GREENLAND MUSK OX, ARCTIC ISLAND CARIBOU

MUSK OX & ARCTIC ISLAND CARIBOU HUNTS

Acclaimed as “Musk Ox Capital of the World” there is good reason to visit the southern shores of Victoria Island via Cambridge Bay if you are looking for a trophy specimen. The island is home to an estimated 40,000 Musk Ox, 30,000 of which reside on the southern half of the island. Identified as the Greenland variety of Musk Ox by Safari Club International, our outfitter is responsible for essentially 100% success and the two of the current top 5 SCI Record book entries. Overall most Musk Ox taken would qualify for the P&Y or SCI Record book. Fairweather summer hunts as well as spring and fall hunt options all exist to suit your preference. Consider combining a fall Musk Ox with Arctic Island Caribou while on location. Our outfitter is also responsive for 6 of the top 10 SCI record books Arctic Island Caribou including the current No. 1. Arctic Wolf is a target of opportunity while hunting in Nunavut and can be added as an incidental species for a trophy fee. Aside from the hunting, it’s exhilarating to experience the true Arctic and Inuit culture. Hunt 1×1 with your Inuit guide, and come to appreciate their comprehensive knowledge of the environment and wildlife, ingenuity, and survival skills. It takes incredible mental and physical strength, stamina, patience, courage, and tracking skills to be an effective local hunter and consistent family provider. Hunting is such a way of life today as it was generations ago, which is where these skills and knowledge have been passed down from. Come for a trans-cultural, Arctic hunting experience of a lifetime, all for a very competitive price of $8650.

GREENLAND MUSK OX HUNT

Summer Hunts– Enjoy a trophy Musk Ox hunt under fair weather conditions. Spend the week with your licensed guide who is an experienced local Inuit hunter and trapper, learning about his culture while he teaches you about the region’s land and wildlife. All hunts are spot & stalk with near 100% success rates during the beautiful but short-lived arctic summer. This is a great opportunity to avoid any snow or colder weather such as can be experienced on our spring and fall Musk ox hunts. This is also the time of year to experience rutting Musk Ox and witness bulls batting over breeding rights among the scattered harems.  This is a good season to benefit from the, at times, meager land features and have the best odd using archery tackle. Bulls can be distracted while rutting and interference from bulky layered winter clothing while using a bow not an issue on summer hunts. Trophy quality and hides are also both in excellent condition. These 6 day 1×1 trophy hunts are out of Cambridge Bay Nunavut on the southern shores of Victoria Island and are priced at $9650 + 2.5% government tax + Non-resident Hunting license ($65) & Musk Ox Tag ($577). Arctic Wolf is available as a target of opportunity on these hunts for a trophy fee ($3,250) upon harvest and the cost of the $65 license & tag (approx $180)

Spring & Fall Hunts – Spring hunts might be the most iconic and traditional of all our Musk Ox hunts, and success rates, especially with a rifle have been essentially 100%. Navigate the landscape by snowmobile in search of the Musk Ox herds where you are sure to encounter a number of mature trophy bulls. In the wide-open landscape the animals are typically spotted from great distances. Using the terrain features, hunters are typically able to close the distance on foot to roughly 200-300 yards and into effective shooting range, but harvest rates are very high with archery as well. Odds at scoring on a bonus Arctic Wolf wearing his finest winter coat are highest on these hunts, and available for a trophy fee upon harvest, and the price of the tag. Spring Musk Ox hunts are 6 days, 2×2 for $9650, while fall hunts are 5 days 2×2 for $8650. Both are out of Cambridge Bay Nunavut on the southern shores of Victoria and do not include + 2.5% government tax + Non-resident Hunting license (USD$65) & Musk Ox Tag (USD$577). Arctic Wolf is available as a target of opportunity on these hunts for a trophy fee ($3,250) upon harvest and the cost of the $65 license & tag (approx $180)

ARCTIC ISLAND CARIBOU HUNT

Regarded as the smallest and some of the prettiest of all the caribou sub-species, Arctic Island Caribou can be stark white, and over smaller with a more compact build. They are identified as a hybrid between Peary and Central Canadian Barren Ground varieties. Arctic Island Caribou are hunted from mid-October to mid-Nov and can be booked as a caribou the only hunt, or combined with our fall Greenland Musk Ox hunts. This is a great opportunity for hunters working towards the North American 29, Super 10, or that simply looking for a good combo hunt.  Examining the SCI record book, our outfitter is responsible for a number of the top ten Arctic Island entries including the current all-time No. 1! All hunts are out of Cambridge Bay Nunavut and feel confident with exceptional pre & post-hunt logistics with onsite staff at the Edmonton Airport in Alberta. Caribou only hunts are 2×2 guided and are all-inclusive priced at $8950. Our 2×2 guided combo hunt is priced at $13,950 + Hunting license, Musk Ox ($577), and Caribou tag ($315).

ARCTIC WOLF HUNT

Combinable to all our Nunavut hunts for the cost of an incidental trophy fee and the price of the tag, a wolf let along a true Arctic Wolf is a rare and usually once in a lifetime opportunity for any lucky big game hunter. Tallest and longest of all Wolf species they are often pure white with striking yellow eyes. Success rates and certainly pelt primness are best on spring and fall hunts. If an Arctic wolf ranks high on your bucket list, consider a hunt in Nunavut for the opportunity. Trophy fees for Arctic Wolves are $3,250+ Hunting License and Wolf Tag (approx. $170).


