The name of the region alone conjures imagery of impossibly clear, vast blue skies, crystal streams and waterfalls, forests without end, and a heap of rewarding, trophy whitetail bucks for the hunting! Alberta, Canada, an extremely popular tourist destination for a number of reasons, could never sell its reputation as the perfect hunting destination too much, as it is – hands down – one of the single most desirable dream vacations for whitetail hunters in Canada’s entire hemisphere. While many Alberta outfitters provide superior whitetail-hunting equipment and guidance, there are some crucial pointers any level of sportsman pursuing Alberta whitetail should obey. Although many sportsmen enjoy the modern For a successful Alberta trophy whitetail hunt, you must have a rifle accurate to 300 yards, and the ability to shoot it. A Kenny Jarrett custom .300 Winhcester fitted with a 3 1/2x10x15 Leupold seems to be a perfect combination. Even though the shot is a short distance, many hunters say they still feel confident with it up to hundreds of yards. rifle hunt – and why wouldn’t they? – the overwhelming trend in Alberta and other regions of Canada seems to be a preference for more traditional bow hunting. Whether snagging prize whitetails by rifle or by bow, hunters offer their advice on the Alberta whitetail pursuit: One thing is true of Alberta hunts: you can't shoot well if you are cold, but sitting still for long hours on your stand may be crucial to snagging that whitetail. Wear heavy poly underwear, wool pants, and a polar-tuff fleece, hunting outfit. This allows you to be comfortable – and virtually invisible – in the woods. Additionally, remember that good snow packs, with wool felt liners, are a must. Also, you can keep warm with an Icebreaker over-boot and hand-warmers; while Alberta whitetail may have thick, beautiful fur coats of their own, you don’t. A Pentax 8x40 binocular, they recommend as well; it has served them well in past hunts and, they say, it’s on par optically with other binoculars. Another potential issue for first-time Alberta hunters is judging a trophy whitetail; the large size of Alberta's bucks proves the process difficult. There’s a great video out there, called "Monarchs of Alberta,” that talks about this very problem – and addresses common-sense solutions. A reasonable expectation for an Alberta trophy is over 140 B&C points, with 150 as a realistic goal. The chance for a 170-point trophy whitetail is there everyday, as well.