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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Deer Food Plot Basics Food plots are normally divided into two categories: kill plots and feeding plots. We’re here to help you decide what options are best for you and your land. How big should my food plot be? The size of your plots will be determined by several factors: The amount of land available, the type of terrain outside the boundaries of your property, the number of deer likely to be drawn to the food plot, and the purpose of your plot. Kill plots are normally smaller than feeding plots as they will be expected to sustain the deer for shorter periods of time. In a kill plot, all areas must be visible from a single point. Feeding plots are liable to see heavier use and therefore should be larger. Kill plots are normally [...]
Bass Season is finally here! We’ve left some tips, tricks and important information below to help you bring home the bass. Locations When deciding where to set up for the day, keep some of the following in mind: Bass love shallow, warm water with lots of plant life in it. They prefer still or slow-moving water which is why you’ll find them in lakes more often than in streams or rivers, and bass is one of the most cover seeking fish species around. They’re always looking for a good place to hole up - under submerged logs or brush. This means habitats like Lake Erie are ideal for bass. You also find lots of fish on Lake Simcoe or up north on Eagle Lake. Fishing Times The best time for bass fishing is early morning [...]
Contest Updates: We hope you all had a great long weekend, some of you even got in some turkey hunting in! We got some warmer weather, and finally saw some sunshine. With less than two weeks left in the season now is the time to bring in your birds. Just like the weather, this contest is heating up! Our winning entry this week was from the hunter who brought in the coyote and turkey combo the week before. His second bird was both hefty and double bearded! What an amazing bird, great kills two weeks in a row! Our first-place winner for this week is Jason Cooper. Congratulations Jason! Contest Reminders: Our contest continues until May 31st, which is also the end of the turkey hunting season. There is no need to register for this [...]
Our deer hunting checklist below can help ensure you never end up in the field without the essentials. Whether you’re a beginner buying hunting equipment for the first time or a veteran trying to get organized, you can use our checklist to keep your preparation on target.
How do you know which tactical smartwatch is the smartest for you? Let’s drill down on how they are constructed as well as what features and functions are available to you so that you can pick the best one that will fit all your needs. Here are the top qualities to keep in mind when shopping for your next tactical smartwatch.
It can happen to the best of us – getting lost while adventuring in the wild. Read on to discover the common pitfalls of wilderness navigation and how you can avoid them on your next adventure.