Setting & Conditions & Basic Equipment

Summer Hunts – Beautiful, remote, open, and expansive are some words that come to mind while on location during our fair-weather summer Greenland Musk Ox hunts. The landscape on southern Victoria Island sports endless gently rolling hills of barren tundra. While appearing flat at first, series of ridges and wrinkles in the terrain offer plenty of land features to either hide wildlife or conceal hunters’ approach. Game is usually spotted at long distances and closed in by foot. The daytime temperature on the southern portion of the island during the summer season typically ranges from a comfortable 35-45°F. Biting insects are not an issue and expect windy conditions much of the time. The appropriate dress would consist of layered clothing which can include polypropylene next to skin top & bottoms as needed. Camouflage pants and a fleece vest, sweater or jacket, capped with a wind and waterproof camouflage Gortex jacket. Sunglasses are helpful along with good all-terrain waterproof footwear such as Muck Boots, a quality set of binoculars, range finder, day pack, and perhaps some shooting sticks.

Spring & Fall Hunts – Expect longer dark hours, snow, and colder overall temperatures, but extremes could range from -15 to +15°F. Plan and pack for cold weather appropriately with suitable external and insulating layers. Consider big over mitts and small shooting gloves underneath in a two-layered system, as well as a balaclava and toque or stocking camp and ski goggles for cold and windy snowmobile rides. Consider good socks, winter boots, and toe warmers as well. Mild weather can roll in roll suddenly causing you to shed layers appropriately to keep warm and dry.

Accommodations

Experience a true week out on the Arctic coast during the brief but beautiful summer. Stay in basic plywood cabin style hunting camps. At times, modular tent camps are deployed or even the use of small traditional Inuit hunting camps belonging to the local hunters and trappers are arranged for, all dependant on the location of the Musk Ox herds at that time.

Getting There

Unlike many Musk Ox hunts, getting to the hunting area has been made extremely simple and cost-effective. Clients must first get themselves to Edmonton Airport in Alberta en route to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Once in Edmonton however the outfitters’ itinerary & porters step in covering all the details of your hunt including substantial savings of 30-60% on all your Arctic travel by allowing the outfitter to book them for you. Flights to the Arctic can be quite costly, but take advantage of the outfitters’ promotions & experience nearly half price (between Edmonton & Cambridge Bay) when compared against standard rates.  Upon arrival to Cambridge Bay there is an exciting 4-6 hour boat ride along the remote Arctic coastline to the hunting areas, located along the southern coast of Victoria Island.

Getting Your Trophies Home

On this hunt you are both able to and encouraged to take trophies home with you directly as excess baggage. You will require a Nunavut Wildlife Export Permit, which is available at no cost once a Conservation Office inspects and registers your harvested animals in Cambridge Bay. This then allows your trophies to accompany you while in your possession during travel. This is the most cost-effective method and also allows you to use your personal taxidermist to do the work if that is also your preference. Should you wish to have our taxidermist do the work in Edmonton that can also be arranged.

Should you be fortunate enough to harvest an Arctic wolf, or choose to purchase a Wolf pelt from a local Inuit hunter, you will again require a Nunavut Wildlife Export Permit but hides and skulls are subject CITES export regulations, and so they must be left with a Canadian Taxidermist. He will obtain the CITES export permits which are subject to a small government fee and approximately 60 days processing time. Musk Ox or Caribou do not require CITES export permits and can thus accompany the traveling hunter home while in his possession as additional checked luggage.

Pricing

6-Days 1×1 Trophy Greenland Musk Ox (mid-August to early September) $9650
6-Days 1×1 Trophy Greenland Musk Ox (late April to early May) $9650
5-Days 2×2 Trophy Greenland Musk Ox (late October to early November) $8650
5-Days 2×2 Arctic Island Caribou (late October to early November) $8950
5-Days 2×2 Trophy Musk Ox & Caribou Combo (late October to early November) $13,950

6-Days Non-hunting Observer for $4,950 (Summer)
5-Days Non-hunting Observer for $3,950 (Spring & Fall)

License and Tag fees (USD$):

~ Nunavut Non-Resident Hunting License (USD$63.00)
~ Greenland Musk Ox Tag (USD$577.50)
~ Arctic Island Caribou Tag (USD$315)
~ Arctic Wolf Tag (Approx. USD$180)

Included

~ Round trip itineraries and all transportation between Edmonton AB, and Cambridge Bay, NU
~ Complete 1×1 hunts and services of a licensed guide
~ All transportation while in the hunting area – typically by boat & fuel costs
~ Personal snowmobile rental during your hunt (when required)
~ All accommodations, Meals and camping gear required during hunt
~ Trophy preparations for taxidermist (skinning, caping, salting & horns)

Not Included

~ Travel to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
~ 2.5% Government Sales Tax
~ Nunavut Non Resident Hunting License (USD$63)
~ Tags – Musk Ox Tag (USD$577), Caribou (USD$315) Wolf (USD$180)
~ Arctic Flight booking fee (USD$245)
~ Arctic Wildlife Research Fund & General Admin Fee (USD$415)
~ Extra Baggage, Shipping of trophies or Taxidermy
~ Gratuities to guides and camp staff
~ Pre and post hunt travel and accommodations between Cambridge Bay NU

