The British Columbia Deer Hunting Outfit Has the Right Stuff


Published: February - 2011

I have hunted the Groundbirch and Chetwynd areas of eastern British Columbia (near the border with Alberta) with three different outfitters over the last five years. In 2009, I hunted with Danny and Roxane La Greca of Rafter DL Ranch Guiding and Outfitting (250-780-6807; drlagreca@netkaster.ca). There were four hunters in camp, including myself. The three bucks killed scored 168 B&C, 174 B&C; and 155 B&C for an average of 165 B&C. I passed up on a 150-class whitetail and did not kill a buck that year. I rebooked for 2010 based on what I saw of the area and the fact that Danny and his wife are a great team and two of the hardest working people I have ever seen. I returned this past November and took a 170-plus B&C buck. (See photo in our online Trophy Gallery.)

There are a couple of other operations in this region, and I have hunted with them. Not to detract from them, but I think La Greca is tops. He lives in the region and previously worked with one of the other operators, so he has the experience and knowledge of the area. He also runs a smaller, more personalized hunting service. He takes no more than 20 hunters per season with only six hunters in camp at a time.

La Greca's concession encompasses 3,000-square miles of transition area between boreal forest and agricultural country. This area, called the Peace Region, has produced 200-class whitetails in the past. It is exceptional deer country with an extended season that allows you to hunt during the rut in November, when the snow and lack of feed drives the deer from the bush and high country. La Greca uses trail cams and moveable blinds and stands. He has the ability to move hunters easily if a big buck suddenly appears in another area. Blinds have a heater and a comfortable camp chair. La Greca drives hunters to their blinds before light. Most stay out until dark.

In addition to whitetail, you can also take a mule deer for only an additional........(continued)

 
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