The 2003 season for my Guiding began much like other years, with mild temperatures and a skiff of snow on the ground. One of my hunters that I was again slated to Guide for that hunt was Greg Walker from Pennsylvania, and he had again booked with AWGS for his customary 12-day hunt.
Whether it’s South Texas, Iowa, Old Mexico, or the beautiful country north of Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada, packing always sparks excitement for any of my big hunting trips. Everything from several layers of clothing worn for my 10 hours a day on stand, to my all-important grunt tube, is very necessary.
In the atrium of the Nisku Inn, I sat relaxing in the open-air Jacuzzi, watching the hunters empty out of their rooms all around me. They reminded me of ants emerging from their holes, carrying loads much larger than themselves. Gun cases, duffel bags and more duffel bags. And on each face was a look of eager anticipation.
With the unknowing, the buck fight taking shape in the poplar thicket sounded like a dandy. Large branches snapped like so much dried kindling as the two “combatants” attempted to intimidate each other. Occasionally, the heavy footfalls of two posturing bucks could be heard. No doubt the sounds were carrying a great distance in the early morning calm.
A full two hours before the first hint of light, I restlessly waited outside a small woodlot for the erratic Alberta winds to stabilize. After about 15 minutes, the strong swirling winds changed to a soft Canadian breeze that continued to blow directly into my face. With more than one and a half hours of darkness remaining, I started my slow, stealthy stalk into the woodlot.
Just the title of the video caught my interest, and before long I would have the movie memorized. I was hooked on mass. The next step was to find a reputable outfitter to entrust my two-year savings to. I had seen Alberta Wilderness Guide Service advertised in pages of The Journal of The Texas Trophy Hunters magazine and gave them a call.
I have been reading magazine articles and watching hunting shows about Canada’s huge deer for the past five years. After seeing the quality of deer Canada offers and the excitement of challenging hunting conditions, I always dreamed of what it would be like. Finally, last year I got my chance to make one of my hunting dreams come true. I booked a hunt in early November with Alberta Wilderness Guide Service.