Loewen offers six-day whitetail hunts for $3,750 (US) in the same area. In the last few years, he has averaged 85 to 90 percent kill for his hunters on 140 to 150-class bucks. Just be aware that hunting in northern Alberta is difficult, with heavy bush interspersed with cut blocks or farm fields. Loewen reports that winterkill was not excessive last year because the deer were feeding heavily in crops that did not get harvested because of poor fall weather. It's unclear how the hunting will go this year in Alberta, however, because of unusually warm weather. At this writing in early November, bluebird conditions prevail throughout the province. Last year, deep snow and unbearable cold forced deer into the open and provided excellent hunting conditions for hunters who could stand the cold.
Still in Alberta, non-resident hunters will be glad to hear that a new Alberta Professional Outfitters Society has been created to ride herd on the outfitting industry up this way. The society (APOS for short) has been established as a delegated administrative authority of the Ministry of Environment, empowered among other things to handle outfitter complaints. Its standards and ethics committee will have real teeth. It will also become a centralized source of information on the guiding and outfitting industry in general. More details are available from Managing Director, Owen Voaklander.