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Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunt in Alberta, Canada
This fully guided Alberta whitetail deer hunt is both affordable and unique.
The Central Alberta foothills are known for producing World Class Trophy Whitetail Deer. Located approximately 1hr30mn from Edmonton International Airport, our Outfitter’s camp takes you right into the hunting area. This hunt is both affordable and unique in that the camp is on the edge of the last farmlands before getting to the wilderness of the public forests extending to the Rocky Mountains. Hunters have the opportunity to hunt farmland trophy bucks and/or bush bucks which develop heavier mass and can mature over 5 years of age.
- This outifitter implements a Deer Quality Management program that encompasses harvesting only mature bucks 4 1/2 years old or older. He also only takes a limited number of customers at a time to minimize the hunting pressure in our hunting area.
- Averaging 160-165″, some trophies over the 170” are harvested every year.
- Outfitter uses 70% tripod stands, 20% tree stands and 10% heated blinds.
- Possibility to combine your hunt with a Mule Deer.
- Exclusively during the 3-weeks rut period.
- 2-to-1 hunt with a max of 4 hunters at a time on camp.
- Your guide will drop you off and leave you alone which means that you will have to make your own judgement on the deer you want to harvest. Most of the time we will have pictures of the deer in the area that we will study together to give you an idea of what to expect.
- This unit is composed of 30% farm land and 70% public land within WMU 330 and 332.
- While the chances of harvesting a mature buck in the farmland are excellent, public land offers the greatest opportunity to the selective hunter to harvest a lifetime trophy buck.
Early Archery Season
You’ll be hunting patterned bucks from fresh tree stands that have been hung before your arrival. No other hunters will have used your stand before you. That’s one great thing about this Alberta whitetail hunting outfitter. He takes the time to place six to eight fresh stands per hunter! They’re set to accommodate different scenarios including: morning hunts; evening hunts; wind direction; and access by foot, truck or quad.
- 6 to 10-day bow hunts are conducted at the beginning of September.
- Hunters can choose the duration between 6 to 10 hunting days.
- Only 2 archery hunts with 2 hunters each per season. This is to limit the disturbance and maintain a high level of quality in theDeer Management Unit.
- Early in September, there’s a good chance at a velvet buck.
- The success rate is above 75%.
- Whitetail bow hunting trophies range from 130” P&Y to the 170” P&Y mark with the general average of around 140” P&Y.
- Spot and Stalk can be accommodated upon request but remains at the discretion of the guide since it requires a good level of fitness and special stalking skills.
- Any 10-day archery hunts can be combined with a Mule Deer combo.
Everybody wants to hunt the rut, and for good reason! the only downfall is it can get cold. The weather conditions in November can be very harsh. But if you’re there for a chance at a big buck,. just keep this in mind: “The harsher the conditions the bigger the trophy”.
During the rut, your chances of harvesting a mature buck are best if you patiently sit an area with hot does. Eventually a buck will cross your line of sight. Hopefully it’s a big one. You will be expected to stay on your stand all day long unless the weather conditions do not allow it. While you’re hunting, your guide will be scouting for deer activity and looking for hot does. What you see and what your guide finds will determine the best course of action for the next day.
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Lodging and Accommodations
- Rustic, comfortable, cabin style lodging with full amenities, including wi-fi and hot tub.
- Hunters will have all bedding provided in a 12×24 insulated, private sleeping cabin equipped with propane gas heater and wood stove (2 hunters per cabin max).
- All meals will be home cooked and served from the main cabin
Guides are experienced and well seasoned hunters from Alberta. Our outfitter and his staff work hard for our clients and know their area well. Our outfitter is a small family operation and still guide his clients himself.
Typical Daily Schedule
- These hunts are planned on a seven-day schedule.
- Hunters wake up 2 hrs. before daylight and, after a very filling hot breakfast, will be taken to their stand.
- Hunters are expected to spend the whole day alone on the same stand. Lunch and snack bags will be provided. During the rut, trophy bucks are active all day and trophy bucks can be expected to be harvested at any time during the day.
- Stands have been setup weeks before hunters’ arrival to allow scent to dissipate.
- Stands are exclusive to the hunters (i.e.: no other hunter has hunted these stands before or will hunt these stands during the hunt).
- Hunter will be picked up just after legal shooting time, at dark.
- On a typical 7-day hunt, the same hunter could expect to seat in 3-to-4 different stands.
Fly commercially to Fort McMurray, AB (YMM), or drive directly to camp.
- Camp is just over six hours driving distance from Great Falls, Montana.
- Hotel/airport pick up & drop off available by our outfitter & his staff.
- For those who fly it is advised to arrive early mid-day, on the arrival date (the day prior to the hunt start date) or the evening prior to the arrival date and stay at a hotel in Edmonton, AB.
- Hunters will depart camp the morning after the last scheduled hunt day and dropped off at the Edmonton International Airport.
Our Outfitter recommends the Fairfield by Marriott. It has fair pricing, good restaurant, & Shuttle to the terminal.
Meat and Trophy Logistics
- Cape and Antlers will be prepared by the outfitter and the hunter can travel back him with them.
- The hunter will have to provide a container for the cape/antlers and a cooler if he/she wants to take some meat with him/her.
- The hunting license is the export permit in Alberta, therefore there is no additional paperwork for the hunter to travel back home with the cape, antlers, and meat.
- Alternatively, the hunter can leave his/her trophy behind and it can be expedited through our outfitter’s local taxidermist located just a couple of miles from the lodge (Estimated $800-1000 USD).
Interested in booking this trip? If you have not yet received pricing please request it here, and be sure to reference the trip number at the top of this page. Please note that reservations are not considered finalized until agreed upon deposit is received. This ensures agreed upon dates and current pricing. Quality outfitters are in high demand so let us know right away, as some trips do book years in advance.
- Airport Pickup and Drop Off.
- Professional Guiding.
- Home Cooked Meals.
- Lodging at Outfitter’s Camp.
- Transportation during the hunt.
- Field care of meat and trophies.
- Travel to and from Edmonton International Airport
- License and Tags (approximately $250).
- Tax (5%).
- Hotels before and/or after your hunt.
- Meat Processing and Taxidermy.
- Trip Insurance is highly recommended for any hunt.
- Gratuities for staff. *While a tip is not required, it is very much appreciated, and guides often depend on them a supplemental income. Learn how much to tip a hunting guide.
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