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Alberta_huntress_83

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Alberta Caribou?
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:58:33 AM »
Hey all, so my friend is Metis and wants me to take him for a Caribou hunt...I honestly haven't even seen Caribou since I lived in the Territories, and was wondering if anyone on the forum has experience or insight into WMU's and Caribou within Alberta?

Any and all feedback is welcome. All I know is its the best darn wild meat I've ever tasted and I'd be a monkeys uncle to get a chance to go on a Caribou hunt!

Thanks :)
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 10:01:08 AM »
Caribou are a protected species in Alberta. You would be in much dodo if you were to shoot one. Wow i can't believe that if you've hunted in Alberta before you didn't know that. It states it quite clearly in the regs.  And also just because he is metis, in Alberta he has very limited hunting privilges unlike treaty natives.
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 10:05:40 AM »
Good to know. Can he go to NWT to hunt them as an Alberta resident???
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2013, 10:09:24 AM »
Good to know. Can he go to NWT to hunt them as an Alberta resident???

They closed the season on caribou a couple of years ago. He'd have to go to the Yukon, B.C., or Manitoba. He'd have to go through an outfitter more than likely.
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2013, 11:09:10 AM »
Errrrrrrr really??!! We have three species of Caribou in Canada. NT residents are entitled to 3 tags per person per year if you've lived there 2+ years.

All 3 species of caribou have been shut down in NT & Nunavut? Hmmmm

Manitoba might be a better option I'm thinking then....this is all new news to me I'm glad I'm looking into regs early.
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 11:53:22 AM »
Ok, so I was mistakened. He's actually full status Native. Does this change his approach? I don't know much about treaty and native rights???? Errrrrrrr who can I ask? Fish & Wildlife? Deerman where are ya when I need ya lol?!
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2013, 12:03:49 PM »
In all honesty huntress,, this is not the best place to bring something like this up..

The Caribou are having a tuff time in this province,, Indian or not tell yer buddy to leave them alone, and you as an Alberta outdoors person should be instructing him as such..

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2013, 12:16:07 PM »
I did...and he's agreed to hunt Elk now :) phewf!
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2013, 12:20:47 PM »
Don't be upset with me please! I haven't lived in the territories since 93/94 and back then "the good old days" we could get tags easily. And my friends are Inuit in Nunavut and have been trying to get me to come up there to visit and hunt with them. So I am only asking what AB's like because it must be very different throughout the North? I am a conservationist and I wouldn't want him to negatively affect any herds, and he agrees that Elk is a better route :) so we be all good. I appreciate the info, as I am completely out of the loop on Caribou. I also only know Inuit and Natives up North so that doesn't give me both sides....that's where the forum comes in!
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2013, 12:24:24 PM »
And I am deeply sorry if I've brought this up inappropriately. Moderator please feel free to delete this thread :) not a toe stepper and never want to upset the herd of AS :)

Sorry for asking!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2013, 12:28:21 PM »
And trust me, he's a conservationist too. He was upset I killed the weasel lol. He didn't thunk it had to die, and was upset I'd kill something and not eat it. Boy I'm just pissing everyone off aren't I :(
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2013, 12:31:44 PM »
Don't worry Huntress!! Some subjects are pretty sensitive and you hit to of the big ones with Caribou management and Native hunting. I'm sure it's all innocent so don't loose any sleep over it.
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2013, 12:34:04 PM »
Looks like you took the advise offered and all is good.  Best of luck on the Elk hunt. 

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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2013, 12:40:22 PM »
No worries huntress we know its an honest mistake.. My post looked more aggressive than what I intended..

Best of luck to you guys on an elk hunt.

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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2013, 12:51:32 PM »
Thanks for your understanding and forgiveness. I just want to learn as much as I can from all of you. Your experience I can't get in a thousand lifetimes. I swear I was just asking because I'm completely ignorant on BOTH topics. And I have learned for next time :)

Sorry again guys, I love the 'bou I'd never encourage anything but utmost resect and conservation for them. I had no idea they were in such dire straights :( that makes me very sad to hear actually. I'm going to find out what ways I can be involved to protect them.

Really too bad, because I was only 11/12 when I lived up there and remember it being the best tasting meat I'd ever tried :( that must be why its so scarce now. What a sin. Was there a major sickness like the buffalo? Or was it over hunted? Either way, its a sad loss for our generation and generations to come.
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2013, 12:56:24 PM »
Sorry huntress but I am a little lost,, are you refering to Alberta Caribou or NWT animals. My referance was to AB animals. Personely I have no clue as to the status of the NWT herds.

The AB herds have sercomed to a variety of problems. Habitat loss, predatation, Native over harvesting. Personely I do not beleive the status of them to be near as bad as some would have us believe, not the N/E herds anyways. I have spent a lifetime in these woods and as far as I can tell the herds are pretty much where thay have always been, not quite but close. There never were a lot in this part of the country to begin with. Once the O&G activity picked up and started opening up the country the natives were exposed to better access and they used it quite effectivley. Combine this with the yearly barrage of intrusion they are exposed to these days with the year round oil activity and they are having a tuff go of it to maintain their status, well that and no one traps anymore and the wolfs have multiplied like crazy,, they just can't win.
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2013, 12:59:59 PM »
Huntress here is a good site to check out http://www.albertacariboucommittee.ca/ Maybe not up to date but some good info is you click on the links on the website you will find more info.
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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2013, 01:19:16 PM »
Initially just Alberta 'bou....but then as you mentioned they were protected here I was then inquiring if he could go to the NWT to hunt them instead. But if they're endangered here, I don't want to take from a habitat they may not have protected yet....the Caribou don't care about provincial borders, only habitat. Either way, O&G has botched a ton of stuff directly and indirectly.

Its a lady who works for me's husband that is asking. He's a white collar office guy, never hunted an animal in his life. So I do apologize for my lack of understanding the scope here. I'm just asking on his behalf. Trying to point him to an area he can go, but that was only if he was dead set on caribou. When I explained the sitch he was immediately as embarassed as I was and recanted the desire to hunt them.

All good. Elk are amazing. I'd prefer to take an Elk that's a nuisance to a farmer than just any Elk....I'm sure there are farmers in AB who will beg u to take one? Maybe that's just wishful thinking but I've heard about it.

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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2013, 01:32:08 PM »
Just about any of the land owners bordering the Suffeild weapons range would be more than happy to acomadate you.. Mind you it isn't much of a hunt, more of a turkey shoot. Go sit by the hay stack and wait for one to come out.

If you can, go online to the Cypress county web site, go to their maps section, look at some of the land owners along the west border of the range. Get name, find phone number and do some phoning, I bet you wouldn't go through to many until you found someone.

Good luck.

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Re: Alberta Caribou?
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2013, 03:13:24 PM »
Thanks walleyes! Not my style but it will be nice to give him some options as ill be mentoring him, and he's going to use my rifle so he doesn't have to get a PAL. Ill work for meat lol. Mmm elk :)

I want a solid Elk hunt for me personally as I have never taken a bull down yet, and still hoping someone would take me on a real Elk hunt as I've only been on a cow elk hunt with other people and saw them get the Elk down. But not me :( one day!

So much to learn young grasshopper! (That's me talking to myself 3rd person lol)

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