Canada Hunting Ban

fullcry

Active Member
Several of the Canadian Fall Auction hunts have been pulled Off the docket.
Rumor is ALL Canadian hunting will be shut down until next year.
I sure hope it’s not true.
 

WVHUNTER

Active Member
I hate to hear that. I am booked with an outfitter for an Alberta whitetail hunt. I already have money invested in this hunt but the outfitter has said if the hunt doesn't happen due to government regulations he will just move the hunts to next year.

Thanks for posting. If you hear anything else please post it. I will be watching for info also.

It wouldn't surprise me if they canceled. Trudeau is an anti gun liberal which usually means anti hunting also. Trudeau may be like some liberal US Governors that are using the pandemic to further their liberal agenda by closing gun stores.
 

LivingTheDream

Active Member
For what it is worth my outfitter called me a week ago and ask to postpone my Dall Sheep hunt in the Yukon. I was schedule to leave the states July 29th.

Was told hunting will be considered foreign tourism and will be the last phase to open. Not sure if that was for all of Canada or just Yukon.
 

WVHUNTER

Active Member
Canada and the US have extended the border closure until July 21st. But it's likely it will get extended again.
 

Widi

Member
I am supposed to be on a dall sheep hunt in the NWT starting August 4th. Our guide hasn’t called it yet but I am thinking the odds are not in my favor.
 

adubs

Active Member
What outfitter are you booked with? We are with MMO and they haven’t canceled anything yet?
For what it is worth my outfitter called me a week ago and ask to postpone my Dall Sheep hunt in the Yukon. I was schedule to leave the states July 29th.

Was told hunting will be considered foreign tourism and will be the last phase to open. Not sure if that was for all of Canada or just Yukon.
 

LivingTheDream

Active Member
What outfitter are you booked with? We are with MMO and they haven’t canceled anything yet?
Ruby Range, I was able to rebook with no problems to a later date. Think it worked out the best as Air Canada was doing all types of crazy stuff with my flights.

I think the travel ban goes till July 21st now so not sure when you are suppose to fly out, but I think it wouldn't hurt to reach out to start to get a plan together. MMO has a great reputation.
 

Buzzy

Member
There is no way the NWT or pretty much any other territory will open up to foreign hunters any time soon. Europe is looking at putting a travel ban on US citizens because the virus is out of control. Canada is crazy conservative and I’d bet you a steak dinner most if not all of this year’s hunting season to non residents will be cancelled. Maybe mid to late September we are let in at the earliest.
 

sticksender

Active Member
Worse yet is that guys who booked long ago for 2021 and 2022 slots will probably get screwed, as the outfitters will most likely elect to give their hunt slots to the guys who aren't allowed to hunt this year. Personally, as a displaced 2020 hunter, I'm not asking someone else to give up their future hunt slot due to my bad luck, but would instead prefer that the outfitter place me into the first open slot available in a future year.
 

sticksender

Active Member
Also BTW, it's already fact that MMO and every other NT outfitter will have to cancel at least some of their 2020 hunts, since their first hunts start July 15th and the earliest time foreigners can legally enter as of right now is after July 21st, and that target date keeps advancing forward.
 

LivingTheDream

Active Member
Basically Ruby Range was slotting guys over 2022 through 2026, filling in openings and have no more than 2 refills a year. Seemed like a fair way to me, I'm going 2023. Not ideal but outfitters are taking it on the chin with this.
 

adubs

Active Member
Nobody wins in this situation, if I had a hunt booked for ‘21 or any year following I’d expect to get bumped back one year. My brothers and I booked our hunt in feb 2018 for August 2020. I’m hoping/expecting to hunt in 2021...I’ve already waited three hunting seasons with deposits paid...to get pushed back another 2-3 years doesn’t seem reasonable to me...just my.02
 

JFA

New Member
My good friend and I booked with MMO in 2018 for July of this year. We are paid in full and had all travel arrangements made. We just got bumped to 2022. I see both sides of this. There is nothing good about this. I dont want to wait another 2 years. I’m going to make a call and see what they say. What is all of your opinions? PM if you want.
 

Buzzy

Member
My good friend and I booked with MMO in 2018 for July of this year. We are paid in full and had all travel arrangements made. We just got bumped to 2022. I see both sides of this. There is nothing good about this. I dont want to wait another 2 years. I’m going to make a call and see what they say. What is all of your opinions? PM if you want.
If you are flying on Canadian North you will lose your tickets. They said vouchers must be used by the end of 2021.

I feel everyone should be moved back a year or the outfitter can cover any lost costs due to the airlines. $800 isn’t much but he’s asking you to throw it away vs someone who hasn’t invested any money in tickets yet. Plus you have paid more in deposits vs the 2021 hunters at this point in time.

I have heard some are bumping everyone a year and others are moving 2020 to 2022. They are in a tough position but In my opinion clients shouldn’t have to lose money on this decision if tickets are lost.
 

adubs

Active Member
my two brothers and I are with Stan and MMO as well and got an email today saying 2022. I honesty think it’s BS, knowing people who booked in 2019 get to keep their 2021 hunt and leap frog us. We booked in early 2018. They have zero air fair booked and should be expecting everyone to get bumped 1 yr. we will have a 5 hunting season wait now...we are booked for dall sheep and mtn caribou with dates of August 4-15th...🤨
 

sticksender

Active Member
I don't believe this is easy for anyone, especially for the outfitters who are right now getting an earful from clients, and yet the outfitters are the ones suffering truly huge financial losses. Their decision to move one set of hunters (those booked for 2020) to open dates probably makes the most sense to them, because it blows up the fewest schedules. For these type of hunts so many guys book up their Aug/Sept schedule across the next 3 years or more, so bumping everyone in every year would no doubt cause even more chaos and discord.
 

adubs

Active Member
Yeah sticksender, it has to be a complete mess for them...nobody wins that’s for sure. I talked with Stan and he is doing his best and I know when we are up there it will be a hunt of a lifetime no matter the year.
 

PleaseDear

Long Time Member
I'm in 2021 but I hope I don't get 'bumped' for someone that is getting displaced this year.


Maybe 2 on 1 instead of 1 on 1...?


Robb
 

WVHUNTER

Active Member
Canada border closing now extended to August 21st. But I think most of the August sheep hunters know by now that they aren't going.
 

fullcry

Active Member
Ya
You could just see it coming.
It will be interesting To see if anybody tries to book late hunts if it opens up.
Tough to be ready for a sheep hunt with little prep time.May be able to find a last second deal if they open up.
 

PleaseDear

Long Time Member
I'm starting to worry about getting into BC--Smithers area in 2021 now that this C-19 just keeps getting worse.


Robb
 

fullcry

Active Member
Right now I can’t even tell you how relieved
I am for doing my Stone Sheep Hunt last year.
It’s hard enough to get ready when you know
For sure it’s game on.
Getting ready on a maybe would be terrible.
Especially if you had to stay ready for a couple years ..
 

TX_Diver

Active Member
Ya
You could just see it coming.
It will be interesting To see if anybody tries to book late hunts if it opens up.
Tough to be ready for a sheep hunt with little prep time.May be able to find a last second deal if they open up.
I guess that'd be the one potential silver lining. I doubt there will be many deals though as there are others like me who have been working all year and haven't taken any vacations so far. Planning on putting some extra time to my WY elk tag but will definitely keep an eye on these last minute hunts too this year.

Hopefully some of the guys that were booked this year get those kinds of deals offered to them first though!
 

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