Deer are the most accessible big game animals available for hunters to harvest in Canada. Though there are five deer species found in Canada, White-tail deer are by far the most sought after due to their large population size and wide distribution across the country. They are extremely adaptive and thrive in most habitats that can supply them with the key components of food, water and security. They are usually more visible at dawn and dusk as they migrate out of their sheltered secure bedding areas to feed in fields and meadows. They are highly in tune with their environment and their keen sense of smell and hearing make them a challenging quarry to hunt.
A mature Whitetail buck is a very secretive animal and rarely makes an appearance out in the open during most legal shooting times. During the rut, they become more focused on breeding and will become less cautious in their pursuit of does. Management of deer populations in specific areas offer hunters ample opportunities to add some great tasting and healthy venison to their diet.
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.
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.
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.
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.