In the spring, you can hunt grizzly bear, black bear and wild turkey. In the Fall you can hunt many different animals at the same time. Being able to hunt multiple species of animals at the same time is one of the benefits of hunting in British Columbia. There are days when you can see elk, mountain goat, mule deer, whitetail, moose, black bear and grizzly bear, all on the same day. You do not have to travel far within the territory to be in the habitat of all of these animals. We outfit all of our hunts as "combo" to take advantage of this – the only incremental cost as you add animals listed in our base packages is the government license fees.
We have been doing very well on our elk hunts. Since the Kootenay region in BC introduced its 6pt restriction, we have been getting more, and better bulls. Our average size elk is 280-290, but we have some very large elk in our area. In the 2012 season over half of our bulls went over 300 with two of those going well over 340. Check out our picture gallery for the typical size animals harvested by our hunters.
We have 1 main lodge and 6 satellite camps through out our area. All are cabins, and all though they may not have all the comforts of home they are certainly a welcome spot at the end of a hard day. With the exception of the main lodge all of the camps are accessible only by horse. One thing to keep in mind although our area can handle numerous hunters out of one camp, when you book with us you and your group will be the only ones hunting out of that area and camp. We do not over book.
It depends on where we are hunting, and the interest of the hunter. We use horses to access some areas and then hunt by foot. For other areas, it is easier to just hike in. In those cases, we will use pack horses as much as possible to take out the meat. If you want to use horses more than hiking or vice versa, we can accommodate as much as possible. In our Grizzly Basin area – 90% of our hunting is done by using horseback (to at least access the area you will be hunting)
In general, the better shape you are in, the higher chances of success hunting with us. We have a pretty diverse range of area to hunt, and if we know beforehand, we can plan to hunt the areas that are easier to reach. We have a 65+ year old retired gentleman who comes every year and consistently scores on trophy animals. The good news is that we generally do not have to give up on the quality of the hunt to do this. However, if you are hunting elk and they not bugling or if it is warm and raining, the hunters that connect are those that get up earlier, stay out the longest, and can go farther and higher. Generally, it is better if you can hike a couple of miles per day. You should be in very good physical condition if you go sheep hunting with us as you will probably have to do a lot of hiking and climbing. Also, keep in mind that most of our hunting is done between 4,000 and 6,000 ft. elevation, so there is a little less oxygen than many are used to. If you are not already in good shape, we suggest that you prepare for your hunt by beginning an exercise routine several months before your trip. You should of course, consult your physician before undertaking any increased physical activity.
This is a hunt, not a shoot. Yes, we have put clients in front of trophy animals their first hour or day of hunting, but this does not happen often. Also, sometimes you will see lots of animals one day, and none the next or for even several days if the weather is bad. This is to be expected with hunting, no matter how good the area is. We ask that you come with the expectation that you will hunt the whole time you are here and that the opportunities may only happen on the last hour of the last day of the hunt. You should also realize that there is no guarantee that you will shoot an animal. You will be much happier during your hunt if you come in with these expectations, and we will of course try our hardest to exceed this expectation.
When hunting with a rifle – the average shot distance is 200-300 yards. I tell hunters that although it is not essential to be able to shoot farther than 200-300 yards, the more confident you can be at longer distances the better off you will be.
Main Lodges –. Older style, log lodge in our Grizzly Basin area – with new renovations in 2010. We have running water, hot showers and generator for electricity wood and propane stoves for heat. Outpost Camps – They are generally log or frame construction, have a wood stove, beds with mattresses. Some have running water. Given that inaccessibility of many of these cabins, they can best be described as "rustic". We are in the process of updating a number of these.
We generally only take 4 hunters out of a lodge at any one time – and most of our backcountry cabins would only have a maximum of 2-3 hunters. One thing to keep in mind although our area can handle numerous hunters out of one camp, when you book with us you and your group will be the only ones hunting out of that area and camp. We do not over book.
We generally try to separate our clients such that they are hunting different areas and will not see each other. Our hunting concession grants us exclusive rights to guide and outfit commercial hunting expeditions in our area. However, the hunting laws in BC allow residents to hunt on crown land – so we could never guarantee that you will not see any other hunters. We hunt over a vast area and in some pretty remote valleys – and the pressure is usually quite minimal. One of the benefits of hunting with us almost all of our hunting areas are accessed via horse back. This drastically reduces the number of resident hunters we see. We have not had problems in the past where local hunters have interfered with our hunting and we try to maintain good relationships with local residents.