First trip to Saskatchewan, looking for advice

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  1. maximini14 223

    maximini14 223 Member

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    Carry a large enuf backpack to stuff in a full insulated jump suit to immediately put on once your on stand. Dress fairly light for hike in to avoid getting overheated and sweaty. A good wicking base layer, with a goretex fleece outer garments. Bring extra layers to add if needed. Good boots add toe heaters once on stand, LOOSEN boot laces once on stand to improve blood flow to the feet! Lots of heat paks for mittens where you can poke fingers out when needed.
    And a thermos full of hot chicken broth!
     
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  2. gsr1578

    gsr1578 Well-Known Member

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    If you can find some Raven Wear; all you will need. Been hunting in Alberta for 12 years , but live in Georgia.
     
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  3. Lynn Coleman

    Lynn Coleman Member LRH Team Member

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    Raven wear is fantastic! I was in Alberta in 2017 and heard they were closing the business
     
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  4. John Klingenberg

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    If youre going to go the high dollar route get what these experienced guys are telling you. Especially if you plan on going back more than once. Its hard to buy a lot of stuff for a one time deal. But being comfortsble is everything. If you can get somewhere down there that has stuff in stock, try it on! Lots of layers and dress way light if you have to walk in. Trudging deep snow is exhausting even a short distance, so get in shape! If youre driving to a location to hunt keep the heater way down, its easy to get a little damp and not know it until you get outside. Degrease your rifle and lube with graphite then clean it off when you get home. It doesnt take much below 0 to make everyday lubes cause a slow firing pin drop. Leave your rifle in a cold area. Dont take it in and outside, it can cause your scope to fog and even ice over if the lenses sweat. I dont care what brand or quality make, a drastic change in temperature can cause this. Winter may be cold but cold equals super dry conditions. Drink as much water as if it were hot out. This dryness can also affect wood stocks. If you have to be penny wise get a decent cold rated sleeping bag to sit in. Its impossible to sit if youre freezing. Meat makes heat. Lots of beef jerky or similar proteins. You can save a ton by buying lean meat and making it at home. Make several pounds in different flavors. Youll get tired of hickory flavored after a couple days. If you like spicey it can help keep you warm but dont go so far as to make a sweat batch. Plenty of water, ill say it again. Im in Northern Michigan and all the signs say early, hard winter. Our trees are turning and Ive got acorns falling already. Be prepared for a doosey of weather. Best luck! You wont believe the body size up there. The horns will look so so but once you realize how big those boys are that rack will double in size.
     
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  5. BKM

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    Highvoltage. Sounds like these guys have u pretty well lined up on clothing. I never hunted Saskatchewan but hunted Alberta several times. Cold is cold. Never found boots that would keep me warm all day in those temps. Ended up with a set of thinsulate booties over the boot with an 18 hr bodywarmer stuck in a compartment on the top of the bootie. I didn’t have one at the time but a Heater Body Suit will make ur day much more enjoyable.
    Hunt all day. My best deer seeing time was midday.
    And be capable of shooting 500 yds or more with a firearm that can still get it done at that distance.
    A little experimenting with a set of shooting sticks adjusted to support the rear of the rifle while the forearm rests on something on the front end can be surprisingly steady.
    Just a few things i picked up over the yrs.
    Good Luck on ur hunt.
     
  6. Vol1975

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    Passport, gun registered with all the proper paper work, check with deer license and their rules for that region.
    Double check and triple check the paper work you need to get across the border and bring a gun and your self. You must keep all the paper work on you. And for god sake under stand and read their rules.



    As far as gear. Buddy heater and propane. 2 cans per day. You can hunt some cold *Rule 4 Violation* weather in a blind with a buddy heater.
    Gun sock which is a law requirement for having a gun in the dark. optics that want fog up and same goes for binoculars. You pay for what u get.

    Under armor polar long Johns 3.0. The ones that want soak up sweat. These are a must.
    Exterior clothes that are water proof along with boots. Plenty of bad *Rule 4 Violation* socks. Boots and clothes that are big on you. Tight clothes on your skin you will freeze to death. Espically your feet.

    Check the new rules for gun travel on a plane.

    Also leave gun and optics always outside. They will fog up going from hot to cold.

    Check Canada cell service. You can buy a plan for a month on most phone service. Not saying you will have service but you would be surprised.
    One thing I have is a phone battery pack. I down load books to help the time pass.

    Last but not least. Take a big pack. That way you can carrier extra in you pack. Like snacks, drinks, thermos, pizz jug, and TP. Days are very long. But action is fast.
    I will tell u colder is better and killed my biggest buck in middle of the day.
     
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  7. Carsyn.22

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    ^^^ I'm actually unaware that a gun sock is a must after dark?????
    Firing a gun more than 30 min after sundown/before sunup is against the law.
     
  8. Vol1975

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    My understanding of the Canada law or what it use to be is when walking to a stand or coming out of a stand when it dark the gun must be unloaded and in a container. Most locals use a gun sock on their guns when it’s dark. Light, cheap, easy to store and easy to get out of sock. U could also use a gun carrier.

    Use to be no gun loaded in the vehicular period. U had to be so far from the vehicle to load the gun. IE shooting out the window.
     
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    https://iwomouterwear.com/

    This is the best piece of cold weather gear I have bought. Walk in with one base layer on and a pullover and light insulated pants. Pop the IWOM on when you in the blind or stand.
     
  10. RAGGED EDGE

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    Look into a pair of Arctic Shield overboots. You could wear your Wolverines to the stand or blind and put them on when you get there. If you'd need a little more, you could drop a pair of big HOTHANDS into each one. Mickeys are great, but a bugger to walk in. They weigh a TON.
     
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    Buy insulted bib style coveralls good to -20. And two sets of long johns to add if needed. Wear two pairs of wool socks if it's below -10 and you are sitting. Down is great but nylon is noisey. Have a great trip and even better luck!
     
  12. Vol1975

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    Good preparation with clothes and common sense u can hunt comfortably 10 degree and above. BUT like several years ago when I went there was mornings with temps in the -28. No amount of clothes u put on sitting in the open with wind in your face and you will get cold espically when u are out all day. Hence the blind and the buddy heater.
    I was in a blind with normal clothes on and was very comfortable. I’ve got to old to be perch in a tree freezing my butt off. Ground blinds with a heater in Canada where most deer don’t pay humans a mind is the way to go.

    Most of the time they will drop u off before light and pick u up after dark. Blind enclosed spread out with a little heater is the ticket. I’ll see if I can find a video of it.
     
  13. Carsyn.22

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    Could be and might make sense, I have been living in Manitoba for 11 yrs, so it could be a new law, and SK is pretty notorious for truck hunters.
     
  14. Vol1975

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    Was in Ontario couple years back. We been hunting up their for years. Been about 10 years ago and my 70 year old dad got a ticket for walking back to the truck after dark with the gun loaded and not in a carting case. He argued with the mounts that he wasn’t walking back to the truck with the amount of wolves he has seen over the years hunting. Heck if I recall we seen more wolves that year than we ever seen. Ended up not hunting that spot again. We were outside of Dryden a fair bit.
    Anyway that’s what he told us and what the locals told use how they do it with a cheap gun sock for a carting case.

    How the mount found us is the most curios. Heck u don’t even hear a shot let alone see other hunters where we were at.