• Grant Ferris


    This is a strange decade we live in, the stresses of modern society, so we are told, are responsible for road rage, aircraft rage and very little tolerance for people of different beliefs. I’ve even heard of river rage, temper tantrums thrown by people supposedly relaxing and enjoying themselves. The theory is that times are tougher ...

    My rant this week concerns the present OPSEU strike, which has left our wild birds, fish and animals unprotected because conservation officers are not available to do their job.

    Sure, lots of people are inconvenienced by the strike and we’ve heard over and over that the only exceptions will be over life or death issues but since deer, turkeys and fish can’t type, phone ...
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    Competitive bass anglers are not allowed to use live bait so naturally they would love to do so. The ones I know claim that fishing live bait or “meat” as they call it, provides a definite advantage to any angler. There are quite a variety of live baits available for anglers and live bait is used successfully for pan-fish, game-fish and rough fish, in rivers and lakes, through ...

    We turned west from the highway between Willamsford and Chatsworth and then south on the old gravel road running parallel to #6 highway. It seemed much the same as it was on my first visit 36 years ago. The road is still narrow, crowded by trees and almost hidden between surrounding hills. Since much of the land along the road is owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources, no new homes interrupt the tree line and except for the maple ...

    Before you name your big retriever “Cuddles” or your wife’s miniature poodle “Chomper, think for a minute. Perhaps names really do mean something in the larger scheme of things. Certainly you shouldn’t let your wife or daughters name a new hunting dog unless you have a vote in the final choice. Imagine how you’ll feel standing in a duck blind trying to coax Peaches ...
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    As we flew through overcast January skies approaching the Saugeen River, I could see hydro towers marching off toward the distant Lake Huron shoreline. Below us, a red tail hawk hurried toward forest cover with a bunch of crows struggling along behind. Suddenly we swooped down toward the water far below and my view of the river seemed to fill both my small ...
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    It’s been several years since we had proper ice on Colpoy Bay, good solid blue ice which cracks and groans as it stretches under winter’s thumb. Hopefully it will be cold enough this year for that big bay to freeze over again, trapping the deep water under a clear, almost invisible shield. Like me, lots of area anglers have collapsible ...
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    Dear Santa:

    In my travels around Bruce and Grey Counties this year I’ve had a chance to observe a lot of good work being done to help the environment, birds, fish and wild animals. Here is just a partial listing of the jobs being done by good guys and girls, I’m sure your elves have noticed many more.

    The Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club who hang their stockings in Clarksburg ...

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