Angling industry takes on B.C. halibut closure
Jan 7, 2011
I sure hope Gail Shea has a big mailbox. And I hope she takes to heart what’s she about to hear. The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is the target of a new letter-writing campaign launched...
Elk hunt returns to Ontario this fall
Jan 6, 2011
Ontario’s first elk hunt in more than a century will be held in late September, in the province’s Bancroft-North Hastings area. Between 1998 and 2001, elk from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park were released in central Ontario’s Bancroft-North Hastings...
New SPOT device brings satellite communication to smartphones
Jan 4, 2011
The new Spot Connect satellite messenger and app allows smartphone users to send location-based messages from virtually anywhere on the planet. For several years SPOT has offered global one-way connectivity, via its Satellite GPS Messenger, but this still...
Recreational fishing lobbyist Phil Morlock receives U.S. conservation award
Dec 17, 2010
Phil Morlock, a long-time recreational fishing advocate, received the Brad Rowse Leadership Award last week at the 7th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Sportsman-Legislator Summit in Point Clear, Alabama. He was given the award for demonstrating...
Halibut anglers fear 2011 season will close early
Dec 16, 2010
Recreational halibut anglers could face the very real prospect of having the 2011 fishery end mid-summer, says the Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia. This past October the halibut fishing season, which usually runs Feb. 1 to Dec. 31, was suddenly...
B.C. professor wins Haig-Brown Conservation Award
Dec 15, 2010
Dr. Patricia Gallaugher of Simon Fraser University has been awarded the 2010 Haig-Brown Conservation Award, presented by the Totem Flyfishers, Vancouver’s oldest fly fishing club. Gallaugher is the director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Coastal Studies, and Continuing Studies...
Legendary Vancouver Island sports and outdoors writer dies
Dec 13, 2010
Ernie Fedoruk, a popular and longtime B.C. sports and outdoors writer, died Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 79 Fedorouk covered sports from 1957 to 1996 with the Victoria Daily Times and the Victoria Times Colonist, chronicling five...
Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon escape
Dec 8, 2010
The aquaculture industry must improve transparency and compliance in reporting escapes from open-net cages in the Bay of Fundy, says the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). Recently, salmon farms reported escapes of 13,000 fish off Deer Island, New Brunswick,
Dave Mercer to emcee Bassmaster Elite tournaments
Dec 6, 2010
Canadian fishing funnyman and TV personality Dave Mercer is the new mouthpiece of the Bassmaster Elite Series of tournaments, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) has announced. Starting with February’s Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, Mercer will control the...
Judge rules against Alberta Métis
Dec 3, 2010
A judge in Medicine Hat, Alberta, has rejected the argument that Alberta Métis have a constitutional right to hunt in the southern part of the province. Métis hunter Garry Hirsekorn was found guilty of hunting out of...
A big welcome to Canadian Fly Fisher and BassMan readers
Dec 1, 2010
Recent months have seen the unfortunate closure of two magazines serving Canadian anglers: Canadian Fly Fisher (”The best of Canadian fly fishing”) and BassMan (”The magazine for Canadian bass anglers. All bass, all the time”). These were niche magazines...
B.C man charged with feeding bears
Dec 1, 2010
In a case that made headlines around the world, a B.C. man has been charged with one count of feeding dangerous wildlife after police found as many as 26 bears on an alleged marijuana grow operation. Back in...
New book showcases national parks
Nov 29, 2010
Canada’s National Parks: A Celebration is a large-format 256-page hardcover with stunning landscape photography from each of Canada’s 42 national parks. In full colour, the book captures the essence of the Canadian landscape, and collects the...
Alberta teen wins Wildlife Habitat Canada youth stamp competition
Nov 23, 2010
Celebrating art and conservation, Wildlife Habitat Canada recently chose a painting by 18-year-old Bethany Harris from Millarville, Alberta, for its 2011 Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. The painting, entitled “Going Deeper,” depicts a moose walking through the snow into...
Synthetic Fish tale takes outdoor book award
Nov 18, 2010
A new book tackling the surprisingly compelling social and political history of the rainbow trout has won a one of the U.S.’s prestigious National Outdoor Book Awards. An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran...
Fly specialists RIO Products introduce Smallmouth Line
Nov 18, 2010
Canadian fly anglers who chase bronzebacks will have more choices than ever this spring, with the introduction of RIO Products‘ Smallmouth Bass line. The line was designed and tested by some of the top smallmouth guides, fly shop staff and...
Canadian scientists study cougar kill rates
Nov 18, 2010
Cougars prey primarily on wild ungulates, most commonly white-tailed deer, according to a new Canadian study. The study, published in The Journal of Wildlife Management has significant implications for managing the cougar harvest. Taking place from 1998 to 2008...
Canadian vies for world duck calling championship
Nov 18, 2010
When America’s top duck callers descend on Stuttgart, Arkansas, next week for the annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest, a lone Canadian competitor will be joining their ranks and vying for top honours. Bright, Ontario’s Dan Foster earned the right...
New fishing and hunting store to open in Ottawa
Nov 18, 2010
Ottawa-area anglers and hunters will soon have a new store catering specifically to their needs with the grand opening of SAIL’s fifth outlet, the Laval, Quebec-based company’s first store outside of Quebec. Set to open December 1, the...
U.S. unveils plans to stop Great Lakes-bound Asian carp
Nov 10, 2010
While some maintain it’s already too late, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forging ahead with a long-term strategy to prevent voracious Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin. Yesterday, the Corps...
TV’s Dave Mercer puts his Facts of Fishing on paper
Oct 19, 2010
TV funny man, tournament angler and fishing instructor Dave Mercer can now add “author” to his resumé with the publication of Facts of Fishing: 135 Secrets Fish Don’t Want You to Know. Co-written with U.S. outdoor scribe Terry Battisti,
8th Annual Kids Fish Art Contest underway
Oct 18, 2010
Here in my home province of Ontario, kids are encouraged early on to get in the habit of carrying a fishing licence, even though they’re not legally required to do so until they turn 18. Enter the...
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