BSO1 – Free Range Bison Hunting in Alberta with Blue Sky Outfitters
Free-Range Wood Bison Hunting in Northern Alberta, Canada
Free Range Wood Bison / Timber Wolf Combo Hunts
If you have a love for free range hunting and like the idea of doing something a little different, then you are sure to be blown away with this Wood Bison Hunt in Northern Alberta! You’ll be hunting crown land for free range bison averaging over 62″ SCI with huge skulls. Shooting a trophy bison is not uncommon, in fact it’s the best opportunity on Earth to shoot a free range wild Wood bison. These remote, fly in base camps in Canada’s Boreal forest will also give you a good chance to combo up on a wolf.
- Northern Alberta, Canada
- Winter Hunts are from November 1- April 30 call for dates. Hunts are Monday through Saturday
- 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.
- Trip Insurance
- Goods and Service Tax of 5%
- If you decide to leave early those costs are yours as we have planned dates for leaving.
- Shipping, crating, and handling of trophy.
- Taxidermy (We can provide names of taxidermist).
- Meat cutting, meat freezing.
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
Lodging and Accommodations
- May and October hunts are run out of a travel trailer very limited internet, they can watch a movie or play cards.
- Winter hunts are run from a bed and breakfast as night time temperatures can go as low as -50F at this place we have good internet, laundry, movies, TV, and games to play.
You will be eating home cooked meals with a bagged lunch.
We use quads or skidoo. Clients either double on a machine or ride their own machine. It takes nine hours for a guide to process a woodland bison if the client wants to sit and watch it is his or her choice. If they help, then it is four hours to process the bison.
Typical Daily Schedule
Rise before daylight have breakfast travel to hunting area by quad or skidoo. Spot and stalk or sit on travel routes that woodland bison use. Travel back in evening have supper do to bed.
Travel the day before your hunt starts leave the day after your hunt ends.
- 6 Day hunt is 8 total days
- 9 day hunt is 11 total days
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Suggested Gear List
Our winter hunts will usually run in November – March. With drastic changes in temperature in our winters it is important to bring layers of clothing, preferably synthetic materials or wool, combined with an insulated jacket and a waterproof outer layer. For footwear a heavy insulated waterproof boot is a must have.
Here’s an example of what to pack for clothing on a 6-day winter bison hunt:
- Expedition weight long underwear (synthetic or wool)
- Expedition weight socks (synthetic or wool)
- Light long sleeve shirt that wicks moisture
- Expedition weight long sleeve shirt or turtleneck (synthetic or wool)
- An extra heavy fleece shirt
- Down or primaLoft insulated jacket
- Heavy Fleece pant
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Waterproof shell pant
- Waterproof insulated gloves
- Waterproof insulated boots
- Heavy fleece toque
All our guides will be equipped with most of everything you’ll need however there is some recommended gear that you should have with you on your hunt. Obviously your rifle is a no brainer but please remember to pack enough spare ammo with you in case life happens and you lose some along the trail somewhere, or you need to re-sight your rifle. Also we highly recommend bringing a set of shooting sticks or a bipod/tripod to help you steady your shots… and please practice with them before your hunt. Standing tripods/bipods work very well. Good optics are important as you will spend a great deal of time glassing for your trophy, and a small day pack that you can keep your lunch, liquids, camera and extra clothing in is a must.
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