Often times the most important part of every great hunt is the right preparation before you leave. From equipment and shooting practice, to scouting and tree stand placement we have you covered! Use this page to see how hunters like you set up their gear, scout like a pro and determine shot placement to ensure an ethical finish to your hunt.

ProStaff Pack – Keith Lovelace

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  • YETI® Rambler Tumbler
  • Bass Pro Shops® Multipurpose Camo Rope
  • Cabela's Intensity 1600 Laser Rangefinder
  • Cabela's Instinct Xcite Compound Bow
  • Coghlan's Paracord Bracelet
  • Cabela's LED QUL Headlamp
  • Cabela's Bow and Rifle Pack
  • Tink's Smokin' Sticks Cow Estrous Elk Lure
  • Hydrapak Shape-Shift Reservoir – 2 Litre
  • Buck Woodsman Model 102 Knife
  • Vortex® Diamondback® Binoculars
  • Cabela's E-VAC 2CR Tactical Flashlight

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ProStaff Pack – Paige Galea

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  • Cabela's Instinct Xcite Compound Bow
  • Cabela's Carbon Hunter with 2" XPV Vanes
  • Cabela's Multitool
  • Dead Down Wind Evolve 3D+ Field Spray
  • Dead Down Wind Field Washcloths
  • Cabela’s Men’s Performance Cap
  • Cabela's Bow and Rifle Pack
  • Cabela’s Men’s Lightweight WINDSTOPPER® Gloves
  • Bass Pro Shops® 40-Lumen LED Pen Lights Two-Pack
  • SHE® Outdoor Women’s Performance Rain Jacket

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Scouting

With any form of hunting, scouting is absolutely paramount. Most successful hunters will spend as much or more time scouting as they do hunting. It doesn’t matter how well you’re prepared if there’s no game in the area.

– Keith Lovelace, Cabela's Canada ProStaff

SHOT PLACEMENT

Broadside – Lungs, liver, heart

Front – heart

Quartering – heart

In-The-Field Prep

Planning Your Hunt
If you're not hunting a familiar area, take some time to visit your local land maps store and get a print out of your desired public land spot. Make notes of trails, scat, tracks and rub marks. Set up trailcams ahead of time to confirm theres action and to map patterns where you plan to hunt.

Setting-Up Tree stands
Don’t hang the stand too high. Tree stands are meant to get you off the ground and out of sight. Going too high ads additional risk to your hunt. Keep your shot placement and stability in tact by going up about 15–20 ft.

Shooting Lanes
In thick forest, you'll want to make sure your site and shooting lines to the trail you are aiming at are clear. Don't go too crazy that the deer notice your handy work and spook before you get your chance.

Baiting Regulations

When it comes to setting up feed/bait and mineral sites, each provinces regulations will be different. Make sure to check your local hunting guide for official details.

Elk Hunt

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ELK

A full-grown bull elk can stand as tall as 9 feet, with antlers reaching 4 feet above their head. Don’t underestimate the sheer size and weight of these beautiful giants. Hunting elk can be a challenging, but intensely rewarding experience, providing you have the gear and know-how to get the job done.


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Moose Hunt

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moose

A bull moose in full spread is one of the most imposing animals in the Canadian wilderness. Taller than a saddle horse, large bulls can weigh over 1300 pounds. Hunters who are brave enough to take down a full-grown moose are often rewarded with a large and impressive trophy.


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Sheep Hunt

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Horned Sheep

One of the most difficult animals to hunt, big-horned sheep are among the most prestigious targets in the Canadian Rockies. In hostile, high-elevation environments, where the weather can change on a dime, physical fitness and preparation are a must when hunting these regal beasts.


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Bear Hunt

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Bears

An apex predator of the Canadian wild, black bears can weigh up to 600 pounds and boast impressive speed, agility and sense of smell. Take extra care when hunting these majestic, yet potentially dangerous creatures. Those who succeed are rewarded with a beautiful fur pelt, and a good story or two.


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