Latest On Coastal Island Bear Hunts


Published: July - 2001

Now, here is a question for you: Why do black bear hunts in the rainforest country on Vancouver Island and on the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia sell for such high prices? After all, these islands rarely produce Boone and Crockett-sized skulls; plus, there is only one possible color to the bears - black. On top of that, if you a book a five-day hunt in this region, rain is likely to fall for part or all of one or more days.

On the plus side of the balance sheet, your chances of shooting a decent mature boar on a hunt here are near 100 percent. Likely as not, the animal will be big in body size, too, and have a wonderful, jet-black pelt. Also, virtually all of the hunts on offer here are conducted spot-and-stalk, rather than from tree stands.

Here are some recent results from major coastal island outfitters that may inspire you to check out this region:

Pacific Rim Guide/Outfitters: Owner Jim Shockey reports taking 62 bears this past year, only one of which was not a boar. Fifty-seven of those bears qualified for the SCI Record Book, and fully half of them weighed at least 400 pounds, Shockey says. His hunts on Vancouver Island are five-day affairs, and sell for $4,000 (US) on a 2 x 1 basis. A second bear is available for an additional $2,000.

West Coast Outfitting: Owner Bob Welsh reports taking 30 boars this past year, plus one sow. He calls this past season a "really good one" for big boars, noting his average male bruin measured 6 feet 9 inches. Welsh charges $3,500 (US) for a four-day day hunt for one bear and $6,500 (US) for a two-bear hunt.

Trophy West Guide Outfitters, Ltd.: Owner Brian Swift reports that his 23-boar kill this spring included one bear that measured 6 feet 4 inches and another that towered 7 feet 1 inch. He calls this past spring "a really good season" for spot-and-stalk hunting. He charges........(continued)

 
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Facilitators: Pacific Rim Guide/Outfitters; West Coast Outfitting; Trophy West Guide Outfitters, Ltd.; Northwest Territory Outfitters Ltd.; Triple Crown Guiding and Outfitting; Pacific Bear Outfitting;

  


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