Alberta Elk, Moose, Deer & Bear – Hunt #99

Alberta Elk, Moose, Deer & Bear – Hunt #99

99.1  This respected outfitter has been an avid hunter all his life and has been guided rifle and bow hunters in Alberta and the Northwest Territories since 1986. He has been outfitting on his own for over 20 years. His better half has been a hunter all of her life, too. Between the two, they take care of all areas of the business from the bookkeeping right through to the cooking and guiding. When you leave, you’ll feel like family.

Each year his clients take some wonderful trophies including some monster mule deer, huge bears and some good elk and moose as well. Many clients are repeat customers year after year with him. He has also hosted many of the big name writers and TV hunting celebs, including Dwight Schuh and Tom Nelson, among others. He is the real deal- dedicated, honest, hard working and he produces for his clients.

We like the fact that he has a college degree in Biology/Environmental Technology so he is well versed in both the scientific and physical demands of big game outfitting. Bow- hunting is his true passion and he has personally taken over a dozen Pope and Young-class animals including white-tail deer, mule deer, Bighorn sheep, Dall sheep, black bear, cougar and elk. He knows and understands a bow hunter’s needs.

When not guiding, he spends weeks each year searching for antler sheds, and also hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and going on extensive summer scouting trips. This keeps him in tune with his guiding areas and in great shape for the hunting season. He personally guides many of the hunts. He is a full-time guide and a part- time wildlife artist and is also the former director for the Prairies for the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society and works on several of their committees.
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Every year he tries to improve and further refine his hunting operation. He takes only a small number of hunters and pays attention to virtually every detail. He knows his area intimately and understands the importance of repeat customers and their friends. He actually welcomes constructive criticism and never takes his success for granted. Consistency in how the hunts are run and striving to improve is what makes his hunts a complete success. He only hires the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hard-hunting guides he can find. As a result he has hosted some of the biggest names in the outdoor industry.



“Thanks so much for hosting me on the bear hunt. I had a great time and killed a great bear. What more can a guy ask? I particularly enjoyed you and your family. The warm family atmosphere makes a hunt much more gratifying for me. Best of success for great hunting this year. Let’s stay in touch.” – Dwight Schuh Well known author and TV show host

“It’s been almost 35 years since I went on my first bow-hunting trip for black bear. During these three and a half decades, I have had the opportunity to bow hunt in scores of camps across the U.S. and Canada. I can honestly say that this outfitter operates one of the top bear camps in North America. From the food and accommodations to the stand sites and equipment, this is the “go to spot” for trophy black bears. I personally saw 47 bears in 6 days spanning a variety of color phases and other hunters in camp saw even more. This outfit gets a Four Star rating from this veteran bow bender.” Tom Nelson Host/ Dead Down Wind’s American Archer

He insists on a Quality Bear Management System allowing hunters to selectively harvest mature male bears, not females and small bears. Top quality trail camera at every bait site ensuring you will be hunting sites with one or more trophy size mature boars. High population of bears. See upwards of 30-40 bears in a week. Sows with 3 cubs is normal, some have 4- 5 cubs. There is a very high percentage of colored bears ranging from chocolate, to cinnamon to blonde. Highly productive farmland zone where 5 year old boars already have 7 foot square hide, skulls over 19 inches, weights over 330 lbs. Excellent genetics that give hunters a real possibility of harvesting 400+ lb., 7-1/2-foot bears with skulls exceeding 20-21 inches.

Black Bear Notes:
1. What is your success rate?
Almost every hunter could kill 2 bears but we strive to shoot mature male bears and not shoot females, especially sows of breeding age. This does reduce the overall number of kills but it has also kept our bear hunting just as good as it was when we started in 1992. Our actual kill success over that time, including wounded bears has averaged about 125 to 150%.

2. What is the average bear size taken?
This is a difficult question in that many hunters are happy to shoot smaller bears especially if it is a colored bear or their first bear but I would say the average has been around a 6 ft square hide bear, weighing an honest spring weight of 200 to 250 lbs. You do have an excellent chance of shooting a bear quite a bit bigger than that, or even one more than twice that size.

