50 all-time top tactics for hunting big game, waterfowl and upland birds in Canada
#31 To identify a boar when field-judging black bears, the ears should appear to be on the side of the head, not on top. Also note that mature boars often walk as though they’re stiff and sore.
#32 If you plan to mount your big-game animal, leave plenty of cape for the taxidermist to work with. Stop at the sternum when opening up the animal to field dress it, and protect the easily damaged head and cape when transporting them home.
#33 Whenever you shoot a big-game animal, make a mental note of exactly where it was standing before it ran off. To follow a blood trail, you need to know precisely where to begin, an especially difficult proposition without snow.
#34 If you locate does or cows during the rut, you can be confident bucks or bulls will be nearby. Be patient, knowing that males will always find females that are ready to breed.
#35 Elk can be exasperating to hunt—all those eyes and ears are tough to fool. They’re creatures of habit, however, so take the time to identify where they’re feeding and bedding, then plan your hunt accordingly.
#36 If you’re struggling to hit game birds, be aware that most misses arise from shooting behind or above the bird. To compensate, lengthen your lead and ensure your head is down on the stock before you pull the trigger.
#37 To narrow your search for Hungarian partridge, assume they’ll be in the stubble when it’s wet or damp out. As the day warms up and things dry out, usually by late morning, they’ll move back to traditional cover.
#38 If your friends and family say they don’t like eating wild game, it’s likely because you’re overcooking it. The low fat content makes game dry out easily, giving it that so-called gamey flavour, so never cook it beyond medium rare.
#39 When still-hunting, walk as slowly and stealthily as you can to avoid alerting game with your movements. If you accidentally make an unnatural noise, remain still for up to five minutes before proceeding.
#40 Even when you anticipate a short hunt, be prepared for the unexpected. To get you through most adverse situations, always carry a basic first-aid kit, lighter, flashlight, multi-tool, compass and communication device, as well as extra water.