Remember Canada’s veterans and active members of the forces

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If you fish, hunt or just enjoy Canada’s awesome outdoors remember who helped make it possible to continue to live this wonderful lifestyle.  Canada’s veterans and active member of our armed forces gave great sacrifices in the past and today to keep our country free from tyranny, terrorists.

We enjoy a lifestyle that is second to none when it comes to freedom, health and happiness. Governments have come and gone over the past 140 years. Common folk have always preserved and thrived in spite of good or bad governments,

The brave protectors of our nation have matured and gained the respect of the world since the trenches of WW1 and continued respect now in the mountains of Afghanistan.

World wars have destoyed other nations across the ocean. Canadian soldiers have been called upon to keep the peace as well as armed conflict in such areas. 

Growing up in Canada I have enjoyed total freedom both literal and physical. Years fishing and hunting keep me active with nature. I never knew what it was like to go to war with over 50 years of peace.

Other nations never had this luxury but our men & women of the forces were often put in harms way to help these nations rebuild after violent conflicts.

This week I was hunting deer as I have done for the past 21 years. Sitting in my tree stand since well before sunrise I thought of how fortunate I was. Hardly a trace of wind, the forest floor was very quiet. No leaves  flew past or scurrying critters broke the silence.

Thoughts of my dad long since gone but not forgotten; I recall how he taught me how to truly enjoy the outdoors. He never talked much about the war but always made sure to participate on Remembrance Day events.

My partner’s father; a 89 year old veteran who still enjoys a day on the river flicking a fly or bar-b-que some venison chops on an early November evening with family. Every year he also pays his respects to fallen comrades.

They fought hard for those simple things in life we enjoy today. Many paid dearly with their lives.

Canada’s active men & women in far away places like Afghanistan are fighting and dying for those very reason’s still.

Say thanks next time to see one in uniform at the local market. Look them in the eyes, shake their hand and say thanks for all the sacrifices they make everyday.

Remember that the next time you catch a fish, or walk through the forest with a shotgun , rifle or bow who helped keep this country free for you to do just that.

Remembrance Day is for the Canada’s veterans and active members still risking their lives. You can’t thank them often enough. 

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.

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