3. What are the best dates to come on a hunt? Could I get hit with snow early or have lots of rubbed up bear hides and tons of bugs later?
We can run our bear hunts from April 15 to June 15 and we have picked the best dates, May 10 to June 10. How good the hunting will be really all depends on weather you get for your hunt and whether the spring is late or early. Snow is more likely a problem on the early hunts which slows activity but hot days are more likely on the late hunts which also slows things down. Bugs are not a problem with the Thermacell burners.

4. Do you get many colored bears?
Yes, there are about 25% colored bears at birth in the population but by the time they reach maturity it is about 15%. If a colored bear is your goal we can target colored bears with our trail cameras.

5. What do you use for bait and what kind of baiting system do you use?
This is probably the most important and often overlooked element of having a great hunt. We have experimented with all kinds of baiting systems using every imaginable type of bait. We have found that the best method is with a large volume and variety of bait that never runs out. We use meat; pork and beef, oats, cooking grease, candy, honey and beaver carcasses. At every site we have two 50 gallon barrels and a wire mesh cage. One barrel is filled to the top with small meat scraps and the other one is filled with the oats, grease, candy and honey. Both barrels have small holes cut in the top to limit how quickly they can empty the barrel and they have to take turns eating. When you have 20+ bears at a bait like we sometimes do you have to slow down the eating somehow or they might clean it out. The small holes also stop ravens from eating all the meat. The wire mesh cage is for the beaver carcass. It is chained to a tree and it allows the bears to rip pieces of beaver meat off the carcass but never walk away with the skeleton. The final vitally important item is a crib system that positions the bear for a perfect broadside shot. Bears cannot eat at our baits without giving the essential shot that a bowhunter needs


• A guaranteed license in a trophy mule deer zone.
• No draw required.
• Usually a 90-100% opportunity for a heavy 160 to 190 class buck.
• Not physically demanding, low elevation, farmland hunt.
• Resident hunters allowed only on a limited draw basis- lowers competition- deer less wary.

1. Do you hunt public or private land? How much land do you have to hunt? Is there much hunting pressure?
We hunt mostly private farmland for the muleys but when we say private land it doesn’t mean that we have exclusive permission on any of it. That is because it is actually illegal in Alberta to pay a landowner for hunting access. We simply ask for permission to hunt and he says yes or no. 90% say yes and we end up with hundreds of thousands of acres of land to hunt. Since resident hunters are on a limited draw for mule deer there isn’t a lot of hunting pressure.

2. How do you hunt the deer?
Our main hunting method is to drive around in a truck and spot the deer from the road and put on a stalk. It’s not that we are lazy it’s simply the most effective way to hunt the farmland. The next most used method is sitting farm field edges waiting for the deer to enter the field. We will do this frequently when we are after a specific buck. There are also some areas where we can glass the somewhat open river banks or sneak through the trees near fields, along the river valley but these are low percentage methods that take some physical fitness to do.
3. Do you guys do much scouting or patterning of the deer before the hunt?
Yes we do extensive scouting. It is one of the keys to successful trophy mule deer hunting.

4. Which week is the best to hunt? Isn’t the rut the best time?
We can hunt mule deer anytime from Sept 17 to Nov 30 and we have chosen the best dates, Sept 17 to 30 and Nov 8 to 30. Either hunt can be great with weather probably being the biggest factor. In most places the rut really is the best time to hunt but in our area the September hunts can be just as good, surprisingly some years it is better than the rut. The problem is that we can never tell you beforehand which week will be best.

5. What is the average buck size, what is a top end buck?
In a poor year you still have an excellent chance to get a 170+ gross score deer and in a great year we are mainly killing 180+ bucks with the chance for a 200+. A poor or great year is usually determined by several factors such as how severe the past winter was, how much spring moisture we get, what the weather is like on your hunt, how many resident hunter tags there are etc. There are many things that we just can’t control. What we can control is how much effort we put in and we always put in 100% effort to get you the biggest deer we can find for that year.

