HUNTING ARTICLES


  • Elk Hunting Strategy January 29, 2015 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Hunt where the elk are going to be Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, was once asked why he was such a successful hockey player. He replied, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to ...
  • Winter Coyote Hunting January 19, 2015 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Keep your shooting skills sharp with this thrilling hunt I could hardly believe my eyes as the coyote came out of the ravine, tearing up the real estate between us, on a dead run towards me. I had only sat down in the snow on ...
  • Winchester Model 1885 January 13, 2015 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 ...
  • Hunting Wild Pigs January 12, 2015 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Wild pigs are one of the most adaptable and tenacious critters on the planet. They can thrive in just about any habitat, from the swamps or jungles of the south to the forests and mountains in the north. I have hunted them all over the world, from ...
  • Still-Hunting Whitetails December 22, 2014 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 ...
  • Deciding On Decoys December 19, 2014 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hunting Red Deer In Scotland November 26, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! An adventure across the Scardroy estate to cull a wary stag Colin leaned over and whispered, “I could call and get him up, but he might run down the hill without giving us a shot. Better to wait until he gets up on his own.” I nodded agreement. Eighty ...
  • Lever Guns Of Our Grandfathers November 20, 2014 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. ...
  • Using A Chronograph November 14, 2014 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 ...
  • Funnels Equal Shot Opportunities October 31, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Find the funnels and you have a better chance of finding your game Most game animals prefer the safety of cover; when they move, they often follow topography. Set up along ridges, along valley floors and at pinch points and shot opportunities will follow. Perched on a high ridge, ...
  • Abnormal Antlers October 30, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! The animals that we most like to hunt belong to the deer family (Cervidae), which includes deer, moose and elk. One distinguishing feature of the family is the deciduous headgear on the males – they have antlers that are shed in the winter and re-grown ...
  • Getting In Position October 29, 2014 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 ...
  • Experience Sheep Hunting October 23, 2014 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 ...
  • Hunting Late-Season Elk October 21, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Find the best locations for hunting post-rut elk In the fading daylight, we used our spotting scope to confirm a herd of elk feeding in a clover field almost two kilometres away. The animals used the huge field to their advantage, knowing most hunters would never ...
  • Calling Monster Moose October 6, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Use these tried-and-true calling techniques to bring big bulls within shooting range The gigantic old bull was grunting and coming towards us as if he was on a string, with what looked like two sheets of plywood for antlers, swaying his massive head from side to ...
  • Training Your Gun Dog September 30, 2014 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 ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2014: Waterfowl & CWD September 23, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Waterfowling in the west If you like to hunt ducks or geese in western Canada, rejoice. There has simply never been a better time to be a waterfowl hunter. This is especially good news considering the less positive prospects for deer hunting this fall. The upside of a ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2014: Ontario September 23, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! After the pleasant days of summer and the anticipation of the hunting season, last winter seems but a bad memory best forgotten. Much of Ontario experienced a worse-than-average winter in 2013/2014 which, compounded by a slow start to spring, will affect hunting prospects, particularly for deer. For ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2014: Manitoba September 23, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I know, I know, we Canadians get enough winter during the winter season, and don’t really want to talk about it during the nicer months of the year. However, the severity of the past winters is a prime driver of game numbers, particularly deer, so for western ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2014: Saskatchewan September 23, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I know, I know, we Canadians get enough winter during the winter season, and don’t really want to talk about it during the nicer months of the year. However, the severity of the past winters is a prime driver of game numbers, particularly deer, so for western ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2014: British Columbia September 23, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I know, I know, we Canadians get enough winter during the winter season, and don’t really want to talk about it during the nicer months of the year. However, the severity of the past winters is a prime driver of game numbers, particularly deer, so for western ...
  • Game Bird Hunting & Fly Tying September 23, 2014 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 ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2014: Alberta September 22, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I know, I know, we Canadians get enough winter during the winter season, and don’t really want to talk about it during the nicer months of the year. However, the severity of the past winters is a prime driver of game numbers, particularly deer, so for western ...
  • The Dream Hunt September 9, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Travelling north for the rugged Dall’s sheep I’ve been dreaming of a Dall’s sheep hunt my whole life and my opportunity to set foot on the mountain was finally there. As a kid, before I could even hunt, I can remember reading every outdoor magazine I ...
  • The Proper Footwear September 8, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Consider the potential weather and terrain when looking at buying a pair of hunting boots While often an after-thought for many hunters, my footwear is most often right near the very top of my hunting preparation list, usually just a tad behind my guns and ammunition. ...
  • Duck Hunting From A Kayak August 28, 2014 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 ...
  • Is Speed Everything? August 20, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Speed and kinetic energy versus accuracy Today’s compound bows keep getting faster and faster. Speed combined with mass translates to kinetic energy, but one has to ask if it is really the be all and end all? Sneaking through the tall grass, I knew the elk was ...
  • All About Scent Control August 5, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Learning how to mask your scent can give you more hunting success I believe that I have a pretty decent sense of smell, possibly even better than the average person. I say that only because I have been able to detect various odours when others could not. When ...
  • Bullets And Bait July 28, 2014 July is one of my favourite months of the year. The weather is usually sunny and hot and there’s a ton of outdoor activities to do. However, one of my favourite July activities is to combine a hunting and fishing trip. Yes, hunting and fishing in July. A bullets-and-bait outing. There are thousands of lakes, reservoirs, ...
  • REVIEW: Vortek Muzzleloader July 22, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Having been around the block, so to speak, when it comes to guns, I don’t always jump at the sight of a new addition to the overcrowded marketplace. I might even say that I’m a bit gun shy. But that does not, in any way, ...
  • Run And Gun Turkey Hunting July 8, 2014 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 ...
  • Hunting Caribou In The Yukon June 25, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Hunting the majestic barren-ground caribou Once you get a taste of the far north, I guarantee you will constantly yearn for more. It gets in your blood, your thoughts, your every wanton desire and if you are anything at all like me, you will find a ...
  • Hunt The Black Bear Rut June 19, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! The black bear rut occurs in late spring and early summer, peaking during the first couple weeks of June. During this time, hunting long hours in healthy bear populated areas, with properly set up bait stations or pre-scouted areas with natural forage, will likely ...
  • REVIEW: Stoeger Airguns June 9, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Accurate and fun to shoot for all ages Airguns have been a part of my life for longer than I care to admit. From the time when I envied a fellow kid down the block that had one, to purchasing a top-of-the-line airgun that cost me ...
  • Tune Rimfire Rifles With A Torque Wrench May 28, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear!   An additional option for shooters looking for maximum accuracy Hunters who like tinkering with guns in order to wring maximum performance from their firearms often miss an important option. Rimfire shooters chasing maximum accuracy will already be testing various kinds of factory ammunition in their rifles ...
  • Ruffed Grouse May 23, 2014 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hunt Baited Black Bears May 20, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals!   Four key elements to successfully harvest a black bear over bait Few activities are as rewarding as observing wild bruins up close in their natural surroundings, deep in the woods. Furthermore, harvesting an animal with primitive hunting equipment, like a bow and arrow, appears on ...
  • Find The Right Shotgun May 13, 2014 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 ...
  • GEAR REVIEW: Camillus Folding Knife May 9, 2014 Camillus Cuda Sarkis Carbonitride Titanium folding knife Every good hunter and fisherman always remembers to carry a knife with him when he heads afield. The Camillus Cuda Sarkis Carbonitride Titanium folding knife sports a TPR rubber handle and an AUS-8/carbonitride titanium blade that won’t flake, blister, chip or peel and is up to 10 times harder ...
  • Vote for Jeanette Hall! May 7, 2014   Alberta resident Jeanette Hall was chosen as a semi finalist in the Extreme Huntress contest! Read more below and cast your vote for her! My name is Jeanette Hall and I live in Wildwood, Alta. I own and operate The Game Preserve Taxidermy. The rest of my time is spent hunting, attending 3D archery shoots, shooting ...
  • Rimfire Hunting Opportunities May 6, 2014 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 ...
  • Canadian Turkey Hunting Slam May 5, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds!   Wild turkey hunting in western Canadian provinces is a relatively new addition in our national outdoor line up. These western birds, largely the elusive and much sought after Merriam’s sub-species of wild turkey, provide western residents with a unique opportunity to pursue them, as they ...
  • Women And Bow Hunting May 1, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles!   Women represent the fastest growing demographic among North America’s bow hunters – make room guys, the fairer sex is joining ranks Answering the phone, it was Heather on the other end. The excitement in her voice told me she had let an arrow fly. It wasn’t her first ...
  • Bow Tuning Made Easy April 25, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Accurate shooting begins with a properly tuned bow Today’s compound bows are intricate, high-tech pieces of equipment. Depending on whether a bow is a dual cam, a cam-and-a-half or a single-cam bow, each will be tuned just a little bit differently. That said, in general, all ...
  • Calling In Ducks April 25, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Pick the right call for the right time Hunting waterfowl is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I am anything but a dedicated waterfowler and my collection of waterfowl hunting gear is pretty meager. I’ve managed to acquire a few decent shotguns over the ...
  • GEAR REVIEW: Tenzing Shooter Pack April 22, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Versatility is the name of the game for the TC SP14 Shooter Pack from Tenzing. New for 2014, the TC SP14 transforms from a pack, designed to securely carry a scoped rifle, to a self-contained shooting rest that enables you to take aim and fire ...
  • Remington And Thompson/Center Recalls April 14, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! On April 11, 2014, Remington Arms Company announced a voluntary recall of Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro (XMP) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006, to April 9, 2014. Engineers with Remington determined that some of these rifles, with the XMP triggers, could unintentionally ...
  • GEAR REVIEW: G5 Outdoors Cmax Arrow Rest April 9, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! G5 Outdoors recently introduced their all-new, full containment drop away arrow rest for 2014, the Cmax. With a full 360 degrees of containment, the Cmax has the versatility to take on any fletching orientation. The launcher arm can be activated by either the push button activation ...
  • GEAR REVIEW: Easton 4517 Deluxe Bow Case April 1, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Features: Seven generously sized interior and exterior pockets for complete storage of bows, arrows, accessories and range gear Sleek, modern design Rugged high-denier POLY construction Premium oversized No. 10 zippers with easy grab pulls Cavernous three-and-a-half-inch case-cube compatible, fleece-lined padded interior (case cubs sold separately) Fits most bows – interior dimensions ...
  • Go Remote For Bigger Bears March 31, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! The Cessna Caravan’s left wing tipped down as the pilot guided the plane into a turn over the lodge and down the sandy air strip cut through the boreal forest. I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear as I looked out into ...
  • The 30-06: A Hunting Classic March 28, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Versatile and forgiving, the .30-06 is synonymous with North American big game hunting Over the years I’ve owned a fair number of rifles, in a variety of chamberings, but for some reason I’ve never had a .30-06 Springfield I could call my own. That’s not to ...
  • Bow Hunting Merriam’s Turkeys March 24, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Many turkey hunters have told me, “If a turkey could sniff you, you’d never kill one.” Despite having virtually no sense of smell, a spring hunt for North America’s largest, most elusive game bird is challenging. And with archery equipment, even more so. As with any ...
  • Parallax And Optical Centre March 20, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Parallax is one of those optical terms that can be confusing until a person sits down and does their own personal test to demonstrate its existence. Simply put, it refers to the difference in apparent position a rifle scope’s reticle can occupy on a target, ...
  • Wildlife Law Q&A March 3, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing articles! A frank discussion about the laws that govern hunters and anglers Driving a back road en-route to one of my favourite hunting grounds, I saw a doe laying in the ditch a hundred metres ahead. Driving closer, it was obvious ...
  • NEWS: Glittering Antlers Improve Safety? February 26, 2014 Researchers in Finland are testing two different reflective sprays on reindeer antlers, in an attempt to make the animals more visible to passing motorists and reduce collisions. Read the full article here! Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more news and events!
  • Wolf Calling 101 February 26, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Heraclitus once said, “expect the unexpected.” I am quite sure this quote was not made in reference to hunting, but it certainly fits more often than not. And this was no exception. It was beginning to look like Danilo Moresco was actually going to get a ...
  • NEWS: Ontario Spring Bear Hunt February 25, 2014 TV personality and animal rights activist Bob Barker wants the Ontario government to put a stop to its plans to reinstate a spring bear hunt in the province. Despite his pleas, the government is going ahead with the hunt. Read the full article here! Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman ...
  • NEWS: Smart Gun Technology Has Arrived February 21, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! In California, German gun manufacturer Armatix GmbH has begun selling a handgun that can only be fired when the owner wears an accompanying wristwatch. The gun and the wristwatch talk to each other via chip technology, and without the wristwatch the gun becomes a paperweight. Read more ...
  • GEAR REVIEW: Federal Premium Slugs February 19, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Federal Premium Ammunition has created Vital-Shok TruBall slugs, available in three-inch loads for 12 and 20-gauge smoothbore shotguns. This new system was created to offer shotgun hunters a more accurate and consistent rifled slug. The shotshell design features a specially engineered plastic ball that sits between ...
  • Make The Most Of Shot Opportunities February 10, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Shot opportunities are rare and fleeting; when that narrow window opens, we often have little more than a few precious seconds to make it count Sore and tired, I cautiously belly-crawled through a subtle depression. Peering through the grass, I noticed a mature pronghorn antelope running several does ...
  • Gear Review: G-TAC Ghost harness February 7, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Gorilla Gear G-TAC Ghost harness The G-TAC Ghost performance fit vest from Gorilla Gear incorporates a unique tether system into a comfortable vest. Unlike standard-length tethers, the 30-inch proprietary tether offers both a performance and a safety benefit. First, the additional length gives hunters a 360-degree ...
  • NEWS: Winchester Recalls .22 Ammo February 4, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! Olin Corporation, through its Winchester division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22 22 Long Rifle 40-grain black copper plated, round nose rimfire ammunition. Symbol number: S22LRT Lot numbers: GD42L and GD52L Winchester has determined that the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder ...
