11 essential turkey-hunting tips from an expert gobbler getter
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Ken Bailey
5d ago
Patience is key to taking down a tom Jim Clarke is Alberta’s acknowledged wild turkey guru, and a leading advocate for bolstering the province’s turkey populations through the introduction of Eastern birds into suitable habitat. He’s also hunted turkeys in several provinces and states, but more importantly, he’s graciously helped countless inexperienced hunters harvest their first bird. So, when I recently started thinking about my upcoming annual turkey excursion with the Mentor and the Urban Dandy, my long-time turkey-hunting partners, it occurred to me to reach out to Jim for a little extr ..read more
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Baiting spring bears? Follow these proven best practices
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Ken Bailey
1w ago
Identify areas bears frequent that are off the beaten path or difficult to access (photo: David A Mitchell/Flickr) Baiting is undoubtedly the most effective way to hunt spring black bears, but it’s not as simple as throwing out a bucket of donuts and waiting for a big boar to waltz in. It takes a lot of work to be consistently successful at the baiting game, and you need to follow established best practices. For starters, do your homework before deciding where to bait. That means identifying areas bears are known to frequent that are off the beaten path or difficult to access—the less competi ..read more
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These 3 Canadians were recently honoured with prestigious U.S. accolades for their outdoor accomplishments
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Outdoor Canada
1w ago
Way to represent! This past winter saw three Canadians honoured with prestigious accolades in the U.S. for their noteworthy outdoor accomplishments on this side of the border. And the awards go to… BARRY M. FITZPATRICK CONSERVATION AWARD The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) established this award in 1993 to honour those who have made significant and outstanding contributions towards fisheries conservation. For that, Carleton University’s Steven J. Cooke (above) more than fits the bill. As Professor of Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology, and Canada Research Professor, he has lo ..read more
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4 impressive new fishing and hunting photos taken by Outdoor Canada readers
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Outdoor Canada
2w ago
We always enjoy seeing pictures of your fishing and hunting accomplishments—and learning the stories behind them. Please e-mail us your images to editorial@outdoorcanada.ca, along with any relevant details (who, what, where and when), and we’ll post them on Instagram and publish our favourites in the magazine There was still plenty of ice on B.C.’s Muncho Lake early last May when Hannah Piket caught and released this hefty laker while fishing with her finance, Travis McIsaac, who took the photo. Joining the Fort Nelson, B.C., couple was their regular fishing companion, Winnie ..read more
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6 crucial lessons turkey hunters can learn from observing hens
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Jeff Tribe
2w ago
Devin Homick (above) might not be the turkey whisperer, but he certainly qualifies as one. A lifelong resident of Norfolk County, the cradle of the Eastern wild turkey’s remarkable return to Ontario, Homick is a passionate turkey hunter with 15-plus years of experience. He takes every opportunity to head into the spring woods with his compound bow, and graciously shares his knowledge with others. His best advice? Learn from the birds themselves, especially the hens. “To me, every experience with a hen, tom, jake or multiple birds is something to learn from,” he says, noting that studying the ..read more
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Outdoor Canada’s 2024 Mother’s Day gift guide for outdoorsy Moms
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Outdoor Canada
3w ago
Looking for outdoor-themed Mother’s Day gift ideas? Check out this cool stuff, including technical fishing & hunting apparel, footwear, tackle, accessories and more, all designed for Canadian women who are serious about their outdoor adventures. And to all the moms across the land, thank you for providing us with joy, strength and inspiration. We truly appreciate it! SOFT COOLER BAG & COOLER CUBE RUX, the Canadian company behind the remarkably clever high-capacity gear hauler we highlighted last December, has now applied its design know-how to coolers. The 25L Soft Cooler Bag is ligh ..read more
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How to build—and hunt from—your own bear box
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Gord Nuttall
3w ago
The author with a bear taken when hunting from his DIY box blind Black bears are powerful and majestic animals, and any sign of their presence evokes a sense of awe. For hunters, bear sign also means the game is on, especially when daytime photos of these secretive, nocturnal beasts appear on our trail cams. What’s even better is when a quality boar you want to harvest shows up in the photos. Just because you have pictures of a target bear, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean the hunt will be a slam dunk. Several times, I’ve had a large black bear appear during daylight hours on my bait-stat ..read more
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Gunning for your first gobbler? Check out these 6 essential tips
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Ken Bailey
3w ago
Patrick Walsh My very first turkey-hunting foray took place many years ago in Quebec, together with a group of outdoor writers. I shot a nice tom, although I must confess to learning little about hunting gobblers in the process. At home in Alberta, where turkeys are on a draw, opportunities are fleeting. Although I’ve been drawn twice in the past, there are now 17,500 hunters competing for just 125 tags, making it highly unlikely I’ll ever hunt turkeys in my home province again. The first time I drew a tag, I foolishly passed up a jake early on day one. Naively figuring turkey hunting was a r ..read more
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Buying a hunting knife? Here’s what you need to know about steel, handles, blade design and fixed vs. folding
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Ken Bailey
1M ago
Knives are essential for a multitude of hunting tasks, from gutting, skinning and caping to general camp chores. Not all knives are the same, however, so selecting the right one depends entirely on how you intend to use it. Here are some tips to help big-game hunters choose the best blades for their various needs. STEEL Entire books can be written about blade steel, but generally speaking, the harder the steel the longer it holds an edge and the more difficult it is to sharpen. Stainless steel blades are highly resistant to rust, and typically more affordable than high-carbon steel blades ..read more
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An homage to Canada’s Sportspal canoe, which has been reliably transporting anglers & hunters for 75 years
Outdoor Canada » Hunting
by Kevin Shackell
1M ago
When retired aircraft engineer Cedric Summers couldn’t find a canoe to suit his needs back in 1947, he diligently set about making his own. His material of choice? The same lightweight aluminum he used to build airplanes for the Royal Canadian Air Force. So was born the iconic Sportspal canoe in the basement of his home in North Bay, Ontario. Fast-forward to 1987, when Carl Crewson and two partners purchased Sportspal from bankruptcy and brought the business back to life. Crewson, who still goes to work every day at age 86, runs the company as a family affair with his son, daughter and a grand ..read more
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