To commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary this year, the Calgary Zoo just launched an online contest to come up with "Canada's Greatest Animal." Of course, the beaver is already the country's official animal, and, just recently, the gray jay was selected as our national bird. What do you think of contests like these? Are they just a fun way to get people thinking about wildlife and...
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Make way, beaver and gray jay: New contest seeks 'Canada's greatest animal'
Got a young angler at home in need of some new gear? Or maybe you're looking to outfit a newbie for the first time. Here's some of the latest cool gear designed to get kids hooked on fishing. [ Link ]
Not sure how if this deserves the label "dangerous" as described on the Weather Network website, but, still, interesting to see. Ever rescued an animal from a predicament along these lines?

Muskrat Rescue Turns Dangerous In Canadians Backyard
Now that spring's here, are you excited about the open-water season? This little angler has certainly caught the fishing bug!
A rescue crew came to the aid of a whitetail stuck in a frozen pond in New Jersey this past weekend, and it was all caught on film. Check out the pics in the link.

Photos show how rescue crews freed deer — and themselves — from frozen pond in New Jersey
Remember the guy who survived an icy plunge to the bottom of Lake of the Woods earlier this winter? He recently gave an interview to The Current on CBC Radio. What a survival story.

This man plunged 100 feet into freezing lake — and survived
A defiant #CanadaGoose vows to keep using fur in the face of the latest #PETA efforts. Do you think the company will be able to stave off PETA's attempts to undermine it at the shareholder level?

Shares in Canada Goose soar on Toronto, New York markets | Toronto Star
Do you live in Saskatchewan? What do you think about paying more for hunting and fishing license fees next year? Worth it if the money goes to the right places?

Province hopes to bring in nearly $10M through fee increases
Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us to all you! May you have the luck of the Irish on the water and in the field all year long. Sláinte!
Alberta is cancelling its wild boar bounty program at the end of March because it's not having the desired impact on the population. What do you think would be a better tactic to eradicate invasive wild boars?

‘They're smart’: Alberta admits defeat in wild boar hunt, ends provincial bounty program
It's pretty amazing what some people see on their commute to work in our great country. Check out the wild encounter this N.W.T. woman had on her drive.

'I thought it was a bear': N.W.T. woman captures ride alongside 2 black wolves
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is proposing to install surveillance cameras on P.E.I. and N.S. tuna charter boats to make sure operators and anglers follow fishing regulations. What do you think of the idea? Is it an invasion of privacy or a necessary enforcement tool?

DFO considers making on-board cameras a must in N.S., P.E.I. tuna fishery
The Toronto Sportsmen's Show #TSS2017 kicks off Wednesday, and we're looking forward to catching up with our many fishing and hunting industry friends. There will be plenty to see and do, and there's already some good buzz about such features as the Canadian launch of Benelli's Super Black Eagle 3 #SBE3. Will you be going to the show? What are you looking forward to seeing?

Toronto Sportsmen's Show
For the last installment of #icefishingfriday this hardwater season, fishing editor Gord Pyzer explains why it's so important to experiment with new baits and techniques rather than always fall back on what you know. Do you agree?

Ice-fishing Friday: Why it's essential to keep trying new techniques
With the anti-hunting lobby pushing for the end of B.C.'s grizzly hunt, some hunters are starting to speak up, such as this Prince George, B.C., letter writer. Do you think his reasoned points will trump the anti-hunting propaganda?

Grizzly hunt can be managed successfully
What the Feds do with these recent parliamentary committee recommendations to beef up and better enforce the Fisheries Act will undoubtedly have a major impact on the health of stocks down the line. According to this Chronicle Herald story, "Recommendations include hiring more enforcement staff for the protection of certain habitats, that DFO continue to fund conservation projects in...
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Experts say we need a plan to manage fish stocks
As a hunter or angler, are you concerned about the direction the U.S. administration is taking with respect to environmental protection? Why or why not? According to this article, "The proposal as written would all but eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a wide-ranging cleanup of the world’s largest surface freshwater system that has deep bipartisan support across the...
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Will Trump administration’s proposal to slash EPA budget harm Canada’s water quality? | Toronto Star
In the St. Catharines, Ontario, area tomorrow and want to learn more about the fight to stop Asian Carps from entering the Great Lakes? Representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, and the Invasive Species Centre will be at Gord's Place from 7 to 9 pm to inform the public on what is being done to help keep Asian carps out of the Great Lakes as...
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Have you seen the recent viral video showing a bunch of wild turkeys circling a dead cat on the road? If not, click the photo below. What's your best guess as to what's happening here?

And for a bird expert's view on the bizarre behaviour, click here: [ Link ]

Turkeys ritualistically circling a dead cat is as beautiful as it is frightening
With the weird, warm weather in many places across the country this winter, it's more important than ever to keep safety top of mind when you're out on the ice. In this edition of #icefishingfriday, we're looking at some essential gear for hitting the hardwater.

Ice-fishing Friday: Crucial safety equipment for Canadian ice anglers