  • NEWS: Wild Boars In Manitoba February 3, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! Some Manitoba farmers blaming wild boar for crop destruction Wild boars are becoming a growing problem in Manitoba, according to some farmers in the province. Farmer Kenny Harpelle said crop circles are the typical kind of destruction that the animals leave behind. “They like corn,” said Harpelle. “They ...
  • COOKING WILD: Duck Pot Pie January 30, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! A waterfowl hunter’s delight When I was a kid, grandpa loved duck hunting in the ponds and marshes behind our house and grandma was an expert at cooking his quarry. Even though she had a lot of wonderful recipes for making the most out of grandpa’s bagged birds, ...
  • Hunting In The Modern World January 27, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! My year has five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall and hunting season. When ducks are migrating and deer are rutting, I spend a lot of time and money in pursuit of game. Without fail, the non-hunters I know comment on how much easier it would be to ...
  • Fur-Friendly Bullets January 23, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Finding the perfect bullet for coyote hunting We’re in the middle of a western Canadian winter and fur prices are looking good for spring’s fur auctions. Therefore, it’s appropriate to take a look at the ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Long Beard Ammunition January 22, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Winchester’s new Long Beard XR shells offer Shot-Lok technology, which features tighter patterns and longer shot capabilities than ever before, and twice the pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards compared to traditional lead loads. When turkey hunting, it’s important to identify your target ...
  • Affordable Remington Model 783 January 20, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! There has been a move afoot lately, in the world of rifle manufacturing, to build affordable rifles that most any hunter or shooter can purchase without spiraling their bank balance into a tailspin. New for 2013, the Remington Model 783, with an MSRP of less ...
  • Gear Review: Rinehart Booner Buck 3D Target January 17, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Sculpted to look like your next trophy, the Booner Buck 3D target from Rinehart weighs in at 200 pounds and has a 10-point spread to tame that troublesome buck fever. Rinehart has constructed this target out of its patented “self-healing” foam, with a foam insert and ...
  • Hunting Wolves January 15, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Interest in hunting wolves is increasing While wolves have lived in relative obscurity for the past century or so, burgeoning populations across western Canada and recent introductions to the western US have really brought them to the forefront for some hunters. As sightings increase with increasing ...
  • BowTech Unveils Two New Bows At ATA January 6, 2014 BowTech unveiled its two new bows for 2014 today, Jan. 6, 2014, at the Archery Trade Association show in Nashville, TN. The first bow, the Carbon Overdrive, is pictured on the left of the photo. This bow boasts a speed of 340 feet per second, with a 6.5-inch brace height and measuring 31.5 inches axle to ...
  • Video Like A Pro December 31, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Not what you’re looking for? Find more general fishing articles! Capturing quality footage is tougher than it looks, but cover the bases and you’ll be on the fast track to videoing like a pro I first began recording my own hunting and fishing trips almost two decades ago. My ...
  • .600 Nitro Express December 19, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! I’ll be dating myself, but as a child, Saturday mornings saw my brother and I glued to the TV watching the allotted half hour of cartoons that was our reward for doing our chores that week. The Wile E Coyote and Road Runner skits were my favourites ...
  • Tracking Downed Game December 16, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Learn important tracking techniques to successfully retrieve your game each and every time We owe it to animals we hunt to follow up as best we can on the shots we take. There are no second shots with bow hunting, so make the first one count and follow ...
  • Big Bore Guns December 11, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! While I’m not certain where the line in the sand is for a cartridge to be considered a true big bore, I tend to peg it right at .375. Cartridges like the .375 H&H have long been considered the minimum for dangerous game in many parts of ...
  • Studying Deer Behaviour December 4, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! The buck was moving along a ridge top, located about 200 metres in front of our tree stands. Looking at him through my binoculars, I made two grunt calls and then put the call down again. The buck, apparently un-phased to the casual observer, kept ...
  • Monster Geese In Manitoba November 28, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! The coastline of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba is simply a goose hunter’s Mecca – thousands of Canada, snow and Ross’ geese stage and feed along the productive shoreline before continuing their annual migration south in the fall. It is a far cry from the ...
  • Long Range Hunting November 18, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! If there is one thing that hunters love to do, it’s to criticize, berate, judge and impose their personal ethics on other hunters. I’m not sure if this is a new phenomenon or if the Internet has just given everyone a more prominent voice. And I doubt ...
  • Deer Hunting Grand Slam November 13, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Most hunters are aware of a sheep grand slam – the fair chase pursuit and successful harvest of four different North American wild sheep rams. Specifically, the four must include a bighorn sheep, a Stone’s sheep, a desert bighorn sheep and a Dall’s sheep. A ...
  • Cold Weather Bow Hunting November 12, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Anyone can bow hunt in warm weather, but when the mercury drops, the snow and cold impose immense challenges for even the most committed hunting archers As the calendar flips from October to November, hardcore deer hunters pray for snow and cold. When the temperature drops and snow ...
  • Remembrance Day Buck November 8, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! November brings about a season of change for whitetails, as well as a chance to give thanks On Nov. 11, 2011, I had attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the morning and was enjoying a late lunch amongst the veterans at my local Legion. The whitetail rut ...
  • 6.5 Creedmoor Bullets November 5, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Today, there is entirely too much focus on the size and speed of bullets. Hunters are enamored with muzzle velocity, bullet weight and the foot-pounds of energy delivered on the target. This is nothing more than showy appendage measuring, as not a single one of these factors ...
  • The Great 28 November 4, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Arguably one of the finest upland shotgun gauges, the 28 gauge is enjoying newfound popularity Last autumn, I was talking to another hunter in the field and he asked me about the shotgun I was carrying, saying, “Twenty gauge isn’t it?” I replied that no, in ...
  • Canmore Bow Zone October 30, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! The land bordering Canmore, Alta., known as WMU 410, is rugged and steep, but is home to some of the best mountainous, archery-only opportunities in North America The town of Canmore, Alta., is located along the Trans-Canada highway, 100 kilometres west of Calgary, and is home ...
  • Don’t Sleep When Calling Moose October 29, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! We carefully packed our boat full of gear and motored down river to find a spot to set up our base camp for hunting moose. The heavy, grey clouds in the sky peppered us with intermittent showers, which occasionally turned to snow. Conditions were ideal ...
  • Early Season Whitetails October 23, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! If the early season passed you by and your tags went unfilled, read below to find out how to do better next year: It was the first week of August as I sat in my familiar haunt, scanning the oat field’s edge in the setting Saskatchewan ...
  • Bow Hunting Apparel October 17, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! From high-tech fabrics to scent control capabilities, warm and cold weather clothing, to ultra-quiet garments, much of today’s apparel is designed specifically for the hunting archer Everyone who looks in my storage room stares in amazement when they see the vast inventory of clothing. At first ...
  • Gun Review: Winchester Model 94 October 10, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Winchester’s Model 94 Trails End Takedown My first real deer rifle was a Winchester Model 94 30-30 and with it I harvested my first deer, a white tail doe. While that was almost half a century ago, it is just a fraction in time considering this ...
  • The Whitetail Playbook October 9, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Whitetail hunting may not be an exact science, but follow the unwritten playbook and you’re sure to score this fall Break just one rule, and that elusive buck you are after immediately gains an even bigger home field advantage. No, there is no formal playbook for ...
  • Tips For Successful Goose Hunting October 8, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Three goose hunting experts discuss their tried-and-true methods While I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a expert on hunting geese, I do manage to get out in the field several times each season and the majority of these trips are with some pretty savvy waterfowlers. Guys like ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Blind Side October 4, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! The Blind Side High Velocity waterfowl ammunition features a high packing density for increased powder charge, with hinged wad results in 1,675 feet per second. The high velocity HEX Shot allows for reduced leads and increased pellet velocity, while the diamond-cut wad design provides choke ...
  • Gear Review: Knightmare October 1, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! New for 2013 is Obsession’s fastest bow, the 350-feet-per-second Knightmare. The bow is available in flat black, Predator 3-D Camo and custom colours upon request. Coming in at four pounds, the Knightmare has a dual draw stop with an easy let off to assure accurate shots. ...
  • Hunting The Grey Ghost September 27, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Elusive and crafty, prairie mule deer are a challenge to hunt – but if you know where to look and when to look, you’ll increase your chances of bagging a monster deer   The prairie regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan are well known for growing big mule ...
  • Bow Hunting Bighorns September 24, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Hiking up the near vertical ridge, my legs and lungs were burning from the exertion required to get into sheep country. I had spotted rams from below and was trying to make my way to a rocky outcrop to set up an ambush. I’d been ...
  • Waterfowl Hunting On The Prairies September 17, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Canada geese, snow geese and puddle ducks are some of the most common waterfowl species hunted across the prairie provinces. Over the past 35 years, I’ve had the privilege to hunt these birds in many places throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While gunning for these species ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2013: Manitoba September 13, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Manitoba saw a winter with early snow, a lot of snow and then a late melt – not a good combination for game animals or hunters. Two of the past three winters reached the “bad” category and the only good thing that can be said is the ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2013: Saskatchewan September 12, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Saskatchewan residents, whether human or animal, know about winter. The past winter provided lots of snow, but actually relatively mild temperatures until nearly spring when it turned cold. This was a challenging situation for animals that had not had much to eat for several months. The province’s ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2013: Alberta September 11, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! The severity of the past winter, with regards to game animals, varied between the north and south. In the central and northern parts of the province, winter came early, stayed late and delivered lots of snow, which has implications for hunting in those areas. Further south, the ...
  • Hunting Forecast 2013: BC September 9, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! BC received a lot of snow this past winter. However, whether that was an issue for game animals depends on where you look. In the north half of the province, there was lots of snow and it lingered well into spring; in fact, the northeast part of ...
  • Avoid Elk Hunting Agony September 6, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Elk are, by their very nature, a difficult animal to hunt. They are smart, have superhero senses and travel in herds – a line of defense that’s hard to beat. They live in pockets of big, tough country, which is difficult even on prepared hunters, ...
  • Successful Deer Hunting August 30, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! A guide to ensure you fill your deer tags During the past couple of deer hunting seasons, I couldn’t help but think that being successful was equal to the sum of the parts. Why? Simply because there are many strategies which help hunters capitalize on opportunities ...
  • The 300 WSM August 26, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! The pros and cons to the short and fat powder column With gun sales flat at the dawn of the new century, the industry needed a shot of pizzazz – a new cartridge, one with the magical ability to suspend the laws of physics or, failing that, at ...
  • Hunting From A Stand August 19, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! There is little question that, if asked, I would have to admit that my favourite way to hunt is from a stand. There is just something about the whole process that appeals to me, right from the selection of a site to the hours wiled away on ...
  • Better Moose Hunting August 16, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Get serious about moose hunting by doing your homework Canadian moose are the world’s largest species in the deer family. Mature animals weigh over 1,300 pounds. On average, they stand two metres tall and the bulls carry massive palmate antlers measuring over a metre wide. While ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jump Shooting Ducks August 12, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! A look at an innovative way to hunt ducks, without the need for an abundance of gear or decoys  Vanessa and I were in south-eastern Alberta and had just finished up an antelope hunt in record time. We had booked the week off and I really ...
  • 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 ...
  • Exercise Increases Archery Accuracy August 1, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Shoot regularly and exercise to keep muscles in shape and increase accuracy Muscle memory is arguably one of the most critical aspects of proficient shooting. With the 2013 fall hunting season right around the corner, many of us are picking up our bows for the first time in ...
  • Gear Review: ALPS Outdoor Z Falcon Pack Bag July 30, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Just as a pair of ill-fitting boots can ruin a hunt, so too can the pack bag you choose, especially if you are hunting in those lung-crushing and leg-cramping destinations. My first pack was so ill fitting, not to mention the lack of either padded shoulder ...
  • Hunting Caribou In Nunavik July 29, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! My father-in-law thinks I’m nuts. He can’t understand why I go on some of the far-flung hunting trips that I do. However, in a rare moment of weakness, he once mentioned to me that of all of the trips on my bucket list, one that he’d ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Ultimate Shadow Hunter SS July 26, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Historically, Winchester has built some very fine rifles. The Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Hunter SS would certainly make my wish list. It is just one fine looking and handling rifle that is built around a lightweight, synthetic stock, covered in Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity camo. ...
  • Hunting Yukon Moose July 25, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! The thundering beats of the spinning propeller on our Beaver aircraft echoed inside my head as we motored across the lake for takeoff. I watched the wake from the floats turn into a spray, which slowly dissipated until we were airborne and headed for a ...
  • Province To Keep Bears And Residents Safe July 24, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events! The province of BC is providing $225,000 to Bear Aware, an effective educational program designed to reduce and prevent human-bear conflicts and the number of bears that have to be destroyed each year. The most effective and natural way to prevent conflicts with bears in urban areas ...
  • 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 ...
  • Survival Guide July 22, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! With hunting season quickly approaching, we are all gearing up to fill the freezers and hopefully get a shot off at that once-in-a-lifetime trophy animal. With the rising popularity of hunting and the vast area of uncharted territory in western Canada, more and more hunters are travelling deeper ...
  • Gear Review: Remington Hyper Sonic ammo July 19, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Factory ammunition just keeps on improving. It was not too far in the past that I used reloaded ammunition exclusively, but not so any longer. Not only has accuracy improved in factory ammunition, but also terminal performance has improved, with many of the new and ...
  • DIY Scope Mounting July 18, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! With the right bases, rings, screws and tools, do-it-yourself scope mounting is easy. Follow a few simple steps and zeroing your new rig is straightforward. But miss a beat and you could be in for a world of frustration.   Few things get me more cranked up ...
  • Gear Review: Kowa BD25 binoculars July 16, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Alpine hunting, whether for sheep, goats or even a high country mule deer buck, has its own unique challenges and rewards. One of these challenges is finding your quarry, and that requires a good pair of binoculars. But for those of us who have sought ...
