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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 flying than we even tried to count. Delou, my wirehaired pointing griffon, was beside me. A few metres away, my friend Russ sat next to his chocolate Lab, Mac. The birds had been coming in hard and fast since daybreak and it was still … Read more »

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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 for winter. But what’s the connection between fly fishing and game bird hunting? Fly tying. Each year during September, through to November, I try to balance both hunting and fishing outings. There’s been years where I’ve hunted whitetails in the morning and took my boat … Read more »

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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 fact it was a 28. “A 28? I thought those were a thing of the past!” he exclaimed. I am still surprised at the hunters today who say that sort of thing. The 28 gauge is one of those mysterious things that everyone … Read more »

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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 my buddy Dan Mosier spend the better part of September and October huddled in a cold blind, waiting in anticipation for a flock of wary Canadas to set their wings and commit to coming in to a meticulously laid out spread of decoys. … Read more »

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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 one year of relief between the two nasty winters allowed for some recovery. Otherwise, the situation could have been more dire.   Elk Provincial wildlife biologist Ken Rebizant said recent surveys in the Interlake found “expected numbers” of elk and that other hunted elk … Read more »

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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 big game manager, Brad Tokaruk, said that for deer, “if winter isn’t over by the end of March, it is bad news. It is just too long without decent food and their fat reserves are used up.” Winter was not over by the end … Read more »

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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 and private lands, is too much. Pheasants were first introduced in Alberta in 1906, and the province held its first open hunting season for the birds in 1932. In 1945, a provincial government hatchery was set up in Brooks, to raise and distribute these … Read more »

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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, all 10 began their ascent. On approach, wings were locked. All we had to do was offer a few confidence calls to close the deal. With legs down and wings fully extended, we nearly let them finish before go time. “Take ‘em!” … Read more »

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