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  • Stocking Stuffers For The Hunter & Angler December 15, 2014 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 ...
  • Never Too Late For Fly Fishing December 9, 2014 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 ...
  • Choosing The Right Rod & Reel November 13, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on fishing gear! Picking out the right fishing gear will help you land more fish Walk into any outdoor sporting goods store and you’re sure to find multiple aisles of fishing rods. The price of these rods will vary from $15 for a rod/reel combo to hundreds of dollars ...
  • Western Sportsman Hits The Walleye Trail June 17, 2014 Many readers may not realize that the longest running and most well-rounded hunting and fishing magazine throughout the western provinces is the Western Sportsman magazine. The magazine has been in publication since the 1960s. Why has it been able to stand the test of time? Because the pages of Western Sportsman are filled with exciting ...
  • Edmonton’s Second Cabela’s Store Opens May 22, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! May 22, 2014, marked the grand opening day of the second Cabela’s store in Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton is currently the only city in Canada to have two Cabela’s locations. Cabela’s staff estimated about 2,o00 customers lined up to get into the store on opening morning, but this ...
  • Put Your Ice Fishing Gear Away April 14, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing articles! Mid-April signals that time of the year to put your ice fishing gear away for another season. However, taking the time to properly store it during the off season will save you a ton of grief next winter. Start with your rods and reels. As a rule, only ...
  • Gear Review: Magellan eXplorist August 13, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Every once in a while, I discover a product designed for Canadian users. It is noteworthy for that reason alone, but when it offers an array of features that can be of use to those of us who live north of the border, it is ...
  • Gear Review: Hotcore sleeping bag August 6, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! For the better-than-average-sized backpacker, Hotcore Sleeping Bags has designed the new Fatboy 200. Weighing in at 5.2 pounds, with an overall size of 78 inches by 42 inches, this unit compresses to a carry size of 15.5 inches by 8.5 inches. Hotcore uses high quality, siliconized ...
  • Bushnell SolarBook 850 July 23, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! A portable energy source, no matter where you may find yourself, is not entirely new. But the concept of that source being lightweight, compact and extremely durable is a different kettle of fish. Bushnell, the same company that is better known for its sports optics, has ...
  • How To Fish The Upper Bow River May 24, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! I have been fortunate enough to log many hours fishing the Upper Bow River in the heart of the Alberta Rockies, having lived in Canmore for over 17 years. There is no doubt in my mind that it is likely one of the most picturesque places to fish ...
  • Gerber Myth E-Z Open knife May 17, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! The E-Z Open Gutting Knife boasts the same slim design and comfortable, soft rubberized handle as the rest of the Myth series. Built with a lightweight body directly molded onto the full tang stainless steel blade, the E-Z Open is the ideal tool for long, clean, upward cuts. ...
  • Gear Review: Okuma Helios Spinning Reel May 14, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! The all-new Helios spinning reel from Okuma features: • Lightweight C-40X carbon frame, side plate and rotor • Multi-disc carbonite drag system • 9HPB + 1RB corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings • Quick set anti-reverse roller bearing • ALG: Precision AlumiLite alloy main gear and oscillating gears • Machined aluminum, two-tone anodized spool • ...
  • Fly Fishing From Shore May 9, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A still water fly angler has an excellent chance at catching good trout from shore. While not always the optimal choice, by wisely choosing your time on the water and the lake itself, you will enjoy your fly fishing and maximize shoreline opportunities.   Why: During certain times of ...
  • Going Live April 25, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A warm, summer day, mixed sun and cloud, drift fishing on the river in north central Manitoba and a steady catch of spunky walleye, with bottom bouncers and jigs with tails being the favourite presentations. What could be better? Why bother with live bait when the fish ...
  • Kayak Fishing: How To Get Into It April 18, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Affordability, portability, accessibility — what’s not to like about catching fish from a kayak? Six years ago I started kayak fishing. It was fun back then, but today it’s better than ever thanks to on-going improvements in boat designs and gear catered to paddling anglers. Far from a ...
