BIRD

  • December 19, 2014 - Deciding On Decoys
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Think about how, when and where you’ll use your decoys before you buy As a waterfowl hunter, I love decoys and can’t ever seem to have enough of them. It seems every year I add more decoys to my spread. My collection includes both duck and ...
  • September 30, 2014 - Training Your Gun Dog
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! If you want to be shown a glaring example of your shortcomings as an amateur gun dog trainer, share a duck blind with someone who has had their dog professionally trained. I did just that last year on a cloudy October morning, with more ducks ...
  • September 23, 2014 - Game Bird Hunting & Fly Tying
    Throughout the western provinces, a wide variety of hunting seasons are well underway during the month of September, and one of those hunting seasons is upland game bird. However, many fly fishermen are still on the rivers and lakes, catching a variety of trout species that are beginning to strap on the feedbag to prepare ...
  • August 28, 2014 - Duck Hunting From A Kayak
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! An alternative to traditional duck hunts on the water Have you ever wished you could silently approach a flock of ducks hiding in a cattail marsh? Have you ever dreamed about setting up a decoy spread on a distant shore, but had no way of accessing ...
  • July 8, 2014 - Run And Gun Turkey Hunting
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! When turkeys are scarce hunters can try running and gunning Being from Alberta, I haven’t hunted turkeys a lot but I’ve been fortunate enough to hunt with some of North America’s best and I’ve been a pretty quick study. Add to that the fact that I’ve ...
  • May 23, 2014 - Ruffed Grouse
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! We western Canadians know winter, and few of us really like it. This goes for wild animals and birds, too. Many local birds just pack up and leave for warmer climates for the winter, but one of our favourite game birds, the ruffed grouse, does ...
  • May 13, 2014 - Find The Right Shotgun
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds!   I must admit – I love busting birds, be they of the clay, upland or waterfowl variety. I’m not sure how many rounds I have put down the barrels of the many shotguns I have owned over the years, but it has to be in ...
  • May 6, 2014 - Rimfire Hunting Opportunities
    Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles!   When winter is coming to an end for another year and people are getting the urge to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, there are several hunting options with your rimfire rifle that are often overlooked. Crows, pigeons, magpies and squirrels can make for a great ...
  • May 5, 2014 - Canadian Turkey Hunting Slam
    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 ...
  • April 25, 2014 - Calling In Ducks
    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 ...
  • March 24, 2014 - Bow Hunting Merriam’s Turkeys
    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 ...
  • January 30, 2014 - COOKING WILD: Duck Pot Pie
    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, ...
  • November 28, 2013 - Monster Geese In Manitoba
    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 ...
  • November 4, 2013 - The Great 28
    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 ...
  • October 8, 2013 - Tips For Successful Goose Hunting
    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 ...
  • September 17, 2013 - Waterfowl Hunting On The Prairies
    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 ...
  • September 13, 2013 - Hunting Forecast 2013: Manitoba
    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 ...
  • September 12, 2013 - Hunting Forecast 2013: Saskatchewan
    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 ...
  • September 11, 2013 - Hunting Forecast 2013: Alberta
    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 ...
  • September 9, 2013 - Hunting Forecast 2013: BC
    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 ...
  • August 12, 2013 - Jump Shooting Ducks
    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 ...
  • May 3, 2013 - Snow In Saskatchewan
    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 ...
  • November 2, 2012 - Western Canada’s 2012 Hunting Forecast
    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 ...
  • October 26, 2012 - Your Guide to Effective Duck & Goose Hunting
    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, ...
  • September 24, 2012 - Become a Better Goose Hunter
    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 ...
  • September 19, 2012 - Cooking Wild Recipe: Italian-style Wild Turkey Fingers
    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 ...
  • April 11, 2012 - Cooking Wild: Duck With Wild Cranberry Drizzle
    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 ...
  • March 14, 2012 - Gear Review: Undertaker XT Ported Choke Tube
    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 ...
  • February 29, 2012 - Gear Review: HS Strut Sawed-Off Box Call
    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 ...
  • November 18, 2011 - Gear Review: Winchester Blind Side Shotshells
    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 ...
  • November 16, 2011 - Cooking Wild Recipe: Grouse Satay
    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 ...
  • November 11, 2011 - How To Be A Better Waterfowl Hunter
    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 ...
  • September 2, 2011 - Cooking Wild Recipe: One Duck, Two Dish Supper
    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 ...
  • June 10, 2011 - Gear Review: Browning Bird N Lite Upland Apparel
    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 ...
  • April 25, 2011 - Detailing Your Turkey Shotgun
    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 ...
  • February 14, 2011 - Special Recipe! Crock-Pot Game Cookery
    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 ...
  • January 14, 2011 - Be A Snow Goose Pro! – Tactics and tips for hunting snow geese over field spreads
    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 ...