Bearcat Outfitters offers Shiras moose, mule deer and whitetail deer hunts.
The territory is at the northern edge of the Shiras moose range. Our moose population is high, and will increase even more in the next 10 years as a result of ideal habitat created by accelerated pine beetle harvest in the area. Bulls are typically 24 – 36 inches wide and 4 to 10 points per side. 40+ inch bulls roam the territory, but are cagey and require a bit of ‘hunters’ luck to harvest. Our moose hunts are perfect for those wanting a quality hunting experience and to bring home hundreds of pounds of some of the best game meat there is. Moose season runs all of October and November. Early October is peak time and calling near the large meadows is very effective. Late November is also an excellent time with snow on the ground allowing for easy glassing or tracking once big tracks are cut. These late hunts are great times to conduct a combination hunt while deer are in the peak of the rut.
Mule deer are extremely abundant in this area and some very large bucks get harvested every year. Our mule deer hunts are typically done by spot-and-stalk or still hunting in the timber. This hunt isn’t for all potential clients and a hunter must be prepared for at least moderate physical exertion on the mule deer hunts here at Bearcat. Mature mule deer in this part of the world live in quite remote areas for the most part and it must be expected that we will be doing a lot of hiking to find a good buck.
Our whitetail population is constantly increasing and the deer in this area have very good genetices when it comes to antler size. We generally hunt whitetails from stands, but we also do some rattling and some spot-and-stalk. Hunting method is dictated by what is working best at the time. A whitetail hunt at Bearcat may be appealing to the client that isn’t prepared for the physical activity that a mule deer hunt requires.
Peak time for mule deer and whitetail deer is Nov. 10 to the end of our rifle season on Dec. 10. Archery-only deer season runs September 1 – 9, and this season receives extremely low pressure in BC so is a good time to hunt before deer get ‘wised-up’ by rifle hunters that hit the field on Sept. 10. There is also a very good chance for a velvet buck in the archery season.