Frequently Asked Questions

FAQS

When is the Rut?
How many deer will I see?
What are your Success Rates?
What is the Average Size of deer taken by your customers?
What Methods of hunting do you utilize?
What Caliber of Rifle do you recommend? What is Average Shot Distance?
Is there anything not included in the Price?
How does this "Gun Registration" system I have heard so much about work?
What type of Clothing do you recommend?
What kind of Temperatures can I expect?
Where do I book my Flights to?
How do I Book a Hunt? What is the required deposit?


When is the rut? In Alberta, and in fact most of western Canada, our whitetail deer undergo peak breeding between the 12th and 25th of November. As you are probably aware, a variety of factors come into play in determining when the majority of deer breed in any given year. Because our rifle season is open for the month of November, any of the 4 weeks of the season offer some good hunting opportunities. Our populations are not like those of say Texas or Pennsylvania, so do not expect to observe continuous patterns of frenzied activity during any of the 1 week periods. On an average, all four weeks seem to be comparable as far as sightings and harvests go. Our tactics may vary slightly however, depending on the week.
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How many deer will I see? Relatively speaking, deer densities in our operating areas are low compared to most American states. Average rule of thumb sightings are as follows: 010 deer/day, 0-4 bucks/day, 10-30 deer/week, 3-10 bucks/week, 1-5 shooter bucks/week
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What are your success rates?
What is the average size of deer taken by your customers? We have to start by differentiating between "actual" success and "opportunity" rates. Actual success takes into account only the deer that were harvested by our hunters, whereas opportunity rate would add on up to 1 missed opportunity per hunter to arrive at a higher ratio. If J.Doe misses a deer early in the hunt and subsequently takes a deer, he is only counted once in the success ratios. AWGS utilizes a system of routine scouting, guide knowledge and training, proper stand placement and of course prime hunting areas in maintaining a consistently high rate of opportunity and success. 85% + of our customers get an opportunity at their trophy deer with 55 - 65% actually being taken. Deer taken are in the 130"- 200" gross B+C category. An "average" size would fall between 145" - 155". Be wary of outfitters displaying or including bucks harvested by friends or acquaintances. An interesting note to consider about our operation is that, in fact our opportunity ratio on these "shootable" bucks is increasing year to year but our actual harvest rates are decreasing. This is due to an increasing number of long-term clients having opportunities on good bucks, but passing on them due to having shot similar deer with us previously, and are now holding out for one of the "magnums".
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What method of hunting do you utilize? Our proven system utilizes and breaks down the old adage "the right place at the right time" into its two parts. The "right place" aspect is completely our responsibility. Through extensive experience within our areas, ongoing scouting, and what we would hope is a little talent in predicting movements, we select the most probable areas and stand sites at any given time. Then we proceed to convey to our hunters enough information that will entice him to stay put on stand for the required amount of time - thus transferring the "right time" responsibility onto the shoulders of you, the hunter. The goal is to ambush bucks in their natural movements. Archery hunters almost exclusively utilize tree stands, whereas rifle hunters primarily use ground stands or tripod stands. While you are on stand your guide is always doing some ongoing scouting research, searching for the best hunting scenario for you. If we feel a change in location/tactics will increase your odds of success, you can expect it to be done in short order. You most certainly will never be hunting from a vehicle. "Pushing Bush" or organized deer drives do not appear in our acceptable methods manual either.
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What caliber of rifle do you recommend? What is average shot distance? Most of your standard calibers are well suited. You would not want to use less firepower than say a .270 with 130 gr. Bullets, and you would not require anything larger than say a .300 magnum. It is very hard to state a "typical" shot distance since we set up a lot on fencelines and cutlines. Often you can actually see farther than you would want to shoot. An average might fall somewhere around 125 yards though. In order to maximize your chances, you need to be proficient at both shooting AND distance judging out to 300 yards.
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Is there anything not included in the price? This is a common question that should be asked, as many believe Outfitters fail to disclose any hidden charges. Some may operate this way, however, it is not a tactic of ours. AWGS tries very hard to eliminate any surprises! Any doubts can be discussed with us or our references. Not included extras may include: your first dinner meal when you arrive at the hotel from the airport, license costs, gratuities, and miscellaneous personal spending. Included are costs such as hunt fees, Guide fees, lodge accommodations & prepared meals, ground transportation during your hunt, along with 100% dedicated effort to ensure a pleasurable hunt experience.
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How does the introduced "Gun Registration" system work when I cross the border into Canada? Our Federal Government now requires that you register your firearms that you will hunt with on this side of the border. It is not that complicated, although they now charge a registration fee of $25.00 CDN. When you book a hunt with us, you will receive in one of your mailings - a Firearm Registration Form to be filled out (but not signed yet!) & brought with you for when you arrive via plane or vehicle into Canada. By having you paper work filled out in advance, you will only have maybe an extra 20 to 30 minutes added to your arrival time before exiting Customs. You also do have the option of contacting the Canadian Firearms Center @ 1-800-731-4000 to either get access to their website & download a form, or register for a permit - longer than the 6 month we offer for your hunt.
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What type of clothing do you recommend? We like to make it clear that if you look after your feet, hands and head first, the task of keeping the rest of your body comfortable becomes far easier. There are many types of boots out there especially in the mail catalogues that sell boots rated to -80 or -100. For stand hunting these type of boots are recommended. Some considerations would be your own personal tolerances. Some peoples feet get cold easier than others. Also they are cumbersome for walking distances and should be complimented with some lighter pack boots on your trip. Your hands can be looked after many ways. A common method is light wool gloves that you can shoot with and a well insulated muff around the waist. Chemical handwarmers are very popular! Your head is not totally looked after without a quality balaclava. You should also have a regular stocking cap and a billed hat for looking towards the sun.

