This is an outstanding outfitter in Alberta who not only produces good bears, but lots of bears. Over the last eight or 10 years, the outfitter has averaged between 1.6 to 1.8 bears per hunter. That includes bow hunters and gun hunters. In layman’s terms, that means nearly everyone has a chance at taking two bears! The outfitter hunts in the famed Peace River area of Alberta. The bear hunting there has been written up dozens of times in various sporting magazines. It’s one of the premier bear hunting areas in North America. The average size bear is also excellent. Typically, bears will average between six and seven feet long in the spring and perhaps a few inches larger in the fall. Top bears have made eight feet and seven footers are taken regularly.
Color –phase bears make up between 25%-40% of the population, with colors ranging from blonde to brown to cinnamon. Past clients uniformly give this outfitter excellent reviews. He goes through the trouble of putting out plenty of extra baits, feeds the bears well and regularly, has a great modern lodge with all amenities with a couples room too, excellent guides and his concession in the Peace River region produces genetically superior bears based on what we have seen! He does both rifle and bow, but really enjoys archers. All Taxes and Tax Rebates are Included in price. Also included in the cost of the hunt are: License/Tag, Meals, Accommodations, a Wolf license, Field Dressing, Trophy Care, your pick up and drop off at designated airport, and of course their guide service. The largest black bear ever recorded in Alberta recently came from their hunting area. Two years in a row, their clients have won the Outfitters Award for the largest black bear taken by a non-resident hunter. The high percentage of the brown color phase black bears, ranging from a dark chocolate color to pure blonde, is an added bonus. Great area, great guides, great fun and great success!
Three very important factors to be aware of when comparing these hunts with others:
- Realize that their pricing INCLUDES YOUR LICENSE! With some states charging $500 to $1000 for tags, this is a big savings.
- And also realize THERE IS NO DRAW! No money wasted buying points! Just book this hunt and go! Makes it much easier to book flights and make plans early. Again- saves time and money.
- Free airport pickup– save $500 or more on a rental car!
- Free wolf tag.
These 3-4 items add up to saving of $1000 and more compared to comparable hunts!
He hunts different areas in the spring and fall, but both are from lodges with lodge type accommodations. Comfortable lodging and good food is provided. Spring is primarily baiting, with some spot and stalk for those who prefer that. Fall is more spot and stalk, with some baiting. Both periods are equally successful. Spot and stalk is from pickups and ATV’s, driving and glassing. You glass clearcuts and cutlines, and bears are out on the grass or in crops. You cover a lot of ground, and some folks like that more than sitting over bait. Others prefer sitting outdoors- your choice though! Both are incredibly successful.
Fall is mostly spot and stalk in and around the grain fields, and that can be very exciting and can produce some huge bears. Bears can be seen hundreds of yards away, and the stalk is on! Bait can be a back-up! Of course on a Spot and stalk, you do not get the same opportunity to size up the bear that you get on a baited hunt, but the challenge of stalking a 7 footer to bow or gun range adds to the thrill. Either way, success is extremely high, with many hunters taking two bears, and with some taking a first bear and then passing up multiple other bears hoping for a monster. Since many hunters like to hold out for a monster second bear, you must realize that the statistics suggest that most hunters are seeing those big second bears and are taking them!! Bears are also heavier by a hundred pounds or so, in the fall. Weather can always be a factor, and even more so in the fall. A heavy berry crop can also affect the numbers being seen, but that is simply hunting.
All hunts are 6 days in length. You will be transported on ATV’s and pick-up trucks, with some walking as well. Food and lodging is included. For Spring bear, in terms of transport details: Fly into Edmonton. You then have a choice- fly into Grand Prairie or drive there. It is about a 4 hour drive, so not a big thing. If you elect to fly- Air Canada is now charging $160 round trip for each firearm!! Plus the airfares have taken a big jump due to oil exploration booming. You can drive for half the cost of flying, plus have the freedom of leaving early if you tag out. So my advice is rent a car in Edmonton- but do it now or soon as demand is high with the oil boom. You do not need a big 4wd in June, but sometimes a late snow does happen, and 4wd might be nice then. I just rented a 4wd in Sask, paid almost $500 for 8 full days. In the Fall, you will need to fly to High Level, Alberta for pick-up- or else to Edmonton and rent a car and drive about 8 hours to camp.
