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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8244 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 1, 2010 to October 8, 2010
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Unit 423


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Robert Fontana; Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters. Box 275; Cranbrook; British Columbia; V1C 4H8; Canada; Tel. 250.426.5789; Email: fontanabighorn@telus.net; Web www.fontanabighorn.com/evbo.html
Personal Guide (if any): Jason Wilson
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Goat, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Length 9 3/8 inches each
Game Sought But Not Taken: Wolf - Availability: None seen.
Game Condition Comments:


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Northwest/Delta Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $7,350 US + $184 GST Amount: $7534
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $770
Commercial Airfares: Frequent Flyer Miles Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing over 40 goats on one ridge, watching goats traverse cliffs
Equipment Recommendations: Boots good in mountainous terrain and on horseback
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? First rate outfitter and guides, lots of goats, and great scenery


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Brian Gooding
Contact Information: Tel. (860) 644-5307 - 359 Avery St. | South Windsor | CT | US | 06074 E-mail: goodingfam@cox.net
Hunting Experience: 1 or 2 hunts per year for last 10 years, 3 continents
Physical Condition: Decent


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Traveled by pack train to high camp (solid cabins w/ stoves - there was even a shower!) and rode from there each morning as far as horses could manage, then on foot. I'm old enough to know better than to try to keep up with my guide Jason, but I did anyway and suffered the consequences. Got up to elevations of about 7000 ft. Shoot your goat late and you'll probably ride home in the dark! Horses (and mules) docile and sure-footed. Saw a good-sized grizzly; another party saw wolves but couldn't get a clear shot.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4568 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 22, 2004 to November 2, 2004
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Robert Fontana; Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters. Box 275; Cranbrook; British Columbia; V1C 4H8; Canada; Tel. 250.426.5789; Email: fontanabighorn@telus.net; Web www.fontanabighorn.com/evbo.html
Personal Guide (if any): Gary and Riley
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Goat, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Lots of Goats. This was a late hunt and the skins were in prime condition.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Northwest Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Nothing unexpected - goats were high in the mountains. Some snow.
Highlights of Hunt: Beautiful country, excellent hunt, knowledgeable guides.
Equipment Recommendations: The outfitter will send you a list.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Lots of goats, beautiful country, excellent outfit.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Harry Seratt
Contact Information: Tel. 901-683-1240 - 6284 Solway Drive, Memphis, TN 38119 E-mail: heseratt@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive.
Physical Condition: Very good.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Anna Fontana is very involved with the day-to-day operations. All aspects of the outfit are up to the prior excellent standards. This will continue to be an outstanding operation in an outstanding game area.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2923 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 16, 2002 to May 25, 2002
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Elk River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Robert Fontana; Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters. Box 275; Cranbrook; British Columbia; V1C 4H8; Canada; Tel. 250.426.5789; Email: fontanabighorn@telus.net; Web www.fontanabighorn.com/evbo.html
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Grizzly - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 25 7/16.
Bear, Black - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Very late snows caused difficult hunting conditions. The animals were not moving very much. The bears were in great shape. The elk and moose were in good shape. The late snows were causing some problems for the sheep and goats.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Northwest Airlines. Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: See comments. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Late snows.
Highlights of Hunt: Bob and his staff, hunting on snowshoes, seeing a B&C mountain grizzly walking toward us to check us out, seeing the grizzly bear roll down the mountain on top of us after shooting him.
Equipment Recommendations: Bob provides a list of what to bring. Follow his recommendations.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Harry E. Seratt
Contact Information: Tel. 901-683-1240 - 6284 Solway Drive, Memphis, TN 38119 E-mail: heseratt@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive worldwide hunting experience.
Physical Condition: Very good physical condition.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
We hunted out of two different camps. The first was excellent. After a week, we moved to Bob's base camp area. The late snows blocked the road to that camp and we stayed in a spike camp. While cramped, it had everything we needed. I have hunted from Bob's base camp on other hunts, and it also is excellent.

I flew Northwest from Memphis throught Minneapolis to Calgary. Clearing the rifle in Calgary was a little slow but no problem. The major cause of the slowness was due to the very time we arrived in Calgary. There were three other people with firearms, and two different couples who had items to declare. The Canadian personnel were professional and courteous. Clearing the rifle back through US Customs was no problem.

I booked this hunt some years ago. The Canadian government closed the grizzly hunting a couple of times, and my grand-daughter was born during the bear hunting season two-years ago. Thus you should check Bob's current pricing. My view is he is high but worth it.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1679 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 15, 2000 to May 30, 2000
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: East Kootenays; Elk Valley; Elk River; Aldridge Creek


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Robert Fontana; Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters. Box 275; Cranbrook; British Columbia; V1C 4H8; Canada; Tel. 250.426.5789; Email: fontanabighorn@telus.net; Web www.fontanabighorn.com/evbo.html
Personal Guide (if any): Robert Fontana and Clay Lancaster
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bear, Grizzly - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Seven feet, four inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Bob's area has some huge grizzlies. Two permits are issued per year. I saw 23 separate grizzlies during my hunt. Bob's second client took a reportedly (by Fontana) eight foot, nine inch boar.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service:
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $2250
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $750
Commercial Airfares: None. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: None. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Lodging $200 and gasoline $150. Amount: $350
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Conditions were a bit dry with the early spring. There were no other problems at all.
Highlights of Hunt: 1000 yard stalk once bear was spotted. He was called in with a calf call from 150 yards for a ten yard shot!
Equipment Recommendations: Follow recommended equipment list exactly! Good binoculars, spotting scope and a reliable rifle.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Fontana runs the best operation that I have ever hunted with in Canada. This is a 5-star hunt!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Allen Dar
Contact Information: Tel. 503-537-0469 - 1004 SW 7th Street, Dundee, OR 97115
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 25 years in 18 states including Alaska, Africa, Canada and Mexico.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL



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