Winchester Model 1885

A Modern Classic: The Winchester Model 1885 Hunter Rimfire .17 Winchester Super Magnum Varmints beware When a classic rifle meets the fastest commercially available rimfire cartridge, it is a union worthy of a very close look.   History As the model number suggests, the Winchester Model 1885 has been around for well over a century. It is a single-shot rifle with a falling block action, of which two models were produced – a Low Wall and a High Wall. The High Wall receiver has sides that extend up to the top of the barrel, whereas the Low Wall receiver sides … Read more »

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Still-Hunting Whitetails

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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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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Stocking Stuffers For The Hunter & Angler

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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Lever Guns Of Our Grandfathers

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Generations of reliability and use There were at least 80 caribou scattered across the valley floor. Five mature bulls were bedded right out in the open. Their dark antlers, clearly visible above the short willows, gave us a constant reference point as we slowly worked our way closer. Knee-deep snow, and alder tangles so thick we had to belly crawl through them, slowed our stalk. We had just reached the edge of the large meadow when one of the bulls got up to stretch. My wife quickly settled in behind her … Read more »

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Using A Chronograph

Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! To get the most our of your firearm, think about investing in a chronograph As long as we’re watching for it, an education can come to us from a lot of different sources and it invariably costs either time or money – often both. The hunting and shooting sports are no different. We need to put in the time and effort to learn about the creatures we hunt and the tools we use to hunt them. For those latter lessons, I think the chronograph plays a vital role. The term chronograph … Read more »

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Getting In Position

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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Experience Sheep Hunting

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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