  • Elk Hunt With Wayne Carlton July 12, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! I first met Wayne Carlton about 25 years ago, when he came to Canada to put on an elk-calling seminar. Back then, little was known about calling elk and there were only a few options for manufactured calls. Wayne revolutionized elk hunting and calling with the ...
  • Gear Review: Leica Rangefinder Binoculars July 2, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! The best pair of binoculars that I have ever used, and still own, are a pair of Leica Geovid 10×42 rangefinder binoculars. I have had them now for about 10 years and have used them all over the world. Not only is the optics first rate, ...
  • Gear Review: Rocky Broadhead apparel June 28, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! I have been using Rocky products for just about as far back as I can recall. This year, they have introduced a line of clothing that, while being designed for the archer, I believe has application far beyond that singular use. This line offers the user temperature ...
  • Making Mountain Hunting More Enjoyable June 27, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! When I was about 45 years old, I pretty much toasted my ankle. I had some bad tears in the tendon and some pretty severe arthritis in the joints and it was causing me a lot of problems. I remember going to see an orthopaedic surgeon ...
  • Gun Owners To Pay $60 License Fee June 26, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! The Conservative government ended a seven-year waiver on gun license renewal fees in May, in an effort to collect about $18 million annually from firearms owners. As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the new changes to the firearms regulations restored the $60 license fee for ...
  • Gear Review: Browning AB3 rifle June 25, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! The Browning A-Bolt has been around for just shy of 30 years. This year, Browning has introduced the AB3, which is a value-priced rifle that has undergone a major revamping of the original A-Bolt. The many new features include a new bolt and action design, detachable ...
  • My Perfect Deer Rifle June 24, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! I must admit that I’m always a bit leery to tackle articles about the best rifle for a particular application, for no other reason than I like shooting many different rifles and at the end of the day, there typically is no one best answer. ...
  • Gear Review: Leupold VX-R scope June 21, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! I have now had the opportunity to use and test two of Leupold’s VX-R scopes, the latest being the VX-R 3-9x50mm CDS while on my sixth African safari. Both were nothing short of impressive. In fact, my PH on that safari was so impressed with ...
  • Banner Year In Saskatchewan June 20, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Banner year for Saskatchewan anglers and hunters On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Humboldt Wildlife Federation hosted the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation’s Provincial Angling and Henry Kelsey Big Game Awards Banquet for 2012. Over 350 people attended the event and were ...
  • Bighorn Sheep – Crashing Heads June 6, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! With all the talk in professional sports these days about concussions from repeated hits to the head, it may be puzzling to watch bighorn sheep rams battling for the right to breed a receptive ewe. Through most of the year, rams get along pretty well, but during ...
  • Hunting In Finland And Austria June 4, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! Canadian hunter and Hunting & Shooting columnist Mark Hoffman takes his game to Austria and Finland   Hunting traditions run deep in much of Europe. Established over hundreds of years, they have become very refined, even ritualized, at least in some quarters. But yet, in others, hunting is less restrictive ...
  • Wildlife Act Amendments Grow Hunter Recruitment In BC May 29, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Hunting just became more accessible to both youth and first-time hunters with regulatory amendments to the Wildlife Act, confirmed on Feb. 18, 2013, by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson at the Oceola Fish and Game Club annual banquet. The amendments benefit resident ...
  • Trail Cams Increase Bow Hunting Success May 16, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! My, how times have changed. In an eternal quest to increase efficiency afield, bow hunters have adopted trail cam technology in a big way. I remember the first motion camera I picked up 13 years ago. It used print film and image clarity left a bit to be ...
  • Become A Better Hunter By Bow Hunting May 13, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! Moving to bow hunting can make you a more well-rounded hunter.   Do you remember your first rifle hunt? I sure do. It was an irresistible feeling of accomplishment and pride. Longing for that feeling again, I continued to hunt, year after year, but the rifle-hunting thrill, like a ...
  • New Benelli Vinci Shotgun May 10, 2013 Benelli presents the fastest-shooting, softest-kicking, most reliable lightweight 12-gauge shotgun in the world. The innovative design of this semi-auto shotgun raises the standard in firearms technology. The superbly balanced Vinci embodies a new way of looking at shotgun design. The revolutionary new In-Line Inertia Driven operating system, with superior reliability and lightning fast speed, is the ...
  • Government Cutting Funds For Pheasants May 8, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! According to a recent press release from Pheasants Are Forever, the Alberta government has decided it will no longer support the release of pheasants in Alberta, stating the $300,000 it costs to release these birds into huntable release sites, as well as river bottoms, coulees ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester AA TrAAcker Shells May 7, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Building on legendary excellence, Winchester’s new AA TrAAcker wads actually stay centered in the pattern all the way to the target. The shot-trap core design captures a portion of the shot to stabilize the wad and the unique dovetail petals allow the wad to spin-stabilize ...
  • Make Hunting A Family Affair May 6, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! We’ve heard every argument in the book about why kids shouldn’t hunt. Unbelievable but true, anti-hunting proponents even argue that introducing kids to hunting increases the probability that they will engage in criminal activity later in life. But those who live the outdoor lifestyle know better.   Retaining ...
  • Snow In Saskatchewan May 3, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Western Sportsman’s freelance photographer, Dean Davenport, took a duck hunting trip to Saskatchewan at the end of April/beginning of May 2013 and discovered more snow than he expected – snow drifts up to 15 feet in some places, making travel difficult. Winter is refusing to ...
  • CWD Found In Alberta Moose May 1, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! In February 2013, the Alberta government released a statement indicating Chronic Wasting Disease had been confirmed in an Alberta moose. This is the first case of CWD documented in a moose – in Alberta and in Canada – and there are only a few documented ...
  • Customize Your Rifle April 29, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! There’s little doubt that most serious hunters dream of one day owning a custom rifle that has been built exactly to their specifications. But for many, it’s just not in the budget. Thankfully, there are numerous, very high quality factory offerings on the shelf that offer ...
  • Gear Review: Vortex Diamondback 20-60×80 Spotting Scope April 26, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Quality meets affordability in the new Vortex Diamondback Spotting Scopes, available in a lightweight and streamlined package. Features: Dielectric, multi-layer prism coatings provide bright, clear, colour-accurate images, ensuring excellent subject detail XR fully multi-coated lenses elevate light transmission for maximum brightness 20x to 60x zoom power eyepiece, which guarantees ...
  • BC Government Addresses Parks April 26, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Nearly 276,000 hectares was added to the BC Parks system through legislation introduced recently, announced Environment Minister Terry Lake. Bill 5 – the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2013 adds new parks and conservancies and expands the Mount Maxwell ecological reserve, which is home ...
  • Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R April 23, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! The Leica Rangemaster CRF 1000-R is the ideal, entry-level rangefinder for discerning beginners. The wide field of view makes target identification fast and easy and boasts simple and convenient selection of distance units – metres/yards – at the press of a button. CRF 1000-R users ...
  • Sako Model 85 Black Bear April 22, 2013 Learn how to customize your rifle! How to choose the right riflescope! Avoid rifle deterioration. Interest in bear hunting, black bear hunting in particular, has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade or two; but so too has hunting wild boar, which has been a passion of mine for at least the last 30 years. I have ...
  • Gear Review: Hoyt Spyder Bow April 16, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! As diehard, passionate bow hunters, the engineers at Hoyt know that science and engineering principles are only a piece to the puzzle when it comes to engineering and designing high-performance bows. Through their experience from hours upon hours in tree stands and countless stalks through tight, ...
  • Find a New Deer Hunting Area April 15, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! Hunting unfamiliar territory this year? Get the info that will give you the upper hand. All hunters will sooner or later face the same problem — hunting in an unfamiliar area. Just how successful you will be in the face of this dilemma often depends on your pre-hunt ...
  • Bow Hunting The Early Season April 11, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting stories! Warm weather, the potential for velvet antlers, and archery-only opportunities — what else could the hunting archer ask for? I hate mosquitoes. No, truth is I loathe the pesky little buggers. It is only my sheer passion for all things bowhunting that allows me to overcome my disdain ...
  • Gear Review: Primos Electronic Call April 10, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! The Boss Dogg electronic call speaks the animal language with volume, dimension and clarity that is unmatched. Features Pre-programmed with 100 sounds and eight Expert Hunt™ Sequences Three, 50-watt, class-D amplifiers produce 150 watts of power for extreme sound levels with crystal clear sound transition. Each amplifier independently ...
  • Conservatives Create Hunting And Angling Caucus April 4, 2013 Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin/Swan River/Marquette, chaired the inaugural Conservative Hunting and Angling caucus, with his vice chairs Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, and Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon. The caucus was established for Conservative Members of Parliament to move forward on conservation issues and the concerns of Canada’s ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Laser Rangefinder – Scout 1000 ARC DX March 25, 2013 With a range performance of up to 1,000 yards, the Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC DX laser rangefinder can help you zone in on your quarry faster and more precise than ever. This waterproof model features Angle Range Compensation in two different modes: bow mode, which gives a true horizontal distance between seven and 199 yards; and ...
  • Bow Hunting For Black Bear March 7, 2013 Alberta is a very diverse province. The towering Rocky Mountains flow easterly through the foothills into parkland country and finally, meet the rolling native prairie grasslands that span as far as your eyes can see. Boreal forests cover the northern half of the province, providing habitat for animals of all kinds, and signs of oil ...
  • The Debate On Hunting Bears March 6, 2013 Why do we hunt bears? … In the end, rationales are based on conservation, management, economic impact and personal values. Black, brown (both coastal and inland grizzly) and polar bear are all highly sought-after game species; but not everyone agrees that they should be hunted. From the emotionally charged arguments presented by off-the-wall animal rights groups ...
  • The Physics Behind Bullets March 6, 2013 How bullets kill is actually explained by pretty simple physics, yet it’s a phenomenon that few hunters understand. One of my favourite hunting stories is that of my musk ox hunt in the tiny Inuit community of Paulatuk. It took place nearly 20 years ago, and I was shooting what was, at the time, a fairly ...
  • Browning A-Bolt Slug Gun March 6, 2013 I have to admit that slug guns fascinate me. I think much of it relates to the fact that I have watched, firsthand, the evolution of slug guns from the time when I used my 12-gauge smooth bore, full choked pump gun to hunt with slugs. With its single bead front sight I was lucky to ...
  • Going Digital February 25, 2013 With much of the world embracing social media and offering increased digital or online presence, Western Sportsman wants to know what our readers are thinking. How many of you would be interested in receiving a digital edition of the magazine? Comment below and let us know! Join Us On Facebook! Do You Like What You’re Reading? Subscribe ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Moose Hunter’s Special Meaty Onion Soup January 17, 2013 Here’s a mouthwatering onion soup that’s loaded with tender chunks of moose meat and is hearty enough to stand alone as the full meal deal. Traditional French-style onion soup recipes are typically made with beef stock but contain no meat. They are excellent as first course fare but, in my opinion, not as delicious or as ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Riflescopes January 14, 2013 Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced a line of Legend Ultra HD riflescopes for 2012 — optics that combine premium features with a bargain price. The product line features nine models enhanced with a host of new features for optimal performance and lasting reliability. Featuring fully multi-coated optics, the Legend Ultra HD riflescopes deliver 89 per cent ...
  • How to Choose a Rifle Scope January 11, 2013 It’s time to buy a new scope — but with all the choices in the marketplace, how do you know what’s right for you? The world of rifle scopes can be a confusing one, especially given the propensity for manufacturers to throw around acronyms, numbers and phrases; some of which were quite literally invented by them ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester SXP 12-gauge 3 ½ inch Pump Shotgun January 9, 2013 Whether it’s for turkey season or for the fall waterfowl hunts you’re planning — Winchester’s Super X Pump, now available in 12 gauge 3 ½ chambering, will be ready. All SXP models feature the fast and dependable speed from the inertia-assisted rotary bolt design that delivers three shots in a half-second.  Invector-Plus choke system, hard chrome ...
  • Archery Talk: Hunting The Shoulder Seasons January 7, 2013 Regardless of the season, a plethora of extracurricular shooting opportunities abound. Pressing the button on my rangefinder, it read 34 metres to the mound. I waited patiently and, minutes later a small beige head emerged from an adjacent hole in the ground. Cautious but eager to soak up a few rays, in short order, the slender ...
  • Gun Review: Benelli R1 Comfortech Field Rifle November 29, 2012 Learn how to customize your rifle! How to choose the right riflescope! Avoid rifle deterioration. I have long been a fan of autoloading shotguns and presently own a half-dozen shotguns in this configuration. But that was where I have ended my ownership of autoloading firearms. There are a number of reason for this tendency but two of the most ...
  • How to Call Bull Elk & Moose November 13, 2012 Hunters: learn calling techniques for bull moose and elk. By the time I finally arrived at the small alpine meadow I had chosen for my first call site, the early rays of daylight were already creeping through the spruce. The wind was calm and that chilly late September air certainly held the promise of another bluebird ...
  • Gear Review: Burris Eliminator LaserScopes November 6, 2012 Burris Optics’ Eliminator II and Eliminator III LaserScopes are now being shipped to dealers across the country! The new 3.5x-10x-50 Eliminator LaserScope, which was introduced in August, starting shipping in October. ““After seeing the overwhelming success of the original Eliminator LaserScope, we are very excited for hunters and shooters to begin experiencing our most sophisticated yet ...
  • Western Canada’s 2012 Hunting Forecast November 2, 2012 Western Canada’s Hunting Forecast: A mild winter of 2011-2012 means great prospects. The winter of 2011-2012 will be remembered in Western Canada for being mild — one of the warmest and driest on record. So mild, in fact, that some winter game surveys could not be conducted because of lack of snow, a very unusual occurrence. This ...
