Travel Stuff

Travel Tip

Tip: Most Airlines charge for overweight luggage. Weigh your bags at home and try to keep them under the airline weight limits. You don’t want to waste valuable time transferring clothes from one bag to another. Also, if your bags are overweight, you’ve probably overpacked. Don’t take a bunch of extra clothes or questionable gear. You’ll be just fine with the basics.

Flying Commercially

Your destination is Quesnel, BC. You will fly to Vancouver via any major airline, and then get a connecting flight on Central Mountain Air to Quesnel. It is very important to view the CMA website, www.flycma.com before booking any flight to Vancouver. It's best to work your trip backwards by deciding what time you need to be in Quesnel, and then booking all other flights accordingly. When considering flight eservations, make sure to allow at least 1.5 hours between flights. The
Vancouver airport is a major hub for international travel and can become very busy in the customs and security lines. Once you clear customs, you'll have a lengthy walk to the regional wing of the airport. Rolling luggage, rolling gun cases and backpacks are highly recommended.

The airport also provides luggage carts free of charge. If you're hungry, grab something quick. The CMA flight to Quesnel is a short and very scenic trip. A hunt-BC host will pick you up at the airport and you will have the opportunity to stop and get any last minute items you may need. Then it's on to camp. The drive takes about 2 hours and in most cases you'll be in camp in time to shoot your gun or bow and be ready for your hunt the next morning.

Gear List

Gear Checklist

Rain Gear
Waterproof Boots
Waterproof Gloves
Waterproof Hat/Hood
Warm Clothing
Camp Clothes
Camp Shoes
Plenty of Socks
Personal Items

Tobacco
Cigarrettes
Cigars
Snacks

Weapon
2 Boxes Ammo
Light Gun Case
Scope Cover
Binoculars
Optics Case
Optics Cleaner
Knife
Backpack

Flashlight
Camera
Bug Spray

The weather in BC is unpredictable. The temperature in August and September is usually warm to mild. The nights and early mornings may be crisp and the days mild to hot. During these hunts, it’s best to bring mostly warm weather gear and some cold weather clothing. In October and November, it will be mostly cool to cold. So, bring mostly cold weather gear and some warm weather clothing. However, one thing that can always happen is rain. Always bring rain gear. I prefer a light suit that has some type of microfiber or suede coating for quiet movement. Also, waterproof boots, gaiters, waterproof gloves and a waterproof hat or hood. I like to layer my clothing so I can take off or add what I need, depending on the circumstances. I always use my rain gear as my outer layer because even if it is not raining there is usually dew on the trees and ground. Take plenty of socks in case anything gets wet. Take comfy camp shoes and clothes.

If you smoke or chew, take enough to last through your entire trip, including travel days. Don’t try to quit on this trip. We want you to enjoy your hunt. Also bring snacks for your pack.

A 7 mag or a .30 cal is a good rifle for any species in our area. We want to knock ‘em down, not blood trail ‘em. Most shot opportunities are within 100 - 200 yards simply because of the terrain. However, you may have to reach out there at times. It’s best to have a heavier grain bullet, both for knock-down and for shooting through dense vegetation at times.  Bring a cover or case and a lens cleaner for scope and binocs.

If you hunt in the early fall or late spring, take bug spray.
DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERA!

Packing

When you are transporting a firearm, I recommend a heavy duty rolling case with TSA approved locks and latches. These are not requirements, just suggestions based on my experience. You can put a few items in your gun case, such as knives or snacks, but your ammo must go in a separate bag. It can be any of your other checked luggage.

  • I pack my clothes, footwear, and most gear in a large rolling duffle.
  • I pack my optics and any other fragile items in my backpack and carry that on the plane.
  • I can usually put a few more items in my guncase.

Get in Shape

You are going to the mountains. You’ll be wearing a 20 pound backpack and toting a 10lb. gun or bow. These are not everyday circumstances. You owe it to yourself to do everything you can to enjoy your hunt. The air is not thin like you would imagine, but any walking or hiking you do will be up or down hill. Set your treadmill on a steep incline and walk. Use a stair-stepper, climb stairs or bleachers, or even just load your back pack with 20 lbs. of stuff and take an evening walk. Anything you can do to strengthen those muscles you don’t normally use is helpful.

If your hunt includes horseback riding, ride a horse a few times before you go. Get those muscles ready and toughen up the hide on your inner thighs. You don’t want to spend a week in BC coated with baby powder. Not good for scent control.

Camp

The main camp at our Wolverine Mountain territory sits on Kruger Lake. There is not a more beautiful backdrop in the world. Our lodging is a rustic mix of log cabins and wood stoves. Hot meals are prepared in the cook cabin, which is where we’ll settle in every night for a feast and some story telling. Then, if it’s nice enough we’ll settle around a campfire overlooking Kruger Lake and the snowcapped mountains in the distance. If you need a relaxing shower, there is hot running water in the shower house. When it’s time to turn in, pick one of the guest cabins, start a fire in the wood stove and enjoy a comfortable night in camp. 

The Hunt

Travel Tip

Tip: Don't forget to fill out a firearms declaration and take your rifle to your local customs office to fill out a customs declaration. This will help you move through customs lines in the airport much faster.

You’ll travel early in the morning when it’s still cold and the dew is on everything. Dress warm in case you’re horseback or on a 4-wheeler or Rhino. The cool air can cut thru you, so cover your ears, face and hands. When you get where you’re going, you may glass an area for a while, or you may hike a ways and call. In some cases, you may get in a boat and ease around a lake hunting the shore and hillsides. Many times your hunt may require a substantial hike somewhere you can only go on foot.

After The Shot

After the picture taking and celebration, you'll need to implement a plan for getting your trophy and meat home. Before you embark on your adventure, it's a good idea to know what you'll do with your meat and trophy. Where will you mount your head or hide? Will you do a full body mount, shoulder, pedestal, or a European mount? Will you use your local taxidermist or a taxidermist in BC? Will you want the meat shipped home?

  1. Are we caping your animal or are you just mounting the horns? Life-size or rug?We need to know before we field dress him.
  2. BC or home town taxidermy? If you use your hometown guy, we'll help with shipping your hide and horns to you or your taxidermist.
  3. Processing - Will you process your meat and have it shipped home to you?  We can help with the forms and process. Your guides will take the meat if you don't want it.
  4. Costs - Shipping meat or hides across an international border is a process. It has to clear customs and the USDA. There has to be a border broker involved. Please consider these costs before you take your trip. It is best to have a plan for all of these items beforehand. It is possible that getting your trophy and meat home could be simple and inexpensive. It is also possible that it adds $500 to $2000 to your trip. There is no wrong choice, it all depends on your preference.

Whatever you decide, we are here to help. We'll do everything we can to make this easy for you.

Once again, thanks for hunting with us. We will do our best to make this the adventure of
a lifetime. Please call me with any questions. My goal is to prepare you before you go, so
there is no lost time figuring out some detail you didn't expect. That way, you can spend
your time hunting and enjoying life. Leave the details to us. Enjoy your trip!

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