Awesome outdoor getaways for autumn

Top spots for stunning Saskatchewan bucks, fantastic Alberta pheasants and monster Manitoba walleye

3Ken Bailey

TABER

Opportunities to hunt ring-necked pheasants are continuing to grow in southern Alberta, thanks to the expansion of the Alberta Conservation Association’s release program. With this year’s planned release of more than 26,000 roosters to supplement wild populations, hunting opportunities should be the best in years. Taber County is the epicentre, and home of the annual Taber Pheasant Festival.

More info: 1-877-969-9091; www.ab-conservation.com

KEN BAILEY

1Ken Bailey

BIGGAR

In 1993, hunter Milo Hansen shot the world-record white-tailed buck near the town of Biggar, Saskatchewan, about 100 kilometres west of Saskatoon. For those with equal parts patience, persistence and ability to hunt in tough, wintry conditions, the region continues to produce outstanding whitetails, year after year. The Saskatchewan Outfitters Association is a good place to start planning your hunt.

More info: (306) 668-1388; www.soa.ca

KEN BAILEY

2Gord Pyzer

POWERVIEW-PINE FALLS

The 14-kilometre stretch of the Winnipeg River, from the mouth at Lake Winnipeg to the generating station in Powerview-Pine Falls, features heavy structure, clear water and a moderate current—ideal conditions for jigging and trolling for mammoth greenback walleye. It’s so good, in fact, you won’t even need a guide. Powerview-Pine Falls provides an easy access point, along with first-rate accommodations and dining.

More info: (204) 367-8483; www.powerview-pinefalls.com

GORD PYZER