High success rate in a very friendly camp.
I ate too much! Great food.
Canada contains within its borders some of the wildest country and most magnificent scenery the world has to offer
Canada is home to 25 of North America’s 30 big-game species
Canada’s outfitting industry is highly professional and committed to the responsible, sustainable, and ethical use of the country’s wildlife resources
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family owned outfitter who knows their stuff and the terrain. We ate so much better than expected as well and had great conversations. You take ATV’s everywhere and on some rugged terrain but this added to the fun and authenticity of being out in nature, hunting, and getting the authentic experience. It’s a nice little cabin miles from other people on a lake and stream with electricity, hot showers, and a great view. What else do you need?
Consistency and Organization. Great food lodging and guides. The outfitter runs a first class operation. Every aspect is accurately advertised. This can be a hard hunt in long days and cold weather but can be challenging and rewarding. The opportunity is there every day to take a true Alberta giant. The outfitter and his staff have always been attentive and very professional. After 6 years and 3 bucks, I look forward to hunting with them every season I can. They have become good friends.
I have no dislikes.
Ken and Crystal are awesome people that do their very best to make you feel at home and be successful in your hunt. Great accommodations and meals. Well experienced guides especially Ken! I am picky about who I hunt with but I enjoyed hunting with each guide I spent time with. The topography was relatively gentle sloped. The cabins, hot shower daily and great meals in the lodge were wonderful.
This is tough! In my experiences, I did not see an abundance of bulls, although I was successful on two out of three hunts. My unsuccessful hunt was a terrible weather late season hunting experience. I didn't like devil's club and the black flies that fed upon me in during a unusually warm pre rut hunt.
Very knowledgeable guide. Knows the hunting area and wildlife patterns. Accommodating to our likes and dislikes with meals. Tons of fun before and after hunting time, but really gets down to business when it it time to hunt. Very dedicated! Couldn't ask for a better experience.
I enjoyed every aspect of this my first moose hunt.
There wasn't anything to not like.
I have hunted with Pat three times and each time has been better than the hunt before and all three were great. All outfitters should strive to provide the quality of hunt and hunting experience that they do!
Clint is extremely hard working and goes the extra mile to give his clients the best opportunity to be successful. He knows his hunting territory well and the animals that live there. He also recognizes the abilities of his client and will do his best to accommodate them while keeping everyone safe. This is why I've hunted with Clint 5 times over the last 7 years. Clint runs an honest, hardworking, and quality outfit. He is even a pretty good cook and has a few decent jokes from time to time. As a bowhunter, I appreciate an outfitter who understands the challenges of bowhunting. Clint gets it and has bowhunted himself.
Nothing - extremely impressed with the quality of Clint's operation. I wish it were closer to home. 16 hours of driving each way is tough on a guy.
My wife and I meant these folks in Fairview , north of the Peace River. Quickly we were all becoming friend as I also meant three other hunters whom I'm still in contact with. Next I left the wife in town and headed 75 miles north to a comfortable hi-walled tent camp with a great kitchen deep in the forest. First morning a moose came to our call but just scrap little trees in the scrub without showing itself, that night we didn't see anything except a beautiful beaver pond deep in the forest. Lorey my guide started us in the same place as yesterday morning and after an hour of a couple of cow calls my Bull showed up busting branches and looking like it was boss. It entered an old oil-well cut and Lorey made the only grunt call I'd heard, that Moose froze staring not to move again until my 9.3 barked. That 42" Bull was hanging in a butchers shop 6 hours later. What is not to like?
I had to drive 2,700 miles each way, boohoo. I have to wait until 2020 to do it again with the Udells.
Rustic lodging in a secluded area of southeast B.C. with an abundance and variety of big game animals. Outstanding and very helpful outfitter with years of knowledge of the area and animals, enthusiastic guides well mannered horses and hearty home cooked meals. Very little outside hunting pressure and beautiful big mountains. Have been there 6 times and looking forward to return in 2018 to hunt again.
Nothing that I can think of other than having to leave.
Ken and Crystal couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. As soon as you arrive you feel like you have been friends for years. Accomodations were rugged, but very comfortable - perfect for a Moose hunt. Great evenings siting around the table talking about the days hunt ! Overall fantastic hunting experience!!
Food/accommodations are super! Staff is friendly and knowledgable They know their area very well!
There isn't anything we didn't like about this camp!
Yvon and Philip are excellent guides. You arrive as clients and leave as friends. They do everything possible to put you on bear. The accomodations are great and the food is indescribably delicious. We are going back next Spring for the third time and taking friends with us. We can't say enough positive things about them!
