GREAT HUNTING, GREAT PEOPLE
I met Neil at an SCI event in Livonia, MI. My father and I decided to book a Whitetail deer hunt in hopes of harvesting a large Canadian whitetail. Since it was our first time hunting in Canada, Neil was able to give us good advice and tell us exactly what we needed to make the hunt successful and comfortable. We arrived in Edmonton and Neil promptly met us at the hotel and picked us up. The lodge was comfortable and the food excellent. Neil and his guides worked very hard to get us into prime locations for the hunt. We both were successful in harvesting the biggest bucks of our hunting careers, both big 8 point bucks that were the biggest deer we have shot to date. We also spent a couple days hunting coyote, which was fun and successful. The people and the experience was phenomenal. I hope to return soon and know that I can count on being treated right and placed in an area that .produces huge whitetail bucks.
Thank you for a great trip.
Dr. G.E. Gopoian
I knew on the first day of my hunt i had hit pay dirt, Neil and his
go the extra mile for their hunters. My first day in the field (all 5 hours of it) i harvested a huge mule deer, body weight 300lbs and a huge chocolate rack. Neil and i were glassing the river bottom and he saw a 160ish mule deer. I was ready to go but Neil said we can do better so i waited
(reluctantly) Glad i did because Neil put me on an even bigger deer just a few hours later. That was the first day! On the next day i went after a white tail and had to wait a little longer for a shot at a great white tail ( one whole day) As light was fading on the first day of my hunt a large deer came in following a doe. One shot later my 6 day hunt was over (in two
days) and i had two beautiful deer to show for it. North Star is the real deal and i will be back again. The accommodation's are top notch, the people are top notch, and the food is awesome (thanks Cathy). Thanks to Neil and the rest of the team for an awesome adventure that i will never forget.
Mike Fowler 410-570-0906
Bagged my 1st Alberta White Tail an 8 Point 300# 150"!. That was on
the second day of the hunt! I just couldn't pass up a 300# 150" Class
My Wife and I booked our 1st Alberta
Hunt in 2009. We chose North Star Outfitters on the reccomendations
of a friend of ours that has been there like 30 times! Yes thats right
30 TIMES!. We were Like 30 times you have to be kiddin! Well Now We
Know Why! We had a Wonderful Time!. The accomodations were 5 star
the food was 5 star the Hunt was 5 star and the people were 5 star!
What else can we say. And To Top Things Off, I Bagged my 1st Alberta
White Tail an 8 Point 300# 150"!.That was on the second day of the
hunt! I just couldn't pass up a 300# 150" Class 8 Pointer! : ) Next
year we'll shoot for a 160"+. My wife and i are already making Plans
for 2010. If Your Looking for a 5 Star Hunting Lodge for just yourself
or Yourself and your Wife Then Look no further than North Star Outfitters!
You won't Regret it I Promise! Just tell Neil Johnny Lightning Sent
John & Sue Wiker
717 786 4670 www.JLPRACING.com
Star Outfitters offers more opportunities for success then any other
outfitter I've ever worked with.
After experiencing numerous white tail deer hunts with outfitters
in Kansas, Nebraska, and Saskatchewan, I was extremely pleased and
most impressed with my experience with North Star Outfitters and my
Alberta hunt. First, no one can guarantee a successful hunt, but after
a thorough evaluation of your hunting desires, North Star Outfitters
offers more opportunities for success then any other outfitter I've
ever worked with. Neil and Alyssa Johnson are passionate and truly
want your hunt and experience with them to be the best. And when you
are not in the field, the accommodations are second to none. Neil,
I'll be back for future hunts and want Alysha as my guide again. You
and your staff are the most professional I have experienced and I
would highly recommend your organization to anyone. (And for those
of you wondering, I bagged a 160+ massive eight point with drop tine
on the 5th day).
have hunted in Canada since 2000. I would have to rate Neil's place
to hunt at the top of my list.
He would also be at the top of my list of outfitter's that would go
the extra mile to try and get you a deer. The weather was pretty tough
in 2009 but Neil managed to get me on a nice deer. I don't know of
an outfitter that can control the weather. If I hear of one I will
make sure and stay away from him.
Hunting at North Star Outfitters has become one of our favorite places
to go. We have hunted bears, whitetails and mule deer with much success for
our television show. If your looking for a reputable outfitter to
go with that has good accommodations, great food and big animals then
this is the place we would recommend.
Pat & Nicole - Driven TV
If youre looking for
a professional outfitter in a trophy area you will find none better
than Northstar Outfitters. Possibly the hardest working outfitter
in arguably one of the top trophy areas, you cant go wrong.
Douglas S. Hamric
Deer Hunting References: Please feel free to contact any of our hunters who left testimonials
Steve Tetelton - WT/MD 904-841-2900
Mike Faulkner WT/MD 989-560-5404
Justin Raggazine WT,MD Bow -330-518-9552
I want to share my experience at your lodge in Alberta during November 2010. I harvested the largest whitetail of my life--a 175" gross 12 pt typical. I've chased large racked whitetails for 45 years and the areas you put me onto had lots of them. I passed on bucks that would be 130" to 150".
