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

Keeping track

by Gord Ellis | August 17, 2023

For an angler and/or hunter, a journal or diary can provide a lot of important information. Read about old and new ways to keep an outdoors diary.

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Going deep with crankbaits

by Ray Blades | July 12, 2023

In the age of finesse fishing, working big-lipped baits down deep by hand seems like a dying art form, taken over by drop-shotting, and more.

Adventuring in Finland

by Ray Blades | June 21, 2023

Editor Ray Blades visited Finland where he toured the historic port city, saw presentations on the new Sako rifles, and hunted.

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Some superheroes drive minivans

by Ray Blades | June 14, 2023

Dad taught me the secret to being a great parent by freely giving his time and unconditional love. Sometimes, it’s just that simple.

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Going custom

by Gord Ellis | May 31, 2023

For most anglers, a factory-made rod is the best choice. But for those who want something specialized and different, there are custom rods.

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Changes have come slowly

by Ray Blades | May 15, 2023

Major changes have come slowly in the hunting rifle industry. But the refinements, they have been amazing.

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Praising old-school gear

by Ray Blades | May 2, 2023

Many anglers and hunters are still quite comfortable and happy using hand-me-down gear that’s been in the family for generations.

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Fixing new bait rules

by Ray Blades | March 16, 2023

In case you haven't heard, the Ministry implemented a new Bait Management Strategy (BMS) at the start of 2022.

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Ice fishing as the great equalizer

by Ray Blades | February 6, 2023

What I've always loved about ice fishing — aside from being a great excuse to be outdoors — is that it is the most inclusive fishing option.