The Travelling Birder

I started birding by accident, intent on spending a year identifying the trees of Eastern Canada and instead falling in love with their feathered residents. In the space of a couple weeks I went from a lifetime of apathy toward birds to an abiding obsession, departing my home most mornings and every evening with camera...

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Deer hunting season begins Oct. 26

General deer hunting season in Nova Scotia begins Friday, Oct. 26, and continues to Saturday, Dec. 1. Hunters are required to carry a compass and waterproof matches. Anyone going into the woods should also carry a map or GPS unit, a first-aid kit and a communications device. They should tell someone when and where they...

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Slap shots and stealing apples …

Just east of the wharf on Pictou Island lies the home of Edward and Mary Rankin. This large house displays the fine architectural talents of past Pictou Islanders. That house was constructed from lumber sawed and taken from the woods on Pictou Island by Laughlin Rankin. Laughlin was Edward’s father and he passed away in...

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Antlerless deer hunting stamps now available

The 2017 draw for stamps that permit hunting of antlerless deer is now open. Applications will be accepted until August 31, at midnight. There are 5,000 antlerless deer hunting stamps available this year. “Deer hunting in Nova Scotia has a long tradition so we take care to ensure it is well-managed and sustainable,” said Natural...

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General deer hunting season begins Friday

General deer hunting season begins on Friday, Oct. 28, and continues to Dec. 3. Hunters are required to wear hunter orange, and non-hunters are recommended to do the same when they are entering the woods during hunting season. Hunters are also required to carry a compass and waterproof matches. In addition, everyone should carry a...

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