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Ken Bailey

Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

Recent Posts

2015’s best new hunting gear: 6 great jackets, boots and packs
Aug 21, 2015
The year’s top equipment for keeping you warm, dry and comfortable when you're afield
Hunting
2015’s best new hunting gear: 11 loads, knives, calls and more
Aug 20, 2015
This year’s must-have new ammunition and accessories for Canadian hunters
Hunting
2015’s best new hunting gear: 7 stellar optics
Aug 19, 2015
The year’s top rifle scopes, spotting scopes, rangefinders and trail cams
Hunting
2015’s best new hunting gear: 5 fantastic shotguns
Aug 18, 2015
From a slim 28-guage, to an ultra-modern over/under to a fine semi-auto smoothbore, there’s something for every shotgunner
Hunting
2015’s best new hunting gear: 6 superb rifles
Aug 17, 2015
From affordable bolt-actions, to long-range smokepoles to updated classics, there’s something for every shooter
Hunting
Shotgun not on target? It may be the wrong fit for your body
Jul 16, 2015
Why a properly fitted shotgun is critical, and how find the right one
Hunting
How OC's hunting editor took on a classic Scottish hunting and fishing challenge—in Africa (Part 2)
Jan 28, 2015
After taking down a springbok ram in Part 1, Ken Bailey attempts to topple a brace of birds and land a fish... later that same day
Hunting
How OC's hunting editor took on a classic Scottish hunting and fishing challenge—in Africa (Part 1)
Jan 26, 2015
Ken Bailey's Namibian Mcnab challenge: shoot a buck, topple a brace of birds and land a fish... all in one day
Hunting
Why you should sometimes take aim at antlerless game instead of trophies
Jan 14, 2015
Hunting editor Ken Bailey explains why there's no need to get so hung up on headgear
Big Game
Why long-range hunting might not be right for you (and why that’s OK)
Dec 17, 2014
Hunting at extended ranges demands the right gear and know-how
Hunting
Pro tips for calling in big bull moose
Nov 17, 2014
14 Alberta guides share their secret techniques for luring in monster moose
Big Game
10 Canadian duck species—other than mallards—you should set your sights on this season (part 2 of 2)
Sep 23, 2014
Why you should take a break from duck hunting’s usual suspects and gun for something different, but just as tasty.
Birds
Have you ever wondered how hunting camouflage came to be?
Sep 9, 2014
Discover the secret history of hiding, as camo evolved from khaki to high-tech optifade
Hunting
10 Canadian duck species—other than mallards—you should set your sights on this season (part 1 of 2)
Sep 9, 2014
Why you should take a break from duck hunting’s usual suspects and gun for something different, but just as tasty
Birds
How not to get stranded on a remote island
Aug 6, 2014
Watching your boat drift away can ruin your whole day... or your life
Skills
Double time
Jul 29, 2014
For an all-around shotgun, nothing beats a side-by-side or over/under
Hunting
What stage are you at as a hunter?
Apr 8, 2014
In the 1970s, university professors identified five distinct states of hunter development. Find out where you fall on the list.
Tips
How much weight can a whitetail buck lose during the rut?
Dec 11, 2013
Find out how big a whitetail buck is likely to be during the prime of hunting season
Ask A Pro
How can I get my deer measured by a pro?
Dec 10, 2013
Hi Ken: How could I get my deer measured by a pro? I measured the width, and it was 23 inches, and I believe its antlers would score very high, because the tips are long. Thanks, Gilles Laforge (aka Buffalo) Congratulations on your big...
Ask A Pro
Late-season hunting tactics for big game and birds
Nov 22, 2013
Top end-of-season tips for successfully hunting big game, waterfowl and upland birds
Big Game
How to have a problem-free cold-weather hunt
Nov 15, 2013
In late-November whitetail hunt many years back, I stumbled upon...
Tips
What to consider when choosing a duck call
Oct 7, 2013
Back in my guiding days, I once had a client...
Birds
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