ALBERTA HUNTING

 


 

 

SILVER FOX OUTFITTERS  (01/28/08)


Eric H.A. Rauhanen     
P.O. Box 6988
Edson, Alberta, T7E-1V3
Phone: 800-899-5064
Canada: 1-780-723-3598
Email: hunting@telusplanet.net 

ABOUT US: 
Iím Eric Rauhanen with Silver Fox Outfitters a full time outfitter here in Alberta. I run a series of hunts for my clients that cover several species. We start the year off with a spring bear hunt in the High Level area in NW Alberta. Here we maintain two small camps, this lets us cut down on travel time to and from the bait sites. We hunt a two tag area where almost everyone gets a bear and we average about a 150% opportunity success rate. Itís a real fun hunt.

    After a summer break we start our fall of with our early season bow hunts in the western units. We then start our Elk rut hunt in the Edson area. This is no doubt our most difficult hunt. Clients book because they want a reasonable price, fair chase hunt with a realistic chance of tagging a bull. If you want a guaranteed chance at a 375+ B&C bull book a day at a game ranch, I can refer you to a few if thatís your idea of elk hunting.

    From the elk hunts we split into two camps one is in a bow hunting area where we first hunt rutting elk and then move to moose rut hunting. Our success on this hunt fluctuates a fair bit, real bow hunters can understand the reasons. The 2nd camp is our moose rut rifle camp. We hunt several areas at this time all the way from mountain zones with snow covered peaks nearby to the gentle rolling foothills. We do very well on this hunt, one year had us tag four bulls in four days by four clients.

    After a two week break, we move one of our camps to a late season (a rifle hunting in Nov only area) moose & elk tent camp hunt. The guys that can invest enough time do very good on this hunt. On this post rut hunt, we travel the extensive network of oil/logging roads as well as the cutlines/powerlines looking for bulls and sign left in the snow. This is a really enjoyable experience and a lot different then the early season hunts.

    At the same time in a different area we have a small whitetail hunt going on. The hunters are put up in a lodge or motels and eat in a restaurant. We normally hunt the entire day, with the most common method being stand hunting scraplines/game trails and watching travel corridors on cutlines & powerlines. The last few winters have been extremely mild and Alberta has never had as many deer as does now. In 2005 all our clients tagged a buck or had chances.

DEER HUNTING:  
    Alberta is famous for its great deer hunting and its giant trophy bucks. Our area is full of large whitetail bucks. The whitetails go into rut late in November. This is when we produce the largest Alberta giants for our rifle hunting clients. We hunt the boreal forest fringe area were the mature bucks get a chance to grow because of the abundance of security cover. We put our dedicated hunters onto stands to watch travel corridors and scraplines. Few things can match the excitement of having a giant Alberta buck in your sights.

 

    Whitetail hunting is excellent during the rut. The bucks are moving around a lot looking for receptive does. A light snow is common at this time, and trophy bucks are easier to find. We invest a considerable amount of time hunting from ground blinds and tree stands. Few things that can match watching a buck work his scrape line in your direction and into range or coming in to check out his territory after hearing your guide rattle. Our area has excellent access with many oil / logging roads and countless miles of cutlines. We use four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles extensively. We normally invest entire days on stand, rattling, spotting cutlines, or even occasionally pushing bush.

    We are so confident in our hunting area and our guides that we are offering a performance guarantee. Any hunter paying full price and hunting the recommended hunt, who doesn't get a shooting opportunity can come the following year and repeat the same hunt for half price. 

    Our Whitetail hunting area is located a short 2 hours drive west of the Edmonton International airport, near the town of Edson in the beautiful foothills, agricultural fringe area of west central Alberta. We hunt the forested farm fringe area where the big bucks are.

    An additional two species licenses can be purchased optionally, as can a bird game license that we highly recommend.

BEAR HUNTING
    The Silver Fox Outfitters "two tag" hunters have averaged more then a 150% shooting rate over the last 5 five years. This is one of the highest in the province. We've managed this by: regulating the number of hunters we take, using fresh quality bait hauled to the hunting area in our own 28 ft reefer trailer, setting strategically located baits, and by insuring that our guides know the area we hunt. Our past success rates speak for themselves and when compared to the possibly less than 50% hunter success in other eastern provinces/states, it's easy to see that Alberta is the place to be for fantastic bear hunting. Eric Rauhanen and the Silver Fox Outfitters ďteamĒ are the right choice for you.