  • Gear Review: Abu Garcia Revo S 20 Spinning Reel April 12, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! Lightweight and strong for hours of fishing, the Revo S has a one-piece X-Cräftic alloy frame, a graphite stem and polymetric body and rotor. Internally, a one-piece gearbox with a Duragear brass gear allows for more precise alignment. Other features include a machined aluminum, braid-ready spool so you ...
  • Gear Review: Princecraft Fishing Boat The Hudson March 27, 2013 You and four friends would have a relaxing afternoon on the lake in the new Princecraft Hudson DLX WS aluminium boat. The boat, weighing in at about 1,325 pounds with a built-in gas tank able to hold just over 100 litres, makes an ideal fishing vessel. Features include: Bow raised casting platform Deep cycle battery storage compartment Large storage compartment Electric-fill, ...
  • Gear Review: Scotty Electric Downrigger March 25, 2013 Scotty electric downrigger, No. 1106 Depthpower 36 inches to 60 inches! The most popular Scotty electric downrigger, this model comes with a boom that telescopes for extra reach and collapses for extra storage. Includes: 60-inch, with one-and-a-quarter inch diameter, telescoping stainless steel boom, which collapses to 36 inches for storage Boom mounted No. 350 Rodmaster II rod holder One Power ...
  • Gear Review: Cabela’s Polartec Garments January 22, 2013 Check out these new Polartec base layers from Cabela’s. Looking for a technical base layer with some substance to it? Check out Thermal Zone base layers from Cabela’s. Using Polartec’s Power Dry High Efficiency fabrics, these base layers are designed to wick moisture and keep in heat when you need it most — during January ...
  • Gear Review: Thermacell Heated Insole October 5, 2012 When I think of all those frigid days on a stand waiting out a big buck or on a lake in the middle of winter ice fishing, what always comes to mind is how cold my feet got and what I could possibly do to improve on my footwear for the next trip. Seldom did I ...
  • Gear Review: Foodsaver Gamesaver Silver September 17, 2012 I have used FoodSaver products for years. They have been the answer for storage of much of my wild game and fish. Vacuum sealing has allowed me to store both game and fish for much longer periods of time than I would have otherwise considered feasible. Despite their all but indispensable home-based use, I often would ...
  • Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits — SOL Escape Bivvy September 12, 2012 Unfortunately every year outdoor enthusiasts succumb to the elements often due to the lack of preparation. Whether from a misadventure or a mishap the results are the same — they either aren’t prepared for a survival situation or do not have sufficient knowledge on how to survive in the wilderness. Enter Adventure Medical Kits — SOL ...
  • New Rods From Rapala July 19, 2012 Fishing season is in full swing — and if you’re looking for a new spinning or casting rod, check out these offerings from Rapala. Rapala Axiom Spinning Combo Try Rapala’s new Axiom Spinning combos. These great new combos feature lightweight, sensitive graphite rods with blank-through-handle construction, split-grip cork, graphite reel seats and virtually friction-free eyes matched with ...
  • Gear Review: D-Shock Combos June 20, 2012 These brightly-coloured, affordable spinning combos are brand-new from Daiwa. All D-Shock combos include reels with Digi-gear ultra-smooth retrieves, aluminum spools, graphite bodies and Twist-Buster line-twist reduction. Depending on the model, expect either one, two or four-ball-bearings. The two-piece rods are available in either graphite or fiberglass, and come in a very wide variety of actions. The ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Husky XTP Spinning Combo June 13, 2012 If you’re looking for an affordable, general-purpose spinning combo, check out the all-new Rapala XTP Split Grip rod-and-reel combos. These medium power, medium action, cork-handled two-piece rods are well-balanced with a smooth and light spinning reel. The reel features a 5.1:1 retrieve ratio, an aluminum spool, multi-point anti-reverse and precision gears and three-bearings that are of ...
