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)