MANITOBA BEAR HUNTING

BEAR HUNTING IN MANITOBAN 

The Interlake region of central Manitoba has become recognized as one of Canada’s top producing trophy Black Bear hunting destinations. With a combination of vast prime habitat, high bear densities, low human population, and hunting pressure (despite the relative proximity to Winnipeg), Manitoba Bear hunts are both an excellent, easy and affordable choice. Multiple opportunities at P&Y and B&C class bear each year & boars exceeding 500lbs are documented by trail cam and taken annually. Our focus is extra large black bears, but color phase bears also exist, with ratios climbing. Fully guided spring and fall Black Bear hunts are both offered to best accommodate your schedule. In the fall choose to combine Black Bear with top-notch waterfowl hunting in one package for exceptional value. Essentially two hunts in one! Other fall combo species include Coyote, Sharp-tail & Ruffed Grouse! Hunting areas & lodgings are under 2 hours drive north of the Winnipeg airport, and round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services are included with all our hunting packages.

Accommodations are most often a bed & breakfast style home situated in the heart of the hunting which minimizes commuting. Should you wish for upgraded accommodations, consider a beautiful new luxurious resort on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. All packages are all-inclusive, extending to skinning, trophy preparations, and basic meat processing. Our all-inclusive 5 days 2×1 guided spring or fall Manitoba Black Bear packages are priced at $3200, and fall bear combination hunts (coyote/waterfowl/upland) are priced at only $3950! Wing shooting packages start at only $1750. Bear tags (CDN$233), allocation fees (CDN$100), and waterfowl licenses (CDN$150) are not included.

MANITOBA BEAR HUNTS

Black Bear – The Interlake area produces some of the largest black bears in Canada.  Presently, the Manitoba black bear population is estimated at 30,000-35,000 bears with the largest concentration in Interlake area (Manitoba Conservation).  Hunt where rich agriculture and forest cover comes together offering above-average population densities and fast-growing bears. This might be one of the premier destinations to successfully encounter and harvest true trophy class boars. Our target bears are 6-7+ feet long, P&Y or B&C contenders, and weighing in around 400+ lb. Most bears are black, but color phase bears are present, and in growing in numbers. Hunt over pre-baited, scouted and active double ladder stands, commonly set up within archery range of the bait. Monitored and judged by trail cameras, success rates on big bears have consistently been very high. Hunts are usually conducted in the evenings, but some big bears do exhibit morning patterns. Days are long in the spring and the action is often quite hot. In the fall the region does not produce significant blueberry crops, so our bait sites are especially active compared to many other popular black bear hunting destinations. Fall hunts are cooler, less vegetation or insets, and bears pack on an additional 30% body mass complete with lush winter coats. Bears weighing in at over 600lbs can realistically be encountered! As an added bonus, consider combining fall bear hunts with exciting waterfowl, upland bird, or coyote upgrades. Spring hunts occur in both May and June, while fall hunts run from late August into early October. The Interlake is an excellent destination to experience top-notch trophy Black bear hunting, with above-average densities, opportunities, and success rates.

Waterfowl – Pursue migrating ducks and geese in what might be some of the first agricultural fields they encounter as they move south out of the Hudson Bay lowland and boreal forest regions. Blizzards of Mallards, Canada and Lesser Snow geese move into the area with the first north winds of fall. The outfitters’ meticulous scouting as well as various leases and landowner relationships has resulted in consistent, action-packed waterfowl hunting. The majority of our hunts are conducted in fields from layout or custom blinds over a generous spread of quality full body and spinning wing decoys. Bring your calls, flags, and bird dogs! For something, different water hunts near the fabled Shoal Lakes produce mixed bag species of puddle and diving ducks, especially in the late season. We can accommodate wing shooting groups as large as 6. Consider combining your duck hunt with upland birds, or premier fall bear hunts for an action-packed 5 days of hunting with excellent value.

Upland – Coinciding nicely with peak fall Bear and waterfowl season are opportunities at upland birds. Primarily Sharptail and Ruffed Grouse, but Hungarian Partridge can also be encountered. Most Ruffed grouse are taken while in wooded habitats, such as to or from bear baits. The staple however is pursing ‘Sharpies’ by walking brushy overgrown fence lines between wheat fields, or grassy lowland patches and rock piles. The wing shooting can be fantastic! Upland bird hunting can be offered as a standalone 3-5 day hunt but is often treated as a great compliment to any fall bear or waterfowl hunt. Another bonus is that your Waterfowl licensing already incorporates upland bird hunting permits, so no additional licensing is required.

Coyote – Another bonus opportunity during fall seasons is coyote hunting. No additional licensing is required for Bear hunter since Bear tags are also valid for x1 Coyote (provided you have not filled your bear tag already). Coyotes are plentiful and our outfitter is a seasoned trapper and predator hunter. Calling is very effective and most clients are successful in their first outing. Predator numbers are very high these days in Manitoba and so predator hunting is encouraged. To add Coyote to any Fall Bear hunt is only $250.

MANITOBA SETTINGS & CONDITIONS

The Interlake region of Manitoba is a unique, vast swath of land running between two inland sea – Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. It is here at the forest fringe that both an abundance of food & fertility, coupled with endless, un-fragmented forest supports wildlife in abundance. The most northeastern fields of the prairies meet with a curtain of parkland forests later transitioning into the immense boreal forests of the north.

