Rosetta Ridge Outfitting is located on the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in amongst the headwaters of the mighty Peace River in this beautiful area of Northern British Columbia.
Billy Mountain Goat Country
Our hunting territory encompasses 6.500 km² at altitudes ranging from 600 meters to 2.000 meters above sea level. A very diverse structure of surfaces, vegetation, climate and game from the bottom of the river valleys up to the subalpine zone will let you experience an interchange from poplars and aspens to mixed coniferous forests ending in the treeless rocky outcrop zone.
In the eastern part of the outfit forestry enterprises are creating an environment which is opening large areas of dense bush, giving the hunter more access to a very good moose and black bear population. Elk are finding fresh growth on newly established cutblocks and are spreading further to the West. Mule deer and white-tailed are thriving under those living conditions.
Near the Tree Line
The main range of the Rockies give the hunter a very different opportunity to pursue his selected species. In this area one hunts usually on foot or on horseback and physical fitness is needed to realize one's hunting ambitions. This area has not been hunted commercially for the last twelve years.
Two Good Bulls
We have just taken over the outfit recently and will book a limited number of hunters each season. There will be a total limit of twelve hunters for the complete duration of the fall. All hunts will be guided on a 1:1 basis.
Tree Stand at Mineral Lick
We have excellent opportunities from tree stands at well-frequented mineral licks.
A remote destination in the very middle of the territory.
Evening at the Farm
A long day comes to an end at the farm.
One of the most interesting and fascinating hunts we can offer is during the Elk rut. We will hunt either on horseback or on foot and the season starts on the first of September and will have it's peak of activity at the end of the month. There is a chance around the middle of October to find a bull during the second heat cycle of female elk, which did not conceive during the main rut. The criteria for a mature trophy in our outfit is limited to six point bulls and upwards. They score on average 300 B & C points and top scores can go up to 350 B & C. Those specimens could weigh up to 350 to 400 kg.
Hunting season: 01. of September - 31. of October
Bull moose in these parts of British Columbia are the closest relations to the Alaska Yukon moose (alces gigas), the largest representative of the different sub species. Big bulls can have an antler spread between 50 and 60 inches and a body weight of 500 to 600 kg. The season starts at the 15th of August but bulls are still in velvet at that stage and it is very much pre rut behaviour pattern they are showing. That is the reason that we are booking our hunts from the beginning of September onwards. We hunt on horseback, on foot and use mineral licks as a natural attraction to take down mature trophy bulls in our outfit. The peak of rut activity is around the middle of October. We have to consider early snow falls at higher altitude at that time.
Hunting season: 15. of August - 31. of October
The American black bear is very numerous and can be found almost anywhere. There is a spring and fall season to hunt in our outfit. It is not allowed to use bait which automatically means that we are hunting actively, checking cutblocks, the main feeding areas of either fresh growth in the spring or berry crops in the fall. The size of our bears is above average and we can be selective about what we want to harvest. About 10% of the population show colour variations from blonde to cinnamon. It is very advisable to book a combination hunt for moose or elk and black bear as it is very possible to achieve this particular double.
Spring 01. of April - 15. of June
Fall 15. of August - 15. of November
Hunting a grizzly bear is a very big task for the outfitter and the hunter as we are trying to be very selective on what we shoot. That means we concentrate on male older bears and try to avoid by all means to take down any females. We can find grizzlies anywhere in the territory and there are different colour variations from almost black to blonde bears to be found. The most common though is the silver tip bear. Hunting takes place in the spring and in the fall and usually we do not offer this hunt in combination with other species. Before you book a hunt get yourself accustomed with the particular CITES regulations of the country you reside in.
Spring 20. of May - 10. of June
Fall 01. of September - 10. of October
Mule Deer & White-Tailed Deer
Both species are slightly unknown to most European hunters, whereas they are very high on the wish list of US sportsmen. The rut of both deer takes place relatively late in the year, which can mean snow and frost will create a winterly atmosphere during the month of November. Especially mule deer bucks will almost rival their well known relations in Southern Alberta and Sasketchewan with very good trophies. Those bucks can weigh in over 150 kg. White-tailed deer is pushing into the habitat of the mule deer and good bucks are observed more often in the last decade. The first step to a successful hunt is winter clothing and good patience to endure hours on a tree stand.
