This outfitter has nearly 6,000 square miles to hunt, with nine species of big game including Stone Sheep, goat, Mountain Caribou, moose, elk, grizzly, black bear, mule deer and whitetails, plus lynx. The outfitter is located in northern British Columbia just over 100 miles west of Fort Nelson. This outfit has been in the business for nearly 25 years and his hunting area includes two major river drainages that include wide variety of terrain and wildlife. Hunting is primarily from horses.
This outfitter’s clients tag some impressive elk. Bulls range from 300- to 350-inch class on average. Truth is, bulls averaging better than 300-inch class are tough to find these days except at very high cost, with nearly impossible draw odds, or with wildly expensive landowner tags. Well-to-do clients routinely spend $20,000 or more for a chance at elk in the 350-inch class and up. While this outfitter’s elk hunts are certainly not cheap, his nearly 100% success rate every year on bulls in the 300- to 350-inch class certainly raises some eyebrows. All of this outfitter’s elk hunts are guided 1 x 1 hunts, which typically adds $1,000 or more to most hunts. This outfitter’s rifle hunts take place during the early bugle season when trophy bulls are screaming. Hearing elk that are hot and vocalizing is extremely exciting! Most of the bulls taken are called into range. There’s nothing like a screaming, fighting mad bull coming in hot! It doesn’t get any better than that. Clients stay in tents or cabins. There is a six-point minimum in this area, which ensures plenty of mature, branched-antlered bulls. The 12-day hunt takes place in early September. This can be a very physical hunt so prepare, get in shape and come ready to hunt.
This outfitter’s moose may be even more impressive than his elk. The outfitter’s success rate has been 100% and that’s for bulls averaging 50 to 65 inches. This may be some of the best moose hunting in Canada right now. The outfitter only takes 25 moose out of this huge area when he could easily take 100 moose without any ill effects. These hunts are guided 1 x 1 hunts from either cabins or wall tents with all the amenities. Ideally you’ll be hunting moose during the rut when they readily respond to calling. Moose in this area must have three brow points or 10 points total to be legal so bulls are given a chance to mature and grow trophy antlers. If you combine with goat, the billy’s at that time have their winter capes and make gorgeous mounts.
Hunting takes place about 80 miles from the Yukon border, so moose will approach Alaska-Yukon sizes pushing the 60-inch plateau. A 50- to 60-inch brute is a reasonable expectation. Six of the top 20 Boone & Crockett bulls in the books for Canadian moose have come from this area.
Mountain goats consistently score either side of 9 to 10 inches. Goats require good conditioning, so get ready for that, although sometimes they are in easier areas. Hunting is via horseback, but a good amount of hiking is required, too. Given the size of his moose, the outfitter’s pricing is very reasonable and if you combo with a goat or Mountain caribou the price represents a heck of a bargain. These are full, 14-day trips with 1 x 1 guiding. The outfitter’s Mountain caribou are gorgeous in September and have tremendous capes then. This area is known for some of the world’s premier caribou with big white manes making for a great trophy. Mountain caribou are the biggest caribou specie. This is mountainous country and hunts will be physical. Goats the toughest of course, moose and caribou less so, but none of these hunts are a walk in the park The moose hunts can be tailored to be a bit easier, to meet your physical ability, so if that is a concern we want you to talk with the outfitter.
Most of their moose hunts are on horseback, but there are lakes to hunt where they use boats, which makes these hunts a bit easier. Hunts include black bear and wolf as animals of opportunity at no fee, but you must buy the tags ahead of time.
These guided 1 x 1 hunts use horses for transportation and are based out of either cabins or tents as needed. Weather can be fickle. Be prepared to deal with anything from Indian summer to winter. The area is overrun with bronze-colored bears and some of the bigger grizzlies can push the 9-foot class with skulls from 24 to 25.75 inches. The outfitters rule is that only boars may be taken. This area has one of the highest grizzly concentrations in British Columbia. Spectacular country, classic horseback trains, magnificent grizzlies and an abundance of other game.
