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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8949 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 13, 2012 to September 24, 2012
Place of Hunt: Canada - British Columbia
Hunt Area: Toad River in the Canadian Rockies


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Folding and Terminus Mountain Outfitters. PO Box 27; Toad River; BC; V0C 2X0; Canada; Tel. 250-232-5451; Fax: 250-232-5009; Email: info@terminusmountain.com; Web www.terminusmountain.com
Personal Guide (if any): Blair and Rebecca Miller
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caribou, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very well earned
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bear, Grizzly - Availability: We hunted hard and just never made a connection. The bears just outsmarted us on two different occasions, both were good bears.
Game Condition Comments: Very good. They ended up with 100% on stone sheep. Success is only determined by the hunter's physical ability to ride and climb in really tough country.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: United + CMA Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Both airlines did a great job + fair


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $18500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1918
Commercial Airfares: United from S.B. CA to Vancouver 596 / CMA to Fort Nelson 881 Amount: $1477
Charter Airfares: From lodge to camp + return Amount: $1000
Other Costs: Hotel at Vancouver Airport 2 nights Amount: $664
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Weather too warm
Highlights of Hunt: The sheer beauty of this wild land and this is a true wilderness. We had a great trophy moose run between our tents! Adventure!
Equipment Recommendations: Make sure you are ready for many hours in the saddle and climbing against the willows and dead fall.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? The area has a good amount of trophy Stone sheep, Mt goats, moose. We saw game every day, including Mt caribou, moose, and Mt grizzly bears.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: William A. Paulin
Contact Information: Tel. 805-736-8595 - 123 West Ocean | Lompoc | CA | 93436 E-mail: paulins@onemain.com
Hunting Experience: North American Grand Slam, Ovis Triple Slam, SCI World Hunting Award Ring
Physical Condition: Good for 73 years


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

I have been lingering writing this report to see how a couple of hiccups in my travel to and from British Colombia for my hunt with Dale Drinkall turned out.

 

To start things out, when returning to the United States if you are traveling with a firearm, make sure to set aside at least 2.5 hours for customs in Vancouver! Because I only allowed 2 hours, I missed my flight and subsequently my connecting flight. Air Canada and United Express were both very helpful in rebooking flights to allow me to get home and attend my impromptu birthday party. Neither airline charged me any change or cancellation fees to rebook. However and here is where my difficulties start, because my luggage was checked in at customs, my bags did not travel with me. Therefore when my gun got to Los Angeles, there was no one to claim it. TSA attempted to cut the lock off of my Tuff Pak gun case with no success. They were never able to get into it. They wouldnt transfer it to Santa Barbara by air since they couldnt inspect it. Air Canada stepped up and took care of the transportation by sending it to my business by FedEx. Of course now the lock is so badly damaged I can't get it open. I called NalPak the makers of the case who told me to drill it out. Once I was able to get the lid off NalPak had me send them the lid. They replaced the lock, put a new up to date handle on the lid and replaced 2 keys. All of this for only the cost of the shipping both ways! I want to thank NalPak for repairing the lock and replacing the handle in only 2 days. I felt very lucky to that things turned out the way they did.

 

On my hunt into the Canadian Rockies with Dale Drinkall, I knew it was going to be a real tough hunt by horseback, but I wanted to be there again. The weather was very good, absolutely beautiful, and almost too warm for September. The game was not moving much. I did end up killing a mountain caribou on the very top of a ridge that had patches of snow that can be seen in the enclosed pictures. Blair and Rebecca Miller were my guides. What a team! I have never had better. I would love to go back and do it again. This hunt pushed me to the max a couple of times. This was after I was bucked off and then kicked by the pack horse. Direct hit on my right knee. This was my first major hunt since a spinal fusion. I mention this because I am not at 100% and somehow I am over the 73 age mark.

 

Barbara Crown at the Hunting Report had only a few older reports on Dale Drinkall of Folding Terminus and was looking for an updated report. I spent 2.5 weeks with them and the other hunters came back to the lodge with most of the game they had been pursuing. There were 2 sets of brothers and one of them had hunted with Dale before. The other brothers had hunted with Dale 4 times previously. He has asked hunters not to say much because all residents of BC can hunt in the area if they can find the access points. I hunted from Sept. 13, 2012 to Sept. 24, 2012. We saw all game I was pursuing. We were unable to connect with the grizzly bear. We tried on two different days by working our way up through the deadfall and willows, but to no avail. The game is there. The hunter must be in "sheep shape" physically to be able to take it.

 

Dale is selling off the Folding Mt area to Blair and his wife Rebecca. They will be living in the lodge year-round. They are real mountain people. Dale and Sandra will live in the lodge in the Terminus Mt for the summer and fall and live in Arizona in the winter. Each area is approx. 3000 sq miles and is ideal for both couples. Dale will still do all the flying in and out of Folding Mt. Lodge.

 

After getting to know these two fine couples, it will make a perfect arrangement and is definitely a great place to hunt. I mentioned in my comment earlier about not having very many reports on Terminus & Folding Mt and this may be because they have so many repeat customers.

 

In Good Hunting,

William A. Paulin





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