Hunting

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 [...]

2020-06-30T19:58:54+00:00June 25th, 2020|

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 [...]

2020-05-01T19:10:19+00:00April 9th, 2020|

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|

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|

Deer Food Plots: What You Need to Know

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 [...]

2019-08-02T18:04:03+00:00June 28th, 2019|

Preparing for Bass Opening- Location, Time, Tackle

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 [...]

2019-08-02T18:06:20+00:00June 21st, 2019|

Wild Turkey Contest Week Three

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 [...]

2019-05-21T17:43:47+00:00May 21st, 2019|