    

     Our area has one of the highest trophy bear populations in North America with about 10 to 15% being color phased. Light hunting pressure allows us to produce a higher percentage of larger, older boars for our hunters. This is representative of a mature population. Bears are so plentiful here that each hunter is allowed two tags

    We use beavers, butcher scraps, bakery scraps, restaurant grease, oats & molasses for bait and it's hauled to site and stored in a 28 ft reefer semi trailer. Our baits are set when there's still snow on the ground, several weeks prior to your arrival. Maintained regularly they become the bears primary food source. Baits are accessible by either four-wheel drive trucks, all-terrain vehicles or jet boat. As nocturnal animals, bears are hunted primarily in the evening. Hunters are taken to active bait sites in the late afternoon. Portable tree stands are the preferred method in our area. They are 12 to 15 feet up and 15 to 20 yards from the bait. We are quite far north and the sun sets late. We are normally finished hunting by 10:30 p.m. and out of the bush by midnight.

    The limit is two (2) bears, each tag is purchased on top of the $2700. Your second tag can be purchased optionally at anytime during your hunt or at a discounted price prior to arrival.

   

    Our bait hunting area is located near the remote town of High Level in the beautiful boreal forest area of northwestern Alberta (WMU 534, 534, and 536). We spot and stalk hunt in none baiting areas (WMU 537, 342 and 346). 

MOOSE/ELK HUNTING

    We do the bulk of our Moose hunting in November and hunting is excellent . The  moose have finished rutting and are concentrated in tamarack muskegs. A light snow is common at this time, and trophy bulls are easy to spot and tracks easy to find. Our area has excellent access with many oil / logging roads and countless miles of cutlines. We use four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles extensively. We normally invest entire days spotting cutlines, looking for high moose concentrations, or running moose pushes.

 


    Our 12 day 1 on 1 rifle moose hunters traditionally come very close to a 100% success rate on opportunities. Weíll work hard to make it happen again next year.  Our primary area has high moose densities, controlled resident moose hunter numbers, much better access, and many areas have Bowhunting only during the rut. Our bow hunters should expect a 50% shooting success rate on the 12 day 1 on 1 hunt for moose; our rifle hunters an average close to 90%.

    Elk hunting is available for the hunter wishing a challenging yet exciting & enjoyable hunting opportunity. Our area has a ever increasing herd of Elk that we bugle in during the rut. Elk hunting is open during the rut for both bow and rifle hunters in different WMUís in our area. We also offer a November rifle Elk hunt (this makes for a superb combo with either Whitetail or Moose). At 30% on the recommended 12 day hunt our success rate is far above that of the resident hunters.

We are so confident in our hunting area and our guides that we are offering a performance guarantee. Any hunter paying full price and hunts the recommended 12 day hunt one on one hunt, who doesn't get a shooting opportunity can come the following year and repeat the same hunt for half price.

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

GROUSE  HUNTING:  Both ruff grouse and spruce grouse are very plentiful and are a lot of fun to hunt in the midday period whether bow or rifle hunting. Licensing for game birds is optional.

WOLF HUNTING   A healthy wolf population exists in our area. Wolves are very wary and don't offer hunters a second chance, but the opportunity is there for the vigilant hunter. Licenses are available in addition to a regular big game license. Special wolf and coyote hunts are conducted in Dec./Jan.

     

FISHINGArctic grayling and rainbow trout are abundant in the creeks as are the northern pike in the many lakes. As some of our moose calling is done from canoes, a little fishing at midday can be a relaxing break that the wearied hunter needs.

    Additional licenses can be purchased optionally, as can a wolf/coyote and a bird game license both of which we highly recommend.

LOCATION

Our primary hunting area is located a short 2 hour drive west of the Edmonton International Airport, near the  town of Edson in the beautiful foothills, agricultural fringe area of west central Alberta. Our  hunting areas have some of the highest moose densities in the province and a large percentage of provinces larger Whitetails come from some of the WMUís that we hunt.  Other advantages of our area include: easier / more cost effective travel arrangements for our hunters, excellent access, controlled resident numbers and Bowhunting only during the rut. We hunt the best area in Alberta for moose and an area that has excellent elk and whitetail numbers.

SILVER FOX OUTFITTERS


Eric H.A. Rauhanen
P.O. Box 6988
Edson, Alberta, T7E-1V3
Phone: 800-899-5064
Canada: 1-780-723-3598
Email: hunting@telusplanet.net 

 

 

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