A bar Z Outfitters is a medium sized company taking only about 20 hunters each season. Seldom do we have more than four hunters at a time and usually only two hunters in any one camp. We operate out of one semi-wilderness location locations within the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. All four of these camps are log cabin permanent structures. All hunts are a one guide to one hunter ratio which gives room for a lot of personal attention. All of our guides are mature and well experienced in all aspects of the guiding business. You will find you are hunting with friends and will enjoy your participation with your guide and the rest of the staff. Your hunt can be as difficult and challenging or as easy as you choose. The choice is yours and the staff will accommodate your wishes. Of course generally the harder you hunt the better your success.
Most of our hunting is focused on the majestic trophy elk in the region, but mule deer, mountain goat, grizzly, black bear and Shiras moose are also available either as a single species hunt or in combination with other species.
SEASONS -- All species open Sept. 1st for archery and Sept. 10th for rifle. The first week of September finds the elk bugling and full into the rut by the end of the week. We find this without a doubt our most exciting and best value hunt we offer. The elk will bugle throughout the season which ends October 20th. We prefer to hunt mountain goat in October and mule deer throughout the fall. Both mule deer and black bear can be hunted in combination with other species on a kill fee basis. Grizzly bear can only be hunted in the spring (late May/early June).
LOCATION -- We are located near Windermere, BC and we have been operating in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy in SE British Columbia, Canada since 1964. We are conveniently located only a 5 hour drive north of Spokane, WA or 10 hours from Portland Oregon. You can fly into Cranbrook, BC (via Vancouver or Calgary) and be picked up and returned free of charge by your outfitter.
BORDER CROSSINGS -- Although Canada has some strict laws governing firearms you should have no difficulty either bringing your rifle into or out of Canada. Your outfitter will provide you with a form that can be filled out before you leave home. This should get you quickly through customs. None of our clients have experienced any difficulties in the five years this policy has been in effect.
EXPORT of MEAT & TROPHIES -- Upon completion of the hunt your meat and trophies will be ready for you to take home, to the meat cutter or taxidermist. No special permits are required if you are accompanying your meat &/or trophy.
AVAILABILITY OF LICENSE and TAGS -- Some of our species are on a draw, however you will not have to enter this lottery system. A bar Z Outfitters is allocated a certain number of non resident tags for each species. These tags are available to you without having to draw for them. If we offer a hunt we will have the license and tags available. Once you have booked your hunt your license and tags will be purchased and ready for you when you arrive.
References 1.Bill Jones - 1/20/2009 - I did a goat/mule deer combo hunt with these gentlemen in November '08. Great outfit, great equipment, great horses and tack. Awesome experience which I highly recommend!