First trip to Saskatchewan, looking for advice

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  1. Highvoltage

    Highvoltage Well-Known Member

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    This will be my first trip to Saskatchewan to hunt whitetail 3rd week of November. I’m mainly curious about what type of weather to expect and what type of clothes and anything extra to bring to make the hunt more enjoyable. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Deezel

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    Third week of November you can see temps as low as -30°C so bring warm clothing. It's easier to take off layers than to not have any to put on. I honestly think temps will be in the -5° to -15°C range. There may also be quite an accumulation of snow on the ground so make sure you have some good, warm winter boots. The more you can do to ensure you're warm, the more enjoyable the hunt will be. Keeping your head, feet and hands warm are key.
    I'm assuming you'll be going through an outfitter so I'd contact them and they should have a list of things you should bring along with you.
    Good luck, there are some HUGE whitetails in Saskatchewan!
     
  3. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Bring winter boots suitable for -20celsuus but hopefully you can wear regular hunting boots. If it is cold the mistake most people make is not wearing enough coats and sweaters to keep ur core and head warm. Keep that warm and it’ll keep ur fingers and toes thawed.
    A balaclava is also handy if the wind gets up.
    Scope caps can be handy, if the wind really gets moving snow it’ll ice ur gun pretty good.
    That’s if it’s nasty out, hopefully it’s -5 and sunny.
    What area of sk r u hunting?
     
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  4. Dosh

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    Be sure to get your trans-border permit taken care of well ahead of departure. A friend missed his flight due to improper permits. He's there now goose hunting and got his permits well ahead. Think Canada fees are $10 per firearm. Good luck
     
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  5. Hand Skills

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    Practice shooting with gloves on. Insulated deer skin gloves work well for me in -10 to -15C. Below that, gauntlet style mittens are my favorite, sometimes I wear a light glove inside them so when I need dexterity I can take them off and do something dexterous, then put back in the mitten to warm up. Hand warmers can be really helpful. Your guide will probably have some, and they work great in mittens.

    Fingers and toes are the most important, but like others have said, temps will probably be mild. Two years ago snow was melting at that time.
     
  6. Highvoltage

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    Thanks for all the advice, any particulars on the clothing as far as wools or synthetic or even down? How about gloves vs mitts? Area is north or yorkton,
     
  7. hesse

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    A couple of questions where are you from. Box blind ladder stands are you cold blooded
     
  8. Hand Skills

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    Over 20 years of hunting and trapping in the Canadian winters I have been through a lot of gloves, here's what works for me:

    Gloves -5 to -15°C;
    https://www.filson.com/insulated-deerskin-gloves.html#
    Or Watson Ice storm

    Mitts (when it's too cold for gloves);
    http://www.watsongloves.com/products/9503xxs-north-of-49-2/?cat=322

    Light gloves down to -5°C and inside Mits when it's really cold;
    http://www.watsongloves.com/products/380-atlas-blackhawk-2/
    These are great and work with touch screens.
     
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  9. Highvoltage

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    WV, it normally doesn’t drop below 0, I have enough clothes to sit all day in the single digit range but have never hunted below freezing. That is my main concern, I believe the outfitter has both blinds and stands
     
  10. hesse

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    I would say hand warmers a pair of Mickey Mouse boots good base layers
     
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  11. hesse

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    If you're in a box blind I would take a mr. Buddy propane heater. It is totally different sitting in cold weather then it is moving in cold weather
     
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  12. Carsyn.22

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    Cool! I grew up in Saskatchewan and likely going to move back there around new year, I'll just miss you!
    I work in construction and I was told that your first winter working (or hunting) in extreme temps is your worst, no matter how warm or cold that winter is relative to the averages. It is True! The human body can aclimate to some pretty crazy weather!
    Wool and Polar fleece(berber fleece) do wick moisture somewhat so that is a plus, However they let the wind through like a sieve! and Believe me there's usually some wind in SK. Although North of Yorkton there's likely a bit more trees to break up the wind. I like fleece/wool type layers close to my body, and carry in a heavy jacket/windbreaker to put on a few minutes after I sit down. You will need half the clothing when walking so make sure you have a way to avoid overheating while walking otherwise if you begin to sweat while walking in you will be cold in no time flat.
    Last fall my brother and I were sitting out in -30C with light winds for up to 4 hours before needing to move and warm up a bit, we were wearing longs, a couple layers of fleece, and Helly Hansen construction gear the fleece lined anti-tear wind proof outer shell. It gets noisy when cold so we put a layer of fleece or sweat pants over to kill noise if we want to move around.
    A cheap way to layer up is a sleeping bag from a second hand store!
    For gloves I use a light knit type glove with rubber bumps on the palms and giant leather fleece mitts over. Once I'm settled in my place I lay the gun on my lap, shooting stick handy and take my trigger hand mostly out of the mitt or even in my armpit.
    You can also tense your muscles while sitting without making drastic movements, this can help keep you a bit warmer.
    Footwear again we use our construction boots, Dunlop winter work boots, and a couple layers wool socks.
    Lens caps are always a good idea but it's usually too cold for the blowing snow to actually stick to your gun or glass, however make sure to avoid breathing on your lenses before you shoot, they will fog up just like your glasses would except the fog freezes instantly and good luck trying to get a clear view! Ask me how I know!

    Enjoy your Hunt and make sure to post pics of your deer!

    P.S. don't talk football unless you like the Riders! SK people are fond of their team! I'm not much for sports myself however.
     
  13. hesse

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    I second the sleeping bag or heater body suit
     
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  14. Canhunter35

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    If u can keep wool dry, it’s hard to beat for warmth, I like a wool sweater for my second layer. Goretex really does help take moisture away.
    When I was young I would get quite cold, the 150gram thinsulate snowmobile gloves were some of the better gloves I used.
    Now that I’m not a skinny teenager and much to my wife’s dismay as she’s bundled in everything she owns, I’m one of those guys who wear leather work gloves all winter feeding cows.
    Usually I just throw my gloves in the snow when I go to shoot something and put them back on after

    If ur prepared with clothing and remain comfortable, you’ll enjoy even cold weather and north of Yorkton is definitely winter country.
     
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