Canada: Alberta Pronghorn Antelope

4 Hunting Days
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Pursue the largest bodied Pronghorn in North America, and Canada’s only huntable population. Very limited opportunity but with several guaranteed tags annually. B&C class goats in the beautiful Canadian Prairies with expert guides!

TRIP DURATION  4 1×1 Hunting days, fully guided.
PHYSICAL LEVEL Medium
PRIME TIME 6 day rifle season occurring in the third week of October
WILDLIFE STATUS Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights

Living at the northern extent of the species range, these are the biggest bodied Pronghorn Antelope in North America, and the only huntable population of antelope in all of Canada.

Here hunters can expect excellent genetics, extremely selective harvesting, meticulous judging with the aid of seasoned Sheep & Mule deer guides having countless hours behind quality spotting scopes. Couple this with all hunts occurring on vast, exclusive private acre ranches and the results are big “Speed goats” hitting the ground consistently over 75 inches. Most hunters see, stalk or otherwise have opportunities at 80-85-inch B&C class Pronghorns.

Clocked as the fastest land animal in North America, here is a unique and limited opportunity for the right hunter seeking a big mature Pronghorn. Very strict trophy management translates to a 6-day annual season in October, long 12-14-year resident draw times, and a mere total of 56 tags available each year across the entire province. Very few hunters get to pursue these big Alberta Antelope. Our outfitter, however, is allocated several tags annually available on a first-come-first-serve basis, bypassing the need to draw your tag altogether. As an added bonus, Coyotes can also be taken at no charge.

These 4-day all-inclusive, 1×1 fully guided trophy hunts occur in late October, with only several spots available annually. If needed, 2 additional hunting days or pre-scouting days can all be added to this package. Enjoy complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off from Calgary International Airport, or choose to drive direct to the lodge if preferred. Revel in the stark expansive scenery of Southeastern Alberta’s badlands, open prairie and river drainage coulee complexes. A beautiful setting for a handsome, iconic species such as Pronghorn Antelope. Canadas Cowboy country is waiting for you!

Typical Day & Tactics

Upon greeting your guide or outfitter at the airport or lodge, sneak away to confirm your rifle zero before dark. Get licensed with the outfitter, prep your gear, make a game plan and get to bed early, not before enjoying a hearty dinner, however. Mornings come early and a typical day consists of leaving well before sunrise to get into a good glassing position to spot and judge Antelope for dawn.  It’s usually a quick drive from camp, and a short hike to be in the right spot for first light.

 

Unless targeting a specific pre-scouted buck, cover large swaths of ground to inventory as many Antelope as possible each day. This is either done on foot or vehicle tailored to the terrain or if targeting a specific animal. Southeastern Alberta is big open country, and good optics prove crucial for judging at long ranges. Trust your guide when they identify something above average. They have been watching & hunting these same herds for years, often with history with a specific big Antelope over several seasons. Locally populated, Antelope here are spotty and you need to know where to go. They are not always in big herds and some Antelope live in small bands in remote “sleeper spots” where no one else can hunt. It’s a challenging hunt. Stalking with the sparse cover or requiring some degree of long-range shooting to be successful. And so, the really big 80+ inch type bucks usually only give hunters one chance per season.

 

Once a shooter “goat” is spotted, a detailed and tactical stalk is devised to position hunters inside of shooting range. Sometimes this calls for putting the buck to bed and setting up on him for dawn the next day. For the most part, its wide-open country, so the better a hunter can walk and shoot only helps boost odds. Some ranches are “foot-access” only. To navigate the necessary terrain, be prepared to walk several miles each day across both flat and sloped ground. And the more experience a hunter has with long-range shooting will only serves as a benefit. Typical shooting ranges vary from 300-500 yards. Hunters are encouraged to bring the rifle they are most comfortable shooting, but at the same time, the outfitter has several custom long-range rifles that are dialed in and ready to go prior to arrival for a small fee.

 

All this aside, it’s a target-rich environment, and Alberta produces big northern Antelope. So, while hunters can expect some challenging shooting scenarios, hunters can also expect multiple shooting opportunities. The prone position surprisingly is not always best in this terrain. While very flat, the land is undulating with low lying grass & bushes typically obscuring antelope once flat on the ground. Various shooting stick configurations from the sitting position have proven most effective and is a piece of gear hunters are encouraged to practice with and bring.

 

At the end of each day, return back to the lodge for a hearty dinner with a game plan for the following morning. Once your Antelope is on the ground, basic meat and trophy preparations are provided, as well as delivery to a taxidermist. Same with shuttles back to the airport for any clients who flew to Calgary.

 

Landscape & Climate

This is Canadian Cowboy Country! Hunters find themselves off the eastern slopes of the towering Rocky Mountains, giving way to the stark expanse of the Prairies extending eastward. The hunting areas are vast, and so the landscape varies depending on the specific location. The land here is gently rolling grassy prairie, with several prominent river valleys, such as the fabled Milk River, carving out a maze of brushy drainages. Some areas to the east see regions of sage flats, transitioning to the famous Alberta Badlands further east. This environment provides the perfect habitat for these open-country loving species. Food, cover, and water all available in one place. In addition to Pronghorn Antelope and coyotes, visitors here often enjoy viewing other local wildlife which includes Mule Deer, Foxes, Badgers, Gophers, jackrabbits, various Hawks, and other raptors as well as the odd group of elk roaming these river valleys.

