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Goose Hunting and Duck Hunting in Alberta and Saskatchewan | Crossbow Hunters

The most important component of a good waterfowl hunt is spotting, which is why Cory watch the birds’ patterns for weeks before your hunt even starts. Unlike many other outfitting businesses, where your guide is also the spotter, they do things a little differently. While you are hunting with your guide, be assured that your outfitter is spotting for your next hunt. They also have people in other parts of the area spotting, to ensure that the hunters are where they need to be for the best waterfowling action available.

Combine this with a collection of over one thousand goose and duck decoys for different situations, an unbelievable waterfowl population, and you have what it takes to experience the best of waterfowl hunting.

Most goose hunting is done in harvested grain fields where geese have been feeding in previous days. Geese that are abundant in our area are greater and lesser Canadas, White-fronts (Speckle-bellies), Snows, Blues, and Ross geese. Dark geese are usually hunted using 200+ magnum decoys from willow blinds, goose chairs, or inclined backboards using natural cover which provide good up-close viewing and shooting access as well as safety for the hunters. Under the right conditions, pass shooting can also be very productive with one day of pass shooting often being included in a three day hunt.

Duck hunting is usually done over small water bodies or potholes and can produce many different species of ducks. Usually one or two dozen floating decoys are used as well as a remote controlled spinning wing decoy to get the attention of distant ducks. Natural cover or willow blinds conceal the hunters. Mallards and Pintails are also taken over decoys during the morning goose hunt as they come out to feed. Occasionally there is a set up for an evening field shoot over decoys for big Northern Mallards.

If you like a big target, Sandhill Cranes are numerous in the area and offer some exciting shooting over decoys or pass shooting in the evening. If you have never hunted Cranes before you owe it to yourself to experience it first hand. Known locally as Pteradactals, Storks, Turkeys, Gooney Birds, & Buzzards, many clients consider shooting low flying Cranes, one of the highlights of their trip.

With very liberal bag limits and an abundance of ducks, geese, and cranes, waterfowl hunting opportunities in Saskatchewan are outstanding.

While on your hunt with you favorite crossbow for hunting you will stay in a 1,400 sq. foot bungalow on a scenic farm. The outfitting area is in Central Saskatchewan and lies amidst the Central Flyway in the heart of goose country. The area consists of approximately 4,500 square miles of lakes, river valleys, marshes, potholes, and grainfields providing excellent habitat for waterfowl. Some of the major staging grounds in our area include the South Saskatchewan River and Lake Diefenbaker as well as a Ducks Unlimited marsh and several other smaller yet often overlooked water bodies which play host to a large variety of waterfowl. The area hunted provides excellent hunting opportunities due to very limited hunting pressure and an over abundance of waterfowl.

Typical Day

  • Rise around 4:30 for a light breakfast then head out for the morning goose hunt.
  • Set up 200 magnum decoys before daybreak and wait for the sunrise.
  • Shoot geese up close as they commit to our decoy spread.
  • Return to the lodge after the goose hunt for pictures and a big breakfast.
  • Set up duck decoys on a small water body for some afternoon duck action.
  • After duck hunt pass-shoot cranes in the evening on their way to and from the water or pursue more ducks, possibly an evening field shoot.
  • Return to the lodge for a hearty home-cooked meal, share stories of the day’s events, and relax in comfort discussing tomorrow’s upcoming hunt!
  • Rates & Booking Information
  • Monday to Wednesday (2½ days hunting) – $1200 U.S.
  • Thursday to Saturday (3 days of hunting) – $1300 U.S.

Included in package price:

  • ~Transportation to and from Saskatoon International Airport
  • ~3 nights lodging(Mon – Wed hunt), 4 nights lodging(Thurs – Sat hunt)
  • ~All meals while in camp
  • ~Guide and transportation during hunt
  • ~Blinds, decoys, and land access
  • ~Bird processing(breasted with wing attached) and packaging for transport

Gary C. in the Peace River country

Gary and his crew in the northern Peace River area of Alberta are fortunate to have access to some of the northern most farmland in Alberta with huge grain fields and pea fields being of particular importance. There is an especially large number of ducks and geese that stage here in the early fall to fatten up for the journey south. Gary estimates that between 400,000 to 500,000 birds fly through the area each year.