Mule deer 01. of November - 30. of November
White-tailed deer 10. of September - 30. of November
We organize wolf hunting mainly for the winter months as it is unlikely to get a good chance at a wolf during the fall hunts. We have bait stations and it takes sometimes long hours of sitting and waiting in heated hides to catch a good opportunity of harvesting a timber wolf. Colour variations are from grey (80% of the population) to black. Big male specimens can weigh up to 70 kg. January, February and March are the best months to book a wolf hunt.
Hunting season: 01. of August - 31. of March
We can offer some fishing in various parts of the outfit on lakes or rivers as an addition to a hunting trip or for a non hunting companion. The following species can be found: northern pike, rainbow trout, bull trout, lake trout and arctic grayling.
En Route to Rosetta Ridge Outfitters
The outfit with its main camp is situated three and a half hours west of the airport in Grande Prairie or two and a half hours southwest of Fort St. John airport. Both towns are being served on a regular basis by local airlines from Calgary and Vancouver. For European clients we favour the connection coming from Frankfurt (Germany) landing around noon at Calgary Airport. It will usually take at least two and a half hours to go through customs including declaration of firearms. So make sure that the connecting flight is booked taking into consideration the time you will need to go through immigration/customs and picking up your baggage.
Your arrival time at Grande Prairie allows us a relatively early collection by pick up truck in order to reach Chetwynd where the first night will be spent at the Pomeroy Inn Hotel. Transfer costs from and to the airport are extra expenses which we calculate with a total of Can. $ 450.00. The same applies for the stay at the hotel with a nightly rate of Can. $ 120.00 for a double room. The next morning at 8:00 a.m. we will make sure that your rifles is zeroed in at the local shooting range. Straight after that we commence our last leg of the journey to the hunting territory.
After the hunt on your last day you will be spending your final night in the Pomeroy Inn Hotel again. The next morning it will be back to the airport with a stop at our local taxidermist.
We will have bought all your necessary licences and tags in order to save time.
The Hunting Facts
We believe in a 1:1 guide/hunter situation and unless special arrangements are asked for by the client, all hunts will be organized true to those basics. Under certain circumstances like injury, illness, job termination of a guide we reserve the right to have two hunters to one guide. A replacement guide will be organized a.s.a.p.
Eastern Territory (foothills)
To get into the area we need the help of Pick up trucks and ATVs. The actual hunt takes place on foot or using tree stands.
Western Territory (mountains)
We hunt out of a main camp (five cabins, one cook house), mostly on horses or on foot. From there on we have the opportunity to hunt from two further out camps. There are a few tree stands at mineral licks. The main camp has a cook and a wrangler on a permanent basis during the hunting season.
Our Rules of Hunting
Hunting time will be lost (normally up to a day) after harvesting a trophy, as the guide will be occupied with retrieving meat and looking after skull, skin or cape.
A good understanding in camp and out in the wilderness between the crew and the respective hunters is an absolute essential aspect of saftey and success. This includes respect for fellow humans, game and needless to say for the horses as well. Our crew is not allowed any personal liquor. If you want to bring your own little personal supply, you are allowed to share a drink with your guide, cook or wrangler.
We are hunting under the motto of fair chase. The hunter is in any case responsible for his shot. Always make sure that you have determind the right species, sex, age and the trophy you want before you pull the trigger. The guide will do his best to make sure, that he has identified a legal specimen, before he gives the go ahead to shoot. An illegal animal has to be reported and will cause a lot of trouble and a spoiled hunting trip.
Our policy on wounded game is in the first instance to find out whether the shot was mortal and this will be determined by the guide. If he feels that it was no more than a flesh wound, the hunt on that particular species can be continued. If there is strong evidence that the animal is mortally wounded, the hunt will be called and you will not be able to hunt another animal of that species. In this case it is expected of the hunter to spend at least one day searching for the wounded animal and after that, it would be his choice to either continue the search or hunt a different species assuming a tag has been purchased in advance for the specific animal. We will continue even after your departure to actively look out for the carcass and possibly retrieve your trophy. Risky and hasty shots should be avoided by all means.
Shipment of Trophies
We will look after the export certificate of the trophies and can recommend a local taxidermist. Depending on the size of the antlers or palms it might be more cost effective to actually saw the trophy into two halfs. Please make sure to let us know in advance if you would rather keep the skull in one piece.