  • Gear Review: Canadian Range Trailer June 11, 2012 If you’re looking for a Canadian-made solution to both work and play, check out the Canadian Range Trailer. Made in Lantzville, BC, by sportsmen and tradesmen (who know their stuff), this towable trailer converts from work-horse to camper tent-trailer in minutes. All-steel and built-tough, the trailer can often carry more than the vehicle towing it! Unlike ...
  • Gear Review: Airbac backpack May 30, 2012 Airbac builds a better mousetrap — that is, a brand-new way to carry items in a backpack! Airbac is a new backpack invention that uses a patented, built-in air cushion technology to prevent back stress and make wearers feel as if they are carrying half the weight or less, as well as protecting the backpack contents, ...
  • Gear Review: LensPen May 21, 2012 If you’re looking for a way to clean your optics or camera gear – look no further. LensPen is your solution. It has been 20 years since Parkside Optical introduced the original LensPen, and for a generation photographers and outdoor enthusiasts have counted on LensPen to keep their cameras, scopes, binoculars and other fine optics clean ...
  • Gear Review: Snap-on LED Hybrid Light May 16, 2012 If you’re looking for a great way to light up — check out this new flashlight from Snap-On. Their new LED Hybrid Light features 53 LEDs and unlike incandescent bulbs, which burn hot, this portable, battery-powered auxiliary light is cool to the touch. The tubular-shaped light has a tough tube lens, a rubber molded comfort grip ...
  • Gear Review: Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad April 25, 2012 At times, going bigger isn’t always better. At Rapala, this philosophy holds true with the introduction of the new Ultra Light Minnow and Ultra Light Shad. Designed to offer big action in a small bait, the Ultra Light Minnow stays true to form with a classic minnow profile that packs a powerful underwater punch of action. “Unlike ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala X-Rap and X-Rap Prop April 16, 2012 Rapala is taking the powerful X-Rap line to the surface with the introduction of two topwater maniacs: the X-Rap Pop and the X-Rap Prop. “I’ve fished with topwater baits throughout my career,” said Mike Iaconelli, Rapala and VMC pro staff member. “But none have come close to the big poppin’, monster splashin’ and scream action of ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Rippin’ Rap April 4, 2012 Sporting an antagonistic scowl with soul-penetrating eyes, the new Rippin’ Rap from Rapala tears through the water, enticing predators into a fish-fighting battle of epic proportions. With its tall, thin bodied, lipless design, the Rippin’ Rap cranks, swims and rips its way into the thick, along rock cover, structure and anywhere in between. “The Rippin’ Rap is a ...
  • Gear Review: Steez Flourocarbon Line March 30, 2012 New for 2012 — Steez’s green coloured, super soft, super strong 100 per cent Fluorocarbon line that has the flexibility and castability of regular monofilament. Formulated exclusively for Steez spinning and casting reels, it is highly resistant to abrasion and offers a faster sink rate than monofilament. Parallel winding on the filler spool ...
  • Your Guide To Understanding Fishing Line March 28, 2012 Monofilament, flourocarbon, braided, superlines, copolymer — what’s the difference between the different fishing lines on the market? Two and a half hours into an epic struggle with a monster tarpon and the only connection that existed between it and me was a spool of 30-pound-test monofilament fishing line. I could not believe it had held this ...
  • ATV Review: Can-Am Commander 800R Series March 23, 2012 Are you looking to get into some serious backwoods fishing hotspots? Try the 2012 Can-Am Commander 800R series side-by-sides. Powering the Commander 800R family is a proven Rotax 800 EFI V-Twin powerplant, which is only bested in power in the rec-utility class by the Rotax 1000 EFI V-Twin engine. The Can-Am Commander 800R family also uses ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife March 9, 2012 New Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet from Rapala is Pure Luxury! The power, performance and superb craftsmanship of the new Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet will put anglers in the driver’s seat for uncompromised, reliable fish filleting. Its lithium-ion battery provides continuous, full-power operation for 80 minutes, without reduced power or hesitation as the battery power trickles ...
