A Different Reward Than Expected

A Different Reward Than Expected

In this day and age of instant gratification it is odd to have an experience where you take all the right steps diligently and not end up with a "positive" result. After spending hours out in the wilderness, my inclination based on societal training it to be very disappointed in not having a freezer full of meat. And yet somehow this is not the really the case. Sure there is a bit of that since I do want to be eating more hoofed  animals that I have personally harvested but since that is currently not an option I have been revelling in the experience of being out there.

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The Nature of Wild Animals

The Nature of Wild Animals

As is the new norm in October, my brother-in-law and I went out with a friend on Monday to an area south of the city we like to call 'partridge square.' We usually start our day at the range and make sure our shotgun skills are up to par and then continue on to what has always been a very fruitful location for upland game birds. But on this occasion not one bird flushed. It was a situation I had never been in emotionally.

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Before You Pull the Trigger

Before You Pull the Trigger

Out for my weekly practice yesterday with a friend and we ended up being retaught lessons we have already learned. More often than not the troubles we are having are our own damn fault, and if we had just taken a little more time copious amounts of time and money would have been saved. Here's what happens when you don't blame yourself...

...Humans are ridiculous, we all do it, all the time. And no matter how much we tell ourselves that is the general public that is the worst for it we fail to recognize it in ourselves. Passing the blame. Passing the blame to people, to timing, to inanimate objects, but never to user error.

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My Buddy Lee

My Buddy Lee

It's been a little while since my last post but now that we are getting back into the swing of things and hunting season is upon us I guess I better get back into it...

So my fascination with things that go bang continues; this time with a new-to-me-old-gun. It's a British gun, sort of. It was, at least,made during World War 2 for the British soldiers and was one of the best rifles of its time. My model though has some history of American involvement in the war... from before they were involved. The Making of the Lee Enfield No4Mk1* prompted the creation of the Lend/Lease agreement in the US, a document that allowed the non-committal yanks to get involved in the war without getting involved in the war. When shit hit the fan in WWII the Brits couldn't keep up production of the No4, with their 3 main factories being targeted by bombing runs, so they had to outsource to a more stable construction base, enter Longbranch here in Canada and Savage south of the border.

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Head on the Stock...

Head on the Stock...

...Eyes on the rock. It is a saying to live by, not just great shotgunning advice. The google has been teaching me how to be a better shotgunner and how to break clay more consistently. There is a ton of different ways of saying it but the one common theme through all of the good advice I read can be distilled down to that one saying: Head on the stock, eyes on the rock. There are 2 parts to this saying and both are as important as the other, and each on their own without its counterpart is actually bad advice. 

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I Play Favourites

I Play Favourites

It's nice out, finally. I am one of few that really loves the winter and doesn't mind the cold that we get here in Calgary, but I didn't realize how ready for I was warmth until yesterday. Yesterday was finally a great opportunity to get out to K Country and blow a few loads through my new set of pipes.

Those of you that know me well know that I like pretty things. And that I give preference to pretty things, and looking at this picture for me is reason enough to play favourites with this. Compared to my other shotgun which is a Remington 870E in all black synthetic, this Ringneck is something to behold.

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Locked Up

Locked Up

People everywhere (read: greenies) have this idea that hunters are cruel to animals, that we don't respect what we kill, that we do it only to feel bigger than another species and for the thrill of the hunt. But none of that is true for the vast majority of hunters. Initiatives like Ducks Unlimited, the Alberta Conservation Association and the World Wildlife Fund wouldn't exist without hunters. A good hunter cares about the land because what he hunts depends on it. Sure there are a few idiot hunters that hit the trails on their quads with guns firing in the air but they certainly aren't the majority. Search for deer locked up in Google and you will find a lot of results of people like these guys putting their lives on the line to save the lives of the hunted. The video isn't too long but it really does show what hunters are all about.

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Where to Buy Your Gear

Where to Buy Your Gear

If you read my get the basics gear guide you are going to need to know where to purchase your shit but one of the biggest problems with buying hunting gear is getting service. Asking questions of staff in a store is damn near impossible and then if you do manage to get a question off the chances of whatever staff member knowing the answer is slim to none. There are not a lot choices or where you can buy your gear, which doesn't help things. There are a few small independents around the city where you can get your firearms, if they happen to carry the guns you want in their, usually small, selection, but they don't generally have the other gear you need. 

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A Beginner's Gear Guide

A Beginner's Gear Guide

As a new hunter last year I found it very difficult to find a non retail biased list of shit you need to hunt. So I took some time to look at a few different blogs and lists and dove in head first. What I found is that after buying a few things that are cool and fun I found them to be unnecessary additions to my big camo pack. I have a few friends that are going to be getting into hunting over this year or the next as they can afford it, I thought I would compile a list of gear for them and all the other new hunters that don't want to spend the 15k it would take to get everything on a retailers gear guide.

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Opa's Gun... Or not.

Opa's Gun... Or not.

With hunting season 10 months away, and the weather not cooperating for me to get out and put some rounds through any of my guns at clay or paper, I was having trouble this morning thinking about about what I should do about the first post for the hunt section. Should I use a post I have already written about the past hunting season? Should I write about why I actually hunt and why I think being a vegan and saying you care about the environment and animals is hypocritcal bullshit? But then it came to me as I had my 3rd shot of espresso and piece of my birthday chocolate...

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