COLUMBIA BLACKTAIL DEER HUNTS

Stealthy, wary, and used to being hunted, the Columbian blacktail lives up to its nickname: “the Ghost of the Pacific.” In its northern range, even expert hunters can potentially return home with empty hands. This outfitter offers a 100% opportunity rate. If you want a good chance at a trophy buck, you should go blacktail deer hunting in California.

About 1.5 million Columbian blacktail deer live along the Pacific coast, stretching from mule deer territory in central California to the Sitka deer range in British Columbia. In California, SCI considers deer part of this subspecies if taken north of Highway 126 and west of I-5.

The Columbian blacktail is a close cousin of the mule deer. However, it weighs much less and looks noticeably smaller. Most bucks weigh no more than 200 pounds.

Other distinctive features include the all-black top of the tail and a noticeably different pattern of antler growth. It will stand apart as a unique addition to your trophy room.  This deer is required for the North America 29 Grand Slam.

COLUMBIA BLACKTAIL DEER OUTFITTERS

Our blacktail deer outfitters base their hunts in the canyons of California. They provide in-field transportation via Jeeps and ATVs, so most expeditions don’t require exceptional physical fitness. You just need to be ready for some light hiking.

Since you may need to shoot across some big canyons, you should practice your marksmanship beforehand. You may get a shot on a serious trophy buck more than 250 yards away. With that said, the guides can reliably get their hunters within 100 yards under most circumstances.

A flat-shooting rifle will serve you well at these ranges. A .270 or a .30-caliber will easily do the job.

One thing you must come prepared to deal with is the heat. Hunts begin in mid-September and end in late October, and in the early part of the season, 100-degree days are not uncommon.

Hunts last five days and typically feature two guides for each hunter. To date, these hunts have had 100% opportunity rates.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You will stay in a rustic two-story cabin with showers and toilets, but no electricity. Bring your own sleeping bag, toiletries, and beer, and the outfitter will provide the rest.

PRICING AND PAYMENT DETAILS

These hunts cost $8,000 per hunter. You will need to pay 50% upfront in order to book your hunt, and the remainder will be due no less than 60 days before your hunt begins.

Going Columbia blacktail deer hunting in California will give you excellent odds of adding the Ghost of the Pacific to your trophy collection. Book your hunt before this year sells out!

1×1 Blacktail Hunt

$8,000 per hunter

Hunt Includes

Lodging and meals during your hunt.
Basic field dressing to prepare your trophy for transportation to the taxidermist and/or butcher
Guide services.
Transportation between the lodge and the hunting areas.

Does Not Include

California hunting license and blacktail deer tag.
Transportation to and from the airport in Sacramento (about 250 miles—available for an extra fee).
Tips for the guides and staff.

North America 29

The Columbia Blacktail Deer is one of the required trophy species of North America 29 and Super Slam of North American Big Game®.

BRITISH COLUMBIA COMBINATION HUNTS

Come experience an epic, remote, backcountry mountain hunt not far south of the Yukon border in northern BC’s rugged, but beautiful interior. Most renowned for the excellent Grizzly, Moose, and Mountain goat hunting, but Elk and opportunities at species such as Stone Sheep, Mountain Caribou, Wolves, and Black Bear are also available. Resembling a safari-style hunt, consider pre-purchasing tags for several species, nearly all of which have overlapping seasons. Different species can be harvested in place, or in addition to your primary quarry for a $3500 trophy fee. Stone Sheep and Grizzly hunt base rates are well priced, with harvest fees in place only being applicable upon successful harvest. Choose 10, 12, or 14-day packages which are horseback/backpack style from tent camps. Hunters must get themselves to Fort St John, or occasionally Prince George BC, and from there a charter flight will bring you to base camp. Prime timeslots fill quickly and to maintain excellent trophy quality availability is quite limited. 10 day 1×1 guided hunts for 1 species such as Moose, Mountain Goat, or Elk start at $8500.

British Columbia Moose Hunts, Mountain Goat Hunts, and Elk Hunts.

