@bluey this was a long time ago and a lot of water over your dam since then....
Did you ever get anything refunded or go back?
I hunted bear in BC spring of 2016. My ass was never so damned tired of sitting in a pickup truck.... There was good and bad. I had a wolf tag, 2 black bear and a grizzly tag. Got a very nice blonde black bear that was about 6 1/2 feet according to the guide but I think he stretched that a bit. Then I got a old black bear an inch or two over 7' but we tubed him for a full mount so never got the hide cut open to measure correctly. But a damned fine bear
I did get a shot at a wolf but was told I had 3 seconds to load and shoot. (because we were in the damned truck in spite of me asking to stalk in on foot). Had my scope on 2x and it was over a 300 yard shot and I blew it just over his back.
Then we started checking that wolf kill site and after I had my black bears we came in on a big dark bear.... Again drove right down in on him and the outfitter was swearing as he realized it was a grizzly that had just turned and ran off... Well we say 8 grizzleys during the hunt but that was the only oppertunity and he knew he blew it and the $6500 trophy fee.
So I had a successful hunt. But could have been better if we could have just been on our feet a little bit.
I'll go back to hunt cougar and lynx someday as the outfit works with Brian Chorny who got my respect as a great dog guy and one who puts in his work (he was in camp with other hunters).... But yea, seems to be a thing to sleep in and drive around a lot in BC.
I was told the bears sleep in so we should too. But funny thing is on the couple of morning we got up to go out in the AM, the bears had woke up early those days as well.... Go figure
Wow tough hunt, makes me nervous I have a moose hunt scheduled for this fall in Fort Nelson, BC, we will also have tags for bear, elk and wolf. I don't have a real good track record with Canadian outfitters and I was hesitant to book this hunt. My buddy got the hunt at a SCI auction, and he was offered by the outfitter to bring a friend along for the same price, his first call was me, and I said yes. The outfitter is so confidant we will get a opportunity at a moose, that he wrote in our contract we could return for free if he doesn't put us within 300 yards of a legal moose for a shot? Ok return for free means buying tags and round trip transportation, 2600 mile drive for us, plus tips and other related costs, so would you really return if the hunt was as bad as Bluey's? Most of my Canadian hunts have been black bear hunts in Ontario, with 6 different outfitters, 5 of which were the worst, outfitters down right lied to us period, I could go on but I will piss myself off thinking about it. So if this moose hunt goes south, I will only hunt Africa from now on.
Greetings all! I've been a hunter for 50 years, but only now planning a trip to Africa. I was fortunate and successfully bid on a couple hunts for plains game in SA later this year and next. Also a rare Native Texas (5th generation) and USMC Vet. Hunt safe y'all!