Weather during spring bear hunts and most fall hunts are generally mild and pleasant, not requiring any special clothing or cold-weather equipment. A bug jacket and especially Therma-call and extra cartridges to repel biting insects during spring bear hunts would be strongly recommended. Some of the later season waterfowl hunts, and especially those over water might see some cooler and windier scenarios. Gortex waterfowling jackets, warm hats, gloves, and chest waders are key items to consider bringing. Rarely will any of our hunts see significant below freezing temperatures or prolonged snow accumulation?

MANITOBA BEAR HUNTING ACCOMMODATIONS 

Standard Package Bed & Breakfast- Stay in a comfortable, rural Bed & Breakfast bordering a large wildlife management area in the heart of the Interlake. Amenities include satellite TV, DVD, cell phone & Wifi service, games and cards, with nearby hiking & riding trails or golf courses. Enjoy catered meals including a continental breakfast and lunch with hearty buffet-style dinners.  A full kitchen is also available should you wish to prepare snacks or drinks at your convenience anytime while in camp. An excellent golf course is also conveniently located just a few minutes away. For more information please visithttp://www.countryharvestinn.com

Lakeview Hecla Resort – Situated on Lake Winnipeg’s Hecla Island Provincial Park is the luxurious new Lakeview Hecla Resort. Enjoy lofty suites, gourmet restaurant dining, full-service conference centers, lounge, a pet-friendly atmosphere, free movies & wireless internet, a top-rated Canadian golf course, excellent fishing and hiking or riding trails in Hecla Island Provincial Park itself. In addition to the beaches, marina & lighthouse, the resort boasts an indoor water park and pools complete with a sauna and full-service spa. This is the perfect destination the whole family can enjoy while also engaged in a top-notch hunt in the Interlake! Hecla resort accommodations are an all-inclusive $500 upgrade, and while breakfast and lunch are included in your hunt package, dinners are not. See more Lakeview Hecla Resort details on their website at https://www.lakeviewhotels.com/hotels/hecla/#

GETTING TO BEAR CAMP

Winnipeg Manitoba severs as the destination city for our Interlake hunting packages. Should you choose to fly, round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services are included directly to the lodge and back. Roughly 1.5 – 2 hours drive. Should you wish to drive yourself, all lodgings are fully accessible by road and any addresses or directions can happily be provided upon request.

GETTING YOUR MANITOBA BEAT TROPHY HOME

Your various game licenses act as 30-day export permits should you wish you accompany your trophies or meat home after the hunt, either as checked luggage if flying, or in your vehicle if driving. Within easy driving distance of the US border, many of our clients choose to drive. There are also two options should you wish to leave your trophies with our taxidermists. Either he can do the complete work himself and ship the finished product direct to your door. Or the hides and skulls can be tanned and processed to be shipped to any US address or taxidermist of your choice.

Pricing

~ 5 days – 2x1Trophy Black Bear hunt – All Inclusive –May/June & August/September – $3,200
~ 5 days – 2x1Trophy Black Bear Combo (Waterfowl-Upland-Coyote) – All-Inclusive – September – $3,950
~ Add $250 for Coyote to any Fall Black bear Hunt
~ 3 days – All-inclusive Waterfowl and Upland bird combination hunts – September/October – $1750
~ 4 days at $2,250 or 5 days at $2850
 ~~ Add $500 for premier resort accommodations
~~ Non-hunting observers – $200/day ($300/day for resort accommodations)

Manitoba Non-resident Tags & Licenses (CDN):

~ Non-Resident Hunting Allocation ($100)
~ Black Bear ($233)
~ Game Birds – Waterfowl & Upland ($150)
~ Coyote (No Cost)
~ Fishing ($30)

Included

~ Pick-up and drop-off shuttle service between Winnipeg International Airport & lodgings.
~ All accommodations and meals during your hunt (dinner not included with resort option)
~ Fully guided hunts employing pre-scouted, actively baited stand sites
~ All transportation during your hunt
~ All taxidermy prep trophy care & basic meat handling, deboning, packaging & freezing
~ Referral and assistance with a taxidermist

Not included in the cost

~ Government Taxes (5%)~
~ Non-Resident Allocation fee ($100) and hunting/fishing licenses
~ Ammunition
~ Tips and gratuities to guides and lodge staff
~ Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel or misc purchases

British Columbia Bear Hunting

Most hunters believe that black bear hunts fall into three categories: over bait, over hounds, and overly difficult. Spot-and-stalk methods tend to have low success rates and aren’t very common as a result. However, many hunters believe that it is the only fair way to hunt big game. If that’s how you feel, then this is the outfitter of your dreams: during the last two years, their spring spot-and-stalk hunts have had 100% success rates!

ABOUT THE HUNT

Normally, five days would seem like too little time for any bear hunt, let alone one without bait or hounds. You will find a very different situation here, though.

These black bear hunts take place in British Columbia, home of more than 25% of the Canadian bear population.The area is packed with bruins.

To sweeten the pot even further, these outfitters have access to more than 1000 square miles of very lightly hunted territory and work hard to keep it that way. They regularly rotate the locations they hunt to give each spot time to recover and produce more record-book trophies. They also keep their hunts limited to four shooters at a time.

What does all this mean for you? Big bears … and loads of them!

Most hunters with this outfitter see at least eight bears on a single day of hunting. Some encounter as many as 60 before their five days are up! In fact, over the last two years, not only have hunters with this outfitter had 100% success rates on their first tag, they’ve had 100% opportunity rates with their second as well!

If you do want to go for two bears, the standard practice is to take the first with a firearm and the second with bow and arrow.

