People who are familiar with southern Saskatchewan are familiar with our wide-open spaces, endless views of endless horizons. For deer hunters, your destination is further north, after the wide-open fields transition to the boreal forest of the northern half of our province. The land is covered with trees, brush, rocks, and most of our 100,000 lakes and rivers. But good news, your guides know this country, every dirt road, every pathway. When out hunting, you may be the only human around for miles in any direction. No worries, your guide knows where you are.
Multiple Seasons in a Day
If you don’t like the weather, just wait an hour. A day in the outdoors in Saskatchewan can require a suitcase full of clothing. We recommend you start off wearing too much, too many layers, with a wind proof layer on top. Your day starting at the camp can begin in temperatures below -25 degrees Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit) with potentially several feet of snow to deal with. Add a little wind and even the windbreak of the surrounding trees wont help much. Fortunately most outfitters offer a heater of some type inside your enclosed hunting stand. The upside to the downward end of the thermometer is you wont have any of our world famous mosquitos or black flies to deal with. That same day, starting around -25, can climb to low minus degree temperatures in the afternoon, seemingly like a pleasant spring day. But late afternoon, in the shade of the trees, can see temperatures drop quickly again. Your can leave your sunscreen at home. It will seem as if you have been through multiple seasons in a single day.
Opportunities to be Patient
Every good hunter has learned the value of patience. That usually comes along with temptation. Sitting for hour after hour, waiting for the right deer. Whitetail Deer outfitters in Saskatchewan have been doing this for a long time. They have learned where the best places for hunting stands are and many track the game in the area with trail cams. They put hunters in the best locations for a successful hunt. With forests that are abundant in Whitetail Deer, the right opportunity is just a matter of waiting, and recognizing the right time to pull the trigger. But, before then, you are likely to see many deer crossing your sight lines. Some does, some fawns, some young bucks, some good quality bucks. When “the one” stops broadside, you will know what to do. Hopefully you have been patient enough for “the one”.
Make sure you are well accustomed to your weapon of choice before you set out on your hunt. When your trophy comes along, you will want to be able to end it at the best opportunity. In the forest, you rarely will have a shooting distance of more than 200 yards, often ½ of that distance. Make sure you have practiced at all the incremental distances. Knowing the trajectory of your ammo will you help you accurately place that shot at the moment of truth. If you miss, it is highly unlikely that deer will return to the same stand area this season.
Scenery at Every Turn
Northern Saskatchewan is wilderness in the truest sense of the word. If you haven’t been here, you will have a tough time understanding and even if you live here, you will have a tough time describing the rugged, tough, beautiful, never-ending scenery of Saskatchewan. You are likely to see more animals than people. Make sure you have plenty of memory on your phone or camera. You’re going to use it up.
We couldn’t talk about coming to Saskatchewan without talking about the rest of the animals wandering around in the forest. Along with whitetail deer, northern Saskatchewan is known for foxes, black bear, wolves, coyotes, moose, beavers, and many smaller. Black bears typically begin their winter hibernation in mid-October so unless you are taking part in the bow hunting season it is unlikely you will encounter any during Whitetail season.
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