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Alberta Hunting Outfitters & Guides
Big Game Hunting & Bird Hunting In Alberta Canada

Find an Alberta hunting outfitter & guide to plan your next big game hunting trip in Alberta. Hunting outfitters offer hunts for whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, elk, black bear, cougar, big horn sheep, antelope, wolf, coyote, duck and goose waterfowl hunting and upland game bird hunting.

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Alberta Canada Hunting Outfitters
Hunt in Alberta with a licensened professional outfitter and experience the ultimate in big game and bird hunting. With Alberta's diverse terrain, the trophy class big game, the number of birds nesting and migrating and the number of flyways througout the province, Alberta is a hunter's destination of choice.

Big game hunters can hunt whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, elk, black bear, big horn sheep, wolf & coyote, cougar, antelope and bison in the various parts of the Province. From the northern boreal forest to the parklands of central alberta, the mountains and foothills of the Canadian Rockies, to the prairies of southern Alberta, there are excellent opportunities to harvest Pope & Young & Boone & Crocket animals.

Waterfowlers will be amazed at the sheer number of ducks and geese that start their migration in northern Alberta as they head south through the Central & Pacific flyways in Alberta. Upland game bird hunters will enjoy the many opportunities to hunt pheasant, several varieties of grouse and hungarian partridge throughout the province.

When you book a hunt with an Alberta hunting outfitter you are guaranteed tags and there is no waiting for draws. You will be hunting the best areas of Alberta with little resident hunting pressure. If you are looking for a true wilderness hunting experience, come and experience the hunt of a lifetime in Alberta, Canada!
Alberta Big Game Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting Guides
Antelope Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Antelope Hunting Outfitters
Tthe pronghorn is the fastest North American mammal. It is capable of speeds estimated at 80-95 km/h in short bursts. Pronghorns travel in small herds, and signal each other by raising the white hair on their rumps which flashes in the sunlight for long distances on the prairie. They can see long distances and have very keen eyesight. Male and female have branched or pronged horns of approximately 3-7 cm horns. The outer sheath or horn is hair that is shed each fall. Thus making them not a "true" antelope. Aside from their identifying horns, they also have 2 white bars across the throat, white markings on rump and underparts and the bucks have black patches behind the jaw. Hunting the pronghorn antelope is now restricted to adjacent southern corners of Alberta and Saskatchewan consisting of some 40,000 square miles of pronghorn habitat. The Alberta prairie is the northern limit of pronghorn range. There were six antelope that were killed in the past couple of years that scored over 80 (Boone and Crockett). and some of these were taken by bow hunters! 82 is the Boone and Crockett minimum, and records show that more antelope are making the book now then in the past. Antelope hunting has always been by spot and stalk. The trick to hunting antelope is remembering how good an antelope's eyes are! Hunting pronghorns with binoculars and then stalking them works well since you can spot them before they spot you. The best time of year to hunt them is during the breeding season. On an average day a hunter may see over 100 antelope. Most of those will be in herds from half a dozen to twenty or more and at least half a dozen bucks will score 70 Boone & Crockett or better! A person who takes his time looking over the bucks should go home with an antelope on the good side of 15 inches.

Alberta Antelope Hunting Outfitters
Black Bear Hunting in Alberta
Black Bear Hunting Outfitters
Once you've been black bear hunting in Alberta you won't want to hunt anywhere else. Approximately 74% of the province is inhabited by black bear and much of it is largely undisturbed, the color phases range from dark chocolate brown to blond, many bear harvested in Alberta have made the Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young record books. If this isn't enough to convince you, then the 2 bear limit in most areas should! Where else can you have the opportunity to harvest two black bears in one hunt! Contact the outfitters directly to book your black bear hunting trip in Alberta. 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. The average male black bear will weigh anywhere from 250-450 pounds and are between 5 - 5 1/2 feet from nose to tail. Many outfitters have harvested black bear above the average ranging from 6 - 8 feet nose to tail and up to 600 pounds. Alberta is estimated to have over 36,000 black bear!. 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.

Black Bear Hunting Outfitters
Bison Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Bison Hunting Outfitters

Free ranging wild bison are one of North America’s most unique and impressive trophies. One of the few places you can hunt wild, free-ranging bison is in Alberta, Alberta offers one of the very few opportunities to hunt these magnificent animals in a truly fair chase situation. Alberta's population of buffalo was an area of boreal forest, parkland and open wetlands along the Peace, Athabasca and Slave Rivers in northern Alberta. These bison were designated as a separate subspecies, based on several perceived characteristics such as larger size and darker coloration. Bison utilize scattered pockets of grass/sedge habitat along beaver ponds, sloughs and bog lakes. Bison may be hunted anywhere they are found in northern Alberta, except within the Wood Buffalo National Park and within a new Bison Protection Area in northwestern Alberta, where they have been recently re-introduced. Contrary to the popular perception of a bison hunt, this may be one of the toughest hunting experiences on the continent! Most of this region can only be travelled in winter when the creeks and muskegs are frozen. A tent camp in temperatures as low as -30 is the norm. Hunters may travel up to 100 miles in a day by snowmobile searching for fresh tracks, which if found must be followed up on foot. The rewards for the dedicated hunter can be great however. Studies have shown that many of the bulls in this area are positively ancient, and trophy potential very high. As well, there is the satisfaction of having hunted one of the rarest and most awesome trophies, a true free ranging bison on its northern range!

