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Canada: British Columbia

The remote wilderness of north-eastern British Columbia with its huge mountain ranges, enormous timber patches and numerous lakes is a real El Dorado for all sorts of big game animals! Whether you want to hunt for black or grizzly bear in the spring or the fall season or are looking for a huge Canadian moose during the rut, this part of British Columbia has it all! Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, mountain goat, elk, whitetail and mule deer as well as wolf are other species that can be harvested. Stay in comfortable cabins or enjoy a true horseback and tent adventure in the isolated parts of our area while hunting your desired trophy in some of British Columbia’s prime habitat.

Our outfitter in this area operates out of a comfortable base camp along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of north-eastern British Columbia offering a wide variety of trophy animals. It is a family-run business that has been in the huntingJR Hunting British Columbia scenery and guiding industry for over 12 years. The goal is to provide one of the absolute finest quality hunting opportunities available. The outfitter and guides are very skilled and knowledgeable turning your stay here into an unforgettable experience. With only a limited number of hunts per season and a very personal level of attention, your hunt will be conducted 1 on 1 and customized to whatever needs you might have. Your guides know the area very well and will make sure to get you within shooting range of your desired trophy! Our camps and camp staff offer great service and hospitality and will ensure that your stay with us is memorable.

The hunting area is 1,800 square miles including both foothills and mountains  and boosts some prime habitat for big Canadian moose, Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep, mountain goat, Rocky Mountain elk, wolf, grizzly and black bear as well as whitetail and mule deer. The majority of mountains in our area do not exceed 7,000 feet and timberline is between 4,500 to 5,500 feet. Located only a two-hour drive from Grande Prairie in Alberta (your arrival point for the JR Hunting British Columbia camphunt), our main camp offers some great hunting right on the spot. If you prefer to venture out into the more remote parts of the hunting area, this is possible also, but will include horses, smaller cabins and sometimes even tented spike-camps. Our main camps are set up with modern amenities such as comfortable heated sleeping cabins, good dining facilities, hot showers and a flush toilet. Out-camps are equipped with functional, well-kept cabins or tents. So if you are into roughing it, we can definitely arrange that, but if you like to get together with your buddies in main camp at night to talk about the hunt, that is possible also. Hunts out of our main camp are normally conducted using trucks, ATVs and sometimes horses with the biggest part of the hunt being on foot for spot and stalk. Hunts out of our out-camps will be on horseback or on foot only. These hunts are usually more physically challenging than the ones around main camp. Hunting from one of the out-camps, you will reach more remote and untouched wilderness, but you will have to work harder for your trophy! We cater to both rifle and bow hunters.

Elk

The elk hunting in our area is very good, with elk being found in JR Hunting British Columbia elkmany different parts of the area. A good portion of our area produces elk right at timberline. Whether it is from a boat drifting down a river, on foot or from a mountain top on horseback checking pine ridges, south facing slopes and river banks, hunting bugling bulls is an amazing experience with great rewards. Our elk season opens September 1st and the hunting is excellent right from the beginning. The elk are already starting to rut then and the rut continues through the whole month of September. British Columbia hunting regulations require that elk in our area have 6 points on one side before they can be harvested; this rule has ensured and will ensure that we maintain excellent trophy elk. Our goal is to have our hunters harvest bulls in the 300 Boone & Crockett class or better with the true possibility at a 350 class bull.

Moose

The diversity of habitat in our area allows us to provide top quality moose hunting starting in mid-August right to the end of October. High mountain meadows, pine ridges, willow flats and many river bottoms make our area excellent for guided moose hunting. In August and early September, time will be spent watching the many natural mineral licks, as well as glassingJR Hunting British Columbia moose mountain valleys for big bulls. Frosty mornings in mid September will kick-start the moose rut. During this time valley bottoms, lakes and willow flats are the hot spots for rut activity. Hunters and guides will check for fresh sign in these areas and try to call in big bulls that are looking for receptive cows. Later on, lots of receptive cows and consistently colder weather bring the rut into full swing in October. Large bulls are protecting their cows and are ready to fight, giving your guide the opportunity to call that monster bull literally into your lap. An unbelievable experience that every hunter should have been a part of at least once! Towards the end of October, things start to wind down, but the good hunting is not over yet. Bulls start to bunch up and concentrate on feeding to prepare for the long winter. This is a great opportunity to sneak along common moose spots, tracking and stalking big bulls. Our goal is to have our clients harvest bulls 50 inches or larger and we encourage our hunters not to shoot anything less. We are always concerned about trophy quality and management and therefore we only shoot mature bulls. Every year we harvest a number of bulls grossing over the 195 Boone & Crockett minimum and to see that 200 mark broken is not a rare occurrence.

Black Bear

Our area offers some great black bear hunting with healthy populations that make these hunts filled with multiple black bear sightings and many exciting stalks. Hunters looking for trophy black bear can expect excellent results. Sizes JR Hunting British Columbia black bearrange from the 6 foot mark up to 7’ 5’’. Our goal is to harvest good boars 6’ 5’’ or better. We do have a god number of colour phase black bears also. Hunting can be done in both spring and fall. During black bear hunts in the springtime hunters are in search of the succulent new vegetation and can expect to glass south-facing slopes, cut blocks as well as stalk along river bottoms and pipelines. The mating season for black bears occurs in early June and towards the end of the month, the hard-to-find monsters start moving around in search of a mate. During hunts in the fall, spot and stalk is still the main method of hunting, but food sources change. Black bear hunts are a great time to enjoy springtime in British Columbia because the hunts are really relaxed due to the long days. Hunters can sleep in, get up and go fishing and then hunt for the rest of the day. Many animal sightings keep this hunt very entertaining and this is why we really encourage father and son groups for these spring hunts. In the fall, all our black bear hunting is done as part of a 10 day combination hunt with moose and elk.