The week is just too short!
Truthfully, I liked it all. Hunting, effort, friendliness, honesty, fantastic Territory, and a can do attitude.
I have zero complaints.
My first time to hunt moose, and first time to hunt in BC. Enjoyed EVERY MINUTE OF IT! Ken and Crystal are wonderful hosts, and Crystal's home cooking, the camp, cabins, vehicles, guides, EVERYTHING was excellent. I really had no idea how GOOD moose meat is. I used the butcher in Prince George that Ken recommended, (also excellent) and drove back home with all the meat, cut, wrapped, and frozen. EXCELLENT!
They took great care of us. They have a super area for bears of all colors and know what they are doing to make a successful bear hunt. This was a first hunt for my 16 year old Grandson and he had a real adventure!
No Fly Zone is close Saskatoon airport! Great Folks Great times
I wanted to take my 16 year old son on his first out of state hunt for his birthday. I also invited my father along on the trip as well. Yvonne was very helpful from the first time I contacted him and helped me through all the preparations for the hunt. We hunted the next to last week of the season and it was a GREAT time! I was with my son when he took his bear with a bow the second night. Yvonne put me in another stand to hunt the remainder of the week. My dad and I both took bears the last evening of the hunt. We enjoyed ourselves very much. The accommodations and food were excellent and everything was better than expected I expected. I would (and I have recommended this hunt to other guys that were looking) for a Spring Black Bear hunt. One tip for any one thinking of hunting with Yvonne; either take your own climbing stand or prepare yourself to hunt with a stand he has to give yourself the best options at any of the baits he places you at.
You feel like you are in home they are very warm . Nathans wife took my family to another town for a great day. They love to hunt and there is a good lake for fishing very close. Hes staff its great and hunters to the bone
May be better equipment like rods and reels and different types of baits for bears
I wanted a BIG bear and Yvon and his family helped me make my quest come true. First class operation with excellent accommodations . Top notch equipment and plenty of freshly baited sites !!
Besides poor weather and "some" mosquitoes.. Couldn't have asked for a better hunt !!
Saw lots of animals. Ate like kings ! I actually gained wheigh that week. Killed a great bear. Then slept ate and blood trailed bears. The staff made me feel like family. Had a absolute ball all week.
Can't say I did not like anything. The week was wonderful. Had a day of slow fishing. But it was more than made up for by a day of fantastic Small mouth fishing. Boated 29 in 4 hrs.
I have been hunting moose with Ken since 1991. Always a good time, always great scenery, always interesting ways to get on game. We see wolf, black and grizzly bear, lynx, and deer on our hunts as well. We have come home with spectacular moose, good moose, small moose, and a very few times, no moose. Still, it is hunting, and there are no guarantees. The food and hospitality are excellent, the accommodations are dry, comfortable and warm. The ability to shower and clean up at camp make the trip enjoyable as well.
Blake did everything he could to make the hunt a success, the camp is a work in progress but had everything we needed and was very comfortable. The stand/ bait sites were well placed for archery hunting.
Unfortunately the weather was not in our favor the first three days of our hunt, And the bear activity was not optimum because of an almost full moon, but we both saw bears, I did harvest a bear the last evening but my Son just didn't have an opportunity for a shootable bear. I would hunt with Blake again!
As an older guy who grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY, hunting with AWGS fit my style to a tee. So much so that I made 5 different trips with them before my body gave out to the rigors of 27 plus years in the military. The preparation work put into your hunt by Dave Bzawy and Dean Bromberger are second to none. You as the hunter have to do your own preparation work. If you do, preparation plus opportunity will equal success. Everything involved with your hunt is first class, all the way. Don't be surprised if you actually gain some weight while in camp. The hunting pressure on these whitetail is very low. Genetics, light pressure, and quality ground all conspire to let bucks reach maturity; 5 1/2 plus years. My oldest buck was aged over 10 years in the wild. Preparation, persistence, and patience will reward you with the opportunity at a true "tank" of a buck. This is the type of hunt where you will truly earn your buck. Everything about your hunt is 100% ethical and that is the type of client AWGS wants in their camps. Top notch all the way.
Waiting an entire year to return for my next hunt with AWGS!!
I've been on over 25 guided hunts over the years. I haven't hunted with an Outfitter who has worked as hard as these guys to get you on your animals.
How could I not like the Trip. I went on this hunt three tags and was hoping to fill one or possibly two. I came home with a Grizzly, Wolf, and Black Bear on a ten day hunt!!
