Read personal stories and gain insights from your favourite OOD hunting and fishing experts in Ontario OUT of DOORS blogs.

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Never too late to try something new

by Jason Bain | January 4, 2021

Taking part in his first deer hunt as a licenced hunter provided a nostalgic moment for Jason Bain of Ontario OUT of DOORS.

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A dream come true

by Lyle Gayder | September 1, 2020

A retrospection guest blog on a summer well spent at OOD magazine, remotely - by this summer's assistant digital editor, Lyle Gayder.

Outdoors offers refuge

by Jason Bain | April 27, 2020

After six weeks of self isolation, it never felt better to cast a spinnerbait from the breakwall that lines our family cottage property to try to get the attention of a hungry, post-spawn northern pike.

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Pandemic book club

by Editorial Staff | April 24, 2020

For World Book Day we called on some of our contributors to recommend their top five fishing and/or hunting books to share with our readers.


The cutover

by Gord Ellis | November 26, 2018

Recently, as I tromped through a large cutover area northwest of Thunder Bay, I had a revelation...So many of my hunting memories are tied with cuts there's likely enough stuff for a book...

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The angler and hunter's sixth sense

by Gord Ellis | October 9, 2018

So much of hunting and angling success is based on decisions, and being able to tap into raw instinct, a hunter's sixth sense, can never be a bad thing...


Old targets

by Steve Galea | August 30, 2018

One of the things I always enjoy when watching YouTube archery videos or hunting shows is the pristine nature of the targets shown....

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Fishing as therapy

by Gord Ellis | June 25, 2018

Fishing has always been a great source of pleasure to me. However, it's only been as an adult that I’ve realized the power of fishing therapy.

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A different kind of conservation tradition

by Gord Ellis | May 24, 2018

The first conservation-oriented fundraising dinner this columnist ever took part in was over 30 years ago, in my hometown of Thunder Bay. It was one of the very first dinner auctions put on by the North Shore Steelhead Association...