Hunting Report 1526978636

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:x
Contact Information:6 Emsworth Court Pukekohe,x 2120 NEW ZEALAND ; Phone: x Email: x
Hunting Experience:43 years. New Zealand, British Columbia, Idaho, Texas, Zimbabwe, Namibia
Physical Condition:Above average for my age. Maintain fitness for hunting. Workouts with personal trainer.
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:04/26/2018 to 05/22/2018
Place of Hunt:British Columbia - Albania - 14
Hunting Area:British Columbia coastal mountains
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company): ; 15346 Royal Ave. White Rock,British Columbia V4B1M8 CANADA ; Website: http://wildcoastoutfitters.ca/
Personal Guide (if any):Ted Bocking
Booking Agent (if any):None ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Bear, Black
Game Sought But Not Taken:Wolf
Game Conditions Comments:
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:excellentGuide/PH Ability:excellent
Condition of Camp:goodCondition of Equipment:excellent
Quality of Food:excellentTrophy Care:good
Name of Airline:Air New Zealand and Air CanadaAirline Servicegood
Airline Comments:Air New Zealand always very good. Air Canada on this hunt were also very good. Both airlines code share and the exorbitant fees both charge for extra bags ( NZD $200.00 ) is an outright ripoff which annoys me greatly bvut that's what must be paid to fly with your own firearm. On top of that Air Canada charges an additional CAD $50.00 just to process firearm baggage. I have no objection to reasonable fees but these costs are just unfairly gouging travelling sportsmen.
Costs
Hunting Fees:Amount:$0.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Permits/Licenses:Non Resident Firearms Declaration / PermitAmount:$25.00
Commercial Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Charter Airfares:NoneAmount:$0.00
Other Costs:TipsAmount:$0.00
Total:$25.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:None
Highlights of Hunt:I love the wilderness of BC and it was great to get back there for more hunting. This was my fourth BC hunt. My first Spring BC hunt and first hunt so close to the coast. Saw wildlife such as River Otters, Harbour Seals, Bald and Golden Eagles not seen on previous BC hunts.
Equipment Recommendations:Waders for getting around in this habitat. Needed to negotiate numerous tidal creeks and tidal flats. Horrible to hunt in due to contained perspiration but they certainly kept us dry at the right times. We took a canoe to give us mobility and access along waterways.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?yes
Why?It's true wilderness, remote and difficult to access - my favourite type of hunting. Very, very few people ever visit this area.
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?noNotified Personal Guide?noNotified Booking Agent?no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals
My hope was to take a big bodied boar and I took two average sized boars. I really enjoyed this hunt and was very happy with the result. Spring was breaking a little later than the same time last year and perhaps accounted for the lack of really big bears seen. Of course there is only so much of the landscape you can see and there probably were big bears in this country that we simply didn't see. I was physically less active than I am generally when hunting as we spent long hours on the cabin verandah glassing slides and clearings for bears. If we decided a sighting was worthwhile we jumped into action to move in for a closer look. Most sightings were around 2 or more kilometers so sometimes the bears had gone by the time we arrived. Most bears were seen around the low tide cycle and on the lower slopes and clearings which were starting to green up with Spring growth. Most of the mountain tops were still heavily laden with snow and we saw and heard avalanches, some multiple, every day. On some snow free rocky tops we spotted Mountain Goats including one billy with a massive body and fabulous Winter pelt. It was too far for me to tell how big the horns were. Also saw sign of Moose and Grizzly Bear. My guide Ted cautioned me to have a firearm in hand at all times in this country. I took this seriously.