One-Of-A-Kind Hunt: This Preacher/Outfitter Takes Some Good Deer


Published: October - 2002

Outfitter Warren Ironstand has to be one of the most unusual outfitters I have ever met. He's a Baptist preacher and a native Saulteaux Indian who has been guiding whitetail deer hunters around the Valley River Indian Reservation in Manitoba for the last 15 years. His hunts take place in Duck Mountain Provincial Park in the western part of that Canadian province. In this area, the typical whitetail deer runs over 140 B & C, and non-typicals run over 170 B & C.

I am a Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young and Safari Club International Master Measurer, and I have measured many of the whitetail deer that have come out of Ironstand's camp. I have rarely seen a typical deer come out of that camp that was under 140 B & C, and I have measured at least three that have made Boone & Crockett the last few years.

This hunt takes place around the reservation and on adjoining farmlands. Ironstand drives you around in a truck and then puts you on a stand, or lets you do some stalking if you like. In most cases, hunts are conducted one-on-one, although he occasionally takes two hunters out when he has to drop one off.

Ironstand puts you up in a cabin that has hot and cold running water, toilets, a shower, nice beds (you won't need sleeping bags) and a stove. His wife or mother serves you breakfast and dinner, and packs you a lunch for the road.

The weather during middle and late November can get very cold, and snow is likely. Anyone going on this hunt should dress appropriately, especially since you leave camp when it is dark and return after dark. Ironstand will hunt you to death. Also, when you sit down with him for a meal, whether it's morning, noon or night, you will not eat anything before there is a prayer. On Wednesday nights, he has church services at the small Baptist Church in the Indian village, and he very........(continued)

 
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