why they strut their stuff will give you the … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Parallax is one of those optical terms that can be confusing until a person sits down and does their own personal test to demonstrate its existence. Simply put, it refers to the difference in apparent position a rifle scope’s reticle can occupy on a target, based on the location of the shooter’s eye. It’s best observed by placing a scoped rifle on a set of sandbags and looking at a target through the scope without touching the rifle in any way. As the eye is moved back and forth, … Read more »

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I’m sure that, as you’ve been reading these blog posts, you may have noticed that I don’t particularly like being treated differently simply because I’m a woman. Some women like using “I’m just a girl” as a scapegoat, but that’s not me. If the boys can do it, I can do it. And that brings us to my latest escapade – a thumb release. I have seen a lot of the shooters at Trophy Book using different handheld releases – a thumb release, a back-tension release, you name it. They’ve been telling me that these releases help with accuracy and … Read more »

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With the 2014 season fast approaching, I thought I would write a year in review blog post, one more about a great experience that I had and then start on my new 2014 blog, combining information and experiences. I really jumped into fishing this past year, both with a spinner and a fly rod. I enjoy both aspects of each, but over the year I constantly went to the fly rod, as it seemed more productive. I had a lot of success this year at both East Pit and Muir lakes. At Muir, I was able to land a fish … Read more »

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