Your lodge is great with good food, and you and your daughter Alyssa know big whitetails! I have booked for 2011 and I recommend North Star Outfitting.
to Neil and all his hard work and effort, I was able to accomplish
a 40 year goal of harvesting a nice mature bull moose. My wife Carolyn
was also hunting and took a nice 9 point whitetail buck.
I met Neil Johnson at the February
SCI dinner in Mt.Pleasant, Michigan in 2009. I told Neil that I was
interested in hunting moose. He told me that he had moose, but they
didn't have the 70 inch wide spread that you would find in Alaska.
I told him that I was interested in a nice mature bull and if he had
a 40 inch wide spread that I would be satisfied. We discussed some
of my physical limitiations with mobility, and Neil told me that he
could work with me and it wouldn't be a problem.On November 4, 2009,
Neil and I spotted a nice bull on a hill, we made a short stalk, and
Neil got me in close enough for a 120 yard shot. I took the animal
with one shot. This moose measured 531/2 inches wide and had 18 points.
Thanks to Neil and all his hard work and effort, I was able to accomplish
a 40 year goal of harvesting a nice mature bull moose. My wife Carolyn
was also hunting and took a nice 9 point whitetail buck. I would highly
recommend Neil and North Star Outfitting for anyone interested in
hunting moose and whitetail deer.
My husband Mike wanted a moose
hunt. I decided that I wanted to be able to hunt with him and booked
a whitetail hunt with Neil, so Mike and I could be together in camp.
As a woman hunter, hunting camps are more geared for the men, and
aren't always suited for the female hunter. Neil's hunting accomadations
were ideal for the hunting couple. The accomadations were comfortable
and I was made to feel right at home in camp. Neil made sure Mike
and I had our privacy from the other hunters if we wanted it. His
daughter Alysha was my guide, and she put me in various stands. My
hunt was set up to my needs, and Alysha was very sensitive to what
I would need. Through Alysha's hard work, her knowldege of the area,
and the effort she put into my hunt; I was able to see a lot of deer.
I was able to harvest a nice 9 point buck. I would highly recommend
North Star Outfitting for hunting couples who enjoy hunting together
and first class accomadations. Thanks Neil and Alysha for a great
Hunting with North Star Outfitting is a pleasure. All of their stands are enclosed to help contain the human scent
and keep the cold winds off of the hunter. A lot of detail is paid
to scent control by driving the hunters all the way to the stand,
and encouraging everyone to use urine bottles while in or around the
Neil is very active in keeping up with all of the hunters and their
details, and what they have seen during the day etc. I feel his awareness
and attention to detail gave me a little extra advantage in my opportunity
to take my nice 160" buck.
The lodge is nice and roomy, I never felt cramped up, it is warmed
with a heated floor system, and has a trophy room with a pool table,
as well as a large lounge area with satelite TV. There is good comraderie
between Neil and the hunters and staff. I also enjoyed looking through
Neil's scrap books of all the trophies his hunters have taken over
the years. There is plenty of good home cooked meals and desert goodies.
I plan to return for some more whitetail hunting with North Star Outfitting.
To Serious Big Buck Hunters
The last decade I've traveled north across the border hunting Saskatchewan
and Alberta. I've harvested bucks in the 150's and 160's most years.
This season was spectacular because I hunted with someone who knew
BIG BUCKS. Neil Johnson, owner of North Star Outfitting, and his daughter,
Alicia, are experts on the knowledge of deer. Their expertise of the
area and the patterns of whitetail deer are by far the best I've ever
seen. The guides studied these big bucks with trail cams, fall photographing
and spotting scopes. They know their habits and what Neil calls "a
hot area NOW"!!! The food was great and the guides were awesome
and Neil's camp is top-notch and relaxing. Looking forward to having
another great week of hunting in the near future.
"On my first day Neil put
me in a spot where I tagged out in 20 minutes on my biggest WT to
date... Two days later I bagged a big mulie.
I have been chasing whitetail for
years in hot spots like North Dakota, Kansas and Saskatchewan with
various degrees of success. This year I hunted Alberta with Neil and
North Star hoping to finally have a chance at a 150 class WT and combo
with a mule deer. On my first day Neil put me in a spot where I tagged
out in 20 minutes on my biggest WT to date, a 164 12 pointer.
Two days later I bagged a big mulie. Yeah I got lucky, but North Star
gave me a chance to get lucky. Having personally experienced many
different WT outfitters over the last 6 years, North Star has been
the most successful and the accommodations are first rate.
Daryl Sobol Pittsburgh
Thanks so much for coming
through for me on my whitetail hunt. You not only led me
to a great 161 buck but did the same for my two hunting buddies
as well. When you are the person doing the research and choosing the
outfitter for your friends, it increases the stress level a bunch.
I based my choice of North Star Outfitters on the experience gained
from eleven hunting trips to the other provinces and you certainly
did not disappoint. Your lodge was very clean and the most comfortable
and roomy of any that I have stayed at. Kathy your chef was unbelievable.
