Canada contains within its borders some of the wildest country and most magnificent scenery the world has to offer
Variety of unique species
Canada is home to 25 of North America’s 30 big-game species
Highly professional guiding
Canada’s outfitting industry is highly professional and committed to the responsible, sustainable, and ethical use of the country’s wildlife resources
About hunting in Canada
With more than two dozen huntable big game species and an astounding array of waterfowl, small game, and birds across a broad range of habitats, Canada is a hunter’s dream. From forests to tundra, from open prairies to vast boreal forests and the stunning Canadian Rockies, Canada has something for every hunter. This sparsely populated country puts great emphasis on protecting its natural resources and provides fair-chase opportunities to pursue magnificent big-game species that pique the interest of hunters from all over the world. Hunting trips to Canada are filled with beauty and splendor and offer even experienced hunters an exceptional challenge and unforgettable experience. What makes hunting in Canada unique is its rich variety of game: grizzly and black bears, moose, five varieties of caribou, cougar, lynx, Canadian wolf, bighorn sheep, Stone sheep, Dall sheep, elk, black-tailed, white-tailed, and mule deer. If you are looking for a challenge that will leave you with a lifetime of memories, Canada is the perfect destination.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
Visitors from the USA and most European countries do not need a visa, but Canada does require many travelers to have an Electronic Travel Authorization, which can be purchased online for a small fee before you go. Go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp to find out which documents you need.
Handgun hunting is prohibited in Canada. Centerfire semi-automatic long guns cannot have magazines that hold more than five cartridges. Pump or semi-auto shotguns must have their magazines plugged to hold no more three shells.
Visiting hunters must declare firearms in writing to a customs officer at the point of entry to Canada, using the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration (form RCMP 5589).The declaration form should be filled out prior to arrival at the point of entry, in order to save time. However, it should not be signed before arriving at the entry point, as a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) customs officer must witness the signature. A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is valid only for the person who signs it and only for those firearms listed on the declaration. Once the declaration has been confirmed by the CBSA customs officer, it acts as a license for the owner and it is valid for 60 days. The declaration can be renewed for free, providing it is renewed before it expires, by contacting the Chief Firearms Officer (call 1-800-731-4000) of the relevant province or territory.
To avoid problems on their return to the USA, American hunters should have in their possession a U.S. Customs Form 4457 listing their firearm and its serial number.
Wildlife management in Canada is handled on a provincial basis. Each province has its own hunting rules and regulations, and even within a particular province, hunting styles as well as gear and clothing may differ widely. Most outfitters can be relied upon to provide a list of recommended gear and clothing, as well as suggestions for firearm types and calibers. Stand hunts, for example, often call for heavy, warm clothing, while hunters venturing to the mountains or taking on strenuous spot-and-stalk hunts should dress in layers. Comfortable boots appropriate to the terrain are a must for any hunt. Some provinces require hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat, vest, or sometimes both.
Guiding and licensing
Some provinces require all nonresident hunters to hunt with a guide-outfitter; others do not. In general, most provinces in western Canada require the service of a guide-outfitter, while a few in the eastern part do not. All hunters, however, must have a valid hunting license for the province and, if required, a valid permit or tag for the species they are hunting. In order to purchase a hunting license, you may be required to show a valid hunting license from your state or country and/or proof of having passed a hunter education course. Discuss these requirements with your outfitter prior to the hunt.
The largest variety of big-game species are available in the western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, which encompass the Canadian Rockies and hold bighorn sheep, mountain caribou, elk, mule deer, mountain goats, bears, wolves, and many other highly sought-after species. British Columbia and the Yukon are the only places in the world where Stone sheep are found. The Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories hold moose, Dall sheep, and central Canada barren-ground caribou. In the far north, Nunavut is the destination for muskox, polar bears, and caribou. The provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with their prairies and forest regions, are well known for whitetails and big bears, and farther east, whitetails and black bears are also found in Ontario. Quebec and Labrador are major destinations for caribou hunters, and the Maritime Provinces, especially Newfoundland, offer high-success hunts for moose and woodland caribou.