Choose between 10, 12, and 14-day hunting packages which can include fees for either one or two species in the base price. Mountain Caribou may also be available, and you can always add an additional animal for a trophy fee of $3500. Tags for various species must all be pre-purchased however and in your possession while hunting.  Arrive to base camp by charter flight (approx $1000 round trip) likely from Fort St John. Continue on horseback to remote tent camps, at which point the hunts are conducted on foot – or occasionally by boat. Best Elk & Goat hunts are mid-late Sept, and prime moose rut hunts tend to occur around late Sept and into early Oct.  Black bear, Wolves, Wolverine or Lynx are also available at no additional hunts on all fall hunts for only the price of the license if pre-purchased and like Mountain Caribou should be viewed as targets of opportunity.  Grizzly Bear and Stone Sheep combination hunts are also possible.

Stone Sheep

A unique opportunity in this hunting territory is chances at a beautiful stone sheep. We will honestly say that this is only a marginal Stone sheep area, but rams are encountered annually. For this reason, however, a special pricing system fall back plan is in place with this unique package. For a base price of only $12,500 experience, a 14 day 1×1 Stone Sheep hunts, and only if successful with a legal trophy ram does an additional fee of $12,500 apply! With today’s sheep hunt prices, any savvy hunter knows this package is excellent value with far less risk. To sweeten the offer, should you not be successful with a Stone Sheep, a Moose, Mountain Goat, or Elk could be taken in place of the Stone Sheep for no additional value. Additional animals could also always be taken for a trophy fee of $3500 + the price of the tag. Your Stone Sheep tags will be priced at roughly $650. Combining with a Grizzly is also possible if tags are available, and if successful is subject to a $5000 trophy fee. Either way, no one is going home empty-handed from this hunt.

BC Interior Grizzly Hunts (and bonus Black Bear)!
Our outfitters’ specialty might very well be big Grizzly Bears with as much as three decades of experience and many successful rifles and archery hunts. Allocated only 5 tags annually, this is a limited hunt but can be conducted in either spring or fall. The month is Sept is a preferred time to consider a hunt.  These packages are 10 days, 1×1 guided, and includes a bonus Black Bear! This hunt is priced at $9000 and only upon successfully harvesting a Grizzly is the hunt subject to a $5000 trophy fee. Other species such as Moose, Mountain Goat, and Elk can be taken in place of a Grizzly for no additional cost, or combined for $3500 each + the price of the tag. Grizzly tags are roughly $1000 + $1000 government royalty fee. Success rates, trophy quality, and combo hunt potential and overall experience are all excellent.

Accommodations – Base Camp Vs Hunt Camp

Enjoy staying in a comfortable lodge-style log home on the shores of BC’s largest inland lake nestled in a sub-alpine mountain valley. Every comfort of home including WIFI is available while staying at this post & beam log home in addition to hot and cold running water, electricity, and heating. Hunters will either have sleeping quarters to themselves or shared with other hunters in their group. Enjoy a comfortable common area to unwind and as well as a full kitchen where you will enjoy hearty home-cooked meals.   There is one road servicing this region, which is a long remote drive, however, and so the outfitter has offered to at times personally fly hunters to base camp using his own plane direct to the lodge from either Fort St John or Prince George BC.

White hunting, however, use horses to access remote but comfortable tent camps made up of prospector style modular tents. Generators provide electricity, and camps are complete with propane stoves and cots. Hunters must provide their own sleeping gear, however.

Getting There

Hunters are to get themselves to Fort St John BC (or occasionally Prince George) where you will be greeted by the outfitter or his staff who will then fly you direct to the lodge. A charter flight fee of $600-1000 (budget $1000) will apply to cover fuel expenses. Fort St John BC is serviced by several smaller commuter airlines, typically from hubs such as Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, or Edmonton. Depending on what time flights arrive or depart, you may require overnight accommodations before or after your hunt.

Luggage – It is encouraged to pack no more than 50 lbs of clothing and equipment in a soft duffle bag to facilitate transport on bush planes. Large rigid suitcases are cumbersome and may not fit well in smaller aircraft. Key items of equipment include a sleeping bag and a good pack.

