GENERAL

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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: 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 – ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...