SOUTH PAW OUTFITTER HUNT OPTIONS

WHITETAIL DEER HUNT

·               Plus Government License and Allocation fee             

·               Six full days of hunting

·               Includes Coyote License

·               Two on one client/guide ratio

·               Pick up point is the Edmonton International Airport

·               Second animal option is available:

  • Mule Deer (includes license and allocation fee)

  • Moose (includes license and allocation fee)

  • Elk (includes license and allocation fee)

 

Contact South Paw Outfitters by Phone or Email for Hunt Costs

All rates quoted in US funds or equivalents
and do not include the applicable Canadian Goods and Services tax (2.5%)

All deposits are non-refundable.

   
     
     

 

 

 

   
     
   

FIRST CLASS WHITETAIL DEER

South Paw Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunts are conducted from our base operation in central Alberta.  This vast area offers a mixture of Alberta's most beautiful scenery and provides excellent Whitetail habitat.  We live in the area we hunt and are literally scouting everyday.  We access some 25,000 acres of land in an area diverse with game, which allows us to offer quality Mule Deer, Moose and Elk as a second animal option to complement your Whitetail hunt.

   
     
     

 

   
     
   

ENTERING INTO CANADA

Visiting hunters must have a up-to-date passport and clear Canada Customs regardless of mode of travel.  You may be asked about the purpose of your trip, the length of your stay, who you are hunting with, etc.  It is wise to carry written verification (e.g. a contract or you outfitter brochure).  All alcohol, tobacco and firearms must be declared.

 
REASON ENTRY INTO CANADA COULD BE REFUSED
Prior criminal convictions could hinder entry into Canada.  For more details visit the Canada Border Crossing Services website at www.bordercrossing.ca.  Alternatively, you can call 1-800-438-7020 and ask for Lucy Perillo.

If you have any type of criminal conviction (even if you’ve been charged and not convicted), you should notify your outfitter or call Canada Border Crossing Services well in advance to pre-arrange clearance.

 

FIREARMS USERS ENTERING CANADA

NOTE: This information applies only to firearms that are neither restricted nor prohibited, as set out in Part III of the Criminal Code of Canada.  For information on visiting Canada with restricted firearms, contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Firearms Program (CFP).  Additional requirements must be met before a restricted firearm can be brought into Canada.  PDF Format.

The Firearms Act is a federal law and therefore applies across the country.  Provinces and territories may have additional requirements, especially with respect to hunting. 

An individual must be at least 18 years old to bring a firearm into Canada.   Individuals that are younger than 18 may use a firearm in certain circumstances, but an adult must remain present and responsible for the firearm.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Firearm owners and users in Canada must have firearms licences for the class of firearms in their possession.   A licence issued under Canada’s Firearms Act is different from a provincial hunting licence.

Non-residents have two options for meeting the Canadian licensing requirements:

OPTION 1

Declare firearms in writing to a customs officer at the point of entry to Canada, using the Firearms Declaration (form RCMP 5589).

If there are more than three firearms, a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Continuation Sheet (form RCMP 5590) should be added.

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 licence 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.

OPTION 2

Apply for a five-year Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).

To apply for a PAL, applicants must provide evidence that they have passed the written and practical tests for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.  A course from another country does not meet Canadian legal requirements. However, it may be possible to take the tests without taking the course.

The CFO of the province or territory to be visited can provide information on any other documents that will be required to complete the background security check.

With a Canadian firearms licence, there is no need to complete the Non-Resident Firearms Declaration.   However, an oral declaration must still be made to the customs officer.

FOR FIREARMS BORROWED IN CANADA

No licence is required if the firearms user remains under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed adult.

Otherwise, one of the following is necessary:
    a PAL (see above), or
    a confirmed Temporary Firearms Borrowing Licence (for Non-residents) (form RCMP 5513).

Please note, a confirmed Non-Resident Firearms Declaration does not currently permit the borrowing of firearms in Canada.

A temporary borrowing licence permits the following uses:
    hunting under the supervision of an outfitter or other person authorized to organize hunting services in Canada;
    competing in a shooting competition;
    target shooting at an approved shooting club or range;
    taking part in an historical re-enactment or display;
    engaging in a business or scientific activity being carried out in a remote area where firearms are needed to control animal
    predators;
    taking part in a parade, pageant or other similar event; or
    using firearms for movie, television, video or theatrical productions or publishing activities.

Airlines require a declaration that you are checking a firearm.  This involves signing a ”Firearms Unloaded” declaration, locking the firearms(s) in a hard-sided, crush-proof container and retaining the key or combination.  Further, you must retain entry permits; ensure ammunition is transported in the manufacturer’s original packaging; or securely packed in plastic, wood, or metal boxes.  Ammunition weighing in excess of 11 pounds or containing incendiary projectiles is prohibited.

HAND GUNS ARE ILLEGAL
It is illegal to carry or hunt with a handgun in Canada; therefore it is also against the law to bring handguns into Canada.

   
     
     

 

   
     
    ADDITIONAL SPECIES FOR A COMBINATION HUNT    
   

We are very fortunate in our area to be able to offer the complete Alberta combination hunt!

If you are looking to expand your hunting dollars to multiple species, we can help you out.  While Whitetails are our focus, we have good quality mule deer, moose and elk in our hunting area.

While sitting in our heated ground blinds, it is not unusual to have the opportunity for any of these critters.  It's pretty cool  when you're hunting whitetail deer and a moose or elk steps out in front of you.

   
     
     

 

   
     

 

   

     
   
COYOTE
Alberta has world-class coyote hunting opportunities!  Outfitters employ a variety of strategies to present hunters with shot opportunities.   Winter hunts offer the best pelts and some of the finest hunting is experienced during breeding season in late January and February.  There is no harvest limit on coyotes in Alberta.
   
