Manitoba is known internationally for the famous polar bears of Churchill, in the extreme northeast corner of the province. As well, increased eastern barren ground grizzly bear encounters are being documented across suitable habitats north of the tree line. To round it off, the geographical centre of North America is also home to a healthy population of large black bears, and they come in a variety of colours. Between all four of its borders, Manitoba has black bears inhabiting the majority of the landscape. No doubt lower densities occur in the north compared to agricultural or prairie regions in the … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear!   An additional option for shooters looking for maximum accuracy Hunters who like tinkering with guns in order to wring maximum performance from their firearms often miss an important option. Rimfire shooters chasing maximum accuracy will already be testing various kinds of factory ammunition in their rifles and finding that one brand shoots the best, then stocking up on that product. That’s a great first step, but for the true experimenter, there’s another angle left to explore – tuning the rifle with a torque wrench. It’s an overlooked step … Read more »

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If you’re a migratory bird hunter, here’s your chance to have your voice heard in regards to new legislation. Environment Canada has drafted a number of changes to the federal Migratory Birds Regulations. The changes, which have been published to allow for public comment until June 9, 2014, respond to issues, concerns and challenges identified by hunters, hunter organizations, migratory bird population biologists and enforcement officials. The main issues addressed in the proposal pertain to the possession of migratory birds, labelling, transportation, wastage and processing. For full details on the proposed changes, go to www.ec.gc.ca. Comments can be e-mailed to … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! We western Canadians know winter, and few of us really like it. This goes for wild animals and birds, too. Many local birds just pack up and leave for warmer climates for the winter, but one of our favourite game birds, the ruffed grouse, does not. The range of this species includes all of western Canada, the southern Yukon and into central Alaska. So, within a range like that, a bird that doesn’t migrate south is going to know winter and better be prepared for snow and cold. Fortunately, … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! May 22, 2014, marked the grand opening day of the second Cabela’s store in Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton is currently the only city in Canada to have two Cabela’s locations. Cabela’s staff estimated about 2,o00 customers lined up to get into the store on opening morning, but this is about 1,000 less than the crowd that gathered for the grand opening of the first Edmonton location. Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting to open the store, Cabela’s employee Josh Luedtke competed and won for the chance to fire an arrow at … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals!   Four key elements to successfully harvest a black bear over bait Few activities are as rewarding as observing wild bruins up close in their natural surroundings, deep in the woods. Furthermore, harvesting an animal with primitive hunting equipment, like a bow and arrow, appears on many hunters’ bucket lists. Many areas in western Canada allow baiting for black bears during spring when they are hungry, so what could go wrong with piling up stale bread and setting up a nearby tree stand to arrow a boar? Truthfully, … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! Opening day of the fair-weather fishing season is one of the most exciting times of the year for anglers. For many anglers, the morning of is just like Christmas morning. With so many fish species to fish for, what and where is an angler to start? My all-time favourite species to fish for is walleye. However, I will get my fill of walleye fishing during the tournament season, which starts a week after opening day. In my mind, opening day and opening week, for that matter, … Read more »

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My lure shone white against the dark water and I could keep track of its every twitch or pause through my polarized glasses. A sudden flash of bronze and I saw it scream sideways as the rod came to life in my hands! It was my first cast beyond a favourite rocky reef, and the long pause upon the lure hitting this water duped the feisty, yet finicky, predator. Eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario’s countless boreal lakes offer anglers endless spring smallmouth bass fishing opportunities and no closed season. May is a great time. It feels good getting back out … Read more »

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