We feature guided horseback hunting for Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Shiras Moose, and Black Bear. Our ranch is 50 miles southwest of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and our hunting territory starts in the Alberta foothills, on the edge of the ranch, and goes west and south to the Continental Divide which makes up the Alberta / British Columbia border in the Canadian Rockies. This area roughly comprises about 1200 square miles of hunting area, all very mountainous and prime habitats for Deer, Elk, Moose and Black Bear.
Hunting season runs from mid-September until the end of November. The area we hunt is the Upper Highwood, Sheep,and Elbow River drainages and the six mountain ranges that surround them. Class A Guide, Dewy Matthews, has been guiding in these areas for over 25 years. You will experience the Canadian Rockies as never before; horsebackhunting allows you to reach amazing View from Camplocations accessible in no other way. You will be based in our comfortable mountain tent camps and will be hunting in altitudes from 5,000 to 8,000 feet.
For those that want a bit more luxury, we also offer mule deer hunting or mule deer/whitetail deer hunting combinations out of the ranch. It is still an incredible horseback hunt in high country, but you come back to the ranch at the end of the day for a glowing fire, hot showers and all the comforts of a log lodge. Book your hunting trip today!
There are a limited number of big game hunting permits so the number of non-residents who can hunt this remote area of the Canadian rockies is very limited. The resident hunting in this high mountain area is also closely controlled. To hunt this area, a resident must first win a lottery which only allows them to hunt the area every two years if he’s exceedingly lucky
If you have any questions, a great time to meet up with Dewy in person will be at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show February 24th – 26th 2017
Drop Camps – We will take you and your gear into a remote location, drop you off, and at a pre-arranged time, pick you up again.
Combination hunting trips run for 10 days and start on the 17th of September every year. This way we can rifle hunt elk during the prime rut (bugle) season. Mule deer hunting season starts one week after the start of elk hunting season. All of my elk / mule deer hunting combination hunts are one on one horseback hunts. This set up gives youElk/Muley Hunt the best chance at one of each animal. These hunting trips are very physical due to the rough high mountain landscape of the Canadian Rockies. It is important to be in the best shape you can be in. If available, a black bear hunting tag or wolf hunting tag can be added to this hunt.
We have a very limited number of shiras moose hunting tags available. Shiras moose hunting trips are in the prime rut, about the first week of October. We call the bulls as well as spot and stalk hunt. You will be based out of a tent camp deep in the Canadian rockies you will explore prime shiras moose habitat as only possible by horseback hunting.
Mule Deer hunting trips are one on one and run out of tent camps in the mountains. These 5 day hunting trips are in very high, rugged terrain and our results have been excellent on big mule deer.You can expect to get into deer in the range of 130-180 B&C. Mule deer hunting trips are offered from the first week of October through the end of November. If available, a black bear hunting tag or wolf hunting tag can be added to this hunting trip.
The mountain mule deer / whitetail deer combination hunts are one on one hunts run out of tent camps in the mountains. These 5-day hunting trips are in very high, rugged terrain and our results have been excellent on big mule deer, as this is what most hunters concentrate on first. Our whitetail are White Tail Huntinggood average deer, ranging from 120-150 B&C. These are late season hunting trips running from the last week of October through the end of November. If available, a black bear hunting tag or wolf hunting tag can be added to this hunting trip. Also offered with ranch accommodations and featuring a glowing fire, hot showers and all the comforts of a log lodge each night.
Black Bear hunting is a spot and stalk hunt in the mountains using horses out of a tent camp. This hunting trip is held during the second week of May just after the bears start coming out of their mountain dens. At this time of year their fur is in excellent shape. If you have an adventurous attitude, this hunting trip is for you. We can also add a black bear hunt to your elk / mule deer hunting combination in mid-September, if we have extra tags.
Hunting Success Rates
Our average on elk hunting for the last five years has been 75 to 100%. Our average on rifle moose hunting has also been 75 to 100%. Our mule deer hunting average 65 to 80%.