Trophy Elk Are Back In The East Kootenay


Published: August - 2002

Hunting Report subscribers whose hunting memories stretch back to the 1980s know well that the East Kootenay region of southern British Columbia used to be a great place to go elk hunting. Well, thanks to new hunting regulations and a series of mild winters, the elk are back, along with other game animals. I first noticed the comeback during a cougar/bobcat hunt last winter with longtime outfitter Ray Carry of Carry-on Guiding. Carry and I saw herds of elk everywhere. When I asked him why, he said the main reason was the imposition of a six-point harvest minimum a few years back, along with new rules to control the cow/calf harvest. Furthermore, the winters in this part of Canada have been easy recently, and ranchers have been paid to fence haystacks, preventing damage to them from wildlife and reducing rancher demands for the removal of elk.

All of this has been very good for the hunting, as evidenced by some big bulls Carry's clients took home with them last year. One of them, take note, gross-scored 372! He conducts his elk hunts in the old mountain style with horses. A 10-day wilderness hunt runs $5,700, plus the usual extras associated with these types of hunts.

Other outfitters having good success with elk include Anna and Bob Fontana of Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters, who say clients with them nowadays have a 75 percent chance of taking a six-point bull. Their combination hunts run 10 days and cost $6,850.

Anna Fontana is a biologist, and she put me in touch with the man responsible for the new regulations, Regional Wildlife Biologist Bob Forbes. Forbes says elk in the Kootenays are almost at carrying capacity again, with 23,000 animals in the area. About 15 percent of those will be six-point bulls of varying ages. He confirmed that there are both migratory and homesteader (resident) elk present and that the backcountry elk have returned. Some of the outfitters from this area told me that the homesteader elk in the valleys are plentiful enough to keep the........(continued)

 
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