The food was great, cabin was very comfortable, outfitter and guides were very friendly and helpful. Everyone made me feel at home. Beutiful land. Cant wait to go back.
That i couldnt stay longer and get another bear. There was nothing i didnt like. Best time ever.
The camp. Bait sites. His guides. The comroderie.
There was nothing not to like.
Outfitter is more of a smaller family operation that treats you like family. They know the area well and work hard to put you on game. Three of the four hunters in our camp scored on moose plus I shot a bear. One of the hunters was handicapped (missing arm and leg due to an accident) and they had him on a moose the second day. Good food and accommodations. Once an animal is harvested, they'll do whatever is necessary to b ensure it is handles properly. Fun people to hunt with.
The lack of game movement which was due to the warmer weather during our hunt. This was beyond the outfitter's control and they did the best they could. Jusy happen to hit a warm spell the last of part September.
They have great attitudes and like to have fun! Great knowledge of where the birds are and know what it takes to get them in tight! Food is great and rooms and house are cleaned daily. They really listen to hunters and accommodate any needs!
Nothing I didn’t like. It was a hunt of a lifetime!
Saw a couple of 50” plus moose one was called in to 5 yards but smelled me before I could get a clear shot
Injured my knee training for hunt a couple weeks prior and moblility was limited but guide understood and worked with me
This is a real hunt and Ken worked harder to make it successful than I would have. He literally did not stop for lunch, we would leave at 10:00 AM in his truck and do the spot and stalk from the pickup, ATV and a little bit of walking if he thought the amount of sign indicated it was worth the time. Lunch was in the truck while driving to the next location. I give Ken all the credit for setting me up with a close shot (about 40 yards) and making the hunt successful.
The outhouse, I respect people's property so I would make the walk to the outhouse at night (100 - 125 feet) to use the bathroom. It's not convenient but it didn't stop me from booking another hunt with Ken.
Friendly and honest. They know the management unit very well, and are able to get their hunters away from local pressure. I personally like the horseback/spike camp hunts. Accommodations and food are good. I have been hunting w/ Steven for over 12 years. Black bears, ram, goat, mountain lion, moose, elk, mule deer. Mostly firearm, but have also bow hunted. I have successfully harvested all species except a ram, which I only hunted once (pretty expensive for a guy of my means). Even though I did not bag a ram, Steven and Tyler located one, but the stalk was not successful (hunter error not the outfitter).
Everything from the hospitality, the cabin, the guide service. The whole experience was fantastic they make you feel right at home . Its was all around one of my favorite hunt's I have been on
I liked it all there was nothing I didn't like
First owner Clint is a stand up guy. He makes you feel welcome from the first phone call after reaching out about the hunt. The county was amazing and the game (goats) were abundant he definitely knows his area and puts you in a spot for success. You need to not look any further for your mountain goat outfitter. This is the spot.
Thats the hunt was over on day 2 if thats a negative thing. I coild have stayed there all week
Yvonne was very helpful and professional. It was the first time bear hunting for my 16 year old son and my Dad. They enjoyed it very much! We all took bear with bows that week. Everyone in camp either tagged out or had a shot at a bear. The accommodations and food were EXCELLENT! Yvonne did everything in his power to put us onto bear. One suggestion, take a climbing stand along if possible to customize your tree location to your liking, if not, Yvonne has some to use as well. We also took ATV's along and after we were had our bear, we enjoyed going along to take other hunters out as well as ride along while they baited.
Fishing in the area is not that good, but I didn't go to fish.
The outfitter is the hardest working outfitter I have ever had that will stop at nothing to make your hunt and experience the best possible experience you can have. The food is delicious, the hunting superb, and the lodge is beautiful, right on Dore Lake.
I liked how hard the outfitter and guides worked to keep us fed and comfortable. The country was beautiful. I like how they took care of me after the horse threw me and broke my wrist. They got me to town and got me fixed up and got me to the airport and got my partner and all my gear out. My partner stayed and hunted the whole hunt and said they never stopped working hard to try to get him an animal. We had 12" to 15" of snow the first two days and record cold. They did what they could under the conditions!
I didn't like the fact that my horse threw me on the second morning that we could hunt and broke my wrist. (That's a given) The horses got wrapped up on the way out and my stock got broke on my gun.
Vance, his family and staff, provided an unparalleled and unique hunting experience. Vance and the other guides work tirelessly to ensure that you are presented with the opportunity (actually multiple opportunities) to harvest a black bear. The cabin accommodations were spacious, clean, with amazing views of the Winnipeg River. The food is amazing and the entire staff works the hunter's hours and does not leave until all the hunters have been taken care of. Sometimes not until after midnight. The staff are there to start early the next day. Not only would I highly recommend them, but I have already booked my next hunt with them!
