the amount of wildlife
maybe the weather could have been better
Canada contains within its borders some of the wildest country and most magnificent scenery the world has to offer
Canada is home to 25 of North America’s 30 big-game species
Canada’s outfitting industry is highly professional and committed to the responsible, sustainable, and ethical use of the country’s wildlife resources
With more than two dozen huntable big game species and an astounding array of waterfowl, small game, and birds across a broad range of habitats, Canada is a hunter’s dream. From forests to tundra, from open prairies to vast boreal forests and the stunning Canadian Rockies, Canada has something for every hunter. This sparsely populated country puts great emphasis on protecting its natural resources and provides fair-chase opportunities to pursue magnificent big-game species that pique the interest of hunters from all over the world. Hunting trips to Canada are filled with beauty and splendor and offer even experienced hunters an exceptional challenge and unforgettable experience. What makes hunting in Canada unique is its rich variety of game: grizzly and black bears, moose, five varieties of caribou, cougar, lynx, Canadian wolf, bighorn sheep, Stone sheep, Dall sheep, elk, black-tailed, white-tailed, and mule deer. If you are looking for a challenge that will leave you with a lifetime of memories, Canada is the perfect destination.
Visitors from the USA and most European countries do not need a visa, but Canada does require many travelers to have an Electronic Travel Authorization, which can be purchased online for a small fee before you go. Go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp to find out which documents you need.
Handgun hunting is prohibited in Canada. Centerfire semi-automatic long guns cannot have magazines that hold more than five cartridges. Pump or semi-auto shotguns must have their magazines plugged to hold no more three shells.
Visiting hunters must declare firearms in writing to a customs officer at the point of entry to Canada, using the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration (form RCMP 5589).The declaration form should be filled out prior to arrival at the point of entry, in order to save time. However, it should not be signed before arriving at the entry point, as a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) customs officer must witness the signature. A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is valid only for the person who signs it and only for those firearms listed on the declaration. Once the declaration has been confirmed by the CBSA customs officer, it acts as a license for the owner and it is valid for 60 days. The declaration can be renewed for free, providing it is renewed before it expires, by contacting the Chief Firearms Officer (call 1-800-731-4000) of the relevant province or territory.
To avoid problems on their return to the USA, American hunters should have in their possession a U.S. Customs Form 4457 listing their firearm and its serial number.
Wildlife management in Canada is handled on a provincial basis. Each province has its own hunting rules and regulations, and even within a particular province, hunting styles as well as gear and clothing may differ widely. Most outfitters can be relied upon to provide a list of recommended gear and clothing, as well as suggestions for firearm types and calibers. Stand hunts, for example, often call for heavy, warm clothing, while hunters venturing to the mountains or taking on strenuous spot-and-stalk hunts should dress in layers. Comfortable boots appropriate to the terrain are a must for any hunt. Some provinces require hunters to wear a fluorescent orange hat, vest, or sometimes both.
Some provinces require all nonresident hunters to hunt with a guide-outfitter; others do not. In general, most provinces in western Canada require the service of a guide-outfitter, while a few in the eastern part do not. All hunters, however, must have a valid hunting license for the province and, if required, a valid permit or tag for the species they are hunting. In order to purchase a hunting license, you may be required to show a valid hunting license from your state or country and/or proof of having passed a hunter education course. Discuss these requirements with your outfitter prior to the hunt.
Tipping is expected and appreciated on most hunts in Canada. Tips generally range from 5 to 15 percent of the total hunt cost.
Your outfitter should be able to recommend local taxidermists and meat processors, but these services are not included in the hunt cost. Discuss these aspects with your outfitter before arrival. Local taxidermists can prepare and pack trophies to your specifications, but it will be up to you to check legalities and arrange transport and shipment of the trophies to your home.
American hunters may, in most cases, bring wild game meat and trophies back into the USA, provided it is accompanied by the appropriate licenses and declared for inspection by USDA officials at the border. Game birds and waterfowl being imported to the US as trophies must be processed at a taxidermy shop approved by the USDA. For details, contact the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Services National Export and Import Center at 301-734-3277.
All hunters should also be aware that certain animals such as black, grizzly, and polar bears require CITES permits and, in some cases, additional export permits must also be purchased for certain animals. Check with the province you are hunting in to ascertain costs and requirements. The USA does not allow the importation of polar bears.
I have been hunting moose with Ken Watson at Opatcho Lake Guide Outfitters since 1991. Always a good time, always great scenery, always interesting ways to get on game. We see wolf, black and grizzly bear, lynx, and deer on our hunts as well. We have come home with spectacular moose, good moose, small moose, and a very few times, no moose. Still, it is hunting, and there are no guarantees. The food and hospitality are excellent, the accommodations are dry, comfortable and warm. The ability to shower and clean up at camp make the trip enjoyable as well.
