Alberta is known for producing big rams and our archery area
is no exception. Wildlife management area #410 is the Canmore
bow only area, the only area in the province that gives non-residents
the opportunity to hunt Bighorn Sheep during the rut (November).
Our hunts start about the 8th of November and can run to
the end of the month depending on booking a 14 day or 21 day
trip. All rams taken in the past qualify for the Pope and
Young record book and some have qualified for the Boone &
Crocket book. Numerous awards have been awarded to our hunters
from the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and Safari
Hunters should be in fair hunting shape. This is not the type
of hunt where one covers lots of miles in search of sheep.
Lots of days we rarely cover one mile from camp. We camp close
to the migration route from Banff National Park to the winter
and rutting range. All camp supplies and hunter gear are flown
into camp using a helicopter, which enables us to supply a
very comfortable camp with a good varied menu of camp cooked
meals. Hunters (2) and guides (2) hunt their way into the
camp which usually takes about five hours, with a few breaks
along the way.
We like archers to be reasonably proficient at fifty to sixty
yards, although we have taken several rams at less than thirty
yards. The further one can shoot the better. We are only allotted
two tags per year, so one should plan on booking well in advance.
The very first Non-Resident archery hunters in this zone
were Fred Bear, Glen St. Charles and Chris Kroll (Fred’s
Grandson). Several fine trophies were taken on that trip including
the new #1 World Record Mountain Goat, guided by Alvin Guinn.
Since the start of “Archery Sheep Hunting” in
Alberta in the early 60’s the Guinns, “Alvin,
Rick and Jonas”, have put numerous trophies in the record
books for their clients.