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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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Excellent middle ground lies somewhere between a fully guided, fly-in bull moose hunt, and a drive-in, road-based hunt with the gang. An eager hunter on a budget, examining ways to either heighten their experience afield or success rates on a big mature bull moose, should give do-it-yourself (DIY) fly-in hunts a closer look. A group of four keen hunters is about perfect. It’s important to assemble the right people, ideally each offering a set of skills or knowledge helpful in a remote, wilderness hunt. This adventure begins with research and some form of local knowledge or contact on location. At … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Use these tried-and-true calling techniques to bring big bulls within shooting range The gigantic old bull was grunting and coming towards us as if he was on a string, with what looked like two sheets of plywood for antlers, swaying his massive head from side to side as he crossed the field on a crash-course with us. It seemed like the sounds of the love-sick cow call I had been mouthing was working perfectly and if the big brute continued on his path he would end up right in … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! We carefully packed our boat full of gear and motored down river to find a spot to set up our base camp for hunting moose. The heavy, grey clouds in the sky peppered us with intermittent showers, which occasionally turned to snow. Conditions were ideal for calling moose and planning our trip near the end of September would have us on the land in what I consider prime time. We traveled about 18 kilometres before finding an open shoreline with open timber to set up camp. The fresh moose … 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 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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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! BC received a lot of snow this past winter. However, whether that was an issue for game animals depends on where you look. In the north half of the province, there was lots of snow and it lingered well into spring; in fact, the northeast part of BC broke snowfall records. In the southern half of the province, there also was a lot of snow, but mostly at high elevation. The winter ranges on low elevations of the major river valleys were largely spared. So, while the past winter was severe, … Read more »

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