Fresh off a great hunt north of the border, Jason arrowed a heavy racked, big bodied Saskatchewan whitetail at just 16 yards broadside. For years, Jason says he and his dad have headed north to Saskatchewan to hunt whitetails in the late season. Saskatchewan’s farmland gives way to the thick Boreal forest region, and it’s there that big, impressive, world-class deer are grown. Saskatchewan offers prime opportunities for hunters looking to take a trophy whitetail, if you can tackle the challenges head on. Rifle hunting in this area is tough, Jason says. However, his bid to take a Saskatchewan buck with a bow increased that level of difficulty significantly. Hunting deer in Saskatchewan is unlike hunting deer anywhere else he has ever been, Jason says. You sit in blinds all day long and you don't see nearly as many deer as you may if you were sitting over ag fields across the U.S. However, for what they lack in number, the Saskatchewan whitetails more than make up for in body size and trophy quality - they are just bigger. Jason discusses the challenges of getting to your blind or stand and, once you get there, being prepared for the cold so you can stay warm throughout the duration of your sit. In particular, Jason talks about his use of a small propane heater and, to the surprise of some hunters, the non-impact it had on deer.
Turning his attention to conservation efforts and issues that impact wildlife, Jason talks Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). For the first time, CWD was confirmed in free ranging elk in Montana this year. A moose also tested positive for the disease and it has also been detected in whitetails in certain portions for several years now. CWD isn’t a new disease, however its spread in Montana, as well as across the country, is concerning. Unfortunately, we are at the tip of the iceberg, Jason says. While a lot is known about the disease, there are more questions than answers. It will impact hunters at some point, he says, and to a point it already has. Some hunters are taking their animals to check points, others are voluntarily sending in tissue to have it tested by state officials for CWD. It’s hard to know what kind of an impact CWD will have on deer, elk and moose in Montana. Across the country, its spread has been alarming in places like Wisconsin where the prevalence of CWD is high and continues to grow. It’s not something we can continue to pretend is not happening, he says. Working with the National Deer Alliance (NDA) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Jason says he is anxious to bring more awareness to this issue.
Be sure to tune in as Jason Matzinger joins The Revolution with a wide ranging conversation on outdoor preparedness, late season whitetail hunting, Chronic Wasting Disease and more. Watch “Into High Country with Jason Matzinger” on Sportsman Channel, Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET. You can also binge watch an extensive archive of previous seasons and episodes with MyOutdoorTV, so check it out!