Hunting was incredible. Saw bears in every sit and had some wild experiences too. Saw a boar run a sow and Cubs 100ft up a tree, good mix between mature and young bears, and two monsters. Ended up with a 600+ lb, 7' tall pope and young boar. My uncle got a nice boar and one guy in camp got a cinnamon. We fished every morning and every day (all day) after tagging out. Pike, huge walleye, and even a few good smallies. Accommodations were great. Significantly better than most hunt camps. Clean rooms and bedding, housekeeping, nice hot showers, and an unreal view. Food was incredible. Lots of game, local meats, and produce. Home cooked meals and we never went hungry. Everyone around camp is friendly, knowledgeable, and serious about your hunt and experience.
Honestly have zero complaints.
Extra effort provided by the outfitter to ensure that every possible need was met. Great communication. Outstanding guides. Super accommodations. Excellent food. Great handling of game. An all around super experience.
The accomadations along with the hospitality during the hunt as well as the in between time was fantastic. I was able to enjoy good meals as well as clean comfortable cabins! I would totally recommend hunting with Dave, he is not only very knowledgeable but very hospitable. I had a very SUCCESSFUL hunt!
There was really nothing wrong with the hunt with the exception of some rain!
The quality of game and the hospitality
having to leave at the end of the hunt
Ken and Crystal Watson were such fun. Crystal is a wonderful host and excellent cook. Ken hunts hard for your animal but loves to have fun while doing so. Their accommodations are rustic but very beautiful sitting on a quite lake. Our bears were nice bears but not huge. But because of our schedule we had to be there very early in the season so not Ken's fault. We enjoyed our time with them so much that we went back in August and spent a week fishing with them. I would recommend their outfit to anyone who wants to have a good time hunting with great people.
Having to leave!
Evan and his team are extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond to make sure that you are comfortable as well as successful on your excursion. Not only do they produce consistent results during the bear and waterfowl hunts, but his years of experience ensures that even the novice hunter is educated as well as involved in the craft.
Yvonne was very helpful and professional. It was the first time bear hunting for my 16 year old son and my Dad. They enjoyed it very much! We all took bear with bows that week. Everyone in camp either tagged out or had a shot at a bear. The accommodations and food were EXCELLENT! Yvonne did everything in his power to put us onto bear. One suggestion, take a climbing stand along if possible to customize your tree location to your liking, if not, Yvonne has some to use as well. We also took ATV's along and after we were had our bear, we enjoyed going along to take other hunters out as well as ride along while they baited.
Fishing in the area is not that good, but I didn't go to fish.
Friendly and honest. They know the management unit very well, and are able to get their hunters away from local pressure. I personally like the horseback/spike camp hunts. Accommodations and food are good. I have been hunting w/ Steven for over 12 years. Black bears, ram, goat, mountain lion, moose, elk, mule deer. Mostly firearm, but have also bow hunted. I have successfully harvested all species except a ram, which I only hunted once (pretty expensive for a guy of my means). Even though I did not bag a ram, Steven and Tyler located one, but the stalk was not successful (hunter error not the outfitter).
We have visited Garett every year since he purchased the Lucky Lake operation and we were there before him. Hunting for geese and ducks is usually good to excellent and infrequently throw in a less than great shoot which may be fun for some of us due to watching thousands of high-flying migrators. Over our experience, the guides figured out how to often fool the abundant sandhill cranes, limit 5, into coming to field decoys. They infrequently hunt upland birds since it has become so spotty for shirptail grouse and Hungarian partridge although they offer such upon request generally toward October when most crops have been harvested. The big plus is the positive-fun atmosphere with the guides and lodge staff. Beautiful prairie countryside with variable numbers of large game to observe including moose. Food is good with on-your-own breakfast, large lunch meal, nap, and then smaller dinner. Most evenings are spent sharing stories and travel experiences with other hunters but old people often go to bed early.
Big risk has been sharing lodge in the evenings with other hunters who are mean-spirited, prejudged against anyone different, unknowledgeable of any science including gun safety research, and loudly negative.....typical American NRA members. Rooms are small, thin walls, and often will be shared.
Matt and his crew worked very hard to put us on bears. Everybody in camp had the opportunity to harvest multiple bears. The food was great and the atmosphere was very friendly. I had a great time and would love to hunt with them again. I have hunted twice with Swanspoint, taking three bears including a 6 foot platinum blonde trophy.
There was nothing bad about my hunt. I was very satisfied.
