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Old 10-17-2001, 04:57 AM
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Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

I'm leaving for a Trophy Whitetail hunt in Alberta tomorrow morning. I've been calling to check on the scouting missions and have been told there have been sightings of 12 to 15 'book' class bucks inside 5 miles of the camp, one reportedly is a 200 incher with 3 drop tines! Some of you may recall that I was up there this last Spring and decided to deer hunt based on some pictures and the shed antlers we found while bear hunting.

I'm taking my new 338 RUM and using the 300 grain Sierra MatchKing, this gun is good for out to 1000 yards easily.

I'm staying at the main house and we have internet capability so I'll update on the hunt while I'm there (time willing).
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Old 10-17-2001, 06:24 PM
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Re: Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

Good luck, Doc. We're looking forward to pictures! I visited Frank Bullard here in Cumberland County, NC yesterday. He's got some great acreage, whitetails, and a few Black bears on his dad's farm that backs up on some other, bigger woods. I hope to shoot at least one big whitetail before the end of season.
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Old 10-18-2001, 03:52 PM
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Re: Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

Dave,

Where are you going to be in Alberta?

As you probably remember, I live in Calgary. Send me an email or look me up if you have the time. There are no other Cronhelm's in Alberta so I should be fairly easy to find. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Peter

PS I found a local spot that should give me a decent chance at a shot from 800-1200yds on a deer next winter.
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Old 10-20-2001, 07:33 PM
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Re: Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

Hurry up with an update, Dave! The suspense is killing me. Or maybe it's the envy......Just tell us something soon! Jim r
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Old 11-07-2001, 08:07 AM
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Re: Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

Whew! What a drive!!

Sorry I couldn't make it to your place Ian, things got real hectic and hurried at the end of the hunt.

Peter, I didn't get any opportunity to read the LRH forums until I got home and missed a call on you too.

I'll post a little update and try to get a long story posted soon as I catch up on some work.

My hunting partner and I drove up to Ron Nemetchek's place, it's 2700 miles ONE WAY, nearly 6000 miles total when all is said and done, the weather was fine and we only endured a little driving snow near the Sask. Alta. border on the Yellowhead. The trip back was delayed due to last minute changes in my partner's hunting plan and a unlucky moose on a short fill-in moose hunt.

The hunt and drive were real eye openers. We'd never hunted in the 'bush' before and were constantly delighted by the variety and anticts of the various critters. We saw wolves, coyotes, fishers, ermine, moose, whitetail&mule deer, elk and LOTS of squirrels while on stand. The deer seemed oblivious to us as did most other critters, many of the does would come right up to the stand and give us a close examination, from only a few yards. Very refreshing to encounter animals that are seemingly unafraid of humans.

Mike and I discussed on the LONG drive up what we expected as a minimum score deer, we decided that a 160 was reasonable and we would hold for one that size.

I finished the hunt with a 146 7/8 (gross) B&C 8 point whitetail. It has a 20 3/8 inch inside spread and is very dark in color.

I also got a moose the afternoon of the last day, lots of work! (The moose was at the request of many folks back here in Maryland that wanted some meat.)

Mike passed MANY 140 class deer and saw two monsters (more than 170) but the distances were too great for the presented shot (1100 to 1300 yards). We were a little early for the rut and will go back in mid November next hunt (This hunt was NOT a standard scheduled hunt as we were in camp(s) prior to the normal hunters whom generally arrive the 4th of November.) Mike didn't get a deer but is very excited about the next trip and the prospects.

My whitetail was a staggering 174 yards away when shot, the big 338 Ultramag and the 300 Sierra didn't have much trouble with the short flight distance. (From my stand I could glass down a pipeline that extended 1.5 miles in one direction and 1.75 miles in the other.) The meat moose was first spotted at a distance of 1550 yards but went into the bush and I closed the distance to 439 yards before I could see the moose for a shot. I recover the 300 grain Sierra from the off side of the chest cavity, well mushroomed, and will post a picture later.

[ 11-08-2001: Message edited by: Len Backus ]

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Old 11-07-2001, 01:37 PM
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Re: Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

Congratulations and welcome back! I thought you had gotten lost. That's a lot of miles.
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Old 11-07-2001, 05:13 PM
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Re: Off to Canada for a Whitetail hunt

Len

Thanks

That 2700 miles was the one-way distance, I drove the entire distance as I enjoy driving BUT I'm thinking I may re-evaluate that and become a non-driver.

We received a FAX while up there that stated some airlines are charging additional fees for antlers and meat and could deny packages if they wish.

I just received a phone call from Charly Culbertson stating that Terry Sommers and Deb Overly have both now gotten their FIRST EVER whitetail deer while at Ron Nemetchek's place (at East Camp). Terry shot a 9 pointer on Monday (it scored 184 gross) and today Deb got one that scored 183. Beginner's luck is a wonderful thing, I'm just wondering what they'll feel like on their next whitetail hunt???

Ron had a few 'Fire Sale' hunt's left, folks that cancelled due to the 9-11 thing. There may be one or two left for this year.
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