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A beginner’s guide to Turkey Hunting

A Beginner's Guide to Turkey Hunting The Ministry of Natural Resources strictly regulates hunting wild turkeys in southern Ontario. When does turkey season start this year? The Ministry of Natural Resources decides when all hunting seasons begin and end. The turkey spring hunting season traditionally starts April 25th. Season dates are available in the yearly guide which is on their website. There is a two-bird bag limit during the spring turkey hunting season. In the spring, only bearded birds are fair game. This rule protects the turkey hens during their laying season. There is also a fall turkey season. It begins in October. In the fall, part of the season allows for bow and part of the season is bow and shotgun. The fall season of turkey hunting has a single bird bag limit. [...]

2020-03-26T00:06:41+00:00March 20th, 2020|

How do I buy a used handgun?

How do I buy a used handgun? Keep yourself safe and your firearm purchase legal with our short guide to buying a used handgun. There are some great reasons to buy used guns. Used guns and gear, like a nice red dot scope, often get packaged together, providing more bang for your buck than buying all new gun accessories. What is the first step in buying a used handgun? The first step in buying a used handgun is ensuring that you have the correct licenses. It is necessary to have a valid RPAL (Restricted Possession Acquisition License) to obtain a handgun in Canada. To receive an RPAL in Canada, every applicant must complete a certified firearm training course. Gun laws in Canada for restricted firearms are stringent. As a firearm owner, you must have [...]

2020-03-13T02:52:35+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Parts of a Bullet

Parts of a Bullet When most of us think of a bullet, we picture its appearance before it fires out of a gun. However, in reality, a bullet is simply a projectile. It is a small piece of metal that shoots out of the barrel of the gun. Before being fired, all of the combined parts are called the cartridge or the ammunition. Four major components make up a cartridge: The Bullet (or Projectile) The bullet is a small piece of metal that makes up the tip of the round. It is the piece of the cartridge that fires out of the gun. So, what is a bullet made of? It’s often made of materials like copper, steel, lead, polymers, or even rubber. The Casing Sometimes in crime TV shows, people policing their brass [...]

2020-02-20T19:33:07+00:00February 19th, 2020|

Anatomy of a Compound Bow

A compound bow is a collection of simple machines that work together to give the archer a mechanical advantage when they shoot. Compound bows allow for more customization than traditional bows. Risers The riser is the central piece to which all other parts attach. The riser contains the grip and arrow shelf. It has universal mounting points that allow accessories like stabilizers, rests, and sights to attach to the bow. The limbs of the bow are bolted onto the riser. Cams Cams are a critical component of a compound bow. They are what allow compound bows to transfer so much energy into the limbs. However, when you reach the full draw of the bow, cams can ‘let off’ up to 90% of the pressure required to hold the bowstring in the full draw position. A [...]

2019-11-29T22:58:01+00:00November 29th, 2019|

Tips for Winter Archery

Winter Archery Bow hunting doesn't have to stop just because temperatures have dropped and snow has arrived! Properly prepared, bows are fully capable of performing in cold, wet weather. Before You Go Out Cold weather makes bows stiffer which puts more pressure on string and limbs. In other words, the cold makes the bow harder to pull back. Before heading into the woods, check the condition of your bow to make sure it is prepared for winter weather! Your strings and cables should be well waxed. Wax will protect strings from moisture that could damage them over time and will also help stop them from freezing. In addition, ensure that bow limbs are in good shape with no damage like cracked or delaminated areas. The cold can make damaged areas like these more brittle.  Wooden [...]

2019-11-16T00:49:58+00:00November 15th, 2019|

The Basics of Choke Tubes

Choke Tubes Shotguns are an incredibly versatile tool for hunters and sport shooters alike. One of the things that make them so useful is their choke tubes. Choke tubes are designed to change the pattern of the shot that is released when the shotgun is fired. By changing the little tube in the front of the barrel, a shooter can increase firing distance or accuracy. By changing the choke tube, a hunter can specialize their firearm for specific hunts. Choosing the right choke tube can make a huge difference when it comes to the success of a hunt. Turkey hunting, for example, requires a different shot pattern and distance than dove hunting. There are 4 major types of choke tubes: modified, cylinder, improved, and full. Each choke tube serves a different purpose. In addition to [...]

2019-11-03T02:18:26+00:00November 1st, 2019|

Why is Firearm cleaning important?

Why does a firearm need cleaning? Over time, firearms can be damaged by buildup, corrosion and rust, and even just regular friction as parts rub together. Regular cleaning can help maintain all the moving parts inside your firearm, stop it from jamming, and keep it functioning for years to come. Buildup Every time a firearm is discharged, minute particles of carbon, lead, copper, steel, or plastic are deposited inside the bore and chamber of a gun. Over time, these particles build up inside the bore. This buildup, also called fouling, causes reduced accuracy and increases the chance of misfiring. How much it affects the gun depends on the type of ammunition used and the quality of the firearm. Too much buildup can cause interruptions in shotgun shot patterns or reduce accuracy in precision rifles. The [...]

2019-10-11T22:24:33+00:00October 11th, 2019|

Hunt Reports

Changes to Reporting Laws   For the first time this year, every hunter who receives a tag must complete a hunt report even if they did not fill their tag. This is mandatory and there are serious penalties for forgetting to report or reporting false information. Every hunter needs to educate themselves to make sure they’re not penalized.   What are the new Rules? Starting this year, every hunter issued a tag for moose, elk, deer, bear, wild turkey, and wolf/coyote must complete a hunter’s report unless you live in an area where a tag is not required (like coyote in parts of southern Ontario). Even if your hunt isn’t successful, you still have to report it. If you never make it out to hunt, you still need to report it. The new online licensing [...]

2019-10-09T19:02:34+00:00October 4th, 2019|

Bush Kit: Must Haves for the Fall Hunter

Hunting season is here. While we are all eager to get into the bush, it is important to be prepared. Accidents happen even to the most seasoned hunter.  A good survival kit could make all the difference in an emergency situation. Even if the hunt goes off without a hitch, there are still certain supplies that need to be brought along. We’ve split the “Must-Have Bush Kit” suggestions into a couple of categories: First Aid, Survival gear, and Hunter’s Kit.   First Aid Kit: This element of the survival kit is a must. To be properly prepared for the type of accidents that can occur in the bush, it’s important to have more than a few band aids in your pack. First Aid Kits vary in size and contents. Here are a few suggestions for [...]

2019-09-26T15:59:04+00:00September 20th, 2019|

Stoeger Range Day- Firing Benelli, Beretta, Sako, and Tikka

Stoeger Range Day Monday, I used a shotgun for the first time. I had a blast. My boss, Dave, took me along to the Stoeger Range day at the Galt Sportsman Club and he showed me the ropes as we tried out all the fantastic firearms from companies like Benelli, Beretta, Sako, and Tikka. As an office worker upstairs here at Triggers and Bows I definitely have less experience shooting than many of the knowledgable staff down on the floor. I was very excited by the opportunity to join in on the Stoeger Range Day. I learned so much! Skeet We started the day with Skeet shooting. It looked hopeless for me in the beginning. I couldn’t get a sense for where I needed to place my shot, I was having trouble with the ‘swing’ [...]

2019-08-16T17:35:16+00:00August 16th, 2019|