MIKE'S 2018 SPRING BEAR HUNT
We just finished up another awesome bear season! We had 30 hunters who shot 34 bears, 4 minor flesh wounds and 30 kills. 25 of the 30 bears were good size male bears and 22 of them were big boars that went over Pope and Young's 18 inch minimum skull score. 12 of those 22 bears also went over 19 inches, 3 went over 20 and one was way over the Boone and Crockett minimum of 21. We weigh all of our bears and 12 of them also broke the 300 lb mark, which is big for a Western Canadian spring bear, 4 bears broke the 350 lb mark, 2 over 400. Of course none of these statistics tell the stories of how much fun everyone has on this hunt. Our solid, wooden ground blinds give a close up experience like none other, especially with the large numbers of bears on our baits. We feed at least 400 different ones on our 30 sites and hunters often see 15-20 bears in an evening's hunt. Some hunters have no idea how many they saw just that it was a steady stream of bears in and out all evening, very exciting!
We had another fantastic Spring Bear hunting season, even better than last year and I didn't think we could beat that one! We hosted 31 hunters who killed 38 bears. 30 of the 38 bears were males and 24 of them were big, 18 plus inch skull boars, most were 18 1/2 inches or better, plus unfortunately we had several wounds on other big bears. Then 18 of those 24 bears were huge 7 plus foot square hide bears weighing over 300 lbs, 16 of them had skulls over 19 inches. We also killed 4 giants with skulls over 20 inches, and 3 of those bears weighed over 400 lbs! One weighed 440 lbs and the biggest skull was 21 3/16 on a huge 7 1/2 footer. It's unbelievable that we are doing this in the same area that we have outfitted in for 25 years, most bear areas go downhill in quality over time, ours has only gotten better!!
What a fantastic bowhunting season we had, our best ever! This was mainly due to my incredible guide crew, but also good weather conditions and really great hunters who came prepared, in shape and ready to shoot!! Our mule deer have made a really good comeback, three mild winters in a row along with good spring moisture has made a huge difference in antler growth, body size and deer numbers. Our elk population continues to grow too even with unrelenting resident hunter pressure and the moose are doing really well with the limited draw on them for rifle hunters. Along with the healthy Whitetail population, tons of Bears, some Wolves and Cougars our area continues to be a Big Game Hunter's Paradise.
What a fantastic hunting season we had this past fall! Three mild winters in a row and good moisture each spring has finally paid off, especially on our mule deer. Muleys were the main reason we started doing fall hunts in the Peace River Country and it was really great to once again take several 300 plus pound, high scoring bucks. We started out our season with our Mule Deer Bowhunts and we shot five deer scoring over 180 with the two best ones scoring 200 and 206! The 206 inch deer had to weigh over 350 lbs and had 8 inch bases on his massive rack. Then we shot a whole pile of elk and moose on our Elk and Moose Combo Bowhunt. For our full bowhunt report click this link: http://www.mikesoutfitting.com/2017FallBowhuntReport.html
What an absolutely fantastic Spring Bear Hunting season we had! Big bear after big bear came rolling into camp every single week of the season. Just when we thought we wouldn't get a another giant, some lucky hunter would get another monster. I've never seen it like this before and this was with the earliest spring in the last thirty years, with hot April and early May temperatures, not normally good for bear hunting. We hosted 30 hunters who shot 28 mature bears, all with hides well over 6 foot. Everyone saw lots of bears and only one trophy hunting person didn't shoot a bear.