What to Bring for Your Waterfowl Hunt

Equipment
* a soft gun case for transporting your gun(required by law)
* chest waders ( yes bring them!!)
* please bring camouflage clothing for your bird hunt.
* a complete camo face mask (these things make a real difference)
* 1 pair of easy on and easy off camp slippers (with rubber bottoms) We have a boots off policy in all our buildings and these slip ons will make your building to building travel very easy.
* 1 pair of wool pants 1pair of long underwear. 1pair of hunting jeans, several shirts and undershirts, a good sweater and a coat or extra layer for cool evenings.  Also 1 fresh set of traveling clothes for the trip home.
* camo rain suit or poncho
* 1 pair of warm mitts or gloves that are atleast water repellent
* 1 pair of water proof hunting boots
* 1 stocking cap for cool rides in boats and a.t.v.'s
* thermos and camera and film(we supply bedding and beds)
* video camera,battery charger and device to display on TV. via VCR or direct
* personal toiletries ,shaving kit, etc
* extra duffel bag or cooler for transporting meat and or trophies
* head lamp for moring set up and brushing in blinds and replacement batteries - compact light binoculars (optional)
* medium to large sized and quiet day pack for all those clothes, waders and equipment
* sunglasses, sunscreen and lipsill.

Pre-trip prep schedule
1. 3 to 6 months before your trip book your airline tickets. Schedule them so that you arrive in Saskatoon early (before 3pm) on Sunday. Schedule your departures for Saturday. Call Uniglobe in Saskatoon at 800 565 6562 to make your
reservations or Travel with Guns at 866-421-7166.


2. If your travel plans involve a stay in Saskatoon I would recommend the following properties.
* The Saskatoon Inn 306 242 -1440 www.saskatoon.com
* Travelodge 1 -800-255-3050 or 306 242-8881  www.travelodgesaskatoon.com

ASK FOR THEIR OUTFITTER RATE

3.  ALL VISITORS TO CANADA HAVE TO HAVE A VALID PASSPORT. HAVE  YOUR PASSPORT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT AND DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BRING INTO CANADA MORE ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS THAN YOU ARE ALLOWED. IF YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD, EVEN A DUI, YOU MAY BE REFUSED ENTRY. IF SO TELL ME IMMEDIATELY AND WE CAN ASSESS YOUR ADMISSABILITY INTO CANADA.

4. Firearms Registration:  See Firearms page

Re-confirm all flights
The last few years have been hard ones for the airline industry and many airlines routinely change or cancel flights . Not all airlines or travel agencies will contact you if such changes are made. It is a very good idea to confirm your flight the night before your departure. This can usually be done online or by phone.

Getting to Camp (airport transport)
You can rent a vehicle from any car rental agency at the airport and drive to camp. Remember when talking to these agencies the currency will be in Canadian $. Budget has special deals for hunters you can call them at 306 244 7925 mention "SKOUTFIT" rate code and ask that your price be quoted with the 10%discount. ASK FOR THEIR OUTFITTER RATE

Camp arrivals and departures
Check ins at the lodge are as follows: arrive in camp after 1 PM on Sunday and depart camp by 10 AM Saturday.

Beverages
Safari River Outdoors does NOT provide alcohol for clients

CASH
Last but not least, bring enough cash to cover tips, shells, and souveneirs.  We prefer cashier's checks for payment of balanace due for the hunt. The best way for you to get canadian cash is to use your bank card at any automated teller in Canada .  Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are widely accepted in Canada.


Dogs
If you are thinking of bringing up a dog please contact me before hand. We have had trouble with some dogs and some owners! We still allow dogs but only under specific circumstances.

Fishing
If you are going to do some fishing we have the gear to do so. Please remember that fishing is a bonus for you . You will not be charged extra for it.
If you want to do alot of fishing and want the guides to help please let me know ahead of time.

Cell Phones
We have cell coverage at the lodge and in over half of our bird hunting spots. There are 2 phone lines in camp.

Shells
Can your gun shoot steel? Lead shot is no longer legal in Canada for waterfowl. Steel, tungsten or bismuth or other non-toxic shot only. You will need 4 boxes total for geese and 1 to 2 boxes a day for ducks. For geese I like 3 1/2 inch BBBs in steel and for ducks 3 or 3 1/2 inch #2's or #3's. . And for those hunting after Sept 15 when the grouse season is open 1box of 2 3/4 inch upland 7&1/2 lead for upland. If you want to shoot some clays in camp add some skeet loads to your order.


You can now buy ammunition directly from me in camp--no more ordering from stores. I will have a good quality steel ammunition for sale.


Gratuities
In Canada it is customary to tip staff on a fully guided trip; however as outfitters we feel a tip to our staff should reflect your overall experience. If you are happy with our staff performance and overall trip, then tip them accordingly. For reference sake a 10% tip for guides is about average . As for the cook, anywhere from $50 to $100 per person per
week is in the ball park. Again these are only guidleines based what on our clients have done in the past. Ultimately it is still your decision.


Game Prep
If you are planning on bringing birds home with you please note that a collapsable cooler is a great way to take them back. Please check with your airline to get current baggage restrictions and hotel for freezer space.








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