Hunting Experience

How it Works


Ultimate OE – Hunting Program


The Ultimate OE hunting program has been running for 7 seasons and it is the only one of its kind in the world. Over the years we have placed over 200 young kiwis into hunting or horse riding based employment in Canada. Our unique model of train before you go has allowed us to build close relationships with our employers in Canada who look forward to their new Ultimate OE cadet every season. If you are passionate about hunting, the outdoors, adventure and have a good work ethic then the hunting program is for you. Riding through the mountains on horseback hunting exciting new animals like Moose, Mountain Goats and Stone Sheep is a once in a lifetime experience and truly the Ultimate OE for a keen young kiwi.

Please note those accepted into the programme this year will required complete a horse riding log between now and January that proves a minimum of 10 hours horse work (riding and working with horses on the ground). This will insure that all cadets will have basic experience with horses so that we can maximize the learning of new western and horse packing based instruction during the course. If you require further clarification please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Placement Options


Fall Hunting Placement – Is the premium and most popular Canadian hunting season. A paid work placement in Northern BC, Yukon or NWT working for an outfitter hunting all the popular big game species of Canada such as Moose, Grizzly, Stone Sheep, Mountain Goat, Caribou and Wolf. Fall placements are often remote and involve long periods of time in the wilderness. Every placement is different but in general a placement will involve preparing the outfit for the hunting season, helping directly with the hunting during the season and then shutting things down for the winter post season. Most of our graduates are placed as wranglers or assistant guides. Specific day-to-day duties will vary with every placement and hunting is usually conducted on horse back in most areas.

This is Ultimate OE’s number one and most popular placement option, if you’re up for adventure, like to be challenged and as a result enjoy big rewards; this is the placement for you. (Mid July – Early Oct)*

Spring Hunting Placement – Our Spring hunting placements typically revolve around the spring Black Bear season. Positions include general labour, guides, assistants guides and general camp help. This experience usually gets underway in the spring and is typically based from a homestead/lodge in closer proximity to populated towns in either Alberta or Saskatchewan.

The spring bear season is a great way to enter Canada earlier and get involved in the hunting industry prior to the fall season. A popular add on to a Fall placement. (Mid April – Mid June)*

Winter Hunting Placement – placements are largely based around outfitting for Whitetail deer during in winter conditions. We do however have a limited number of winter Mountain Goat, Mountain Lion and Water Fowl positions available. Positions include guides, assistant guides and camp helpers. Those who partake in the winter hunting placements usually go straight into winter hunting camp after finishing a fall placement.

The winter hunting experience is very different from what you will get during any other season as it’s conducted in often very cold winter conditions. Another great experience to add to the Ultimate OE. (Early October till mid December)*

Winter ski resort placements – Full time work at a Canadian ski resort. If you wish to remain living and working in Canada outside of the hunting industry for the entire winter this additional placement is a great option. We have access to a huge range of jobs with a large number of popular ski resorts in Canada. These placements are a great way to see a different side of Canada – although this paid work we describe this placement as lot more “social”. (October till May/June)*

* These are approximate dates; weather and often snowfall can dictate the length of the hunting, farming and ski seasons. This can result in seasons being cut short or extended. Our outfitters are based throughout Canada and as a result they are all affected differently by weather.

 – Basic Package –


One Hunting Season

One Placement (Fall, Spring or Winter) – choose any one of the above three hunting seasons to be your main focus.

Ultimate OE Training Program

  • Riding horses, packing horses, pack trains
  • Head skinning, trophy prep and turning
  • Tack, gear, equipment
  • Hunting Canadian animals
  • Canadian Firearms Licence (PAL)
  • Canadian game law and regulations
  • Chainsaw Cert – (NZQA)
  • Back Country First Aid (MediTrain)
  • Bear safety and behaviour
  • Outfitting industry and client interaction
  • Professional Wrangling and Guiding
  • Canadian visas and  travel insurance

The standard package also includes a professional visa service to help streamline the process in obtaining your Canadian working visa.