For the rest of the body, in a nutshell you want high insulation factor combined with breathability. This can be achieved with numerous "systems" on the market that allow proper layering, insulative loft, and noise suppression. A good combination of modern high tech materials for undergarments such as silk, polypropylene, or polarfleece is a good start. Then a choice of traditional fabric like wool or polarfleece layered appropriately will be the ticket to comfort.

The topic of proper clothing is immense. Too much to go into detail here. Two companies have surfaced as the leaders in this technology. For years ourselves and our guides, and subsequently many of our regular hunters have used and recommended an advanced wool garment system called "OMNITHERM" by King Of The Mountain. You can visit their site at www.kingofthemountain.com The other company that makes a suitable system and is based on polyester fleece layers is "Ravenwear". If you wish to visit them go to www.ravenwear.ca. In the end it will be your personal choice!.
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What kind of temperatures can I expect? Since we started in 1983, we have seen nearly every possible temperature, from daytime highs of 80 degrees F during a mid-Sept Moose hunt to a bone chilling -40 degree F November Whitetail hunt. A typical archery Moose hunt will see highs around 60 degrees F and lows around 35 degrees F. A typical November Whitetail hunt will see highs around 20 degrees F and lows around 0 degrees F. Its important to be prepared mentally to handle extreme temperatures, as well as extreme temperature fluctuations- this is Canada!
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Where do I book my Flights to? You book your flights in to Edmonton International Airport. Transportation is arranged from that point of your trip until you are dropped off there at the end of your hunt. Our Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS) and AWGS highly endorse using a travel agent that has been able to negotiate special airfares on your behalf and are dedicated to our hunters needs. It is an extra service we are able to bring you. If you wish, check airfares with your current agent, but then at least give these dedicated people a try. We are sure you will be pleasantly surprised! UNIGLOBE GEO TRAVEL - Toll Free 1 - 877 - 669 - 3270
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How do I book a hunt? What is the required deposit? Once you have determined that we will be your Outfitter, booking a hunt with us is as simple as checking with us for availability, letting us know your intentions and forwarding a deposit. You can check out the deposit requirements on our Dates and Prices page under DEPOSIT INFORMATION.
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