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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 sun. Suddenly, two spectacular whitetail bucks magically appeared out of the woods, and a quick look through my binoculars revealed their massive antlers in all their velvety splendour. I knew in an instant it was the same buck I had been after last … Read more »

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I spent many hours on the computer trying to find the right rod for myself. In doing my research, I discovered that if you are going to purchase a rod/reel combination do not spend under $150, as anything priced under that does not last very long. I am a big believer that it is good practice to be wise when purchasing. If you are on a budget, yes, there are good options, but you will be spending the money again in a year or two. I wanted to get a rod that had a soft tip for jigging and creating … Read more »

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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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