Firearms are a key part of your Saskatchewan waterfowl hunting adventure. Here is some more information to help you plan this part of your hunting trip.
For your convenience we offer 12 gauge semi-automatic Franchi/Benelli shotguns for rent at the rate of $50/day/gun. This option eliminates baggage fees and the possibility of delays at customs. However if you do wish to bring your own favorite waterfowl hunting shotgun from home, that is no problem and we will be happy to provide the required firearms declaration forms for you so that you may fill it out in advance and save time at customs. Please note there will be a $25.00 fee for every firearm brought into Canada. For more information on the Canadian Border - click the link below or call 1-800-461-9999
Semi-automatic, 12 gauge shotguns are the most common and preferred choice among our waterfowl hunters. If you wish to bring a 20 gauge or 10 gauge gun then arrangements will need to be made ahead of time to ensure ammunition is available for your hunt.
As part of your all-inclusive hunting package, Prairies Edge Outfitting provides 3 Inch, Steel shotshells in BB, #2, and #3 shot free of charge during your waterfowl hunt. Please double check your firearm to make sure it will shoot 3 inch shells, this information will be stamped on the barrel or receiver. If you wish to shoot something different you are allowed to bring a maximum of 200 rounds of ammunition from the US into Canada, or you may stop at the Cabelas in Saskatoon and purchase shells before making the drive to North Battleford. The firearms declaration you will have from bringing your firearm into Canada is also a licence which will allow you to buy ammunition. Please note you will not be able to purchase ammunition without that paperwork.
Your shots in Saskatchewan can range from super fast, super close range ducks to medium range, slow flying huge Canada’s to long range, high flying snow geese. With the action fast and furious on most hunts there is no time for swapping choke tubes, so bring a good, general purpose choke that you are comfortable with and preferably have shot birds with before. If you are unsure we suggest you go with a Modified choke which is just less than Full. Please note if using a Full choke, make sure it is rated for steel shot. Alternatively you could bring 1 choke for geese and 1 choke for ducks.
Unfortunately some waterfowl hunters experience slight problems with their firearms when they first arrive in Saskatchewan. We highly recommend thoroughly cleaning and inspecting your shotgun after any flight, as the vibration, changing humidity and temperatures can cause problems. Taking a few minutes to make sure everything is in order the night before the first goose hunt can save you a lot of frustration the next morning when the ducks and geese are flying. Also packing a small can of oil and a rag in your blind bag is not a bad idea just in case you need it. Remember a clean gun is a happy gun!