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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 yards downhill, the antlers of a red deer stag showed just above the little ridge that concealed its body. We had been stalking it for several hours, keeping hidden behind the hills as the herd meandered along. Eventually they had laid down … Read more »

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On three separate deer hunts, in three different Canadian provinces, in the same season, I was rewarded with exciting encounters with whitetail bucks across our beautiful country! Like many Canadian hunters, I wait for deer season all year long. I have become so passionate about pursuing whitetails across Canada that I simply can’t let a season end with a single tag. I decided to find a way to keep hunting, and on a budget. With careful planning and research, I managed to weave hunting opportunities for myself across three provinces for the following year. This is my 2012 quest for … Read more »

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I started crossbow hunting because I thought I could extend my range on white-tailed deer shots. Turns out I was mistaken. Modern compounds are capable of shooting just as far and packing just as much punch to put down a deer at distances of 50 metres and more. The problem wasn’t so much the technology, but the fact that arrows are just plain slow compared to bullets and whitetails have lightning-fast reflexes. Whether the arrow is flying at 280 feet per second like some 60-pound compound bows or 400 feet per second like my Mission MXB-400 crossbow, it’s still slow … Read more »

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For some, available time afield is the limiting factor. Other times, the juice simply isn’t worth the squeeze. I may have found a way to maximize the most of minimal hunting time, especially when working the typical nine-to-five rush. When hunting weekends, we are often looking for more than just first or last light. So, how do you make a day of it? In my experience, scout locations that offer combinations of cover and food sources, which attract and hold various species of game throughout overlapping seasons. Close to town I stumbled upon a series of small ponds in a … Read more »

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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 each summer. Antlers are amazing structures, one of the fastest growing tissues in nature. They are not permanently attached to the skull, but grow from specialized cells on the antler attachment site, the pedicle. Varying hormone levels, controlled by the animal’s pituitary gland, is … Read more »

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It was just laying there – a beautiful whitetail shed exposed in all its glory. I scooped it up and “saved” it from the bush. That day I was simply walking my dog along the edge of an expansive urban park, still within the boundaries of a provincial capital city. Deer sign had led me to this unsuspecting deer infested hotspot, with a number of them living right around people, traffic and industry. The great outdoors does not always need to be a wilderness realm or remote location. Sometimes what we seek can be found right under our noses, or … Read more »

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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 walking. At that point, my hunting partner whispered, “Call again, he didn’t hear you.” I explained to him that there was no need to use the deer call again because the buck had heard me and would come to investigate. My hunting partner looked … Read more »

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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 feat not easily attainable because of the physical demands involved and that the costs can simply be prohibitive. And while I would like to claim that I have successfully accomplished this challenge, I have not. I, along with many others with this dream, tend … Read more »

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