Many of these bears are trophy-worthy, weighing in at 300 pounds on the lighter end and 500 in the heavyweight division. They average 70”–82” (six to seven feet)from tip to tail.

The bears have more than just size to give them high value as trophies. A large percentage of these bears show up in color phases, running the full gamut from black to blond. They also have high-quality hides that are rarely rubbed.

If you fill both of your bear tags with time to spare, you will have plenty of other options at your disposal. Packs of wolves prowl through these woods. Adding a wolf to your hunt doesn’t cost much, so you should certainly consider it. The local streams offer some great fishing, too.

If adding more animals to your hunt sounds too expensive, consider shooting with a camera instead. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound. On top of the wolves and black bears, you can also find impressive grizzlies and moose out here, and the wilderness itself can offer some beautiful shots.

Getting to the camp takes a bit of time. First, you need to fly to Vancouver, and from there to Prince George, BC’s largest city. Leave plenty of time in your schedule for making your way through customs—two hours at an absolute minimum.

You should also plan to stay in Prince George the night before and the night after your hunt ends. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting all the way from the airport to the field (and vice-versa) in one day.

The outfitter will meet you in Prince George on the first day of your hunt and take you on a six-hour drive to the camp. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about regulations preventing you from hunting on the same day you arrive. You can get out in the woods and even take your first bear before night falls.

You’ll stay comfortable during your nights in camp. The wall tents will keep you out of the wind and rain, and woodstoves will keep you warm. You’ll also be right on the edge of a lake. Where better to spend your vacation than on a waterfront?

PRICING FOR BLACK BEAR HUNTS

A five-day, one-bear hunt costs $3,200. You can add a second bear for an additional $1,000. Adding wolf is little more than an afterthought—it only adds $50 to the price.

INCLUDED IN THIS HUNT

The price covers 2×1 guided spot-and-stalk hunts with 4×4 vehicles for getting around, plus your accommodations in the comfortable wall tent camp. Meals during the hunt, the trophy fees for your first bear and any other packaged animals, field preparation of the trophy, and pick-up and drop-off services in Prince George, British Columbia are also included.

WHAT TO BRING

The outfitter strongly recommends using a .300 magnum or similar with bullets weighing in at 170 to 200 grains. You may well have to take your shot at 300 yards, so accuracy matters more than anything else. Good optics certainly won’t hurt at these ranges.

Bring layers of camo. Bears have excellent vision, making the camo critical. You can also expect chilly temperatures on these spring black bear hunts: temperatures can drop below freezing in April, and even in June, you can expect to see plenty of mornings in the forties and fifties. It can still get quite warm in the afternoon, though, so being able to remove layers is important.

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS HUNT

Licenses, tags, permits, taxes, fees for non-resident hunters (such as the Hunting Preservation Fund), trophy/meat processing, shipping, and taxidermy, trophy fees for non-packaged animals, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities are not included in the price. Fly-in backpack hunts may be available for an extra fee. You are responsible for your own meals and accommodations before and after the hunt, travel insurance, and flights.

BOOKING POLICY

  • A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking to reserve your spot. The remaining 50% is payable 60–75 days before your hunt.
  • Global Sporting Safaris accepts business/personal checks, AmEx, VISA, MasterCard & BitCoin.

These are some of the best black bear hunts around. If you want to harvest a record-book bear using spot-and-stalk techniques, you couldn’t pick a better outfitter.

SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA COMBO HUNTS

Hunt with a Global Sporting Safaris exclusive outfitter in beautiful British Columbia’s Southern Interior for a diverse roster of desirable trophy game species! The Okanagan Valley is well known for trophy Elk, Shiras Moose, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Wolves, Black Bears, Lynx, Bob-Cat, Merriam’s Turkey and some of the world’s largest Mountain Lions – all available in this picturesque sub-alpine region. Access the remote hunting area using 4×4 trucks & ATV’s or Snowmobiles, all from the conform of log homestyle accommodations and gourmet meals. Enjoy 6+ full-days of 1×1 guiding and options for several combo-hunt opportunities! Elk, Moose, and Deer hunts are conducted spot & stalk style, while Bears, Mountain Lion, Lynx, and Bob Cat are pursued and treed with teams of hounds. Wolves are available and are generally targets of opportunities, but exist in healthy numbers due to the abundant prey species.

Our outfitter is an archery specialist and experienced dog handler, focusing on the prime windows and peak seasons for each of the species that he offers seasonally. These include Elk in September, Shiras Moose in October, Mule Deer and Whitetail’s in November, and Mountain Lion and other predator’s generally from December to February. Merriam’s Turkey hunts or Black Bears over bait or with hounds are also available during the spring months. These packages are all-inclusive from Kelowna British Columbia, aside from your BRITISH COLUMBIA hunting license ($110) and tags (approx $350 each). Availability is limited so call and inquire about the hunt of your choice.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK HUNTS  $8,850

Season dates are generally September 10th to October 20th. For best success rates, our Elk hunts are typically run during the peak rut, roughly between September 10 to 30th when the bulls are bugling and can be called into shooting range. Count on being looked after by a 1×2 guiding party, indicating you will have 2 experienced guides assisting you throughout the hunt. Expect to traverse the region by a combination of 4×4 trucks and ATV’s as well as hiking across this scenic sub-Alpine landscape.  There is a minimum ‘6 point side’ harvest requirement for Elk in this zone, so many 6×6 bulls are able to mature and express their full potential, making for excellent trophy potential on these hunts. The outfitter is confident that any hunter he guides would successfully score on a nice big 6×6+ bull scoring in the 300-350+ inch range. We also make every effort to ensure the camp is exclusive for each party, but this will of course depend on party size & other bookings. The outfitter is allocated 8-10 tags annually but only wishes to run about 4-6 hunts each year ensuring quality bulls & hunting experiences. The herds in our outfitters’ allocated area receive very little hunting pressure and are largely overlooked.