Price List (incl. GST)
|Species||Duration of Hunt||Hunting License||License Species||Hunt on Horseback (1:1)||Hunt Stalking or Tree Stand (1:1)||Total 1) Hunt on Horseback||Total 1) Hunt Stalking or Tree Stand||Trophy Fees||Royalty Fee|
|Black Bear||10 Days||$180.00||$201.60||$5,000.00||$4,500.00||$5,381.60||$4,881.60||$1,500.00||$75.00|
|Moose & Black Bear||12 Days||$180.00||$481.60||$12,000.00||$9,500.00||$12,661.60||$10,161.60||$4,000.00||$125+$75|
|Elk & Black Bear||12 Days||$180.00||$481.60||$12,000.00||$9,500.00||$12,661.60||$10,161.60||$4,000.00||$125+$75|
|White-tailed Deer||8 Days||$180.00||$140.00||$4,500.00||$4,820.00||$1,500.00 2)||$50.00|
|Mule Deer||8 Days||$180.00||$140.00||$4,500.00||$4,820.00||$1,500.00 2)||$50.00|
|Grizzly Bear||12 Days||$180.00||$1,153.60||$9,000.00||$9,000.00 3)||$10,333.60||$6,000.00||$1,000.00|
1) The total price of the hunt is depending upon whether an animal was killed and a trophy obtained. That means, that the trophy fee as well as the royalty fee will be added to the total price of the hunt. Here is an example of a twelve-day hunt on horseback after a moose was harvested:
|Hunting License, License Species, Price Hunt||$9,430.00|
|Grand Total for this Hunt||$12,055.00|
2) Your first deer (mule deer or white-tailed deer) is for free, the second deer we will charge 1,500.00 Can. $ trophy fee.
3) Grizzly hunt: for this particular hunt we will charge a basic price and make no difference between horseback-, stalking-, or tree-stand hunt.
All license fees are not included in the hunt price and have to be paid for before your hunt can actually begin.
|Non-hunting person per day (horseback)||$400.00|
|Hunter additional day (horseback)||$750.00|
|Non-hunting person per day (stalk/tree stand)||$300.00|
|Hunter additional day (stalk/tree stand)||$600.00|
|Transfer from/to airport||$450.00|
|Hotel Pomeroy Inn||Please pay yourselves|
Hunting Equipment and Important Items
The following list is a summary of clothing and equipment, needed to make the hunting trip enjoyable and successful. When booking a hunt on horseback it is essential to keep in mind, that you split up your lagguage into two medium size soft duffle bags (2 x 15 kg), in order to distribute the weight evenly on the horses back. The maximum weight is 30 kg and not any higher. Suitcases will either remain at the hotel or with us at the farm. If you don't hunt on horseback, a normal size duffle bag (30 kg) will be adequate for your needs.
- 1 warm jacket with hood (maybe down)
- 1 light jacket (maybe fleece)
- 1 rain suit with hood (maybe gore tex)
- 1 rain poncho
- 2 pairs of light trousers (comfortable fit)
- 2 sets of thermal underwear (long)
- 8 sets normal underwear
- 2 light shirts (long sleeves)
- 1 thick shirt (long sleeves)
- 10 pairs of socks (wool)
- 1 winter hat (with ear flaps)
- 1 baseball hat
- 1 pair of sorrel boots (2 pairs of felt liners)
- 1 pair of leather hiking boots with good soles
- 1 pair of camp shoes (rubber)
- 2 pairs of warm gloves (1 pair waterproof)
- 1 good quality sleeping bag (down, minus 20 °C)
- 1 foam pad (inflatable light weight)
- personal medical first aid kit, including band-aid
- 1 pair of binoculars
- personal toiletries, including towel
- day pack (for camera, lunch etc.)
- 1 good book
- 1 knife and sharping stone
- small water bottle
- rifle (preferably caliber .30-06 or .300 Win. Mag.)
- 40 rounds of ammunition
- cleaning kit
- spotting scope and range finder as option
What you need to know …
- The firearm has to be registered entering Canada.
- You will have received a non resident firearm declaration by post. This form has to be filled out accurately and with all correct data regarding the firearm. Please do not sign this form at home.
- You will have to sign the form when you go through customs and pay the amount of approximately Can. $ 50.00 (cash) to the local customs officer.
- Rules and regulations do not allow the import of hand guns.
Our insurance company insists that the liability waiver with your signature has been lodged with us before the actual hunt starts. In case of any physical disorders or health issues we expect that you will let us know about those conditions well in advance. The same applies if you have food allergies. We want to make sure that your stay will be comfortable and without any unnecessary complications. Documents and forms which must be returned before your arrival in B.C.