EARLY BOW HUNTS:
You bow hunt in the archery only season from late August to mid September. During this time they concentrate on the prime feeding areas, areas, game trails, natural mineral “licks”, and other prime habitat showing fresh bear activity. This is a time when bear are in their feeding patterns. The weather at this time is pleasant and the days are long. The archery only season starts on August 25 and ends on Sept 16 for everything but moose – moose ends on Sept 23. The reason the bow only season is cheaper is that the allocations only can be used in that period and therefore have less value then the ones that can be used in the rifle season. The $550 fee is the fee for the licence and opportunity to have the tag. There are no kill fees. There is only the charge for every species that is added to the base archery season cost.
You should also be aware that this same outfitter also has some excellent rifle and bow elk and moose hunts, and some good whitetail hunts. And combos are very possible!! Ask us for that information if interested. Of course, we would expect you and any of your friends to book thru us-its how we earn our living! So please refer any other interested parties to us, and we thank you! GOOD HUNTING!!
IF YOU DECIDE TO REBOOK WITH THEM – PLEASE DO SO THROUGH US- IT IS HOW WE EARN OUR LIVING!! Thanks.
|Rifle Hunts||Dates||Base Cost||Licenses|
|Spring Black Bear*||May 4 – June 15||$4,995.00||Included|
|Bull Elk||Sept. 17-Nov. 30||$6,250.00||Included|
|Bull Moose (Rut)||Sept. 24 – Oct. 31||$6,250.00||Included|
|Bull Moose (Post Rut)||Nov. 1 – Nov. 30||$5,750.00||Included|
|Moose/Black Bear **||Sept. 24 – Oct. 20||$7,250.00||Included|
|Moose/Elk||Sept. 17 – Nov. 30||$8,750.00||Included|
|Moose/Elk/Black Bear **||Sept. 17 – Oct. 20||$9,750.00||Included|
|Whitetail Deer||Sept. 17 – Nov. 30||$5,995.00||Included|
|Whitetail Deer (9 day special)||Sept. 17 – Nov. 30||$7,500.00||Included|
|Mule Deer||Sept. 17 – Nov. 30||$6,250.00||Included|
|Whitetail Deer/Mule Deer||Sept. 17 – Nov. 30||$8,750.00||Included|
|Whitetail Deer/Moose||Sept. 24 – Nov. 30||$8,500.00||Included|
|Wolf/Coyote||Dec.1 – March 15||$4,500.00||Included|
|Goose/Duck (3 days for 1 hunter)||Sept. 1 – Oct. 15||$2,750.00 ea.||Included|
|Goose/Duck (Group Discount – 3 days for 3 hunters)||Sept. 1 – Oct. 15||$2,500.00 ea.||Included|
|Goose/Duck (Group Discount – 3 days for 4+ hunters)||Sept. 1 – Oct. 15||$2,250.00 ea.||Included|
|* 2nd bear is included in cost on spring & fall bear hunts only|
** 2nd bear trophy fee $600.00 on black bear combo huntsArchery Only Season Single Species or Combos:
Base Price: $4,500.00 + Chosen Species:
Bear: $500.00 + $750.00 for 2nd bear
Whitetail Deer: $500.00
Mule Deer: $1000.00
We can combine any species to create a custom hunt for you
PRICES INCLUDE: Taxes and Tax Rebates, Meals, Accommodations, LICENSES, Field Dressing, Trophy Care, your guide and your ROUND TRIP Transportation between camp and Grand Prairie. All of this is INCLUDED!
NOT INCLUDED: TRANSPORT into Grand Prairie from your home; tips, and the $25 import fee on your gun. We will furnish you the forms- it is a simple form and very painless!!
ATTENTION GUN HUNTERS: BOWS AND GUNS: You are allowed to bring your personal firearms with you. This includes your rifles and/or shotguns. IF YOU HAVE A DUI OR A CRIMINAL RECORD- CALL US! You may be denied admittance with a firearm.
For your firearms, a simple one-page form is required to be filled out to obtain a temporary Canadian Firearms permit. This form (CAFC 909) can be down-loaded or mailed to you well in advance from THE CANADIAN FIREARMS CENTRE. Go to www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca and then click on the link on the left hand side for visitors/non residents, then download the NON RESIDENT FIREARM DECLARATION (form CAFC 909). Completing this in advance should reduce your time clearing customs. DO NOT SIGN THE FORM UNTIL YOU ARE IN FRONT OF THEM! YOU CAN FILL IT OUT, BUT DO NOT PRE-SIGN. WE at BMOA can help you complete it. Do not sign it until you appear in front of Customs- but fill it out. A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is only valid for the person who signs it and for those firearms listed on the declaration. It is a simple form to fill out.
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