This is a well established outfitter with a great reputation who has proven for many years that he kills giant deer. He will normally show a size AVERAGE for his whitetail bucks of 150 class (His 2011 average was an incredible 158 – and he had a 92% success for his rifle hunters!) He typically takes 10 to 14 hunters per week, so maintaining a 92% success and a 158 average size is simply off the charts for success! He has many repeats obviously, so you need to book early in order to find slots!
This is a well established outfitter with a great reputation who has proven for many years that he kills giant deer plus big black bears. He will normally AVERAGE around 150 class on his deer (2010 his average was an incredible 158- and he had 92% success for his rifle hunters! The stuff of legends!). He typically takes 10 to 14 hunters per week, so maintaining a 92% success and a 158 average size is simply off the charts for success! He has many repeats obviously, so you need to book early in order to find slots! Generally by March or earlier, he will have only a few openings left for deer. He hunts 500,000 acres in and around the well known Meadow Lake area! Of course please realize that success can still vary due to weather and other factors.
The log cabins are an incredible blend of rustic log construction featuring hardwood floors, tongue and groove cedar and huge Saskatchewan spruce logs. And- do not worry about line-ups for the bathrooms in the morning… each room has it’s OWN bathroom! Of particular interest are the log carvings incorporated into the furniture throughout the cabins. Beautifully detailed bears and eagles adorn bedposts, table legs, benches and even the stairway railings! Full kitchen, laundry facilities and a “mud-room” for parking wet clothes and boots make these cabins super hunting bases. Nicely, you can also drive directly from Saskatoon or Edmonton airports to either of the two lodges.
In terms of the hunting, you will placed before daylight in your heated stand overlooking a carefully chosen spot in the forest, with bait piles strategically placed to attract the maximum number of does, who in turn lure in the big bucks. They use ladder stands, lock-on’s, permanent tree stands, ground blinds, elevated blinds (8-10 feet up), double bow blinds and 1 man pop up blinds. All have heaters for you. You will sit comfortably, glassing the edges for big horns! Butch has prepared a detailed northern equipment list, so please ask us for that! If you take a buck, you use the radio they supply and they will come and retrieve the deer, and get it to the lodge. Once you get there, a hot shower, some libations or hot tea or coffee, and you will sit down to a good meal. Food is not fancy, but it is filling. Shoot some pool or shoot the bull, and then relax.
One hint- many guys under estimate a buck’s antler size up there- because they are not used to seeing 250 to 300 pound bucks! You will be looking at deer nearly twice the size you may be used to! So keep that in mind- those giant necks swollen with lust can throw your opinion of size off, and you conclude it is a 130 when it is really a 155!
The rut in Saskatchewan can run any time in November. The pre-rut is usually about the first week in November. Week 3 and 4 in November usually brings the peak rut activity. In recent years the weather seems to affect the rut a little more! Warmth slows it down (meaning anything above zero!).
When you harvest your trophy you have two options. Initially they will cape the animal and freeze the hide and clean up the skull for transport back home with you. OR-if you prefer they will ship it to a taxidermist in Saskatchewan for mounting and shipment to you.
(all prices in US dollars – taxes are INCLUDED – the cost of licenses is not)
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