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Alberta Archery Whitetails Hunt #161

Alberta Archery Whitetails Hunt #161

A quiet secret that not many bowhunters are aware of – is the incredible deer hunting in and around Edmonton, Alberta. What makes it special?  Genetics of course are part of it- but the real reason that the area is so hot for giant bucks is that it is a bow only zone! And has been for many years! A huge area of ground reserved exclusively for bow hunting! Deer grossing over 200 have come from there, and a giant 198 gross was taken by this outfitter personally, a few years ago!  Of course this bow hunting only area means relatively untroubled deer, visible deer, active deer, old deer! Add genetics, great food, and you have a recipe for world class whitetails. He guides in his favorite Management unit and in several other nearby units, plus he will offer you semi-guided hunting at a slightly cheaper rate! These deer are very susceptible to rattling, grunting and bleating, being lightly hunted for years!

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In addition to his great whitetail hunts, he also offers guided and semi-guided bear hunting (bow); guided and semi guided elk hunting (bow); guided and semi-guided moose hunting (bow) and the same for prairie dwelling mule deer!  THIS IS A BOW ONLY OUTFITTER!!! And there are only a few bowhunters in Alberta, meaning light to non-existent hunting pressure.

 WHITETAIL HUNTS:

His fully guided Whitetail trips take place in the Edmonton bow only area which is never open to rifle hunting. As a result, hunting is for some of the world’s largest farmland whitetails and they  offer the archer an excellent chance for success. He has two areas he hunts, one being Unit 248, and the other good area is 248.  Note that the early hunt prices are a bit less expensive, and may offer a chance to catch bucks in their feeding patterns.

161-300x225  Normally we would expect a bowhunter here to be looking to arrow a deer in the 140 to 180 class, although of course deer over 150 are never easy, nor are they behind every row of corn! But you will be hunting in an area where  bucks scoring in excess of 170 points are regularly seen. The average weight of mature bucks is 230 lbs. with the largest in excess of 300 lbs.  Alberta has very little resident  bowhunting pressure as there are only 13,000 bowhunters in all of Alberta!!

Hunting is done primarily from portable pin mount tree stands. Several different stand locations are placed for each day and each hunter, to insure that you use the wind efficiently and also to avoid overhunting stand sites. Old deer are not stupid! Due to the sensitivity of the trophy whitetails, alternate stands are placed for different wind conditions to allow hunting without disturbing natural travel patterns. Stands are placed on travel routes to bedding areas for morning hunting and adjacent to feeding areas for evening hunts. This is just as it should be.  Opportunity on Pope and Young quality whitetails is normally 100%, and his personal best was an official 192 net.

Rattling and grunt and bleat calls have proven to provide excellent success during the pre-rut and rutting periods, and the outfitter guesses that perhaps 50% of the trophy whitetails are shot due to calling. So what can you expect to see? Typically during a six-day hunt, 30 to 60 deer are sighted per hunter. He believes shot opportunity on trophy deer is at least 130%.   

Bow hunting for Alberta trophy whitetails is not easy. Success usually depends a good deal on the individual hunter’s dedication and effort. Good preparation including scent control, quiet clothing, sound tactics in calling and rattling, plus good shooting and hard work are all essential for big trophies.

All his guides are dedicated to bow hunting. Hunting is done at the hunter’s pace, not the guide’s. Assistance is offered in all aspects during your hunt. None of his guides are smokers and he will expect that you adhere to certain restrictions during your hunt if you are a smoker.

His fully guided hunts include guiding, accommodations, meals, transportation to and from the hunting area, as well as preparation of game (excluding butchering) for exporting. Gratuities for guides and staff are at the hunters discretion and are not included. There are no hidden costs.

      Early Whitetail Hunts 236
DatesDurationSemi-Guided FeeGuided Fee
Sep 1st – Sep 6th6 days$2500 US$3000/$3500 US
Sep 22nd – Sep 27th6 days$2500 US$3000/$3500 US
Oct 6th – Oct 11th6 days$2500 US$3000/$3500 US
Oct 20th – Oct 25th6 days$2500 US$3000/$3500 US

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Rut Whitetail Hunts 248
DatesDurationSemi-Guided FeeGuided Fee
Nov 3rd – Nov 8th6 daysn/a$4500 US
Nov 10th – Nov 15th6 daysn/a$4500 US
Nov 17th –  Nov 22nd6 daysn/a$4500 US
Nov 24th – Nov 29th6 daysn/a$4500 US                         

License costs are not included in the pricing. Licensing arrangements should be made in advance as permits are purchased prior to the hunter’s arrival. Licensing fees for U.S. citizens are approximately $400.00 U.S. The exact license amount will be advised to hunters in a written communication the outfitter will send you prior to the hunt.

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Flights to Edmonton are booked at the hunter’s cost and responsibility. Flights must be booked to arrive at least one day prior to the first day of the hunt and to depart the morning after the final day of the hunt. Stay those two nights in motel at your expense. Allowing one extra day for weather is always a good idea in case of weather delays!

 ELK HUNTS:

This rut hunt is in western Alberta (WMU 328) using all terrain vehicles to access timbered areas. The hunt is a 2X1 hunt from a tent camp, located about 2 hours from Edmonton. The second hunt is a mountain hunt in the Canmore archery only area in the Rocky Mountains about a one hour drive from Calgary. It is a 2X1 hunt from a tent camp with separate cook and guide tents. The hunt is during the September rut where calling is used to locate the trophy bulls (early-Mid-Sept). Your license, 2 nights in a motel and shuttle fees total about $400 and are not included in the hunt price. You will work hard on these elk hunts, be ready to do so. If you do, opportunity on a bull should be in the 50 to 75% range.

Elk Rut Hunts 328
DatesDurationSemi-Guided FeeGuided Fee
Sep 8th – Sep 13th6 days$3500 US$4000 US

   MULE DEER HUNTS:        

Southeastern Alberta is home to a very excellent mule deer population, with some very good trophies. This hunt takes place in Unit 124, along the South Saskatchewan River and the River  provides access to the coulees inhabited by the areas mulies. Many trophy bucks spend their days bedded in the sparse coulees waiting to feed in adjacent crop fields. The sparse cover gives the bowhunter the opportunity for a patient stalk or else a ground blind – intercepting the bucks moving to or from their feeding areas. You will see some great mulies- practice shooting out to at least 40 yards! Bring a good rangefinder! This area is about 3 hours from Calgary. License is about $400.  You generally spend two nights in a motel- just before and just after the hunt. (about $80/pp).               

Muledeer Coulee Hunt 124
DatesDurationSemi-Guided FeeGuided Fee
Oct 13th – Oct 18th6 days$3500 US$4000 US

  

All hunts include guiding, transportation and accommodations while at camp.

MOOSE HUNTS:

This rut hunt takes place in the timber of the Drayton Area in western Alberta (Unit 337) during the peak of the late September rut and into early October. Hunting is done from a base camp situated in the area being hunted. You may spot and stalk, call, or use stands. Expect to do some serious walking. Hunt is 2 hunters per guide, max of 4 hunters in camp. As with elk, you have about $450 in the license, motels@ $80/night and shuttle fees of about $25.. You will drive from Edmonton to the hunt area.  Moose will have to be worked for, but if in good condition the odds are 50 to 75% that you will have your opportunity.

Moose Rut Hunt 337
DatesDurationSemi-Guided FeeGuided Fee
Sep 29th – Oct 4th6 days$3000 US$3500 US

 

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