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I've recently booked a Elk hunt this September in Alberta. I fly into Edmonton & will be hunting out of Hinton. Anybody know this area, I've never been to Canada & just want to know what to expect. How is the Elk & Wolf hunting in this area & what will I need to bring for this time of year. Thanks for the help.

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I have never actually hunted in Hinton myself but I've lived just a few hours away. I've passed through Hinton a couple of times and it is a very beutiful place. It's near the Rocky Mountians, they are quite the site to see. The forest is apart of the Boreal forest which covers almost half of the northern part of Alberta, it is thick at times but great to hunt in. The area of Hinton is teaming with wildlife and well managed, your chances of bagging a bull elk are exceptional. Wolves are a plenty in northern Alberta and Hinton is one of the most populated areas for them. September is cool but not freezing like later in the season so you shouldn't need too heavy of clothing but bring clothes for chilly weather. You never know what Alberta weather may bring, it can snow during September or give you a tan. Make sure you bring a camera because you can shoot pictures of wildlife until your finger has a blister in these areas. You will love the scenery and the hunt I'm sure. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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A little more technical infomation for your visit in September. Hinton is the centre of unit crossroads with Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 342 to the East, 344 to the North/West and 438 to the South/West.

According to the last Harvest summary report (2001):

In WMU342 there were a total of 177 hunters with 24 bull elk and 1 cow elk taken, therefore a 14% hunter success rate with an average of 54.8 days per hunter

In WMU 344 there was a total of 269 hunters with 34 bull elk taken, 13% success rate and an average of 55.5 days per hunter

In WMU 438 there was 107 hunters with 5 bull elk taken (only 5% success) and an average of 121.6 days per hunter

Definitely expect to see lots of game, lots of promising sign and very extreme weather conditions. Lots of wolves too, perfect area for them. WARNING - Make sure you have a recent/new bottle of bear spray with you at all times, there are many more griz out there than the environmentalists are letting onto.

I haven't hunted elk personally in these areas so I can only speak from my experience elsewhere in the Rockies & Foothills of Alberta - the bulls can be elusively quiet during the peak of the rut during daylight hours. My suggestion is to seek out promising spots for feeding or wallows and let out a couple of bugles in the late-dusk hours before heading to camp. Spike bulls can be uniquely agressive if the herd bulls have already accomplished what they've set out to do so pay attention to the 3 or 6-point limits on bulls in those areas.

I've had good success ground-hunting with a bow, using a tube with a triple plate diaphragm for bugling and the hootchie mama cow call, alternating the calls - combined with a heavy limb scraping fallen timber when the elk are approaching 100 yards or less.

You're very close to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain Range and in September you can experience clear sunny mornings, with a high of 75-80 F temperature and then have a white-out blizzard blow in 5+ inches of snow in a matter of hours (I've experienced this myself while elk hunting last year!) You can read about it if you want at http://www.nucleus.com/~ljlassu/elkhunt.htm

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Grunter, That is an great article.
My hunt is in 438, so I'm planning on hunting hard & smart. My neighbors down here in Florida must wonder what is going on at my house with me trying out the new Elk calls lol Thanks for all the help guys & if you even need any help on big game fishing I'm your man.

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How did your hunt go?! I've been dying to hear about it! I was in 305 for a week and got into the elk for the first two days real good but never had a shot. First bull we called in was a young 5x5 and he was walking in head on, head down and drooling - it was getting a little freaky so I twitched by release finger to get his attention but he did a 180 turn and ran behind some trees!

Next bull we called in (about an hour later) was the herd bull and he too came in head on and hung up at about 50 yards in some trees... no shot.

Last bull we called in was just about in my sight - he was only about 25 yards out but just as he was almost in my shooting lane he got spooked and bolted back up the hill... my hunting partner didn't even hear or see him coming and shifted himself around a tree when the cows were crossing across the ridge above us... he turned right in to the view of the elk and the was the end of that!

We did manage to call him back in after a few hours but he hung up in the trees thrashing around, wouldn't come out! He was a large body 3x4 with a small harem.

Spent the rest of the week trying to locate/call-in elk to no avail... tried a couple of stalks on mule deer (unsuccessfully) and got to know the area a whole lot better. Planning on heading out again for the day on Monday as it is the last day of bow season before rifle season opens up.

BTW - I've updated the link for my elk hunt last year... it's now at http://members.shaw.ca/grunter/index.html

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Sounds like an awesome hunt - too bad about the no shot...must have been pure excitement to have the herd bull in so close

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saskie wrote:
Sounds like an awesome hunt - too bad about the no shot...must have been pure excitement to have the herd bull in so close

The last two years have been incredible in this area... good numbers, lots of action and lots of memories! I just love it! Yes

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Sorry guys it has taken me a while to get back & report. The hunt was a blast! My father shot a 5x6 Elk & I shot a 12 point buck! We had a great time & the mountains were beautiful. The weather was great with only a little snow. I'll be going back to Alberta, I saw everything from Moose, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Bear, Sheep, etc, etc.

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That's great Shawn - awesome job! It truly is a hunter's mecca out here... glad to hear you want to come back! If you ever have any questions give me a shout or a PM.

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really nice deer. i was hunting sheep just outside hinton at the end of sept. got a good one on the fifth day. that makes up for hunting 21 days two years ago and not getting one. i also hunted whitetails last year and am returning this year nov12 to try for another. the amazing thing is the amount of game you see.
i'd like to hunt moose there but the outfitter i go with does'nt have moose tags.
you will find yourself looking for a way to go back. hope you get the chance

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I was outside of Hinton in WMU 438, I saw several sheep camps, where were you? Got any pics of the Sheep?

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