Free Range

fishing therapy

Fishing as therapy

by Gord Ellis | June 25, 2018

Fishing has always been a great source of pleasure to me. However, it’s only been as an adult that I’ve realized the power of fishing therapy.

conservation tradition

A different kind of conservation tradition

by Gord Ellis | May 24, 2018

The first conservation-oriented fundraising dinner this columnist ever took part in was over 30 years ago, in my hometown of Thunder Bay. It was one of the very first dinner auctions put on by the North Shore Steelhead Association…

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…

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…

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…

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A bass tournament with my boy

by Gord Ellis | September 19, 2017

I have two boys and both have grown up fishing, hunting, and playing outdoors with their old man… Austin has proven to be a very good tournament fishing partner…

bad things - gord with wrapped finger

When bad things happen to good people

by Gord Ellis | June 21, 2017

Like most people, I like to believe I’m careful and not clumsy.  In the bush and when hunting or fishing, I go out of my way to avoid trouble. Yet despite my best efforts, things still happen.

A goodbye to my favourite waders

by Gord Ellis | May 17, 2017

I’ve been realizing that a long-time part of my steelhead fishing life is about to be retired. My favourite waders have finally passed their best before date.

buck hunt

A buck hunt that worked

by Gord Ellis | February 15, 2017

I stopped dead, and stared at the deer. It was a buck with the curl of its golden antlers visible. It had locked onto my position, but I didn’t move a muscle…