Ice Fishing Essentials

Ice fishing is a favourite winter pastime for many Canadians, but when you’re heading out onto the ice, what should you take? Ice fishing requires different gear than regular warm weather fishing. We can break down the required equipment into two categories: cold weather gear and ice fishing tools. Cold-Weather Gear Warm Clothes Before heading out onto the ice, it’s important to make sure your clothing is suitable for the subzero conditions. Layers are key for staying warm and dry. If you start to overheat, you can remove a layer and then add it back on if you start to cool down. Staying dry is critical, and if you overheat and sweat, you’ll soon find yourself chilled. Boots and Cleats Good boots are also important. Look for Ice fishing boots that are warm and waterproof. [...]

5 Must-Have Items for Tree Stand Safety

Deer hunting is a popular event in Ontario. Whether using a bow, shotgun, or rifle, hunters will be out in force this autumn. Many hunters who take to the trees for deer season forget to consider their own safety when climbing into their stands. Hunting 20 feet off the ground provides great advantages, but hunters need to acknowledge the risks involved in tree stand hunting.    Thousands of hunters take a fall from their tree stands every year. Falling from a tree stand is one of the most reported hunting accidents each year. Many of those falls will result in serious injuries effectively ending a hunter’s season. So, stay safe while deer hunting with our five must-have items for tree stand safety.   Safety Harness Before taking a single step off the ground, make sure [...]

How to Choose an Arrow

There are several important factors to consider when choosing an arrow. An arrow’s overall weight and stiffness can affect how it flies. It’s important to ensure your arrow is heavy enough for the type of shooting you will be doing. Arrow weight is also a critical factor in how well your bow handles the stress of shooting. Understanding how to pick an arrow with a proper spine has several key factors. We’ve created this guide to help when choosing an arrow. What does arrow spine mean? The spine of the arrow refers to how an arrow shaft's stiffness. Depending on the strength of the bow, arrows require a different amount of flex to fly properly. A properly balanced arrow will flex as it leaves the bow, then return to true and fly straight into the [...]

A Beginners Guide to Fishing: Fishing Gear

How to Catch More Fish  When you first decide to go fishing, deciding what gear to buy can feel very daunting. We often have people in our store ask us, "what do I need to start fishing?" We decided to put together a $100 tackle box with everything you need to start fishing as a beginner. This basic tackle box will have everything you need regardless of the types of fish, fishing from the dock for sunfish, or bass fishing on the lake. Fishing License Before you can head out to the water, if you are 18 and over or under 65 years old, you need an Outdoors Card and License to fish. You can get these on-line or at approved retailers or participating Service Ontario locations. If you are under 18 or older than [...]

Archery Point Types

Have you ever needed to look for arrow tips? Picking which ones to use can seem overwhelming when you first start comparing them. There are so many tips to choose from and each is slightly different from the next. It’s important to ask yourself what kind of tip is needed. Depending on what you’re doing, the type of tip may change. Combined with weight and size, every kind of tip excels at different activities. Today, we’re going to talk about the basic types of archery points, also called arrow tips, and when to use each kind. We can break archery points down into three major categories: small game points, practice points, and broadheads. There is some overlap between small game tips and practice points. Some tips work for either activity, but other designs work [...]

What do I Need to Start Turkey Hunting?

Have you ever wondered what essentials you need to start turkey hunting? We asked our experts in the store what products they would recommend to new turkey hunters. Turkey Locator Calls: When you’re trying to find turkeys, it’s better to use a sound from their environment that they’ll respond to as opposed to a turkey noise. Locator type calls are often other species of birds that turkeys will gobble at naturally. Using a turkey locator call will arouse less suspicion from wary turkeys than an endless wave of turkey calls. The Strut Hooter from Hunter Specialties is great to use in the early morning or evening. It’s perfect for finding turkeys in their roosts. You can use this type of call to locate them before your hunt begins. The benefit of calling at night [...]

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. [...]

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 safe [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]