FALL WATERFOWL HUNTINGadmin2018-07-20T15:31:57+00:00
Saskatchewan Waterfowl Hunting Outfitters, Whitetail Deer & Black Bear Hunts in Canada!!!
Fall Waterfowl Hunting
Allow us to welcome you, as our guests, on an exceptional hunting experience. As we enter our 18th year in business, one must reflect on the world-class waterfowl hunting and life long memories that have been created for our clients and ourselves. We thoroughly enjoy our guests and look forward to accommodating old friends, as well as some new faces next year. Please feel free to contact us at 1-866-453-9270 or by email, as we are always interested in hearing from fellow hunting enthusiasts.
The most important component of a good waterfowl hunt is spotting, which is why our intensive spotting program is the backbone of our success. We spend many hours spotting each day and log thousands of miles every week to ensure that you are hunting the best possible fields in the days to come. While you are in the field hunting with your guide, the other guides are on the road spotting for your next hunt. We also have people in other parts of our operating area keeping track of things there for us, to ensure that our hunters are where they need to be for the best waterfowling action available. We don’t quit spotting early just because we already have a field lined up for your next hunt. We spot until the birds go back to the water so we can pattern the birds where you’ll be hunting in future days. Once the spotting is done and the best shoot has been found, your guides rely on their vast waterfowl hunting experiences to devise the best method (decoy numbers, decoy patterns, hunter placement, etc.) to pursue the birds. When combined with a collection of thousands of top quality goose and duck decoys for different situations, and an unbelievable waterfowl population, you have what it takes to experience the best that waterfowl hunting has to offer.
Goose hunting is done in harvested grain fields where we observed geese 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. This offers our clients some real variety and the chance to pursue what they prefer. Dark geese are usually hunted using full-body decoys from layout blinds for cover. This provides good up-close viewing and shooting access as well as safety for the hunters. White geese are usually hunted using 500+ windsock type decoys and an electronic call from layout blinds with snow covers or with the hunters wearing white suits and laying on inclined backboards amongst the decoys. We usually shoot a lot of dark geese and ducks in the white decoys as well as they are accustomed to feeding together. Under the right conditions, pass shooting can also be very productive.
Duck hunting usually involves an evening field shoot over decoys for big Northern Mallards with the help of spinning wing decoys. Mallards and Pintails are also commonly taken over the goose decoys during the morning goose hunt as they come out to feed. Many of our hunters leave here with memories of a “duck tornado” like they have never imagined. We very seldom hunt ducks over water as this is their safe haven which is imparative to keeping them in our hunting area. However hunting small potholes on years with plentiful water can be very productive as well.
If you like a big target, Sandhill Cranes are numerous in our area and offer some exciting shooting over decoys or pass shooting in the evening. We are located in one of the premier staging areas for Sandhill Cranes in all of North America. 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 our area of Saskatchewan are outstanding.
Sharp-Tailed Grouse and Hungarian Partridge also call our area home. You can burn some calories chasing these heart stopping birds in the hedgerows and along the edge of the grain fields and pastures.
I (Cory) was born and raised in the central flyway and big game bounty of Saskatchewan. My dad and Granddad were both avid hunters. They passed down their love of hunting, their knowledge of the sport and their expertise of the land to me in my outfitting zones. My family started teaching me about harvesting from nature at the age of three. I have hunted mule deer, white tailed deer, elk, moose, antelope, waterfowl, and upland birds. I hold a 2008 world record for a 35 lb rainbow trout I caught here in my home guiding area 20 minutes from our farm. My first big game milestone was at the age of 16 on October 9, 1993 – a muzzle loader mule deer that was officially scored as a 176. I hold a professional designation in accounting however have focused exclusively on the outfitting business for the past 12+ years. While I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, and having fun, I have also acquired the education, skills and discipline necessary to organize, run and maintain a successful business long term. Having two boys, Rylan and Reed who are now both of hunting age and showing an interest in hunting and the family outfitting business is nice to see and adds a whole new element to the outdoor passion we have developed. You will find I am a straight shooter and that there are no surprises hunting with me at Highland Outfitters.
Our outfitting area in West Central Saskatchewan consists of four wildlife management zones and lies amidst the Central Flyway in the heart of goose country. The area consists of over 10,000 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 few Ducks Unlimited projects and several other smaller yet often overlooked water bodies which play host to a large variety of waterfowl. We are fortunate to have long standing relationships with many of the landowners in our area which in turn provides access to the prime areas for our clients to hunt. The areas we hunt provide excellent hunting opportunities due to very limited hunting pressure and an over abundance of waterfowl and upland birds.
Many past clients have complimented us on how well organized our operation is, which is something we try very hard to maintain. We take pride in how we treat our clients and strive to provide them with the personal service and attention required to have a memorable and fulfilling hunt. With friendly local guides who know the landowners and the area, you can be confident they’ll get you into the best shoots available. We go the extra mile and spare no effort to meet each clients needs during their hunt. Rest assured that all our resources are committed to your trip to ensure your expectations of a fully guided hunt in Saskatchewan are met or exceeded. We also use top quality equipment including reliable vehicles and newer decoys. If you have a specific request or preference, we’ll do whatever we can to fulfill it. Our service is what sets us apart from the rest.
Group Size and Spotting Program
One group of six hunters is the most we will accommodate at one time. For seven years we took two groups of six at a time, and had a lot of success doing it with many clients returning year after year to hunt with Highland Outfitters. With our current camp format of only accommodating one group we have maintained the same sized spotting team we utilized when we hosted two groups at once. This means that your single group will enjoy the services of three guides with one in the field accompanying them during their hunt, and the other two spotting for their future hunts. We are not aware of any other camp in Saskatchewan that offers a spotting program comparable to this one for any price. By having more spotters on the road covering more ground, we have more options for which fields we hunt allowing us to be more selective with where we hunt each day based on wind forecasts, bird behaviour, etc.. This way when we have fields located that are looking good we can often wait to hunt them until conditions are more likely to produce a good shoot in that particular field. The end result is that you are always in the best possible field each day, thus increasing the odds of having more top quality hunts during your precious time here with us.
BOOK A HUNT WITH HIGHLAND OUTFITTERS
Highland Outfitters unique locations offer you high quality hunting experiences. As one of our clients said, “Good Hunts with Great Guides, Cory is a straight shooter.” Nice Lodge, Good Food, No Surprises.