Canada contains within its borders some of the wildest country and most magnificent scenery the world has to offer
Variety of unique species
Canada is home to 25 of North America’s 30 big-game species
Highly professional guiding
Canada’s outfitting industry is highly professional and committed to the responsible, sustainable, and ethical use of the country’s wildlife resources
About hunting in Canada
With more than two dozen huntable big game species and an astounding array of waterfowl, small game, and birds across a broad range of habitats, Canada is a hunter’s dream. From forests to tundra, from open prairies to vast boreal forests and the stunning Canadian Rockies, Canada has something for every hunter. This sparsely populated country puts great emphasis on protecting its natural resources and provides fair-chase opportunities to pursue magnificent big-game species that pique the interest of hunters from all over the world. Hunting trips to Canada are filled with beauty and splendor and offer even experienced hunters an exceptional challenge and unforgettable experience. What makes hunting in Canada unique is its rich variety of game: grizzly and black bears, moose, five varieties of caribou, cougar, lynx, Canadian wolf, bighorn sheep, Stone sheep, Dall sheep, elk, black-tailed, white-tailed, and mule deer. If you are looking for a challenge that will leave you with a lifetime of memories, Canada is the perfect destination.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
Visitors from the USA and most European countries do not need a visa, but Canada does require many travelers to have an Electronic Travel Authorization, which can be purchased online for a small fee before you go. Go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp to find out which documents you need.
Handgun hunting is prohibited in Canada. Centerfire semi-automatic long guns cannot have magazines that hold more than five cartridges. Pump or semi-auto shotguns must have their magazines plugged to hold no more three shells.
Visiting hunters must declare firearms in writing to a customs officer at the point of entry to Canada, using the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration (form RCMP 5589).The declaration form should be filled out prior to arrival at the point of entry, in order to save time. However, it should not be signed before arriving at the entry point, as a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) customs officer must witness the signature. A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is valid only for the person who signs it and only for those firearms listed on the declaration. Once the declaration has been confirmed by the CBSA customs officer, it acts as a license for the owner and it is valid for 60 days. The declaration can be renewed for free, providing it is renewed before it expires, by contacting the Chief Firearms Officer (call 1-800-731-4000) of the relevant province or territory.
To avoid problems on their return to the USA, American hunters should have in their possession a U.S. Customs Form 4457 listing their firearm and its serial number.
Wildlife management in Canada is handled on a provincial basis. Each province has its own hunting rules and regulations, and even within a particular province, hunting styles as well as gear and clothing may differ widely. Most outfitters can be relied upon to provide a list of recommended gear and clothing, as well as suggestions for firearm types and calibers. Stand hunts, for example, often call for heavy, warm clothing, while hunters venturing to the mountains or taking on strenuous spot-and-stalk hunts should dress in layers. Comfortable boots appropriate to the terrain are a must for any hunt. Some provinces require hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat, vest, or sometimes both.
Guiding and licensing
Some provinces require all nonresident hunters to hunt with a guide-outfitter; others do not. In general, most provinces in western Canada require the service of a guide-outfitter, while a few in the eastern part do not. All hunters, however, must have a valid hunting license for the province and, if required, a valid permit or tag for the species they are hunting. In order to purchase a hunting license, you may be required to show a valid hunting license from your state or country and/or proof of having passed a hunter education course. Discuss these requirements with your outfitter prior to the hunt.
The largest variety of big-game species are available in the western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, which encompass the Canadian Rockies and hold bighorn sheep, mountain caribou, elk, mule deer, mountain goats, bears, wolves, and many other highly sought-after species. British Columbia and the Yukon are the only places in the world where Stone sheep are found. The Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories hold moose, Dall sheep, and central Canada barren-ground caribou. In the far north, Nunavut is the destination for muskox, polar bears, and caribou. The provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with their prairies and forest regions, are well known for whitetails and big bears, and farther east, whitetails and black bears are also found in Ontario. Quebec and Labrador are major destinations for caribou hunters, and the Maritime Provinces, especially Newfoundland, offer high-success hunts for moose and woodland caribou.