Exportation – Wolf pelts cannot travel home with you and will fall subject to CITES permitting.  The taxidermist will apply for an Addendum Letter from the British Columbia Provincial government which will permit US Fish and Game to accept the hides into the United States. There is an administrative fee for approximately $50 dollars and the process takes roughly 60 days. At this point, the BC taxidermist can do the work himself or will tan the pelts (to keep them from spoiling in transit) and ship them to you or your preferred taxidermist

PRICING

~ 10 days 1×1 (1 Specie) Moose, Goat, Elk or Caribou (Mid August to Mid October) $8500
~ 12 days 1×1 (2 Species) Moose, Goat, Elk or Caribou (Mid August to Mid October) $10,500
~ 14 days 1×1 (2 Species) Moose, Goat, Elk or Caribou (Mid August to Mid October) $12,000
~ 14 days 1×1 Stone Sheep (Mid August to Mid October) $12,500 (and $12,500 upon harvest)
~ 10 days 1×1 Grizzly & bonus Black Bear September $9000 (and $5,000 upon harvest)

~ Trophy Fee for additional animal $3500 ($9000 for Grizzly) + price of tag

Tag Prices ($CDN): Moose ($262), Mountain Goat ($367), Elk ($262), Mountain Caribou ($241), Stone Sheep ($651), Grizzly ($1083), Black Bear ($189), Wolf ($52), Wolverine ($42), Lynx ($42)

Included

All accommodations and meals during your hunt
Professional guiding and all transportation during your hunt
Actively scouted hunting locations, pack horses, a wrangler & tent camps
Hunting opportunities for Stone Sheep, Grizzly, Moose, Mountain Goat & Caribou, Elk, Black Bear &Wolves
Field dressing, skinning and trophy preparations for the taxidermist

Not included in the cost

Round trip charter flight from Fort St John direct to base camp ranging from $650-1250
Government Taxes (5%)
BC Hunting Licensing ($189) and tags for various Big Game species (prices vary)
Shipping and handling of the trophy to the taxidermist
Tips and gratuities to guides & lodge staff
Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel from Prince George BC

Black Bear Hunting

Black bear hunting is high on the list for most North American sportsmen. Common and extremely widespread, opportunities for pursuing a black bear can be found in almost every great hunting location in the U.S. and Canada. If you’re looking for a fearsome trophy, this hunt is well worth your consideration.

THE QUARRY

Black bears have the largest population of any bear species, numbering between 700,000 and 1,000,000 individuals across the U.S. and Canada. Their range extends from northern Alaska down the Rockies and into northern Mexico in the west, across most of Canada and the U.S. border in the north, down the Appalachians in the east, and in the Ozarks and even Florida to the south. GSS represents outfitters offering black bear hunts in numerous locations across Canada and the United States.

Despite the name, black bears are not always black; they have various color phases, and they are sometimes mistaken for brown bears when they occur in a brown or cinnamon color phase. However, they are usually significantly smaller than brown bears (though a large black bear can be bigger than a small brown), have no shoulder hump, and have shorter, more dramatically-curved claws. They are capable of impressive sprints—up to 30 miles per hour—and are skilled tree climbers.

Black bears have a wide weight range; the smallest females weigh less than 100 pounds, while the largest males can weigh as much as 700 pounds. Most stand between two and a half and three and a half feet tall at the shoulder and measure from four to six and a half feet long.

Trophies are determined by skull size. The minimum SCI score for rifle hunters is 18 inches for inland bears and 19 inches for those bagged along the coast of the Pacific; either way, if your bear measures in at close to 20 inches, you may have a candidate for gold.

THE HUNT

Black bear hunts are usually done one of three ways: via spot-and-stalk techniques, over bait, or with dogs. GSS primarily works with outfitters who work with baits, as this method is reliable, often results in larger bears, and is an excellent choice for hunters in any physical condition. Options for the more adventure-hungry include intense spot-and-stalk hunting on Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island, where black bears have been measured at an unbelievable eight feet. The choices are many and the list continues to grow.

The minimum caliber for black bear is a .270 loaded with solids, but bigger is definitely better. While normally peaceful, these animals can become dangerous when wounded, and there’s a reason why mother bears have become proverbial for their protectiveness. Use the biggest gun you feel comfortable taking rapid follow-up shots with. Make a quick, clean kill, and soon you’ll have one excellent trophy!