Alberta Bison Hunting Outfitters
Big Horn Sheep Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Big Horn Sheep Hunting Outfitters

Alberta is home of the bighorn sheep with a good number of them over 200 points! Sheep hunting in Alberta has gained a worldwide reputation. Anyone who has ever dreamed or yearned of hunting the most prominent & revered bighorn sheep should come to Alberta! Alberta Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep have always been a premier trophy for sportsmen from around the world. Many trophy size sheep are found in the northern part of Alberta as well as in the south. No matter where you hunt, sheep hunting is tough, but add snow, high winds and sub-zero conditions, and the hunt becomes ultra-extreme. Sheep hunting is done with packhorses. The exception is an archery-only zone, where much of the hunting is easily accessed on foot. This hunt occurs in the late season and provides a wonderful opportunity to see trophy rams. The best outfitters will carry spotting scopes and binoculars as spotting the sheep can be difficult. Many sheep can be found in rocky gorges and in the timbered foothills as well as the highest mountain peaks. There is no predicting where you will find rams. This is truly a hunt of a lifetime, for the rugged hunter that is looking for a challenging pursuit of the premiere big game trophy. Bighorn sheep grow up to six feet in length, live up to 12 years and can weigh as much as 300 pounds. (Females weigh only 60% of the males, typically.) Rocky Mountain bighorns live in the grassy alpine of the Rockies, usually at altitudes of 5,000 to 10,000 feet. Alberta Environment estimates the provincial population to be about 5,800 animals. This estimate is based on population counts in selected areas and hunter harvest information.

Alberta Big Horn Sheep Hunting Outfitters
Cougar Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Cougar Hunting Outfitters

The cougar, also known as mountain lion, puma, or panther, is North America's largest member of the cat family. This alert, secretive animal is rarely seen which makes cougar hunting a real challenge. Cougar hunting is a rugged adventures and a unique hunting experience. Growing up to 10 feet long and weighing in at close to 200 pounds gives the hunter an opportunity to harvest a real trophy. The cougar lives in ragged, forested areas, canyons and dense swamps at altitudes as high as 13,000 feet. In Alberta, a hunter will usually find cougars primarily in southern mountains and foothills, but occasionally they may be seen in other areas. Cougar hunting is regulated in Alberta. This is an effort to preserve these cats for the future population. Cougar hunting begins the first of December and continues through the end of February. Cougar seasons are quota seasons that close early for resident hunters if the quota is reached in any given zone. The population has been very well managed which allows for better cougar hunting opportunities. The best way to cougar hunt is to use hounds. The hounds will follow the cougar track and with alot of hard work and a little luck you will find a treed mountain lion at the end of the trail. The dogs will corner them up trees and hold the cat there. This gives the hunter an opportunity to get a good look at the animal and decide whether or not to let it go. This method gives the hunter an excellent chance of taking home a trophy cougar.

Alberta Cougar Hunting Outfitters

Elk Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Elk Hunting Outfitters

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. The antlers are usually chocolate brown, except for the tips, which are polished ivory-white. An adult bull's antlers will usually weigh about 12 pounds per side and extend about 50 inches in length. Non-residents are only permitted to shoot six-point or better bulls in most zones and this management regime allows the majority of bulls to reach maturity, resulting in a higher than average number of trophy bulls. Alberta’s elk mature quickly and it is not uncommon for three-year-old bulls to sport 6x6 racks. An elk with a total of 12 antler points (6x6) is called a ''royal" bull; one with 14 points (7X7) is an "imperial" and one with 16 points (8X8) is a monarch. 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.
Alberta Elk Hunting Outfitters

Moose Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Moose Hunting Outfitters

Bull moose can weigh over 1000 lbs and stand 7.5 the shoulder with antlers that can measure as much as 6 ft.from tip to tip. 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 is a moose hunters paradise.

Alberta Moose Hunting Outfitters
Mule Deer Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Mule Deer Hunting Outfitters

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. Mule deer prefer a more open, less tree-infested type of terrain. The coats of mulies are gray brown for the winter months and reddish brown for the summer. They have white patches of hair on their rump and a tail that is mostly white with a black tip. Their ears can be over a foot long and provide excellent hearing. Reaching adult size at around three years and living to 16, bucks can weigh up to 250 pounds (does are smaller). Mule Deer can leap up to ten feet in the air, run up to 40 mph and change direction almost instantaneously. They have excellent hearing, keen senses of smell and a superb sense of sight in both daytime and nighttime conditions. These animals usually feed during the day and don't move too much. This makes mule deer hunting a real challenge.

Alberta Mule Deer Hunting Outfitters
Waterfowl Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Waterfowl Hunting Guides

The large fields, lakes, puddle lakes, wetlands, and major flyways will give you the waterfowl hunting experience of a lifetime. The rolling fields of peas, barley, and wheat are home to a variety of ducks and geese which make waterfowl hunting in Alberta some of the best in North America. Thousands of mallards and pintails are found in every puddle, slough, and lake. It is not uncommon to hear daily reports of large groups of hunters all limiting out even with the liberal limits allowed in Alberta. Each area of alberta provides excellent waterfowl hunting. In the boreal zone there are thousands of migrating geese and ducks headings south from the Arctic. The Parkland zone is home to the highest population of mallards, Canada geese, snow geese and white-fronted geese. There is a long season and very liberal limits. The migration is in full swing by mid-September and lasts until the end of October (sometimes later). The Foothills zone has excellent opportunity for waterfowl hunting especially late in the season. The prairies are known world-wide for it's migrating ducks and geese, the flyways, thousands of acres of staging waters with low hunting pressure. No matter where you plan your waterfowl hunting trip in Alberta, you will be impressed - and you will reach your daily limits!

Alberta Waterfowl Hunting Guides

Whitetail Deer Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Whitetail Deer Hunting Outfitters
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.

Alberta Whitetail Deer Hunting Outfitters

Wolf / Coyote Hunting in Alberta
Alberta Wolf & Coyote Hunting Outfitters

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.

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.

Alberta Wolf & Coyote Hunting Outfitters
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