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Difference Between Trout and Salmon

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Difference Between Trout and Salmon

Are you able to easily distinguish the difference between a trout and a salmon? Below the picture are a few key differences between a Sea Trout and a Chinook Salmon.


The first difference is between the tails. Salmon have a concave tail while the tail of a Trout is square sometimes even convex.


Another big difference is in the body markings. Salmon have very few markings/spots below their lateral line. Trout, on the other hand, have a large number of markings below their lateral line.


Salmon have a narrow tail base with a noticeable wrist. The wrist being the part of the body that connects to the tail. Trout have a wide tail base and their wrist is not very noticeable.

The following guide is a Salmon and Trout identification guide

Expert Tips on Canada Geese Hunting

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Expert Tips on Canada Geese Hunting

To find the best ways to limit out on Canada geese, we asked of the country's top hunters to share their tips

It's been tough hunting. With the season now several weeks old, the local geese have grown shy of decoys and calls, and the northern flights are overdue. Now it's day's end, and the hunters have gathered at their cabin, just as they have on many Saturdays for many seasons, to talk about the fields they hunted and the tricks they dug up to take their limit. Tomorrow is a no-hunting day in their neck of the woods, so there's no need to rise long before the sun does. As the night wears on, the talk grows more animated and the hunters delve deeper into their passion for hunting Canada geese.

And so it goes in hunt camps across the land each fall. Now imagine if the hunters in question were among the country's top Canada goose experts. What would they discuss? What secrets would they share? To find out, we gathered the collective wisdom of five of the best goose hunters out there. Think of it as a virtual hunt-camp round table—and you're invited.

Read the tips here: http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/top-5-goose-hunting-secrets.

Hiking Trails in the Kootenays

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Hiking in our Canadian Rockies or adjacent Purcell/Columbia Wilderness is a fantastically refreshing adventure. But sometimes it's not that easy to find your next hike. The Province of BC has provided downloadable PDF’s of some of the majestic hikes in the East Kootenays.

*** Disclaimer: Please note that Mountain Man Outdoors has not been on all of these hikes and thus takes no responsibility for incidents or accidents that occur on these hikes. The difficulty levels has been graded based on elevation gain and hiking time. Hiker due diligence is always required to ensure safety.

Easy Hikes

Cooper Lake Trail


Gold Run Lake Trail


Lisbon Lake Trail


Mitchell Lake Trail


Richmond Lake Trail


Moderate Hikes

Baker Lake Trail


Baldy Lake Trail


Bear Lake Trail


Cliff Lake Trail


Hornaday Pass Trail


Hourglass Lake Trail


Lakit Lookout Trail


Mallandaine Pass


Mause Creek Trail


Mayo - Ailsa Lakes Trail


Difficult Hikes

Alki Creek Trail


Fairy Creek - Mount Proctor Trail


Horseshoe Basin Trail


Mount Evans Trail


Mount Fernie Trail


Mount Fisher Trail


Mount Hosmer Trail


Mount Stevens Trail


Three Sisters Trail


Wigwam Lookout Trail


*** Disclaimer: Please note that Mountain Man Outdoors has not been on all of these hikes and thus takes no responsibility for incidents or accidents that occur on these hikes. The difficulty levels has been graded based on elevation gain and hiking time. Hiker due diligence is always required to ensure safety.


Province of BC website


Books on Fly Fishing

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Books on Fly Fishing

Wouldn't you like to sit down and read up some more on Fly Fishing? Sitting at the feet of those who know the art like the back of their hand? Come to our store for a fine selection of books and DVDs, or check out these top sellers online.

The Orvis Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing

This book is a grand tour of the world of fly-fishing strategies and techniques, from Orvis's world-famous team of experts and advisers. In large format with rich and helpful color photos and drawings, the book covers everything from basic fishing knots and casts to expert techniques you won't see in standard books.

Stillwater Fly Fishing For Trout: Proven Methods, Techniques and Tricks for Catching More Trout in Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds

A very short and concise read, this book gets right to the point and teaches you how catch stillwater trout.