Marlow and I visited Gary last fall and were treated to an awesome sight of over 5000 Canada geese trying to land in a large pea field over the course of several hours. Gary had his first class blinds and decoys in place, leaving his clients to the handsome work of bring birds to the ground under volley after volley of fire.

An excellent goose hunt with Gary costs $US 1750.00 for a three day hunt which includes food, accommodation, licenses, tax, and airport transfer to the hotel and hotel to hunting area. Bird processing is extra at $3.00/duck and $5.00/goose. You will need to fly into Edmonton and then connect to Peace River, Alberta. All the hunts are conducted within 1 hour drive from your hotel. This is first class goose hunting all the way

Bruce M. on the prairies

Bruce has three and six day hunts on the prairies south and east of Edmonton, Alberta. The hunt is primarily for geese with the emphasis put on morning shoots in the fields, crossbow hunting for white fronted geese, Canada geese, Ross’ geese, snow geese and a variety of ducks such as mallards and pintails. The afternoons are spent pass shooting or jumping ducks and geese on the abundant lakes and sloughs in the area. Putting the sneak on a slough full of ducks and/or geese is pure shooting enjoyment.

The 3 day hunts and take place on Thursday , Friday and Saturday with 6 shooters per hunt. The cost is $US 1500.00/person which includes license, all taxes, airport reception, bird handling, 4 nights accommodation, meals from arrival to departure, 3 days of goose and duck shooting, all transportation to the fields and professional guides. Not included is air transportation, shells, certain refreshments and gratuities. A 50% deposit is required to confirm the hunt with the balance due 60 days prior to hunt date.

Accommodation is at an elk ranch near the hunting area which is comfortable and clean. Your destination is Edmonton, Alberta and we can get you discount airfares if you desire. Your only task is to have a steady hand and be sharp of eye.

Robert on the prairies

Robert and his crew go after ducks and geese with emphasis put on duck shooting. Hunting consists of field shoots for ducks and geese using willow blinds with brand new equipment and decoys. The area east of Edmonton consists of pea, barley and wheat fields with large numbers of birds stopping off to feed. Also, there is a lot of wetland shooting for mallards, pintails, teal, golden eyes, blue bills, redheads and canvasbacks. Lots of pothole shooting as well as crossbow hunting (check out barnett quad 400 review).

The cost of a 3 day hunt is $US 1495.00 per person which includes transportation from Edmonton airport to the hunt area, meals, comfortable hotel accommodation, license, bird cleaning and friendly experienced guides. Robert’s season starts Sept. 15 and goes to Oct.15. A $US 500.00 deposit is required to confirm with the balance due 60 days prior to the hunt date.

Dave down South

Dave has a great little lodge down in southern Alberta right on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. In fact, this location gives Dave a very unique opportunity to offer waterfowlers a chance to hunt a variety of birds in two different provinces. You see, hunting geese in Saskatchewan in the morning and ducks and upland birds in Alberta in the afternoon gives a wonderful diversity of shooting and doubles your bag limits.

Facilities at the lodge include 6 private bedrooms, stands for your hunting crossbows and guns, meals and games room with hosted bar and pool table. The cost of a three day hunt is $US 1375.00 which includes pick-up and return to Calgary, accommodation, meals and all hunting logistics. Not included are licenses and taxes. Dave requires a 50% deposit at the time of booking and the remainder 30 days prior to the hunt.

Not included in package prices:

  • ~Ammunition(we can have it available for you)
  • ~Saskatchewan hunting license (approx. $95 U.S.)
  • ~ Alberta hunting license (approx.
  • ~Firearm permit($50 Cdn. – approx. $32 U.S.)
  • ~Goods & Services Tax (3½%)
  • Bag limits in Alberta and Saskatchewan:
  • ~8 dark geese daily(only 5 white-fronts) and 16 possession limit(10 white-fronts)
  • ~20 white geese daily and 60 possession limit(Snow, Blue, and Ross’ Geese)
  • ~8 ducks daily(only 3 may be pintails) and 16 possession limit
  • ~5 Cranes daily and 10 possession limit (Saskatachewan only)

Other relevant Regulations Include:

  • ~legal shooting time is from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset
  • ~non-toxic shot is required for all waterfowl hunting in Saskatchewan and Alberta
  • ~shotguns must be plugged so as not to hold more than 3 shells in total
  • ~Hunting is not allowed on Sundays in Saskatchewan or Alberta

 

Perfect Bread Pudding

Use the softest bread you can find– no need for stale bread in this particular recipe. I used Wonder Bread– a real rags-to-riches type story for the bread, at least.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1 tbs. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. brandy, bourbon, rum, etc (optional)
  • 1 loaf of the softest bread you can find.