The lodging was great and comfortable. Food was delicious and they really cater to your needs. They were accommodating and were easy to get along with.
Didn't like that we had to come back home! it was a great week.
All of it... fishing and shore lunch during the day, terrific meals at night, great quality of the hunt, professionalism of the guides, I couldn't say enough good things about the hunt and the staff
Leaving and going back to the real world :)
Extra effort provided by the outfitter to ensure that every possible need was met. Great communication. Outstanding guides. Super accommodations. Excellent food. Great handling of game. An all around super experience.
Friendly and professional guides and lodge staff. Two guides per hunting group to allow scouting before each hunt. Two separate hunts each day, with a mid-day break. Very good decoy hunting for geese, ducks, and sandhill cranes.
This hunt is spot and stalk only. We did not hunt over baits. I personally saw 25 bears in 5 days of hunting. Our group saw 41 and the other members of the party hunted an additional day so the total may have been higher. Of the bears I saw 3 were sows each with two cubs for a total of 9. The remaining 16 bears were all legal shooters with at least 4 of them being large for spring bears! I would classify the guides as experts. I will definitely return to hunt with them again in the future. Kelly and Erik were true professionals who pay attention to every detail of the hunt and experience so that you will leave Alberta satisfied!
The experience. Tree stand hunting and the camaraderie of the group. Food was good and guides instructions were awesome.
Needed something to do after I took my bear.
From the moment I was picked up at the airport to the moment I left Newfoundland, Shawn and the entire Dashwood outfitting team went above and beyond to make my trip memorable and successful. The food and accommodations exceeded my expectation and the location was beautiful. Shawn customized the hunt to my skills, caliber, and physical ability and enabled me to tag my moose on the 3rd day of the hunt.
Good bear hunting and fishing. Two great areas, primitive arms area and any weapons area. Great lodging at remote private lake location with good fishing. Guides are very experienced and helpful.
Had to leave after only one week. Next time we are staying longer.
The accommodations were extremely clean and very comfortable. The food was delicious every meal. The guides were highly qualified and had done hours of preparation and scouting. Quality and quantity of game were both excellent. We have hunted several years there and will be back again!
There was nothing to change about the great hunt and awesome Outfitter.
The professionalism of AWGS owner/guide Dean Bromberger, including the guides and lodging staff of AWGS is exceptional. Hunting is hunting, sometimes you get one and other times you bring your tag home. Dean and his team do everything within their control to provide you with a safe and successful hunt. The remote lodging is second to none, and the delicious home cooked meals are welcome after a long day in the cold. Having had multiple hunts with AWGS, and future hunts booked, I always look forward to my next adventure with AWGS and being with the friends we have become.
Nothing to report.
I really enjoyed sitting with the guides at dinner time and listening to their storytelling. Hiking all day in the most beautiful country I have seen. And of course harvesting a bull of a lifetime.
I have no complaints. I actually wanted to stay longer and just hangout with Ken and Crystal.
The quality of game and the hospitality
having to leave at the end of the hunt
Vance works very hard to ensure the hunter's success long before the hunter arrives by baiting the stands diligently weeks before the start of the season. He has a great team of guides that see to your every need and are very knowledgeable about the area. The fishing is fantastic and is a great bonus to the hunt. Accommodations are clean and comfortable and the food is outstanding! I have hunted all over the world and they are one of the best run outfits that I have been to.
Sometimes I have had issues at the border entering into Canada....just make sure your paperwork is in order and you follow their rules.
Facilities and equipment are well maintained. Food is excellent. And, the guides I have had are safe and experienced. Ken and Crystal (owners) go to great effort to make all of their hunters comfortable. And, their success rate is as good as any.
Nothing not to like.
I loved absolutely every aspect of the hunt. Beautiful scenery, Top notch lodging and meals (full time gourmet chef), Best guides a hunter could ask for, very informative, down to earth, and helpful with any needs. The waterfowl population in the area is incredible, we limited out every single day. There's no doubt I will be returning year after year!!!!
I would honestly have to say that the only part I did not like was having to return to reality and go back home...
#1 I enjoyed Kens company, so well I took my entire family up to fish with him. He is very entertaining. He has a huge area and knows it well. There is no shortage of bears and we experienced numerous stalks, some for experience, some to evaluate for size. I dislike hunting over bait, so this was perfect for me.
I disliked the hunt being over.
Guides were excellent hunters and felt more like a hunting team as I was able to help plan the stalk on my goat. Their preseason scouting and prep was unbelievable.
