André van Hilten's
Willow Creek Outfitters
2016 Bow Hunts
Willow Creek Outfitter's
2017 Bow Hunt Report
The 2017 had an amazing start! Carl Rossi on his 6th straight bowhunt with us connect on a 199” giant on the second day of his hunt. Carl’s friends, Al, Wayne, John and Bernie were also hunting the same week. Wayne harvested a 175” buck, his best deer to date in the three bowhunts with us. Bernie took his first mule deer buck, a cool looking, non typical character deer that also taped over 170”. Al and John both had opportunities at good bucks but each had taken exceptional bucks with us in the past and were not able to close the distance on the deer they were looking for. They both will be back in 2018 to give it another try!
After our sheep hunts we ran another group of bowhunters in mid October. Brothers Mark and Brian Hess as well as Frank Dean and his friend Earl Cummings joined us. All four hunters had shots at good bucks but at the end of the hunt it was just Mark and Frank that were able to put their tag on a nice mature buck each.
Bowhunting for big mule deer has been one of our most popular hunts these days and our next available opening is for October 2019.
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
After another real mild winter, the 2016 season looked promising in respect to mother nature being very easy on the animals in our areas.
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.