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. brandy or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract.
  • You can use your best pasta machine to prepare the sauce.

Instructions

Heat your oven to 350. Put the softened butter in a large bowl. If your butter came wrapped in that wax paper, rub them butter side down all over the inside of a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish– it’s the easiest way to butter something if your recipe calls for a whole stick of two of butter. Set the dish off to the side. Cream the butter and the sugar– I use my stand mixer, but you can use a hand held mixer or a spoon– this all depends on how soft the butter is. Mix it until it is well combined– no need to make it fluffy in this recipe. Add in the regular milk– it may splatter, so be mindful. The butter may clump as well once it touches the cold milk– I have experimented by warming the milk so the butter melts into it.

The end result was exactly the same whether the butter was melted into the milk or not– if clumps there be, it’s important that it’s in small clumps so it evenly distributes. It’s your kitchen and you can heat the milk before pouring it in if the sight of small slumps of butter bothers you. Add the remaining ingredients except for the bread and sauce stuff and stir to combine. Tear the loaf of bread into pieces in another large bowl– about 2/3 of the loaf should be in small pieces and the remaining in chunks. The bread is soft and I actually find tearing it up a pretty fun activity.

Pour all the wet mixture over the bread chunks and stir to combine. Pour all of that into your buttered casserole and bake for an hour. After an hour has passed, remove the casserole dish from the oven. Use an oven-mitted hand to hold the dish in place while you stir the pudding with your other hand. Be sure to grab up all the crusty bits from the bottom and sides and incorporate. Once you’re all mixed, put it back in the oven for another hour. Now would be a good time to leave out a stick of butter to soften for the buttery sauce you’ll top the pudding with. Once the final hour has passed, the pudding should be a deep caramel color and crisp on top. Remove to a cooling rack while you make the buttery sauce.

Combined the softened stick of butter, powdered sugar, and extracts in a bowl and whisk to combine– starting slow so the powdered sugar doesn’t explode. I use a stand mixer to whisk it so it gets extra fluffy. You can either spread this sauce oven the whole bread pudding now and let it melt into the crevices or you can cut a slice and top it with a dollop of the sauce and let it melt on the plate, though I let it cool off for about twenty minutes before serving it and it may not have enough residual heat at that point to effectively melt the butter in the sauce. This bread pudding is exquisite cold, as well. If you intend to serve it cold from the get go, I would nix the buttery sauce and merely pour over a few drizzles of cream. It’s a decadent dish either way and definitely not an everyday dessert. This one tray can serve about 12 in smallish slices.Join the discussion and see more photos from this recipe!

Dry Herb Vapes For Smoking Marijuana

For someone like me this vape is ideal, I don’t vape all that often (some weekends and occasional nights) and it effortlessly gets me to where I want to be. Unlike other models the MFLB has a steep learning curve and is initially hard to use. After inserting the battery it begins to heat up and after 3-5 seconds you begin to inhale the vapour, the trick is to inhale at the right speed to keep the heat in the chamber consistent. After a few sessions you will have the hang of it, after a month you will have mastered it. The upside to this is you are able to control how much vapour you want, believe me when I say its very easy to overshoot and get too high with vaporizers as the high creeps up on you far more than smoking.

 
So the vape requires a little more tweaking than others, a crucial step towards a good experience is making sure your herb is very dry and ground to a fine consistency. This maximised surface area and produces better vapour. As result of these caveats the MFLB is far from ideal in group situations, passing it around people who have not used one before is rather frustrating. If you want group sessions this is not the right vape for you, for one or 2 who are willing to learn its great.