Ken and Crystal are awesome people that do their very best to make you feel at home and be successful in your hunt. Great accommodations and meals. Well experienced guides especially Ken! I am picky about who I hunt with but I enjoyed hunting with each guide I spent time with. The topography was relatively gentle sloped. The cabins, hot shower daily and great meals in the lodge were wonderful.
This is tough! In my experiences, I did not see an abundance of bulls, although I was successful on two out of three hunts. My unsuccessful hunt was a terrible weather late season hunting experience. I didn't like devil's club and the black flies that fed upon me in during a unusually warm pre rut hunt.
This is a real hunt and Ken worked harder to make it successful than I would have. He literally did not stop for lunch, we would leave at 10:00 AM in his truck and do the spot and stalk from the pickup, ATV and a little bit of walking if he thought the amount of sign indicated it was worth the time. Lunch was in the truck while driving to the next location. I give Ken all the credit for setting me up with a close shot (about 40 yards) and making the hunt successful.
The outhouse, I respect people's property so I would make the walk to the outhouse at night (100 - 125 feet) to use the bathroom. It's not convenient but it didn't stop me from booking another hunt with Ken.
Small outfitter that provides personal attention to detail and serves as one of the guides. Strong knowledge of the area and bear hunting in general. Area has lots of game.
Extensive time in vehicle, however I realize this is the best way to cover the expansive hunting area.
Loved hunting with Ken and Crystal, lots of laughs, lots of bears, and plenty of opportunity, which is important for a bowhunter. The accommodations were beautiful, food was great, and I'm going back in May 2017.
Can't think of anything.
Facilities and equipment are well maintained. Food is excellent. And, the guides I have had are safe and experienced. Ken and Crystal (owners) go to great effort to make all of their hunters comfortable. And, their success rate is as good as any.
Nothing not to like.
I harvested a very nice 6' 8" boar, the seventh bear that came in to my stand on the second day of a six day hunt. My son harvested a 7' 2" giant boar or a 'Corker' as Vance puts it on the third day of the hunt. Vance, Maureen, the guides, the cooks all work hard to make your stay friendly, comfortable and enjoyable. Fishing and shore lunches were fabulous as well.
My son and I had to quit hunting too early as we filled our bear tags on the 2nd and 3rd day of a six day hunt. The full days of guided fishing after the hunt made up for it.
The atmosphere that you walk into when coming to camp. Quality and quantity of the animals in the area.
Vance works very hard to ensure the hunter's success long before the hunter arrives by baiting the stands diligently weeks before the start of the season. He has a great team of guides that see to your every need and are very knowledgeable about the area. The fishing is fantastic and is a great bonus to the hunt. Accommodations are clean and comfortable and the food is outstanding! I have hunted all over the world and Trail End Camp is one of the best run outfits that I have been to.
Sometimes I have had issues at the border entering into Canada....just make sure your paperwork is in order and you follow their rules.
Truthfully, I liked it all. Hunting, effort, friendliness, honesty, fantastic Territory, and a can do attitude.
I have zero complaints.
The Outfitters, Ken and Crystal have a great friendly camp and will do everything they can do to make this a memorable trip. Our guide Kelly was awesome, very friendly and very accommodating. Kelly has great eyesight and hearing for figuring out where old bull winkle is coming from. He, also, did a great job of calling. My hunting partner and I both shot good moose, mine on the eighth day and my buddy got his on the ninth. Our cabin was good, with a wood burning stove for heat. Opatcho Lake was literally a few feet from the cabin door. Extremely quiet and a great place to stay. Make sure Ken gives you very detailed driving instructions. It is a bit off the beaten path.
Make sure you take some great Water Proof rain gear. Even if it does not rain the brush you go through will be extremely wet first thing in the morning.
Everything done in a professional, yet friendly environment
Nothing to note about, if you have a problem, take it to Vance and he will fix it if he can
Professional, friendly and great hospitality. I will never forget our barefooted bear hunt. I will always remember when we after the hunt "walked the dogs" by kayaking around the lake. The camp and the food were excellent and if you come here stay some extra minutes at the outhouse and do some reading. The signs on the walls are very entertaining.
I have hunted with Pat Garrett three times and each time has been better than the hunt before and all three were great. All outfitters should strive to provide the quality of hunt and hunting experience that Garrett Bros. do!
Food/accommodations are super! Staff is friendly and knowledgable They know their area very well!
There isn't anything we didn't like about this camp!
Saw lots of animals. Ate like kings ! I actually gained wheigh that week. Killed a great bear. Then slept ate and blood trailed bears. The staff made me feel like family. Had a absolute ball all week.
Can't say I did not like anything. The week was wonderful. Had a day of slow fishing. But it was more than made up for by a day of fantastic Small mouth fishing. Boated 29 in 4 hrs.
