Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Grady Aylesford, Nova Scotia

Fair address: Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Project: Hunting Whitetail Deer in Nova Scotia

I've been interested in hunting for as long as I can remember. It is a strong tradition in my family and I am excited to share my knowledge with others. My video project tells a little about the history of hunting whitetail deer in Nova Scotia and my own outdoor lifestyle. I take you into the Nova Scotia wilderness looking for signs of passing wildlife.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I already knew a lot about hunting, but it was interesting to find out the history behind whitetail deer in Nova Scotia. I can't believe that what started as only a few imported deer took only 50 years for the population to grow so large!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

People have been hunting since they existed! A lot of people don't like hunting. I want others to know that hunting isn't bad. It's an important part of our heritage and history. It's also a fun hobby that almost everyone can enjoy. It gets people out in nature and provides exercise, healthy meat, and a sense of pride. There's nothing like the accomplishment of a successful hunt!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Early hunters in Nova Scotia used bows, spears, and simple traps. Today, hunters use accurate firearms (many with scopes) and more advanced bows. With so much technology, hunting has gotten a lot more sophisticated. Trail cameras help to see what wildlife is in the area while the hunter isn't even in the woods. You can buy specialized clothes, equipment, and even special sprays to cover up your scent. Preserving your harvest has also gotten a lot easier. Instead of drying, salting, and smoking we can just put our meat in the freezer. Years ago, people hunted because they had to. My family chooses to hunt for food, but others just go to the grocery store.

  • Keith Savoie

    Good job Grady and good luck !!!
    29/06/2019 8:38:25 AM

  • Ed Phillips

    Great video!!
    28/06/2019 8:45:33 AM

  • Ross

    Well done, Good luck with the contest.
    26/06/2019 5:08:07 AM

  • Stephanie Ann

    What a great video! My 8 yr old son was inspired by your video, He loves hunting. Keep on hunting Grady and good luck with the contest
    25/06/2019 7:41:11 PM

  • Scott Gorle

    Great work! Really enjoyed this. It got me all excited about this years deer hunt!!!!
    25/06/2019 6:53:02 PM

  • Kevin Laughlin

    Thank you for educating us on how the deer were introduced to NS . Good job young man .
    25/06/2019 6:37:17 PM

  • Laura

    Way to go, Grady! What an excellent project.
    25/06/2019 6:25:47 PM

  • Tim Roy

    You did an excellent job creating this video Grady. Best of luck in the contest & keep on hunting young man!
    25/06/2019 6:07:28 PM

  • Bert Rollings

    That was great Grady it reminded me of me.
    25/06/2019 5:50:48 PM

  • Stacey Cherwonak

    Great job, Grady!
    25/06/2019 3:34:53 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.