Zero complaints other than I wish I could hunt here more often
Small outfitter that provides personal attention to detail and serves as one of the guides. Strong knowledge of the area and bear hunting in general. Area has lots of game.
Extensive time in vehicle, however I realize this is the best way to cover the expansive hunting area.
I never had a single day where I did not see bear. There is high chance that you will see color phase bear. I have harvested all of the color phased bear while hunt with Outland.
Trophy hunting, great accommodations, professional and knowledgeable guides. Top notch experience.
There was nothing I disliked about any of my Garrett Brothers Outfitting hunts.
These guys are down to earth, and full of hospitality The food was Great. Great Team
Couldn't stay longer!
Denver is a highly professional, reliable, straight talking individual who provided the very best in a hunting experience. I could not have found a better outfitter or guide for a moose hunt. His equipment is top tier and well maintained, he has excellent knowledge of the hunting the area, and works extremely hard to ensure a memorable and successful experience.
Nothing comes to mind concerning what I may have not liked. Perhaps the fact the time went by far too fast given the great experience I was enjoying.
Ken and Crystal are two of the nicest people you will meet. They are great hosts, the facilities are amazing and feel like home. Ken worked hard to get us our moose, we filed 1 of 2 tags. I am to blame for not getting the second tag filed. The country is beautiful and shows lots of sign of big moose there. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could afford to go every year.
I was disappointed I only had the one chance at a moose but that's hunting and sometimes you don't get to bring meat home.
Excellent, high quality professional outfitter. Colin knows the game and how to effectively put you in the right position to be successful. He knows his area and has a great variety of areas to utilize with changing conditions.
I've hunted with Clint for 6 consecutive years with each proving to be a unique opportunity to experience a special place with truly amazing people. I'm continually impressed with Clint's ability to customize hunts to meet my abilities and goals. Clint does all he can to ensure each trip creates memories and works extremely hard to put me in the position to be successful. From his lodge hunts to remote fly-in experiences, I have never been disappointed.
Loved hunting with Ken and Crystal, lots of laughs, lots of bears, and plenty of opportunity, which is important for a bowhunter. The accommodations were beautiful, food was great, and I'm going back in May 2017.
Can't think of anything.
Hunting was incredible. Saw bears in every sit and had some wild experiences too. Saw a boar run a sow and Cubs 100ft up a tree, good mix between mature and young bears, and two monsters. Ended up with a 600+ lb, 7' tall pope and young boar. My uncle got a nice boar and one guy in camp got a cinnamon. We fished every morning and every day (all day) after tagging out. Pike, huge walleye, and even a few good smallies. Accommodations were great. Significantly better than most hunt camps. Clean rooms and bedding, housekeeping, nice hot showers, and an unreal view. Food was incredible. Lots of game, local meats, and produce. Home cooked meals and we never went hungry. Everyone around camp is friendly, knowledgeable, and serious about your hunt and experience.
Honestly have zero complaints.
Evan and his team are extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond to make sure that you are comfortable as well as successful on your excursion. Not only do they produce consistent results during the bear and waterfowl hunts, but his years of experience ensures that even the novice hunter is educated as well as involved in the craft.
There is nothing about this outfitting that is not to truly enjoy. The camp is completely off the grid with over an hour jet boat ride to the lodge. Andy and his crew give an experience unlike any other in business. Running over 18 bait sites that spand 60+ Kilometers will have you seen beer every night. The first night we were in the stand we saw a total of 5 bears, even a 3 legged sow. It was night that we would never forget. The trip was packed with fun filled days of activies the crew had in store for us. If you are looking for the best black bear hunt in the heart of Canada’s wilderness they will make sure they keep you coming back.
That fact that we couldn’t stay longer :)
The atmosphere that you walk into when coming to camp. Quality and quantity of the animals in the area.
I have hunted black bears with Yvon and Phillip 9 times over the last 12 years. I promise you will not meet harder working guides, they hunt a lot of active baits and will do everything they can to put you on the bears. This hunt is afternoons only which gives you time to relax and enjoy the overall experience. Both Yvon and Phillip have an awesome sense of humor, so be prepared to have fun and laugh a lot. You will also gain a few pounds, the food is out of this world. I would recommend this experience to everyone. It's a family friendly atmosphere so don't hesitate to bring your spouse or kids. I will be hunting there again in 2019 with my son. Trust me you won't be disappointed.
