British Columbia Moose, Blackbear, Lion, Lynx & Bobcat #250

British Columbia Moose, Blackbear, Lion, Lynx & Bobcat #250

BC-250-Muledeer-227x300  Game populations in this outfitters area of the Cariboo Mountains in south Central BC, are currently at very healthy levels due to milder winters and effective management policies. The area’s terrain ranges in elevation between 2200 and 4500 feet and is made up of a variety of landscapes. From the mixed species timber stands and willow-choked meadows in the north to the arid bench lands and river breaks to the south, the area offers a multitude of hunting opportunities for some of North America’s most sought-after species of big game. Black Bear, Wolf, Mule Deer, Moose, White-tailed Deer, Mountain Lion, Ducks, Grouse, Lynx and Bobcat – all are found there!

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Butch’s wife Joan hunted moose with this outfitter about 8 years ago. They went 2 for 2. We do not consider this to be a trophy moose hunt, although you are free to shoot whatever you happen to see, be it 20” or 40”. And these are Canada Moose, not Shiras Moose. In moose country, you never know what size will turn up, but do not expect trophy moose. Instead, these are considered “meat moose” hunts, with an outside chance at a bigger one occasionally. Normally we advise shooting the first legal moose you see. There are also good numbers of bears, so a moose/bear combo is a possibility, but you do concentrate on moose. There are also some mule deer here in certain areas, but chances for a bear are much better then chances for a deer. So it is not a bad idea to buy the $125 bear tag, in case you tag a moose early. No extra charge to take a bear or a deer.

photo-2-300x225  The outfitter has a good number of moose allocations and with the strength of the U.S. dollar against Canada’s, he can offer these hunts at a very attractive price. And we think that his 75% success rate makes this a true bargain! He taxes a maximum of 4 hunters at a time (2 parties of 2). He went 100% on opportunity in 2019, and 7 of 10 hunters put moose on the ground. Bears were also taken by several. One hunter took a very large moose, but most were average meat bulls. But for a 2 species hunt for bear and moose, you cannot beat this deal! And it is for 7 full days! But spots are very limited. And in our opinion, moose meat is about the finest meat! Some might argue, but we cherish our moose meat!!

You hunt by driving logging roads, rough trails, etc., and stopping and glassing and then some hiking of forest, swamps and clear cuts. YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO WALK AT LEAST A MILE, AND EASILY GET IN AND OUT OF VEHICLES MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY. IF YOU CANNOT DO THAT, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK THIS HUNT! The fitter you are, the better your chances.

kai-2-300x225  BLACK BEARS: British Columbia is well-known for its excellent black bear hunting. His spring bear hunts offer great opportunities to harvest thick-furred interior bears in a variety of color phases. Hunting is done by traveling logging roads in 4WD vehicles and looking for fresh tracks of suitable size, or even seeing a bear. Dogs are then released and the race is on! Success on this exciting hunt is very high as bears are generally quite easy to find during this time of year. Mature boars in his area will square over 6 feet and approximately 30% of the area’s bears are brown or cinnamon color.

MOUNTAIN LIONS
This outfitter’s territory is located in a region known for trophy toms. During these winter hunts, you travel snow-covered roads and trails using a 4×4 and/or snowmobile until a suitable cat track is found. Once certain the track is fresh, the hounds are turned loose and the real fun begins. Almost nothing compares to the excitement of trailing a pack of hounds in pursuit of a wild cat. Mature toms in this area range from 140 to 200 lbs. He has experienced guides and dogs, and good equipment. With good snow conditions, his success rate is quite high, and generally very close to 100%. One very nice plus is that you are hunting timbered areas with vast networks of logging roads criss-crossing it, so with trucks and ATVs, once a cat (or bear) trees, you seldom need to walk much more than half a mile, maybe at worst a mile.

LYNX
This large-footed, northern member of the cat family is well known for its crafty ability to elude hounds and expose many a hunter to one of the most exhilarating outdoor experiences of his/her life. Aside from being one of the most beautiful specimens in your trophy room, the hunt for him will also be one of your most memorable. Lynx are doing very well in British Columbia as their primary food source, the snowshoe hare, has been graced with an abundance of good habitat due to the re-growth of areas that were clear-cut logged 20 to 30 years ago. Usually it is not necessary to cover much ground in order to find a reasonably fresh Lynx track. From there, the dogs are turned out and the race is on. British Columbia is the only place in North America where lynx can legally be hunted this way.

