Ontario OUT of DOORS Senior Editor Gord Ellis shares his experience of decades spent hunting and fishing, including the random and the unexpected.


My inflatable PFD adventures

by Gord Ellis | December 1, 2017

I've been a fan of wearing an inflatable personal flotation device (PFD) for at least a decade, likely longer. Before that, I'd worn a variety of PFDs...

Gord And Austin Ellis

A bass tournament with my boy

by Gord Ellis | September 19, 2017

I have two boys and both have grown up fishing, hunting, and playing outdoors with their old man... Austin has proven to be a very good tournament fishing partner...

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When bad things happen to good people

by Gord Ellis | June 21, 2017

Like most people, I like to believe I'm careful and not clumsy.  In the bush and when hunting or fishing, I go out of my way to avoid trouble. Yet despite my best efforts, things still happen.

A goodbye to my favourite waders

by Gord Ellis | May 17, 2017

I've been realizing that a long-time part of my steelhead fishing life is about to be retired. My favourite waders have finally passed their best before date.

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A buck hunt that worked

by Gord Ellis | February 15, 2017

I stopped dead, and stared at the deer. It was a buck with the curl of its golden antlers visible. It had locked onto my position, but I didn't move a muscle...

Gord Ellis With A Muskie

Late Fall Muskie Magic

by Gord Ellis | January 17, 2017

Gord Ellis reflects back on late fall days on the water & one of the very best times to catch a giant fish.

Elk Buck Trail Cam

Three bucks that bested me      

by Gord Ellis | September 26, 2016

The advent of trail cams has changed the hunting game, here are three short stories about bucks that have eluded me.

Gord Ellis With Fish

The joy of spring

by Gord Ellis | May 12, 2016

To most anglers, spring is the best time of the year. The air is fresh, the rivers are flowing, and fish are on the move.

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Planking and other good things

by Gord Ellis | January 19, 2016

Finding time to sleep when you're out on the ice