  • Gear Review: Lyman Micro-Touch 1500 Electronic Scale October 31, 2012 Electronics is certainly beginning to have a significant impact on those of us who still like to reload our own ammunition.  Electronic equipment such as the Lyman Micro-Touch 1500 Electronic Scale offer a very precise and simple way to weigh powder charges or even bullets to ensure uniformity. This is an ultra-compact scale that still offers ...
  • Gear Review: Weaver Soft Sided Tool Kit October 29, 2012 Whether you are an avid shooter or hunter or just someone who enjoys an occasional day on the range or in the field hunting, the time will come when you will need to fix a problem, mount a new scope or make an adjustment of one kind or another. And more often than not, it ...
  • Your Guide to Effective Duck & Goose Hunting October 26, 2012 Whether you’re hunting waterfowl or upland birds — it’s all about shooting form, leading your target, pointing, pulling the trigger and following through. Mostly covered in our layout blinds, casual banter was abruptly interrupted by incoming honkers. “Here they come! Cover up,” I instructed. Intermittent guttural honks suggested these birds were relaxed and eager to feed. Sure enough, ...
  • Gear Review: Primos Boost Quad Muffs October 24, 2012 Hearing is one of our most valued senses and needs to be protected. Unfortunately, as a youth I spent far too much time on the range without adequate hearing protection and today much of my hearing is severely impaired. The Primos Boost Quad Muffs are designed to not only protect your hearing on the range ...
  • Outdoor Edge Advanced Game Processing DVD Library October 22, 2012 More and more hunters are starting to process their own wild game. For me, as for many hunters, it is the final phase in what consists of the preparation for a hunt, the hunt itself, the taking of an animal, field dressing it, cutting it and then processing some of it into a finished product ...
  • Deer Hunters: How to Grow a Food Plot October 19, 2012 So you want to grow a food plot? It’s not as easy as it sounds… “If you build it, they will come” held true in the movie Field of Dreams. The same can be said for developing food plots for deer. Food plots are an amazing strategy for attracting and growing deer. Crops help develop a strong ...
  • Gear Review: Barnett Ghost 350 October 17, 2012 Weighing only about three kilograms (7.6 pounds), the Ghost 350 is one of the lightest crossbows to ever come out of Barnett’s factory — but don’t let its light weight fool you. This bow still has more than enough speed and power for the big-game hunter. With a speed of 350 feet per second and delivering ...
  • Gear Review: Franchi Instinct SL October 15, 2012 Franchi’s Instinct SL over-and-under is a modern classic that combines the best of Italian tradition and craftsmanship with the latest innovative technology. Available in both 12 and 20-gauges, the Instinct SL features an attractive polished aluminum alloy receiver and is available with either 26- or 28-inch barrels that are fitted with a red fiber-optic front sight ...
  • Elk Hunting Essential Tips October 12, 2012 If you want to bag a trophy bull elk, sometimes you just gotta get aggressive. The bugle was clear and concise, reverberating off the forest wall behind me. I challenged the vocal bull but it was apparent that he was not coming to the dare I presented him. He obviously had some cows and wasn’t about ...
  • Gear Review: Hornady Lock-N-Load Quick Trickle October 10, 2012  As someone who has reloaded ammunitions for the better part of five decades and has spent countless hours at my reloading bench, I’m always looking for ways to assist me in not only reloading better ammunition but also in shortening the process or at least making it a bit easier. The Hornady Lock-N-Load Quick Trickle ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Super X3 Universal Hunter October 8, 2012 Shotguns have improved exponentially in the past decade and Winchester shotguns are no exception. Enter the Winchester Super X 3 Universal Hunter with features that certainly push the envelope for modern shotguns. It is fast, in fact exceptionally fast, being capable of firing 12 shots in 1.442 seconds making follow up shots all but instant. The ...
  • 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: Barnes Vortex Ammunition October 1, 2012 Having been a reloader for more than 40 years, I always carry a bit of skepticism about factory ammunition. While in the past there may have been cause for this skepticism, that is changing as more and more factory ammunition will equal or better both the velocity and accuracy of handloads. But that same bit of ...
  • Gear Review: Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle September 28, 2012 With their Encore line Thompson/Center has provided hunters the opportunity to buy a gun with a particular barrel, be it a .50 calibre muzzleloader, 12- or 20-gauge rifled barrel, centrefire barrel or even a rimfire barrel, and then interchange them. However, all were based on a single shot platform. No longer as T/C has just ...
  • Gear Review: Gerber Folding Sheath Knife September 26, 2012 I must admit I’m always on the lookout for a new design in hunting knives that will better what is already out there — and today that is no small feat. There are just a lot of good knives on the market these days, so it must be outstanding or my interest wanes very quickly. The ...
  • Become a Better Goose Hunter September 24, 2012 In order to be a successful goose hunter, hoping to take a mixed bag limit of geese, you need to start thinking like these birds. In the pale morning light, a few silhouettes appeared against the eastern skyline. The birds were headed in our direction but fighting a brisk, west wind. As they neared the fenceline ...
  • Gear Review: Rocky Peakstalker Boots September 21, 2012 My first sheep hunt into the eastern slope of the Rockies pushes the clock back over 40 years and the boots I used all but ruined that hunt. They offered no support, the all but flat soles were constantly slipping on the rocky terrain and as soon as they got wet they got sloppy and ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Italian-style Wild Turkey Fingers September 19, 2012 Here’s a tasty recipe that is well-suited for a less-than-platter-perfect bird! It’s always been a big winner with my gang, especially when served with an array of homemade, mouthwatering dipping sauces that make dunking exciting and fun. These crispy, golden turkey fingers can be served as an appetizer, in which case you’ll find the breast of ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Best Big Bore Rifles September 14, 2012 There’s nothing like shooting a big bore calibre rifle — and here are four of the best. Big bore calibre rifles have always fascinated me. Their sheer size and the ability to pack tons of knock down energy is simply impressive and, when hunting dangerous game, they are the weapon of choice. But the question could readily ...
  • 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 ...
  • Gear Review: Barnett Ghost 400 September 7, 2012 Super-fast speed, light-weight and amazing accuracy? That’s the Barnett Ghost 400 crossbow. The all-new Ghost with CRT (Carbon Riser Technology) by Barnett Crossbows is one seriously fast shooter. Barnett has the only patent-protected, ultralight, super strong Carbon riser available for Crossbows — and the CRT Riser boasts an incredible 5:1 safety factor. Shooting incredibly fast arrow ...
  • Gear Review: Federal Vital-Shok Copper Sabot Slug September 5, 2012 The era of the slug gun hunter has never been better. Over the past decade, huge strides forward have been made in both guns and ammo. With the right ammo, rifled-barrel slug guns are capable of accuracy today only dreamed of when I first started hunting deer with a smooth-bored shotgun. Federal has once again raised ...
  • How To Call Bull Moose August 31, 2012 I hunt because I love the challenge. I hunt because I love the outdoors. I hunt because I love the tranquility of the wilderness. I hunt because I love the intense feeling of adrenaline infusing my body after hearing a bull moose grunt. Hearing animals before you see them is heart-pounding excitement. Your imagination is completely ...
  • Gear Review: Hodgon Copper Fouling Eraser Powder August 29, 2012 Despite significant advancements in factory ammunition, there is still something about loading your own ammunition that brings a real sense of accomplishment. I liken it to fly tying where the product you manufacture has a direct bearing on your potential success. However, an issue that all shooters face whether you are a reloader or not is ...
  • Gear Review: Hot Mocs Shoe & Boot Covers August 27, 2012 A while back I had a reader call me and ask what type of footwear he could use on stand as he was heading out to Saskatchewan for a late-season deer hunt. He went on to add that he has tried a number of approaches and none seemed to work that well when it got really ...
  • How To Get Hunting Permission August 24, 2012 Knowing the secrets to hunting permission. It was a series of lovesick cow calls that had brought in the biggest bull moose I’ve ever seen while I had a moose tag in my pocket to a mere 200 metres away. If I could get him another 20 metres closer and across the fence, it would be ...
  • Gear Review: Sitting Hawk All-Terrain Pack Chair August 22, 2012  The next most important element in stand-hunting success beyond site selection is comfort while you sit many hours and wait out the big buck that your trail cam has told you lives in these woods. If you are comfortable, you will not only stay longer, but move around less and enjoy the experience more fully. A ...
  • Gun Review: Ruger K77/22-VBZ August 17, 2012 Spend this summer sharpening your shooting skills — fall comes quick, and you need to be ready. And that’s where the Ruger K77/22-VBZ comes in… As a young lad I wandered the hills and coulees of Southern Alberta with my trusty Daisy BB gun and dreamed of the day when I would eventually own my first ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell BackTrack HuntTrack August 15, 2012 I must admit that when it comes to electronic technology I most likely would be considered prehistoric or, at the very least, antiquated. I like it simple — that is not to say that modern technology has escaped me, it has not, but in many ways it has gotten so complicated that one almost needs ...
  • Gear Review: Steiner Predator Xtreme Binoculars August 13, 2012 As hunters we should never underestimate the importance of a quality pair of binoculars. They are often as vital to success as your rifle. They not only assist in finding game but also in determining sex, legal status and trophy quality. I know I spend more time glassing on a given hunt than I do anything ...
  • How to Shoot Long Range August 10, 2012 Learn the tactics for making ethical, long distance shots. Last fall I shot a handsome whitetail buck at 420 yards. I knew the distance before the buck ever stepped out of the timber at last light by, having ranged the spot with a laser range finder an hour earlier. Now you may ask, “Was that an ethical ...
  • Simmons Black LED Trail Camera August 8, 2012 The new Simmons ProHunter features 32 black LEDs that capture game activity up to 45 feet away, with full-colour daytime images and high-quality black and white nighttime images. With a dependable nine-month battery life and a trigger speed of less than one second, the ProHunter has features and capabilities previously unavailable for less than $200. In addition ...
  • Garmin Montana 650t August 6, 2012 Garmin’s new Montana 650t is both tough and high-tech. It features a four-inch touch-screen, is satellite imagery compatible, displays both horizontally and vertically, has a built-in 5MP camera, a three-axis compass and so much more. It’s user-friendly too — create your own homepage with the icons you want, where you want them. Plus, it has an ...
  • Rivers West Sawtooth Mountain Parka August 3, 2012 Rivers West, creators of the “Original Waterproof Fleece,” have the ultimate apparel solution for cold-and-wet-weather hunters. Perfect for coastal BC’s outdoors (Rivers West is based in Seattle, WA), this parka features a detachable hood, radial collar, weatherproof zippers, eight pockets, underarm vents, internal neoprene storm cuffs, licence holder, sling-gripper shoulders, articulated elbows and so much more. ...
  • Ruger American Rifle August 1, 2012 Ruger made a big splash at the 2012 Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas with their brand-new Ruger American bolt-action rifle. Featuring a Marksman Adjustable Trigger, which is adjustable between three and five pounds; an ergonomic, lightweight stock with modern fore-end contouring and grip serrations; a soft-rubber recoil pad; a three-lug, 70-degree ...
  • Kowa TSN-883 Spotting Scope July 27, 2012 The TSN-883 is Kowa’s flagship spotting scope — featuring a large 88mm Diameter Flourite Crystal Lens that greatly reduces chromatic aberration. Despite this large lens, it is still a compact and light scope — weighing 1,520 grams (53.6 ounces) and is 343 mm (13.5 inches) long. The magnesium alloy body decreases the weight of the scope ...
  • Wayne Carlton’s Long Ranger Elk Call July 25, 2012 The new Long Ranger elk call from Wayne Carlton’s Calls provides plenty of volume and works great as a long range bull locator. The Long Ranger call features an easy to blow open reed design with an adjustable band for quick tone adjustments. The call is small and compact enough to fit in a pocket, yet ...
  • Uncle Stan’s Venison Meatloaf July 23, 2012 Here is a delicious, versatile meatloaf that’s as good hot as it is cold. When I was a kid learning the tricks of the trade, Uncle Stan was always voted by the gang to be camp cook at our family’s deer hunting camp in Muskoka, Ontario — and he tackled the job with a true passion ...
  • Leupold Vendetta Archery Rangefinder July 20, 2012 Every once in a while a new product comes along that simply changes — for the better — the way we hunt. The Vendetta Archery Rangefinder is just such a product. The Vendetta is designed to mount right on your bow giving you a precise digital distance to your target, even while you are at full ...
  • How to Mount a Scope July 18, 2012 How to mount a scope and sight in your rifle. Mounting a scope and sighting in a rifle — it may sound like a simple process and it can be, if done correctly, but it can also be the prelude to an array of problems. The worst of such problems could be a missed shot at ...
  • Browning Hidalgo Shooting Bags July 16, 2012 Go to the shooting range with style using one of Browning’s new Hidalgo shooting bags. Hidalgo bags are well constructed and designed to hold boxes of shells and other shooting accessories. Included in the line of Hidalgo bags are the Single Box Holder, Shell Pouch, Six Box Holder and the Range Bag. For shotgun shooters on the ...
  • Vortex Razor HD Binoculars July 11, 2012 Are you looking for the ultimate scouting binocular? Check out the brand-new Razor HD — Vortex Optics’ top-of-the-line roof-prism model. Smaller, lighter, brighter and stronger than ever before, the Razor HD offers the ultimate combination of advanced technologies and premium components. Vortex claims they are packed with the best-quality, hand-selected prisms and premium HD (High Density) ...
  • Hunting Northern Caribou July 9, 2012 Hunting caribou in the North Country is a truly Canadian outdoor adventure. Every big game animal has its own special appeal. Be it the “stick it your eye” cunning of a mature whitetail buck, the brute size of a monster bull moose or the regal stature of a bull elk guarding his harem of cows. And ...
