This Alberta Outfitter Hunts Deer And Moose


Published: January - 2003

It's no secret that Alberta enjoys the status of a trophy-whitetail El Dorado, at least in the minds of hunters and especially in the promotional materials put out by many guides. As in all things, though, caveat emptor (buyer beware) still applies, even north of the border. Because it is illegal in the province to buy hunting rights to private land, most outfitters are subject to the goodwill of farmers and ranchers when it comes to obtaining access to prime habitat. Consequently, they may not have exclusive access to land or any control/input over what happens on it as regards wildlife and hunting opportunity. More than a few guides like to boast about the "record class" bucks they took last season, while failing to note that those two or three trophies were the products of having set out scores of far less successful hunters in the field. And no one controls the weather. This last November, for instance, was warm in Alberta, pushing the bucks into a nocturnal pattern that reduced hunter success.

One outfitter I know who manages to avoid most of these pitfalls (even he can't do anything about the weather), while offering some very interesting extras on his whitetail hunts is Stan Reiser of Alberta Trophy Hunts. I have known Reiser and hunted with him for nearly 20 years, going back to when he began outfitting for black bear very successfully on the Peace River. Reiser also outfitted packstring hunts for elk in the southern part of Alberta, taking many B & C record bulls; but in the last few years he has narrowed his operation to concentrate on whitetails in a mixed-forest-and-agricultural area south of Edmonton.

There are several advantages for Reiser and his clients here, the first being that Reiser grew up in the area and owns substantial amounts of property in it, which he keeps cattle-free and devotes almost exclusively to wildlife. He also has a number of relatives who are landowners here. Reiser's knowledge of the area, his contacts and his familiarity with the agricultural life enables him, as well, to obtain........(continued)

 
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