This is a 6+ day all-inclusive 1×2 trophy bull elk hunt priced at $8850 + 5% British Columbia government taxes, each. The cost of the tag is added and changes annually, but should run right around $350 or so. Non-hunting companions or observers are welcome at approximately $150-200/day, dependent on the outfitters’ seasonal costs. Hunting the peak rut when the bulls are bugling and less cautious would be the outfitters’ recommendation, and the best week would likely be around the 3rd week of September. These prime weeks fill up quickly however and are very popular. Additional species can also be harvested for a trophy fee while Elk hunting. These include Mule Deer ($1,500), Wolf or Black Bear ($1,000) or even Shiras Moose (please inquire) added to any Elk hunts should an opportunity present itself. Elk hunts are in high demand, so plan ahead with a future booking reserving a prime time slot.

SHIRAS MOOSE HUNTING  $12,500 (NOW $9950)

In this region of British Columbia, hunting Shiras Moose are extremely plentiful and bulls grow to impressive sizes. Success rates are high, rewards are big with a limited number of tags annually allocated to the outfitters, guaranteed upon booking. No multi-year long wait to draw this precious Shiras Moose tag, so if you are working towards the North America 29 Super Slam, we would like to help. Our outfitter is a seasoned, local archery specialist with many trophy Shiras moose to his guiding and personal hunting credit.

Shiras Moose Hunt season is long, spanning from October 1st to November 30th, which allows for two separate types of hunts – Rut and Late season. Both are exciting and successful but very different. Peak rut occurs around early to mid-Oct and is the recommended window for archery hunters looking to call a trophy bull into bow range. The vegetation is still largely up, and the moose can at times be difficult to spot in the secluded brushy river valleys they tend to inhabit this time of year. They are vocal however and can often be caught off their guards during the rut, especially susceptible to calling. Late season hunts are typically conducted in the last week or two of November, upon the close of Mule deer season. This is a great opportunity for rifle hunters to track, spot & stalk groups of moose in feeding areas as they shift into their wintering patters. Old burns or meadows near stands of thick timber often hold good numbers of moose in late November. They are not responsive to calling in the late season however and can be somewhat skittish, but they are predictable and stand out well against the snowy backdrop.  All our Shiras moose hunts are 1×1 guided and 6+ full days, priced at $12,000 (now $9995) + 5% BRITISH COLUMBIA government tax. If necessary, this Shiras Moose Hunting outfitter has made accommodations to extend hunts by several days at no cost to ensure hunters fill their Shiras Moose tags. These hunts are all-inclusive aside from your Shiras tag (approx. $350) and British Columbia hunting license ($110) respectively.

BRITISH COLUMBIA MULE DEER HUNTS  $6,500. WHITETAIL DEER HUNTS  $5,000. BC COMBO HUNT SPECIAL  $7,500

Acclaimed for currently boasting one of the highest deer densities anywhere in North America, Mule deer and Whitetail hunts in the Okanagan Valley are both exciting and unique.

Mule deer seasons typically run from September 10th to November 10th, and some truly spectacular bucks exist in pockets of great genetics. These are typically foot-based, spot & stalk style hunts in the timber assisted by vehicles on logging/mining roads and based from a comfortable lodge in the sub-alpine.  High numbers of deer are often encountered and shot opportunities are faster and at closer ranges when compared to Mule deer hunts in the Prairies of Alberta per se. If you are specifically looking for the best “Mulie on the mountain”, the outfitter strongly encourages the last 2-3 weeks of the season in November. Some fine Mules are certainly taken in September & October, but usually, as a bonus species of opportunity under a trophy-fee while hunting Elk or Shiras Moose.  In November, find yourself stalking & still hunting evergreen wintering yards, or glassing slopes and old burns to locate trophy Mules. A Mule deer/Whitetail combination hunt is also offered, as the two deer share habitat & overlapping season dates. Hunters are sure to encounter bucks of both species on any November deer hunt. This combo is exciting as well as excellent value, essentially being two hunts in one.

Whitetail season persists into mid-December, and hunts are offered alone, or in combination with Mule deer if both seasons are open. If combo hunting, it is recommended to come in mid-Nov, and hunt Mule deer until the season closes, then changing gears and switching over to Whitetails. If the focus is finding the biggest whitetail buck in the woods, it is recommended to book your hunt for the last week of November or the first week of December (Mule deer season will be closed then, however). As well, late archery season extends to January for any die-hard bowhunters looking to squeeze one more trophy deer hunt in before the New Year. The biggest bucks are worn down from the rut and become predictable as they seek the best food sources. Occasionally these late-season hunts occur from blinds or tree stands on the fringe of Okanagan valleys rich agriculture. Peach & apple orchards or grape vineyards, in addition to alfalfa or pasture fields are most common. Consider this exciting and unique Canadian Whitetail deer hunt.