  • Gear Review: Remington Model 700 CDL 375 H&H 100th Anniversary Edition July 6, 2012  To celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the most versatile big-game chamberings of all time, Remington has unveiled the Model 700 CDL 375 H&H Magnum 100th Anniversary Edition. With a satin-finished American walnut stock and matte-finished 22-inch rifle-sighted barrel, this classic rifle now celebrates a classic cartridge! As with other Model 700s, this special edition ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Elite Tactical Riflescope June 18, 2012 Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced four new Bushnell Elite Tactical HDMR and DMR 3.5-21x 50mm Riflescopes. These scopes are part of the Bushnell extended range riflescope (ERS) family designed to give tactical marksmen a powerful optic that works equally well in short or extended range shooting applications. The Bushnell Elite Tactical HDMR is available with the ...
  • 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 ...
  • How to Get Close To Your Game June 4, 2012 It’s the hunter’s ultimate goal — get close to your game. Here’s how to do it effectively. We had been on the trail of a herd of cape buffalo for the better part of three hours when the tracks led directly into a patch of waist-high grass and mopane scrub. As we continued tracking into this ...
  • Hunting Adventures: Alberta Dream Hunt June 1, 2012 A dream hunt is made of three things; a unique opportunity, a great area to hunt and the people you make your memories with. This hunt had shaped up to include all of these things. A covered wagon, pack horses, an outfitters tent, a beautiful piece of Alberta and last but not least people who ...
  • 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: Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder May 28, 2012 Are you looking for a new rangefinder? Then you’ve got to check out this new offering from Simmons. Their new LRF 600 TI laser rangefinder features a 600-yard laser rangefinder with +/- one-yard accuracy and 4x magnification. Tilt Intelligence (TI) by Simmons gives hunters the peace of mind they need when the opportunity arises to take ...
  • Hunting Adventures: Elk Hunting, a Tradition May 25, 2012 I was born into a family of southern Alberta elk hunters. My grandfather, Viggo Norgard, was a Danish immigrant blacksmith who hunted the Porcupine Hills for meat and sport back in the 40’s and 50’s. In 1946 he killed a bull elk scoring 379, earning a place in B&C’s all time records. A few ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester 1892 Large Loop Carbine May 23, 2012 Did you dream of the Winchester 1892 large loop carbine when you were a kid, watching those old west movies? Winchester Repeating Arms is helping make those dreams come true with the introduction of the 1892 Large Loop Carbine back in to their rifle line for 2012.  The new rifle looks just like the original 1892 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Grilled Deer Chops with Rosemary-Mint Sauce May 18, 2012 These mouthwatering venison chops are the ultimate reward of a successful deer hunt. Here’s a delicious recipe handed-down to me from Mom, who used to make it out of deer chops when we had a prized cache of venison in the freezer and out of lamb chops when we didn’t! I still love it today as ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hunting Adventures: Muskwa Elk May 14, 2012 Tom and I left for Fort Nelson from Prince George early in the morning on the 20 of September, heading for Fort Nelson to meet my wife’s cousin, Rock Donkey (Davin) and his pal Mister York (Richard) for a week of elk hunting on the Muskwa River in the Northern Rockies. A first for Two-Tins (Tom) ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Dirty Bird Waterfowl Hunting Apparel May 11, 2012 Brand new from Browning – Dirty Bird Waterfowl Hunting Apparel is sure to be a hit this fall! New in Browning’s diverse line of outdoor apparel for the avid sportsman is the new Dirty Bird Waterfowl line that is the most effective, ergonomic and comfortable clothing yet. The new line of clothing includes insulated models ...
  • Gun Review: Tikka T3 Lite .223 May 7, 2012 Learn how to customize your rifle! How to choose the right riflescope! Read about the new Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder. A lightweight varmint-buster with excellent accuracy! This past year I had the pleasure of carrying, shooting and handloading for a new varmint rifle, the Tikka model T3 Lite. I acquired this rifle; a six-pound three-ounce blued steel and ...
  • Whitetails throughout the Year May 4, 2012 With today’s technology — not to mention the relentless hype focusing on giant bucks, for a growing number of hunters — whitetail deer have become an around-the-clock obsession. More often than not, it’s the folks who employ trail cams, scour the woods for sheds, and monitor their deer herds year-round who are consistently closing tags ...
  • Understanding Mono-Metal Bullets May 2, 2012 Testing today’s best mono-metal bullets for velocity, expansion and penetration. Are they right for you? I squeezed the trigger and a millisecond later dust flew from the big wildebeest bull’s hide. Its rear legs kicked out in reaction to the impact and its tail whipped frantically as it bolted from the herd. Guy Swart, my Professional ...
  • Archery Talk: Proper Arrow Placement April 23, 2012 Arrow Placement: Let the air out of them, and game will hit the ground fast! Miss your mark and you could be in for a rodeo. Earlier in the day my wife, Heather, had taken a nice buck. At 18 metres, a flinch sent the arrow through the buck’s shoulder. Nose diving into the ground, it ...
  • Gear Review: Leica ER April 20, 2012 With Leica’s ER 2.5-10×42, the hunter will be prepared for a wide variety of shooting situations – from very close to long ranges. With a magnification range of 2.5x to 10x, hunters will be equipped for short, medium and longer range precision targeting. Furthermore, the compact eyepiece and the generous straight tube fore and aft of ...
  • Gun Review: Ruger Alaskan, .375 Ruger April 18, 2012 If you’re looking to hunt big game — really big game — you need to check out the Ruger Alaskan in .375 Ruger. The .375 H&H Magnum has been around since 1912 when the London firm of Holland and Holland first introduced this trendsetting new cartridge. It has not only survived for well onto a century ...
  • How To Choose A Hunting Firearm April 13, 2012 Your ultimate guide to rifles & shotguns for Canadian game. Just about every hunter I know has a definitive opinion on what type of rifle or shotgun they prefer. I have a friend, for example, who believes that the sun rises and sets on doubles, be they shotguns or rifles. All, of course, are built with ...
  • Cooking Wild: Duck With Wild Cranberry Drizzle April 11, 2012 This is a delectable dish for the waterfowler who wants to showcase duck in gourmet fashion. It calls for just the breast and the recipe is best suited for one or two plump prairie-fed birds that have fattened themselves up nicely on grain and have been plucked instead of skinned. Don’t fret if your ducks are skinned ...
  • Gear Review: Zeiss Conquest HD Binoculars April 9, 2012 Carl Zeiss introduces the all new Conquest HD 8×42 and 10×42 binoculars. The advanced Carl Zeiss HD lens system provides exceptional value and performance. Colors are neutral and clear with extra-low chromatic dispersion while the ZEISS T* multi-coatings, dielectric mirror coatings, and LotuTec® protective coating ensure a bright (90% transmission), vivid, sharp image any time ...
  • Gear Review: Under Armour Scent Control April 6, 2012 Under Armour, Inc., a leader in athletic performance apparel, footwear and accessories, debuts a new game-changing technology for the 2012 whitetail hunting collection, Under Armour Scent Control. This exclusive technology revolutionizes the way hunters remain undetected in the field with an innovative Zeolite-based scent control system with silver anti-microbial that lasts ten times longer than the ...
  • Western Canada’s Elk – The Ultimate Info Source April 2, 2012 Are you obsessed with elk? Perhaps even an elkoholic? Whether you’re a newbie or a grizzled old pro, here’s everything you need to know about the iconic Western elk. Western Canada is a dangerous place for an elkoholic. Temptation is now just about everywhere. For an elkoholic, hunting elk is an almost irresistible urge. Eastern BC, ...
  • Gun Review: Ruger M77 Hawkeye African .375 Ruger March 26, 2012 Ruger M77 Hawkeye African – Is this the Single Safari rifle? Perfect for all big game – the world-round? Africa — what a magical place! Just the mention of this magnificent destination conjures up indelible images in my mind of spectacular sunsets over the savannah, the Southern Cross in a dark night sky, the roar ...
  • 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: Bushnell Compact Monocular Series March 21, 2012 Bushnell Introduces a New Compact Monocular Series to the Legend Ultra HD Line. Bushnell has introduced a new 10x42mm compact monocular to its Legend Ultra HD product line. Now all of the great features of the Legend UHD binoculars are available in a compact, high-performance monocular. The Legend UHD monocular features ED Prime Glass, an extra-low dispersion glass ...
  • Your Guide to Knives March 19, 2012 Your essential guide to the outdoorsman’s most valuable tool: the knife. Knife-making is a many-centuries-old craft and I must admit that I have a thing about good knives. Some can be pure works of art and more than likely I own far too many, from quality over-the-counter knives to limited edition models and even a ...
  • Gear Review: Lyman Ideal Model Single Shot March 16, 2012 Lyman’s “Ideal Model™” Sharps Rifle is a unique variation on the popular single shot design. Lyman introduces an elegant Sharps style rifle. Scaled down in size and weight, the design is a superior, single-shot hunting rifle in the renowned .38-55 and .22 Hornet chamberings. Named the Ideal Model, the rifle’s streamlined lock profile and vintage-style laser ...
  • Gear Review: Undertaker XT Ported Choke Tube March 14, 2012 Get The Most Out Of Your Turkey Gun With The  Undertaker XT Ported Choke Tube From Hunter’s Specialties. Hunter’s Specialties’ new Undertaker XT Ported Choke Tubes were designed to produce optimum pattern density with today’s modern high efficiency turkey loads. Hunter’s Specialties has doubled the number of ports on the new Undertaker XT choke tubes to help ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Fresh Bear Sausages March 12, 2012 Smokin’ good sausages without the smoke! If you’re an avid black bear hunter like me, no doubt you still have a nice little stash of autumn bear denned up in your freezer by the time spring hunting season rolls around. If so, here’s a delicious way to use up the aged meat and make room for ...
  • Live The Dream: African Safari Planning & Execution March 2, 2012 It’s never been more affordable for Canadians to hunt in Africa. But what does it really take to make this dream hunt come true? Deciding you want to go hunting in Africa is like deciding you want to go hunting in North America. Within that huge continent exist 54 different countries that have vastly different geography, ...
  • Gear Review: HS Strut Sawed-Off Box Call February 29, 2012 Attention turkey hunters in BC, Alberta, Manitoba & Ontario: The New H.S. Strut Sawed Off Box Call From Hunter’s Specialties Works Great For Running And Gunning! The new H.S. Strut Sawed Off box call from Hunter’s Specialties offers turkey hunters the chance to have a true custom made call at a great price. The Sawed Off box call ...
  • How To Get Into Precision Reloading February 26, 2012 If you want precision accuracy, you’ll need to learn precision reloading skills. There are three levels of reloading: basic, intermediate and advanced. Basic is reloading at is simplest; a mere matter of using a loading press to install a primer in a case, placing a measured charge of powder in the case and then inserting a ...
  • 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, ...
  • New Age Coyote Hunting Tips & Tactics February 20, 2012 Electronic and mouth calls, high-tech camouflage, 3-D coyote decoys, too many attractor decoy options to mention, ultra flat-shooting rifles, shooting rests, high performance ammunition — these are the tools employed by just about every New Age coyote hunter. Well into the 21st century, hunters have entered a new age; a time when technology and information can ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell X-8 Trail Camera February 17, 2012 Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced the Bushnell X-8 to its line of trail cameras. The Bushnell X-8 gives hunters the dependability and high-quality performance they have come to expect from Bushnell for a budget-friendly price. With its 6 MP full-colour resolution and 36 low-glow infrared night vision LEDs, the X-8 records game activity day or night. ...
  • Archery Talk: Scent Control & You February 15, 2012 Scent Control: Game animals rely on their sense of smell to detect danger. Fooling their nose is a critical part of the bow hunting equation. As the evening sun began its descent, I heard a twig snap. Adrenalin pumping I knew this could only mean one thing: a deer was coming my way. Moments later I ...
  • Gear Review: Benjamin Rogue .357 Airgun February 13, 2012 Crosman Corporation has introduced a ground-breaking new, electronic, precharged pneumatic (ePCP) air rifle created for hunters. According to professional hunter Jim Shockey, “The .357 caliber Benjamin Rogue air rifle offers more knock-down power than any .22 cal rimfire.”  The Rogue .357 is a multi-shot repeater equipped with an innovative, micro-processor controlled valve that extends the firing ...
  • 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 ...
  • How To Organize A Dream Hunt February 6, 2012 Whether you’re headed to Africa, Mongolia or just one province over — a successful dream hunt requires planning and dedication. Over the past 40-odd years I have been fortunate enough to hunt in 14 different countries that pretty much covered the four corners of the globe. On these hunts I have walked the plains of Africa ...
  • Gun Review: Thompson/Center Prohunter XT February 1, 2012 Full test and review of the T/C (Thompson/Center) Prohunter XT — Including range ballistics and accuracy testing! Muzzleloaders have a very fond spot in this hunter’s heart as I have taken my best whitetail bucks with one form or another. Over a span of at least three decades I have hunted with, or had fun on the ...
  • Bushnell Expands Its No-Risk Money Back Guarantee January 30, 2012 Bushnell Outdoor Products has expanded its Bulletproof Guarantee to include several leading lines of binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes and its entire line of hunting laser rangefinders. With the peace of mind that comes from a no-risk, money-back guarantee, consumers can choose Bushnell with added confidence, the company claims. Originally introduced with the Legend Ultra HD binocular product ...
  • Gear Review: Hornady .17 Hornet January 25, 2012 Sting ‘em with Hornady’s new .17 Hornet! Based on the 22 Hornet cartridge case, the .17 Hornet propels the 20-grain V-MAX at 3,650 fps. Fueled with Superformance propellent, the 17 Hornet Superformance Varmint is economically priced, and delivers the trajectory of a traditional 55-grain 223 load, but is a pleasure to shoot with the felt recoil ...
  • Shooting Aids Will Make You A Better Hunter January 20, 2012 How shooting aids will make you a better hunter. A few years back I considered myself most fortunate to have finally arranged an antelope hunt on one of those ranches in New Mexico where the opportunity to harvest a 16-inch buck was a realistic objective. In fact, with a bit of luck and perseverance, a record ...
