Cassiar Stone OutfittersBritish Columbia
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In a nutshell, this hunt was a fantastic adventure. We flew into a remote lake by float plane from Atlin, B.C. in the far Northwest corner of B.C. There were two other hunters in camp...a couple in their mid 70's from New York State. Camp was two cabins... A cook cabin where the guides slept and a newly built cabin where we slept. Both were heated by wood stoves. They have a freezer, microwave, and propane burners in the cook camp, so we ate well....no freeze dried food! Graham and Leigh are exellent cooks as well as great guides. We ate well!!! They also have generators for both cabins, so we had electricity.
The hunt was done from aluminum boats with 20 hp motors. We would cruise the lake and the river stopping at various places along the way to hike in a ways and call. We would follow this routine daily from as soon as we could see well in the morning to around suppertime. It wasn't overly demanding hunt physically....that is until a moose was down!!! Walking was relatively easy. The ground was a little boggy in places and the cover was very thick, but the ground was level where we hiked to.
We were all successful. The hunters from New York killed their bulls on day 3 and day 6 of the hunt...both nice bulls. I killed my bull on day 8. During the 8 days I hunted I saw 40 moose and 16 of those were bulls. This was a 10 day hunt. The last two days were a little rainy, so we just rested up, did a little fishing when the rain let up, cut some firewood, etc.
The weather was a mix of sunshine and light rain...more light rain than sunshine. Temperatures were cool, but not cold (40's and lower 50's in the day and down around freezing at night). There was very little wind during the 10 days I was there.. Most days were quite calm.
The guides, Graham and Leigh, are brothers in their later 60's who have guided for many years. They are tough as nails and work very, very hard and they know their area (and moose!) inside out. They are expert callers and love what they do. Graham has gone 100% for the past 9 years...amazing record.
My communication with Dennis and John, the contact people for booking a hunt with Cassiar Stone Outfitters, was great from the first time I contacted them. They replied quickly to any questions I had and were wonderful to work with..
I drove up from Montana (35 hour drive). It was a beautiful drive, but a very long one. If I had it to do over again, I think I'd fly up. It would have been better if I had someone to share the driving with, but I drove it alone.
This hunt was everything I had hoped for and more.. Like I told my wife when I booked the hunt, "I'm buying a moose hunt...not a moose. This isn't a zoo or a preserve. I'm sure I'll get a moose, but there's always the possibility that I might not." The scenery, the wildlife (I saw a grizzly and a huge black bear, etc. as well as all the moose) were worth the trip. I also saw bears, moose, caribou, and buffalo on the drive up....
If you are thinking about a hunt in Northern British Columbia, give Cassiar Stone Outfitters a call. You will not be disappointed!
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mix of sun and light rain...more light rain than sun. Winds were very calm most of the time.