CANADA: British Columbia Moose Hunt Or Can Grizzly Bears Count

K-man

AH elite
Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
1,811
Reaction score
3,380
Media
71
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
3
Hunted
Spain, Alaska, RSA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, British Columbia, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
Most of you have seen the end result of this hunt but I will start at the beginning when I met Cody with Lobo Peak outfitters out of Prince George at DSC last January.

After meeting Cody I booked a hunt for this fall for moose with an option for black bear.
The hunt began October 18 for an 8 day hunt, and I was met at Prince George airport for the short 2 hr drive to camp.
Camp is nice enough with plywood cabins with bunks and wood stoves, and a main log cabin lodge with other assorted buildings. There were 4 other hunters in camp that had driven up from Washington state hunting 2x1

Day one was mostly spent driving logging roads, looking for tracks and glassing the logging cuts. We saw several cows and calves and a couple of black bears but they were either sows with cubs or small/young bears.
One of the other hunters shot a nice moose so we went to help load out.

Days 2, 3 are very similar except day 3 we floated a small river in a boat with electric motor in the evening, It was fun to slip quietly back down to camp at dusk coming sometimes within 15 yds of moose but they were all young or cows. 2 more hunters shot their moose as well so we went to load them up as well.

Day 4 seemed different as a lot of you know, some days you just wake up and feel this is going to be a great day, full of optimism and expectation. As it turned out, about mid-morning we came around a bend in the road and the guide said, "there's a big moose cow over there" and just then all I could see was a big bull moose from my angle. I went from 0 to 60 in a heartbeat and the time from spotting the moose to loading my gun to firing was no more than 10 seconds. The shot seemed true (offhand at 110 yds) but the moose turned and began slowly moving away, so I put a second Barnes 18o grn raking in from behind the last rib to exiting the offside shoulder, and he dropped instantly. The first shot took out the top of the heart and shoulder, but if an animal is still standing I an still shooting.
SAM_1196.JPG


The guides estimated he was an old moose in decline at about 12 yrs old. Body size was large for a Canadian species, and larger than the other ones shot that week. We finished pictures, and field dressed it to cool and returned to camp to get help loading/dragging it out.
 

PHOENIX PHIL

AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
9,297
Reaction score
7,858
Media
54
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Member of
SCI
Hunted
USA, S. Africa
Nice bull! Congrats!!
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,989
Reaction score
17,483
Location
Canada
Media
412
Articles
23
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Europe
1
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
Congrats on some good shooting and a good trophy.
 

K-man

AH elite
Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
1,811
Reaction score
3,380
Media
71
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
3
Hunted
Spain, Alaska, RSA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, British Columbia, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
We returned with help to get the moose out of the slash/brush and found an unpleasant surprise waiting for us.

2 grizzly bears have claimed the moose and one is covering it up with sticks and dirt right in front of us. It appears it is a sow and 3 yr old nearly grown. Since there are 3 of us with guns and a total of 8 people, we each take turns firing a shot or 2 into the air, and reloading and advancing towards the bears. The bears stand, look, and pop their jaws. Eventually I put 2 rounds into the dirt about 3 yards in front of the bears and they retreat to the edge of the timber about 50 yards away.

This is why I asked if grizzly bears can count. I am sure if it was just the 2 of us we would not have held the meat. I found out later a miner on the neighboring property was lost with search and rescue out looking for him the same day. The only parts found were the straps from his pack. Not even his boots were recovered.
The three of us stand guard while the others load out the moose. Spent the better part of the afternoon washing the dirt and sticks out of the body cavity. No meat lost!
Pictures are not loading so I will add them later.
 

K-man

AH elite
Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
1,811
Reaction score
3,380
Media
71
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
3
Hunted
Spain, Alaska, RSA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, British Columbia, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
SAM_1203.JPG
SAM_1205.JPG
 

PHOENIX PHIL

AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
9,297
Reaction score
7,858
Media
54
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Member of
SCI
Hunted
USA, S. Africa
Wow!
 

cagkt3

AH legend
Joined
Apr 10, 2017
Messages
2,931
Reaction score
2,056
Location
Texas
Media
87
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Member of
DSC, SCI - West Texas Chapter, HSC, NRA Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
Hunted
South Africa, Zimbabwe, OK, TX, UT, KS
Nice moose and a pretty cool story you'll be able to tell for a long time! Congrats!!
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,989
Reaction score
17,483
Location
Canada
Media
412
Articles
23
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Europe
1
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
Nothing like hunting in Grizzly country!
It does not surprise me that you had to shoot that close to the bears to get them to move off.
Glad you had enough muscle to claim it back. That is pretty fortunate.
Thankfully the Moose was in the open, that would not have been fun in the trees.
 

cpr0312

AH ambassador
Joined
Jul 21, 2011
Messages
10,094
Reaction score
13,137
Location
North Carolina
Media
346
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
NRA Life Member
Hunted
US (All over), New Zealand, South Africa(Northern Cape, Northwest), Zimbabwe, Zambia
Congrats on the moose and wow what an encounter!
 

