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About hunting in Alberta
The province of Alberta, in western Canada, is one of North America’s premier hunting regions. Covering 250,000 square miles, its geography is diverse, with open prairies in the south, aspen parklands in the central regions, boreal forestland in the far north, and the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies along its western border. Alberta has at least ten huntable big-game species: pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, black bears, cougars, Rocky Mountain elk, Canada moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, bison, and wolves. Alberta’s prairie regions also boast outstanding waterfowl and upland bird hunting. Alberta’s outfitters are issued big-game allocations on an annual basis, so there is no need for hunters to apply for or draw tags, and this makes it easy to book a hunt in the province. Alberta’s hunting industry traces its roots to 1881, when Tom Wilson joined a survey of what is now the Stoney Indian Reserve near Banff. After learning the lay of the land and how to pack a horse, he became the first known hunting outfitter in Alberta. During the 1920s and 1930s, outfitted hunting evolved into big business, and famous names, including American outdoor writer Jack O’Connor, hunted in both Alberta and British Columbia. Alberta is known for outstanding record-book trophies, especially when it comes to bighorn sheep. The world-record bighorn was taken by Guinn Crousen in 2000, and the ram it eclipsed, now number two, was also from Alberta. In fact, five of the top ten rams listed in the Boone and Crockett records came from Alberta. So did the number-one non-typical mule deer, the Broder Buck. Hunters can bring their own rifles and shotguns for a hunt in Alberta; a simple one-page form must be filled out to obtain a temporary Canadian Firearms permit. This form (CAFC 909) can be downloaded from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Firearms Program, www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf. Follow the links for visitors/non-residents and then download the “Non-Resident Firearms Declaration” (CAFC 909). Hunters may bring up to 200 rounds of ammunition into Alberta, and it’s easy to purchase ammo for most common calibers and gauges at sporting-goods stores in most areas. The Alberta Professional Outfitter’s Society (APOS) is a good source of information about hunting in Alberta. See apos.ab.ca.
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Baited Spring Black Bear Hunt 2x1 Canada
Hunt Dates are as follows for 2020: May 10 – 15 May 17 – 22 May 24 – 29 Our hunting area is home to one of the highest densities of black bears in all of North America. With the concentrated population comes a very high hunt success rate as well as the two bear limit our area has. Coupled with the remote wilderness with little hunting pressure, you will have a hunt that you won’t soon forget. With only one main access road into our area, we use the abundance of oil and logging roads and a few of the major cut lines to get around and target as many big bears as possible. The terrain is rolling hills, with a healthy mix of large timber and alders, as well as muskeg, making itself home to some very large bears. We offer baited and spot and stalk hunts in the spring from the beginning of May through early-mid June. The bears are very active at this time coming out of hibernation and are in search of easy food. Many bears in our area will be in the 250-350lb, 5 ½- 6 ½ foot range, with bears up to 8 feet and 500+ lbs being taken occasionally. Our area also has a variety of different color phase bears ranging from blonde or cinnamon to dark chocolate and black. You will see numerous bears and have an excellent opportunity at taking a trophy class bear. Our bait sites are very active and can expect to see multiple bears per night. Its not uncommon for hunters to see more than a dozen when in the stand! We have over 60 baits set up throughout our area and have cameras set on them. This gives us the best opportunity to put you on the biggest bear. The baited hunts allow you to size the bear more efficiently, assuring you that you take a trophy bear you will be happy with. The shooting distances for bow hunters average 15-25 yards and 50-100 yards for rifle hunters. Hunters will either be set in tree stands or ground blinds. Sitting on the ground surrounded by bears is a whole new adrenaline rush!
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 10 May 2020 29 May 2020
Spring Black Bear 2x1 Hunt Canada
We hunt black bear primarily in the spring within our southern peace country territory. Our Black Bear hunts are 7 days in length and are conducted 1 on 1 or 2 on 1. Bear season runs from approx. May 10th – June 10th with exact dates determined each year depending on snow fall levels. Bears at this time of the year can be found actively feeding on new grass along oilfield and logging roads as they emerge from their dens. Their fur is full and claws are long making for a stunning addition to anybody's trophy room. Although most bears in our area are black in colour, all colour phases are present. From chocolate or reddish brown, to almost blond and every colour variation in between, if you're looking for a big mature bear this is the place to do it. This is a spot and stalk hunt in gentle terrain for the most part, so hunters of any age or physical ability can be successful in harvesting a great bear. A typical hunting day will begin around 1 p.m. after lunch and consists of driving around in pickups or on ATV’s looking for active bears out feeding. It is not uncommon to see between 15-30 bears a week as our bear population is very high and receives almost no hunting pressure. Once a bear is spotted your guide will determine its approx. size and the decision will be up to you if you want to make a stalk on the animal. We target mature bears in the 6 foot plus range (hide squared) and you have an excellent chance of harvesting one on this hunt. This is also a two bear area, so hunters wanting to take a second bear have that option as well. Method of take is rifle, bow or muzzleloader. If you’re ready to come and hunt a beautiful mature black bear then give us a call for our available dates, and get ready to have some fun.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 10 May 2020 5 Jun 2020
Spring Black Bear / Wolf Combo Canada
The mountain black bear / wolf combination hunts are one on one hunts run out of tent camps in the mountains. This hunting trip is held during the second week of May just after the bears start coming out of their mountain dens. At this time of year their fur is in excellent shape. If you have an adventurous attitude, this hunting trip is for you.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 6 May 2020 20 May 2020
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