Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How far is the ranch on which we hunt from the Calgary Airport?
A: The ranch is nestled just west of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, less then an hours drive from the Calgary International Airport. Most major cities in the US and Canada have direct flight to Calgary, where we will both pick you up, and drop you off during your stay with us. In short, hunters travel time, required to experience our hunts, is significantly less then most other outfits in North America. Why not spend your time hunting rather then travelling?
Q: How do I get my harvested animal back home if I live outside of Canada?
A: With your hunting license acting as your export permit, the easiest approach is to take it back with you on the plane. We have a reputable butcher at our disposal who, will process and freeze any meat you wish to take with you on your flight home. Hunters are responsible for such processing fees. Capes are prepared and frozen by you guide, as are the skull plates and antlers. Work done on skull plates, antlers, and capes are included in your hunt.
Q: What should I expect to require for funds during my stay?
A: You will need to purchase your Wildlife Certificate, a archery permit if bow hunting, and your tags for whatever species you species you have arranged to hunt. This will usually be between $300-$400 Canadian. Any alcohol that you wish to consume can be purchased on the way into camp. Lastly, tips for the guides and cooks are always appreciated, and given at your discretion. They will work hard to make your stay enjoyable and rewarding in every way possible.
Q: Is there cell and wifi at the cabin?
A: We have both wifi and cell service at the cabin ensuring that you have the capability to conduct pressing business as needed.
Q: Is it difficult to bring firearms into Canada?
A: No, this is a simple process which costs $30.00 and takes minimal time. Hunters should download a Non Resident Firearms Declaration Form present it to customs when entering the country.
Q: What can I expect for weather on the ranch?
A: Folks, this question has a broad answer! We are located at almost 4000 feet above sea level, and we are only miles from the eastern slopes of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Subsequently, during our hunting season we get a wide variety of weather. With the rutting bull elk bugling in September and October, one can experience temperature of 25 degrees C (77 F), to -10 degrees C (14 F). We have had sunny weeks with dewy grass in the mornings, to a foot of snow during those months. Snow is unusual in September but certainly possible. On average one can expect mild weather with occasional colder periods that can produce either rain of snow. The second half of October and then November, when our bucks are in rut, find similar variances in weather, however the lows each day are approximately 10 degrees colder then in September. Truth is that Calgary is the sunniest of Canada’s large cities with 333 days, which have sunshine!
Q: Do I require a passport to enter Canada?
A: Yes, passports are required for all non-residents to enter Canada. In the event that one holds a criminal record, including DUI’s, efforts should be made to clarify the situation prior to embarking on your trip. If one has questions they can find most relevant information at www.bordercrossing.ca
Q: Can I transfer my hunt to someone else in the event of an emergency?
A: Yes. As long as the hunter is a non resident of Alberta. Our allocations are not able to be used by an Alberta resident.
Q: Will we be hunting on public or private land?
A: We will be hunting exclusively on private land, which will have no other hunters on it during your hunt. We have approximately 35,000 acres of prime hunting habitat in Alberta’s most scenic area, the foothills of the Canadian Rockies!
Q: Is my hunt refundable in the event that I need to cancel?
A: If an emergency comes up, the hunter is responsible to find a replacement. If a replacement is found, who covers the cost of the hunt, on the appropriate dates that were originally booked, we will gladly provide a hunt for that person. Should no replacement be found no refund would be given as we simply have too many irons in the fire to accommodate such a request.
Q: Will there be large groups hunting out of the cabin at the same time?
A: No. One thing that sets us apart from many other outfits is our commitment to providing hunts to a small number of hunters. We have a small number of allocations in our WMU and we spread out our hunts so hunters have ample space on which to hunt. September hunts find 2 to 3 hunters in camp each week, whereas the rest of the season will find 2-5. We are committed to providing premier quality hunts to a small number of hunters.
Q: What should I bring for clothing?
A: Let’s answer this one with relation to hunting only. We’ll break it down to two seasons, September – mid October, and Mid October to the end of November.
September – Mid October – We would suggest a light comfortable hiking boot that covers up to your ankles. For those dewy mornings where the grass is wet, or rainy days, we all use the likes of Muck or Lacross water proof boots, that are light and comfortable to walk in. Rain pants and coats are a must, however we encourage hunters to do their homework and bring gear that is also quiet. Beneath the outer-wear, layers are a great way to go. Remember, you could go from stalking your giant bull, to sitting for several hours waiting for the herd to go by your blind.
Mid October – End of November – Typically the ground is not as wet during this time as precipitation has frozen, and we would likely have snow. A pair of insulated hiking boots with water resistant capabilities is likely the way to go. Heavier outer clothing that will provide wind and thermal protection is a must. Remember your gloves and toque!
Q: Am I required to bring a sleeping bag, or towels?
A: No. The hunting cabin is fully outfitted with all bedding and linen.
Q: What can I expect for meals during my stay?
A: Hearty, home cooked, piping hot meals will be served each day. For the early start, hunters grab a coffee and toast, along with fruit to start the day off with a light snack. Hunters will return to the cabin after the morning hunt and be served a hot breakfast usually with eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, pancakes, fruit, yogurt etc. Lunch is served in the afternoon, which is usually homemade soup and sandwiches. Following the evening hunt, hunters sit down for a large supper, which is always abundant and tasty! Should anyone have any dietary concerns, please advise us of such prior to your arrival and we will accommodate those needs.
Q: Is alcohol included in the package?
A: No. Alcohol is the responsibility of the hunters to purchase during their trip. When in town getting the licenses after their arrival, hunters can purchase a wide variety of beer, wine and spirits for their stay.
Q: What is the situation if a hunter wounds an animal, and is unable to retrieve it?
A: A great question, as it is one we take seriously. We have Trophy Fees, which we apply to every species hunted to try to eliminate unethical shots from being taken. In the event that an animal is wounded and not retrieved, the hunter will cease further hunting, until a thorough and extensive search has taken place. It will be determined by the guide and Outfitter whether or not the shot was likely fatal, at which time a decision will be made as to whether or not the hunt shall continue. For all instances, where it is determined, that a bullet or arrow entered an animal, a trophy fee for that species will be due. We strongly encourage all hunters to be responsible for their shot to reduce wounding animals. Please practice beforehand, and come to camp prepared to get the job done!
Q: What should I expect to give my guide and cook as a tip following my hunt?
A: We are proud of our team and have worked hard to ensure that we have top quality folks looking after you during your stay. They rely on your tips to help make the whole process worth their while. With that said this is a personal decision for the hunter and ultimately what you leave is up to you. Tips typically range from the low side of 10% to the higher end of 15% of the value of the hunt.