Who's Doing What In Big Buck Country


Published: February - 1998

Old hands at Alberta deer hunting know this part of Canada has long been famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for its pickup-based road hunts. Hunting that way is entirely legal and effective, if not to the liking of all hunters. For various reasons, that hunting method is gradually being replaced these days by the use of ground and tree stands and drives. Nowadays, the value of hunting rights is so widely known that outfitters simply aren't free to ride about the countryside looking for deer, especially when you consider that new legislation requires guides to have permission to hunt on private land. The change in hunting methods does not mean the province is about to lose its reputation for producing big deer. The huge bucks are still here and outfitters are still managing to take large numbers of them.

Hunters should note that the prime rut in Alberta occurs in the second and third week of November. However, sometimes the first and last weeks of the month are the best for hunting, depending on style and location. Bear in mind that Alberta is almost 1,000 miles long and 300 miles wide, so climatic, topographic and geographic conditions vary widely from area to area. That all said, here's a rundown on some of the more important operators in this province, who almost every year take bucks that are high trophy class. Note that all prices are in US dollars, and all outfitters charge extra for the Goods and Services Tax and licensing costs:

Bob Irvine of Wolf Creek Outfitters works out of an area that contains both public and private lands. In previous years, Irvine enjoyed great success hunting the private lands and particularly the open fields. He says this year he noticed fewer deer, with the warm weather keeping the deer out of the fields during daylight hours. Therefore, he completely changed his technique and set up ambush locations between bedding areas. As a result, he enjoyed good success, with 14 out of 17 hunters taking bucks from 138 to 182 gross. Irvine has a........(continued)

 
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