If you take a look at the Whitetail SLAM map you’ll see that the Dakota Region extends extremely far north into the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Each fall optimistic
hunters cross the border into the land of hockey and strong beer for the chance to tag out on the
biggest-bodied whitetails you’re going to find anywhere.
Overall hunting uber-stud Jim Shockey has more experience hunting Canada than most, and he is particularly fond of an old-school method of taking whitetails in his home province of Saskatchewan.
“In my home area you need to be flexible. You never know whether it’s going to involve rattling,
baiting, or even spot-and-stalk in certain situations. All of them can work, but my personal favorite
“There is nothing I love more than finding a track of a big, mature buck in fresh, powdery snow. It’s
not good if the snow is crusted because you’ll never catch up to him, but if there is half-of-a-foot of
fresh powder it’s perfect. I like to find a track in the morning and set out after him.
“What I love about it is that they literally can’t get away if you’re willing to keep following them. Usually, I’ll follow a buck until I feel I’m getting close and then I’ll slow down to the point where I only take a step every minute or so. While I’m in this zone I also grunt, rattle and rake the brush to see if he’ll show himself.
“It’s one of the most exciting ways to hunt, and there’s nothing better than knowing when you start on a track in the morning that you’ll most likely run into that buck at some point throughout the day.”
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Whether you’re going to the beach on vacation, relaxing at the fishin’ hole or sweating your butt off in summer at a deer camp work day, this Engel Cooler/Dry Box will be a great benefit.
Three sizes are available and they all come with these great features:
- Quality injection molding and high-grade molded polystyrene foam insulation keeps your food and drinks cold
- Air-tight EVA gasket seals the entire lid
- Carrying is comfortable with recessed ergonomic carry handles and an integrated shoulder strap
- Stays shut with stainless steel latches and fittings secured with stainless steel screws
- No foul smells, thanks to stain and odor resistant surfaces
- Easy to clean with a non-absorbent surface
- Compact and lightweight
- Self-stopping hinge
- Includes a convenient hanging accessory tray