3 Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Bagging a Buck

While it’s true that luck plays a role in determining the success of a hunt, it’s by no means the only thing outdoorsmen should take into account when tracking deer. Skill and knowledge are another way in which a hunter can dramatically increase their chance of bringing home that brag-worthy buck. Whether you’re still a novice or an experienced marksman looking to learn a few new tricks, the following tips can prove useful in your next outdoor adventure.

  1. Practice Throughout the Year

Even if you’ve been hunting for decades, you’re bound to get a little rusty if you don’t regularly practice your marksmanship. With this in mind, make a point of visiting your local shooting range at least once or twice each month. Not only will this help you hone and improve your marksmanship, it will ensure that your favorite firearms get a proper workout as well.

  1. Invest in the Right Accessories

When shopping around for practical hunting accessories, you can’t go wrong with a good scope. Investing in a top-of-the-line Bushnell shotgun scope can help you get a clearer shot at your target and increase your chance of getting that buck you’re after.

  1. Hunt Facing the Wind
Due to their heightened sense of smell, deer are highly adept at detecting threats as they approach. Since hiding a human scent is nearly impossible, it’s recommended that you face the wind when tracking your prey.
February 06, 2017


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Keeping Warm While Hunting This Winter

Hunting during the frosty winter months can be a real test of one’s endurance. As any hunter who regularly braves Canadian winters should know, keeping warm should be your foremost priority. Although your primary objective may be to bag some big game, your health and personal safety should always be your main concern.

Dress for the Weather

Spending more than a few minutes on the wilderness without proper winter gear can have a number of undesirable consequences – frostbite being one of them. With this in mind, it’s highly important that you embark on your next winter hunt equipped with a heavy coat, wool hat, and heat-retaining boots. Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store isn’t just one of the best places to find firearms for sale in Canada, but you can also find a wide selection of cold weather clothing in our shop as well.

Use Heat Packs

In addition to being incredible inexpensive, heat packs can prove very effective at keeping hunters warm. For best results, invest in large-sized disposable heat packs. Placing these packs around your midsection will help prevent the rest of your body from depriving your extremities of much-needed heat. If you plan to spend a great deal of time in the woods this winter, take care to stock up!

Consume Hot Water throughout the Day

The benefits of consuming hot water and drinks throughout the day are two-fold. Not only will this prove helpful in preventing dehydration, but it will also help regulate your body heat. Grab your best thermos and fill it with your favorite hot drink to keep your body warm from the inside out while you’re waiting for your next target to appear.

6 Essential Items for Backwoods Trips, Pt. 2

As one of the leading retailers for firearms and supplies in Canada, Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store wants our customers to be as well prepared and as safe as possible. Continuing with our list of essential items you should have with you while out in the open world, here are 3 more items that we recommend you always have on hand.

  1. Water

If there’s one item that you should always have with you or have access to, it’s water. If you’re exploring the woods overnight or waiting for that perfect buck to make an appearance, it’s imperative that you keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration can be dangerous out in the woods, especially when the weather is hot. Always carry some kind of water bottle with you so you can refill at any sign of fresh water if necessary.

  1. Binoculars

A quality set of binoculars, like those you can buy at our store, is a great item to have on hand. They can help you spot game for hunting and shooting as well as give you a better idea of your surroundings if you become lost or have wandered too far from camp.

  1. Flashlight

A flashlight is an extremely important tool when you’re traveling in the woods after the sun has gone down or right before dawn. Getting lost in the wilderness is never fun and a flashlight will help you find your way as well as illuminate any dangers you may come across in the dark.

For all of this equipment and more, be sure to shop at Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store today! We have a variety of firearms for sale in Canada as well as other hunting and shooting equipment that will assist you in your next backwoods excursion.
January 01, 2017


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6 Essential Items for Backwoods Trips, Pt. 1

When taking a trip through the great outdoors, whether it’s for hunting, shooting, or camping, safety should be your top priority. The farther you travel from civilization, the more danger you could potentially find yourself in. Preparation is essential to staying safe during a faraway shooting or hunting excursion so before setting off on your next backwoods hunting trip, make sure you’re equipped with the following essential items.

  1. Hunting Knife

When gathering your backwoods gear, a quality hunting knife should be one of the first things in your bag. If your gun becomes damaged or you run out of ammo, a good knife will ensure that you’re not left defenseless against potential dangers. A hunting knife can also prove useful in cutting kindling, cauterizing wounds, and getting sap from trees.

  1. First Aid Kit

Embarking on an outdoor excursion without a fully-stocked first aid kit is never a smart move. The number of prospective injuries a person can suffer while in the woods is astronomical, and the last thing you want is to be unprepared for them. Any wounds you sustain should be cleaned and dressed immediately which can be difficult without the proper first aid tools.

  1. Compass
The last thing you want is to become lost in the woods, particularly if the area you’re hunting or shooting in has no cell phone service. This is where a dependable compass comes in handy. In addition to helping you find your way back to base, a compass can help you locate any game you shot from far away.
December 23, 2016


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3 Valuable Safety Tips for Cold Weather Hunting

With winter finally upon us, the cold weather hunting season is just ratcheting up. Although a number of precautions should be taken when hunting in any type of weather, wintertime marksmen need to be particularly careful. In the interest of keeping your cold weather hunting excursions incident-free, put the following pointers to good use.

  1. Thoroughly Clean Your Gun before Heading Out

Before embarking on a wintertime hunt, you’ll need to give your gun a thorough cleaning. While keeping your gun clean is conducive to extending its life span and helping it retain its value, it can also save your life – particularly when the weather is cold. Because winter weather causes everything to contract, a dirt and grime-laden gun is very likely to malfunction and/or misfire. Hunters currently in the market for cleaning tools should have a look at our expansive selection of gun accessories for sale.

  1. Dress Accordingly

If you intend to spend the day in the woods, it behooves you to dress in layers. Since a typical hunting excursion lasts a minimum of several hours, it’s in your best interest to layer up. On the off-chance that you get lost of become separated from your group, you’ll be glad you dressed accordingly.

  1. Take Breaks

Even if you’re bundled up, spending an entire day outside in the dead of winter puts you at risk for hypothermia and frostbite. With this in mind, head to a heated indoor location whenever you start feeling too cold and/or tired.

When embarking on a hunt during the frosty winter months, it’s imperative that you exercise the utmost caution. Failure to do so can cause serious injury – or worse – to you and others. Fortunately, provided you take the previously discussed tips to heart, you should have no problem keeping your cold weather hunting excursions nice and safe.
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