Friendly and professional guides and lodge staff. Two guides per hunting group to allow scouting before each hunt. Two separate hunts each day, with a mid-day break. Very good decoy hunting for geese, ducks, and sandhill cranes.
Accommodations! Huge area, beautiful scenery, quads, good horses, unbelievable guides! Lots of game! I've taken 2 Shiras Moose, Mtn goat(10"), Big Horn Sheep, Grizzley bear, black bears, Elk, 2mtn lions, Lynx , bobcat, Deer.... skunk from under the outhouse ; just a really great place to have a real great time with fabulous north of the border neighbors, Eh?
One young " spooked " horse! , one trip.... think he finally got his mind right!
The Champagne family made you feel at home, with all home cooked meals and family talk at the dinner table.
One area had mosquitos to warm.....
Ken and Crystal are two of the nicest people you will meet. They are great hosts, the facilities are amazing and feel like home. Ken worked hard to get us our moose, we filed 1 of 2 tags. I am to blame for not getting the second tag filed. The country is beautiful and shows lots of sign of big moose there. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could afford to go every year.
I was disappointed I only had the one chance at a moose but that's hunting and sometimes you don't get to bring meat home.
I enjoyed every aspect of this my first moose hunt.
There wasn't anything to not like.
My first time to hunt moose, and first time to hunt in BC. Enjoyed EVERY MINUTE OF IT! Ken and Crystal are wonderful hosts, and Crystal's home cooking, the camp, cabins, vehicles, guides, EVERYTHING was excellent. I really had no idea how GOOD moose meat is. I used the butcher in Prince George that Ken recommended, (also excellent) and drove back home with all the meat, cut, wrapped, and frozen. EXCELLENT!
All of it... fishing and shore lunch during the day, terrific meals at night, great quality of the hunt, professionalism of the guides, I couldn't say enough good things about the hunt and the staff at Trail End
Leaving and going back to the real world :)
Ken and Crystal couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. As soon as you arrive you feel like you have been friends for years. Accomodations were rugged, but very comfortable - perfect for a Moose hunt. Great evenings siting around the table talking about the days hunt ! Overall fantastic hunting experience!!
Hospitality is outstanding. Communication prior to the hunt was excellent. They work hard at their hunting sites to ensure you will see bears. Saw bears everyday. Meals were amazing and plenty of food. The cabins we stayed in are very comfortable. To top it all off to include unlimited fishing. Wow!
I have been to Trail End Camp more than once, and each time they met my expectations and then some. There was nothing not to like and enjoy. I have hunted with several outfitters and Trail End Camp is one of the best.
Very knowledgeable guide. Knows the hunting area and wildlife patterns. Accommodating to our likes and dislikes with meals. Tons of fun before and after hunting time, but really gets down to business when it it time to hunt. Very dedicated! Couldn't ask for a better experience.
I really enjoyed sitting with the guides at dinner time and listening to their storytelling. Hiking all day in the most beautiful country I have seen. And of course harvesting a bull of a lifetime.
I have no complaints. I actually wanted to stay longer and just hangout with Ken and Crystal.
This is a great hunt for beginner hunters. With large deer populations success is 100%. Hunting before general hunting season allows youth hunters opportunities at un-spooked deer. Being able to take your time allows first-timers a good, easy shot. This helps build confidence for future hunts. Management Bucks: $2750 USD Trophy Bucks: $$3750 USD Parents Guardians: $300 USD per day
Trip duration: 4 days
Trip available on: 1 September 2018 10 September 2018
We invite you to experience the thrill of hunting big game. We will drive to the helicopter pick up area load all gear and depart for our remote fly in hunting area, when we arrive. There we unload, the helicopter will leave and we set up camp (we will be staying in a wall tent). After the camp is set up we will start hunting. Once we harvest an animal and all hunting is finished we will call the pilot to come and get us. We hunt marshland and old woods roads, so a comfortable pair of rubber boots is recommended. This hunt is on 2x1 basis.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 27 August 2017 31 October 2017
For over 30 years Vancouver Island has been THE destination for black bear hunters. Ursus americanus vancouveri, Vancouver Island’s cave bear, inhabit the Island in great numbers. Jet black in colour, some with a chest splash of white, with big blocky heads and giant paws, these Vancouver Island bears have many features that set them apart from their North American mainland cousins. Bears are pursued on coastal estuaries, mountain side hills and salmon streams, depending on the time of year and weather conditions. All hunts are spot and stalk, no baiting is allowed. Hunters traditionally see 5 to 10 bears per day and occasionally more. We aim to harvest mature boars 6 foot or larger and weighing 250 to 350 lbs. The average shot is 25 to 125 yards and we recommend a heavy bullet in a .30 caliber or larger cartridge.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 April 2018 15 June 2018
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