We have visited Garett every year since he purchased the Lucky Lake operation and we were there before him. Hunting for geese and ducks is usually good to excellent and infrequently throw in a less than great shoot which may be fun for some of us due to watching thousands of high-flying migrators. Over our experience, the guides figured out how to often fool the abundant sandhill cranes, limit 5, into coming to field decoys. They infrequently hunt upland birds since it has become so spotty for shirptail grouse and Hungarian partridge although they offer such upon request generally toward October when most crops have been harvested. The big plus is the positive-fun atmosphere with the guides and lodge staff. Beautiful prairie countryside with variable numbers of large game to observe including moose. Food is good with on-your-own breakfast, large lunch meal, nap, and then smaller dinner. Most evenings are spent sharing stories and travel experiences with other hunters but old people often go to bed early.
Big risk has been sharing lodge in the evenings with other hunters who are mean-spirited, prejudged against anyone different, unknowledgeable of any science including gun safety research, and loudly negative.....typical American NRA members. Rooms are small, thin walls, and often will be shared.
I liked the personal attention I received throughout the entire hunt and accommodation experience. I am a novice big game hunter, but with the help of Yvon and his son I felt confident in the hunt and was able to kill a 308 pound black bear. I also have dietary restrictions and they were overwhelmingly accommodating for my needs.
I left 5 pounds heavier from all the food that was provided to us.
The accomadations along with the hospitality during the hunt as well as the in between time was fantastic. I was able to enjoy good meals as well as clean comfortable cabins! I would totally recommend hunting with Dave, he is not only very knowledgeable but very hospitable. I had a very SUCCESSFUL hunt!
There was really nothing wrong with the hunt with the exception of some rain!
Hospitality is outstanding. Communication prior to the hunt was excellent. They work hard at their hunting sites to ensure you will see bears. Saw bears everyday. Meals were amazing and plenty of food. The cabins we stayed in are very comfortable. To top it all off to include unlimited fishing. Wow!
I have been there more than once, and each time they met my expectations and then some. There was nothing not to like and enjoy. I have hunted with several outfitters and this is one of the best.
Daniel and Paige done everything possible to make our hunt a successful trip. They went out of their way being great hosts and professional guides. They kept us hunting from daylight till dark trying to give us every opportunity at harvesting an animal. Everything from riding the jet boat to hiking into the hunting areas was a great experience. We are planning on going back to hunt with them again in the near future.
Area hunted is remote, low mountainous bush with many gas & oil wells with lots of cut roads to glass. Only saw 4 other hunters for the week. Temperature was ~ 0F in the morning and 20 F hi during the day. Spent most of time in warm truck driving/glassing meadows and cut roads. A few times where we saw fresh moose tracks, we walked ~ 2 miles round trip to remote basins. Saw 8 cows & 1 small bull moose for the week in the hunting area. Shot the small 26" bull on 2nd last day. Guide hunted hard from dawn to dusk. Motel accommodations were good. Evening Meals in local sports bar restaurant were good. Breakfast was fruit/coffee/snacks in your room & a good packed lunch in truck while hunting. Would have like a hot breakfast.
Professional, friendly and great hospitality. I will never forget our barefooted bear hunt. I will always remember when we after the hunt "walked the dogs" by kayaking around the lake. The camp and the food were excellent and if you come here stay some extra minutes at the outhouse and do some reading. The signs on the walls are very entertaining.
This hunt was my first experience in British Columbia. They met and in most areas exceeded my expectations. We hunted hard all 12 days and experienced success in harvesting 3 animals, success is experiencing the outdoors of British Columbia, and success is being around a genuine, fun, and very competent hunting guide. I would do it again.
The Outfitters, Ken and Crystal have a great friendly camp and will do everything they can do to make this a memorable trip. Our guide Kelly was awesome, very friendly and very accommodating. Kelly has great eyesight and hearing for figuring out where old bull winkle is coming from. He, also, did a great job of calling. My hunting partner and I both shot good moose, mine on the eighth day and my buddy got his on the ninth. Our cabin was good, with a wood burning stove for heat. Opatcho Lake was literally a few feet from the cabin door. Extremely quiet and a great place to stay. Make sure Ken gives you very detailed driving instructions. It is a bit off the beaten path.
Make sure you take some great Water Proof rain gear. Even if it does not rain the brush you go through will be extremely wet first thing in the morning.
Keith, Rick and Caroline are very accommodating. We had a great time. Lots of birds and everyone worked really hard to make sure we had a great hunt. Accommodations were great, home cooked meals were excellent, location of lodge is easily accessible. We can't wait to go back again this fall!!
We had to go home!
