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Next Fall...Already

Sooo am I the only one who's been busy planning next falls hunt? Seems pretty early, but then with draws and all the zones in AB possible; add in current draw priorities for different species, different priorities needed for different zones, maps that must be ordered. Then of course there's that darn "work" that seems to take up most of the year....

Ya, I know, I tend to be anal about planning things, but to be fair we're not hunting in our back yard, we're planning a 10 day trip back up to the land of no fences.
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I'm always planning trips that I'll probably never take. My actual hunting trips are pretty much carbon copies of each other - it's just a question of which week I go.

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Saskie, when I was young and single I'd hunt all fall locally. Once in my twenties I'd also spend a week in the hills(rockies), only about a 3 hr drive from me. With kids and budget, down to a couple day deer hunt locally, then with son locally and the odd trip within 4 hrs.
I always wanted to try moose hunting up N. With 50 fast approaching I decided last year I'd best get on it, as quite frankly I know guys my age with heart problems, hip or back trouble, etc.
So, I looked around, found about a 20 yr old 14' trailer for 400 bucks, fridge and stove worked, looked like crap. Threw a couple weekends at it and it's a dandy hunt trailer you're not scared to drag down a cutline of through a creek. Picked up a couple 30 gallon used oil drums, rinsed'em, and we're good for fuel. Made a two bicycle wheeled cart for hauling out that is assembled with bolts/wing nuts so it breaks down as is easily packed if necessary. Total cost for all, maybe 650-700.00
Made our moose trip, wife came along as son was out of province for training and my longtime hunting buddy didn't have his crop off yet. (bonus was she Loved it!)
After we got back, I sort of figured out the expenses. Where we went was about a 10 hr drive one way. I figure it cost us no more than if I'd hunted deer locally.
We camped on a river, caught some dandy brown trout, ate our fill of unbelieveably good bluberries, saw caribou tracks, had an elk talking to us, saw deer, bear, and luckily moose. What we didn't see was gobs of people of any kind. No roads, so that eliminates the truck hunters. The quad guys stick to what roads/trails there are, so take 10 steps off the trail and you don't see them any more. Closest neighbors were an old(relatively speaking) retired couple who were camped about 2 miles from us. They were up hunting for a mule deer(well, if one happened to walk too close to their camp, they'd probably shoot it, unless of course it was coffee time)
Longwinded, but what I'm trying to say is if there's a realistically do-able hunting trip you want to take, do it! Odds are it won't cost what you think it may. My only real advise would be to do your homework and plan your needs. Any kind of assistance may well be 3-4 hrs away, so if you need it, you'd best take it with you, and don't go alone.
I think our biggest expense was when we got back I bought the wife a shiny new 30-30,
So plan away! Yes

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I hear that.

My hunts are all around home - the only problem is that I don't live around home anymore. I try and go back to Sask every fall, usually for muzzle loader season but sometimes rifle. Once I'm there it costs me next to nothing - I just have to get a flight and the time off.

The hunts I REALLY want to do I can't due to residency issues. I'd love to hunt moose from my cabin near Reindeer Lake but as a Cdn resident I need to have a guide. Maybe someday I'll bring a guide up there and show him where all the moose are so he can guide me lol

The other is an elk or muley hunt - same story, SK residents only.

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Man, that's gotta be frustrating. In AB there's a "hunter host" licence any resident can set up to act as a "guide" to a non resident or non-resident alien friend or relative. There isn't something like that you could set up with a buddy or a relative?

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Bruce ......Saskatchewan allows non-resident Canadians to hunt whitetail deer and black bear without a guide. All elk are reserved for residents only and moose are residents only except for guide allocation. All Saskatchewan draws are for residents only, such as mule deer and pronghorn......there are no outfitter allocations for non-residents.

Every place is different, but the weirdest one is the caribou restriction in northern Saskatchewan......it is open only to people that actually live in the wildlife management unit, meaning other Saskatchewan residents from Saskatoon or Regina are not even allowed to hunt them.

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