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You Can Hunt Bear Too

Click to enlargeEditor’s note: For five days, I watched white-tailed bucks around me that would score from 110 to 130 points on Boone & Crockett Scale from my stand with my black-powder gun. I saw one buck that would have weighed well over 300 pounds, and every day I had a chance to take a buck bigger than any I’d seen in my home state of Alabama. But, when you’re hunting in the land of monsters, near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in western Canada where hunters regularly take 140 and 150 B&C bucks, you don’t want to pull the trigger on a lesser buck. This week we’ll talk to some other people who have hunted with the same outfitters. The Mo of the Monsters is Maurice Heisler, known to everyone as Mo, who owns Garden River Outfitters, and has 200,000 acres of crown land, 30-miles north of Prince Albert. For 15 years, Mo has taken hunters into the bush to take the Saskatchewan monsters.

QUESTION: How many hunters do you usually have in camp?
MO: Generally, we have 10 to 15 hunters in camp at a time.

Click to enlargeQUESTION: How many of these hunters usually will tag out?
MO: Usually, about 75 percent of our hunters will tag out. Most of my hunters want to take a buck 150 points B&C or better, so some of them will go home with empty tags, if they don’t see the bucks they want to take.

QUESTION: What do you like about the outfitting business?
MO: I’ve made a lot of friends from the United States who come here to hunt every year, and our hunting season becomes a family reunion. I look forward to seeing them every year, and am as happy as they are when they take big deer. It’s great to see the deer they take.

QUESTION: What do you do when you’re not hunting?
MO: I also own a construction company. We build bridges, blow up bridges, repair bridges and build roads. Click to enlargeBasically, whatever needs doing, we do it. I work mostly in western Canada and do construction work from the end of bear season until the beginning of deer season, and then from the end of deer season until the beginning of bear season.

QUESTION: Do you hunt bear out of this camp as well?
MO: Yes, we hunt black bear, and we have quite a few colored-faced bears. We have black, cinnamon, blond and brown-faced bears in this area. The average bear will weigh about 225 pounds, and the biggest bear taken on this property weighed 423 pounds and was taken by Arthur Anderson. We only hunt bear in the spring. On average, when hunters come here to take bear, 80 to 90 percent of them will be successful. We have an even number of both bow and gun hunters.

QUESTION: How much does a bear hunt cost?
MO: The cost is $2,500 for a six-day bear hunt.

Click to enlargeFor more information on Garden River Outfitters, contact Mo at (306) 978-2307, or you can write to him at Box 929, Martinsville, Saskatchewan, SOK-2TO.

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Day 1: The Mo of the Monsters
Day 2: Garden River Basics
Day 3: Memories at Garden River Outfitters
Day 4: You Can Hunt Bear Too
Day 5: Guthrie Gets a Good ‘Un


Entry 329, Day 4