The small hunting area I am referring to is located in the Peace Region near Fort Saint John. In addition to the outstanding trophy potential you'll find there, you can kill two deer (one mule deer and one whitetail) during an extended general season running through November 30 in most of the best hunting areas. This extended season allows hunting during the rut and when the big bucks are leaving the bush and high country because of deep snow and lack of feed.
The reason why this area is not well known is that there are only a few outfitters there, and they host only a handful of hunters annually. I have reported on two of those outfitters in the past. Ray Jackson of Horseshoe Creek Outfitters hunts near Fort Saint John and along the Peace River breaks. He is best known for his mule deer but has guided clients to some outstanding whitetails. Jack- son's area lies to the north of the second outfitter, Tracks BC. This outfit is owned by Gary Drinkall and Blaine Trenholm, and is best known for whitetails but also has claimed some trophy mule deer. I've reported on a number of 200-class whitetails that this outfit has produced over the last several years.
Now another outfit started operating here last season. Rafter DL Ranch is owned by Danny and Roxanne La Greca. He has guided off and on for 25 years, including several seasons for Tracks BC, and has hunted and trapped all his life. Their 3,000-square-mile concession lies south of Jackson's area and east of Tracks BC. It is over 100 miles long (from Fort Saint John to........(continued)