  • Gear Review: Magellan RoadMate RV9145 February 24, 2012 Magellan and Good Sam Club Deliver New Recreational Vehicle GPS Device that Features High-Resolution 7” Screen, Customized RV Routes, AV Input, and the Trailer Life RV Parks & Campground Directory. Magellan is set to introduce a new device to its line of GPS navigation products specifically designed for RVers. The RoadMate RV9145 navigator features an extra-large ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Camping Sleeping Pads February 22, 2012 Self-inflating sleeping pads from Browning Camping are a must for the backpacking hunter! If you haven’t seen Browning Camping’s lineup, you’re missing out. Check out their sleeping pads. Available in sizes regular, long, XL and double (as well as just a seat), these Jet Stream Polyurethane Open Cell Foam pads self-inflate, are made of tough material, ...
  • Gear Review: Williams New 2012 Lure Lineup February 10, 2012 Check out these new lures from Williams for the 2012 fishing season. Williams has two new lure series for 2012. The first, dubbed the Nipigon, is a slender bodied 2 1/2″, 1/3 oz spoon that imitates a baitfish in distress. Available in 8 colors, featuring a red treble hook and a red 3D eye with a ...
  • Gear Review: 2012 Can-Am Outlander 650 ATV Family February 8, 2012 BRP Can-Am engineers have given the 2012 Can-Am Outlander 650 line of ATVs the most powerful engine under 800cc! With 60 horsepower, Can-Am claims the Outlander 650 has proven that it can give up 150cc to competitive machines with a larger bore and still come out ahead. Throw in our supreme comfort, value and all-out trail ...
  • Gear Review: Garmin eTrex January 16, 2012 Never get lost in the wilderness again with the new Garmin eTrex! The popular Garmin eTrex handheld GPS device has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 2.2-inch, 65k colour screen with expanded mapping capabilities. These new additions — along with up to 25 hours of battery life — ...
  • Gear Review: Mepps Mister Twister Neon January 11, 2012 New three-inch Meeny and four-inch Mister Twister neon colours! The three-inch Meeny and four-inch original Mister Twister curly tails will be offered in new neon colours for the 2012 season. The Meeny will sport two new colours: Neon Blue 51S and Neon pink 61S. (Blue is one of the most effective all species colour patterns.) The ...
  • Gear Review: Suffix Performance Ice Fuse January 9, 2012 Gear Review: Suffix Performance Ice Fuse. Performance Ice Fuse is the next generation of thermally fused ice fishing line. Performance Ice Fuse features hydrophobic characteristics that reduce line freezing, keeping ice anglers in the game longer. Other features include exceptional abrasion resistance and superior tensile and knot strength. Available in Smoke Blue or Fluorescent Neon Fire, ice ...
  • Gear Review: Ski-Doo Expedition November 7, 2011 Ski-Doo’s 2012 Expedition model is ideal for areas where snowmobiles are used as transportation and trails are either primitive or non-existent — such as your deep-winter, deep-woods spike camp. Deep snows, rugged terrain or even heavy loads won’t stop this sled! BRP builds the Expedition snowmobile with a totally unique feature set making it an outstanding ...
  • 4 Fly Patterns For Stillwater Trout Fishing June 17, 2011 Fly fishermen: if you can’t locate big, stillwater trout… Find Them With Forage! Here are four fly patterns from Phil Rowley to help you located and hook into big, stillwater trout right across Canada. Balanced Leech Hook: Mustad R50-94840 #10-#12 or Mustad Ultra Point Jig Hook 32833BLN #8-#10 Thread: 8/0, Colour to Match Body Tail: Stillwater Solutions Strung or Long ...