Weather in October often marks late fall, as snow becomes quite typical from mid-November onwards. Temperatures generally hover slightly above the freezing mark, with frosty mornings not being uncommon, but this region can vary greatly impacted by Chinooks so short extremes of either unseasonably warm or cold weather can always occur and should be planned for. The Antelope, however, are no strangers to these local conditions, and can always be located by the skilled guides and spotters. For detailed weather data, Wikipedia is an excellent resource for historic weather trends found in the “Climate” section available for any city or town worldwide.

Meals & Accommodations

After a day of scouring and stalking the badlands, return to camp, kick off your boots and relax with the gang. Hunters stay in a rural ranch house located in a private setting on the edge of a big coulee system. Located directly in the hunting area, hunters regularly see Antelope from camp. The lodge is complete with Wifi, big screen TV’s, a common lounge area, outside veranda, hot showers, private bedrooms, hearty meals, and all the creature comforts of home.

Breakfasts are light and quick, with items like cereal, oatmeal, toast, coffee, and juices to get hunters out the door quickly. Lunches are normally bagged for the field to help hunters make the most of each day afield, made up of fresh homemade sandwiches, pepperoni sticks, venison jerky, Gatorade, cheese slices, fruit, chips and granola bars. Typical dinner items range from steaks, grilled chicken, pasta and meat sauce or homemade lasagna with all the side fixings. Hunters stay well fed!

Key Equipment Suggestions

This hunt only requires basic equipment. A versatile layering system, good, mid-sized internal frame day pack, 10x binoculars, spotting scope, tripod, rangefinder, comfortable walking boots, personal shooting sticks, rain gear, and a digital camera covers the essential items. Hunter orange is not required in Alberta.

Pricing 

Trophy Rifle Hunts: 4 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Trophy Pronghorn Antelope – October = $6,200

Included 

  • Round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services from Calgary, Alberta
  • All meals and accommodations during the hunt
  • 1×1 professional guiding with experienced local guides
  • All ground transportation while hunting
  • Basic meat, trophy skull & hide preparations for the taxidermist
  • Bonus opportunity at Coyotes with NO trophy fees aside from a $75 license

Not Included 

  • 5% Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • Travel to the destination city of Calgary, Alberta
  • Any pre and post-hunt meals and accommodations
  • Alberta non-resident hunting license & Antelope tag (approx. CDN$250 payable upon arrival)
  • Rifle rental for the duration of the hunt & ammunition ($150) if desired
  • Gratuities to guides and staff
  • Detailed meat butchering/custom orders
  • Taxidermy and trophy export
  • Personal side ventures, tourism or misc. purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs etc.

Additions

  • Extra hunting days: $450/day
  • Pre-scouting day: $450/day
  • Additional guide scouting during the hunt: $450/day
  • Non-hunting observer days: $200/day
  • Alberta non-resident hunting license & Antelope tag (approx. CDN$250 payable upon arrival)
  • Coyote: $75 tag and NO trophy fee

Destination City

If flying, hunters are asked to arrive at the Calgary International airport where they will be greeted by their guide or outfitter. The hunting areas are scattered approximately 3-hours’ drive southeast of Calgary. With only a limited 6-day season, hunters are encouraged to arrive the Sunday before opening day Monday.

Travel Suggestions 

Calgary is easily reached by any North American airline flight, often direct with no connections. Any hunters wishing to drive to the lodge are welcome to do so, and if so the address and directions to the lodge can be provided.

Airport Shuttles 

The outfitter will arrange airport pick-up/drop-off already included with every package. Some may decide to rent a vehicle to drive themselves depending on personal preference.

Special Info

Passport required for all international travel.

Dave – Ontario, Canada

I am writing to tell you all how much I really enjoyed hunting with you and your group for my first Pronghorn Antelope! Every hunter in camp tagged out the first two days leaving me to fill my tag on the third day. It was great how the other guides all went out searching for a good animal for me to harvest even though their own clients had tagged out. What a team!

We found a good antelope and made a plan on how to stalk into range using the contours of the land.  We snuck up to 235 yards and watched as two bucks were fighting for a short period of time which alone was worth it the belly crawl. When they stopped their duel, I squeezed the trigger dropping a great animal which is at the taxidermist now.  I was also surprised at how good the meat is despite what you might hear from others!

The accommodations and food were great as well as the camaraderie at camp. I have hunted with many outfitters in Canada and was impressed by how everyone had the attitude that the hunt week was not over until everyone was successful. When I feel the urge to do another Pronghorn hunt, I will only make one phone call! Thanks to the crew once more for all the memories, and thank you Adrian -Taiga International Outfitters for all your help!