3 Critical Needs for a Northern British Columbia Hunt
Our hunts in northern British Columbia will introduce you to some of North America’s most remote and spectacular country. These mountain hunts are both challenging and very exciting.
Whether hunting moose along a remote lake, mountain caribou on the open tundra plateaus, or mountain goat and stone sheep on the steep, rocky slopes, these hunts are an incredible adventure.
Our clients will often ask us about the most important things they’ll need to bring on a hunt. In addition to having quality boots, clothing layers, optics and other fundamental gear, there are three very important things that every hunter needs.
Consider these top priorities as you prepare for a British Columbia wilderness hunt:
1. A Tough Mental Attitude
Be prepared mentally for a true adventure and ready for fun. Hunters should be ready to work hard each day of the hunt. Most hunters arrive bright-eyed and bushy tailed. It’s easy to be motivated those first few days of any hunt. But by the third and even fourth day, it’s easy to lose concentration. This is especially true if weather or conditions happen to be challenging.
If you plan to pursue two or even three species on a combo hunt, you must be particularly ready with a tough mental attitude. When attempting to take multiple trophies on a hunt, every moment and every opportunity counts. Late in the hunt, you will probably feel tired and worn down. But in those moments, you must stay positive and be ready to take advantage of every opportunity.
2. Proficiency With Your Rifle or Bow
This should go without saying. But it’s worth a reminder. We like to stress this point to all of our hunters before arrival. Don’t simply sight in your rifle or go for a last-minute practice at the rifle range the week before departure. Start practicing early, and make sure you’re not just sitting at a bench rest.
If at all possible, we would love to have our clients practicing with their rifles or bows year-round. We know that life is busy for everyone, but the more often you can practice, the better prepared you will be.
Think about it this way: after all you’ve invested in a guided hunt, your weapon is the one thing you really need to take an animal. Everything else is peripheral. Don’t miss an opportunity because you had insufficient practice with your weapon.
3. The Best Physical Condition Possible
We understand that everyone has different physical abilities and limitations. But no matter yours, be in the best physical condition that you possibly can. Your ability to move through this terrain and move quickly when necessary can drastically improve your chances of success.
As with rifle or bow practice, we’d love to see all of our clients preparing year-round. Again, we know schedules are busy, but the more effort you can put toward your conditioning, the more enjoyable your hunt will be.
For more information on hunting with Kawdy Outfitters in northern BC, you can check out the rest of our website or you may contact us for details.
Written by Ryan McSparran
Ryan McSparran is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team.