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.

  • kirsten

    good luck grady i hope you win
    14/06/2019 9:03:46 AM

  • victoria

    hey wonderful video great work your in it and your gonna win it
    14/06/2019 9:02:35 AM

  • tom

    hope ya win
    14/06/2019 9:01:46 AM

  • Judy Foster/Slauenwhite

    Good job Grady. Brave boy to get Papa Darrel to contribute. Awesome!
    13/06/2019 4:45:38 PM

  • Tiffanie

    Wow, that was amazing Grady. Thank you so much for teaching me about the white tailed deer. I had no idea. Wonderful video!
    13/06/2019 1:57:39 PM

  • Ron Olsen

    You did well young man
    13/06/2019 1:55:01 PM

  • Dan Diggins

    Terrific work on this video, Grady! You explained the deer hunt in a way that really helps explain the importance of hunting and conservation in our province.
    13/06/2019 1:37:24 PM

  • Jim Shockey

    Excellent job young man! You should be proud of yourself for a job well done, Grady. You get my vote!!
    13/06/2019 12:46:11 PM

  • Ellen Olsen

    Awesome video, Grady!!
    13/06/2019 12:45:59 PM

  • Crystal Tattersall

    Great job Grady!!!! :-)
    13/06/2019 11:59:14 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.