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.
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.
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.
~ 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
~ 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