a beautiful bull elk

Elk Hunting in Canada: What You Need to Know. 

When the talk is about elk hunting, most people automatically think about one of the American Western states – Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming or New Mexico. But the opportunities to pursue the mountain monarchs also exist in Canada. British Columbia and Alberta offer not only healthy herds and decent trophy quality, but also lots of backcountry wilderness and OTC tag options. In fact, for a hunter looking for an opportunity outside their home state, the Maple Leaf Country may appear even more attractive than the US. Here’s what you need to know to start planning your first elk hunt in Canada.

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Canada Lynx in full winter fur

Small Felines. Part I: Genus Lynx

Felines have historically carried a strong emotional significance to us humans. Paradoxically, the yellow and black spots of a leopard act as a sign of danger, while the purr of a domestic cat is one of the most pacifying sounds in existence. You simply can’t remain neutral to feline hunting. For some, just the very idea of killing a leopard or lion is a sacrilege. For others, it’s a lifetime dream. But big cats (with the possible exception of the cougar) are something that is very distant, both geographically and financially, for most hunters. How about smaller felines – Lynx and Bobcat?

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A bull caribou standing in a river

Caribou

Caribou is well adapted to life in tundra and boreal woods. Many kinds of caribou are recognized, including barren ground, Quebec and Labrador, woodland and mountain caribou. Some populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, but most are healthy and licenses are available over the counter. The greatest secret of caribou hunting is combination of stalking and ambushing, and (for tundra caribou) timing the trip to migration. Caribou hunting requires travel to remote areas and are hard to do for a non-resident without an outfitter or licensed guide.

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