Canada: Alberta (Northern) Whitetail Deer

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9 HUNTING DAYS
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Venture to the heart of Canada’s golden Whitetail triangle with a premier outfitter. Incredible peak rut wild factor for top-end Canadian Whitetail bucks  

TRIP DURATION  9 full professionally guided hunting days
PHYSICAL LEVEL Medium
PRIME TIME Peak rut occurs in November
WILDLIFE STATUS
Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights:

Arguably Canada’s best trophy producing Whitetail units! East-central Alberta is home to some of the most fabled whitetail country in the nation, and our outfitter’s tag allocations are strategically located in what might be some of the best producing units in Canada. Here, our determined, results-oriented outfitting partners put forth an incredible effort to secure key new properties and intensively scout them year after year. They deploy an army of trail cameras beginning in July until after the season is closed and make efforts to employ local, passionate whitetail hunters as guides who have an intimate knowledge of the outfitting area.

Sparing no expense on new heated blinds, camp accommodations, meals, and camaraderie – and have the makings of a premier whitetail destination with a strong repeat clientele. These are all-inclusive 9 full days, 1×1 guided packages with excellent opportunities at 155+ bucks, with 170+ class bucks taken annually. This is a “go big or go home” type hunt for the determined, passionate trophy Whitetail hunter willing to brave long hours in the cold! Wolf tags are provided to every hunter as a bonus target of opportunity, and special late-season Moose and Whitetail combo options are also available. In a separate area further northwest, limited Mule deer & Whitetail combo hunts are also available on a first come first serve basis.

 

Typical Day & Tactics:

Wake up early and suit up into your under layers, with your outer layers stashed in the truck or main lodge so you don’t overheat. Have a buffet-style breakfast, pack a hearty lunch and head out with your guide. Either cruise the first hour of light checking fields for deer at dawn, and for any recent overnight sign in the snow or make it to your heated box blind or ground blind before sunrise.

During the rut, the deer here have the potential to move at any hour of the day. Many spots are set up along cut lines watching well-known travel corridors bisecting large swath of timber or overlooking strategic field edges. You can often see hundreds of yards in several directions and must remain quiet, warm and vigilant as shot opportunities can come and go quickly. Pre-range all of your likely shooting areas where you expect to see deer, fight the urge to use your binoculars and judge any bucks through your rifle scope instead. If it has a big frame and carries its mass, you will likely be pleasantly surprised with ground growth as these can be massive bodied deer.

Expect to hunt dark to dark each day until you are successful, and encounter other species such as moose, coyotes and the occasional wolves. Expect to mainly hunt from a stand or blind, but some vehicle assisted spot & stalk may also occur. You will spend more time in a vehicle if you are hoping to combine with moose. Return back to the lodge after dark and enjoy a lovely dinner and hunting stories from the day with the other guides and hunters in camp. Call it a night and repeat!

Landscape & Climate:

This is a remote forest fringe type habitat where some of the northernmost agricultural fields mix and give way to the expansive boreal. Most fields will be planted with grains or alfalfa, as well as fallow pastures. The landscape is dotted with marshy sloughs and small river valleys creating the dense “buck brush” these deer love to inhabit. Forests here are normally either mainly poplar stands, but some areas can be dominated by spruce and jack pine. The topography is generally flat, with some rolling hills and occasional ravines.

The terrain is not challenging, it’s the climate that can pick away at you. Remaining warm so that you stay comfortable and focused is where the emphasis lies. Most November hunts see at least some snow on the ground, and ideally, temperatures are below the freezing mark. The colder the weather, the more the deer feed and move midday. So being mentally and physically prepared to sit all day in sub-zero weather is the name of the game. For detailed weather data, Wikipedia is an excellent resource for historic weather trends found in the “Climate” section available for any city worldwide.

Meals & Accommodations:

Repeat clients have all commented on the quality of the food and lodgings. Two full-time staff attend to our hunter’s gourmet needs providing warm buffet-style breakfasts with all the fixings early each morning. Lunches are usually packed for the day after breakfast, including an array of different sandwiches, freshly baked cookies, brownies or muffins, candy bars, bottled water, and juices as well as fruit. Dinner is an ever-changing chef-inspired menu with meal feature items such as steaks, rack of ribs, lamb chops, grilled salmon, turkey dinners, beef or chicken fajitas and much more.