Matt and his crew worked very hard to put us on bears. Everybody in camp had the opportunity to harvest multiple bears. The food was great and the atmosphere was very friendly. I had a great time and would love to hunt with them again. I have hunted twice there, taking three bears including a 6 foot platinum blonde trophy.
There was nothing bad about my hunt. I was very satisfied.
This outfit is great on every front! From the moment you arrive you receive top notch service! Val takes incredible care of each and every client that stays there. The Lodge itself is a comfortable place that feels like home and to top that off Vi (Val’s wife) cooks up some of the best home cooked meals that I have ever had at any outfit. The two of them make a strong team together. This is just the accommodations, this place is an outdoorsman paradise! Tower lodge sits on one of the best fishing lakes that I have ever personally fished in my life. My Father and I always catch hundreds of fish in the morning while we are killing time before we head to the bear stand in the afternoon! I mean come on is there a better way to kill time than to fish?! After fishing for the morning you head back to the lodge and have a great lunch and get ready to head to the bear stand! Val has spent countless hours setting all of his bait sites and it shows. Both years that I have hunted bear with them I shot my bears on the first night. It isn’t unlikely to see several bears within the first hour of sitting in your tree stand! This is a must do trip! The service is top notch and the hunting and fishing is second to NONE! Thanks Val and Vi for providing such an amazing hunting and fishing destination!
There is nothing to not like about them!
The Champagne family made you feel at home, with all home cooked meals and family talk at the dinner table.
One area had mosquitos to warm.....
Accommodations! Huge area, beautiful scenery, quads, good horses, unbelievable guides! Lots of game! I've taken 2 Shiras Moose, Mtn goat(10"), Big Horn Sheep, Grizzley bear, black bears, Elk, 2mtn lions, Lynx , bobcat, Deer.... skunk from under the outhouse ; just a really great place to have a real great time with fabulous north of the border neighbors, Eh?
One young " spooked " horse! , one trip.... think he finally got his mind right!
Friendly atmosphere. Knowledgeable guides. Ample game.
The hunt ended too soon.......just like all good hunts do.
Steven is an outstanding outfitter with years of knowledge of the area and the animals. He and his guides will do everything possible to put you on the game. The hospitality was great and they all made me feel like family. Delicious home cooked meals with homemade bread and buns everyday. The mountains are just gorgeous and are plentiful with game. They have very good horses and dogs. The friendships I made were an added bonus!
Having to come home!
The food was amazing. The bear were running like crazy. Out of 13 guys with us in camp. 11 should have had bear. Misses and unfounded hits only reason. The bear are definitely there. Great value and accommodations for the price.
A very exclusive hunting area. Private no local hunters. Excellent value for the money. Very attentive to your needs. Lots of deer. Guides very knowledgeable. Guides kept very close contact with the hunter while in the stand. The elevated box blinds were equipped with heaters, very comfortable. The minimal hunters that the outfitter takes. Also having the ability to select the best time to hunt. You did not have to be scheduled by a week that was available you could select a mid week start date and hunt into the following week. I really liked the 8 days of hunting versus 5 to 6 days.
Can’t really think of anything.
The hosts were outstanding. True gentlemen, great guides, and passionate about what they do. Food was good. Saw multiple bears. Daily trail cam pics from several baits. I'm planning on going again next year.
Having to leave.
Great lodge and food Keith knows his territory and in 3 years has always put us on ducks and geese We like to hunt when it's cold so we usually go 3rd week of October and even when we had deep snow the hunting was fantastic Great are and the best I've hunting in 15 years of hunting Sask.n/a
Outstanding accommodations for a fly in camp. Log cabin with wood stove and picturesque view of the lake. Knowledgeable outfitter with an accommodating attitude and properly equipped for hunters of varying degrees of experience. We saw a lot of moose and both of us tagged out. Friendly, courteous and professional. We were treated like family. Highly recommend!
We were pleased with all aspects of our experience with Dashwood Outfitters.
Ken and Crystal Watson were such fun. Crystal is a wonderful host and excellent cook. Ken hunts hard for your animal but loves to have fun while doing so. Their accommodations are rustic but very beautiful sitting on a quite lake. Our bears were nice bears but not huge. But because of our schedule we had to be there very early in the season so not Ken's fault. We enjoyed our time with them so much that we went back in August and spent a week fishing with them. I would recommend their outfit to anyone who wants to have a good time hunting with great people.
Having to leave!
I harvested a very nice 6' 8" boar, the seventh bear that came in to my stand on the second day of a six day hunt. My son harvested a 7' 2" giant boar or a 'Corker' as Vance puts it on the third day of the hunt. Vance, Maureen, the guides, the cooks all work hard to make your stay friendly, comfortable and enjoyable. Fishing and shore lunches were fabulous as well.
