Whitetail Prep Part 2 – Taking A Ride

Finally made it back out to my hunting spot in Eastern Ontario. We had left our cameras out there for several weeks i hopes that the local deer would feel comfortable to wonder in-front of our trail cams.  Continue reading

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My first Saskatchewan Black Bear

Another old clip i dug up was of my first black bear, harvested in Northern Saskatchewan. With my buddies at Steepbank Outfitters, there was never a shortage of bears at each stand.

Like I mention in the video description, back then, I wasn’t very well equipped when it came to recording my hunts. I had a borrowed, hand-held, video camera from a cousin of mine. No stand or tripod, and barely enough experience to catch the proper angels.

Since i wasn’t able to catch the final part of my hunt, I’ve added some pictures to give you a better look!

Thanks for reading!

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Saskatchewan Black Bear Close-up In Tree-Stand

Another old video of mine from one of the Northern Saskatchewan Black Bear hunts I went on. My friends at Steepbank Outfitters have THE best spots to be in. Check out their site for more video’s.

This female didn’t seem to be interested in the bait, but was set on climbing up into my tree stand. Being my first time out for Black Bear season, I needed up putting my camera down. Thinking back, I should have kept rolling….but in hindsight, it’s always easier said than done.

Top 5 Gun Dog Breeds

Choosing your canine partner can be a crucial part of your hunting strategy. Personality, temperament, natural abilities and which type of hunting you prefer are all things to consider. Though there are many types of hunting dogs (i.e. hounds and flushers), in this article, we focus on breeds that have natural abilities for pointing. Here are the reported top 5 breeds of dogs for hunting activities:

5- Cocker Spaniel:

gun_dog_with_pheasantThere are many kinds of Spaniard breeds but Cocker Spaniels seem to be the most popular. They have great gun dog instinct dating back to their English origins. They have very good temperaments for family life but have the capability for being great gun dogs. They are last on my short list because of their natural ability, but are more often used to be house or show dogs.

4- Irish Setter:

irish_setter_puppy_v_by_lesnydrwalObviously of Irish decent, this breed is many times overlooked as gun dogs. These are beautiful dogs that can find you woodcock and go win a dog show the next weekend. A bit bigger than their Spaniel cousins, they have the same lush coats  and fantastic water retrieving capabilities.

3- Labrador Retreiver:

labrador-retriever-05A great, well-rounded, gun dog. Their origins are a bit hazy but the consensus is that their from Western Canada, mainly Labrador on the Atlantic tip of Canada. Known for their water capabilities, Labradors are build to fetch downed birds in cold water. Over the years they have been groomed to hunt on land and point. You can’t ignore their popularity as a family dog either making it high on our gun dog list.

2- Weimaraner:

Weimaraner1The Weimaraner is HIGLY overlooked as a top 5 Gun Dog. Originating from Germany, this breed was mixed with many other breeds to be able to hunt waterfowl and larger game. They are high energy with a strong and tall build, with a killer hunting instinct. You need to absolutely train these dogs, and keep them social with your family. If left in solitude they will be wild, family life is an absolute must. An amazing hunting dog, if you can get your hands on one as breeder are very rare.

1 – German Short Haired Pointer

122b1edf509074d9c445d0319c6ca920My first choice, and I must say I have a bias…I bought one! My top pick for this short list. The GSP has a strong hunting, stalking and retrieving instinct. My GSP “Pepper” will stalk and point at anything from squirrels, birds and even the occasional fly around the house (she is known to eat them too…good girl!). They are high energy and need lots of exercise. This breed has been bread to hit the water with webbed paws and a short haired water resistant coat (not water-proof). I am personally training Pepper to hunt small game, retrieve downed pray in the water and also find sheds in the winter for my whitetail passion. GSP’s also need to be socialized with the family, you can’t leave them out in the yard. My dog will point out the most reclusive of partridge, but also cuddle up with you in the evening to keep the family company and safe. She is also what drove me to write this blog.

In sum, it is important to choose a breed that matches your hunting and family’s lifestyle as they will not only be your hunting partners, but your partner’s in life for potentially the next 10-15 years.

Switching My Dog To Raw Meat Diet…1 Week Later

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It’s been a little over a week since we switched Pepper to a raw meat diet from Aliments Crue Grenier. To be
honest, I was pleasantly surprised! I imagined that the change would take a least a week and that we would be having explosive diherrea episodes during that week. Luckily that wasn’t the case. Pepper took to it very well. Adding rice to the meat or the fist two meals really helped her stomach cope with it.

Here’s a look at the ingredients i mentioned in the last video. There’s a higher content of protein and lower Carbohydrates. If you want more info on this brand, feel free to contact me.

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Right away, her stool was harder and much less in volume. Before we started, the kibbles she was eating would leave her with a lot of digestive problems. Her stool was rarely consistent and smelled like….well..shit.

I don’t want to put this other brand down. It is better quality than most kibbles you would buy in bulk at any random store, but for my dog, it never sat well with her. Even other local known brands that we tried when she was very young would cause her digestive problems. When you have a small puppy that cries in the middle of the night because of loose stool, it isn’t fun.

Now, there’s hardly any smell and she doesn’t seem to be in any sort of discomfort. For an 8 month old pup, she can now last a little longer in her cage during the day without having that discomfort of exploding out the rear.

I’d have to say that, in general, her first experience with this new diet has been very good, she seems happy with the taste, no negative reactions to it, and it even cost me $10 less then her kibble brand.

GoPro – Fetch….Not What I Was Hoping For!

Today I was finally able to go out and buy the GoPro Fetch for my GSP Pepper. I’ve been dying to try this and couldn’t wait to see what kind of footage I could get while training her. It would let me get a much better perspective of what she’s doing and how she is seeing the world as we go along….If only I was able to afford more GoPro cameras!

Got home and strapped her in right away! Thought it would be a good time to test it out while I was feeding her. Unfortunately the GoPro battery decided otherwise, so the test would have to wait. Instead, I decided to leave it on her and see how she reacts to it while playing and doing basic commands that we’ve been working on recently. It took all but 20 minutes before this happened…

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I couldn’t believe that the strap snapped in two! I JUST bought it this afternoon, and didn’t even get to go outside with it. Now it should be noted that I indeed read the quick instructions for this harness, as I needed to make sure I was attaching it properly. When I first opened the package, I wasn’t sure if the front plate was required to be on (It is not required and should be taken off for smaller dogs). As per instructions, my dog was not left unattended….especially with my new GoPro Hero4 attached, and there was no check cord or leash attached to it (it isn’t made for that sort of thing).

In all fairness, the tear looks like it was just a weak link, a defect. In general, any of the GoPro products I’ve purchased are well-built. I try avoiding other manufacturers that make similar products, mainly because I hate buying things twice.

I hope this is not going to be a complicated thing to exchange or return…I hope.

Pepper Growing Up

When we bought Pepper, the breeder asked us to take some pictures and send it to him. Well…seeing as we were getting married 3 weeks later, it skipped my mind. So when he called 6 months later to ask how she was doing, I decided to make him a little video instead.

The captions are in french (the breeder is from Quebec city), but it was fun making it…and practicing with iMovie!