Our essentials list is very important to your trophy hunting success!

Essentials List

IMPORTANT ESSENTIALS LIST: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ENTER CANADA AND ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH SASKATCHEWAN BIG BUCK ADVENTURES

Our essentials list begins with three things every hunter must have, then we’ll transition to the individual needs and individual hunts.

Please read this entire page; this information is the most critical aspect of your entire stay! We want you to have an experience of a lifetime. Our suggestions are given with your best interests in mind and are based on more than 20 years in the Outfitting business.

ESSENTIALS LIST: The Three Things You Must Have With No Exceptions! 

1. Passport

2. CAFC 909 NON-RESIDENT FIREARMS DECLARATION

3. HAL number

PASSPORT: The First Item on Our Essentials List

Don’t even try crossing the border without a current Passport. You may get in, or you may not; either way, it will be an ordeal. Please remember, A PASSPORT IS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL INTO AND OUT OF CANADA.

Any impaired driving charges no matter their age will also cause problems and delays with Customs. You can have this all worked out several months ahead of time with help from the Saskatchewan Government (click here for Saskatchewan Government website).

Please take care of any potential roadblocks before you arrive at Customs. Some things may take several months to work out, so start early. Your entry into Canada IS NOT guaranteed! It’s a low feeling when upon reaching Customs during your hunt of a lifetime and then being refused entry. It happens several times a year across Canada. Please do all you can to not be that person!

NON-RESIDENT FIREARMS DECLARATION FORM: A Must Have Essentials List Item

Any and all firearms you bring into Canada will be declared in writing to a customs officer at the point of entry into Canada, using the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form (form RCMP 5589). If there are more than three firearms, a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Continuation Sheet (form RCMP 5590) should be added.

This declaration form should be filled out prior to your arrival at the point of entry. However, it should not be signed before arriving at the entry point, as a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) customs officer must witness the signature.

A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is valid only for the person who signs it and only for those firearms listed on the declaration.

Once the declaration has been confirmed by the CBSA customs officer, it acts as a license for the owner and it is valid for 60 days. The declaration can be renewed for free, providing it is renewed before it expires, by contacting the Chief Firearms Officer (call 1-800-731-4000) of the relevant province or territory.

HAL NUMBER: This Essentials List Item Allows You To Purchase A Saskatchewan Hunting License

Your HAL ID is a one-time, permanent and personal number. You need this in order to hunt in Saskatchewan. Once you pay the minimal fee, your number will stay within the system.

NEVER CREATE A SECOND ACCOUNT WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FOR ANY REASON! I recommend you call for assistance with your HAL, call 1-855-848-4773 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) or click here for the Government web-page to purchase your Hal (scroll to the bottom of page).

HOTEL: Another Essentials List Item

We pick up hunters in Saskatoon at 10:00 am Sunday morning. Your plan is to arrive in Saskatoon sometime on Saturday and enjoy a relaxing night in one of our recommended hotels. Your homebound flight should not be pre-booked before the following Sunday, as there may be time constraints on getting back to Saskatoon on Saturday evening.

You can contact the Saskatoon International Airport at (306) 975-4755. We decided to add a Hotel to our essentials list for your benefit.

First buck! Summer Dewart followed the recommendations on our essentials list and was able to last several cold days on stand while waiting for this 155 inch beauty to show up.
First buck! Summer Dewart followed the recommendations on our essentials list and was able to last several cold days in the stand while waiting for this 153-inch beauty to show up.

ESSENTIALS LIST For Deer Hunting: Stuff You Need to Know

Muzzleloader Hunters: It is illegal to bring gunpowder into Canada so it is essential that you contact us with your powder requirement. We may have some at camp or we can buy it on Sunday while in Saskatoon. Please make this arrangement before you arrive in Canada.

Regulatory Hunting Outerwear: The outer layer of your jacket or vest has to be red, orange or white. What you wear below the waist is your option. It is legal to wear Camouflage bottoms whether pants or bibs. Your outer head covering must be orange. Camouflage orange or white are ILLEGAL.

Recommended Hunting Attire: You want your outer layer to be fleece or wool. Gore-Tex and many synthetic materials may become very noisy when they are exposed to frigid cold materials.

