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Secrets of the pros

Hunting secrets of the pros

85 Canadian hunting guides share their top tips

We sent our exclusive surveys to approximately 800 Canadian hunting outfitters. About 85 responded from across the country, which is outstanding considering it was conducted during their busy booking season.

Combined, their hunting experience total 2,580 years. I can’t even begin to imagine how many hunting days, animal sightings and harvested game that represents, with the average years afield at 30.4.

We asked the ultimate questions: What one cartridge can do it all the best? What are the top two-cartridge batteries? What are the best options for optics? Here are the results.

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. 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.

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