It was easily the best seven days of dining that I have ever had.
My guide Roger was very knowledgeable and a treat to spend time with.
What sets North Star Outfitters
apart for me is the high density of quality bucks you have and the
variety of terrain to hunt. For me it is just as important to enjoy
the scenery around the stand location as it is seeing deer. Your
stand locations are in spots that make it easy to sit there all
day. You also impressed me by your quick decision making on where
and how to hunt the deer in each specific area. You always seemed
to be thinking one day ahead and when one stand was not working
you were ready to make the change. What also impressed me is the
special effort you go though with respect to noise reduction and
scent control when hunting mature bucks. That is something that
I had not seen from other outfitters. Thanks again for a great hunt.
Thanks for thehunt Baron & I took nice bucks in Alberta
and Saskatchewan. In the whitetail hunting world booking a hunt
can be a difficult decision. We look forward to many more years
with North Star . I can honestly say that I feel comfortable spending
the money,because I know the quality hunt you provide .Your Saskatchewan
hunt is superb, very relaxing with a great oppertunity at a trophy
class whitetail . Erv does a very nice job in Sask camp . Your Alberta
operation is great too . I couldn't pick between the two that's
why I hunt both . We are returning to hunt both places in 08 so
anyone wanting info on these hunts you can call me in the evenings
at 717-235-0411 .
"My anticipation for
the upcoming season grows stronger every year. Truly North Star
Outfitters is a special place."
You know I've guided hunts in illinois and booked hunts for several
outfitters. I know the ins and outs of what happens behind the scenes
and it is a shame that people spend their hard earned money for
hunts that were doomed from the start, I've lived and learned as
they say. This is now my 5th year with you and have to say, you
and your staff are by far the hardest working and most willingest
outfitter to see that me "your client" is successful.
I know that when I come to camp its going to be clean, I'm fed until
I burst and you are going to put me in an area that has a known
shooter roaming. You have proven this year in and year out. My anticipation
for the upcoming season grows stronger every year. Truly North Star
Outfitters is a special place.
I would like to extend my gratitude for one of the best hunting
experience of my life. Helping me harvest a 164" Buck was
phenomenal, but the fun that i had hunting with you and your daughter
Alysha was something i will never forget. Your lodge, your guides
and lets not forget Kathy your Cook or better yet your Chef are
second to none.
I will introduce North Star Outfitting to my Safari Club of Metro
New York and i will most definitely will be back for a White Tail
hunt and a Trophy Black Bear Hunt.
Very Truly Yours,
"I recommend every serious
deer hunter make a trip to see you at North Star Outfitting and
experience the hunt of a lifetime! "
I wanted to thank you for the hospitality you and your staff showed
my Father and I. This was our first visit to Alberta. Having hunted
all over North America, I was impressed with the quality and the
numbers of animals we saw. I harvested a beautiful Alberta 10 point
and my Father was excited with the nice 8 point he connected with.
The only complaint I had....the food was to good! I gained 6 pounds
in three days! I recommend every serious deer hunter make a trip
to see you at North Star Outfitting and experience the hunt of a
lifetime! Looking forward to booking with you again.
Attention Fellow Hunters:
My name is Steve Reichard and I have been fortunate to hunt all
over this great world. One place that in particular that stands
out in my opinion is North Star Outfitting in Alberta, Canada with
Neil Johnson; along with the great crew.
I have had the privilege of doing twenty four hunts with North Star
between bear, deer, goose and duck hunts. I have harvested whitetail
deer on all ten deer hunts accept for one, that particular hunt
I was just being picky. I was lucky enough to harvest a 200 class
mule deer this year and a great whitetail in 2004. In the spring
of 2004 I harvested one of the largest black bears I have even taken.
It was an honest 82. Over the many years I have hunted
with North Star Outfitting I have harvested 19 bears. Its
great because my hunting buddies have also been as fortunate as
myself. The food accommodations are five star, no questions asked.
All I can say is be prepared to gain weight over the week.
North Star also acquired a new camp in Saskatchewan, Canada. I spent
a week there in November of 2004 and seen numerous great deer.
If you are looking for a great hunt with first class hard workers
and respectful, honest people give North Star Outfitting a call
GO HUNTING WHILE YOU ARE PHYSICALLY ABLE!
In November of '05 I hunted with
Neil Johnson, owner of North Star Outfitting. I was successful
in harvesting a nice 180 inch mule deer. There were many things
I appreciated about North Star. They made me feel right at home.
Neil and a couple of his guides, Kevin and Blain, are friendly and
anxious to take care of you. They want to make sure you enjoy your
hunt and work very hard for you to have a chance at a nice deer.
They offer a very nice tower stand and furnish heaters when needed.
The food was very good and the facilities are second to none. I
am planning a hunt again in '06 with Neil.
517-456-7431 ext 312, home 517-265-5325.
Book your next Alberta Canada Whitetail Deer Hunting and Mule Deer Hunting Trip with North Star Outfitters!