     
     

 

   
     
    WOLF
Alberta’s wolf population is thriving.  The pelt of an Alberta wolf, taken in its winter prime, is a beautiful reminder of a great hunt.  Alberta wolves can exceed 120 pounds in weight and vary from light gray to black. 
There is no harvest limit on wolves, but they are subject to CITES regulations.
   
     
     

 

   
     
   

HUNT METHODS & CONDITIONS

The shot distance can vary dramatically from 30 yards to 400 yards plus.  The long shots always depend on the hunter’s confidence in making a long distance shot.  The weather will undoubtedly vary, and can range from 25 degrees below to 50 degrees above.  The average is close to 10 degrees above.

Being in good physical condition will serve you well.  Some hunts are physically demanding while others require little exertion.  Understand the potential demands and prepare appropriately for your hunt. 

Plan to dress in layers, as you normally head out just before daybreak, roughly around 7:00 a.m.  Most guys like to hunt all day, and so we'll pack you a lunch and see you that night for supper. If you prefer to return around midday for lunch and a little break, we'll have some hot soup and a sandwich available for you.  Evening meals are served around 7:00 p.m, once everyone has returned and had a chance to unwind, (maybe warm up) and share a few stories.

There are a number of mounted deer heads on the wall to help you get  acquainted to judging our Deer.  The body size is generally bigger than southern deer.  Some general points on judging the quality include:  the width of the rack (does it extend beyond his ears?) size of the antlers in relation to the body, mass, and tine length.  Your Guide will review all of this information with you prior to the hunt actually starting.

Hunting methods vary depending on the area, the weather, the rut activity and of course your preference.  Our best success comes from the Heated Blinds, but we also use tree stands, rattling and walking.  In general, drives or "pushing bush" is not that effective in our area, but has been used on occasion.  In most cases we are hunting farmland, with primary permission, however we do also access some public lands.

In terms of camouflage, winter camo or Grey ASAT patterns will work well.  The areas we hunt are parkland, poplar and willow woodlots with alfalfa and grain fields.   Hunter orange is NOT required in Alberta.

Remember, that conditions are generally cold, so we recommend that your firearms be stripped of all oil and grease to prevent any ”malfunctions”.

   
     
     

 

   
     
   

RECOMMENDED GEAR

The following list is designed to help you organize and pack your gear. 

The items listed as optional, are really subject to your own preferences. 

Please give us a call if you have specific questions in this regard. 

  RIFLE & AMMUNITION  
 
  • Rifle(s) (Recommended 270 and upward)

  • Medium Fixed Power or Variable Scope with Cover

  • 40 rounds Ammunition

  • Hard Gun Case

 
  BOW & ARROWS  
 
  • Compound/recurve bow (minimum draw weight 45lbs)

  • One Dozen Arrows (minimum 24”) with Broadheads (minimum 1”)

  • Hard Bow Case

 
  PLUS  
 
  • Gun Registration Information

  • Binoculars

  • Layered Clothing

  • Heavy and Lightweight Jacket

  • Warm Socks

  • Thermal Underwear

  • Warm Hat

  • Cold Weather Boots (for stand hunting)

  • Gloves and Warm Mitts

  • Slippers or indoor shoes for in the Cabin

  • Camera and plenty of Film

  • Video Camera (optional)

  • Flashlight

  • Sunglasses

  • Day Pack

  • Thermos

  • Personal Toiletries

  • Personal Medical and First Aid Requirements

 
  OPTIONAL  
 
  • Odour Scents

  • Scent-Lok Suit

  • Compass

 

 
  REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE INTO CANADA  
 
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Firearms Permits
 
   
     
     

 

   
     

 

   
     
    TRANSPORTATION
 
MAJOR AIRPORTS
Most visitors hunting at South Paw Outfitters will typically fly into the Edmonton International Airport (YEG) This airport is located centrally for those hunting in central and northern Alberta. (
www.edmontonairports.com).

 

TO SOUTH PAW OUTFITTERS
Transportation to and from the Edmonton International Airport is provided on our regular client turn around day, which is Sunday.   There is a $100.00 surcharge for any arrival after 6:00 pm.   Simply complete our Flight Arrival/Departure information and return it to us at your earliest convenience and we’ll be there to pick you up!   Our operation is located about two hours northwest of the airport.
 

 

HUNTING TRANSPORTATION
Hunting transportation is generally done to and from the hunting spots, with the aid of 4X4 pickups or quads.  (In our area,  the use of all terrain vehicles are only permitted after 12:00 noon.)

 

TRANSPORTING YOUR GAME & TROPHIES HOME
Exporting your game (i.e. antlers, hide, meat, etc.) from Ca
nada is relatively simple procedure as long as you claim this as personal baggage.  Your hunting license will act as your export permit so keep it with you as you leave Canada.

You will also need to fill out a U.S. Import/Export permit Form 177.  Although this can be picked up at Customs, the process is expedited if this form is filled out in advance, which we will provide before your departure. 

Different species have different requirements.

   
     
     

 

   
     
   

PERMITS

South Paw Outfitters provides the necessary permits to assist you in re-entering the United States with your trophy.  Preparation and crating of the hide and antlers is provided, however the cost is paid by the client.  (Depending on the crating that you choose, the cost will vary from $15.00 to $60.00.)

   
     
     

 

   
     
    MEAT PROCESSING 

You are responsible for the meat processing costs, from your animal, regardless of whether you take your meat home or not. 

The cost is approximately $95.00 per deer. 

Depending on the amount of luggage you have, there may be an extra fee for additional piece(s) charged by the Airline carrier.  You may wish to donate your meat to a local farmer or to the Hunters Who Care Foodbank Program.

   
     

 

 

 

  

 

 
     
 

 

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