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Saskatchewan trophy deer hunt at a great price northeast of Saskatoon

If you want to hunt big Canadian whitetails, you would be hard pressed to find a better value than this hunt. Over the past two years the outfitter has accommodated 16 hunters, and they killed 14 bucks with many of them scoring in the 150s, 160s and 170s.

"Last year I had a hunter who was anxious to shoot early in the hunt because there was a storm front with cold weather coming in," he said. "I told him not to worry about it because our air is dry, and even at 20 below we can hunt. He shot a 140 class buck right off the bat. My other hunter that week got a 170, and then we went out together after the cold front hit to took down the blinds, and he said to me, 'You know. You were right. We could have hunted in this weather. Next year I'll hang in there and hold out for a big one."

Hunter success over the past 10 years has been over 80 percent.

The bigger bucks in this area usually score in the 170s, but there are a few larger animals from time to time.

"Last year we had two or three really big bucks on trail cams," the outfitter said. "One of them got killed. Unfortunately it was shot on one of the farms that we border. It scored over 200 Boone and Crockett points."

Most bucks taken on this hunt score in the 140s, 150s and 160s.

"Most hunters see quite a few bucks," the outfitter said. "It's not uncommon to see four to six bucks a day."

Hunting is done from stands or blinds placed near bait piles, a legal practice in Saskatchewan.

Most hunter stay in the main lodge, which includes satellite TV, hot showers and a stove and microwave for hunters who want to have a late night snack or want to cook up a bit of fresh venison.

The hunting area consists of more than 200 square miles of forest land that borders alfalfa fields and cropland. The terrain varies from flat forest fringe to hills and meadows. No other outfitter operates in the area, and the light hunting pressure means that many bucks reach trophy size.

The outfitter employs tree stands as well as ground blinds, and some of them are heated. Deer stands are situated 20 to 150 yards form the bait station, depending on whether you want to hunt with a rifle or bow.

Many hunters see other wildlife, such as lynx, martin, elk, moose and wolves.

Ask about Hunt WD5302.

Hunt WD5302

Hunt type

Price

6-day rifle hunt for trophy whitetails $2,400 for 2012
Area Extra fees
About 2.5 hours from Saskatoon Taxidermist, butcher, meals, license, federal tax
Trophy size Hunter success
Bucks typically range from 140 to 170 with a few bigger bucks. Hunters who hold out usually get chances at bucks in the 150s or 160s. Over 80 percent success for 10 years. In the past two years 16 hunters took 14 bucks with two in the 170s.
Outfitter pickup Dates for 2012
Drive to the ranch or fly to Saskatoon. If you fly, plan to arrive Saturday afternoon and get a motel at your cost. The outfitter picks you up the next morning. Shuttle is $100 round trip to the lodge, which is about 2 1/2 horus away. Nov. 6 -11
Nov. 13-18
Nov. 20-25

If you want to hunt before the 6th or after the 25th, call to work out dates.

Licenses Lodging and meals
Not included in hunt price. Click here for details. Price varies according to the dollar exchange. Accommodations in a hunting lodge or cabins with home-cooked meals are included in the price.

*Equivalent hunts by high-profile outfitters typically sell for $3,800 to $5,000. This hunter does not spend much money on promotions or advertising, and so you can benefit from the savings he realizes from not attending sport shows, advertising in national magazines and on hunting channels, mailing expensive brochures and hosting outdoor writers and video crews on complimentary hunts. It's much cheaper and more practical for him to rely on word-of-mouth advertising and the services of a booking agent.