Dave Molloy
P O BOX 191  -  Empress, Alberta TOJ 1EO
Phone/Fax (403) 565-3775  -  Lodge Phone (403) 676-3300
"When The Hunting Gets Tougher We Hunt Over Stuffers"

Answers To Your Questions About Our Hunting Trips & Facilities


The prairie region of Saskatchewan and Alberta is blessed with a plethora of upland game birds and migratory waterfowl. The area is well known for its native sharptails and there are healthy populations of Hungarian partridge and ring-necked pheasants that were introduced in the early 1900s. The rich agricultural fields attract thousands of migrating ducks and geese that stop to fuel up on their way south. The region is used extensively by white-fronted geese that show up early in the season and hang around till mid October. Snows and Ross' are also very abundant and provide some great diversity. The smaller cacklers show up in early October and the big Canada geese that are raised locally are always a bonus.

Alberta has open seasons for both upland birds and waterfowl, while Saskatchewan now offers hunts for upland with waterfowl open to everyone. Saskatchewan also offers a sandhill crane season under their migratory waterfowl seasons and the birds coming out of the north decoy extremely well. The diversity of the two provinces and overlapping seasons lend itself to well to the bird hunter looking at hunting both provinces.

Dave Molloy, of Western Guiding Services, Box 191, Empress, AB, TOJ IEO phone or fax (403) 565-3775 has been in operation since 1982 and has set up his outfitting business to take advantage of the hunting seasons in Saskatchewan and Alberta. His camp is located in southeastern Alberta, just inside of the border that divides the two provinces.

Dave offers hunts in both provinces through one hunting package. Morning shoots are normally conducted in Saskatchewan for geese, ducks or cranes before heading back to camp for a big breakfast. A quick change of cloths will have you back in the field on the Alberta and Saskatchewan side to hunt some of the upland game birds that thrive in the area. Early afternoon you head back for lunch and head out for an afternoon goose hunt in Alberta when possible with large flights of ducks showing up just before dark. Dave comments that he doesn't like to waste any daylight and with the mornings starting at 4:00 a.m. in the early part of the season hunters usually sleep well at night.

The hunts are offered in a three-day package that usually includes six field shoots and three trips for upland birds. You hunt right to the end of the third day, not stopping at noon to rush you off to the airport. Accommodations are provided in the hunting lodge with six separate bedrooms, two with double beds and four with singles. Because there is only a maximum of six hunters in at any time, everyone has their own room and share the two showers downstairs and a full bathroom upstairs. There is a large dining area where the cook prepares home-style meals to keep you fueled up for the long days in the field. There is also a "Tall Tales Room" with a hosted bar and plenty of taxidermy mounts of big game and birds. Dave is an avid hunter and can tell his share of tales from places around the world. There is also a billiard table and television with satellite dish.

They do have a winehair to work as hard as the hunters. There are kennel facilities on sight for those hunters wanting to bring along their own hunting dogs. There is a real diversity for the dogs with the wide-open stubble fields that harbor coveys of partridge to the brushy draws that hide the wily sharptails. The migratory hunting alone will give your dog more work than he has seen in a three day stint.

Dave uses a unique spread of decoys that includes what he refers to as "stuffers". They are actual mounted birds done in life-like poses and with 24 white-fronts and eight snows you can decoy more of the shy birds that may have seen some hunting pressure. The stuffers are set on there own and a big spread of full-bodied shells are set up down field. According to Dave, most of the incoming birds will try to land with or close to the stuffers. A variety of blinds are used to hide hunters depending on the type of field that is being hunted. Fast grass blinds are a favorite in barley and wheat stubble and lay-down blinds are used where there is marginal cover. Dave also uses the roomy bale blinds and finds them to work very well on the ducks.

There are several packages offered but three basic packages range from $1,800 to $2,650. The options may include licenses for both provinces, shells for upland and waterfowl, bird cleaning and packaging, accommodations, meals and transportation to and from the Calgary International Airport. Dave Molloy is a founding member of the Alberta Wildfowl Outfitters Association which means he is licensed, bonded, insured and follows a code of ethics for hosting and guiding clients.

The upland hunting can require a fair amount of walking, so pack a comfortable pair of boots. Most of the waterfowl shoots are conducted in the agricultural fields that can be accessed by vehicle. This outfit will appeal to a wide range of clients that like to hunt hard for a variety of birds. Dave has a lot of repeat customers and if Arctic geese are a favorite of yours, this is the camp to visit. The weather in Alberta can be quite variable, so make sure that you pack some rain cloths and your long underwear. The brown and gray camouflage patterns work well in the agricultural fields. Dave keeps a good supply of ammunition for all the species that he hunts, so you don't have to worry about loading down your luggage. The country atmosphere and friendly people make a trip to the prairie a great experience.

Dave Molloy
P O BOX 191  -  Empress, Alberta TOJ 1EO
Phone/Fax (403) 565-3775  -  Lodge Phone (403) 676-3300
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