The reigning world-record typical whitetail might hail from Saskatchewan, but trophy deer hunters figure the next number-one will come from Alberta from somewhere within a hundred-mile radius of Edmonton. High-quality forage, plenty of timbered cover and limited hunting pressure make this region prime big-buck territory. Just don’t expect to find one on your own. Most of this land is leased to outfitters who savor-and profit from-their province’s reputation.

Hunting styles vary, but this is primarily a sit-down hunt. Rattling late-season bucks is popular, but if you don’t want to endure a Rocky Mountain November on the ground, look for outfitters that offer heated tower blinds overlooking clearings and fields. Contact Ongaro Outdoor Outfitters (800-465-6227, or McKenzie Brothers Outfitting (780-987-7300, www.mckenzie for details.