The lodge has a large main common building with a big dining hall, bathrooms, a lounge area, wifi, and bar. Many of the hunters leave their bulky over-layers here to overnight. Hunter’s all have nice personal cabins, usually with only one or two hunters per cabin. These cabins have separate bedrooms, complete bathrooms, heating and electricity, cell phone service, TV’s, couches and complete kitchens.

Key Equipment Suggestions:

For this hunt, cold weather gear and an intelligent series of layers can mean the difference between a memorable vs miserable day in the Canadian deer woods. This hunt requires a more detailed equipment list. Cold weather gear to keep you warm all day is most essential. Warm hat, mitts, fleece neck-warmer/balaclava, cold weather boots, boot blankets or a heater body suit with air-activated heater packs or heated insoles are certainly recommended. Other basic gear includes a day pack, rifle, 8-10x binoculars, quality rangefinder, headlamp, and a good camera.

Pricing

Trophy Whitetail: 9 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Whitetail – November – $7750

Canada Moose/Trophy Whitetail Combo: 9 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Moose/x1 Whitetail – November – $13,500

Included

  • Round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • All meals and accommodations during the hunt
  • All tags & licensing for Whitetail, Wolf, Coyote (and Moose/Mule Deer if combo hunting)
  • 1×1 professional guiding
  • Actively monitored & pre-scouted stands/blinds
  • Rifle rental for the duration of the hunt & ammunition (if needed)
  • All ground transportation while hunting
  • Basic meat & trophy preparations for the taxidermist

Not Included

  • 5% Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • Travel to the destination city of Edmonton, Alberta
  • Any pre and post-hunt meals and accommodations
  • Alberta WIN Card application (CAD$7) *if you have not hunted in Alberta in the last 5 years
  • Gratuities to guides and kitchen staff
  • Taxidermy and trophy export
  • Personal side ventures or pre/post-hunt activities
  • Purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs, etc.

Additions

  • Extra hunting days: $ – custom
  • Non-hunting observer days: $300/day (but not recommended)
  • Trophy fees for additional game species: N/A – No trophy fees on Wolf or Coyote

Destination City:

Hunters are asked to arrive to Edmonton Alberta, Canada where they will be greeted by the outfitter or staff. The lodge and hunting areas are several hours north of Edmonton. Choosing to drive in a personal or rental vehicle are also options if desired and directions can be provided.

Travel Suggestions: 

Edmonton is easily reached by nearly all Canadian or international airlines as it is a major Canadian airport.

Airport Shuttles: 

Round trip airport shuttles between the hunting areas are available and already included for every hunter in each package

Special Info:

Passport is required for all international travel. Non-Canadian citizens can be denied access into Canada if they have a DUI or any other criminal infraction.

Chuk – Alberta (Northern) Whitetail Deer 

I can honestly say that my recent whitetail hunt in Northern Alberta was one of the more memorable hunts I have been on.  Adrian’s outfitter is in a great zone with some amazing genetics.  This is a non-baited, fair chase, big-bush hunt in some real Canadian wilderness.  As soon as I arrived at deer camp and realized that most of the other hunters were repeat clients, I knew that I had come to the right place.  Meals, accommodations and staff went above and beyond my expectations.  The guides worked hard, and the stands were top of the line. In fact, everything was top of the line.  It is by no means a slam dunk hunt, but some great deer were taken in camp that week and I managed to harvest a big bodied, heavy horned buck on the last day.

From my very first conversation with Adrian about this hunt, realistic expectations were given, and a very clear picture was painted.  Communication was excellent and all the information I required was provided well before the hunt.   Any questions I had were quickly answered by both Adrian and the outfitter.  All the paperwork was simple and taken care of, so it was as hassle-free an experience as it could have been.

I was very happy with my hunt from start to finish, and I will be back again next year.