Major Outfits Changing Hands In Yukon, BC, NWT


Published: March - 1999

If you're planning to hunt in Canada for the 1999 season, you should know that a number of important hunting outfits have recently changed ownership. The most surprising development is the almost certain sale of Muskwa Safari Limited by Garry and Sandra Vince to Kevin Omstead of Profit Muskwa Outfitters. Gary Vince had been hunting the area since 1952 and was allocated the concession in 1961 when BC moved to an area system. If this sale goes through as expected, "I'm going to do some more hunting for myself," says Vince. "I'm just tired of dealing with all the problems of staffing and government. However, I've had no problems with hunters and will miss them."

Vince is heading off to hunt Marco Polo sheep in the coming month and also will be sitting down to write his memoirs. More than one chapter has been finished already, and it promises to be a "must" addition to any hunter's library. Vince has a great reputation in the industry and was recently honored as Safari Club International (SCI) North American Professional Hunter of the Year. An example of how busy his outfit has been is evidenced by the 54 elk and 40 moose hunters he took out last year. That's in addition to his allocation of 19 stone sheep permits. His reputation for sheep is among the very best.

Obviously, Omstead is stepping into some very big shoes. That's not to say he hasn't developed big shoes of his own over the past decade by producing high quality hunts in the Profit Muskwa and the Devilhole in the Yukon. In fact, Omstead has been charging among the highest prices in BC for his six stone sheep hunts. It's worth noting that his current area adjoins the new one he has just bought. That fact, combined with the fact that most of Vince's crew will be staying on, means Omstead should be able to carry out a smooth ownership transfer. "I don't anticipate any difficulties with the transition," he told me at press time. "The two territories share over 100 miles of........(continued)

 
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