The Calgary group launched to ban so-called trophy hunting in Africa has turned its attention to Alberta. Many say the time has certainly come for hunters to band together to face threats such as these, address misinformation and educate whenever we get the chance. On that account, conservationist Shane Mahoney's channel on YouTube is a good place to start for sharp, insightful and balanced...
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Group wants trophy hunting banned in Alberta
Do you live in a province celebrating Family Day today? Any outdoor plans in store? Feel free to post pics here of your family enjoying whatever outdoor winter activity you end up doing. To get the ball rolling, here's a recent pic of managing editor Bob Sexton's 21/2-year-old twins on a neighbourhood sliding hill.
The Spring Fishing and Boat Show is now in full swing, so be sure to come down to the International Centre in Mississauga to check out all the great deals on tackle, perhaps buy that dream fishing boat, attend some angling workshops and more.

Today is "Muskie Sunday," and our own Gordon G Pyzer will be on hand to share his secrets for catching and releasing these magnificent toothy critters....
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The Spring Fishing and Boat Show got off to an awesome start yesterday with a gathering of the fishing industry's who's who to celebrate the latest inductee into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame.

Read all about it here: [ Link ]

And for complete details on the show, which runs through to Monday, February 20, please click here: [ Link ]

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Any university students out there looking for a cool outdoor-related job this summer? The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is looking to fill some positions at its summer camp, as well as people to help run its TackleShare program.

Job Listings | Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Who's planning to go to the Spring Fishing & Boat Show tomorrow? The first 1,000 guests will get a complimentary copy of Outdoor Canada's Ice-Fishing Special 2017, chock full of great hardwater tips from Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer!

And you can meet Gord in person at the show on Sunday, Feb. 19th and Monday the 20th, when he'll be on hand to give fish-catching seminars on muskies and bass....
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Canada's first pro surfer is an angler and hunter, and this short video profile really captures the spirit of his admirable outdoor life. Sounds like a unique upbringing on the coast of B.C. Well done!

YETI Presents: Bruhwiler Country

Few know the wilds and the waves of British Columbia like Canada’s first pro surfer, Raph Bruhwiler. Raised in the deep woods of Vancouver Island, Raph is us...

Further to this story that appeared in the Big Game 2016 issue of the magazine this past fall, [ Link ], it looks like the situation for trout in Alberta's Bow River is getting worse. Remember to always do your part to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive diseases. For a full list of prevention tips, go to .

Entire Bow River watershed infected with whirling disease, CFIA says
The Fishing 2017 editions of Outdoor Canada and Outdoor Canada West are off to the printer today! Many thanks to everyone who contributed. As for our Facebook friends, which cover do you prefer?
The subject of trophy hunting got the Fifth Estate treatment on CBC last night. Did you see the episode? What are your thoughts?

'Hunting is not about killing for me': Trophy hunter sees shooting big game as form of conservation
It's #icefishingfriday! Want to know how fishing TV star Bob Izumi caught his personal best pike through the ice? Check this out.

Ice-fishing Friday: The trick that landed Bob Izumi his biggest ever pike
Do you live in B.C.? Wildlife biologists want your help spotting moose suffering from winter ticks. You can be part of the BC Wildlife Health Program Moose Winter Tick Survey by clicking on this link: [ Link ]

B.C. officials look to citizens for help documenting moose tick problem | Toronto Star
Testing for CWD from the fall 2016 Alberta hunting season is in full swing, and so far there are some unfortunate results. As Alberta Environment and Parks reports: "To date we have tested over 3,000 heads of deer and elk since September 1, 2016, and have detected CWD in: 78 deer (69 mule deer, 9 white-tail; 58 males, 20 females) and 1 male elk." Reminder, the success of such programs relies...
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Our good friends at Quebec's Beauchêne Wilderness Lodge (aka La Réserve Beauchêne) just released this beautiful new promotional video. If you've never been to Beauchêne, this pretty much sums up why you should go!
Ever think that just maybe people are becoming too quick to judge/be offended/get outraged? In this case, a Facebook user reported a photo that Award-winning singer Tanya Tagaq posted of her friend's son wearing a sealskin coat. Her account was temporarily suspended until Facebook admitted its mistake.

Seal fur online: Facebook apologizes after suspending Tanya Tagaq over picture
Calling all fair-weather ice anglers! in this week's #icefishingfriday tip, fishing editor Gord Pyzer explains why the fishing's even better under grey skies. Has your experience been the same?

Ice-fishing Friday: Why dark skies mean hot action for pike, walleye and perch
Hey Ontario moose hunters, what do you think of this call on the province to halt the calf hunt and create moose refuge areas "to help protect habitats, as well as boost funding for monitoring and research." Do you support the idea? Why or why not?

End moose calf hunt, Ontario government urged | Toronto Star
While there might be a lot of discord in the world right now on many fronts and many levels, it's heart-warming to see people pulling together to help an old angler in need of a fishing buddy.

Lonely man posts ad asking for fishing mate, internet warmly responds (9 Photos)