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Hunting Canada??

As an Australian I know nothing about hunting in Canada. At some stage in the next couple of years I would like to hunt Canada but dont know the first thing about where to start. At the top of my wish list are Bear and Mountain Lion but I am also interested in Deer and smaller game like wolf, bobcats and lynx. I am mainly interested in the predators because in Aus we only have foxes and feral cats as well as Dingoes/feral dogs. Foxes and cats are easily hunted and I have shot many but dogs are harder to locate and I havent got one yet.
Can all the game on my list be hunted in the same area? What area/s would be best and which outfitters would be good to contact? What time of year would be best? And what calibres should I plan on using? Any other info would be handy as well. I am just after a bit of an overview so you dont have to go into too much detail. I have posted on the Eastern Canada forum as well. Thanks for your help, AUSSIE HUNTER

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I would reccomend British Columbia or eastern Alberta, and yes all or most can be hunted in the same area (Rocky Mountains/foothills)provided you can get tags for all species.

I'm not sure but as a non-resident you may require to use the services of a licensed guide to hunt. I know you do in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan and I think that may be a standard rule. It would probably be a good idea anyway, as they will probably be able to get tags that would be difficult if not impossible for you to obtain.

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Try this website:
http://www.abhunting.com/

As for calibres, with the exception of Grizzly/Brown Bear you'll be fine with any standard big-game cartridge, for black bear, deer, wolf, cougar etc etc you'd probably do well with a .270 on the low end and a 30-06 on the high end, but check with your outfitter to be sure.

Grizzly/Brown Bear is a very different matter. My VERY UNINFORMED opinion on this would be start at a .300 Mag and work up as big as you can handle from there.

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I have hunted Canda on several occasions and have been thrilled with the experiences. Depending on the method that you want to hunt will help determine the province to hunt black bears. If you prefer spot and stalk then there is no finer hunting than British Columbia, especially Vancouver Island. If you would like to hunt over bait I would reccommend northern Alberta or Saskatchewan for big bruins. As for deer, you'll find the best mule deer hunting in Alberta, which also holds great whitetail hunting. Another whitetail hot spot is Saskatchewan. For cougar British Columbia is known to produce the largest toms in North America. As for wolf and linx you might have difficulty obtaining them as they are an animal taken mostly by chance but it is possible in most of the provinces, especially the western ones.
With caliber you'll be fine with .270 and the 30.06. I have taken black bears with archery equipment and a bull moose in BC with a single shot and no tracking job with a .270 winchester 150 gr. bullets at 265 yards. For grizzly or brown bear I would reccommend a heavier weapon even though the .270 is adequate in the hands of a skilled rifle shot.
I wish you the best of luck and hope that Canada treats you as well as it had treated my in the past. Good hunting!

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