Numbers game

From 25 to 170,000—important numbers for Canadian outdoorsfolk

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100th

Anniversary of Browning’s BAR Rifle, first developed for the U.S. military and later transformed into a sporting version. Browning is commemorating the anniversary with the BAR Safari 100th Anniversary model (pictured).

4

136

Harvested wild ungulates from 2016 that have tested positive for chronic wasting disease under Alberta’s CWD surveillance program. As of mid-February, roughly 4,200 animals had been tested, with 1,000 more to go. The number of positives already surpasses 2015’s total of 116 out of 4,929 animals.

5

170,000

Canadian waterfowl hunters, down from a high of 505,681 in 1978, according to a special Delta Waterfowl report on declining waterfowler numbers. In the U.S., there are now less than half of the 2.03 million active waterfowlers recorded in 1970.

6

68

Wild boar ears submitted last year to Alberta’s bounty program to eradicate the invasive species. That’s down from a high of 199 in 2009, leading the province to end the bounty this past March.

2

25th

Anniversary of the introduction of the first laser rangefinder binoculars, Leica’s Geovid 7x42 BD (pictured). Marking the milestone, Leica has released the special edition Geovid HD-B rangefinding binos.