Carl Lipke- 2002 Elk Hunt
I chose Wild Kakwa Outfitters in
2002 for several reasons. First , I wanted to try "new country"
since I'd done several trips out west hunting elk in the mountains.
Second, the terrain, though beautifully thick, promised to be easier
to navigate for my dad who's getting up there in years. Third, if
my dad or I shot a bull, it would probably be quite large since
the elk up in Alberta are simply a bigger animal than, say, a typical
Colorado bull. We have never cared about antler score...we just
love elk and wanted something regal to put on a wall - no matter
the rack. And fourth, and possibly the main reason, you could use
a rifle during the rut. The idea of bugling bulls potentially REALLY
up close because of how thick the bush is, was very exciting and
appealing. And that's basically what played out.
The country was very thick but I found it very fun to hunt...and
when my guide and I got his bull fired up on day four, it all happened
like gang busters. He barely answered my cow calls by when my guide
cranked up his bugle, that set him off. We then took the offensive
and used the slope of a small ridge to our advantage as we went
to him, we eased into a position as close as we dared - the bull
did the rest. And after watching him advance and shred a sapling
through my scope, he continued on and gave me a standing broadside
shot at barely 70 yards. My advice, be ready to move quickly when
an animal fires up and don't be afraid to use more than on bullet
these guys are big!
Back at camp the accommodations are very comfortable...typical wall
tents that add a great sense of being "out there" in the
bush. Rita's food was great, the coffee plentiful. My dad and I
also saw a couple of bears and enough moose to make us covet a tag
on the spot, but that will have to wait for another trip. My dad
did not shoot and elk but he did have an opportunity... but that's
I found Air Canada to be wonderful as far as helping us get meat
home too and the taxidermy work by Merv from New Horizon Taxidermy
to be outstanding. I have a lot of animals on my walls at home and
I'm very fussy about taxidermy work and Merv did an excellent job!
Feel free to call me if you have more questions!
Carl S. Lipke
phone number : 319-842-3300
Wild Kakwa Outfitters
RR 3 Site 3 Box 13
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada T8V 5N3
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