The outfitter runs these by snowmobile at the same time tend his trap lines. You will learn how to make sets, see incredible country and with the right snow conditions you’ll hunt behind a great pack of hounds to chase lynx. This is a multi-faceted expedition and offers something truly unique.
Hunts originate out of Fort Nelson, BC via Edmonton or Vancouver using Central Mountain Air. The outfitter will pick you up in Fort Nelson and drive you to their base camp. From there you’ll fly into whichever outpost camp will be your base. If you take the Alaskan highway expect two very long days.
PRICING: (All pricing is subject to change until hunt deposit is paid)
July 30-August 12; August 12 – 30; August 30 – September 12; September 12 – 26
TROPHY ELK HUNTS
September 4 – 15 (1×1 : 11-day) $11,500
September 4 – 15 (2×1: 11-day) Each/$6,950
September 4 – 9 (1×1: 5-day) $6,950
SINGLE SPECIE HUNTS (moose or goat)
August 15 – 25 (Velvet Moose) * $12,500 *Velvet Moose hunt (1×1 only 2 spots) – Great for Archery or Rifle
August 20 – 31 (Goat only)
August 31 – September 12 –either specie
September 12 – 23
September 23 – October 3
September 29 – Oct 8 (Goat only) * River hunt Sept 29-Oct 8 (2×1 only one spot per year for 2) $8,950 each
Goat (2×1: 10-day) Each person: $7,950
Goat (1×1 10-day) $12,000
Moose (1×1 10-day) $15,500
14-DAY COMBO HUNTS
August 30 – September 12; September 12 – 26; September 26 – October 8.
Spring Grizzly & Black Bear $20,000
Harvest Fees *(second animal)
Black Bear $2,500
Grizzly Bear $10,500
* only applies when carrying additional tags on A single species hunt (Main animal is included in price)
Trophy Fees will be paid by Cash or Certified check IF ANIMAL IS WOUNDED OR KILLED.
Additional Costs and License Fees
Air Charter Flights $1,500
Hunt Preservation Fund $200
Non-Resident Big Game License $202
Non-Hunting Companion $4,000
Black Bear $180
Grizzly Bear $1,000
Stone Sheep $694
* NOTE: All prices are in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.
WOUNDING: Wounded animals which are rare are considered your animal. You and your guide will spend remainder of the hunt trying to locate that particular animal. They will also continue to monitor the area afterwards for the animalif it is not found to hopefully recover it at some point if possible. If you are not comfortable with your shot please do not take it, and practice prior to your hunt – please.
ATTENTION GUN HUNTERS:
BOWS AND GUNS: You are allowed to bring your personal firearms with you. This includes your rifles and/or shotguns. For your firearms, a simple one-page form is required to be filled out to obtain a temporary Canadian Firearms permit. This form (CAFC 909) can be down-loaded or mailed to you well in advance from THE CANADIAN FIREARMS CENTRE at www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca click on the link on the left hand side for visitors/non residents, then download the NON RESIDENT FIREARM DECLARATION (form CAFC 909). Completing this in advance should reduce your time clearing customs. BMOA can help you complete it. Do not sign it until you appear in front of Customs- but fill it out. A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is only valid for the person who signs it and for those firearms listed on the declaration. It is a simple form to fill out. IF YOU HAVE A DUI OR A CRIMINAL RECORD- CALL US! You may be denied admittance with a firearm.
You cannot hunt within six hours of flying. Also no hunting is done on travel/changeover days, as the crews need time to get ready. Also, expect to lose a bit of time on a combo hunt, when one trophy is taken, and needs to be properly caped and saved. This can consume a good part of a day, but needs to be done. Normally, transport of large portions of meat is not economically feasible, but if you want it, let us know and we will work on it with you.
Licenses are not included. Outfitter will send you an application form for the licenses of your choice, once you have actually booked. Charter fees are not included and vary with camp you will be assigned to. The charter fee may not be known exactly until close to your trip due to changing fuel prices, but we can get you an estimate. You must pay a 6% GST tax on cost of hunt and the trophy fees. Non-hunters are $300 per day. Shipping of meat or trophy is not included, although the charter fee will include flying out your trophy. All air charter flights will be $1000, which can be paid upon arrival.