WILD HARVEST: Quest For A Three-Province Whitetail Slam Part 3

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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WILD HARVEST: Quest For A Three-Province Whitetail Slam Part 2

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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WILD HARVEST: Quest For A Three-Province Whitetail Slam Part 1

On three separate deer hunts, in three different Canadian provinces, in the same season, I was rewarded with exciting encounters with whitetail bucks across our beautiful country! Like many Canadian hunters, I wait for deer season all year long. I have become so passionate about pursuing whitetails across Canada that I simply can’t let a season end with a single tag. I decided to find a way to keep hunting, and on a budget. With careful planning and research, I managed to weave hunting opportunities for myself across three provinces for the following year. This is my 2012 quest for … Read more »

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WILD HARVEST: Make The Most Of Saturday Mornings

For some, available time afield is the limiting factor. Other times, the juice simply isn’t worth the squeeze. I may have found a way to maximize the most of minimal hunting time, especially when working the typical nine-to-five rush. When hunting weekends, we are often looking for more than just first or last light. So, how do you make a day of it? In my experience, scout locations that offer combinations of cover and food sources, which attract and hold various species of game throughout overlapping seasons. Close to town I stumbled upon a series of small ponds in a … Read more »

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WILD HARVEST: American Antelope For Canadian Hunters

A series of harsh winters across the Canadian prairies have largely depleted our stocks of this magnificent and one-of-a-kind species. Pronghorn antelope populations still persist in Saskatchewan and Alberta, with only the latter still offering very limited outfitting opportunities for non-residents. Recovery has been slow and the pronghorn glory days seem to be behind us, for now, in Canada. Look south of the border, however, and the forecast appears much brighter. Seldom do you hear of Canadians entering the US for hunting opportunities, when compared to the scores of American hunters venturing north in Canada. As a Canuck, if you … Read more »

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WILD HARVEST: DIY Fly-In Moose Hunt

Excellent middle ground lies somewhere between a fully guided, fly-in bull moose hunt, and a drive-in, road-based hunt with the gang. An eager hunter on a budget, examining ways to either heighten their experience afield or success rates on a big mature bull moose, should give do-it-yourself (DIY) fly-in hunts a closer look. A group of four keen hunters is about perfect. It’s important to assemble the right people, ideally each offering a set of skills or knowledge helpful in a remote, wilderness hunt. This adventure begins with research and some form of local knowledge or contact on location. At … Read more »

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WILD HARVEST: Hunting Trophy Barren Ground Caribou

We spotted a really nice bull walking away from us, and I quickly evaluated the situation more carefully through my binoculars. The big bull was in a small band of caribou walking into expansive swampy barrens, almost 800 yards away, and not angling our way in the slightest. A client I was guiding couldn’t help but admire the impressive rack this caribou sported, only just recently stripped of its velvet. His bright red, still bloody antlers were sky lined against the horizon, and then lit up in the late afternoon sun. It was quite a sight. Around this time my … Read more »

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WILD HARVEST: Porcinis & Puddle Ducks

Timed with the opening of duck season in the north, this story describes the unique circumstances when poor logistics during a field research project enabled our crew (Robert, Craig and I) to reconnect with the fertility of the boreal landscape. The setting is along a rich confluence of the Churchill River in northeast Manitoba. The season was that magical transition from summer to fall. I was exploring an old burn, behind our simple plywood cabin overlooking the river, one foggy September morning. About the time we were running out of food, I couldn’t help but notice a veritable supermarket of … Read more »

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