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A new tackle empire in the making
May 9, 2009
The Clendon Stewart meets the Gooey Bob. Yesterday, tackle makers Gibbs/Nortac and Delta Tackle, both based in Delta, B.C., announced they have joined forces to form a new company, Gibbs-Delta Fishing Tackle. The merger allows both firms to...
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Top honours for fishing’s champions
May 4, 2009
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the National Recreational Fisheries Awards, which were presented earlier today during a ceremony in Ottawa. Now in its 20th year, the awards program recognizes and celebrates the efforts of individuals or...
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I did the Don, and so did Jon
May 3, 2009
Thank you to all who sponsored the Outdoor Canada canoe for this morning’s Paddle the Don fundraiser. And a special shout out goes to my good neighbour and fishing buddy, Jon Baker, who did me a big solid by...
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We’re having fresh wild turkey tonight!
May 2, 2009
Well, I’m down one turkey load. I got my bird yesterday around 2:30 p.m., a nice, 16-pound jake with a 120-millimetre beard. I had been planning to hold out for a tom, but after a four-hour soaking...
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A bird’s eye view of my stomping grounds
Apr 29, 2009
What an interesting morning. My great friend Billy Shields recently earned his pilot’s licence, so I joined him and his stepfather (another licensed pilot) as passenger guinea pig for a wee jaunt up to Bracebridge, my hometown...
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Another book launch for one of our scribes
Apr 29, 2009
I’m just back from downtown Toronto, having attended the official launch of Charles Wilkins’ new book, High on the Big Stone Heart. Charlie is one of Outdoor Canada’s contributing writers, so it was great to help celebrate his latest...
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A late, great trout opener
Apr 27, 2009
Okay, so it wasn’t the opening day (that was Saturday) but I finally got in some trout fishing today on the Ganaraska River. The weather was great, and I had an excellent day of skinny-water spinning action...
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Doing my bit for the Don
Apr 24, 2009
It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Actually, it’s a lot of fun—and a great way to raise funds and awareness to help Toronto’s beleaguered Don River. On May 3, I will be joining some 400...
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We’re up for 5 National Magazine Awards!
Apr 22, 2009
I’m currently in Montreal for the annual nomination party for the prestigious National Magazine Awards and once again there’s great news for Outdoor Canada magazine (as well as our sister publications at Transcontinental Media). The nominations...
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A chance to share your hunting expertise
Apr 20, 2009
We here at Outdoor Canada magazine are currently conducting a comprehensive survey of hunting guides and outfitters across the country to learn their opinions on the best guns, cartridges, ammunition, optics and techniques for big game.
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From the department of good works…
Apr 17, 2009
Okay everyone, get out your daybook, calendar or PDA and make note of this date: Tuesday, October 20. That’s the big night for the annual Fishing Forever Dinner and Auction. Not only is it FF’s major fundraising...
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Hitting the mark in Alberta schools
Apr 16, 2009
The May issue of Outdoor Canada magazine, which is just now going out to subscribers, features a special guide for grown-ups on getting kids hooked on fishing and hunting (“Our children, our future,” page 43). In it, we...
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An outdoor life lived: Len Rich, 1938-2009
Apr 15, 2009
I was just preparing to finalize an edit on a guest opinion column by Len Rich when I heard the news early yesterday: Len had passed away in the wee hours of Monday, finally succumbing at age 71 to...
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Gung-ho gobbler turns party crasher
Apr 14, 2009
Attention turkey hunters of Ontario: it’s lookin’ good. The season doesn’t start until April 27, but already the toms are a courtin’—and coming in hot. Case in point: this past Saturday, a randy tom crashed through the...
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Trail Blazer boasts booming business—again
Apr 11, 2009
Recession? What recession? It was nice to learn this week that Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based Trail Blazer Products Ltd. has once again made Progress magazine’s list of Atlantic Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. This is the second time Trail Blazer has made...
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Waterfowlers spend; Walsh skiing, part II
Apr 10, 2009
This just in from Josh Winchell, a heck of a great guy I met in Ottawa back in 2000 at the Premier’s Symposium on North America’s Hunting Heritage. Josh now lends his talents as the information point...
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Where’s Walsh?
Apr 9, 2009
For regular readers of this blog: if you’re wondering about the scarcity of entries between now and next week, it’s because I’m taking a bit of R&R, hitting the slopes out in Alberta with my Canmore buddy...
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How to add your 2¢ to the registry debate
Apr 8, 2009
It’s been going on five years now since Stephen Harper first promised to scrap the long-gun registry if elected prime minister—and three years since he was indeed voted into the top public office in the land. Still,
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The end of traditional fly fishing. Or not
Apr 5, 2009
Every so often, we receive a press release from one tackle maker or another claiming their new product will change the way people fish. Many times, the promises are baseless, and the product fades away into obscurity. The...
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When a movie becomes a movement
Apr 4, 2009
I read a Reuters news article this past week about how young Asians are eating less and less sharkfin soup, long considered a delicacy throughout southeast Asia. Seems a combination of the economic downturn (the brew is expensive)...
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A bit of art to go with your fall bird hunt
Apr 3, 2009
I always keep my Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits once the fall hunting season is over. I’m a bit of pack rat, but they also serve as a good record of my yearly timberdoodle tally. Plus, I...
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Guessing at the PM’s gun bill motives
Apr 2, 2009
Depending on which way you look at it, federal Liberal opposition leader Michael Ignatieff has either risen to the bait or called Stephen Harper’s bluff. At a Liberal fundraiser last night in Toronto, Ignatieff pledged to defeat...
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