Read personal stories and gain insights from your favourite OOD hunting and fishing experts in Ontario OUT of DOORS blogs.

All tracks lead to spring

by Steve Galea | March 27, 2018

All tracks lead to spring. There is still snow on the ground in this part of the province. And, as I peck at these keys, turkey season is less than a month away and closing fast.. Those two thoughts converged in my mind seconds after I noticed a set of turkey tracks in the snow just down the road from my place.

Gord Ellis with a 48-inch muskie.

By the numbers: 3 personal bests I'd like to reach

by Gord Ellis | March 13, 2018

Whether it be a giant fish or impressive animal, these rare interactions lead to personal bests, or PBs. They are milestones in the outdoor experience. There are three I’d like to reach... some more achievable than others...

Limits

Setting your own limits

by Steve Galea | January 9, 2018

Of course, the decision to limit what you take is a personal one, but I’m proud to say I see hunters and anglers set personal limits all the time... do right by the areas you hunt and odds are good, you’ll continue to have fine opportunities in seasons to come.

unpredictability

The sheer unpredictability of hunting

by Gord Ellis | December 19, 2017

One of the great challenges of hunting, and perhaps the thing that draws so many of us back to the pursuit, is its unpredictability. There is almost nothing you can guarantee when it comes to the pursuit of a truly wild animal...

hunting traditions

A season of hunting traditions

by Steve Galea | December 11, 2017

There is a sense of comfort in all of these hunting traditions, because for the most part, our hunting grounds have not changed in all that time.

PFD

My inflatable PFD adventures

by Gord Ellis | December 1, 2017

I've been a fan of wearing an inflatable personal flotation device (PFD) for at least a decade, likely longer. Before that, I'd worn a variety of PFDs...

Trail Cam Photo Contest 2017

by Emily Walsh | November 23, 2017

Thank you to all entrants! See our 25 finalists below and vote for your favourite. The three winners will be announced Dec. 1. You can vote once a day and voting will be open...

Handcrafted fly reels of Wayne Petrevan

by Ray Blades | November 15, 2017

I absolutely love handcrafted tackle, whether it’s bamboo fly rods, reels, hooks, leather fly wallets, or flies. But what draws me to craftsmanship is the ownership of what they do. These are makers that are producing parts of themselves...

fall hunt foliage

A fall hunt foiled by foliage

by Steve Galea | October 10, 2017

The early opening of the small game season this year in my area is something I was grateful for. But honestly, I will be far happier hunting during the end of the season. The reason is foliage.