All deer hunts are 1×1 guided for 6+ full days and 7 night’s accommodation and meals. Strait Mule Deer hunts are $6,500, and Whitetail hunts are $5,000. Combination hunts however are an excellent value at $7500, but only offered during a limited window, and are very popular. These hunts are all-inclusive aside from your British Columbia hunting License ($110) and your deer tags (approx $350 each).  British Columbia imposes 5% government tax, added to all hunts. Airport pick-up and drop-off services, as well as all guiding and trophy care, is included. Maneuver the landscape assisted by 4×4 trucks, ATV’s or snowmobiles, all from the comfort of log-home style accommodations and full course home-cooked meals in these all-inclusive 1×1 guided hunts.

BRITISH COLUMBIA MOUNTAIN LION HUNTS  $7,500

This region is renowned for producing some of the world’s largest Mountain lion anywhere, which exist at above-average densities in response to the healthy populations of Whitetail, Mule Deer & Elk. Here a 180 pound Tom does not necessarily raise any eyebrows and is the outfitters’ goal or benchmark when guiding hunters on his 1×1 trophy British Columbia Mountain Lion hunts. These are exciting fast action hunts that are sure to get your heart racing. Our outfitter is an experienced hounds-man and archery specialist who is particularly fond and very skilled at hunting big Mountain Lions. To date, he has maintained a 100% opportunity harvest rates for his clients. With such a vast, game-rich outfitting area there are many big cats to choose from, a number of which die of old age with the little hunting pressure the region receives. Navigate this remote area assisted by 4×4 truck and snowmobile as you follow the hounds hot in pursuit of your trophy Mountain lion, all based out of comfortable, all-inclusive lodge accommodations.

The season runs from mid-November to mid-February, and conditions are very “huntable” provided there is some snow cover. Many of our hunters are “On-Call” during a certain window of the season, who if flexible, are able to time their hunt with perfect conditions and fresh snowfall. The prime part of the season with best success rates for the largest Mountain Lion tends to be from January to the end of the season (Mid Feb), when deer congregate in traditional wintering areas. The lions will not be far away. Our outfitter has this hunting strategy down to a science and will waste no time in finding & treeing a Trophy Mountain lion from a predictable location which has been offering him success year after year.   This is truly a world-class Mountain Lion hunt, and will likely be the only one you ever need to book. Looking for excellent odds at tagging a record book cat? Look no further. All hunts are 6+ days, 1×1 guided for $7,500. We say 6+ days because hunters are staggered, and are thus welcome to stay an extra couple days at no additional cost to ensure success. Interested in adding an elusive Lynx or Bob Cat to your Mountain Lion hunt for a 2 or 3 cat slam? Uniquely all species reside here in good numbers with overlapping seasons and also hunted with teams of hounds. Lynx & Bob Cat combinations are available for only a $1500 or $1000 upgrade respectively, and a trophy fee only payable upon harvest. Baited wolf hunts can also be added as a combo option for a $1500 upgrade to most Lion hunts.  As well, early-season Mountain Lion hunts overlap nicely with late-season Whitetail rifle & archery hunts in Dec for those looking for a unique combo opportunity. Add a $1500 trophy fee to all early-season Mountain lion hunt packages for this combination upgrade.

WINTER BAITED WOLF HUNTS (NOVEMBER TO MARCH)  $4,100

Fast becoming one of the most desirable of Canadian experiences and prized animals in a hunters accolade are the elusive Grey Wolves. With populations increasing across the board, success rates and opportunities overall are better than they have been in several decades. Many outfitters, such as this one, recognize the need to manage the more than abundant wolf populations, as with any species. Our hunts are specialized to produce wolves and are focused during the winter months. Pre-scouted and maintained bait piles in strategic areas monitored by trail cameras put hunters in the best locations to capitalize on these cunning survival experts. Our outfitter spares no expense, purchasing any 16+-year-old packhorse in the Okanagan for use as wolf bait. There is always a steady supply, and this bait is easy to ‘walk’ directly into the expected spot. Baits are freshened regularly and blinds will typically have their own sneaky approach overlooking the bait sight by about 200-300 yards. Turn to a big game hunting rifle and its recommended to leave the varmint calibers at home. Calibers such as .270 and up recommend, and be sure to practice some long-distance shooting prior to your arrival. Most wolves in the area will reach or exceed 100lbs and be the classic Grey Wolf color pattern. More and more Black wolves are also being encountered, and this color pattern seems to be on the rise. Like with all our Okanagan packages, these wolf hunts are all-inclusive, fully guided, and included airport pickup. Wolf is also a great add on to any late season hunt such as Shiras Moose or Whitetail in Nov & Dec, along with Lynx and Mountain lion throughout the winter. Multiple wolves can be taken and tags are only $52 each.

SPRING BEAR WITH HOUNDS (MAY 1-30)  $4,800

For something different & unique, consider a spring Black Bear hunt in the Okanagan Valley using an experienced team of hounds and handlers. Occurring during the month of May, this fertile region is home to a very healthy population of Black Bears which boasts both good numbers of color phase as well as trophy class bears. As many as 30% of the Black Bears in the region are either Blonde, Cinnamon or Chocolate color phase, with a typical respectable bear attaining 6+ feet and 350 lbs and up. The outfitter is an archery specialist and this hunt certainly caters to bowhunters who are most welcome, but all other weapon choices are permitted (rifle, shotgun, Crossbow). Typical hunts are conducted with veteran hounds & handlers in mature stands of sub-alpine timber, but spot and stalk opportunities by quad also present themselves in this dynamic spring Black Bear hunt.

