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Priceless!

Safari magazine, Nov/Dec 2014
by: André van Hilten

Glassing and stalking black bears in the foothills of southwestern Alberta is more than just a hunt. It's an experience that leaves a hunter with many vivid memories aside from a successful harvest of a bruin. From soaking up the heat of the afternoon sun or shivering through a spring snow squall, to the adrenaline rush of spotting a bear working his way up the creek bottom below, Nature is showing her best...

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North America's Serengeti

Sporting Classics, Autumn, 2014
by: Ron Spomer

I was sitting on frozen buffalo grass scuffed free of snow, my back against a granite boulder. So was Andre' van Hilten. I'd come willingly to suffer this, but had to pay Andre' to join me. He's an Alberta hunting guide, a modern-day John Colter, living off the wild fat of the land. We celebrated our mutual dependence on Alberta's Front Range Wildlife and got down to business at eight-degrees Fahrenheit...

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Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Hunting Articles


A Wish Come True in Alberta

Australian & International Trophy Hunter
by: Ken Hodgins

It started back years ago when I dreamed of hunting whitetail and Mule deer. I met a guide by the name of Mark. While looking through several of Mark's photo albums, I came across some White-tail and Mule pics. Mark was posing with one that he had shot and also guided on in Alberta Canada, with an Outfitter by the name of Andre. According to Mark he is a top bloke...

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Double Down

Whitetail and Mule Deer on the Cold Prairie Plains

Successful Hunter
by: Ron Spomer

If hunting is the adventure of discovery, and I believe it is, then the Lewis and Clark Voyage of Discovery was the ultimate, epic North American hunting trip. Given current knowledge of wildlife and geography, we can't match Lewis's and Clark's adventure, but a good place to try are the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains with outfitter Andre van Hilten...

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Where the Prairie Meets The Sky

Big Buck Magazine
by: G. Latham Myers II

When I arrived in Calgary, André informed me that he would be able to lease a mule deer tag for me, since all his mulie tags were fully booked. I had hunted mule deer with André the previous fall during the rut and had take an 164- inch buck, my best so far. I graciously accepted the tag and now with a whitetail and mule deer tag in my pocket I was eager and ready to hunt...

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Big Muley's In Alberta

Safari Club International
by: Bob Robb

For decades Alberta has been a haven for serious whitetail hunters. Today, it's reputation as a mecca for high-quality mule deer is growing by leaps and bounds. When my friend Wade Derby told me he had a sleeper spot for good bucks in Alberta I was ready to hear more. It was when he said it was for mule deer, not whitetail's, that I became all ears...

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Big Muleys Confirmed

Safari Club International
by: Todd Lawson

"Don't get excited, guys, but that buck is here." Being the pro that he is, Kelly was trying to keep me calm, but it was evident the sight had given him an adrenaline rush. Staying low, I aligned my binocular to where Kelly was looking and saw the magnificent mule deer through blowing grasses. Working hard to stay calm, I worked to raise my rifle slowly and get him in my scope...

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Marathon Muleys

North American Hunter
by: Gordy Krahn

The pockmarked foothills of the southwestern Alberta landscape provided those hidey-holes mature mule deer crave and sneak-and-peck hunters drool over. The rugged snow-capped Rockies provided a breathtaking backdrop... A beast of a buck was pestering an uncooperative doe, and all of them were oblivious to the fact they were being watched...

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Mule Deer Bowhunting Articles


A Recluse In The Thistles

BOWHUNTER
edited by: Curt Wells

Feathery seeds of Canada thistle shimmered in the sunlight, looking like swatches of silvery shag carpet strewn randomly across the Alberta prairie. In the middle of one of those swatches was a glint of another sort. A forked antler sparkled like a diamond, betraying the mule deer buck bedded in the weeds below. We found him, the heavy-bodied, wide antlered buck, had been a phantom for outfitter André van Hilten and his previous clients. Three bowhunters had stalked this buck and all failed. Now it was my turn......

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Life's a Game, Hunting is Serious

Big Buck Magazine
by: Matt Whitt

I was eager to hunt with Willow Creek Outfitters again, not only because of a successful elk hunt the previous year, but I had also made some great friends there and knew I could count on them for the hunt of a lifetime. To make things more challenging for Andre, the select non-typical buck he had been watching in that area had seemingly vanished. Hoping for a sign that luck was about to change in our favour, we were more than excited to see the non-typical monster make an appearance our first evening out...

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The Hockey Stick Buck

Hunting on the Wide Plains Of Alberta

Eastmans' Bowhunting Journal
by: Bill Ormsbee

The most memorable stalk lasted six hours... The "big guy" had bedded in the brush 100 yards above an alfalfa field with several smaller bucks and several does. André and I crawled 250 yards in the grass in the edge of the field but were unable to approach near enough for a shot because of the lack of cover ... As the big buck approached the field, we scrambled to get close to his crossing point but could get only within 50 yards. By then, the sixth sense that big bucks have kicked in and he knew something wasn't right...

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Black Bear Hunting Articles


Overtime Bear

North American Hunter
by: G. Latham Myers II

As I ran my hand through the bear's hide, I gave thanks for the privilege of hunting such a magnificent animal. Only a hunter can truly understand the mixed emotions one feels during a moment such as this. Five days of dealing with intermittent rain, sleet. snow, mud and uncooperative black bears, wasn't enough to keep me from finding success in Alberta...

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Raising the Bar

Bear Hunting Magazine
by: John Malakassis

We stalked within 20 yards of a beautiful blackie. He would make someone a wonderful trophy, but it was not what I came for. André and I were out scouting when we came upon a large valley that had timber on both sides with grassland running up the middle. There were a few small hills with tall grass and vegetation. We stopped to glass when eagle-eyed André yelled "Bear!...

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Priceless!

Safari magazine
by: André van Hilten

Glassing and stalking black bears in the foothills of southwestern Alberta is more than just a hunt. It's an experience that leaves a hunter with many vivid memories. From soaking up the heat of the afternoon sun or shivering through a spring snow squall, to the adrenaline rush of spotting a bear working his way up the creek bottom below, Nature is showing her best...

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OTHER hunting Articles


Chinook Country Coyotes

North American Hunter
by: Gordy Krahn

Andre laid into the rabbit distress call with the guttural growl of a chain-smoking blues singer, causing the hairs on the back of my neck to stand and applaud. I literally watched the hills come to life as coyotes began crawling out of the woodwork- nine in all!...

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A Memorable Safari

André van Hilten's Africa Hunt

Safari Club International
by: André van Hilten

Two hours into my morning hunt I had my chance at a nice kudu bull. We came into a clearing, and noticed a lone bull watching us from about 200 yards away. I had to move 10 yards to get a rest on a tree, I found the bull in the scope and began to pull the trigger...

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Big Buck From the Bow Zone

Muley Crazy
by: Robert Sherer

On past hunts I had been at full draw with my bow three different times on 165 - 180 class bucks without ever letting an arrow fly. It seemed like something would always go wrong at the moment of truth. I kept the hope that my luck would turn around, and boy was I right...

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