....Black Dog Outfitters hunts in an area 80 miles by roughly 100 miles. Within that area the landscape is a typical mixed farming Aspen Parkland habitat. This habitat consists of numerous pot-hole ponds, larger marshes, lakes, creeks and rivers and an abundance of fall roosting areas for waterfowl. Our spotters canvas the entire area on a daily basis. With the experience of knowing our range of habitats and local weather, and tips from our developed relationships with the local farming operations, we can assure you of the best hunting experience available.Unlike shooting near a sanctuary in permanent blinds, we hunt from portable blinds, a necessity in this part of the world. All goose hunting is field shooting over decoys. Mallard hunting is primarily over water on small ponds that the birds use for watering just before they feed in the fields; however, many times we will shoot mallard and pintail along with the geese as they come to feed.
A typical hunting day is to wake early, have coffee, muffins, cereal or toast, then head off to the morning hunt. After a brisk morning in the field it is back to the lodge for a full breakfast at around 10 or 11 AM. Then relax, have a nap or shoot sporting clays (your choice) until about 2 or 2:30 PM when we depart for the evening hunt. Once back for the evening, our gourmet cook will have a sumptuous homemade supper waiting for us.
The fall season in central Alberta can vary from very cold to very pleasant so having both warm and cold weather camo is essential. This should include pants, jacket, hat, gloves and boots. Chest waders are also a good idea, but it is suggested that lightweight waders or breathable waders be used as they take up less space in your baggage. Remember your sun glasses, camera, film or extra digital memory, cooler etc. Extras costs include hunting licenses, ammo (you can bring your own or we always have plenty on hand at regular retail prices), bird processing, and sporting clays.
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