  • Outdoors Survival Skills January 18, 2012 Before you venture afield, any time of year, you must know the basics of orienteering, weather preparedness and treatment of injuries. There are three primary wilderness situations that can each, in their own right, spell disaster: becoming lost, accidents and weather. Today we, as outdoors enthusiasts, are most fortunate to have some of the finest technology ...
  • 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: Vortex Viper HS January 13, 2012 Built on ultra-strong 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tubes, Vortex’s Viper HS scopes deliver increased windage and elevation travel for optimal adjustment. A new optical system highlighted with a 4x zoom range provides magnification versatility and increased eye relief gets shooters on target quickly and easily. Vortex’s XD (extra-low dispersion) glass ensures crisp images from edge-to-edge. Lenses ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Sport 850 Laser Rangefinder January 6, 2012 Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced the Sport 850 laser rangefinder — that offers high-performance and a host of valuable features for hunters and shooters. At the push of a button, the Sport 850 quickly acquires distances from five to 850 yards (or meters) with the +/- one-yard accuracy hunters have come to expect from Bushnell. Featuring ...
  • When Should You Decide NOT To Hunt? January 4, 2012 Here are five hunting signs that you should pack it in for the day and start fresh tomorrow. Two more sleeps and then it is off to hunting camp. I can’t wait! I’m so excited just thinking about it. I’m going to hunt all day no matter what the weather is like. I’ll be up early ...
  • Gun Review: Remington Sendero SF II January 2, 2012 Learn how to customize your rifle! How to choose the right riflescope! You might also be interested in the Remington Model 700 CDL 100th Anniversary Edition rifle! Full test and range review of the Remington Sendero SF II – one of Remington’s premier Model 700 rifles. I’m not exactly sure when the moniker “Beanfield Rifle” was actually coined, but ...
  • Gear Review: Seirus Innovation Max All Weather Glove December 30, 2011 New for 2011, Seirus Innovation introduces one of the most versatile, lightweight gloves ever for any sport, in all weather conditions — the Max All Weather Glove with UltraGrip palm. Seirus’ exclusive Weathershield Tri Laminate Fabric creates a form-fitting second skin that is thin and flexible yet as warm as bulky gloves. Weathershield fabric features a ...
  • How to Field Judge Hunting Trophies December 28, 2011 Avoid ground shrinkage and learn how to take the best animal you can — whatever species it may be — that’s what field judging is all about. Every hunter who has put his or her time into hunting big game has encountered ground shrinkage. It is a phenomena that unfortunately occurs as we approach a ...
  • Gear Review: Vanguard Endeavor ED Series binoculars December 26, 2011 This is a binocular that will surprise hunters with clarity, lots of features and value. They perform extremely well in low-light conditions and deliver sharpness and clarity with exceptional light transmission, colour resolution and contrast. An ergonomic open-bridge design helps reduce fatigue, appealing to those who spend hours in the field. The twist-out eyecups provide long ...
  • Archery Talk: The Quintessential Deer Stand December 23, 2011 Most stand sites are good, but a few key ingredients make a deer stand truly great. The problem with stand hunting for deer is that rarely do you find the perfect tree right where you want to bow hunt. How often have you discovered an amazing spot with intersecting trails, only to learn that there isn’t ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Citori 725 December 21, 2011 For 2012, Browning is introducing the new Citori 725 12-gauge over-and-under that is the evolution of John M. Browning’s legendary B25 — now, with the modern performance advantage of a low-profile receiver. The new 725 receiver is significantly lower than other Citori 12-gauge receivers, yet the 725 shares the renowned durability of generations of Citori over-and-unders ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Trophy Cam December 19, 2011 Bushnell’s new Trophy Cam series of trail cameras now feature a 45-foot motion-activated sensor, 32 low-glow LEDs standard and the new Field Scan feature which allows users to record game activity around the clock. The Field Scan time-lapse technology automatically captures images at pre-set intervals, from one minute to 60 minutes, allowing users to pattern game ...
  • Survival Skills For Hunters & Anglers December 16, 2011 Before you venture afield, any time of year, you must know the basics of orienteering, weather preparedness and treatment of injuries. There are three primary wilderness situations that can each, in their own right, spell disaster: becoming lost, accidents and weather. Today we, as outdoors enthusiasts, are most fortunate to have some of the finest ...
  • Gear Review: Rocky Hybrid Mountain Stalker Top December 14, 2011 Rocky’s Mountain Stalker is a new hybrid compression top that can be worn alone or underneath a parka to allow active hunters to layer up and down with little effort. The top features non-insulated stretch sleeves with a heavier vest body that has 150 grams of Thinsulate. Constructed of Rocky’s soft, quiet SilentHunter micro-suede and treated ...
  • How to Rattle For Moose December 12, 2011 We all know about rattling for whitetails, but rattling for moose? Brad Fenson tells us how — and why — we should use the rattling technique this fall. Television hunting shows have really helped promote the concept of rattling for white-tailed deer but very few realize that rattling is a great technique for monster moose. When ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Spicy Moose Meatballs December 9, 2011 When ground moose comes to the table as Italian meatballs with spaghetti, you’ve got one heck of a trophy meal. This is one of the first recipes Mom taught me to make and to this day, it is still my favourite way to showcase moose at the table, especially when ground meat is on the menu. The ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Wild Winter Teas December 7, 2011 A cup of “Bush Tea” is a sure-fire way to warm up on frosty trails. Whether you’re rabbit hunting in the frozen hollows, exploring backcountry on snowshoes or huddled in your hut hard-water fishing, nothing rids the shivers better than a steaming cup of wilderness tea. Regardless of terrain, even in the dead of winter, ...
  • Gear Review: Hi Mountain Seasonings Dry Rubs December 2, 2011 Nothing flavours and adds character to meats and seafood like a good spice rub. Hi Mountain Seasonings has created their unique rubs to extract maximum flavour from the meat. There are specific spice blends in a Venison Rub, Poultry Rub and Salmon Rub. The rubs adhere using the natural moisture of the meat, so no oil ...
  • How To Stalk Whitetail Deer November 30, 2011 Before the introduction of modern treestands, stalking game was the only method of hunting and in some countries this is still the prevalent method of the indigenous people. While it is certainly true that hunting deer from treestands has proven to be the most successful hunting tactic for a number of reasons, there are times when ...
  • Gear Review: Lyman Master Reloader Kit November 28, 2011 Anyone interested in getting into reloading has to check out Lyman’s Master Reloader’s Kit. Besides having the newest reloading manual, the kit includes T-Mag or Crusher Press, 1,000-grain electric scale, powder funnel, priming arm and catcher, #55 powder measure, case lube kit, loading block, auto primer feeder and much more. It is a complete set to ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Micro Midas X-Bolt Rifle November 25, 2011 To accommodate the smaller-framed shooter and hunter, Browning is now offering the X-Bolt rifle in the Micro Midas line. The rifles feature all the innovative characteristics of the X-Bolt line but in a more compact and lightweight package. With a blued receiver and 20-inch barrel, the rifle has a sporting look and a checkered walnut stock. ...
  • How To Build A Trophy Room November 21, 2011 It’s every sportsman’s dream — a trophy room in your own house. We all start the same. We finally get a 10-point buck and we want to preserve the memory of not only the animal but the hunt as well. Or maybe it was that monster pike that finally pushed the scale beyond the 20-pound mark, ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Blind Side Shotshells November 18, 2011 Winchester Ammunition has introduced one of the most innovative new shotshell designs that combines groundbreaking, stacked HEXShot technology and the new Diamond Cut Wad in a deadly waterfowl load. Loaded with 100 per cent HEX Shot, there are more pellets on target, a larger kill zone and more trauma-inducing pellets — meaning quick kill shots. Stacking ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Grouse Satay November 16, 2011 Grouse Satay: A satisfying appetizer that stretches a couple upland birds to the max. I love recipes that can really make a little meat go a long ways — especially when the day’s bounty of a bird or two has to be shared with the whole hunting party. When there’s not enough meat to go around to ...
  • Archery Talk: Proper Arrow Selection November 14, 2011 Indeed, not all arrows are created equal; weight, balance, straightness, roundness, spine consistency, stiffness and durability are but a few of the critical considerations. I recently had an epiphany; a profound realization of the importance of arrow selection. No, I’m not naïve; I’ve always lived by the cardinal rule of balancing my arrows to the ...
  • How To Be A Better Waterfowl Hunter November 11, 2011 Learning to shoot a rifle presents its own challenges but becoming a top-notch wing shot and waterfowl hunter is a different kettle of fish. Becoming a better wing shot will take time and commitment to the point where making that difficult high overhead or downwind crossing shot the norm and not a rarity. It is both ...
  • 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 ...
  • Gear Review: Simmons Introduces New Predator Series Scopes November 4, 2011 Simmons Introduces New Predator Series Scopes. Simmons, a leader in high-quality, high-value sports optics for more than 25 years, has introduced a new line of all-weather predator hunting riflescopes. The new Predator Quest riflescope line is endorsed and used by Les Johnson, an expert predator hunter and host of the popular Predator Quest TV show. Simmons Predator ...
  • Archery Talk: Fixed-blade vs. Mechanical Broadheads November 2, 2011 Fixed-blade or Mechanical Broadheads? Purists believe in the reliability of cut-on-contact blades, but it’s tough to be beat today’s hard-hitting expandables. Crouched behind a sand esker, I waited patiently. Plodding toward me was a lone bull caribou. With a little luck I hoped he might wander within range. Minutes passed and fate put the bull in the ...
  • Western Canada’s 2011 Hunting Forecast November 1, 2011 Western Canada’s 2011 Hunting Forecast: A tough, long winter and a nasty spring has paid a toll on some game species — but don’t worry, there are still great prospects for many species in all Western Provinces. Canada is the “Great White North.”  However, while the very white winter of 2010 to 2011 may have been ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Compact Binoculars October 31, 2011 New Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Compact Binoculars Offer Outstanding Optical Quality in a Convenient Size. Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry leader in high-performance optics for more than 60 years, has introduced two new compact models to its Legend Ultra HD binocular line. Now all of the great features that have made the Legend UHD binoculars best-in-class are ...
  • How To Field-Prep Your Trophy For Taxidermy October 28, 2011 Taking care of your bird, fish or big game animal while in the field will go a long way toward ensuring you have a beautiful mount later on. A well-mounted trophy, be it a big game animal, bird or fish, can be a work of art, something that can provide the hunter or fisher with many ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Elite Spotting Scope October 26, 2011 Bushnell Introduces Two New Models to the Elite Spotting Scope Line. Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for more than 60 years, has added two new models to the Elite Spotting Scope line. When it comes to quality and performance, the Elite product line is the best Bushnell has to offer, and ...
  • Archery Talk: How To Customize Your Bow October 24, 2011 Customize Your Bow: Today’s bows come out of the box ready to rock — sort of. So much more can be done to make it “yours.” I love getting a new bow. It’s an opportunity to make it mine. By this I mean, a world of custom accessories await; I get to pick and choose to make ...
  • Gear Review: Model 70 Featherweight Compact October 21, 2011 Model 70 Featherweight Compact Introduced By Winchester Repeating Arms For 2011. With smaller-framed shooters and those who like a lightweight compact rifle in mind, Winchester Repeating Arms has introduced the Model 70 Featherweight Compact. The new rifle features a 20-inch barrel, a 13-inch length of pull, an overall length of 39 ½ inches and weighs just 6 ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Venison Goulash October 19, 2011 Venison Goulash: Bring home traditional, hearty Hungarian cuisine with this wonderful recipe. There are hundreds of recipes for plain old goulash but many of them, especially North American versions, are not even faintly similar to the real deal — authentic Hungarian goulash (spelled gulyas in its homeland) which is, without doubt, one of the world’s most ...
  • Gear Review: Hornady Zombie Max Ammo October 17, 2011 Hornady unveils Zombie-MAX ammo – the first-ever ammunition designed to shoot zombies. For real. Hot on the heels of AMC’s premier of the second season of the hit TV show THE WALKING DEAD, Hornady has unveiled Zombie Max (Z-Max) ammo — the first ammo specifically designed for the impending zombie apocalypse. In their words: “Be PREPARED – ...
  • Gear Review: HS Blackout Mesh October 17, 2011 The New Blackout Head Net and Pullover From Hunter’s Specialties Provides Added Concealment For Ground Blind Hunters. Hunter’s Specialties new Blackout head net and pullover provides excellent concealment for ground blind hunters, helping them stay hidden and undetected. The Blackout head net and pullover are constructed from durable mesh material. The pullover will fit hunters up to ...
  • The Best Rifle & Shotgun Choices October 14, 2011 Your ultimate guide to rifles & shotguns for Canadian game. Just about every hunter I know has a definitive opinion on what type of rifle or shotgun they prefer. I have a friend, for example, who believes that the sun rises and sets on doubles, be they shotguns or rifles. All, of course, are built with ...
  • Gear Review: HS Multi-Tree Swing Arm Bow Holder October 12, 2011 Quickly Move to Your Next Stand With the Multi-Tree Swing Arm Bow Holder From Hunter’s Specialties. Hunter’s Specialties new Multi-Tree Swing Arm Bow Holder is the perfect accessory for hunters who frequently hunt out of several stands during the course of the season. The Multi-Tree Swing Arm Bow Holder comes with three screw-in mounting brackets that can be ...
  • How To Do Your Own Big Game Meat Processing October 10, 2011 Meat Processing: Make short work of what can be hunting’s most tedious chore. Processing your own game meat can bring about the same sense of self-accomplishment as reloading or tying flies. But even more so, it is the final step that binds together the whole act of hunting. Along with these reasons, with the rise of ...