6. Do I have to put in for a draw to get my license?
No, all of our licenses are guaranteed.

7. What’s the country/terrain like? Is it hard to hunt? Do I need to be in good shape?
The terrain is unlike most mule deer areas. It is mostly flat farm fields surrounded by heavy woods, more like whitetail country than mule deer habitat. You don’t need to be in good shape to have a great chance for success but it does help to have the fitness to try all sorts of tactics, it just gives that extra 10% edge in killing a big deer.

1. When is the best time to come hunt for whitetails?
Since we take a very limited number of hunters each year we only hunt the best times, Nov. 7 to 30. The peak of the rut can vary from Nov 15 to 25. One of the most important factors is the weather for your week, cold but not too cold, some snow but not too much is best.
2. How do you hunt the deer?
Our main hunting method is sitting in stands back in the woods covering deer travel routes across open cutlines and pipelines. These lines are cut through the woods and they are 10 to 100 yards wide with often a practically unlimited view. On most of them you could shoot a long ways. Usually the lines are near farm fields that the deer like to feed in, preferably the line is between 2 doe groups and you are trying to catch a buck crossing the line checking does. We also sometimes set up on field edges looking over the whole field but your hunt is more likely to be disturbed by resident hunters this way. We also occasionally set up right in the woods with a less than 100 yard view, much like bowhunting. We only do this when it is a really good spot that has no good cutline option and has the deer concentrated to certain trails.

3. What kind of stands do you use?
We have a whole variety of stands available and we are constantly setting up new ones to stay on top of the best areas. We mainly use open topped tripod stands and enclosed box blinds. The tripods are the most effective hunting stand allowing you to see and hear everything around you and not miss that opportunity at a huge buck. The tripods are fairly portable, allowing us to quickly move you to a better spot. There are no windows to bang on and the open top gives plenty of cool fresh air to keep you awake. They have a large plastic swivel seat, 40 inch platform and a skirt which blocks the wind from your shoulders down and hides movement. The box blinds are very comfortable with a padded office chair, plexiglass windows and we can heat them but they are not the most effective hunting stand. You can miss seeing a deer with the small blindspots, you can bang your gun on the window and you can fall asleep in them. They are crucial though when it gets brutally cold. Sometimes we use ladder stands, climbers and small hanging tree stands.

Moose Notes::
• A very high Canada Moose population in their hunting area.
• Rifle moose hunters can often see 20-30 moose a day.
• A physically easy, fun hunt, no swamps to wade through, or rivers to navigate or horses to ride.
• A 90% to 100% success rate on 30- to 45-inch wide bulls.

1. Do I have to put in for a draw to get my license?
No, all licenses are guaranteed.

2. What size of moose do you usually get, what is the average?
We generally shoot moose in the 30 to 45 inch range but some 35 inch bulls have better antlers than some 45 inchers. By better I mean, bigger pans, heavier and more points. Most of our bulls are 2 and 3 years old with the odd, maybe 1 or 2 out of 10, in the 4 to 6 yr old range. We aren’t Alaska. We don’t have big trophy bulls and we don’t have the big price tag either. Hunters come to us for an enjoyable, well run hunt with an almost guaranteed chance to shoot a decent bull. We don’t mind someone coming to trophy hunt, which for us means an older 40+ inch bull but it is risky business with about a 50/50 chance of getting a trophy bull. The pictures on the website are some of our better bulls, not everyone gets one like those.

3. Will I see lots of moose? What kind of success rate do you normally have?
Usually yes you will see lots of moose, but it is very weather dependent, more so than most hunters ever imagine it would be. On a warm windy day you might struggle to see any moose at all and the next day if it is calm and cool you could see 30 moose in a one hour drive. If we get calm, cold frosty mornings you can try for a bigger bull but if it is forecast for warm, windy weather you better shoot the first bull you see. Our long term success rate has been 90+%.

