Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the success rates at Silvertine?
A: Our success rates are nearly 100%. Only a few times did clients leave without a buck. They had opportunities for a shot and missed them both. Naturally, he did not have to pay for his time at the ranch. He was invited back to hunt again and use his original deposit toward his next hunt.
Q: Where is the Hunt Ranch Located?
A: Silvertine is located near the town of Meadow Lake,Saskatchewan, the actual ranch is only 20 miles away. For more info on where the ranch is you will need to book a hunt to get a driving map due to privacy reasons.
Q: What are the costs of a hunt at Silvertine?
A: Prices quoted on our trophy fees is all inclusive. For more info on this and the listing of the trophy fees check out our DATES AND RATES page.
Q: Can we bring meat into the USA without any problems?
A: Yes, not a problem. With the proper paperwork from us and an import permit that we provide you will be good to go. Capes and antlers are also just fine. Some species of sheep require a CITES permit and we will have this for you prior to hunting with us. The best way is many folks buy hard sided coolers duct tape, and lots of 1 gallon zip-lock bags. Ones the elk or other animal is harvested you n your guide can bone out the best and package it into these zip lock bags. We will freeze it and at the end of your hunt package it into the coolers you bought. (the average elk will take 3 large coolers) Take these coolers with you on the plane and just pay for the extra baggage costs, this is the best way and cheapest way.
Q: How many days of hunting are included in the price?
A: At Silvertine , our hunt packages are three days, but according to the size of the animal and number of animals the guest wants to harvest we can custom the length of the hunts. Before you book your hunt we will try to get an idea of expectations, e.g. bow hunt or rifle hunt, 10 point buck or 12 point buck, stalk or ground blind. From there we will reserve the amount of time we think it should take to get your animal. For example, we would book more time for a bow hunter than we would for a rifle hunter. On average, it takes two days for a hunter to get his animal.
Q: What about bow hunters and muzzleloaders?
A: Both bow hunters and muzzleloaders are welcome at Silvertine . We do, however, have a wounding policy. Once we have drawn blood, we will hunt that buck until we find him.
Q: How are the hunts conducted?
A: At Silvertine , majority of our hunts are 2x1, unless clients request 1x1 hunting, and it depends on the number of hunters booked during that time frame. We are a very small personalized hunt operation and I or my guide will guide you personally and only one to two groups of guys will be in camp at any one time to a maximum of six guys. Each hunter will have the choice of hunting from a ground blind, tree stand or stalk the animal. Most hunters use a combination of ground blinds and stalking.
Q: What are the actual hunting seasons?
A: We are a private ranch in Saskatchewan and as such we can hunt all year long. However, normally, we hunt early July to end of January.
Q: What is included in the hunt price?
A: For the price listed you receive, one dinner the night before the hunt, three days of hunting and all meals and accomidations (Bedding Provided), guide service, trophy is gutted, caped and prepared for transport back home, taxes, all paper work to return home with your trophy.
Q: What other expenses should I expect?
A: In addition to the listed hunt price, you will have these additional fees:
Q: I’m not in as good a physical condition as I used to be. Will I be able to handle this hunt?
A: There is very little elevation changes to speak of, the terrain is not mountain climbing. Your guide will hunt at a pace you can handle. We can access the ranch tree stands, side-by-sides for those who have difficulty walking.
Q: What happens if the buck or bull I shoot scores higher than my guide thought it would?
A: As long as you shoot the trophy your guide told you to shoot, there are no additional costs. If you see an animal that is larger than what you originally wanted, then you and your guide will have to do some quick negotiating on the spot. Before you shoot any animal, we will let you know what that animal costs – the rest is up to you.
Q: How many other hunters will be hunting at the ranch?
A: Silvertine likes to only have one group hunting at a time. Very rarely has the previous group stayed an extra morning because they did not get their game they were looking for. When there is two guides in camp like there is often in October there can be two parties, one deer one Elk and a max of 6 guys, normally 3-5.
Q: How many people can we have in a hunting group?
A: We have had as many as 6 people in one group, however, only one or two person is hunting with a loaded firearm at any given time. Other people in the group can be carrying a video recorder or observing.
Q: Can I have combination hunts at Silvertine ?
A: Yes! The other main animals we hunt at the ranch are numerous (Boar, Yak, Bison, Sheep, Turkey, etc). Call us for more information about these hunts or check out our exotic hunts website. www.silvertineexotichunts.com
Q: I’m on a tight budget. What about public or private land hunts in the $3500-$5000 range?
A: Unfortunately, most state/provincial Game and Fish departments do not manage for trophy quality bucks. On most hunts in this price range, your chances of killing any legal buck will be 15-50%, depending on the outfitter, your own hunting skills, and weather conditions. Your chance of killing a good buck that scores up to 140” gross B&C are very slim, normally, less than 5%. Your chances of killing a buck over 160” gross B&C are nearly zero. In the long run, if you want to harvest one good buck in your life, you are better off coming to Silvertine once and spending $5900, then going to ten deer hunts, and still not harvesting a big buck. They say that only 1:5000 hunters will ever harvest a Bull elk in the 350 class or better. Another reason for a managed property hunt like Silvertine.