New Prairie Zones Opening For Moose Hunts


Published: September - 1997

Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that truly excites me, and such is the case with a recent decision up in Alberta to open several wildlife management areas to moose hunting. These areas are located in the prairielands of east-central Alberta, where farmers hate moose for running through fences like they were cobwebs. The moose here are part of a population that has been slowly migrating down from the mountains of western Canada, following rivers such as the Red Deer and Battle. Residents have been able to draw moose tags for these areas for a couple of years now, and some of these zones have been producing real trophies, up to 55 inches. These hunts are physically easy, and are usually conducted from pickup trucks, as opposed to the long horseback rides and rigors of the usual moose hunt.

Just a few weeks ago, the province auctioned off a handful of moose allocations to outfitters to conduct hunts in these newly opened zones for non-residents starting next year. These moose tags were so coveted at the outfitter auction that up to $8,500 was paid per allocation just to gain the rights to five years of future hunting. At press time, I talked with two outfitters who each obtained three allocations for these prairie areas. Nick Frederick of Battle River Lodge has been outfitting deer in this region for the past few years and regularly sees moose out in the buckbrush where you would expect mule deer. He says hunters can expect to see 50-inch bulls with any luck at all. He is currently charging $5,500 (US) for a six-day hunt. Hunters will stay in a brand-new, fully modern lodge. Deer can be added on for an additional charge.

Wendell Mann of Bucks `n Bears Outfitters has high hopes for this unique hunt. He reports seeing 50-inch-plus bulls while deer hunting, and says farmers are begging for hunters to shoot moose. He charges $5,500, which includes lodge accommodations. He commented that hunters will probably have an almost 100 percent chance of taking a trophy-quality bull. For........(continued)

 
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