2008 Northern B. C. Stone sheep hunt when the hair is longer and rams can be easier to find as follows:
Five Stone Outfitting
September 13: Arrive in Smithers, BC
September 14: Floatplane into camp, 11 days of hunting. As per outfitter, at this time of year the sheep will normally be down and easier to see and snow can come any day.
September 26: Back to Smithers
Base fee of $15,000 plus $5,000 trophy fee. [Check 2008 price list on website above: This hunt is discounted $10,000.] [Interested in Mt. goat and/or moose: Talk with outfitter about trophy fees on other animals.]
For licenses, tags, royalty fees, costs, etc. see website above. The charter fee is $1450 return from Smithers. Outfitter will arrange charter.
Overnight in Smithers: many hunters stay at the Hudson Bay Lodge. The Lodge regularly provides transport from lodge to airport and floatplane base. [Given the late date, might want to contact Hudson Bay Lodge directly to tentatively reserve a room while working out arrangements with outfitter.] Outfitter normally reserves room for client. Outfitter in field has satellite phone and e-mail but it still takes time to exchange messages.
As per outfitter, guide is about 53 or 54. Has a lot of sheep under his belt. Will get into high country by horse and travel around a bit with them. Small wall tent for base camp; place to dry off and be comfortable. Area also good for Moose and Goat at this time of year. Goats are excellent as are moose. Could work out a better trophy fee price on one.
Air travel into Smithers. Can do it several ways. Drive/fly to Vancouver, BC and take Hawkair to Smithers. Check out http://www.hawkair.ca/ Air Canada also flies into Smither but their reputation has been hurting lately .... not very hunter friendly. For a really different outing, fly Horizon Air from Seattle into Prince George and then drive from there to Smithers ... but the Prince George to Smithers drive takes over twice as long as the Vancouver to Smithers flight. Or go Central Mountain Air (http://www.flycma.com/) from Prince George into Smithers .... but that costs about $400 all by itself. Might be that someone could fly from Edmonton to Smithers if going via Edmonton is best way to go.
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