During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I love getting together and visiting with family and friends. During the many visits throughout the holiday, it never fails that at some point the conversation always comes around to the past fishing season and each year I always get asked the same question: What was the strangest fish I caught during the year? I had the good fortune of fishing in three different states and four different provinces during the 2014 season and caught 42 different saltwater and freshwater fish species. I caught my first leopard shark, catfish, eel and a few … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! A hunting alternative for those that don’t want to sit in a stand I’d venture a guess that most whitetail hunting in western Canada is done from stands or blinds located along major travel routes or the edges of feeding fields. Whitetails are one of the most aware creatures in the woods and all of their senses are highly tuned for detecting danger. They have incredible eyesight and hearing, and a nose that just can’t be fooled. To me, they are the North American animal that most tests the … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Think about how, when and where you’ll use your decoys before you buy As a waterfowl hunter, I love decoys and can’t ever seem to have enough of them. It seems every year I add more decoys to my spread. My collection includes both duck and goose decoys and consists of full bodies, shells, windsocks, silhouettes and floaters. While each variety of decoys will attract and lure birds, there are times, locations and conditions where one decoy type is better suited than the others.   Full-body decoys Full-body decoys … Read more »

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Back home After driving back from Saskatchewan and staying overnight in Winnipeg, I flew home to Ottawa and hit up a Canadian Tire store to purchase my non-resident licence (a quick and easy, but expensive, step.) My brother and I headed out to our cottage, where we had both grown up and first learned to deer hunt together. My brother had been scouting our old spots, but got the most consistent trail camera photos of two eight-point bucks living in the dense cedar bush immediately around our cottage. I prepped a stand, confirmed my crossbow and hoped I could complete … Read more »

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Christmas is right around the corner and outdoor enthusiasts can be some of the hardest people to buy a Christmas gifts for. It seems they have everything or there’s something new on the outdoor market that they just can’t live without. However, there are several things that the outdoor enthusiasts can never have enough of and they will use these items on a daily basis. And best of all, they will cost you under $100. These items could be something as simple as rope, waterproof matches, backpacks, clothing, maps or even camp cooking items. All these items have a time … Read more »

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The wind is a hunter’s best friend and worst enemy, potentially all in the same minute. Wind direction and velocity can change quickly and it just takes one gust from the wrong direction to foil a plan that had been working perfectly. For many close-range hunters, an ambush from a tree stand perch over a popular game trail is the preferred method of choice, offering the crucial advantage of avoiding detection. I’ve heard others ask in casual conversation, “You just hang a tree stand and wait – how hard can that be?” Over the years, I’ve seen many trees that … Read more »

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I felt the subtle tap of another fish on my fly and I instinctively set the hook. My fly rod bowed under the weight of the fish as I worked my fly line back onto my reel. The fish instantly came to the surface, trying to spit the hook. But I could see he was hooked well in the top of his mouth and I now had all my line back on my reel. Moments later, I landed the first whitefish of the day. We’re into December and the hunting season is all but over. With any luck, your freezers … Read more »

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New Territory, Same Goal A few days later, I was eagerly driving across Saskatchewan to guide for a whitetail outfitter in the Meadow Lake area. It was early November and I was chomping at the bit to continue chasing whitetails, with one nice buck in the bag already. Many hunters dream of Saskatchewan, and I was now converting this same dream of mine into reality. Many of Saskatchewan’s whitetail outfitters operate in the forest fringe region, north of farm country, where vast tracts of land are designated provincial forests and largely publicly owned tracts of Crown land. Arriving at the … Read more »

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