André van Hilten's
Willow Creek Outfitters
2016 Bow Hunts
Willow Creek Outfitter's
2016 Bow Hunt Report
The mule deer bow hunts we offer is probably my favourite hunt. Maybe it is just because we spend so much time during the summer finding and patterning mature bucks and then we finally get the opportunity to hunt them when the bow season starts.
This year was like the perfect storm, a real mild winter and good moisture in the spring and summer at the right times. We found many mature bucks during the summer that we were fortunate to harvest throughout the bow and rifle season.!
We took 10 archery hunters this fall, 7 of them had hunted with us at some point in the past. Carl Rossi on his fifth bowhunt with us and took a dandy typical four point on day four of his hunt. This buck made Carl’s fifth buck in five bowhunts with us. Pretty awesome success rate which is a direct result of dedicated practice on Carl’s behalf. Carl’s good friend John D’Angelo came up for his second hunt with us and tagged out on a 191” non typical giant on day two of his hunt. Carl’s other two friends, Al Ciprano and Wayne Birster also were successful in taking mature deer on day two making it a three deer day for us. Something that does not happen to often in an archery camp!
Other successful hunters were Doug Wilson taking his first mule deer with a bow on the first day of his hunt. Bill German had taken a few nice mule deer in the past with his bow and on day three of his hunt with us he harvested his best mule deer buck to date. Mitch Mitchum on his second bowhunt with us was the lucky guy of the season when he took an absolute brute of a buck that stretched the tape at 198”! Amazing!
It was another unbelievable bow season with 8 out of our 10 hunters harvesting bucks which had a combined average score of 181”! A big part of our success on these bow hunts lately have been the dedicated archers that have come and are able to get the job done. Also the skills and knowledge of our guides that can consistently get our clients in the right spot for a shot opportunity. Thanks goes out to our guides for the bow season; Jason Wilson, Wyatt Barrett, Chase Keeley and Kelly Wiebe.
Watch our videos on YouTube. They will give you a feel for the country, animals and the way we hunt here at Willow Creek Outfitters where you will experience "Fair Chase Hunting at it's Finest"!
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
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 sweet, it was our most successful year for quality animals taken.
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.