Jun 02 2015
Wow. The Coast Mountains of western British Columbia are spectacular. High, snow-capped, rocky mountains touch the clouds, rising from just above sea level to over 10,000 feet, albeit vertically. The lower portions of the mountains are literally rainforest, sprinkled with waterfalls and rushing rivers that most states would turn into state parks. Giant ferns, huge spruce, ancient hemlock and old growth cedar hold down the 70% mountain slopes. Wow, is all I have to say after our seven-day hunt with Devin Jewell, owner of Pacific Bear Outfitters.
Difficult conditions, including temperatures soaring over 80 degrees, made for a tough hunt in British Columbia. However, a BIG coastal black bear was worth every drop of sweat. Devin Jewell, owner and operator of Pacific Bear Outfitters worked extremely hard and had a unique hunting style that is producing some giant bears for his clients.
I won’t give too much away on the blog, as I will write a full article in a 2015 issue of Bear Hunting Magazine, but the hunt was significant. Our arrival fell on difficult conditions with temperatures soaring over 80 degrees. Additionally, an early spring loaded the mountains with browse, spreading the bears out from high to low – the worst possible scenario for spot-and-stalk hunting. Conditions couldn’t have been more challenging.
Despite the challenges, we were able to pull off a great hunt. Devin Jewell is a topnotch outfitter and guide. For a younger man, he’s got tremendous experience guiding in the mountains and has a unique passion for black bear. For eleven years Devin guided in northern British Columbia and guided over 60 successful Stone Sheep hunts and over 100 successful grizzly hunts, along with multiple other mountain species.
Our hunt was tough and went right down to the wire and ending with an exciting and unique hunt. I was able to take a big coastal black bear on the seventh evening. Skull measurement and hide square will be discussed in the upcoming article.
We hunted cut blocks, avalanche chutes and road edges for bear in British Columbia. We spent a lot of time on four wheelers, glassing and walking. Overall, this is a very active hunt compared to a bait hunt, but isn't as strenuous as a wilderness backpack hunt.
I don’t want to give away the details, but you’ll be able to read the full story in Bear Hunting Magazine later this year. AND you’ll be able to watch the hunt on our semi-live web show, Bear Horizon in July.
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Giant valleys and high snow covered peaks were our constant view in British Columbia. Bears grow big because of the temperate climate on the lower elevations of the mountains, providing lots of quality food for giant bears.