Saskatchewan hunting
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 fishing pages for SK, MB, AB

Featured Outfitter:
Agassiz Outfitters

Species Guided:
Whitetail Deer Black Bear Goose Duck Walleye Northern Pike

Fall Waterfowl Hunting Opportunity in Saskatchewan

Prairie Rose Outfitters has some great waterfowl hunting dates available.

The main camp at Dafoe (Quill Lakes) has openings for hunters in the prime time of mid-September to mid-October. Call Craig Rath at 306-227-2822 to confirm dates and prices.

The Saskatoon East Camp, hunting just 20 minutes East of Saskatoon, has available dates for Late September and Early October. Call Galen Sonntag at 306-371-4595 to confirm dates and prices.

Snowmobile Season

With a good snowfall across the prairies, the sleds are running. Get your sled on the move and join the action at the Snowmobile Derby in Chamberlain, Sask. Download the Poster
Snow conditions in the northern half of the province are still good to excellent.

PrairieOutdoors.com - Get Ready for Spring Seasons

Spring fishing season is just around the corner in most parts of the Prairie provinces. The ice fishing gear has been tucked away while a few ice shacks stranded in the deep snow from winter will find a home at the bottom of a lake. It's the start of spring fishing and camping season for the hearty ones willing to brave the mud and weather. Maybe you should think about taking part in the Spring Snow Goose Hunt

Camping Season

We have some great resources for helping you find that next great camping spot. Our Camping pages include links to Provincial Parks in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Wondering which campground suits you best? Check out the provincial park ratings in the links just below for each province or go straight our listings of Provincial Parks and Campgrounds.

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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.

- Dinosaur

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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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Recent Outdoors Journal Article

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German Dog Trials

by Galen Sonntag

I had the great fortune of participating in a sporting dog trial in Germany this spring. A business associate of mine was one of the judges, or training to be a judge, I was never quite sure how that worked. He was also the breeder of one of the dogs in the trial. In total, there were 20 dogs and owners divided into 5 groups of 4 with several judges in each group. The predominant breed used was called the Deutsch Drataahr (know in North America as German Wirehair Pointer). Other dog breeds were allowed. All dogs were just one year old. The dogs went through a series of trials, one by one, with judges watching closely.

The first trial was to test pointing skills. Dogs walked a tree line and had to hold a point on a rabbit or a bird for 4 seconds to score well. Each trial produced 11 or 12 points as a maximum with defined criteria. Being young dogs, some had difficulty holding point until their master arrived at their side and they often spooked the bird/rabbit. The second trial was the Gun Test. Actually, I have no idea what the test was called as everyone was speaking German, quickly, and I was left to guess what the object of the trail was. In the Gun Test, the dog and one hunter simply walked about 50 paces into a field, then two shots were fired into the air to see if the dog would run away. Interestingly, all guns were double barreled shot guns. All dogs passed this test, I think. The third trial was Track a Rabbit. This was the longest trial, most difficult to judge, and the trial that likely had the greatest variation in scores for the dogs. Everyone spread out width wise across a cropped field, dog all on leashes, to flush rabbits. When a rabbit took off, the judges would call a nearby dog and it would be put on the trail. Dogs were judged by how long they tracked the rabbit, how they acted when they lost the trail, and how quickly they regained the trail. Some dogs took off for 10 minutes on the track. Others had a difficult time getting on trail and were finished in a minute or two. The dog that eventually won the trial, spent about 15 minutes on the trail, across two fields, through a tree line, under two fences, and a road. When he lost the scent, he went on a circular search pattern until he found it again, then he was at full speed again.

At the end of the field trials, they did a physical inspection of the dogs, checked teeth, and matched tattoos to the breeders records. In the end, from the trial of 4 dogs I participated in, the dog bred by my business associate finished at the top of the group and among the top of the whole trial. At the conclusion of the field trial, all participants and judges met back at a country restaurant for a few pints of beer and a meal. Owners were given their score cards. One of the most interesting parts was at the conclusion of each field trial, Pointing, Gun Test, and Rabbit Track, the head judge would do a dog by dog report. Not understanding most of what he said, it sounded like he was scolding the dogs and their owners for every mistake, and maybe offering suggestions on how to improve their score.

Other interesting observations were made. If you want to hunt pheasant, almost every field we entered held at least 10 of the prize game birds. Every time we flushed one, my trigger finger reached for the safety on the gun that was missing from my hands. I love hunting pheasant. Here was pheasant hunting paradise, and me without a gun (I’m working on my invite to return for the fall). We also spooks a number of Roe Deer (no idea if I spelled that correctly). They are a small deer with a short pair of antlers. I understand they make their way onto the plates of many a German hunter. These are usually hunted from short hunting stands (ironically called “tall stands”) about 10-12 feet high and usually positioned against a tree or in a bush line.

I’m looking forward to my next return to Germany, next time scheduled during hunting season, when my business associate assures me there is ample supply of Roe Deer, Red Deer (much like Elk), pheasant, and wild boar to satisfy any itchy trigger finger. I am trying to return the favor by inviting him to a meeting in Saskatchewan in early September for the start of the legendary snow goose migration near the Quill Lakes. To those who allowed me along on their dog trial, “Danke ein Auf Wiedersehen”. By the way, the only English you will need in Canada is “Take ‘em!”

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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.

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