André van Hilten's
Willow Creek Outfitters
2015 Hunting Season
- Perry Null
Willow Creek Outfitter's
2015 Hunt Report
The 2015 season has just wrapped up and I can't believe it is over already! This year marked our 15th year of offering fair chase hunts in Alberta, to make it even more sweeter it was our most successful year for quality animals taken.
Our spring black bear hunt was our first hunt of the season which takes place during the month of May. All our hunters harvested a bear this spring. Two of our hunters, Kevin Countryman (OH) and Francois St. Louis (QU) both took beautiful blonde bears, a rare opportunity no matter where you go!
Our mule deer archery hunts were next on the schedule. We took bowhunters in both September and October. All of this years bowhunters had a shot and 6 of the 9 harvested a buck. We had an exceptional average of 184" on the 6 bucks that were took! For more information on our 2015 bow season please check out our 2015 BOW HUNT REPORT.
In mid September we trailed our horses in with two sheep hunters into our bighorn sheep hunting area. Hunter Kevin Countryman (OH) was looking to complete is first grand slam and Perry Null (NM) trying to complete his second slam. We backpack hunted hard and at the end of the hunt we were unable to find a good ram for Kevin but Perry connected on a nice ram to complete his second grand slam. What an achievement!
On the last week of October we started our mule deer rifle hunts. Brothers Jim (WA) and Tim Lee (MT), both on their second hunt with us as well as Curt Chiesa (CA) on his first mule deer ever started it off and they all connected on good bucks. Our next hunters arrived as the deer rut was starting. David Dibblee (NJ) and friend Bobby Diaforli (NJ) both on their first hunt out west connect on good bucks by day 3 of their hunt. Also that week Bob Hodson and his son Matt (WA) were hunting, both got their mule deer and Matt also connected on his first ever whitetail, a dandy 156". The third week of November we had Ed Laga (MA), Bruce (NV) and son Eric Horn (CA) all hunting whitetail and Dave Poske (WV) as the only mule deer hunter. Dave had a heavy, old brute of a mule deer down by the third day and Ed took a nice whitetail that day as well. Bruce got his first whitetail buck on day four and unfortunately Eric missed a shot at 165" whitetail and didn't fill his tag by the time the hunt ended. For the final week of the season we had Jeff Smith and his son Nate as well as his father in law, John all from Washington state as well as Rex Knight and his friend Ron Suderman both from Michigan. In five days everyone had filled their tags and we had three mule deer and three whitetails tagged.
It was a banner deer season with good antler growth and every bowhunter and rifle hunter had a shot. I would like to thank each hunter for coming to hunt with us this year as well as all the guides and cooks, without you, none of this would be possible!
Until next time, good luck!
Andre van Hilten
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Read more about each hunting season, the excellent time our hunters had on our hunts and the animals harvested in previous years.
past hunting seasons
Opener for the rifle deer season here is Oct. 25. Joining us this week would be return clients Francois St. Louis (QC) and Milo Ravndalen (MN) who brought his friend Chad Turner on his first western spot and stalk hunt. All three guys harvested real old bucks with Francois' being a 188" monster!
Hunting trophy class mule deer in open country with a bow! Seeing Pope and Young class bucks every day and sneaking within bow range is an excitement hard to beat. I guess that is why many of our bowhunters return multiple time to take in this action packed hunt!
The season was filled with many new hunters as well as a number of repeat clients. We harvested some really nice animals and made some good memories for all. We also acquired some more whitetail and black bear tags in our area early this fall and both are spot and stalk hunts, the whitetail in the rut in November and the black bear in the spring during the month of May.
We just finished another fantastic bow season for mule deer and again it was an exciting one with many repeat clients and some great bucks harvested. Overall 12 bowhunters took 8 bucks with an average score of 171"! The average shot range was 43 yards and everyone had a shot opportunity at a trophy class muley. The 2013 bowhunting season an unforgettable one!
Another hunting season is in the books, they seem to come and go faster every year! We had another exceptional year, a full slate of good clients and some great trophy animals that we could pursue. Conditions for the animals in this part of the province has been nothing short of amazing. The animals had no shortage of feed and once again we saw great antler growth on the bucks.
We just wrapped up another very successful archery season here at Willow Creek Outfitters! We specialize in trophy mule deer hunts and had 14 bowhunters join us in 2012 on this exciting hunt. We invest endless hours every year scouting and patterning the mule deer before our clients arrive. This pays off huge once the season starts as we can spend less time locating the deer and more time stalking them.
Another season has come to an end here at Willow Creek Outfitters. Eleven years now that we have been outfitting here in southwestern Alberta and it was the best year I have seen for antler growth on our deer and beautiful color phased bears. Our hunters took 5 mule deer bucks that scored over 180" and 7 that were in the 170's!
We just finished our archery mule deer hunts, and what a season it was! This was by far our best bow season yet, as far as clients harvesting bucks. With good moisture in the spring and early summer this area had quality antler growth! Of the 10 bucks our bowhunters took we have live video footage of 9 of them.