Please bring quiet clothing! Be sure you have a very good pair of mittens or gloves. We have found the “Chopper” style mitten to be much warmer than gloves. If you can purchase them large enough so as to fit a thin pair of gloves inside, then all the better. Because of blowing snow and possible low hanging branches, we recommend a pair of Ski-googles to wear when we travel back and forth to stand sites.

Essentials List Recommendations

We highly recommend bringing a very warm hat. Spend some time searching for a good hat. When you think you’ve found a warm one, put it back on the shelf and find a warmer one!

Taking the time to think about all your warm clothes from underwear, wool socks, second and third layers, will help your cold weather attack. Layering is best with each subsequent layer being bigger and heavier than the preceding layer. Fleece, wool, or down fill, are the most popular cold weather materials and they are all very warm. You do not want your clothing to fit tight, and this is especially important with socks!

We cannot stress the importance of having a high-quality pair of warm boots. Kamik, Baffin, and Polar are great names when it comes to winter boots. We highly recommend boots that have a minimum warmth rating of -100F. Anything less is apt to cost you hunting time! Please consider all these things as being “must have” essentials list items. Check our trophy whitetail hunt prices by clicking here.

If you have concerns about staying warm while on the stand, there are simple and effective ways to substantially cut the cold. Heater Body Suits are gaining in popularity and there now are a few other choices that are very similar in style. If you can get a hard to find Canadian Cocoon you won’t have any trouble staying warm during our coldest weather.  Some hunters have used a sleeping bag in the past and claim they work very well.

Essentials List Recommendations for Deer Hunters

Boot Blankets and Hand muffs, Binoculars, Small flashlight or headlamp, lighter or matches, an adequate supply of hand warmers considering a minimum of 4 per day. Also, toe warmers using a minimum of 2 per day. If you have it, a scent Lock suit or just the liner system is a great addition, as well as Scent eliminator spray, scent free shampoo and body wash.

We recommend that you wash all your hunting clothing in no scent laundry detergent. If you can keep your hunting clothing inside air-tight totes or in sealed plastic bags that would be even better!

Items For Camp Life: Shoes or slippers to wear in camp; battery back-up for your cell phone; cell phone charger; a backpack for miscellaneous items; and a good book is always welcome. Personal items including but not limited to a shaving or shower kit.

You bring the essentials list and we'll provide all the rest.
You bring the essentials list and we’ll provide all the rest.

ESSENTIALS LIST For Bear Hunting: Things You Need to Know

Muzzleloader Hunters: It is illegal to bring gunpowder into Canada so it is essential that you contact us with your powder requirement. We may have some at camp or we can buy it on Sunday while in Saskatoon. Please make this arrangement before you arrive in Canada.

Regulatory Hunting Outerwear: You can dress in camouflage only if you are hunting with a bow. If you hunt with a rifle or muzzleloader you need to wear a jacket or vest in solid white, orange, or red. You also need either a solid red or orange hat.

Recommended Hunting Attire: Although temperatures are usually quite mild during our spring bear hunts, we highly recommend that you bring hunting clothing good for temps ranging from 32 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Good rain gear is an essential item to have!

You will most certainly NEED a Mosquito-proof face net or mask. If you have a Bug-Tamer suit, all the better! Small flashlight or Headlamp with extra batteries. Check our trophy black bear hunt prices by clicking here.

Essentials List Recommendations for Bear Hunters

Scent eliminator spray; No scent shampoo and body wash; If you have a Scent Lock suit or liner system please bring it along. We want you to be as scent free as possible.

Washing your hunting clothes in a no scent laundry detergent before you arrive in camp will be a great start to your hunt. We like to see your hunting clothes kept in airtight plastic tote boxes or sealed plastic bags.

We highly recommend a Thermal Cell with a minimum of 10 pads plus 5 extra butane cartridges.

Items For Camp Life: Shoes or slippers to wear in camp; battery back-up for your cell phone; cell phone charger; a backpack for miscellaneous items; and a good book is always welcome. Personal items including but not limited to a shaving or shower kit.

This is our list of required items and those that we recommend. Your comfort is paramount to having a great hunting experience. We will do all we can to see that your stay with us is one you will never forget. By following this essentials list for your hunt, you are doing your part to ensure your success and hunting satisfaction.