BOBCATS
Bobcats are generally hunted as an addition to a cougar and/or lynx as their tracks are often found while searching for others. The bobcats here have thick, full coats and are among the most sought-after by the fur industry. These cats are also hunted with hounds and can lead a very exciting chase. A lynx/bobcat combo is great for hunters who like to chase cats and enjoy good dog-work.

Moose/Bear Combo (includes Hunting Preservation Fund)
 1×1                                                        2×1
7 days  $6,300 per person                   $4,750 per person ($4,950 in 2021)
10 days $8,300 per person                 $6,500 per person
Some space available September 22-28 and October 4-10, 2020. On September hunts, there is a 4-points or better restriction on deer. On October hunts, any buck is legal.

Share-a-Moose*/2 Bear hunt (7 days) (includes Hunting Preservation Fund)
2 on 1         $3,850 per person
* 2 hunters are permitted to harvest a bear each and 1 moose between them.
Some space available September 22-28 and October 4-10, 2020. On September hunts, there is a 4-points or better restriction on deer. On October hunts, any buck is legal.

Black Bear
May 1-June 30, September 1-30 6 days. Spot/Stalk or Hounds. 100%+ Success Rate
2×1 – $4,150 per person
1×1 – $6,300 per person
License, tax and Hunting Preservation Fund are extra. A second bear may be taken for a trophy fee of $1,900 and the cost of a second tag.

Lynx and/or Bobcat
7 days, 2 hunters, 2 guides, 100% success today – $4,950 per person, plus license, tax, Hunting Preservation Fund. Second cat is $3,000 extra.

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Mountain Lion
(Sold out for 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 seasons)
7 days, 1 hunter, 2 guides – $12,500 per person
10 days, 2 hunters, 2 guides – $9,900 per person
Add lynx or bobcat for $3,000 trophy fee plus tag.

License, tax and Hunting Preservation Fund are extra. Non-hunting observers are $200 per day.

INCLUDED:
Guiding, in-field transportation, meals and cabin accommodations with full amenities (bring your own sleeping bag).

NOT INCLUDED:
5% tax; licenses/tags; GOABC Hunting Preservation Fund ($210 CAN), unless indicated; accommodations and meals before/after hunt; gratuities; airport transfers ($100 per client); taxidermy; meat processing; shipping of meat/trophies; alcohol; games bags.

GETTING THERE AND BACK WITH MEAT
Fly to Kamloops, BC and the outfitter will pick you up. Or fly to Seattle or Vancouver, rent a car and drive from there. The advantage of that is you have more freedom to leave early if tagged out. About 4.5 hours due north from Vancouver.
When it comes to your meat and trophies, the outfitter has a good expeditor who does a lot of trophy shipping for his hunters. The other option is for outfitter to freeze or salt skins and the client takes them home as extra luggage in a tote – definitely cheaper that way. As far as meat goes, the simplest and least expensive is for clients to take frozen meat with them in a cooler as extra luggage. Expect 250 to 350 pounds of boneless.

You are allowed to bring your personal firearm with you. This includes your rifles, shotguns or muzzleloaders (NO HANDGUNS OR FULLY-AUTOMATIC RIFLES!). For your firearms, a simple one-page form is required to be filled out to obtain a temporary Canadian firearms permit. This form can be down-loaded or mailed to you well in advance from The Royal Canadian Mounted Police 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 RCMP 5589/CAFC 909). Completing this in advance should reduce your time clearing customs. 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. NO FORMS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING YOUR HUNTING BOW INTO CANADA!

TO PREVENT PROBLEMS WHEN RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES, YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR FIREARMS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT BY TAKING THEM TO ANY CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL (“CBP”) OFFICE BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. THE CBP OFFICE WILL REGISTER THEM ON THE SAME CBP FORM 4457 USED TO REGISTER CAMERAS AND COMPUTERS. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU OFTEN CANNOT SIMPLY DO THIS AT THE AIRPORT WHEN LEAVING THE U.S., SO YOU SHOULD DO THIS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR TRIP.

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