We have worked for many years with this outfitter, almost from his very beginnings. He is a small-volume outfitter that specializes in quality, personalized service and big-time adventure. He takes 13-16 clients per year. He has been hunting, fishing and trapping in northern British Columbia for over 25 years and takes tremendous pride in being able to offer you a high-quality guide service. The outfitter is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and takes a hands-on approach to every aspect of the operation. With the small number of clients the outfitter accommodates each year, chances are good he’ll be there to personally greet you when you arrive for your once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure.
This outfitter has had years when he’s averaged over 85% on moose with an amazing average spread of 51-inches. However we prefer to be conservative and intentionally understate, so your expectations remain reasonable. Our clients hunting here have taken bulls in the high 30” range to one over 60”. Incredible for Canadian moose. The average moose (being conservative) will probably be either side of 44”,l a very respectable Canadian moose. We think a patient hunter in good shape and with favorable weather and a bit of luck, should be able to tag a bull in the 45 to 50-inch range. Clients have bagged several monster bulls that have exceeded 55 inches and one giant that spanned a mammoth 63 inches. Broad, expansive paddles and lots of points mean that an impressive 45-inch bull will score better than a wider 50 incher. His success rate is about 80% on bulls.
His main camp consists of log and frame cabins. This is the starting point from which most hunts are conducted. From there he has spike camps in various locations consisting of wall tents. On some goat hunts you may use backpack style tents to access the higher and more remote areas. All hunts are backpack, but he does utilize an Argo atv on some moose hunts. He also uses boats out of the main camp for moose hunts. He also has some small remote lakes that we conduct backpack hunts out of. Most hunts are 10 days and consist of single or multiple species (longer trips can be arranged upon request).
MOUNTAIN GOATS AND GRIZZLY:
We have had many clients take their goat with this fine outfitter. Goats here are normally silky-haired goats average around 9 inches. The outfitter offers two types of hunts. One is from a base camp, while the other is a backpack hunt. Hunters will be required to carry a 35-pound pack. The outfitter will work with you in terms of deciding where and how to hunt, based on your physical ability. The outfitter hunts some pretty easy goat country and some extremely tough country and the same goes for other critters
As you can see, our clients since then have also reported him to be knowledgeable, very hard working and client oriented. All our clients took at least one trophy with him, including one 63” moose that was a monster! Goat and caribou were also taken. Lots of griz normally are seen too- so if you want a griz- this is a solid bet!! Moose are also reasonably abundant, and some monsters have been shot.
The outfitter’s success rate on big billies is extremely high, close to 80%. It would be higher if more clients were in good shape. You typically start in a valley floor at around 4,000 feet of elevation, then hike with packs to 5,000 to 7,000 feet. You may be staying on the mountain. Hunts run from mid August to early October. You will be required to carry all your own gear on your back.
The best advice is to talk to the outfitter and tell him exactly what you’re looking for and your expectations. The outfitter is a no BS kind of guy and will tell you if it can be done. A bonus is that the outfitter’s pricing is among the best and most reasonable for these types of hunts. Again, the outfitter runs a small operation, is very personal, guides almost everyone himself and by the end of your hunt chances are good that you will have become great friends. Know this right up front, the better your conditioning, the better chance you’ll have to be successful. Realize this is a physical, no frills hunt and requires the kind of effort consistently needed to harvest trophy animals.
One experienced hunter, with many hunts under his belt, said this to Butch:
“ He is very knowledgeable and is a glassing fool! I saw sheep, goat, griz, lots of moose, mountain caribou and wolf. Was into goat every day, and had 3-4 in easy shooting range. He was a very patient guide, good humored, physically tough. He paid attention to detail and there was lots of communication between us. He was flexible; his guides and cook were excellent. Very safe outfitter with Satellite phone in camp. Saw plenty of Mountain caribou. I would send my best friend there!”
“Butch & Co.:
Thanks for the referral. It was a resounding slam dunk success! Had an absolute adventure of a lifetime!
This outfitter couldn’t have done any more to help me achieve some lifelong hunting goals!! He’s knowledgeable, extremely hardworking, and most important to me, as honest as the day is long. Got my moose, my goat and fishing too! Thanks again. Good Hunting, Dean M.”
STONE SHEEP AND GOAT COMBO HUNT
As you can see from his prices, this sheep/goat combo is very reasonable. Primarily that is because taking a stone that qualifies as shootable is a bit of a long shot. We would call it maybe one in five odds, and that assumes you are in very good condition. If you think you have interest in this hunt, we insist on your speaking directly with the outfitter. We do not want anyone booking this hunt unless they truly understand what to expect. Now- we do think you will take the goat, and if you do not take the sheep, you do not pay the trophy fee, so you should be partially successful, no matter what. Other game may be possible, depending on your dates. So just ask, and we will have the outfitter contact you.
The outfitter guides in a remote area situated in northern British Columbia at the headwaters of the famous Skeena River on the border of Spatsizi Wilderness Park. This area has a burgeoning moose population and is home to world-class grizzly bears. The area also has exceptional populations of mountain goat, Mountain caribou and black bear. Historically, this area has been lightly hunted due to its remote location accessed by a 200-mile flight north of Smithers, British Columbia. This area is approximately 1,200 sq. miles in size. The hunting area takes in the drainages of the Skeena, Klappan, Spatsizi, and Stikine rivers. There are some Stone sheep, but success on sheep is only about 25-30%.