  • Gear Review: Hoppe’s BoreSnake Venom Cleaner and Oil October 7, 2011 Get Top Cleaning Performance and Protection with the New Hoppe’s BoreSnake Venom Cleaner and Oil Hoppe’s, makers of renowned gun care products for more than 100 years, has introduced the new BoreSnake Venom Cleaner and BoreSnake Venom Oil with T3. The new BoreSnake Venom products provide some extra bite, making the world’s quickest bore cleaning system faster ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Imageview Spotting Scope October 5, 2011 Capture Wildlife and Outdoor Adventures Like Never Before with the Bushnell ImageView Spotting Scope. Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for more than 60 years, introduces the ImageView Spotting Scope, a unique innovation in the optics industry. By uniquely combining a spotting scope and digital camera, the ImageView Spotting Scope gives outdoor ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Big Game Kebabs October 3, 2011 Big Game Kebabs:  A fun, easy way to serve supper on a stick! With a new hunting season just around the bend, here’s a fun, easy way to put those lingering packages of game meat to delicious use before they expire in the freezer. Everyone loves a backyard barbecue and kebabs are always a big hit, especially ...
  • Gun Review: Beretta A400 Xplor Shotgun September 30, 2011 I must concede that if I were to go looking for a new shotgun my first instinct would be to head straight for a shop that handled Beretta. I have owned more than a few makes and models from competition trap guns and high grade Over/Unders to my present three auto loaders. All have performed flawlessly; ...
  • Gun Review: T/C Venture Predator September 28, 2011 For a rifle to make the grade as a “Predator Rifle” it must achieve a number of things. First and foremost, it must be very accurate — and by that I mean it should shoot consistent sub Minute Of Angle (MOA) three-shot, 100-yard groups. Or even better yet, if it can shoot half-inch, 100-yard groups, the ...
  • Gear Review: Final Approach Gunner Feeding Mallards September 26, 2011 Gear Review: Successful waterfowl hunters understand the importance of having a realistic decoy spread. Do you want to be a successful hunter this season? Ducks and geese see a lot of different presentations during the season and become wary as hunting pressure increases, making it increasingly important to have a collection of lifelike decoys. You need ...
  • ATV Review: Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI EPS September 23, 2011 One of the most popular ATVs on the market is back with a vengeance in 2012 — the Grizzly 550 FI EPS. With an EFI 558cc single-cylinder, cold starting ease and smooth, reliable power is a given — and Yamaha’s fantastic electronic power steering reduces operator fatigue on those long backwoods trips. Ground clearance is a ...
  • ATV Review: Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ 1000i September 21, 2011 With a 951 cc fuel-injected V-Twin, the 2012 Prowler XTZ 1000i is built to take on tough roads and tough jobs. Featuring 25-pound (11.3 kg) capacity underhood storage, power steering, digital and analog gauges, 14-inch wheels, electronic two-wheel-drive, four-wheel drive and front differential lock, this is one great offering from Arctic Cat. Add to that 10 ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Quick Moose Meals September 19, 2011 Pressure-cooking your moose takes the pressure off the same old question, “What’s for supper?” When there’s a pressure cooker in the kitchen and a stash of moose in the freezer, you’re just minutes away from a hot and hearty supper any night of the week — even hectic working days when the pressure’s on for a ...
  • Archery Talk: Decisions & Limitations September 16, 2011 Successful bow hunters capitalize on opportunities but they also know that understanding limits and critical decisions are part of the game. Bow hunting is an activity fraught with decisions. We all pick up a bow because of the challenge, but along with our newfound pastime come responsibilities. Those responsibilities demand that we make decisions based on ...
  • Gear Review: Scent-A-Way Aerosol September 14, 2011 Control your stink! Hunter’s Specialties new Scent-A-Way aerosol advanced formula spray provides the same proven human scent control as the original packaging in a handy aerosol form that eliminates spills and waste. Scent-A-Way Advanced Formula aerosol spray combines four key elements to help prevent and control human scent: molecular conversion, oxidizing, bonding and neutralizing in a ...
  • Gun Review: The Remington XCR II September 12, 2011 Learn how to customize your rifle! How to choose the right riflescope! Avoid rifle deterioration. Over the years I have owned my fair share of Remington rifles in calibres from .22 to the behemoth .458 Winchester Magnum. Most, out of the box, shot well, some exceedingly well. In fact, back in the early days when rifles with Minute Of ...
  • Get In Shape For Hunting Season September 9, 2011 If you hope to make the most of your dream hunt, you’ll need to be in top physical shape, become familiar with your gear to the point of obsession and truly understand the terrain, game and weather you’re about to face. You have waited, planned and perhaps even saved for years in order to afford that ...
  • Gear Review: EZ Hunt & Haul Predator Blind Trailers September 7, 2011 Predator hunters – check this out: EZ Hunt & Haul, LLC is excited to announce the introduction of their Predator line of hunting blind trailers. The Predator is an innovative, versatile, multi-use trailer that can be utilized as a sturdy, weather-tight hunting blind, an ATV hauler, an ice fishing shanty and a cargo trailer. Predator I ...
  • ATV Review: Argo 8×8 750 HDi September 5, 2011 With the new 8×8 750 HDi, Argo has upgraded their trusty workhorse to be easier to steer, more powerful, more comfortable, more durable — yet easier to maintain, more efficient, and even more environmentally friendly. The Argo’s advanced Admiral transmission has greatly enhanced the limits of a full skid steering systems, the 750 HDi pairs an ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: One Duck, Two Dish Supper September 2, 2011 How to stretch one duck to the max – with two dishes! Here’s a one duck, two-dish supper that’ll serve three to four people and if the liver was saved in the field, you can have a tasty appetizer too boot. It’s what I call stretching a duck to the max. Of course, two ducks go around ...
  • Gear Review: Rocky Boots RidgeStalker August 31, 2011 Are you looking for an awesome new hunting boot? New for fall 2011, ROCKY introduces the RidgeStalker, a cold-weather boot ready to stalk the cold and take it down. “The RidgeStalker is built to perform in the most extreme winter conditions,” said Steve Graham, marketing manager for ROCKY’s outdoor division. “The 600g version is great for the mobile hunter throughout ...
  • ATV Review: Honda Fourtrax Rancher August 29, 2011 Honda 2012 FourTrax Rancher 4×4 AT combines innovation, sophistication and hard-working credentials to stand out as one of the best picks in the world of ATVs. Riders have the option of choosing between fully automatic transmission operation and an Electric Shift Program (ESP) mode that allows for easy push-button shifts on command. Also in the mix ...
  • Gear Review: Johnny Stewart Wildlife Feather Distractor August 26, 2011 The new Feather Distracter from Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls takes the attention away from the caller, keeping the sharp eyes of predators focused on the Distracter instead. The Feather Distracter consists of a feather attached to a sturdy collapsible stake. The feather moves in even the slightest breeze, creating movement that will help decoy predators in. The ...
  • Hunting: The Elusive Kill Zone August 24, 2011 The Elusive Kill Zone: A look at the fine line between a killing shot and lost game. I don’t know about you, but it makes me squirm every time I hear about “the one that got away.” No one likes to admit it, and, frankly it happens to hunters more often than it should, but every year ...
  • Archery Talk: 3D Archery Tactics & Tips August 22, 2011 Lifelike targets set at variable distances, in a variety of simulated hunting situations … what more could the off-season bowhunter ask for? An enormous polar bear stood motionless 60 metres before me. Nocking an arrow, I drew back, anchored, and took careful aim. Circumstances afforded me ample time to ensure an accurate shot. Gently applying pressure ...
  • Gun Review: Browning Maxus August 19, 2011 Shotguns are just getting better and better. Some are leaders in innovative designs that make them more reliable, faster, lighter, and pleasant to shoot — and the Browning Maxus is one of these shotguns. While I have a long history with Browning shotguns, all were over-and-unders; a couple of which were marvelous Belgian-made works of art. ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Buffalo Burgers August 17, 2011 If you love a big, juicy burger that’s loaded with flavour, this recipe is for you! When you serve one of these super-sized patties on a bun with all the traditional toppings, it’s absolutely the best burger you’ll ever sink your teeth into. For an exceptionally juicy burger, buffalo (and other venison meat) that is ground ...
  • How To Choose a Rifle & Shotgun August 15, 2011 Your ultimate guide to choosing rifles & shotguns for Canadian game. Just about every hunter I know has a definitive opinion on what type of rifle or shotgun they prefer. I have a friend, for example, who believes that the sun rises and sets on doubles, be they shotguns or rifles. All, of course, are built ...
  • Gear Review: Can-Am Commander 1000XT August 11, 2011 If you want a powerful and capable side-by-side for your moose, elk or deer hunting season — check out the 2012 Can-Am Commander 1000XT. Powered by one of the best engines in the business — the 976cc Rotax V-Twin — which produces more than 80 horsepower, this machine is ready to tackle on the vast open ...
  • Bow Hunting Mule Deer August 10, 2011 Whether you take to the hills or hunt the open plains, bow hunting for mule deer is a challenging pursuit. Here are tips and tactics to get you started this fall. Beginner Mulie Bow-Hunting Equipment For the beginner bow-hunter, getting a bow that you are comfortable with should be the first thing on your to do list. ...
  • When Not to Shoot August 8, 2011 The best hunters know when not to take the shot. It was day seven of a 10-day hunt with Gana River Outfitters in the Mackenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories, and we’d put nearly 80 km on our boots already. We were finally looking at the object of our quest; a big, old Dall sheep ...
  • Gear Review: Nightforce 8-32×56 & 12-42×56 NXS August 5, 2011 Varmint shooters, target shooters and extreme-long-range shooters should check out the Nightforce 8-32×56 and 12-42×56 NXS. Evolved from the company’s tactical line, the 8-32×56 and 12-42×56 offer fast adjustments for precise, repeatable shot placement. The extremely high magnification ranges mean there is now virtually no target outside the capable shooter’s reach. It is the highest magnification ...
  • Shooters & Hunters: How To Manage Recoil August 3, 2011 For the shooter, recoil is a constant fact that must be dealt with properly if extreme accuracy is ever to be achieved. This season, take some time to learn to manage recoil. A number of years back I invited a buddy on his first Saskatchewan goose hunt. Unfortunately, the only shotgun he owned at the ...
  • Gear Review: Mathews Z7 Extreme August 1, 2011 Forgiving, fast and compact — this is Mathews’ new Z7 Extreme. This 28-inch (axle to axle) bow shoots up to 330 fps, is available in 40-, 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-pound draw weights, offers 80 per cent let off, has draw lengths from 24 to 30 inches in half-inch increments and weighs less than three pounds. ...
  • Gun Review: T/C Triumph July 29, 2011 When I was presented with the opportunity to field test the new Triumph .50 calibre magnum muzzleloader from Thompson/Center (T/C), I jumped at it. Muzzleloaders and I go back a long way, well over 30 years in fact.  I have owned at least a half-dozen different makes and models from an old Hawkins to a modern ...
  • How To Get Your Game Out of The Woods July 27, 2011 Once the animal is downed, the real work begins — here is how to get your game animal out of the woods. I was sure that I was going to expire somewhere along the trail while trying to get the first couple of moose I shot out of the bush. The second will particularly live ...
  • Gear Review: Leupold RCX Trail Camera July 25, 2011 Simplicity is the name of the game with Leupold’s new RCX Trail Camera — simplicity in use, that is — it’s a high-tech offering to be sure. Leupold’s line of trail cameras puts user-friendly operation in the forefront. View photos in the field? Yes. Make real-time adjustments to several cameras at once? Easy. Download photos without ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Venison Perogies July 22, 2011 Here’s an Old World recipe that turns ground game into a trophy meal: Venison Perogies! It’s impossible to pinpoint the origin of perogies as many European countries, especially those in Eastern and Central regions such as Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Slovakia, lay claim to the fame of inventing one form or another of these tasty creations ...
  • Gear Review: PSE Dream Season EVO July 20, 2011 Combining an incredibly smooth draw and feel with blistering, 345 fps, speed, PSE’s new Dream Season EVO is one serious contender in the compound bow market this year. Add in PSE’s new Planar Flex Riser and revolutionary Centerlock Pockets, which combine to create superb rigidity and alignment, and you have one seriously fine hunting bow. Further, ...
  • Archery Talk: Pre-Season Preparation July 15, 2011 Summer is in full-swing and archery hunting season will soon be upon us. Are you ready? It was late April as we stepped on to the 3-D range. I hate to admit it but my muscles and joints complained as I drew back my bow. Carefully aiming at the weathered black bear, my bow arm ...
  • Gear Review: Nikon Prostaff Series July 13, 2011 Designed to be powerful and affordable, Nikon’s Prostaff Series riflescopes are a hot new offering for 2011. The ProStaff series features a fully multicoated optical system, up to 98 per cent light transmission, spring-loaded Zero-Reset turrets and precise ¼-MOA click adjustments. Like all Nikon scopes, the ProStaff series is protected by Nikon’s Full Lifetime Warranty. The new ...
  • Gear Review: Hornady Superperformance Varmint July 8, 2011 Hornady’s new Superformance Varmint ammunition achieves muzzle velocities of 100 to 200 fps faster than any conventional ammunition. Did that get your attention? How about the company’s claim that it has increased accuracy, increased range, flatter trajectory, less wind drift and devastating terminal results that combine to extend current varmint cartridge performance. Furthermore, the polymer tipped ...
  • Hunting Tactics: Select The Correct Calibre July 6, 2011 Your definitive guide to selecting the correct calibre for the game you hunt.   Undoubtedly, the question of which calibre may be the optimum choice for this or that big game animal has generated more debate and campfire discussion than all but a few topics — a subject, perhaps, even more hotly debated than what specie is ...
  • Hunting Antelope in Alberta & Saskatchewan July 4, 2011 How to hunt pronghorn antelope in Alberta and Saskatchewan.   If I were asked to choose a hunt that I would rate as one of the top “fun hunts” to be found, I would have to rank North America’s pronghorn antelope right near the top of my list. These animals are simply a great hunt. The hunts ...
