MacSwaneys Cabins and Lodge
Walleye Northern Pike
AB Camping comments:This is such a cool part of Alberta. The badlands! Cool. Dinosaurs and camping and hiking are great. I hope I can convince my parents to go back again next year.
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SK Camping comments:Lots of rugged wilderness here but enough of the civilized comforts as well. Good family camping area and well within driving driving distance. A great Saskatchewan campground.
- Chitek Lake
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MB Camping comments:I think this is Manitoba's best campground. Camp sites have great privacy with lots of natural features. We really enjoyed the lake and both beaches were amazing. This year had a great time out fishing and the marina is a great feature.
- Paint Lake/Pisew Falls
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Spotting for Duck Huntsby Galen Sonntag
The key to success in waterfowl hunting, especially in unfamiliar territory, is often in the preparation before the hunt. In duck hunting, this means locating the right spot. Sure, you need the right gear, decoys, calls, camo, guns and ammo, but all of that is useless if you don't have the bird numbers to put a bead on. Follow these 3 steps for more duck hunting success.
1 scouting = driving (windshield time)
2 checking = get your feet dirty
3 permission = door knocking
Scouting helps you know the fields and water around you. Where are the ducks feeding? What is their flight path? What other water is around? Is this a roost pond or a day use pond? Sometimes you just don't need to spot as much. If you know the lay of the land extremely well, and the number of local birds is high, then your regular spots are likely good to go. Spend some windshield time driving the area. Try to follow the routine of the ducks from water to field to water.
Check the spot you want hunt at the same time of day you want to hunt. Get out and take a walk around where you want to hunt. Do you have cover for all wind directions? Take note of the species of birds that frequent the spot. If you want to shoot mallards, and you see plenty in your spotting runs, then be prepared to wait for the mallard to show. If you have picked a good spot and you are set up with a good decoy spread, give the mallard's time. Don't fire off a volley of shots at the first flock of pintails or teal to buzz your decoys. The mallards may not be far behind and a few shotgun blasts can be enough to send them searching for a new pothole. If you are not particular about species (know your limits) then be selective about the flocks that are in the air and what's over your decoys. If you have a flock of 50 ducks approaching, you might want to let the three in range pass through.
Gaining access to land is usually an easy task, as long as you politely ask for permission. My experience has been that most landowners will grant you permission as long as you respect their land, their crops, their livestock.
Spotting gives you a better opportunity for a better hunt. Once you have done your preparation, then it's time for your shooting skills to take over.
In Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba we have over 200,000 lakes and hundreds of rivers, featuring some of the finest fresh water game fishing possible. The wild life is plentiful and world renowned for trophy quality hunting and fishing. Many huning and fishing world records have come from this area including the Hanson Buck and the Broder Buck. We have wild mountain streams in Alberta featuring Brown trout and Rainbow trout that will rip the backing out of your reel. Bring your heavy line and get ready to set the hook for Northern Pike that will spin your boat around. The flocks of Canada Geese and Snow Geese will fill the sky in numbers only counted in hundreds of thousands. The southern prairies feature excellent pheasant hunting along the creek beds and abundant numbers of "Prairie Chicken" (sharp-tail grouse) and "Huns" (Hungarian Partridge). With a good dog and a quick 12 gauge you can get your limit. Trophy walleye can be pulled from lakes year round and the ice fishing is an unbelieveable adventure. Imagine pulling a 30 inch walleye or a 48 inch pike through 3 feet of ice. If bear hunting is your sport, the forest are well stocked with the wary creatures. If you have the patience, you have a great chance to pick a black bear in one of the many color phases ranging from pure black, to chocolate brown, to cinnamon and even the rare blonde bear. World record whitetail, elk, moose and mule deer are wandering the forests and plains where the big game are plentiful and big bodied.
- Bow Hunting
- Hunting Supply stores
- Fishing Tackle stores
The geographic area we cover includes:
- Western Canada
Fish Species include:
- Northern Pike Fishing
- Walleye Fishing
- Rainbow Trout Fishing
- Lake Trout
- Brown Trout
- Brook Trout
- Arctic Grayling
- Whitetail Deer Hunting
- Mule Deer Hunting, including the World record mule deer, the Broder Buck
- Black Bear Hunting
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