While everyone was setting up their bows and preparing for the adventures of fall big-game hunting we teamed up with the folks at Sure-Shot Game Calls and embarked on a journey which led us to Saskatchewan, Canada for the 2014 Waterfowl Media Conference.
As the early morning doves take up out of the freshly harvested corn field, I dreamt of my adventure ahead, and the new friends I would make. And, of course, the flocks of birds as they begin the early migration in the northwest region of Saskatchewan.
Dropping into Saskatoon, the butterflies began migrations to my stomach as I peered out the window onto what appeared to be great looking hunting grounds—water, food and cold temperatures to the north.
After arriving at the Northway Outfitters LTD. and meeting the fellow hunters and industry icons like “Cowboy,” the inventor of the first double reed duck call, I literally stumbled across this partial whitetail antler. Pretty impressive!
As the morning sun begins to steal the horizon, the air begins to fill with sounds like a rock concert of migrants awaiting the escalations from their nightly roost and onto feeding—we patiently wait for that magical time; legal light.
The new Beretta A400 did a great job keeping us warm as hours became minutes and minutes became the final seconds of this adventure. Truly one we will never forget especially the times spent with new friends and legends of our sport. Many times we always get caught up in the kill and the pursuit, but we must all remind ourselves with any adventure we make or take that we must never look past the simplicities that make hunting so great.
Having hunted farm ponds and cut corn of the central eastern United States, it doesn’t compare to the fowl bedrooms of the north. Christopher Olsen of American Rifleman learned as much when he traveled to Saskatchewan, Canada for the annual Waterfowl Conference, hosted by Sure-Shot Game Calls. Canada is home to nearly 500 species of birds and vast amounts of agriculture that make for the best waterfowl hunting on earth. Use the gallery embedded above to learn how successful the hunters were in the land of the Canuck’s—aye?