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I mentioned it last month and I’ll say it again: The wind is a hunter’s best friend and worst enemy, potentially all in the same minute. Wind direction and velocity can change quickly and it just takes one gust from the wrong direction to foil a plan that had been working perfectly. For many close-range hunters on the ground, constantly checking the wind and adapting is a must. Last weekend, I decided to try coyote hunting with my crossbow. My chosen location was in the bow zone, with many occupied dwellings close by, so I figured a quiet crossbow was … Read more »

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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 be.” Elk hunting success can often be summed up the same way. If you’re going to tag an elk, try to position yourself where elk are going to be, not where they have been. I’ve used this approach during my last four elk … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Keep your shooting skills sharp with this thrilling hunt I could hardly believe my eyes as the coyote came out of the ravine, tearing up the real estate between us, on a dead run towards me. I had only sat down in the snow on the edge of the brush mere minutes earlier and gave one short burst of calls from my faithful mouth call before the action started. When deer season comes to an end in late November or early December, most hunters reluctantly put away their … Read more »

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A Modern Classic: The Winchester Model 1885 Hunter Rimfire .17 Winchester Super Magnum Varmints beware When a classic rifle meets the fastest commercially available rimfire cartridge, it is a union worthy of a very close look.   History As the model number suggests, the Winchester Model 1885 has been around for well over a century. It is a single-shot rifle with a falling block action, of which two models were produced – a Low Wall and a High Wall. The High Wall receiver has sides that extend up to the top of the barrel, whereas the Low Wall receiver sides … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Wild pigs are one of the most adaptable and tenacious critters on the planet. They can thrive in just about any habitat, from the swamps or jungles of the south to the forests and mountains in the north. I have hunted them all over the world, from northern Russia, Austria and Africa to non-indigenous countries such as Australia and New Zealand. But that is just half the story, as wild pigs have, in many instances, become a real threat to the land base right here in North America. The problem is … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! A hunting alternative for those that don’t want to sit in a stand I’d venture a guess that most whitetail hunting in western Canada is done from stands or blinds located along major travel routes or the edges of feeding fields. Whitetails are one of the most aware creatures in the woods and all of their senses are highly tuned for detecting danger. They have incredible eyesight and hearing, and a nose that just can’t be fooled. To me, they are the North American animal that most tests the … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Think about how, when and where you’ll use your decoys before you buy As a waterfowl hunter, I love decoys and can’t ever seem to have enough of them. It seems every year I add more decoys to my spread. My collection includes both duck and goose decoys and consists of full bodies, shells, windsocks, silhouettes and floaters. While each variety of decoys will attract and lure birds, there are times, locations and conditions where one decoy type is better suited than the others.   Full-body decoys Full-body decoys … Read more »

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Back home After driving back from Saskatchewan and staying overnight in Winnipeg, I flew home to Ottawa and hit up a Canadian Tire store to purchase my non-resident licence (a quick and easy, but expensive, step.) My brother and I headed out to our cottage, where we had both grown up and first learned to deer hunt together. My brother had been scouting our old spots, but got the most consistent trail camera photos of two eight-point bucks living in the dense cedar bush immediately around our cottage. I prepped a stand, confirmed my crossbow and hoped I could complete … Read more »

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