Draw-Disappointment Cures for 2018 in North America

Every year we highlight some options for hunters who may not have pulled the tag they wanted in the draws, or who may be looking around to fill a hole in their fall schedule. We contacted a few major North American booking agents to see what they have available for the coming months. These listings are not exhaustive, and agents may have other hunts besides those detailed here.

Cancellation hunts can pop up at any time, and available spots may be filled quickly. If you are in the market for a hunt and have some flexibility, it may pay to be in touch with a booking agent who has connections with a wide range of outfitters.

Don Sangster at Hunt Nation (www.hunt-nation.com; 307-637-5495) tells us that he has some very last-minute openings for a six-day archery elk hunt in Idaho either September 15-20 or September 23-28. The cost is $2,800 for 2×1. This is a wilderness hunt in the Lochsa River area with Over-the-Counter (OTC) tags. The success rate is about 50%, with 75% opportunity. Camp is accessed on horseback.

Another bowhunting option is a self-guided elk hunt in Oregon in mid- to late-September on 20,000 acres of land. While clients hunt alone, the outfitter provides guidance and GPS coordinates for tree stands, blinds, travel lanes, and water points.

Hunt Nation also has openings for late-season elk hunts in November and December with two different New Mexico outfitters. These are private ranch hunts, which Sangster says are priced somewhat lower than a rut hunt earlier in the season would be. Price is $6,750 for a 1×1 hunt with OTC tag.

In Canada, Sangster says he has a couple options for hunters looking for a wallhanger. There is a November mule deer/whitetail combo hunt in Alberta in an agricultural area known for producing big mule deer. The focus is on trophy mulie, but hunters may tag a whitetail in addition. This is a high-dollar operation that takes few hunters. The other option is a Saskatchewan trophy whitetail hunt in a fringe area bordering open fields. The area runs a 100% success rate for rifle hunters.

Tim Herald’s Worldwide Trophy Adventures (www.worldwidetrophyadventures.com; 800-346-8747), which took over the Cabela’s bookings, has separate listings of cancellation hunts and outfitter specials on its website. WTA’s Eric Pawlak directed our attention to these hunts, which we will list in part here.

First, WTA has cancellation hunt for six-day woodland caribou in Newfoundland listed at $9,950 for October 28. Caribou hunts in Newfoundland tend to book up well in advance, so this hunt may go quickly. The hunter would have the option to add moose.

In New Mexico, WTA has 1×1 guided cancellation elk hunt on private land November 15-19 for $7,000. This hunt is based out of a ranch house on the property. The agency also has cancellation spots for trophy Saskatchewan whitetails Nov. 4-9 or Nov. 26-Dec. 1 at $4,595.

As for WTA’s discounted hunts, there’s a trophy whitetail hunt in central Alberta with an outfitter that produces many 150- to 180-class deer in an 11,000 sq. mile area with low hunting pressure. That hunt is listed at $5,000, with dates for Nov. 4-9 or Nov 25-30.

The website also offers a 2×1 private-land elk hunt in southern Colorado with OTC tags from Nov. 6-11 at $7,000. The property is over 12,000 acres at over 7,500-foot elevation, advertised as offering “a very realistic chance at harvesting a 300-in-plus bull.” Other discount offerings include Kansas whitetail, Newfoundland moose, Mexico mule deer, and a variety of options in Alaska.

Scott Twiss at ProHunt Concierge (www.prohuntconcierge.com; 435-881-9730) provided us with a list of fall hunt options still available through that agency. First up, a 10-day desert bighorn hunt from December 10-20 in Mexico listed for $43,000, down from $60,000. That’s quite a deal. Also in Mexico, Twiss has a $7,000 all-inclusive mule deer hunt for January 10-20 that should provide a shot at deer from 180 to 220 inches, as well as a Coues deer hunt for the same dates.

In the lower 48, Prohunt Concierge has two spots available for a northern Colorado rifle elk hunt with OTC tags. Cost is $5500 each for 2×1 guided, October 24-28. This hunt is run out of a well-appointed lodge.

In Canada, Twiss has 7-day hunts in northern Alberta for whitetail, with dates throughout November. Those hunts are discounted to $4,000 plus tag. For something with teeth, there’s also a 10-day lnyx/mountain lion hunt in BC for $10,500 all-inclusive. Prohunt Concierge also has a number of last-minute Alaska options, including moose and moose/grizzly combo hunts.

Bob Kern at The Hunting Consortium (www.huntingconsortium.com: 540-955-0090) tells us that he has a few last-minute options in North America, including a Stone sheep hunt at $9,000 off. Act fast if interested. Kern also has some spots for moose in Alaksa and a moose/caribou combo hunt in British Columbia.

As a side note, Kern also has Tatra chamois hunts in Slovakia listed at 30% off. Only five licenses are issued each year for this subspecies.

There are always plenty of options for OTC tags and DIY hunts in the Lower 48. Search “draw disappointment” on our website for a host of options across the country. Enjoy the season, and send us a report