- signed liability waver form
- questionaire completed
- licence and species tag requests
- non resident hunting licence application form with filled in personal information, checked species you wished to have tags for. Please sign and return this form to us when booking. We will complete the remainder.
Please do not return the non resident firearms declaration to us!
The last payment for the booked hunt and the cost of transfer must have been received by us before the 1st of July of the actual hunting year.
It is unlawful …
- to hunt wildlife without being in possession of a hunting licence and species tag.
- for non-residents to hunt without a guide (has to be within verbal communication distance).
- for a guide to take more than two non-resident hunters.
- to hunt game from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.
- to hunt for six hours after being in an aircraft.
- to have a loaded firearm in your vehicle.
Wildlife Branch Inspection
- Grizzly Bear
- Skull and the hide bearing:
- For males, a testicle or part of the penis
- For females, a portion of the teats or mammary gland
- For males, the antlers attached to a portion of the upper skull
- For males, the antlers attached to a portion of the upper skull
- Minimum of six points on one antler
- Minimum of three points on one brow palm or ten points on one antler
- Mule Deer
- Minimum on three points on one antler, not including the brow
- White-Tailed Deer
- All bucks, no restrictions
I hereby acknowledge the hunting trip, fishing trip, sightseeing trip, camping trip, photography trip or other guided tour that I am participating in under the arrangements of Rosetta Ridge Outfitters, it's employees, agents and associates, involves risks and danger, that are inherent to hunting and wilderness travel, including but not limited to hazards of travelling by motorized vehicles, on horseback, by airplane/helicopter and by boats; hazards of carrying and being in possession of firearms and ammunition; hazards of being exposed to the elements of nature; hazards of being in areas where hunters are likely to be present; hazards of being and traveling in remote wilderness areas and hazards arising from accidents, acts of God, illness and forces of nature.
I further accept and assume all risks of personal injury or death or loss or damage to property while participating in the said guided excursion, including negligence of Rosetta Ridge Outfitters and their employees, agents and associates.
I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing, understand that I am relinquishing any and all rights that I, my heirs, executors or administrators might otherwise have against Rosetta Ridge Outfitters and their employees, agents and associates and that I do so voluntarily.
Most bookings take place up to a year in advance. As we are just able to accomodate a limited number of hunters, it is advisable to book and secure a hunt early on. All bookings take a 50% deposit payment before we consider the hunt booked. This has to take place before the 1st of January on the year of the hunt. We will consider the hunt being booked for definite at this stage and send you a hunt contract as confirmation. There is a 10% service charge on that payment if the hunt is being canceled and notice is received by us, prior January the 1st on the year of the hunt. After January 1st deposits shall be forfeited unless transferred to a mutually acceptable substitute client.
During the month of March of your hunting year you will receive all the necessary forms. Please return those as soon as possible, as we will start planing your particular hunting trip straight away. The balance of payment plus taxes, plus licence fees and transfer fee has to be received by us before the 1st of July in order to hunt in the fall.
To be sent to Rosetta Ridge Outfitters before July 1st.:
- Assumption of risk (liability waiver form). Your signature is mandatory
- Non-resident hunting licence application (tags and hunting licence)
- Rosetta Ridge Outfitters questionnaire (personal information)
- Rosetta Ridge Outfitters request form for hunting licence and species tags
- Final payments for your hunt, licences, tags and transfer
We will try and organize a successful hunting trip for you but at the same time we hope that it will be an enjoyable experience in Canada's nature. Therefore we encourage you to communicate with us about personal wishes and details even during the hunting trip. Talk to your guide about your physical fitness. It will not always be easy for him to judge your condition. You will make the pace. An important topic is a fair appraisal of your own shooting abilities and that they are transmitted to the guide.
One important matter at the end of your trip is the amount of the tip to the guide, wrangler and cook. It is entirely up to you to decide how good their job was but usually it is about 5% of the cost of the hunt to the guide and between 1% and 3% to the wrangler and the cook, depending on how much time they have spend serving the client. Fact is, that most members of the crew have the opportunity to earn much higher wages in the oil and gas industry and therefore it is only their passion for hunting and nature that they prefer to work in an outfit for a reduced income. A tip is an important part of their earnings.
If there are further questions about the hunt please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to welcome you at Rosetta Ridge Outfitters in the very near future!
After you have returned your signed contract, we will keep you posted on a regular basis on important and relevant details on your upcoming hunt.
We ask these questions about your physical appearance in order to get you the right horse (equipment) for you hunt.