  • Gear Review: Bushnell Field Scan Time Lapse Software June 30, 2011 Bushnell Outdoor Products has partnered with Scouting Assistant to introduce a new software application for Trophy Cam users. Field Scan Time Lapse software allows users to review days of time-lapse images in minutes thanks to sophisticated motion search technology. Bushnell introduced Field Scan technology with the 2011 Bushnell Trophy Cam line to help trail camera users ...
  • Gear Review: Swarovski CL Companion 30 June 29, 2011 New lightweight, compact binoculars from Swarovski! The compact, ergonomic design and light weight of the new CL Companion 30 combines make it a great entry-level model binocular that will be versatile for all hunting requirements. The bright, clear optics are lightweight making them ideal for active hunters or small-framed individuals. The CL Companion models come in ...
  • Archery Talk: Draw, Anchor, Aim, Release June 24, 2011 Straightforward it is, but screw up your draw, anchor, aim or release and shot opportunities can go south in a hurry. Shooting a bow with accuracy requires technical expertise. Several muscle groups are mobilized and it demands both mental and physical commitment. Pulling the string, employing consistent form, controlled breathing, concentration and a fluid release ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Campfire Bannock June 20, 2011 Here’s a recipe for the king of campfire breads: Bannock! When I was kid growing up in Muskoka, ON, Dad and I did a lot of canoeing in the backwaters of Algonquin Park. Since there was usually a portage or two along many of the routes, everything that went into the pannier had to be, in ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Left Hand X-Bolt Rifles June 15, 2011 Exciting new rifles from Browning! Left-hand shooters now have three models of left-hand X-Bolt rifles to choose from in the new Browning X-Bolt rifle line. These new rifles have the same innovative features as the popular right-hand models. The three new left-hand models include the X-Bolt Medallion, X-Bolt Hunter and X-Bolt Micro Hunter. The Medallion model has ...
  • Deer Hunters: 5 Tips to Break the 20-Yard Barrier June 13, 2011 If you can see the colour of a white-tailed deer’s eyes, you’ve probably broken the 20-yard barrier! When we think of close range deer hunting, we typically think of bow hunting. Imperative for the archer, make no mistake, gun hunters too can capitalize on these five close-encounter tactics. 1 Understand the Feeding & Bedding Areas The first ...
  • Gear Review: Browning Bird N Lite Upland Apparel June 10, 2011 Upland Bird Hunters – check out this exciting new offering from Browning! For 2011, Browning will introduce the new Bird’N Lite Upland line of outdoor apparel that features a weight distribution system that incorporates shoulder straps, fully adjustable side straps and a padded adjustable waist belt to help distribute a load of birds higher and balances ...
  • Gun Review: Sako Model 85 Rifle June 9, 2011 What attributes should a deer rifle have? Well, let’s start with the requisites. The cartridge must be relatively flat shooting, with the capability of making shots out to and beyond 300 metres. It must also be capable of delivering sufficient bullet energy at these ranges to effectively and quickly dispatch a good-sized deer. It must be ...
  • Gear Review: Clean-Shot Archery Spot-On LASER Broadhead June 2, 2011 Rifle hunters have had this technology for years. Now it’s the archer’s turn. For the archer/bowhunter product quality, performance and accuracy always take center stage and at Clean-Shot Archery all these features have been combined into the newest innovation in the modern broadhead, the Spot On Laser Broadhead. “The Spot-On Laser Broadhead was a major hit ...
  • Avoiding Rifle Deterioration May 30, 2011 Avoid rifle deterioration! Take proper care of your rifle, and it will last you a lifetime. The time between hunting seasons is a great time to not only wistfully ponder that new rifle you want to purchase — but also how to care for it after you have it safely tucked away in your gun safe. ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Model 94 Sporter & Short May 26, 2011 Winchester fans unite! In 2010 Winchester Repeating Arms brought back the longtime popular Model 94 lever-action rifle to their line of rifles.  For 2011 — two new Model 94 rifle models will be added to the line, a Sporter rifle and a handy Short rifle. And sportsmen have a reason to be excited. The new Winchester ...
  • Cooking Wild: Bear Vindaloo Recipe May 23, 2011 This fiery recipe is just one more great reason for hunting bear. Perhaps you harvested a huge bruin in northern Alberta or on the coast of BC this year? Perhaps you have leftover meat from your northern Saskatchewan hunt last season? My motto, when it comes to cooking bear meat, is that if a recipe works ...
  • 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 ...
  • Archery Talk: Tighten Up Your Groups May 16, 2011 Accurate archery matters! Bow tuning, form and function go hand-in-hand to achieve consistent arrow placement. How many times have you visited the range to practice archery only to discover that you’re no longer shooting tight groups? Some are left, some right, some high and some low. You feel as though each release is good but ...
  • Gear Review: Browning MOA Shooting Sticks May 12, 2011 Whether you use them at the range or in the field — or both — these new shooting sticks will make you a more accurate marksman. Browning is adding the new MOA Shooting Sticks to its diverse line of  shooting accessories for 2011. The sticks are constructed of ultra-light and ultra-strong 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum which minimizes ...
  • Gun Review: The Multi-Purpose Stoeger 2000 Combo May 9, 2011 In today’s climate of getting the most bang for your buck, the concept of purchasing one gun that can handle a number of hunting situations is most appealing. The idea of interchangeable barrels is not new but for one reason or another I just never owned a gun with interchangeable barrels. But thinking back in time, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Archery Talk: Tree Stand Safety May 2, 2011 Avoid becoming a statistic, consider safety priority one when bowhunting from the trees. Back in the late ‘80s, when tree stand hunting really caught on here in Alberta, as well as BC, Manitoba and even Saskatchewan, relatively few hunters wore safety belts. Leap forward a couple decades and, along with the pandemic movement toward safe everything ...
  • 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 ...
  • Detailing Your Turkey Shotgun April 25, 2011 Just like a waterfowler or upland bird hunter relies on a specialized gun for ultimate performance under special conditions so should a turkey hunter. Turkey hunting is increasing in popularity — especially in BC and Manitoba, and even in Alberta where there is only a limited entry draw. In Ontario, it’s been popular for years! Gun ...
  • Gear Review: Jackal Crossbow by Barnett Outdoors April 22, 2011 Power, grace, speed and economy all mark the Jackal Crossbow, available only from the world’s number one maker of modern crossbows, Barnett Outdoors. The Jackal is a successful blending of style and performance with the design features all shooters look for in a high performance crossbow. The Jackal begins with a sleek, tactical style stock in ...
  • Gear Review: Winchester Varmint HE 3/1 Segmenting Bullet April 21, 2011 Winchester Ammunition continues to pioneer innovation and expand its rimfire offerings in 2011 by adding the Varmint HE™ 3/1 Segmenting expansion bullet to its rimfire hunting lineup. The unique 3/1 segment design exclusive to Winchester, features a 37 gr plated HP fragmenting  expansion bullet that delivers a blistering 1435 fps velocity, optimized for maximum accuracy. The ...
  • Gear Review: Hurricane Archery Target April 14, 2011 Awesome archery target! With its new Tri-Core Technology for excellent durability and performance; high-visibility design; and its surprisingly low price, there’s no wonder that the new Hurricane Bag Target is flying off the shelves at archery shops around the country. The Hurricane offers deer vitals on the back that are offset from the sweet spots up ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Bean-Hole Beans April 12, 2011 Recipe Special: Baked beans with bacon cooked in an underground pit are the best beans ever. I love baked beans and, contrary to what some contemporary cooks might think, I’m not full of hot air when I boast about bean-hole beans being the best beans recipe ever! (Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman Magazine Print ...
  • Gun Review: .22-250 Tikka T3 Varmint and the Kahles KX Scope April 11, 2011 For Varmint Hunting, This Gun And Scope Is One Deadly Duo Hunting varmints requires a rifle and scope that can deliver unparalleled accuracy out to ranges that test the limits of both the equipment and the hunter. Whether hunting ground squirrels or coyotes, the target or kill zone is small — to say the least — ...
  • 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: Swarovski EL 50mm Binoculars March 31, 2011 Swarovski Optik’s new EL 50mm binoculars with “Swarovision” technology specially developed for greater viewing comfort, especially for eyeglass wearers. Using a field, which the company claims helps to create a true image, it is possible to produce diamond-bright image resolution right up to the very edge of the field of view ensuring the finest detail ...
  • Essential Hunting Guide: Setting Up a Spike Camp March 28, 2011 I have used spike camps to hunt mountain sheep, caribou, mountain goat, mule deer, elk, bears and even moose. In fact, I have taken my best Dall’s sheep, mule deer, mountain caribou, grizzly bear, and moose with the aid of a spike camp. But what actually is a spike camp? I suspect any number of ...
  • Gun Review: The Winchester SX3 Extreme Turkey March 25, 2011 Is The Winchester SX3 Extreme Turkey — The Ultimate Turkey Gun? Whether you hunt southeastern BC, southern Manitoba and Ontario or Alberta’s limited entry draw — you know there are guns that one can use to hunt turkey and then there are “turkey guns.” Turkey guns are shotguns designed solely for the purpose of hunting turkey. ...
  • Archery Talk: Bears & Bows March 14, 2011 Contrary to popular opinion, black bears are not the vicious creatures that our mainstream media make them out to be. You’ve probably heard me say this before, but here it is again — the only thing predictable about bears is that they’re unpredictable. That said, under most circumstances, they want nothing to do with people. ...
  • Gear Review: Hunters Specialties Tek4 Women’s Line March 11, 2011 Hunter’s Specialties Scent-A-Way TEK4 Women’s Line Last year, Hunter’s Specialties unveiled their Tek4 base-layer clothing — garments that are not only comfortable, moisture wicking and have the uncanny ability to keep the user cool on hot days and warm on cool days, but thanks to infusing of silver technology, were also anti-microbial… meaning they eliminated odour. ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Your Guide to Game Steaks March 8, 2011 In my book, a perfectly cooked game steak not only needs — but also deserves a special topping to crown it king of the platter! Below are a few cooking tips specially geared for game and some mouthwatering toppers that add excitement and flair to any steak — be it deer, moose, elk, buffalo, bear ...
  • Hunting Adventures: The Trophy Hunter? March 4, 2011 I was asked the other day by a non-hunter if I was a “Trophy Hunter.”  My immediate, emphatic, unapologetic response was, “You bet I am.” And I am.  I have several sets of trophy antlers at home.  None of them are anywhere close to getting me into the Boone and Crockett record books.  None of them ...
  • Special Firearms Feature: The Beretta Private Reserve February 28, 2011 Take a rare step inside a 500-year-old collection from the world’s oldest gunmaker: Beretta. Family owned for five centuries, Beretta Arms Manufacturing Company is the world’s third-oldest corporation. Based in Gardona Val Trompia, in the Brescia region of Italy, the company is so ancient records of its early days are spotty— although most agree it was ...
  • Gear Test: Remington Clothing 4-in-1 Parka February 21, 2011 This past fall, I had the chance to wear some of Remington’s new clothing items. I wore the Remington 4-in-1 parka, insulated pants and reversible bomber jacket. The jackets and pants were very warm and comfortable. I found the zippers very smooth and easy to operate, even while wearing gloves on cold days. I’m a gear ...
  • Special Recipe! Crock-Pot Game Cookery February 14, 2011 Recipe special: Slow-cooking is the fast way to put supper on the table. What I enjoy most about crock-pot cooking recipes, aside from the fact that slow-cooked foods, especially meats, are extra tender, moist and delicious, is that I can be gone away all day at work or play and still come home to a hot ...
  • Archery Talk: Judging Distances February 7, 2011 Your technical archery skill may be second to none, but misjudge the distance, and your arrow will surely miss its mark I know some incredible archers, several of whom are also outstanding bow hunters. As I strive each year to improve my own skills, I look to these folks for tips and advice. Shooting both traditional ...
  • Your Essential Guide to Optics February 1, 2011 Your essential guide to optics — the key to a successful hunt. Optics have forever changed the way we hunt. They have allowed us to become highly  proficient and better hunters. We are now able to find and take game more reliably, under poorer light conditions, and at longer ranges than ever in the past.  Binoculars ...
  • Elk Hunting Essentials – Equipment List January 17, 2011 My checklist for elk hunting in the mountains of Alberta and BC has been pared down to the bare essentials with the goal to travel light because elk hunts can be grueling affairs. I now wear full camouflage clothing — fall brown or fall grey depending on whether snow is absent or present, respectively — and ...
  • Predator Hunting Prospects January 17, 2011 Predator hunting: Consider the facts and it’s easy to see that the Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have a high density of predators. Mainstream game animals are on red alert, and rightly so; few other places in North America have the number of predators that we do. Something is always lurking in the ...
  • 3 Steps To Increased Rifle Accuracy! January 17, 2011 I have to say that I’m impressed with the stable of off-the-shelf products that rifle manufacturers are offering these days. It’s pretty hard to find a factory rifle that won’t shoot at least a 1.5-inch group at 100 yards and truthfully, with a little load tinkering, most will shoot right around One MOAWhile this is a ...
  • Gear Review: Hoyt Carbon Element January 17, 2011 Hoyt claims their 2011 Carbon Element is the pinnacle of the company’s engineering and design dominance — and it shows. Meticulously crafted utilizing a patent pending hollow carbon tube design with high-performance carbon fiber, Carbon Element is the lightest yet strongest bow the company has ever mastered. Not only does carbon provide for an extremely high strength-to-weight ...
  • Be A Snow Goose Pro! – Tactics and tips for hunting snow geese over field spreads January 14, 2011 Here are some awesome tips for goose hunting you need to know! Scouting Scouting is essential to a successful snow goose hunt. When targeting these birds, invest lots of time into scouting. As you figure out where to hunt, spend more time observing them than you would watching Canada geese or ducks. Goose scouting sessions should be ...