Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Find the funnels and you have a better chance of finding your game Most game animals prefer the safety of cover; when they move, they often follow topography. Set up along ridges, along valley floors and at pinch points and shot opportunities will follow. Perched on a high ridge, only a stone’s throw from a meandering creek bottom, I was comfortably tucked into my portable blind. It was a textbook scenario. Prevailing winds carried my scent well away from the main trails below me and visibility was excellent from my elevated … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! The animals that we most like to hunt belong to the deer family (Cervidae), which includes deer, moose and elk. One distinguishing feature of the family is the deciduous headgear on the males – they have antlers that are shed in the winter and re-grown each summer. Antlers are amazing structures, one of the fastest growing tissues in nature. They are not permanently attached to the skull, but grow from specialized cells on the antler attachment site, the pedicle. Varying hormone levels, controlled by the animal’s pituitary gland, is … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Shooting from the best possible position can increase your success rate As we snuck ever closer to the big red stag, my mind raced. It was like a scene out of one of those futuristic movies where a string of calculations runs across a visor before the shot is taken. We were well within the range of my 270WSM, but we were undetected and I wanted to stack the odds as greatly in my favour as I could. I’ve always been a high-odds shooter, doing everything in my power to increase … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Get ready to take on one of the most incredible hunting experiences When I sit back and analyze all of my hunting adventures, I have little hesitation in surmising that hunting wild sheep has to be right at the top of my list. They just happen to live in some of the most splendid environs on this planet and the sight of a mature ram on the precipice of a rocky outcropping, high above the valley floor, is nothing short of awe inspiring. Then, when you add to that … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Find the best locations for hunting post-rut elk In the fading daylight, we used our spotting scope to confirm a herd of elk feeding in a clover field almost two kilometres away. The animals used the huge field to their advantage, knowing most hunters would never spot them in low light. The fact of the matter was, we had seen and shot elk there before and knew it was worth a second look. In the morning we were set up on the edge of the forest with close to … Read more »

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I recently returned from an incredible fishing adventure on Manitoba’s Red River. I had never fished the Red River before, so I hired the services of Paul Munroe, the owner of Cat Daddy Fishing Guide Service. We were targeting the abundant channel catfish within the river and Paul said we would catch fish. However, I had no idea what lay beneath the stained water of the Red River. I was staying at the Fiddler House, a bed and breakfast right on the river. I met Paul at 7:30 a.m. at the dock, which was a mere 30-second walk from the … Read more »

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It was 6 a.m. and I was loading our float tubes, fishing gear and all our camping supplies into the cargo baskets mounted on the side of the helicopter for a two-day stay high in the Rocky Mountains. Icefield Heli Tours would be flying us into Lake of the Falls for a fly-fishing bonanza. Lake of the Falls is a glacier lake tucked deep in the bowl of three surrounding mountains, 2,250 metres in elevation. The jade-clear glacier lake is home to an abundance of cutthroat trout and we anticipated two full days of non-stop fly fishing for aggressive cutthroat. … Read more »

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It’s once a year, it’s longed for and the anticipation building up to it can make even the most experienced sportsman feel anxious. It’s opening day. There is much to do before then, and hunting with a crossbow is no different. Scouting your area and buying licenses are a must, but you should also check over your gear and ensure your arrows are flying true. There is no bigger disappointment to a hunter than missing. To help avoid this, take the necessary steps in advance of the season opener to ensure your crossbow is sighted in before you step into … Read more »

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