By now you probably know what makes the best dry herb vaporizer for marijuana, this vape has saved me a small fortune in herb, I love how discrete it is. I can pull it out of my pocket have a pull and return it within 20 seconds, no heat up time. If you have used a portable dry herb vape, chances are its this one. The pax is extremely popular recently announcing over 500,000 units had been sold. The pax comes in at a $250 price point establishing itself as a premium portable vape. Like the magic flight launch box the pax is very portable, it easily slides into any pocket and doesn’t look out of place on a desk. Its sleek design is accomplished with a few trade-offs; namely no removable battery. However this will only become an issue for very heavy users.

 
I previously mentioned that the MFLB is rather useless in group situations, the pax improves on this and once it has been turned on and heated up its as easy to share as a joint. You are easily able to pass it around the circle and all you have to do is draw from it. You might find yourself having to refill the pax rather often as it has a rather limited capacity as most other portable vapes, luckily its straight forward to do this. I think the biggest issue with this vape is the limited heat settings, low barely does anything, medium works initially that produces little vapour and high burns very often.

Monday Mantra – Just Keep Going

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working my little butt off, taking photos, learning new Photoshop techniques, planning shoots and generally putting my heart and soul into photography. I realised towards the end of last year that unfortunately this photography course was not going to be all I had hoped. To be fair, I think it would have been tough for it to live up to my expectations of mind blowingly inspirational classes and highly creative make up artists, fashion designers and models beating a path to my door to collaborate on weird and wonderful shoots a la Tim Walker. With money spent on fees and time set aside for this, I had to think about how I was going to deal with this situation. I had a choice to say that was that and walk away or I could keep going and make the best of it. Neither were really satisfactory. I’ve been making a conscious effort to walk away earlier from things that aren’t working out for me, but my gut feeling was that it didn’t really seem sensible to give it up. And just making the best of a bad lot seemed  like a fairly lukewarm approach to my life.

Monday Mantra – Just Keep Going

 

And all of this got me thinking about the nature of success and failure. Would I succeed on this course, or as a photographer? What if I didn’t? Did I still want to teach yoga and photography together or not? If I didn’t, what was I going to do? Would I end up back in the city? And, most importantly, what is it that makes one person successful and another not? I didn’t believe it was luck. And I didn’t believe it was some innate, God given talent, at least not in most cases. So I guess I believed it was hard work. The willingness to keep going, even when things are tough. Especially when things are tough. I’ve always believed that there’s a lot to be said for the old Japanese proverb “Fall down seven times and stand up eight.”

Of course I’m willing to accept that there is a time for giving up on things and my own unwillingness to give up on anything before it’s well and truly dead has probably caused me a lot of unnecessary pain. But it was not the time for me to give up. I was behaving like a contestant on the X Factor, blubbing that this was my only chance and begging the judges to give me a free pass to success. Perhaps we are too used to hearing of overnight successes that are the stuff of legends, believing in their seductive ease. We don’t want to work hard, because it is hard, so we convince ourselves that the lucky break is the cornerstone of success, rather than the tough graft that precedes it. JK Rowling had the manuscript for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” rejected by 12 publishing houses, before Bloomsbury finally said yes. Had she decided that falling down eight times meant the spell was broken, her life would have been very different, and so would ours. And, let’s face it, most of us would have given up long before the eighth knockback.

Monday Mantra – Just Keep Going

And, for my part, it’s hardly like I’d been disappointed for years, never getting anywhere. I had dedicated myself to this for exactly three months and I was whining that it wasn’t all I had dreamed of. What I needed was a good slapping. Photography, like everything else, is a craft. It takes work and perseverance and focus. I was allowing my fears of not being good enough to get in the way of my hard work and I was the only one who was going to pay the price for it. As one of my absolute favourite gurus, Christine Kane, is fond of saying “Energy Flows where Attention Goes.” So dammit, my photography is going to get my attention, at least for the next six months.

And so, at the start of this year I resolved to put my head down, keep going, and do as much as I possibly can to advance my photography in the time I have left on this course. That is my single focus. I don’t care about getting a perfect attendance record. I don’t care about getting a good grade or being liked by the teachers. I don’t care if I have to teach myself things we ought to be learning at college. I just want to produce the best body of work I am capable of producing. No excuses. No whining. No Giving Up.