Nyati

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
7,954
Reaction score
3,425
Location
Madrid, Spain
Media
117
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Europe
1
Member of
RFEC, RFETO
Hunted
Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
Congrats, that was quite an adventure !
 

Ridgewalker

Lifetime bronze benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
6,880
Reaction score
8,249
Location
Colorado
Media
231
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
4
Hunted
South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
Congratulations on a fine old moose! A grand adventure!
 

gillettehunter

AH legend
Joined
Sep 10, 2009
Messages
3,628
Reaction score
3,570
Location
WYOMING
Media
83
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
4
Asia/M.East
2
Australia/NZ
1
Hunted
Namibia, Kyrgyzstan(2) South Africa(4) New Zealand Zambia(2)
Now that is an adventure. Nice moose. Congrats
Bruce
 

tay50

AH veteran
Joined
Oct 29, 2012
Messages
179
Reaction score
213
Media
17
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
1
Member of
Ducks Unlimited, SCI, RMEF
Hunted
Canada, USA, Michigan, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, RSA, Limpopo, Free State
Congrats on the moose.
 

tarbe

Bronze supporter
AH legend
Joined
Jan 26, 2014
Messages
4,267
Reaction score
7,249
Location
Cypress, TX and Romance, MO
Media
120
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA Life, Handloaders Anonymous
Hunted
USA, South Africa, Zimbabwe
That's the kind of stuff a Winchester or Remington calendar is made of!

Very cool that you actually got to live it!
 

jacques smith

AH elite
Joined
May 25, 2014
Messages
1,007
Reaction score
941
Media
5
Gotta love it—I was about to ask why u didn’t clobber the bigger bear? Then it hit me BC ( before common sense). Another couple of years those bears will be a lotta fun
 

Wheels

AH ambassador
Joined
Dec 23, 2012
Messages
6,539
Reaction score
10,235
Media
115
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Hunted
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Congratulations on the moose! The experience with the grizzlies, priceless.
 

K-man

AH elite
Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
1,811
Reaction score
3,380
Media
71
Articles
2
Hunting reports
Africa
3
USA/Canada
3
Hunted
Spain, Alaska, RSA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, British Columbia, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. The way I remember the incident was more of them being a pain in the a## and how much meat was going to be lost. Then later I was glad they didn't show up while we were field dressing the moose. During the time they were there I was ready to go all Mark Sullivan on them hoping one would charge. Lots if different emotions. It was only an hour and a half from when we left to when we got back. Looking back I think this was probably the best outcome possible, with no meat loss and no game violation issues. The 4 quarters weighed 740 lbs at the processors 2 days after hanging.
 

Spooksar

AH fanatic
Joined
Jun 3, 2013
Messages
939
Reaction score
879
Location
Beaverlodge Alberta
Media
23
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
4
Member of
SCI, Dallas Safari Club, NFA ,CSSA NRA, CCFR
Hunted
South Africa, Namibia, Canada (BC, Alberta Nunavet) Texas, New Mexico
When I lived in Fort Nelson a shoot was a dinner bell for Grizzlies, if you left them they would be on them in an hour. We would leave a piece of clothing on the moose, it seemed to help.
 

Ragman

AH elite
Joined
Jun 8, 2015
Messages
1,468
Reaction score
2,225
Location
Saskatchewan, Canada
Media
232
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Canada(Sask./B.C.), Namibia, RSA(Eastern Cape) USA(Texas)
Congrats on a fantastic moose! Glad those bears weren't more of a problem. They're no joke. In 2001 my cousin's father-in-law was hiking in the bush outside of Prince George. He bumped into a grizzly on a moose kill and the bear attacked. Sadly he didn't survive the encounter.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
37,402
Messages
713,538
Members
66,721
Latest member
Duyen
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

degoins wrote on Treemantwo's profile.
I have a like new VC .450 I might part with. I had it built in 2013 and it has served me well. Also have a VC fitted leather trunk case for it along with the plastic case it came with. I'll take 14000 for all of it.
Matt W wrote on Jody's profile.
Hi Jody,
I have been looking for ideas on the best way to display my European mounts from Africa. I came across some of your shield work and was wondering if you would be willing to make one for me? If so, please let me know the cost. I like the shield with the two spears that you built for a member years ago. Thanks.
cal pappas wrote on Mnelson2's profile.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <pappas@mtaonline.net> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.
BeeMaa wrote on Justbryan's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. He was a pleasure to do business with.
BeeMaa wrote on 375Fox's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. Was a pleasure to do business with.
 
Top