Prime season is the entire month of May, and maneuver the landscape by the assistance of 4×4 truck or ATV. These 6 days, 1×1 guided all-inclusive hunts are priced at $4800 (+5% BRITISH COLUMBIA government tax) and are based on the comfort of log-home style accommodations and full course home-cooked meals. Your BRITISH COLUMBIA hunting license ($110) and Bear tag (approx $350) are not included but enjoy hassle-free airport pick-up and drop-off and services and trophy preparations for the taxidermist at no charge.

SETTING & CONDITIONS

This hunt takes place near Kelowna in interior BRITISH COLUMBIA’s Okanagan Valley. Canada’s spring break destination and known as “Napa Valley North”. The region is a micro-climate renowned for its scenic beauty, fruit farming, vineyards, wineries, and acclaimed restaurants. Kelowna’s full-service airport is located an approximate hour’s drive to the lodge, but don’t let this proximity fool you. The region is remote and difficult to access, and vast swaths of the outfitters’ allocated area remain virtually un-hunted each year. The hunting area however is largely sub-alpine timber and logged areas at relatively low elevations. Some hunting locations can include alpine meadows, old cuts & burns as well as agricultural fringe habitat.

Conditions will range depending on your hunt and the subsequent season. September Elk hunts come with fair weather temperatures, occasionally warm days, and generally green hunting conditions. Things begin to cool and vegetation transitions into fall colors around some of the prime Shiras moose hunting windows in October. As mule deer season peaks in mid-November, dustings of snow are not uncommon and the fall colors have settled on the forest floor. Northern winds are not overly frigid but bring a chill to the air, and winter conditions only become more prominent as the whitetail rut from late November into December. Snow then begins to accumulate and the mercury falls giving way to a prime winter mountain lion or Lynx hunting conditions from January and February. Spring Bear hunts in May are generally mild to warm and spring green-up envelops the region. Dependent on which hunt you book and when it occurs, pack and dress according to the weather. It is recommended to dress in a layered system, tailoring footwear, warm or cold weather gear as the conditions warrant.
Accommodations

While the outfitter is in the process of constructing a large, brand new multi-season lodge overlooking a scenic river and vista, current hunts are based out of the existing lodge approximately one hour’s drive from the Kelowna airport. The current lodge complex is comprised of several buildings. The main lodge is a rustic log home where your hosts will prepare and serve all meals and otherwise serves as a common area and are complete with a satellite TV & Wi-Fi. Expect to be spoiled by your hosts with unbelievable home-cooked meals with all the fixings as. Two large guest cabins can each accommodate between 6-10 people but is usually only occupied by 2-4 hunters. These spacious lodgings offer ample space with multiple bedrooms and common areas, but also privacy anytime while in camp. The bathhouse is a separate building immediately adjacent to the guest cabins and contains several showers, washrooms, and a sauna to unwind after a long day’s hunt.

GETTING THERE

The destination city for this hunt is Kelowna B.C., whose airport is serviced by many major airlines. Multiple hub destinations such as Edmonton, Calgary, or Vancouver can accommodate nearly any connecting flight to Kelowna. Hunters are greeted at the airport by lodge staff and provided with round trip airport shuttle service to the lodge (approximately an hour’s drive), and return after your hunt. There is much to see and do in the quaint and scenic city of Kelowna, so consider an extra day or two before or after your hunt to take in the local sights and sounds.

PRICING

~ 6 day 1×2 hunt –x1 Trophy Rocky Mountain Elk (September) $8,850
~ 6 day 1×1 hunt – x1 Trophy Shiras Moose (October to November) $12,500 (now $9950)
~ 6 day 1×1 hunt – x1 Trophy Mule Deer (September to November) $6,500
~ 6 day 1×1 hunt – x1 Trophy Whitetail Deer (September to November) $5,000
SPECIAL – 6 day 1×1 hunt Trophy Mule Deer & Whitetail Combo (November) $7,500
~ 6 day 1×1 hunt – x1 Trophy Mountain Lion (November to February) $7,500
~ 6 day 1×1 hunt – x1 Trophy Black Bear with hounds (Spring Season) $4,800
~ Add Wolf or Black Bear $1500 each (Fall hunts) and No Trophy Fee

COMBINATION HUNTS ADD-ONS

Add Mountain Lion – $1500 (+$4,500 upon harvest)
Add Mule Deer or Whitetail – $1,500 each (+$2500 upon harvest)
Add Lynx – $1,500 (+$2500 upon harvest)
Add Bob Cat – $1,000 (+$1,500 upon harvest)|
Add Baited Wolf Hunting – $1,500 (No trophy Fee)
Additional 1×1 guided all-inclusive hunting days – $200/day

INCLUDED

Comfortable accommodations  for 6 days /7 nights
Gourmet meals daily during your, plus snacks during hunt
Pick-up & drop-off services between Kelowna  airport & the lodge
Professional guiding and all transportation during your hunt
Skinning, caping and trophy preparations for taxidermist
Field dressing, cold storage and meat preparation for transport

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

Government Taxes (5%)
B.C. Hunting License ($110) & Big Game Tag (approx $350)(Wolf tag $52)
Tips and gratuities to guides & lodge staff
Pre and post-trip accommodations and travel
Shipping and handling of trophy to the taxidermist