Getaways: Fall 2017
Autumn hot spots for monster moose, hoards of honkers or tremendous trout
Alaska-Yukon moose are the largest subspecies of the largest antlered animal on earth, a bucket-lister for any hunter who dreams big. Thanks to relatively light hunting pressure, Yukon’s Ogilvie Mountains relinquish huge bulls every year—a 60-inch or larger specimen is realistic for those who have the patience and the fortitude to pass up smaller bulls. Plan a hunt through the Yukon Outfitters Association.
More info: (867) 668-4118; www.yukonoutfitters.net
PEACE RIVER COUNTRY
The first prime agricultural land for southbound Arctic-nesting geese is Alberta’s Peace River Country. Hundreds of thousands of uneducated Canada and white-fronted geese make their first extended pit stop there each fall, making for a hunting experience like no other, with generous bag limits and a near-unending supply of birds. The Alberta Professional Outfitters Society is a good place to start planning.
More info: (780) 414-0249; www.apos.ab.ca
Roughly 180 kilometres northeast of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Piprell Lake is heavily stocked with brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout, as well as splake. Currently home to the province’s record tiger trout, the lake has boasted records for all five species over the years. The fishing is great year-round, but late fall may be the best. Rainbow Lodge’s waterfront cabins make for a good base.
More info: (306) 426-2100; www.facebook.com/RainbowLodgePiprellLake