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SASK WINTER

AlpineClimber, This winter we are having in sask this year is far from mild. Deer and all ungulates are having a hard time getting food , we have a lot of snow and have had weeks on end of -30+ with high winds. Our deer and antelope numbers are taking a real beating and if we don't have a quick green up in spring the death toll will rise even more. If you like you can call the ministry of environment in big river @ (306) 469-2520 , they may be able to give you an idea about the percentage of the herd loss in the spring, but it's not going to be good. The deer are dropping like flies from weather and malnutrition. The fattest animals here right now are the wolves and coyotes. I live about 1 1/2 hrs from big river. Good Luck with your sask hunt for whitetails , hope you shoot a BOONER

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Thanks for the info.

I just left a voice mail at their office (Sask-Can).  Thanks for the heads up.  I'll push the hunt out a couple years before I follow a bad winter.  When I saw them at SCI in January, both they and my Alberta Outfitter said things were mild.  Winter must have moved in with a bang after that.

They were just recovering from the last die off.  This news kind of stinks.

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Normal winter

[quote=AlpineClimberWhen I saw them at SCI in January, both they and my Alberta Outfitter said things were mild.  Winter must have moved in with a bang after that.

They were just recovering from the last die off.  This news kind of stinks.

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Must be a regional thing. The winter out our way (1.5hrs east of Prince Albert) was "normal" (whatever you call that) neither hard nor mild. We bore the brunt of the big last kill-off, I guess its the western half of the province's turn now.

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I'll put a call in.

The stand I shot my buck from last year was less than 500 Yards from the Prince Albert.  I buy 2 to 4 hunts a year with them and obviously they are very honest people or they wouldn't get my business.  I'll put a call in and see whats up.

www.saskcanoutfitters.com

 

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I've hear of them. Nothing bad. Prince Albert (PA) is a city apprx 1 hour S of PA Natl Park where you were hunting. My stomping grounds are 1.5 hours east of the city of PA. I've been following the wx forecasts/reports for my hometown and its not an unusual winter at all in any regard: average snowfall, average temp and just starting to melt. We never saw bare ground until late March; my Dad's birthday is in mid Apr and it was always 50/50 whether we'd be able to play ball by then.

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Are you committed

Hey Vermonster, are you committed to whitetail?  Have you given any thought to a big muley buck?  I know there are some monsters out here in the West just waiting for you.  They are a completely different hunt but still lots of fun.  And I'm guessing that if you live somewhere in the East (like Vermont) that you don't chase lots of the big eared deer.  They can be a lot of fun and they eat just as good as a whitetail, and the antlers will impress your friends.

A state with some really big mule deer is Utah and they have some fine guides that will help you find one.  Unless you are committed to a whitetail, give the muley some thought.  Check out some outfitters in Utah and look at their pictures.  I'm guessing you'll soon have saliva dripping off your chin.

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Hey Arrow, notice the "CA"

Hey Arrow, notice the "CA" Vermonster????  I am a "Vermonster", stuck in California... Wink

I grew up in Vermont, and my parents still live there.  I get home every other year for the November rifle season.

I have hunted California, and Utah for mulies.  Dad has never hunted for them though.

I think I am pretty set on Whitetails though.  It has been a dream since I was a kid and started hunting. 

After I do that trip, maybe we can work towards a mule deer hunt.  We'll see what the future brings though.

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