Alberta Free Range Bison Hunting
Alberta Bison Hunt
Bison may be hunted anywhere they are found in northern Alberta, except within the national park and within a new Bison Protection Area in northwestern Alberta.
Free ranging wild bison are one of North America’s most unique and impressive trophies. It is a fact that the wild bison have always existed in Alberta. They were never pushed out completely, so you will be hunting bulls that are still in their traditional habitat, in a truly fair chase manner.
Why you should consider bison hunting in Alberta:
- Alberta is one of the few places that free range bison hunting still takes place.
- High trophy quality. In fact many of the bulls are positively ancient.
- Little hunting pressure.
- High success rates.
Free Range Bison Hunting in Northern Alberta, Canada
Great quality free range Wood bison averaging 62″ SCI. Big bulls are the norm on this hunt.
These bison hunts are not for a pure “wood bison”, which allows your cape and horns to be exported to the United States. Although not pure wood strain, a bull may weigh up to 2,600 lbs. and cow 1,500 lbs. The rewards for the dedicated hunter can be great. Studies have shown that many of the bulls in this area are positively ancient, and trophy potential very high.
It is a fact that the wild bison have always existed in these ranges and man has never pushed them out of the area. This hunt is a good one for what it is. A tough, remote hunt where the bison have to step across a particular boundary to be huntable. They are unpredictable on how often they do… but it is what it is on this hunt.
A bull taken on this Alberta bison hunt is exportable to the United States!
- Most of the hunting will be done on snowmobiles and quads. It is common to travel up to 80 km (50 miles) in a day. The snow is generally 1-3 feet deep. The hunt can be long and difficult but for the avid trophy hunter it is the thrill of a lifetime.
- Your guides are committed to a policy of 100% “fair chase” and stress principles and ethics above all else.
- Many of the bulls in this area are positively ancient, and trophy potential very high.
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In January, 2018 I had the privilege to do a free range wood- bison/timberwolf hunt in Northern Alberta. It was a wonderful experience,and although we could not hunt for five consecutive days because of extreme cold weather, I still had a great opportunity to shoot a beautiful, almost white timber wolf, and on the last morning of the last day Kevin spotted a very old looking, massive wood-bison bull. Unfortunately, because of over excitement and sheer stupidity of myself I was not able to bag the animals: I missed the wolf at approximately 200 meters because of faulty stupid gun handling in a moment of overexcitement, and certainly did not hit the Bison Bull with my bullet were I should have, so he got away in the safe sanctuary of the national park. Kevin assured me, that most probably the timber wolves will track and kill him quite soon, but still it was and still is a terrible feeling…Nevertheless, I had a fabulous time in Northern Canada, we saw lots of sign of animals every day we went out, also several wood bison carcasses, killed by the wolves. The outfitter is a very nice,honest person, who works from the first to the last moment for the success and the security of his clients.
I can highly recommend him and his company. One last advice: “USE ENOUGH GUN” (.375 Calibre upwards), and go for a winter Hunt.
For anyone looking for a different kind of adventure I would highly recommend this wood buffalo hunt! My father and I hunted in May. We found the outfitter to a very hard working guide. He was very familiar with the area and was honest. (No BS. To deal with!). Most bison hunts are quite easy, not this one you actually have to hunt for them up here! These animal can disappear with a couple strides into the timber! Of course the animals size is a little overwhelming larger than the bison in the lower 48. Both my father and I connected on our trophies! Another awesome opportunity that you have in this hunt to kill a wolf! We saw lots of sign but left right after we harvested our bison. Something we both regret!!! The hunt is great for a couple buddies or a father & son like we did. We hope to hunt with him again in the near future.