Call Global Sporting Safaris today at 888-850-4868 and let us know what type of black bear hunting experience you are looking for. We’ll send you information on opportunities that match your goals. Our experienced outfitters are second to none and we’re happy to share personal experiences with you.

TEXAS AOUDAD HUNTS

Hunting free range Aoudad in the rugged ‘Rock Cap’ region of west Texas is both exciting and memorable, aside from being the most affordable wild sheep hunt in the world. Glassing from vantage points and subsequent stalks are the preferred hunting methods for taking trophy rams, stretching the tape at 28 – 30+ inches. This outfitter runs a limited number of sheep hunts annually to maintain top trophy quality and works hard to put hunters inside of 200 yards for the shot promoting high success rates. Aside from airport pick-up arrangements, this hunt is all-inclusive and offers no limit on hogs or predators encountered during your hunt, at no additional cost. Your GSS consultant, Adrian, may also very well be your guide for this hunt!

Native to North Africa, Aoudad (also called Barbary sheep) were introduced to areas of west Texas in the 1940s in an effort to establish a wider variety of naturalized the big game species to hunt. This was in part triggered by severe drought and decreasing populations of bighorns. Self-sustaining, free-range populations of Aoudad Sheep now inhabit in the Rock Cap Region of the Trans Pecos, as well as the Glass, Davis, and Chinati mountains further southwest.

If you are seeking a uniquely North American hunt during the winter months so as not to interrupt your fall hunting schedule, then you should consider a mountain hunt in the desert for wild sheep! Being non-native – no tags, draws, seasons or limits are in place on this high success rate hunt, with many animals seen and encountered daily. We conduct many of our Aoudad hunts west of Lubbock and Post Texas in the “Rock Cap” Region. The landscape here is made up of Mesquite flats dropping off into jagged rock and red clay cliff faces offering many steep creek drainages and canyon, in which to search for your trophy Aoudad.

TEXAS AOUDAD HUNTING

Scenic vistas accompany this hunt while glassing strategic vantage points throughout the day, so good optics are a must. Once a trophy Aoudad is located, the spot & stalk style hunt is on and typical shots range from 100-300 yards, occasionally across canyons or at steep angles. Our outfitter makes every effort to get our hunters within 200 yards, however.

Ask anyone who has experienced this hunt and they will tell you it is truly a unique, challenging, and memorable adventure in a remote corner of the continent. Keen senses and the rugged terrain they inhabit will quickly earn Aoudad your respect.

Trophy free-range rams harvested from our ranches range from 28 to 34 inches, with base diameters of 12 to 14 inches. Most rams will hit or be near the 30-inch mark. This hunt is very limited to maintain high trophy quality, so call to inquire and reserve your spot. Peak season spans December to mid-March, adding to your hunting season and offering an exciting bonus opportunity in the otherwise dead of winter.

Included in this Aoudad hunt

~ 2×1  guiding and trophy fees for one (x1) trophy Aoudad
~ 4 nights/3 days hunting
~ All meals, accommodations and transportation during your hunt
~ Unlimited hunting of Texas hogs, predators and varmints

Trophy and meat preparation (There is a $100 charge if you want the outfitter to cape your trophy and ship it to your taxidermist after your trip  – otherwise use the outfitter’s taxidermist and all prep & shipping costs are included free).

Not included in this Texas Aoudad hunt?

~ Wine & Spirits (can be pre-purchased for you prior to your arrival)
~ Gratuities
~ Airport pick-up/drop-off ($150 per vehicle round trip)

What to bring:

~ Boots that offer solid ankle support for hiking in rugged terrain.
~ Layard clothing system to stay comfortable in both cooler and warmer kinds of weather.
~ Calibers from .270 and up with a minimum 3×9 power scope is recommended, shooting tough 130+ grain bonded bullets.
~ 10x binoculars and up to 30x spotting scope if available.

2016-2017 PRICING

$6,500

4-Nights and 3-days of hunting.  Includes one (1) trophy free-range Texas Aoudad.  Best time: January through March.  Includes unlimited hogs, predators, and varmints during your Aoudad hunt.