$5000 + GST

– Additional Seasons –


Two Hunting Seasons

One additional placement added to your single season package = a total of 4 – 5 months* full time paid work

 Add $1500 + GST to basic package


Three Hunting Seasons

Two additional placements added to your single season package = a total of 6 – 7 months* full time work.

Add $2500 + GST to basic package


Winter Ski Resort Season

Can be added to a Fall placement

Add $850 + GST to basic package

* These are approximate dates and work periods; weather and often snowfall can dictate the length of the hunting, farming and ski seasons. This can result in seasons being cut short or extended. Our outfitters are based throughout Canada and as a result they are all affected differently by weather, seasons, regulations and operational restrictions.

How it works


All applicants much purchase a basic package. This includes any one hunting season of your choice, the NZ based training program and professional visa service to help you obtain your Canadian work permit.

If you wish to add an additional season or seasons to your standard package you can. This is a great way to extend your stay in Canada, extend the period of paid work we provide you and experience a new a different type of work/hunting outside of your basic package option.

For example you can choose to do a fall placement only –  or you could do a spring placement followed by a fall placement – or you could choose to do all three hunting seasons back to back.

Where and when is the training course?


The training course for the 2018 will start at 12pm on the 13th of January 2018 and finish on the 22nd of January 2018. All of our training in 2018 will be based in the south island out of Gunn’s Bush Camp which is located ten minutes out of Waimate, New Zealand.

Applications for the 2018 season are now open! The Ultimate OE hunting program is limited in numbers and applications will be processed as they are received, spots will be awarded to suitable applicants as we receive applications during the year.

What will I learn?


The course will be a mix of practical and theoretical skills tailored around what you need to know in order to hit the ground running in Canada. The training is designed to be Canadian specific and directly related to your placements in Canada. The Ultimate OE training program is the reason we can secure our graduates the best paid hunting jobs in Canada with the most professional and trusted outfitters in the industry.

Some examples of subject we cover during the course include: Horse riding, horse care, western tack, packing horses, chainsaw, back country first aid, head skinning, guiding, wrangling, hunting Canadian game animals, Canadian game law, the hunting industry and much more.

The curriculum is made up of all the practical and theoretical elements Ultimate OE and/or employers in Canada deem to be important. A summary of the course content is available on request.


Applications for the 2018 season close on the 1st of December, 2017. Once we receive your application we will be in contact regarding the outcome. If you don’t hear from us advising you of the outcome of your application within three weeks please email us to confirm that we have received it.


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Alex Whyte

Soldier/Hunting Guide BC

Experience: Hunting

“The Ultimate OE training course that Kuran and Matt put us through was a fantastic introduction into the industry and the skills and tips they showed us proved invaluable in the mountains. The placement they arranged for me was second to none.”



Common Questions

What is a Wrangler?

In a situation where an outfitter uses horses to operate their hunting trips a wrangler is a common employee. That is in order to hunt on a day-to-day basis; hunting guide and client ride horses to gain access to hunting areas and camps. In this situation the hunting guide is teamed up with a wrangler and a team of horses. The wrangler’s job is to look after those horses and provide assistance to the guide during the hunt. In short if you love hunting, hard work and riding through the mountains on horseback, it’s the Ultimate overseas experience.

Why do I need to do the course?

The training course is compulsory to ensure we can secure the best possible jobs in Canada. We have developed strong relationships with quality employers in Canada based on our guarantee that all of our graduates have a strong basis of skill and knowledge. Most Kiwis the apply for this program are usually already very good hunters but what we teach on this course is specific to the Canadian hunting industry.  We also use the course to get to know our applicants so we can make educated decisions and better placements choices.

Is this paid employment?

Yes – all of our placements are paid employment and usually include room and board. How quickly you climb the ladder will depend on your individual work ethic and performance. Most of our cadets also receive tip money on top of their wages, yet we can’t guarantee how much or how often you will be tipped. This is not a get rich program but you should have a reasonable chance in recouping your costs – and have the experience of a lifetime in the process.


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