Grizzly Bear

There are both spring and fall seasons for grizzly. Whether hunted in spring or fall, grizzly bears call for the same style of hunt. In the springtime, grizzly bears are searching for succulent new vegetation JR Hunting British Columbia grizzlyso you can expect to glass south-facing slopes, cut blocks as well as stalk along river bottoms and pipelines. In the fall, spot and stalk is still the main method of hunting, but the food sources for the grizzly bears change. Hunters looking for trophy grizzly bear can expect excellent results! British Columbia is very concerned with maintaining a large and healthy grizzly population and low harvest numbers along with good genetics give the hunter multiple sightings and stalks as well as the chance at a great inland grizzly. We try to have our hunters harvest mature boars from 7’ 5’’ to 9 feet in length.

Bighorn Sheep

Wild sheep live in some of North America’s most awesome wilderness and are a truly sought-after trophy. They can be spotted grazing in high mountain basins or JR Hunting British Columbia bighorn sheepbedded lazily on jagged rock outcroppings and shale slides. No matter where they are found, hunting and harvesting one of these majestic bighorn sheep is an untouchable experience. We hunt a very remote area that is rarely reached by others and only take a very limited number of hunters. This allows us to have excellent age structure in our sheep herd. Our season opens on August 15th and this is also the recommended time to come! Hunts are 14 days in which you will most likely be in the hands of more than one experienced sheep guide. All sheep hunts involve horseback riding, hiking and possibly backpacking.

Mountain Goat

The mountain goat has a majesty all of its own. Spending most of its time bedded on sheer rock faces and grazing on lush green outcroppings, mountain goats are a trophy that needs to be pursued by any serious hunter. Our season starts JR Hunting British Columbia mountain goatmid August and runs until mid November. While hunting goats you will spend a lot of time glassing to find the right billy. Being in fair shape is important, but in most cases stalks are not rushed and hunters can take their time. Our area has produced many trophies scoring higher than the 48 inch Boone & Crockett minimum. Genetically our goats produce good length and excellent mass, giving most mature mountain goats a good score. If it is the hair length you are concerned about, you should plan your hunt for later in September or early October. This hunt will leave you with the satisfaction of a hard-earned trophy as well as many fond memories.

Deer

Our hunting area offers some prime hunting for both whitetail and mule deer. Depending on the time of year different hunting styles may be used. During bow season, the majority of hunting will be done from tree stands. On September 10th our rifle season starts. This is still pre-rut and a great time to JR Hunting British Columbia mule deerhunt whitetails since bucks usually are quite consistent and easier to pattern. In November, you will be hunting from ground blinds and stands and some spot and stalk methods will be used as well.

We offer mule deer hunts from September 10th until October 5th using mainly spot and stalk to locate the big bucks. For this hunt, hunters need to be in fair to good condition. The bachelor groups containing mature mule deer bucks will be the focus. The start of November brings the rut and it is time to concentrate on watching the does as mule deer bucks will be travelling from group to group looking for does in estrus.

The whitetail and mule deer hunts that we offer are of excellent quality. Whitetails scoring 150 Boone & Crockett are common and bucks of this size and larger are a reasonable goal. For mule deer we believe the same reasonable goal would be to harvest bucks scoring 170 Boone & Crockett or larger.

Wolf

Most hunters choose to add a wolf tag to their hunt since harvesting a wolf is a real trophy and you never know when your chance may turn up. About 10% of our hunters harvest wolves during regular hunts in the fall. But you can also hunt during the winter months, especially during January and February when wolves are travelling because of colder temperatures and the mating season. This is an excellent time to take a well-furred trophy and these hunts have been very successful. During the month of January, we even offer our hunters the opportunity to participate in a trapline experience with the local trapper while hunting for wolfs over bait.

 

Mountain Lion

The winter months (December, January & February) are also a very good time to hunt for mountain lion. We hunt the rugged terrain in the south-east corner of British Columbia near the city of Cranbrook for big-bodied cats. This area holds an excellent cougar population and our well-trained dogs love to chase the big cats. At this time of the year there will normally be a lot of snow on the ground which is why these hunts are conducted using snowmobiles to scout the terrain for fresh big tracks and hounds who will then be released on the track and chase a cat until it trees. The hounds will then try to bay the cat and keep it from jumping out of the tree so that the hunter can sneak to within shooting range and shoot the cougar out of the tree. These hunts are very challenging and the excitement is definitely in the chase. The high success rate in the past is why these hunts have become really popular. Combination hunts for cougar, lynx, wolf and bobcat are also available.

 

The British Columbia firearms declaration is very important for hunters bringing their rifle with them to hunt in Canada. Nevertheless, it is an easy process if handled correctly and prior to the hunt, JR Hunting will supply you with all the paperwork and information necessary in order to bring your rifle with you to Canada.

We can only recommend you to come to Canada and hunt with us in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of north-eastern British Columbia and enjoy the people, great service and food as well as the unique hunting area our outfitter has to offer! Just as much as we at JR Hunting are committed to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry, our partner in British Columbia will take excellent care of you as a client and your trophies until shipping.

So if you are interested in a hunt with us in Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on prices, accompanied hunting trips and available hunting dates! Do not forget to check out more pictures from our British Columbia hunts in the JR Hunting photo gallery!