$150

Airport Roundtrip pick-up/drop-off

FLORIDA ALLIGATOR HUNTING

 

The outfitters’ biggest Gator stretches the tape at 13.8 feet (which is the second biggest in the state of Florida and taken in 2014). The outfitters’ calculated average is 10.5 feet yet a number over 11 feet and a handful of 12 feet are taken annually. This is a free-range hunt for wild alligators, so there is no guarantee over 10 feet, but we are proud to say that we have experienced 100% success rates with Alligators up to 10 feet.  Our outfitter works very hard to get every hunter the biggest that can be found for the area. As an example, a 12-foot Alligator takes approximately 70 years to grow, and while becoming increasingly harder to find, 11 footers are still common enough. A calculated 10% of a typical year’s harvest reaches 12 feet or longer. A seasoned overall veteran Alligator hunter, our outfitter pursues them year-round. Our all-inclusive Trophy Alligator Hunts are priced at $4350, which entails 3 full days of hunting and can be either 3 or 4 nights’ accommodations. Consider adding a day or two to your Florida with packages upgrades such as Hog hunts by swamp buggy, or Florida Bass fishing by airboat!  Estate hunts for huge Axis deer and Blackbuck are also available. Should you time your Alligator hunts with other open Florida season, consider combining with select Everglades waterfowl hunts for exotic species or take part in our limited but 100% successful spring Osceola Turkey hunts!  Airport pick up from Melbourne Florida is included in this package, and hunters are asked to arrive the night before and prepare to commence their hunt the following morning.

ALLIGATOR HUNTING FLORIDA

The vast majority of our hunts are conducted spot & stalk, versus night time archery or harpoon.  Public land hunts come with an array of specific seasons and regulations, and so we strongly prefer and encourage our clients to consider private land hunts. Aside from next to no hunting pressure, private land hunts can be conducted day or night, and nearly year-round. All Florida state Alligator licensing and government fees are included in this custom package and so there are no additional fees to the package price.

Commence your quest for a huge south Florida Alligator on this custom-tailored trophy hunt. Start each day by venturing out to glass gators from the outfitter’s swamp buggy, inspecting sloughs, lakeshores, rivers, and creeks. Many of the private citrus orchards we hunt also have extensive canals or wetland systems that the gators love to use and access. Populations are very healthy and exclusive rights have been secured on multiple large new properties (every 10,000+ acres), in addition to the established private hunting areas our outfitters already had existing access to over the years. This is a classic spot and stalks big game hunt, and the best scenario is a large basking Alligator, distracted and away from the water. Shots tend to be close range but need to be precise to ensure a successful harvest, with 50-75 yards being a typical shooting distance. Closer is possible however when using archery tackle. Bow and Crossbow hunters are welcome, with broadheads helping minimize bullet damage if your hope is for a quality skull mount. Rifle hunters should consider bigger bores and close range neck shots if hoping for a skull mount.

Alligators can be pursued any month on private land in our outfitter’s hunting area, but peak season would be regarded as March to October. The rut occurs in May and would be considered the most prime time of year to search for a giant gator. As with all wildlife, they are most active, conspicuous, and distracted while breeding. In November, the outfitter is in the Midwest guiding Whitetail deer, so that month is unavailable anyway, but it’s not loss in terms of Alligator hunting. Colder weather during the late fall and winter months can cause Alligators to go somewhat lethargic or even. This, of course, makes it more challenging to locate true trophy class gators.

Combination Hunts & Side Ventures

FERAL HOG HUNTING

Likely the most popular and available side venture or bonus opportunity would be the fast action feral hog hunting conducted by elevated Swamp Buggy. Extremely high numbers of hogs are established in this region of Florida with no limits or season in place as an effort to control numbers. For $250, this is an excellent addition to any trophy gator hunt with essentially 100% opportunity & success rates. Or consider a 3 day/4 night all-inclusive dedicated hog hunt for $1,450 as an individual, or as low as $1,250 for groups of four or more.

