I set out on an elk hunting trip with good pals Will, Ben, Tome and Tom. Our plan was to float down the river, camp on the riverbank, and hunt elk for the week. Elk hunting was pretty slow and I was getting discouraged when things took a big turn. I was set up calling for Elk, I heard a crunch, and an unexpected critter showed up.
In some parts of BC, we have an open moose season, but you can only harvest immature bulls that have 2 points or less, or mature bulls that have 3 points on their brow palm or a total of 10 points on one antler. Confusing? Absolutely! Then try and count those points while a moose popping in and out of view in the willows and thick timber. In this episode, I talk about counting points in the field and building the confidence to pull the trigger.
This is the wrap-up episode of our adventure hunt podcast planning series. Celina, Jenny and I are on the road on our way back from our packrafting hunting adventure. Sadly we are not coming home with an animal from the trip. We worked hard, we learned a ton, built new skills, and had so much fun. So does all that make up for not coming home with an animal? We discuss our evolving expectations and reflect on our experience from the trip. We recorded this in the truck while on the road so the audio quality kinda sucks, but the conversation is great. Thanks for listening.
We are joined by Christy Long to debrief our packrafting adventures on the river. Christy is a whitewater paddling guide. She supported Jenny, Celina, and me with paddling training ahead of our trip. On our trip, as we looked over some tricky water ahead, we would ask our selves: "What would Christy say?" Now we get to ask. So enjoy!
We used Alpacka Forager rafts on this trip.
Jenny, Celina and I are waiting out a rainstorm in sheep country. We are 5 days into our adventure hunt. We have left the rafts on the river and fought our way up the mountains into sheep habitat. In this podcast, we talk about the challenges and some tricks for getting from the river or the road up into the alpine country. Good terrain and forest cover assessment can make or break a successful ascent up the mountain. Hope you enjoy it!
Join for episode 4 of our expedition hunting planning series. In this episode, we are talking backpacking food for a 12-day backpack-packrafting hunting expedition. We have invited Penny from West Coast Kitchen to hang out with us and talk about how to keep food light and gourmet.
In this episode, we're joined by Thor Tingey of Alpacka Raft. Jennie P, Celina and I are doing our research on how to best prepare for a 12-day packrafting wilderness adventure. So we thought we would invite the expert on all things packrafting. We had a ton of fun hanging out with Thor as he shares the origin story of the packraft, a few adventures, and everything we need to know to prepare and plan for our adventure.
Wildlife biologist Mike Bridger joins us in this episode to talk about planning for a sheep hunt in Northern BC. As a Provincial biologist for the Northern BC, Mike gets the privilege of overseeing the management of wildlife in the remnant wilderness of North America. All nine big game species thrive in this area and Mike's job is to keep an eye on things. He pretty much has the coolest job in North America. Mike is passionate about his work managing Stone's Sheep, and he is a self-described elk hunting fanatic.
I'm getting excited! Safe and successful hunts start with research, planning, practice and gearing up with the right equipment for the trip. It takes time and commitment to pull it all together, but for me, it might be the best part of the trip.
Jenny P, Celina and I are in the process of putting together what will be an adventure of a lifetime. We are planning to fly packrafts into the Northern Rockies and drift down 100 kms of river through spectacular sheep, elk and moose country.
Join us for the next series of podcasts as we put together our plan for a safe and successful hunt. We will be inviting experts on packrafting, wildlife biologists, and safety and gear experts as we research and get equipped for this adventure.
And we will have a bit of fun too.
Thank you Jenny P and Celina for doing this!
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