Archive for British Columbia

Where the Wild Roam: A B.C. Hunt for a Meat Moose

A hunt in British Columbia for the world’s largest deer offers sheer challenge, adventure and the chance to put hundreds of pounds of meat in the freezer—if you can find a bull in all that wilderness.

August 19, 2013

Q&A with Hunting Guide Rachel Ahtila

Ever wondered what it's like to be a hunting guide? Rachel Ahtila, a guide from British Columbia, talks about guiding, guns and her hunting aspirations.

June 28, 2013

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 5

This morning prior to breakfast I joined Shannon as she skinned the bear, as I was curious about the bullets’ terminal performance, and wanted to see it firsthand. I must commend her work, as not only was she quick (obviously from extensive experience), but only dabs of sweet-smelling hand lotion beneath her nostrils made the task possible. Remember the rotting moose meat? Well, the bear reeked of it. It was bad!

July 12, 2010

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 4

Although today began no differently than did yesterday, it certainly ended in a most unanticipated way.

July 06, 2010

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 3

An avid deer and turkey hunter, I typically find myself donning camouflage when dawn is a distant dream. Not so here, where an extremely “early” wakeup for bear hunting would be 10 a.m.. In fact, that to is way too early, as we didn’t hunt until 2 p.m. But, being on Eastern Standard Time, 8 a.m. here is 11 a.m. at home, which would, indeed, be sleeping in. Besides, I was too excited to sleep any later. Why start so late? According to Leonard and Chad Schearer, a former full-time outfitter in Montana, bears aren’t as active in the morning as they are in the evening. You’re simply better off being well-rested and focused for the evening hunt than trying the marathon method of hunting from sunrise to sunset. Leonard, however, will allow you to make the decision.

July 01, 2010

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 2

Remember the “half the adventure is getting there” saying? Today the saga continued…

June 29, 2010

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 1

Today, I set off on of what will serve as both my first springtime black bear hunt, as well as my first trip to British Columbia, Canada. Because of the destination, getting to camp, which is near Tatla Lake, involves multiple travel days; hence the reason today’s journey ends in Vancouver. The initial leg is from Washington Dulles International Airport (Northern Virginia) to Dallas/Ft. Worth (Texas), where I transferred to my connecting flight bound for Vancouver International Airport. After landing in Vancouver, I cleared Canadian Customs and attained my luggage and firearm, a CVA Scout in .35 Whelen, and proceeded to register the firearm (i.e. have the appropriate forms filled in, signed and stamped, after paying the required fee, of course), then headed to the hotel, where I’m going to be overnight.

June 28, 2010

Back Country Bear Hunting

We packed into British Columbia’s wilderness seeking spring-green slopes and color-phase black bears and found a primal awakening.

June 04, 2009