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.

  • JoAnne Spencer

    Awesome! Grady
    25/06/2019 6:15:01 AM

  • gary marlborough

    great job, Grady. Thanks for spreading the word about a great passion to many. Best of luck on your future hunts.
    24/06/2019 3:49:49 AM

  • K McC

    good for you, you have my vote
    21/06/2019 9:25:26 AM

  • BA

    Great job! Nice to see young people getting into the outdoors.
    20/06/2019 8:30:47 AM

  • Susan Daniels

    Great video Grady
    18/06/2019 9:05:50 PM

  • Barb Acker

    Enjoyed your video. Glad to know that there are some young people getting interested in hunting.
    17/06/2019 1:06:14 PM

  • Marilyn Gray

    Great job...….enjoyed your video very much.
    16/06/2019 7:26:26 AM

  • Samantha

    Good job Grady! Way to educate everyone on hunting!
    16/06/2019 5:10:57 AM

  • Julia Hollis

    Great job Gray. Eben keeps watching it and talking to you. Dad and I are proud of your hard work.
    15/06/2019 12:04:39 PM

  • April

    Great job Grady, good luck!!
    15/06/2019 9:12:16 AM

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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.