Black Bear Operation In Vancouver Island


Published: August - 2003

Remember that new black bear hunting operation on Vancouver Island we told you about in the May 2003 issue? You'll recall we reported that island native and well-known guide Darren Deluca had bought the rights to 2,000 square miles of lands that had not been hunted for over 10 years....if ever! Well, frequent correspondent J. L. Michaels just spent several days with Deluca's Vancouver Island Guides and Outfitters and filed the following on-site report:

"Deluca's new bear hunting venture appears to be everything The Hunting Report said in its previous report. There is indeed no shortage of bears amid the tidal flats, lush meadows, clear-cuts and timber that rise from the steep mountainsides in Deluca's concession. In four days of hunting, Deluca, his client and I saw at least 40 different bears, many of them shooters. The client in camp during my visit killed a nice boar the second morning of his hunt. Like most animals taken on the island, this bear carried super-dense, long fur that will make a gorgeous rug. Its skull easily scored above the SCI minimum of 18 inches. Two days later, the same hunter took a nice, although not huge, bear with his bow.

"Deluca's spot-and-stalk style of hunting, as opposed to the traditional bait-hunts of other provinces, is bound to draw many hunters to this operation. Most hunts begin by slowly driving back roads through some of the prettiest country in Canada. When the hunters spot a bear, they get out and try to stalk to within 200 yards of it for a shot.

"As in any hunting destination, the conditions and opportunities can vary greatly from day to day. The first day I was there, Deluca and his client saw only small boars and sows. The next day they saw six bears, all over the SCI minimum. Two were certainly in the "life-size-mount" category! For numbers and size, it may have been the best single trophy-hunting day I've seen in North America.

"The overall success Deluca had in his new area this........(continued)

 
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