Greg Sutley of Smoky River Outfitting, http://www.smokyriveroutfit... takes hunter Mike on this remote wilderness black bear hunt in Northern Alberta Canada. Greg and Mike sit 10-12 yards from the bait waiting for the perfect shot on this trophy color phased chocolate black bear.
Black Bear Hunting in Alberta Canada. Find Alberta hunting outfitters offering guided black bear hunts throughout the province. Spring and Fall black bear hunting provides the hunter with a variety of opportunities. Your hunt will be productive and you will have a great chance of getting trophy black bears. Baiting black bear is allowed in most areas as is spot and stalk and either method will be productive. Hunting black bear over bait will give the hunter the opportunity to get close enough to see the quality of the hide, this is perfect for the archery or muzzeloader hunter. Spot and stalk hunting can be very productive as well. It's almost a certainty you will get a shot at a trophy black bear no matter what method you use.
Mule deer are found throughout Alberta. Several bucks harvested in Alberta are in excess of 240 Boone and Crockett points and the world record for non-typical buck was taken in Alberta and scores an impressive 355 2/8 B&C points and in 75 years has yet to be beat. The provincial record for typical mule deer scores 206 B&C points.
Mule deer bowhunting seasons in the boreal forest and foothills zones begin in late August and runs through late October; in the mountain zone the archery mule deer hunting season begins in late August and ends in late September; In the Parkland and Prairie zones archery for mule deer hunting begins in late September and runs through November. Rifle mule deer hunting begins in mid September and runs until the end of November in the Boreal, Foothills and Mountain zones and in the Parkland and Prairie zones, mule deer hunting rifle season runs through November . The rut takes place in early to mid-November and typically continues until the end of the season.
Many outfitters will combine whitetail deer and mule deer hunting trips. Mule deer hunting is popular during the rut because bucks are exposed in the open more during the day because of the constant running after does. The best strategy for mule deer hunting is glassing with binoculars and then stalking to shooting range.
If you want a real challenge and the opportunity to harvest a record whitetail deer, Alberta is the place to hunt. Add your whitetail deer to the Boone & Crockett Record Book! Alberta's whitetail deer are one of the most sought after trophies in North America and have become world famous.
Alberta has one of the highest percentages of trophy-class bucks. Spend a week whitetail deer hunting in Alberta and chances are you'll have an opportunity to put your sites on the largest whitetail you've ever seen
Whitetail deer hunting in Alberta is a real challenge! Generally it takes a hunter to be patient and in good physical condition. Whitetails have adapted to the varied terrain in Alberta. In the prairie zone, deer have learned to be elusive even in the smallest cover area. In the parkland zone whitetails live in the aspen forest where they can find many places to go unnoticed. In the boreal forest and foothills zones, deer have the safety of spruce and aspen forests. Trophy whitetails are found regularly in all of these zones.
Alberta whitetail deer has the largest bodies and largest antlers of the many species of whitetails across North America. A mature buck can weigh in excess of 300 pounds and bigger.
Stand hunting, rattling, grunt calling, still hunting and stalking, ground blinds and treestands are all effective methods for whitetail deer hunting. Another technique for rooting out midday bucks from cover is deer drives, "pushing bush" as it's most commonly referred to in western Canada. This tactic, while certainly challenging the shooting skills of the hunter on post, is a highly successful method for creating opportunities for harvesting huge deer that might otherwise never show themselves.
In Alberta, the rut, or mating season usually occurs in November. November is traditionally the best time for whitetail deer hunting but late August and early September can be productive to the bow hunter in search of these whitetail bucks.
Outfitters in Alberta have harvested moose that range in size to 1500 pounds or more and yield antlers in the 45-50 inch range with the top end of mature bull moose in the 60 inch class. Canada moose hunting is amazing due to Alberta's new moose management program ensuring that overharvest is not a problem. What this means for the moose hunter is better quantity and quality - many of which have made the Boone & Crockett record book! Most of the prime moose hunting in Alberta is along the foothills in central Alberta heading north to the Northwest Territories border. In Alberta, moose are common throughout the foothills, mountain and boreal forest zone and have been increasing in the parkland and prairies. Moose prefer muskegs, brushy meadows and small groves of aspen or coniferous trees, particularly where such habitat adjoins lakes, ponds or streams. Moose hunts can take place in feeding areas, logged blocks, natural mineral licks, lakes, cutlines and riverbanks as well. The habitat for moose is plentiful.
Those who have experienced it will tell you that calling a trophy bull and watching him approach you is a real adreniline rush!
Alberta Rocky Mountain elk is hard to match! A non-typical in 1999 that scored over 440 inches is credited to several mild winters, better management and more knowledgeable outfitters. Elk hunting in Alberta is getting better every year. There are more record book bulls being taken than ever before. Elk hunting is very challenging, but the rewards are impressive! Between 850 and 1000 pounds, a bull elk is outsized by only the moose in Alberta. Alberta's, some 26,000 elk are found mostly along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in the high basins and foothills zones, The elk have been migrating to the boreal forest and parkland regions over the last several years. If you are up for a rugged hunt by horseback in remote camps, you'll want to plan your elk hunting trip in the mountain or foothill zones. If you want to go the "old fashioned way" in a truck, quad or on foot, you'll enjoy the hunts in the boreal forest and parkland zones. Any way you choose, you'll have the opportunity to see monster elk!
Coyote hunting is allowed year round on private lands and from October 1 through February 28 on public lands. Coyotes are abundant in the province, especially in the prairie, parkland and foothills regions. Although coyotes seldom hunt in packs on most days a hunter will experience several opportunities to shoot a coyote. There is no limit on coyotes in Alberta.
Pelts taken during the winter after big game season are thick and well furred and at their best. Coyotes weigh 22 to 50 lbs. Coyote hunting in the Alberta is very exciting. The coyotes are smart and will test your skills. Calling coyotes and decoys are great methods for hunting coyotes. These cunning animals seldom provide an easy target. Whether you are calling them or spot and stalk them, it will require all your hunting skills to ensure success.
If you are up to a challenge wolf hunting is for you.Many outfitters will add a wolf hunt to their big game hunts and will offer winter wolf hunting trips, when the pelts are at their best, and no other hunting seasons are open. Wolves may be hunted by the holder of a wolf license from the opening of any big game season until the end of the spring bear season. A great method for wolf hunting is using heated blinds over bait, stalking and calling. Baiting wolves is legal and effective and there is no limit on wolves.
In Alberta, wolves are found in mountain, foothill and boreal regions and cover approximately 60 percent of the provincial land area. Wolves are not considered rare or endangered in the province.