Deciding On Decoys

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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Training Your Gun Dog

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! If you want to be shown a glaring example of your shortcomings as an amateur gun dog trainer, share a duck blind with someone who has had their dog professionally trained. I did just that last year on a cloudy October morning, with more ducks flying than we even tried to count. Delou, my wirehaired pointing griffon, was beside me. A few metres away, my friend Russ sat next to his chocolate Lab, Mac. The birds had been coming in hard and fast since daybreak and it was still … Read more »

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Game Bird Hunting & Fly Tying

Throughout the western provinces, a wide variety of hunting seasons are well underway during the month of September, and one of those hunting seasons is upland game bird. However, many fly fishermen are still on the rivers and lakes, catching a variety of trout species that are beginning to strap on the feedbag to prepare for winter. But what’s the connection between fly fishing and game bird hunting? Fly tying. Each year during September, through to November, I try to balance both hunting and fishing outings. There’s been years where I’ve hunted whitetails in the morning and took my boat … Read more »

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Duck Hunting From A Kayak

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! An alternative to traditional duck hunts on the water Have you ever wished you could silently approach a flock of ducks hiding in a cattail marsh? Have you ever dreamed about setting up a decoy spread on a distant shore, but had no way of accessing it? You might think that these are pleasant daydreams for the quiet moments in your duck blind, but they can easily become a reality if you hunt from a boat. There are many different types of boats that the waterfowler can use. I … Read more »

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Run And Gun Turkey Hunting

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! When turkeys are scarce hunters can try running and gunning Being from Alberta, I haven’t hunted turkeys a lot but I’ve been fortunate enough to hunt with some of North America’s best and I’ve been a pretty quick study. Add to that the fact that I’ve hunted turkeys under some of the most challenging conditions imaginable, in three countries and on two continents, and I’ve received an express degree in killing turkeys quickly and effectively. While hunting networks and DVDs are rife with shows where it’s a simple matter … Read more »

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Ruffed Grouse

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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Find The Right Shotgun

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds!   I must admit – I love busting birds, be they of the clay, upland or waterfowl variety. I’m not sure how many rounds I have put down the barrels of the many shotguns I have owned over the years, but it has to be in the many thousands. What is even more surprising, at least from my perspective, is that I still enjoy a round of trap or a pheasant hunt as much today as I did when I first starting hunting with shotguns a half century ago. … Read more »

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Rimfire Hunting Opportunities

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles!   When winter is coming to an end for another year and people are getting the urge to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, there are several hunting options with your rimfire rifle that are often overlooked. Crows, pigeons, magpies and squirrels can make for a great opportunity to hone your shooting skills and provide an exciting switch from the monotony of shooting gophers. These animals are found throughout the west and there are generally no seasons or bag limits in many areas, making for a great time afield. The … Read more »

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