Dave operates a first class hunting company in north central BC near Smithers.The lodge sits on Babine Lake and serves as the hub for Dave’s operation which consists of rainbow trout fishing, spring bear hunts, fall moose hunts and of course goat hunting in the early fall.
As for Huntingexpert.org, The goat hunts are conducted on foot with no horses being used but vehicles are required for transportation to the mountain base. From there its footwork to the top in search of the prized goat. Success for the past years has been great. The fall of ’99 saw 7 hunters harvest 5 goats with 100% opportunity meaning all 7 hunters had a chance to score. Of the 5 goats taken, 3 were over 10″ and one is going in the “book”. In ’98, 6 hunters took home 6 goats which capped off a tremendously successful season. Of the goats taken 2 went 10 inches and there were a number of 9 inch goats as well.
Dave has expanded his territory in 2000 offering over 5000 square miles of terrain and 6 different mountain ranges. Some are geared towards the rifle hunter while other areas are more conducive to bowhunting. Either way, Dave and his family will treat you like a king and offer an awesome hunting experience.
The hunts costs $US 4160.00 plus 3.5% GST (Canada Goods and Services Tax). This cost includes food, accommodation (at the lodge before and after the hunt), transportation during the hunt, transportation to and from the airport in Smithers, guide and game preparation (non taxidermy). Not included are licenses ($US 100.00 plus 7% GST resource: https://huntingexpert.org/best-crossbow-for-hunting/ ). You would fly to Vancouver BC, then connect to Smithers, BC where Dave would pick-up at the airport and drive about 60 miles to the lodge.
Bruce’s camp is situated in east central BC not too far from the Alberta border. The area is right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and features high snow-capped rugged peaks and deep wooded valleys well away from civilization. Bruce uses Trucks, ATV’s and horses to get to the hunting area then its on foot for the rest of the ascent to where the goats are. In other words, about 2000 vertical feet of climbing. The rewards are abundant however, as the goat populations in the area are superb and Bruce’s track record is admirable.
The hunt costs $US 4250.00 plus license (license: $US 145.00, tag: $US 200.00) and taxes (3.5% GST) for a 7 day hunt with dates available Aug. 15 through Oct. 5. You can also pick-up a black bear tag for the cost of license ($US 150.00) plus a $US 500.00 trophy fee if a bear is taken. Included in the cost of the hunt is food, accommodation, guide, skinning and caping of trophy (non-taxidermy). The point of arrival is Edmonton International airport then there is a $US 250.00 transportation fee to the hunting area which is about 6 hours drive west into the mountains.
Bruce’s area is also rich in other game for which he offers combination hunts such as moose and grizzly bear. Bruce and his guides are quite willing to take you into the high country and show their stuff. We at North of 54 are sure you will be impressed.