The outfitter’s main camp consists of log and frame cabins. This is the starting point for most hunts. From there you may go to spike camps in various locations consisting of wall tents. On some goat hunts the more physically fit client the outfitter may opt to use backpack-style tents to access the higher and more remote areas. All hunts utilize backpacks, but they also take advantage of Argo ATVs on some moose hunts.
The outfitter also uses boats out of the main camp for moose hunts. The outfitter also has some small remote lakes where they conduct backpack hunts out of. Most hunts are 10 days and consist of single or multiple species (longer trips can be arranged upon request).
With regard to the back pack hunts, the more physically fit you are the more ground you can cover and the better your odds of putting yourself in a position to harvest a trophy. You need to be in at least in reasonable shape and able at least walk five to eight miles in a day, carrying a fairly large pack. Please work to get in shape starting at least 90 days pre-hunt. Meals are very basic, but satisfying, and tents are the normal mountain accommodations.
The outfitter gets very limited grizzly allocations, so if a reasonably priced grizzly is on your list, call us asap. Clients report seeing grizzlies on nearly every trip.
ATTENTION: 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.
Availability List (US Funds) (On those hunts not requiring an air charter- it is so noted )
NOTE: When we say for example: one spot is open- it means a solo guy can book– or two buddies can book 2X1. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE PAIRED OFF ON A 2X1 HUNT WITH SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW.
– May/June (2 spots available for a 1X1 or a 2X1 hunt)
• 1×1 Black bear hunts(no charter) $5900+$1500 on 2nd bear
• 2×1 Black bear hunt(no charter) $4600+$1500 on 2nd bear
-August 20-30 (1 spot available for either a 1X1 or a 2×1 hunt) (no charter)
• 1×1 Goat hunt $9900
• 2×1 Goat hunt $8200 per person
• 1×1 Goat/Caribou $11,900
-Sept 01-11 (1 spot available for either a 1X1 or a 2×1 hunt) (no charter)
• 1×1 Goat hunt $9900
• 2×1 Goat hunt $8200 per person
• 1×1 Goat/Caribou $11,900
• 1×1 Stone’s sheep/goat hunt $13,500+$8500 harvest fee on sheep
-Sept 08-18 (1 spot available)
• 1X1 Moose hunt $9900
-Sept 28-Oct 08 (3 spots available)
• 1×1 Moose hunt $9900
• 2X1 Moose hunt $8200 per person
-Oct 06-16 (1 spot available) (no charter)
• 1×1 Moose hunt $8900
• 2×1 Moose hunt $7500 per person
EXCLUDED: Some hunts require air charters- those are an extra cost – ($1,200), licenses, tax (5%), HPF ($200)
Observers are $300/day. 3rd species may be available for harvest on combo hunts for additional fee. Pricing does not include charter, if required ($1,200); licenses;
taxes; Hunting Preservation Fund ($200); B.C. government Royalty Fee on species. This will also apply to license and tags.
License BC Gov’t Royalty Fee on Kill
(Prices subject to change)
Hunt License $180.00
Bear Tag $180.00 $75
Goat $350.00 $150
Caribou $230.00 $125
Elk Tag $300.00
Moose Tag $250.00 $125
Wolf Tag $50.00
: Meals & Lodging
: Expediting Service AND Hotel arrangements in Smithers
: Professional Guide Service
: Field Care of meat and trophies
: Government Royalties
Rates DO NOT Include:
: Air-Charter fee ($1,200.00 US funds) Fee INCLUDES Return transport of Meat, Hides, Antlers : License and tags (Prices subject to change)
: Hotel accommodations and meals in Smithers
: Trophy Crating and Shipping
: Liquor, Tobacco and Gratuities
: 3.5% Goods and Services Tax on hunts
: 7% Goods and Services Tax, and all taxes on charter and licenses
Travel Arrangements:: Vancouver to Smithers via Air Canada
: Arrival in Smithers the day prior to start of your hunt.
: Scenic Float Plane Flight into hunting area via Alpine Lakes Air (Approx. 1 1/2 hour trip)
: Flight departs on day of hunt commencement
: 50% Deposit required to confirm all bookings
: Balance due 60 days before start of hunt date.
: In the event of a cancellation, a 20% handling fee will be taken from deposit.
: Deposits will only be refunded if dates cancelled are subsequently rebooked by client.
Disclosure and Responsibility: The Outfitter states his policy is that he will not be held responsible or liable for any loss, damage or injury to participants or personal property, or for any cancellations, expenses or delays incurred as a result of weather, transportation or other conditions over which he has no control. He reserves the right to withdraw and/or cancel any excursion offered at any time and to make changes and alterations in itinerary or rates as may be found to be necessary for safety and proper handling of said excursions. All guests have the responsibility to disclose any special medical, physical or dietary conditions. We here at BMOA will tell you he is a good and reasonable guy to work with!
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