Amazing Big Game Hunting
Planning your first trip to do some big game hunting in Saskatchewan? Knowing where to begin in your preparation process is key to a happy hunting experience. You’ll need to start with the basics when planning your trip.
Passport and Border Requirements
If you’ll be crossing the Canadian border to do some big game hunting in Saskatchewan, you’ll need an up-to-date
passport. If you don’t have a passport, check with your local Post Office or Passport Office to get information on how to purchase one. The passport application process may take several weeks, even months, to complete.
Begin the application process well in advance of your hunting trip to be sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed. If you don’t have time to visit your Post Office or Passport Office, simply go online to www.travel.state.gov to download a copy and expedite the process.
Before you head out to enjoy the hunt, you’ll need to purchase your hunting license. Whether you’re hunting black bear, whitetail deer, or want to set the hook on a few game fish, you’ll need to have your non-resident license in your pocket. Purchasing your license in advance of your trip will give you more time to enjoy your hunt once you arrive in Saskatchewan.
Hop on the internet and visit www.saskatchewan.ca to learn more about licensing and fees for non-resident hunters. You might also check out www.environment.gov.sk.ca for more helpful information and requirements for Saskatchewan big game hunting.
Guns and Ammo
In addition to having a valid passport and hunting license, you’ll also need information about other legal requirements for entering Canada. If you’re bringing your own firearm, you’ll need to download a copy of the Non-Resident Firearms Declaration form and present it to the customs official as you enter Canada.
While ammunition may be allowed to cross the national border, there are legalities concerning it. Dig into border laws to find out if your ammunition is allowed and how many rounds you’re allowed to bring with you. Keep in mind Stateside laws may differ from Canadian laws, and all laws must be followed. Do your research ahead of time and don’t get detained at the border.
Saskatchewan big game hunting requires specific clothing. For hunting black bear in the spring, it’s a good idea to bring camouflage rain gear in addition to waterproof hunting boots and mild-weather clothing. Mosquitoes, gnats, and other airborne critters can make pests of themselves during the spring hunt, so be sure to bring a mesh headcover and bug-resistant gloves.
If you’re carrying a rifle for your hunt, be sure to wear a blaze orange hat and hunting vest during your hunt. This is not only for your safety, but it’s also the law.
For whitetail deer hunts with a rifle, a safety orange hat and vest are also required. The whitetail hunting season can range from warm to downright chilly, so be sure to pack warm, layerable clothing that can be removed as needed during the hunt. Heavy socks, a warm beanie, insulated boots, and merino wool gloves are highly recommended for warding off the cold of a Saskatchewan whitetail deer hunt.
Book Your Outfitter
The right guide service will be sure you’re in the know when it comes to legal requirements and the gear you’ll need for your trip. They’ll fill you in on what you’ll need to bring with you to make a smooth border crossing, remind you to have your passport in order, and fill you in on hunting season dates and details. A good outfitter is essential for a quality hunting experience.
Big game hunting in Saskatchewan is an experience of a lifetime, and it all starts with planning and attention to detail. Be sure your passport is valid and ready for your crossing from the States into Canada. Research all legal requirements in advance of your trip and be sure you’ve got the appropriate paperwork in order and ready for customs officials.
Pack clothing to match the weather conditions for the area and season. And be sure you include a blaze orange hat and vest if you plan on carrying a rifle. Make sure all bases are covered by booking your outfitter in advance. The guide staff will be happy to fill you in on all the details of the hunt and travel requirements so you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the hunt.