After the hunt
Tipping is expected and appreciated on most hunts in Canada. Tips generally range from 5 to 15 percent of the total hunt cost.
Your outfitter should be able to recommend local taxidermists and meat processors, but these services are not included in the hunt cost. Discuss these aspects with your outfitter before arrival. Local taxidermists can prepare and pack trophies to your specifications, but it will be up to you to check legalities and arrange transport and shipment of the trophies to your home.
American hunters may, in most cases, bring wild game meat and trophies back into the USA, provided it is accompanied by the appropriate licenses and declared for inspection by USDA officials at the border. Game birds and waterfowl being imported to the US as trophies must be processed at a taxidermy shop approved by the USDA. For details, contact the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Services National Export and Import Center at 301-734-3277.
All hunters should also be aware that certain animals such as black, grizzly, and polar bears require CITES permits and, in some cases, additional export permits must also be purchased for certain animals. Check with the province you are hunting in to ascertain costs and requirements. The USA does not allow the importation of polar bears.
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Remote Wilderness Spring Black Bear Hunt Canada
Black bear hunting with us takes place in a very remote area of Northern Alberta Canada with no local hunting pressure and a large population of trophy size bears and a two bear limit. Black bear hunting on the Clearwater River in Alberta is always a great success. Our river boat camp is located 60 kms (40 miles) up the Clearwater river in a very remote area with no local hunting pressure and a large population of trophy size bears. We have new boats and ATV’s and with the addition of excellent bait sites along the river, this spring is looking great for massive record book bears. We set up bait sites in several spots at the top of the river ridge. We use river boats, duck boats and aluminum fishing boats to get to and from the bait sites. You will be hunting out of tree stands over well established baits. Shot distance is between 10-20 yards to minimize the chance of wounding a bear. We have never had anyone go home without seeing multiple bears and every year bears are taken in the 7 foot 400 pound range. We have many color phase bears from blonde to cinnamon, brown and black The hunts are generally 2 hunters to one guide,Non hunters are welcome at $150 a day Trophy fee for 2nd bear is due in cash at camp or with final payment before receiving the tag. $1,000 USD for 2nd bear (2 bear limit)
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 5 May 2020 1 Jun 2020
Spring Snow Goose 5 Days Canada
5 day hunting experiences guided by one of our experienced team members. Lodging and meals included. Bird cleaning, labeling and packaging, GST, and hunting license are also included in this package. Shells not included. Season runs end of April until end of May (depending on migration)
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 30 Apr 2020 31 May 2020
Newfoundland Moose Hunt 2019 Canada
Our hunt starts on Monday. If you are flying into Newfoundland via Deer Lake Regional Airport, plan to arrive on Saturday. We can arrange hotel bookings and you pay upon check-out. On Sunday, ground transportation will be provided to Peter Stride’s Pond, from where we fly you into our camp. On-site transportation is provided by boats and Argos. The use of boats allow us cross ponds to get to desired hunting grounds quickly and easily. Our boats are strategically placed to give guests easy access to prime hunting areas. The Argos are hardy vehicles ideally suited to get through the roughest terrain in the area, yet still be able to accommodate a guide, hunter and their animal. Moose is Newfoundland’s most popular big game animal and can weigh up to 1,200 lbs. With some of the highest moose populations in North America, it’s no wonder that Newfoundland is the destination for serious big game hunters. You will hunt from our main lodge or one of our spike camps. We mainly use spot and stalk technique. Let our experienced guides call out a moose on your next hunt with us. Whether you Fly-in or Drive, we are very accessible and only two hours from the Port-aux-Basques Ferry from Nova Scotia. If you are driving, it makes taking your meat back home that much easier and we are only 16 to 18 hour’s drive from the New York City and Boston areas, and even closer if you live in Atlantic Canada. When you successfully complete your hunt, the animal is de-boned in the field and placed in bags. Your guide will use a boat and/or Argo to get your meat back to the Lodge as soon as possible for hanging in our meat shed. The meat is checked regularly until it is flown out of camp.
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 10 Sep 2019 30 Nov 2019
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