Welcome to Northern BC: Getting to Know Our Hunting Area
At Kawdy Outfitters, we hunt a large and geographically unique area. Places this remote are hard to find. But that’s only one factor that helps produce the trophy quality moose, stone sheep, mountain caribou, mountain goats and predators here.
The terrain is rugged, crossing through multiple climate zones and ecosystems. The food sources are abundant. More importantly, access is limited. Our ability to travel long distances on horseback to remote spike cabins combines comfort with serious travel abilities.
Northern BC is home to some of the most remote, scenic and wild country in North America. Here are a few things you should know about hunting here:
Headwaters of the Yukon Drainage
The area we hunt is at the headwaters of the mighty Yukon River drainage system. Here at the far northern edge of British Columbia, the rivers that drain our hunting area cross the Yukon border and become part of the main stem of the Yukon River near Whitehorse.
Here, the headwaters are a series of lakes and rivers in high mountain valleys that are unpopulated and majestic. High peaks and expansive tundra plateaus flank the broad valleys. This unique geography is what creates ideal overlapping habitat for moose, caribou, sheep and goats.
Why It’s Unique
The biodiversity and uninterrupted, intact ecosystems make this region extremely unique and rare in North America. It’s like taking a trip back in time, before development and extractive processes created easy access. It’s an expansive and pristine wilderness area. The waters cold and clean and the wildlife is present in abundant numbers with outstanding trophy quality.
Terrain and Climate
Many travelers and visiting hunters often associate British Columbia with the rainforest along the coast. But here about 250 miles inland, these broad valleys, tundra plateaus and rocky slopes are ideal for glassing and spotting game. This also makes it ideal for travel on horseback.
While further inland, we still enjoy a relatively wet Pacific climate, which creates excellent habitat for mountain caribou and moose along the wet bottomlands and higher rolling tundra. Higher up, stone sheep and mountain goats find security on the steep, rocky peaks.
Preparing for a Hunt Here
How do you prepare for a hunt through river valleys, high alpine and steep, wild country? The horses make this country accessible for a large number of individuals. But showing up in good shape definitely serves to benefit hunters when stalking and whenever there’s a need to move quickly for an opportunity. Practice shooting, bring great glass and wear high quality layers, including quality rain gear. For more tips on clothing and packing lists, please take a few minutes to look at our Gear Page.
If you have questions about an upcoming hunt or if you’d like to speak with us about availability, please feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to helping you plan a great hunting adventure in this unique and wild place!
Written by Zach Lazzari
Zach is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team. You can follow Zach’s adventures at bustedoarlock.com.