The most common question we get asked: “What does a Compass Mountain hunt look like?”
Your adventure starts by flying or driving into Grande Prairie, Alberta — one of the great pioneer cities of Northern Canada. We’ll be at the airport to greet you and drive you out to our nearby country home and staging centre.
Once you’re geared up, we’ll drive the two hours to our base camp in the Rocky foothills. Our combined territory is a massive area (4,950 square km / 3,075 square miles) surrounded by provincial parks and untouched wilderness. From lush green moose swamps to glacier-crusted peaks stretching up over 9,000 feet to countless alpine lakes and sunny mountain slopes, you won’t be lacking in scenery. Best of all, the limited access to the area allows us to maintain a population of some of the largest moose, elk, mountain sheep, and black bears in Canada — as well as wolves, mule deer, mountain goats, and cougars.
The camps themselves are also very comfortable. To comply with local laws and regulations, we exclusively use “mobile camps” — basically cabins on wheels. They’re warm, cozy bunkhouses, each equipped with private areas and a kitchen. (We’re big believers in excellent food.)
Upon request, or in the course of chasing a great trophy, we may sometimes move to a “spike camp”, where we set up large wall tents with heating.
For trophy moose, we often target bulls in the 50-60 inch range (though we’ve found bigger). Hunters have a great chance at a Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett qualifying trophy. The elk here are large too (we harvest plenty over 300, to as high as 365).
We won’t lie to you: our hunts are going to challenge you. The best areas are remote and difficult to access. But the pains are worth it. Steep and rugged spots consistently produce monster trophies. A group we guided bagged the two largest moose taken through any outfitter in Alberta that year, both within a few days of each other in the same zone.
Adventures are made to be savoured. We have excellent camera equipment, and extensive experience with professional hunting videography. We’ll work with your preferences to ensure you can relive the highlights with your friends and family for years to come.
Limited tags are available each year. Send your request today to avoid disappointment.
(While we can never guarantee the outcome of a hunt, we consider it our jobs to maximize your chances of success. This starts with coming up with a personalized plan that accounts for your fitness and experience and time limitations. We’ll be as honest as possible about what to expect, and have excellent track records at delivering on those expectations.)