My son and I had to quit hunting too early as we filled our bear tags on the 2nd and 3rd day of a six day hunt. The full days of guided fishing after the hunt made up for it.
I was a great trip from start to finish. John and Lori are great outfitters. The boats and motors were reliable and the accommodations were top notch. The food was incredible. The Northern Lights at night were a bonus! Highly recommended!
We offer baited hunts for black bear in one of the highest black bear populated areas in Alberta. We offer our black bear hunts in the fall for rifle hunters. Our baits are set up on our 10,000 acre private property along the famous Beaver River. With over 8 miles of river bottom and numerous agricultural fields there is no shortage of bears. All of our bait sites are located within close distance to our lodge. You will hunt from single or double treestands accessible by ATV and walking short distances. We offer each black bear hunter a unique hunting experience. We have a 2 bear limit, trophy class bears measuring over 6 foot with 18+ skulls, color phased bears ranging from blonde to cinnamon to black. Only one bear can be a coloured bear over 6ft or both black bears. We manage our area to harvest trophy quality black and coloured bears. Our hunters will have opportunities to see a lot of action at the bait sites giving you a chance to pick the trophy bear of your dreams. -You will have plenty of trophy bears to choose from and lots of action to watch. -Hunters will have great opportunity to harvest a mature black or coloured bear. -We offer 6 day hunts for archery & rifle hunters -There are a lot of trophy size bears in our area so we encourage hunters to harvest bears 6 foot or bigger to give our younger bears a chance to grow to trophy size. -Harvesting the big older boars is important to keep our trophy population strong. -Only one bear can be a coloured bear over 6ft or both black bears -Hunting stands are within a few miles of our lodge accessible by ATV's Call now for an exciting Northern Alberta black bear hunt. Hunts are subject to a $1000 USD wound fee
Trip duration: 6 days
Trip available on: 1 September 2019 15 October 2019
Shiras may be hunted both during the rut in early October or on the winter range in November. For the past three seasons both of these hunts have been virtually 100% successful so it depends on your schedule and how you like to hunt when trying to decide which date to choose. Rut hunts are a combination of driving, walking, calling and waiting….and waiting…and more waiting, listening for a responsive bull that is in the right mood to investigate what he perceives to be either his next love or his next fight. Every day during these hunts you will be within hearing range of bulls but it’s often a day or two before one can be lured in. During a 7 day rut hunt you will likely see fewer bulls than on a November hunt but the ones you see will be noisy, close and likely very angry that you are talking to them! The excitement of calling in a trophy bull is hard to match on any other North American hunt! When cold weather arrives in early November, Bulls often join up with their former rivals and form small bachelor groups as they move onto the winter range. The colder it is the better the hunting is and hunters need to be dressed for severe Canadian cold, but the rewards far outweigh the short periods of discomfort. November hunts are spot and stalk style hunts and transportation is by 4X4, tracked Argos or by snowmobile depending on snow depths and hunter preferences. November is prime time for trophy Mule Deer hunting so they make a great addition to these hunts, after November 15 cougar may also be hunted in combination. Make your Shiras Moose hunt a combination hunt by adding any of these species Black Bear...included, Wolf ....included, White tailed deer...included, Mule Deer....$1000 Trophy Fee, Cougar...$3500 Trophy Fee
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 November 2018 30 November 2018
Black bear hunting with us takes place in a very remote area of Northern Alberta Canada with no local hunting pressure and a large population of trophy size bears and a two bear limit. Black bear hunting on the Clearwater River in Alberta is always a great success. Our river boat camp is located 60 kms (40 miles) up the Clearwater river in a very remote area with no local hunting pressure and a large population of trophy size bears. We have new boats and ATV’s and with the addition of excellent bait sites along the river, this spring is looking great for massive record book bears. We set up bait sites in several spots at the top of the river ridge. We use river boats, duck boats and aluminum fishing boats to get to and from the bait sites. You will be hunting out of tree stands over well established baits. Shot distance is between 10-20 yards to minimize the chance of wounding a bear. We have never had anyone go home without seeing multiple bears and every year bears are taken in the 7 foot 400 pound range. We have many color phase bears from blonde to cinnamon, brown and black The hunts are generally 2 hunters to one guide,Non hunters are welcome at $150 a day Trophy fee for 2nd bear is due in cash at camp or with final payment before receiving the tag. $1,000 USD for 2nd bear (2 bear limit)
Trip duration: 6 days
Trip available on: 5 May 2019 1 June 2019
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