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So You Wanna Buy a Boat?

Gord EllisBuying a boat is a big decision for an angler. If you don’t have a boat, anything that floats is good. However, once you know what kind of fishing you want to do, potentially buying the wrong boat becomes a huge problem. If you’re in the market for a boat, consider some of these tips.

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Gord Ellis Outdoors, June 4, 2014

Written by: Gord Ellis

June 4, 2014 Issue #33-10You just never know what an opening day will bring. And this spring had been such an interminable torture test, that I was not super confident we’d even have open water in our favourite little fishing hole.

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Ten Hot Tips for Opening Day Walleye

Written by: Gord Ellis

The opening day of walleye season is always a time of anticipation. Are the rivers and rapids navigable? Will the ice be gone? And what of the fish? You just never know what can happen on the opener, especially after a winter like we‘ve just had. One thing is for sure, it’s always good at have a few tricks up your sleeves that can help fill your stringer. Here are ten tips to tuck away for this seasons opener.

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Dark Days for Moose

Written by: Gord Ellis It really has been the worst kept secret in the hunting world and within the Ministry of Natural Resources. But on April 16, the MNR finally released its moose tag quota numbers for 2014, and the news was not good.

“To ensure moose populations remain healthy and resilient, Ontario is reducing adult moose tags across the province by about 18 per cent for 2014,” said the carefully worded MNR release. “The reductions are in response to declining moose populations in northern Ontario, which were noted by provincial biologists during this winter’s annual aerial surveys. The largest tag reductions will occur in areas with the largest declines.” read more…

Last Call for Winter Walleye

Despite what the calendar says, it doesn’t really feel much like spring yet in Northwestern Ontario. This is a fact. Last weekend, during an ice fishing outing in Sioux Lookout, the snow was so deep at the edge of the lake it impossible to move. Ice depths are very close to extension time and we are still making ice. Yet despite what seems like an endless winter, we are into the last few weeks of the walleye season. The solid ice and good snow helps ensure good access for late ice walleye, and some of the best fishing of the year. There is something undeniably pleasant about catching walleye through the ice on a sunny, bluebird day in early April.

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Bob Barker and the Bears

It had to happen. There was no way on God’s green earth that anti-hunting and animal rights activists were not going to say something about the return of a spring bear hunt to Ontario, even in a limited form. However, you do have to wonder if Zoocheck Canada really was well served by turning to retired Price is Right game show host Bob Barker to be the mouthpiece. Last week, the now 90 year old Barker was made available to the press in Ontario to decry the return of the spring bear hunt. His comments occasionally sounded very much like he was reading off a supplied sheet of talking points.

“Everyone, anyone, would just be aghast at baby cubs being forced to stave to death. What a way to go, “ said Barker to CBC radio, his voice full of indignation. Barker also went on to term the baited hunt “barbaric” and said “you put out the bait , you wait until the mother shows up and you kill her. That’s very sportsmanlike, isn’t it.”

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Gord Ellis Outdoors – February 12 2014

Well the groundhog has once again decided we will have six more weeks of winter. And that means about 10 more weeks for us true northerners .So what better way to deal with that reality than think about open water things, like canoes.

Fishing out of a canoe is still one of my favourite things to do, although it happens a lot less these days then it used to do. There is no doubt you are closer to the action when you fish from a canoe. In many situations, a canoe is also the absolute quietest way to sneak up on spooky fish such as brook trout.

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The Strangest Things Happen in Winter

Ice fishing adventures are fun, for sure. But as we’ve already been seeing this winter slush and snow can create a lot of headaches as well. It’s amazing how fast fun turns to chaos. Some of the very oddest, funniest and, yes, scariest things happen in the winter. My guess is if you’ve been an ice angler or sledder long, you can relate. One of the craziest things about heading out ice fishing is navigating treacherous roads to get there. Many times you’ll get to a road that is completely snow covered, with ice as its base. These conditions are not really conducive to safe driving.
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First Ice Safety

First Ice Safety

It’s certainly feeling a lot like winter in most of Northwestern Ontario. Cold nights have been making ice, and there are already people drilling holes on this new lake skim in search of walleye, pike and brook trout. Yet first ice can be dodgy, and everyone need to consider some basic common sense rules before venturing out.

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November is for Deer

November is for Deer

November is the month whitetail deer hunters wait for all year long. It’s not the prettiest time of the year, and the weather can be downright ugly. But for those of us who are obsessed with chasing bucks, November is the month when the normally reclusive and wary whitetail will occasionally let its guard down. And mid November is prime time for taking a monster.

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