I have been hunting in western Canada since 1997 in the infamous provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. I was privileged enough to satisfy many customers in leading them to the harvest of big bucks with gross weight in the 250lbs to 300lbs range and B & C scores averaging over 150. Some of my hunters and clients from the outfitting operation that we just purchased were lucky enough to see their names entered into the famous Boone and Crockett record books. Moreover, several others missed the cut by only a few inches. These big northern whitetail deer are exceptional even in western Canada. Some may even reach more impressive weight and rack standards. On the other end, the score of whitetail deer harvested in Alberta or Saskatchewan is on average, lower than my personal score or the one of those historically taken at our newly acquired outfit. In fact, whitetail deer in the 135 to 145 B & C class are harvested on a regular basis in both provinces. On a normal six day hunting trip, our clients will see at least one buck in the 150 B&C class. Some will see even better whitetail deer whereas others will not be as lucky. This is all dependant on the weather conditions during your stay and on the dedication of the hunter.
So, what type of hunters can reasonably expect to have better chances to harvest bucks reaching a B & C score of 150, 170 or even more? There are really three types of hunters who succeed in taking super western bucks. The first are the lucky ones. The second are those who regularly hunt with outfitters whose territories offer a good trophy potential, like ours. When we say "good potential" we refer to an outfit that offers all the ingredients of the success recipe, namely: a territory encompassing quality whitetail deer forest habitats, a trophy whitetail deer genetic pool, a whitetail deer herd large and healthy enough to produce super bucks and finally a team of experienced and proficient guides, who have acquired a deep knowledge of their quarry over the years and who are totally devoted to their passion. The third type of successful hunter is the one who shows enough discipline to remain positioned in their stand all day long and who will voluntarily, willingly and regularly pass up bucks that do not reach their self imposed standards. This is the type of hunter who takes the risk of eating his tag for a chance at a buck of over 150, 160, or, why not even a "Booner" bettering the 170 mark.
Clearly, you have no control over luck. However you can choose an outfitter such as ours and increase your odds of an uncommon harvest by accepting to keep the bar at a high level until the very end of your stay.
Some people argue that the quality of whitetail hunting in Canada has decreased. In fact, a comparison of the results of the '90's to those of the first decade of the new century seems to support that conclusion. However such a comparison might be misleading if one does not take into account all the available data.
First of all, the old uneducated whitetail deer that were blindly entering the outfitters bait sites are, with times, becoming a rarity. In most cases, with the passing of three or four generations, the older whitetail deer inhabiting our forests have reached their age in the vicinity of baits becoming fully conscious of the danger that they represent. Thus they move more cautiously in and around these sites. This adaptation increases the hunting difficulty with those outfitters where the guides were not able to adjust accordingly, positioning their clients directly on top of the baits, 100% of the time. If, moreover, no attention is paid to the location of the bait site, in particular with respect to the wind direction and the surroundings, you end up with hunting seasons during which the average score of the harvested bucks is in the 130 to 135 B & C range which corresponds to 3½ or 4½ years old males.
Secondly, in the last decade, Saskatchewan, Alberta as well as the rest of Canada and the northern US have suffered from at least three very harsh winters which had a strong impact on the whitetail deer herd. The resulting decrease of the size of the herd and the quality of whitetail hunting in canada was felt more in the southern and central parts of these provinces even though no region was totally spared. Other regions have seen a notable increase in the number of predators especially with wolves. This was particularly true in those sectors where logging operations were intense. Luckily, those relentless canines did not have an affect on our territory.
In truth, the number and quality of the bucks encountered during a hunting season is in direct relation to the severity of last year's winter, the weeks preceding the hunt and the current climate. Lastly, the presence or absence of predators in the sector also has a relevant impact. Similar to anywhere else in North America, the size of a bucks rack is also influenced by the quality and quantity of the summer forage available which is directly linked to the quantity of rainfall received.
Obviously, not all the weeks of a given hunting season are alike. Some hunters may be lucky enough to harvest a real western monster, reaching that international level but the vast majority will not have this opportunity. Once again, the best ally of those big mature bucks remains the hunter who will not resist the temptation of harvesting a younger whitetail deer. If you can gauge a whitetail deer and are willing to show patience, your odds are considerably better of harvesting a bigger buck.
When the stars are perfectly aligned, our hunters may, on average, see between 3 to 8 bucks per day. Of these, we hope that at least one will be good enough for you to bring back home or, possibly, be a giant. One thing is for sure; your harvest will make us as happy as you. Saskatchewan is still by far the best place in North America to harvest a monster buck, as is revealed by the number of entries in the record books. If you persist, year after year and resist the temptation to take a smaller male, your opportunity to pull the trigger on a giant buck will finally present itself. One has to remember that those bucks are not behind every tree and that certain weeks or even season will turn out to be difficult. In those cases, not only will you fail to encounter that expected buck, but it is quite possible that only a few of the hunters sharing the camp with you will be successful. After all, that's hunting. In short, set yourself realistic goals and you will not be disappointed. Our male to doe ratio is one of the best in America and we have whitetail deer, big whitetail deer! If you persevere even after a more difficult trip, your turn will come. A positive attitude, a little bit of luck and sooner or later, the whitetail deer will cooperate. It will be the hunt of a lifetime, or at least a memorable adventure.
Terms and conditions
The cost of your hunting stay with Bear Buck Obsession includes the following:
1- Transportation from Saskatoon to the lodge and back.
2- All the transportation during the hunt for the guide and two hunters.
3- Food and lodging.
4- The preparation of your trophy for transportation and taxidermy. Same thing for your meat if you choose to bring some back with you.
5- Six or nine full days of hunting depending on the selected package.
Not included in your stay with Bear Buck Obsession:
1- Required hunting licenses.
2- Air (or other type of) transportation for your meat and trophy.
3- Related expenses associated with spending two Saturday nights in Saskatoon.
4- Alcoholic beverages, gratuities and 5% GST taxes on the total cost of the package.
Terms and conditions for reservations:
1- If you make a reservation during the current year of your stay (for example in February for a November hunt) a 50% deposit is required at the time of the reservation. Another 25% will be required upon your arrival at the lodge. The final installment will have to be paid cash or with a certified check or money order. For the last installment, no personal check or credit card will be accepted.
2- If you make a reservation a year in advance, a 1500$ deposit will be required to secure the dates. The balance will have to be paid in two equal installments according to the same schedule as in item number 1.
3- There will be no refund for any deposit. However a deposit can be credited to another client. A deposit can be transferred to another year but only if the outfitter is able to find another client to fill the vacancy created by the depositor's withdrawal. In this case however an extra 500$ will be charged to cover the additional costs.
4- The hunting fees are fixed. There will be no refund to a hunter who achieves early success during his/her stay with us or to a hunter who must leave earlier or for whatever other reason.
Whitetail deer - Dates and hunting packages cost for 2014
All the whitetail deer hunting packages are for 7 days with 6 full days of hunting. The arrival at the main logde is midday on Sunday and your hunt is from Monday morning to Saturday night. For the longer stay packages of 9 full days of hunting, please contact us to fix the day of arrival.
November 1st to 8th 2014
November 9th to 15th 2014
November 16th to 22nd 2014
November 23rd to November 30th 2014
The whitetail deer hunting packages are at $5000 canadian. The 9 days whitetail deer hunting packages are at $6500 canadian.