The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout

Written for both the novice and the seasoned angler, The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout, New and Revised explores how trout live and feed, and how to make them strike.

The Fishing Bible

Understand fishing disciplines conclusively - selecting the required gear, fishing techniques for each water type and more.

Books on Hunting

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Some Good Books on Hunting

Some of us are blessed to grow up in a hunting family, where skills and know-how is transferred down from generation to generation. But if you're new to hunting, then there is so much to learn. Come into our store for books and DVDs on hunting, and let yourself be instructed by our experienced staff. Or check out these titles on line. Don't invent the wheel yourself: Walk in the footsteps of those who went before you. At Mountain Man Outdoors, that's what we're all about. Getting you equipped.

The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game

This book is a comprehensive big-game hunting guide for hunters ranging from first-time novices to seasoned experts. It has 5 sections: Gear; Tactics & Strategies; Big Game: Species and Methods; Butchering; and Cooking Big Game.

The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl

This book is a comprehensive big-game hunting guide for hunters ranging from first-time novices to seasoned experts.

Hunting: Essential Hunting and Outdoor Survival Skills from the World’s Elite Forces (SAS and Elite Forces Guide)

From tracking large game to shooting wild pheasant, this book is the essential guide to finding, killing and surviving off animals in the wild.

Complete Guide to Hunting: Basic Techniques for Gun & Bow Hunters

This book provides tips and techniques for hunting more than 28 species of big game, small game, upland birds, turkeys and waterfowl.

Public Land Elk Hunting

Do you understand preference points, know what a location bugle is, and have a Plan A, B and C in place for any elk hunting encounter? While it’s impossible to cover every detail that makes for a successful hunt, this book gives you to tools to understand the basics and the resources to further your elk education.

Tracking and Reading Sign: A Guide to Mastering the Original Forensic Science

This book provides the reader with tracking and stalking techniques such as cold hunting, camouflage, and using the stump method. Over twenty different animals are profiled, including New World Moose, American elk, and Whitetailed deer. Each profile lists basic characteristics, tacks, habitat, diet, behaviors, and common relatives.

Strategies for Whitetails

In one monumental volume, the acknowledged master of white-tail deer hunting, Charlie Alsheimer, shares a lifetime of experience about the animal he knows and loves so well.

Correctly Identify Whitetail and Mule Deer

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How To Correctly Identify Whitetail and Mule Deer

Are you able to distinguish the difference between a whitetail and a mule deer? It is important to be able to do so, as there are different regulations per species. Here are a few key differences (see also the picture in the bottom of this article).

The Face

The first difference is between the faces. The Mule deer face is mostly white. However, the Whitetails face is mostly brown, just like the rest of its fur, but it has white circles around its eyes and nose.

The Backside

The next big difference is the difference between the backsides of each deer. Even though the name of the Whitetail suggests that a whitetail has a ‘white’ tail, the Mule deer actually has more white on it’s backside than the Whitetail. So the name can be a bit confusing. A Mule Deer’s rump has a large patch of white only partly covered by a thin white tail. The tail has a black tip. The Whitetail, on the other hand, has a brown rump with a fat, dark tail. Only when the Whitetail lifts its tail will you see white.

Some Other Indicators

The next differences aren’t always so reliable when you are 100+ yards away from the animal, but they are still good indicators. Mule deers have large mule-like ears. The fur on a Mule deer is more greyish-brown where the fur on a Whitetail is reddish-brown. Mule deers are generally larger in size. The Antler shape is another difference. Mule deer antlers grow, split in two directions, grow, split again, etc. The Whitetails’ antlers points grow off on main "stem."

Becoming a Precision Shooter - Books Recommendations

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Becoming a Precision Shooter

Book Recommendations

Precision Shooting is certainly an art you have to learn and practice. The following books can help you understand the techniques and methods.

Long-Range Precision Rifle: The Complete Guide to Hitting Targets at a Distance

Accuracy and Precision For Long Range Shooting

Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting is a book for rifleman who are interested in understanding the important elements of their craft. The book focuses on exploring the uncertainties and inaccuracies of real world shooting so you can make well informed decisions about how to improve your hit percentage in any scenario.

