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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 hiking with few stops and when I was just 150 metres from the rocks, one of the rams appeared and stared directly down at me. I was busted. The second ram came over to have a look and the pair stared at me for … Read more »

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Well we decided that we should give the North Saskatchewan River a try. We grabbed our spin reels and tackle and I had pre-assembled some bottom bouncers using artificial bait. If you don’t know what a bottom bouncer is, you use a three-way swivel and off one end is your main line, below that is the weight and then the third line, using about two to three feet of line, is your bait. We headed down to the river’s edge and right away I knew it was going to be trouble. In front of us was the perfect spot – … Read more »

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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 is generally good everywhere within these provinces, there are some areas that are my personal favourites.   Alberta’s pothole ducks The prairie pothole region of central Alberta, not far from Camrose, is my favorite Alberta location for waterfowling. The scenic rolling hills, numerous … Read more »

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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 winter was not as bad and game populations were not as heavily impacted. So, hunters should check the regulations carefully because there are some new opportunities to take advantage of and new restrictions to be aware of.   Elk Alberta elk hunters are going … Read more »

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After a few trips, I decided to try Muir Lake on my own. I awoke at 4:30 in the morning, jumped in my car and drove out there. I set up my chair and put my tackle together. I really believe in float fishing, where you fish with a bobber and a fly – it’s close to the natural food source the fish eat. The first time I went I just brought my chair, rod and tackle. During trips after, I brought a book to read. As much as I enjoy the fishing, I also enjoy the nature, the quiet … Read more »

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After a couple of fruitless trips to Muir Lake, plus someone telling us that Muir Lake is one of the toughest lakes to fish due to a lot of people fishing it, we decided to try fishing for pike. My wife and I had a trip coming up, to the Northwest Territories, and we needed to get the feeling of having a fish on the line. We packed up one morning and headed out to Wizard Lake, also near Edmonton. After a bit of research we figured out what we needed: a wire leader, some spinners and spoons and I … Read more »

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After my first trip to Muir Lake, with my wife and dog, we decided to leave the dog at home for the second trip, although spending time with the two is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I knew there must be a way to catch the fish out of there. Off to the store I went, and what I saw next took my breath away. There was aisle after aisle of lures, spinners, spoons, plastics and jigs. I had no idea where to start. So, with my mind spinning a million miles a minute, I left with nothing. … Read more »

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My journey starts at the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show, where my wife, who, wanting to get into more outdoor activities, purchased a rod and reel combination. Having my own at home, we purchased a few lures and a tackle box and we were set to go. First thing’s first – where do we fish in Alberta? We previously lived in the Red Deer area and I knew nothing about Edmonton and the surrounding area, so I went to the books. Thankfully I have a loving and supportive wife, and she brought home magazines that, over the next few months, … Read more »

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