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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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) ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...