Fundamentals of Long Distance Shooting II

A straightforward approach to getting the best out of your shooting skills.This book navigates through the technical aspects of shooting long distances enabling the shooter to practice his or her shooting skills to become better hunters, competitors or long distance shooter enthusiast.

Ultimate Sniper

When this book was released in 1993, it was hailed as an instant classic in the sniping community, influencing an entire generation of military and police marksmen around the world. Now this revolutionary book has been completely updated and expanded for the 21st century. The Ultimate Sniper thoroughly details the three great skill areas of sniping - marksmanship, fieldcraft and tactics.

Shooter's Bible - Guide to Tactical Firearms: A Comprehensive Guide to Precision Rifles and Long-Range Shooting Gear

Shooters have always had a fascination with shooting at distance, whether they are plinkers, competitive shooters, or hunters. The ability to place rifle bullets in the same hole of a target or kill an animal quickly is a goal to which we all aspire.

About Obtaining a Hunting License

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About Obtaining a Hunting License

There are a few steps you need to take before you can go out and legally harvest an animal. These regulations are in place for the preservation of the animals and for the safety of hunters and civilians. Below are some of the steps:

  • The very first step every hunter needs to take, is to pass the CORE (Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education) exam. You can choose to take a course or study on your own and challenge the exam. The CORE exam has both a practical and a theory component and you need to pass both before you can hunt.
  • The next step is to get your Hunter Number card. You will need this number in order to purchase any Hunting and Species licences. Once you have passed the CORE exam, you simply take your proof of residence and your CORE exam results to the nearest Service BC center and they’ll take it from there.
  • Once you receive you Hunter Number card in the mail, you can go and purchase an animal tag (Mountain Man sells tags).
  • All of this assumes that you have access to a firearm. If you do not, you will first (after passing the CORE exam) need to acquire your Firearms Acquisition Certificate.

The whole process of getting licenced takes quite a while. So if you plan to hunt the coming season, we recommend starting the procedure of getting your licence six months before hunting season opens. It’d be a pity to miss the season by not starting early enough, so give yourself lots of time.

If you have any questions about the process, you can come into (or call) Mountain Man Outdoors, contact the BC Wildlife Federation (email: wildlife@BCWF.bc.ca; phone: 1-888-881-2293) or visit the BC Government website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/resident/#Intro. .

Purchase your Fresh Water Fishing License

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Purchase your Fresh Water Fishing License

Purchasing a Freshwater Fishing Licence is important. It’s important because it allows BC to keep track of the number of fishers in our Province. This helps them to calculate the number of fish being harvested, which helps BC guard the preservation of our fish. You can purchase your BC fishing licence at a store (Mountain Man Outdoors carries fishing licences) or online at the following link: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/.

To buy a licence online...

  • A computer connected to the internet.
  • A printer to print your licence.
  • A valid credit card number.
  • And an angler number (you can also get this online [same link or web page]).

It’s very simple, so please do your part in preserving our fish.

When out and fishing, do make pictures and share them with us!

BC Fishing Synopsis

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BC Fishing Synopsis

Fishing is a great thing to do by yourself or with some friends and family. You get to be out in the middle of a beautiful lake or river; watching the little critters and occasionally some big ones too (watch out for bears during the salmon run especially); and hopefully catching a fish or two. There is great pleasure in bringing home a fish for dinner, but also in just catching one and then letting it loose again. Due to the current climate and world events, not every lake and river is fishable anymore. This is to preserve our fish and natural resources. So please be respectful of our Provincial regulations and check the Synopsis before you go out to see if that fishing hole is actually fishable. Below are the Fishing Synopsis for each area in BC.

Region 1, Vancouver Island: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 2, Lower Mainland: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 3, Thompson-Nicola: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 4, Kootenay: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 5, Cariboo: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 6, Skeena: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 7A, Omineca: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 7B, Peace: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Region 8, Okanagan: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

Provincial Regulations: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/...

When you fish, make some pictures and share them with us!