  • Gear Review: Samurai Accudepth Braid Line May 28, 2011 Just introduced by Samurai is a new colour-coded braided line with a Fast-Spool package that makes spooling line onto your reel a snap. Lake trout in northern BC and Saskatchewan? Walleye in Alberta? Bass on the coast? Whatever you fish, this line will work for you. Part of Daiwa’s Samurai Braid line group, the new Accudepth ...
  • Gear Review: Luhr-Jensen Shoehorn Spoon May 21, 2011 Last year, salmon anglers enjoyed Luhr-Jensen’s new Shoehorn Spoon. The oddly balanced, lightweight spoon was a new presentation that salmon had nightmares about. Now, with the introduction of UV Bright technology to the colour scheme and a smaller size, salmon anglers’ dreams have really come true. UV Bright technology is the use of finishes, designed to ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Backtrack Point 3 & 5 May 19, 2011 A couple of years ago, Bushnell revolutionized GPS technology by making it simple for everyone to use with the popular BackTrack (including this writer!). The BackTrack allows you to set a location you want to get back to with a press of a button. Simply follow the arrow and the distance shown so you never have ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Touch Screen Scale May 14, 2011 Tournament anglers know all too well that having the right tools can be the deciding factor between second place and first place. Now, with the first-of-its kind Touch Screen 50 lb. Digital Scale and Touch Screen 15 lb. Digital Scale Culling Kit from Rapala, any angler can weigh his fish with tournament-level state-of-the-art ease. The water-resistant Touch ...
  • Gear Review: Thermacell Outdoor Lantern May 5, 2011 Keep bugs at bay this summer! The Thermacell Outdoor Insect-Repellent Lantern is the best option for keeping mosquitoes and other insects in any outdoor camping setting. The Patio Lantern is both a powerful insect repellent device and a functional and portable, long-lasting outdoor LED lantern, with both functions being usable separately or together. Providing a 15×15 ...
  • Gear Review: Minox DC 9011 WP Camera April 28, 2011 Neither rain, snow nor submersion will prevent your tails from having back-up photos. The MINOX DC 9011 WP Camera features the ruggedness and top performance for any situation. The DC 9011 WP sets new standards in digital photography with MINOX. Boasting a sturdy body that is waterproof up to a depth of three meters, this compact ...
  • Boat Review: Thunder Jet Landing Craft April 7, 2011 It may look like it’s ready to storm the beaches of Normandy, but the new Thunder Jet Landing Craft is exactly the boat you need to transport gear to your remote hunting or fishing camp. The TJ Landing Craft is available in three boat model types (center console, dual console and pilot house) and four different ...
  • Preventive Boat Maintenance for Anglers and Hunters April 4, 2011 Preventive maintenance is something that anglers and hunters who boat should always be mindful of. Certain tasks are best carried out before the boating season starts and others when the boat is being prepared for winter storage. In addition, routine maintenance carried out at regular intervals during the season will help avoid trouble and add to ...
  • Gear Review: Daiwa Steez SPX Mega Top Rods March 24, 2011 Just introduced by Daiwa are two new finesse worm and jig rods with a solid SPX graphite tip. Called Mega Top, the new tip design promises greater casting accuracy and enhanced detection of subtle bites. Unlike ordinary solid tips, Mega Top is built with an exclusive process that distributes graphite fiber evenly with precise ...
  • Gear Review: Rapala Clackin’ Minnow & Clackin’ Crank March 17, 2011 Rapala’s new Clackin’ Crank and Clackin’ Minnow feature a single stainless steel ball that transmits a loud cadence rattle that fish not only hear but feel as it produces vibrations through the water. Built for long casting, these lures sport translucent textured bodies with internal holographic foil and are available in 16 colour patterns.
  • Gear Review: Sufix 832 January 18, 2011 Sufix — in partnership with Gore, the makers of Gore-Tex Fabrics — has created a brand new breakthrough in fishing line technology: Sufix 832. Sufix 832 fishing line offers stealth technology that the company claims “will shake the fishing line industry to its core.” The combination of Gore’s expertise in advanced materials, Sufix’s capability and know-how ...