Well, this outfit has now completed its second season, and its success was tremendous. If these results can be repeated consistently, and I believe that's possible, Tracks BC may well become one of the premier free-range whitetail hunting operations in North America.
As I previously reported, long-time outfitter Gary Drinkall is the principal at Tracks BC. He is hunting a huge area, including vast Crown lands surrounding ranches and farms near Dawson Creek. Last year, local hunting pressure hurt my hunt. To correct the problem, he has leased over two dozen properties covering well over a quarter million acres. And Drinkall has his eye on several other properties known for producing outstanding trophies.
The leased properties include different types of terrain, some located along large creeks and rivers, and others bordering large tracks of bush, but most with crops to attract and hold deer, especially the does. The primary crops here are alfalfa and oats, which, of course, are great deer forage and have contributed to the trophy quality found here.
The variety of the hunting country gives Tracks BC the flexibility to meet changing conditions. However, the vast bush country surrounding the cropland (similar to the best hunting areas in neighboring Alberta and Saskatchewan) is the real secret to the long-term hunting potential of Drinkall's operation. This bush is so big and untapped (it hasn't been hunted by outfitters in over two decades) that it will offer a reservoir of trophies for years.
Another key factor to Tracks BC's success is that their guides are all ranchers or landowners with their own invaluable contacts, and they know the country like the backs of their hands. They also know deer and........(continued)