4. How do you hunt them, do I need to be in good shape?
Most of our moose are shot out in farm fields and loaded into the truck whole, just about anybody can do the hunt. You certainly don’t have to be in good shape but it can help, especially if you want to try for a bigger bull. On the earlier, September and early October rut hunts some of the bulls hang out in the bottom of these river valleys. If weather is warm and windy we can hike those creek bottoms and increase our chance for success. Most of the places are still accessible by four wheeler to get the animal out but not always, packing one out might be a possibility.

5. When is the best time to come on the hunt? Isn’t the rut the best time?
September 24 to November 15 is the best time to hunt moose in our area and just hope for good weather on your hunt. The rut is not a big factor in our area, we have too many cow moose and we never see a frantic rut. Most of the bulls are shot out in farm fields feeding. You just need calm, cool weather to get them out there.

6. How do you deal with the meat, antlers and cape?
If you don’t want the meat it can be donated, at no cost to you, to landowners who let us hunt their land or to needy families. We really appreciate anybody who does this but you certainly don’t have to. If you drove up the cheapest way to deal with it is to take the moose home in your vehicle but we have heard of some hunters having trouble getting through the border with spine or brain matter, others have had no trouble at all. Removing the spine would be possible with a saw but that would be up to you to do, we have the saws to do it. Even better though is that we have an excellent butcher who can cut, wrap in paper and freeze your meat. Cost is about $1 a lb. hanging meat. The average moose is 450 lbs. You could get a whole or half moose done in about 36 hours. You could then load up one or more coolers for your trip home. We have coolers here for a cost of $40 each. The cape can also be frozen into a cooler to take home. The skull on the antlers can be split, cardboard taped around around them and then taken on your flight home with you. If you are flying the airlines will usually charge for each cooler, usually about $100 for a 50 lb. cooler. We take no responsibility though if airlines policy changes or they charge much more than that. It is up to you to figure out before your hunt how much it will cost and what is allowed.
Elk Notes:
• Exciting, high success Alberta elk rut hunting at a reasonable price.
• Physically, a fairly tough hunt but at low elevation. No mountains to climb. No horses to ride.
• An experienced guide who knows where to find the elk and how to call them within range.
• An excellent chance to take a mature, heavy 5- or 6-point bull. A guaranteed tag, no draw required.


Add Coyote & Wolf to any hunt – $30.00, plus wolf kill fee of $250 if successful.


SPRING BLACK BEAR BOW HUNT OR RIFLE HUNT May 1 to June 15 – 6 Days $4000.00 for 1st bear (harvested or wounded)
$1800.00 for 2nd bear (harvested or wounded and must be prepaid in cash.

If you do not shoot a 2nd bear then the $1800 will be refunded to you at the end of the hunt. See below for more info.)

SPRING BLACK BEAR BOW HUNT OR RIFLE HUNT – EAGLE EYE OUTFITTING May 1 to June 15 – 6 Days $3500.00 for 1st bear (harvested or wounded)
$1000.00 for 2nd bear (harvested or wounded)
MULE DEER BOWHUNT Aug. 25 to 30 – 6 Days
Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 – 6 1/2 Days
EARLY SEASON MOOSE BOWHUNT Aug. 25 to Sept. 6 – 6 day hunt
Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 – 6 1/2 day hunt
$5000.00 (1 on 1 guided)
ELK & MOOSE COMBO BOWHUNT Sept. 7 to 14 – 7 day hunt $6000.00
MULE DEER RIFLE HUNT Sept. 17 to 22 – 6 day hunt
Nov. 8 to 30 – 6 1/2 day hunt
ELK RIFLE HUNT Sept. 17 to 22, – 6 day hunt
Sept 23-29 – 6 1/2 day hunt
RUT MOOSE RIFLE HUNT OR BOW HUNT Sept 24 to 29 – 6 day hunt
Oct. 1-30 – 6 1/2 day hunt
MOOSE RIFLE HUNT Nov 1 to 6 – 6 day hunt
Nov 8-30 – 6 1/2 day hunt
WHITETAIL DEER RIFLE HUNT Nov 8-30 – 6 1/2 day hunt $3400.00
MULE DEER & WHITETAIL DEER COMBO RIFLE HUNTS Nov 8-30 – 6 1/2 day hunt $9000.00                                   




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