OSCEOLA TURKEY HUNTING

A perfect combination to trophy Alligator hunts further complimenting any Florida hunting experience. To ensure sustainable turkey populations and maintain our 100% success rates, the outfitter only chooses to sell half his Osceola allocations, resulting in a limited hunt excellent hunt.  The season spans from March 15th to April 24th overlapping nicely with peak trophy Alligator seasons. Either booked as a 3-Day turkey the only hunt or in combination with Alligator (or hogs/fishing), our exclusive Osceola turkey hunts are priced at $2000 all-inclusive.

FLORIDA BASS

A great side venture complementing gator, hog or turkey hunts is a day spent on the water targeting that lunker Florida Largemouth. Fish from an airboat for something new, and typical days producing around 20-40 bass with average fish ranging from 3 to 6 lbs. Bring your favorite bass tackle but what you need will already be waiting for at the lodge. This great opportunity only $250/day each.

EVERGLADES WATERFOWL

Target elusive and much sought after species such as Fulvous & Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks, Teal, Wood ducks and Ringneck’s help make up a unique and mixed bag. This is a great opportunity for any waterfowl hunters working towards a species list or looking for a duck hunt on the more unique side of things.  Seasons are December and January and are easy to combine with feral hog or our estate trophy hunts. Enjoy this unique opportunity for only $250/day per hunter.

Estate Hunts – Also owned by the outfitter are 1000+ acre fenced estates with various species of trophy exotics available while already hunting in South Texas. Most notable would be the giant Axis deer and Black Buck antelope, but species such as Red Stag are also available. Prices can vary but opportunities are generally available year-round. Inquire for specific details and current pricing.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Enjoy a fully furnished ranch style lodge that comfortably sleeps 8. Complete with a pool table, fire pit, and a large overflow lounge area the lodge is located in scenic south Florida countryside nestled among the various hunting areas. Enjoy the privacy and quiet rural setting, all the while still within reach of the largest urban centers such as Orlando. Most clients drive to location but round trip airport pick up and drop off between the lodge and Melbourne is included n all packages.

Getting There

Many hunters chose to drive directly to the lodge planning such hunts while in or passing through Florida already – and directions can be provided.  Hunters electing to fly are asked to arrive to the Melbourne airport (usually via Atlanta) where to pick up & drop off services are included at no cost. Another option is flying to Orlando for a fee of $100 each way to and from the lodge.

Getting Your Trophy Home

This all-inclusive trophy Alligator package comes with detailed gator cleaning and packaging. Typically this service costs about $50/ft with an average of $500+ per Alligator. The head, hide and meat are all separated, deboned, vacuum-sealed, packaged, and frozen upon request at no additional charge. Skull taxidermy can be locally done for approximately $150 and shipped to clients anywhere.

Pricing

$4350.00: 3-Day/4-Night All-inclusive 1×1 guided wild trophy Alligator hunt (10+ft) Year Round

$2,000.00: 3-Day/4-Night All-inclusive 1×1 guided Osceola Turkey hunt (15 March to April 24th)

$1450.00: 3-Day/4-Night All-inclusive 2×1 guided Feral Hog hunt (Year Round)

3-Day/4-Night All-inclusive Exotic Estate Trophy Hunt (Open Year Round) ask for details

Combination Hunts & upgrades  

~ Feral hog hunting by Swamp Buggy Year-Round-$250
~ Osceola Turkey Hunt combo – mid-March to the beginning of May – $2000
~ Florida Alligator (as add on to 3-Day Turkey or Hog package) -$3000
~ Florida Bass fishing by airboat $250/day
~ Fall Everglades Duck hunting – December to January $250/day
~ Exotic Estate Trophy Hunts – ask for details
~ Additional hunting day -$250/day
~ Non-hunting observer welcome – $250/day

Included:

~ Round trip airport shuttle service from either Melbourne FL
~ All guiding and transportation while hunting
~ Private Lodge style accommodations
~ Three hearty meals daily
~ All tags, License, Government Fees
~ Complete Alligator processing & cleaning services ($300-500 value included)!

Not included:

~ Travel to either Melbourne or Orlando & pre or post-hunt hotel accommodations
~ Airport pick-up and drop-off from Orlando ($100 each way)
~ Hog hunting ($250) & Bass Fishing ($300) daily
~ Gratuities to your guide
~ Taxidermy