After the hunt
Tipping is expected and appreciated on most hunts in Canada. Tips generally range from 5 to 15 percent of the total hunt cost.
Your outfitter should be able to recommend local taxidermists and meat processors, but these services are not included in the hunt cost. Discuss these aspects with your outfitter before arrival. Local taxidermists can prepare and pack trophies to your specifications, but it will be up to you to check legalities and arrange transport and shipment of the trophies to your home.
American hunters may, in most cases, bring wild game meat and trophies back into the USA, provided it is accompanied by the appropriate licenses and declared for inspection by USDA officials at the border. Game birds and waterfowl being imported to the US as trophies must be processed at a taxidermy shop approved by the USDA. For details, contact the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Services National Export and Import Center at 301-734-3277.
All hunters should also be aware that certain animals such as black, grizzly, and polar bears require CITES permits and, in some cases, additional export permits must also be purchased for certain animals. Check with the province you are hunting in to ascertain costs and requirements. The USA does not allow the importation of polar bears.
2x1 Fall Bear Hunt 2020 Canada
Our spring bear hunts are very exciting with numerous sightings per day often in the double digits. Average harvest size between 6' to 7'. There is a high density and we take a limited number of hunters affording many opportunities including color phase bears. Bears will frequent the southern mountain slopes and newer logging cuts, feeding on the fresh grasses, clover and dandelions in the spring. We know where the good berry patches are and can put you on some great bears in the Fall as well. We are also lobbying to return the grizzly hunt in BC. 2nd bear = $2000 Note: $1000 payable upon hunting 2nd bear and is applied towards trophy fee if successful. Includes fishing and wolf hunting.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 15 Aug 2020 15 Oct 2020
3 Day Waterfowl Hunt 5+ hunters Canada
Early morning breakfast around 4am and then head out to the field to set up the decoys and blinds for a morning waterfowl hunt. The morning hunt is a great experience with lots of Snow Geese, Canada Geese, Specklebelly Geese, Sandhill Cranes and ducks filling the skies. We use many Snow Goose decoys, flyers, and rotary decoys, as well as electronic goose call to our birds. You will see over ten species of ducks and over five sub species of Canada geese ranging from Giant Greaters to small Cacklers in staggering numbers. Goose season remains open into December, but the peak period is usually the final week of September through mid to late October in this province Around 10 am or when we limit out we head back to the lodge for brunch and relax until we are ready to venture out for our evening duck hunt. After our evening shoot, we have prepared for you a home-made supper, and spend the night relaxing and relive the day’s hunt. Limits: Ducks - daily limit of 8, only 4 may be pintails Dark goose - daily limit of 8, only 5 may be specklebelly, no hunting dark geese after noon until October 15th White goose - daily limit of 20, no possession limit Other duck and goose possession limits are 3 days daily bag limits.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 31 Oct 2020
2021 Spring Bear Hunt in SK! Canada
Round out your hunting season with a Spring bear hunt! These hunts offer lots of action. Each site has numerus bears. We have 25% colour phase bears with some real trophy class animals roaming around.This can be the perfect family hunt with a 1st timer. Yet even the most experienced hunters admit to the adrenaline rush when a big old bear comes in! We bait lots and are always looking for ways to get into the remote corners of our area and open up new unhunted territory. Enjoy some exciting wallet and northern pike fishing if you tag out early. Join us for your next Adventure! Your itinerary: Arrival in Saskatoon on Saturday – Rent a car and Book a hotel room for the night Departure at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning arriving at Base camp around noon Hunt hunting from Sunday to Friday Departure on Saturday afternoon, Book a hotel room for the night Departure from Saskatoon on Sunday Your package includes: One guide for 2/3 hunters Accommodations and food at hunt camp Six days of hunting Preparation (taxidermy) of your trophy( option to take head and cape home with your or leave it at a local taxidermist) Hunting licence and permit Taxes Your package does NOT include: The plane ticket to Saskatoon, SK Transportation from Saskatoon to base camp The hotel room upon arrival and departure Guides/Cook's gratuities Fishing License
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 2 May 2021 31 May 2021
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