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Where to pursue Canada’s biggest game

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Lurking deep in the heart of every hunter is surely the burning desire to one day take a trophy animal, the biggest and best of the species. While most hunters focus on putting meat in the freezer, confined by time and money, the challenge of hunting can’t help but lead to a desire to fool the oldest and wisest animals. And it’s these sage creatures—whose survival instincts have seen them through challenging weather, altered habitats and countless predators—that grow the largest headgear and skulls, the typical yardsticks by which we measure and compare trophies. Let’s for one minute accept that most of us who hunt would like to harvest at least one animal that would be recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club as among the best in class. Just where in Canada should you go to maximize your odds of taking such a trophy-book animal? A review of B&C’s scoring records for Canada reveals that trophies are periodically taken almost everywhere a particular species is found, but that some regions definitely produce a greater percentage of the largest animals. Here’s where, when and to bring home that trophy of a lifetime.

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.